Have £10k to invest in FTSE 100 stocks? I’d buy cheap shares in an ISA today to retire early

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Buying FTSE 100 shares in an ISA today could be a means of taking advantage of low valuations available across many of the index’s sectors. Weak investor sentiment and an uncertain economic outlook could combine to provide buying opportunities that help you to retire early.Of course, paper losses in the short run cannot be ruled out. But for investors with many years left until retirement, there is likely to be sufficient time for the index to recover to post new record highs that help to bring your retirement date a step closer. Therefore, investing £10k, or any other amount, today could be a profitable move.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Cheap FTSE 100 sharesIdentifying cheap FTSE 100 shares is likely to be more challenging now than it has been for a number of years. The economy’s outlook is uncertain, and forecast earnings growth may therefore be of limited value. Likewise, asset prices could move lower in the short run should the global economy experience a difficult period.However, a number of large-cap shares are currently trading significantly lower than the prices at which they started the year. In some cases, they continue to have valuations that are much lower than their long-term averages. This could mean that they offer good value for money. That is especially so when company has a track record of delivering profit growth over the long run.Through buying high-quality businesses with strong competitive positions while they are cheap, it is possible to be a major beneficiary of the FTSE 100’s likely long-term recovery.Time horizonAs mentioned, the FTSE 100 faces a number of risks that could lead to paper losses in the short run. This may be a concern for investors with a short time horizon, of course. But for those who have many years left until retirement, there is likely to be sufficient time for their ISAs to recover.Previous bear markets have always been followed by a sustained bull market. Sometimes it has taken a matter of months for a recovery to previous highs. But in other cases such as after the financial crisis it has taken a number of years. Either way, buying stocks now while they are cheap positions your portfolio for a recovery that is very likely to take hold over the coming years.ISA appealAs such, now could be the right time to invest £10k, or any other amount, in FTSE 100 shares via your ISA. It provides a tax-efficient means of benefiting from the index’s long-term growth potential.Although it may seem unlikely after the recent market crash, the index could produce high-single-digit returns in the coming years. It has done so in the past and could boost the size of your nest egg to help you to retire early.  Peter Stephens | Sunday, 21st June, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Best-selling author tells stories at local library

first_imgFacebook New university committee caters to diversity and inclusion Student admissions process changes Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printIt’s been 20 years since Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, “The Deep End of the Ocean”, was picked as the first selection for Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. At the time she was a young widowed journalist.“My life’s been nothing short of crazy,” she said.Mitchard visited the Southwest Regional Library to share stories and advice with an intimate crowd as a part of the WORDSLINGER series.“For the past two years in the fall, we choose a theme for a series,” said Jennifer Demas, the library’s digital communications specialist. “We try to do events featuring known and unknown writers at four different locations.”“The candidates have opposing stories, some based on what the voter wants to hear,” she said. “If you use a story, you can usually get people on board with you.”She added that her success came from her ability to write a story for the reader.Mitchard talking to a fan at her book signing.“I’m writing the story for you,” she said while looking at a fan in the crowd. “If the reader doesn’t grab the writer’s hand there’s no dance.”Mitchard went on to share three stories about her personal life, one including her interactions with Oprah. She laughed about how she thought her initial calls from Oprah were pranks.“That’s why she’s Oprah Winfrey . . . and I’m not,” she said.This led her to a personal conversation about her recent financial troubles.In 2009, she discovered that a financial advisor, hired by her husband, stole millions of dollars from her personal finances. This left the then 64-year-old mother of nine on food stamps.“All my money was gone,” she said.Mitchard added that she was from a blue-collar family in Chicago so this was not the first time she endured poverty. She just never thought it would happen to her at this point in her life.“It was devastating,” she said. “My husband still apologizes . . . Almost everyday.”Mitchard posing with Oprah. (Photo courtesy of Jacquelyn Michard.)She then added that Oprah was the one to point out that this was a driving force behind her last book, Two if By Sea.“The story is about a man that loses everything,” she said. “I never thought about it in that way until then.”The conversation ended with questions from the crowd and a book signing.For more information on Fort Worth Public Library events, visit their webpage. ReddIt Nia Brookins Nia Brookinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nia-brookins/ Nia Brookinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nia-brookins/ Nia Brookinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nia-brookins/ Linkedin Provost recommends decentralized testing centerscenter_img Tuition to increase 4.9 percent next school year Nia Brookins is a multimedia journalist from Fort Worth, Texas studying writing and journalism. In her free time she likes to make music and write poetry. Linkedin Twitter Twitter + posts ReddIt Previous articleTCU VGP (Ep. 11 – Blizzcon, Mass Effect and more)Next articleTCU Sizzle Reel (Ep. 10 – The Batman, Fantastic Beasts, X-Men reboot and more) Nia Brookins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Nia Brookinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nia-brookins/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

American Heart Association Honors Pasadena Executive with National Volunteer Award

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#Limerick rescue crews to resume searches

first_imgNewsBreaking news#Limerick rescue crews to resume searchesBy Staff Reporter – April 8, 2016 710 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Print Facebook Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashcenter_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSlimerickLimerick City and County Fire and Rescue ServiceLimerick Marine Search and RescueLMSRsearch Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Searches are to resume this Friday in #Limerick at the Abbey River and the Shannon for a person believed to have been seen entering the water on Thursday night#LIMERICK emergency services are to resume a search at the Abbey River on the outskirts of the city this Friday morning following reports of a person seen entering the water on Thursday night.Just before midnight on Thursday, reports were made of a person seen at the Old Barge moored near the Absolute Hotel. The alert indicated that the person entered the water.Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, together with the FireSwift boat from the Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service launched their search and rescue rib to the scene, while firefighters searched the shore line for a number of hours.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The searches continued to where the Abbey River meets the Shannon before the search was stood down during the early hours of Friday.Gardai will continue investigations as search crews return to the scene this Friday morning. Previous articleThieves target #Limerick tax office safeNext article#WATCH #Limerick Synod told church should reach out to those it hurt Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

[Delhi Riots]No CCTV Footage Or Complaint Made By Witness Or Constables: Delhi HC Grants Bail To Alleged Associate Of Tahir Hussain

first_imgNews Updates[Delhi Riots]No CCTV Footage Or Complaint Made By Witness Or Constables: Delhi HC Grants Bail To Alleged Associate Of Tahir Hussain Nupur Thapliyal5 Feb 2021 2:47 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to one Liyakat Ali who was sent to judicial custody by a Delhi Court for his involvement with suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain in the North East Delhi Riots that broke out in February 2020. A single judge bench comprising of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait disposed of the bail application by granting him bail. Three FIRs had been registered…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to one Liyakat Ali who was sent to judicial custody by a Delhi Court for his involvement with suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain in the North East Delhi Riots that broke out in February 2020. A single judge bench comprising of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait disposed of the bail application by granting him bail. Three FIRs had been registered against Liyakat Ali at Khajuri Khas and Dayalpur Police Stations for his alleged role attributed in pelting stones, petrol bombs and leading a mob resulting to the riots. According to the police, Liyakat Ali along with his son Riyasat Ali worked for Tahir Hussain and was present at his residential terrace from where stones and petrol bombs were pelted. Liyakat Ali was booked for offences under sec. 147, 148, 149, 153A, 307, 505, 120B and 34 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 along with sec. 27 and 30 of Arms Act. According to the Ali, the bail was sought on the ground that he was falsely implicated in the all the FIRs registered against him. Adv. Dinesh Tiwari, appearing on behalf of Ali submitted that there was no clinching evidence on record connecting him with the alleged incident and that his presence was no more required since the charge sheet had been filed in the case. While dealing with the bail plea, the Court noted that Liyakat’s mobile location had revealed that he and his son were present at the spot of alleged incident and the case against him was registered for allegedly pelting stones and instigating rioters to attack people from “other community”. The bail plea was opposed by Additional Solicitor General who submitted that Ali was liable for the criminal acts committed by the mob on 25th February 2020 and therefore the bail should be denied. After looking at the facts of the case, the Court observed that: “Petitioner is a 63 years old man. Admittedly, no electronic evidence like CCTV footage or videography or photograph has been placed on record to establish petitioner’s presence at the spot at the time of alleged incident.” The bench also took note of the fact that the eye witness namely Pradeep Verma had not made any complaint or PCR call to any authority regarding Ali’s involvement prior to 28th March 2020 i.e. the day when his first statement was recorded. “Statements of Constable Saudan and Constable Pawan were recorded on 06.06.2020 and 24.03.2020 respectively. They had also not made any complaint or DD entry with regard to incident in question even though they were posted in the area and witnessed the alleged incident. Charge sheet in this case has already been filed and investigation is complete and so, no purpose would be served in keeping the petitioner behind bars.” The Court granted bail to Liyakat Ali on furnishing a personal bond of Rs. 25,000 with one surely in like amount.Date of order: 03.02.2021Click Here To Download Order[Read order]Next Storylast_img read more

Sussex bakery fined £14,392 for rodent infestation

first_imgFalcone Baking Company in Newhaven has been fined after being found guilty of five offences relating to poor food hygiene, including a “serious rodent infestation”. The wholesale food manufacturer was found guilty of offences which resulted in both the rodent infestation and mould on windows and walls.Councillor Paul Franklin, lead member at Lewes District Council, said: “It is critical we ensure the food residents buy is safe to eat and businesses must comply with food hygiene rules. In a minority of cases, where hygiene rules are repeatedly ignored, the council will take enforcement action.”Falcone Baking Company’s premises were closed following an emergency hygiene prohibition notice being served. The company pleaded guilty and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay the council’s full legal costs of £8,892, and a victim surcharge of £500 – a total of £14,392.Ed Hele, service manager at Lewes District Council, said: “When food is exposed for sale in conditions that could place the public at risk, we have to act.”last_img read more

A difficult journey, a brighter future

first_imgLiberia’s “Iron Lady,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, urged Harvard graduates to be fearless when facing the future, to dream big, and to resist cynicism despite the difficulties and failures they will face in life.Sirleaf, a Harvard Kennedy School alumna who in 2006 became the first woman president of an African nation, gave the Commencement address at Thursday’s (May 26) afternoon ceremonies in Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre. She told graduating seniors of the challenges she faced during her groundbreaking, zigzagging journey to the president’s office. Those challenges included prison sentences, death threats, and years of exile.“We all persisted. I always maintained the conviction that my country and people are so much better than our recent history indicates,” Sirleaf said. “I believe I am a better leader, a better person, with a richer appreciation for the present because of my past.”Sirleaf received an honorary doctor of laws degree earlier in the day. Along with her award, more than 7,200 degrees and certificates were awarded to Harvard College seniors and graduate students. Honorary degrees were awarded to luminaries in various fields, including legendary tenor Plácido Domingo and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Harvard marked its upcoming 375th anniversary and its roots as an institution dedicated to educating both English and Native American youth by awarding a posthumous degree to Joel Iacoomes, one of the original Wampanoag students at the College. Iacoomes completed his studies but died in a shipwreck before graduating in 1665. His fellow Wampanoag and classmate, Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, did graduate that year. Their modern counterpart, College senior Tiffany Smalley, the first Wampanoag to graduate since Cheeshahteaumuck, also received her degree Thursday.Degrees were awarded during the morning in an outdoor ceremony packed with centuries of tradition at America’s oldest institution of higher education. Sirleaf delivered her remarks during the Afternoon Exercises, which doubles as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. During that session, Harvard’s alumni welcome the morning’s graduates into their global community of 360,000 alumni in 185 countries.President Drew Faust also addressed the crowd, saying that universities are among “humanity’s greatest innovations,” and that, because of the times, the power of knowledge is greater than ever. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard President Drew Faust also addressed the crowd of newly minted graduates, their families, and friends, saying that universities are among “humanity’s greatest innovations,” and that, because of the times, the power of knowledge is greater than ever.“Perhaps every generation believes that it lives in special times, and perhaps every cohort of graduates is told just that at ceremonies like these,” Faust said. “But both the depth of the challenges we face and the power of knowledge — and thus of universities — to address them is unprecedented. Harvard must embrace this responsibility …”Faust called on America’s budget-cutting leaders to recognize the importance of education to improve people’s lives and to bolster the economy. During the recent recession, the unemployment rate for college graduates was less than half that of workers with only a high school diploma. In addition, she said, universities are drivers of innovation. At Harvard, that means fresh inventions from faculty and students alike, along with programs and centers, all leading to “new ideas and new ways of enabling those ideas to reach a wider world.”“That is the essence of what we are about,” Faust said.Harvard has worked to broaden the economic diversity of its student body, adopting financial aid programs that now reach 60 percent of undergraduates. About 20 percent of the students come from families earning less than $60,000, Faust said. She touched on universities’ roles in solving the complex, border-spanning problems facing the world, and on the emphasis that Harvard has placed in recent years on students gaining international experience while at the University.At the honorands’ dinner the evening before Commencement, Sirleaf presented Faust with a quilt made by women from the rural Liberian community of Arthington, which is known for its textiles. Faust was so taken by the gift, which featured the Harvard shield and was decorated with small seashells, that she had it displayed behind the president’s chair during Commencement exercises.“They wanted something to remain that would really capture today, really capture Harvard,” Sirleaf said of the 10 women whose needlework produced the quilt, “and to say to President Faust how much they appreciated her invitation to me to speak on Commencement Day.”During her speech Thursday, Sirleaf expressed optimism about the future of her country and of Africa. After decades of dictatorship and civil war, Liberia has transitioned to democracy and faces the prospect of a peaceful transition of power later this year, after the upcoming presidential elections. Sirleaf spoke of the progress Liberia made since her election. She has moved to reform the country’s government, reducing international debt, attracting foreign investment, and rebuilding electric and water systems in the capital, Monrovia. The country also has begun rebuilding hospitals, schools, roads, and other infrastructure destroyed in the fighting.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presented Harvard President Drew Faust (pictured) with a quilt made by women from the rural Liberian community of Arthington, which is known for its textiles. Faust had the quilt displayed behind the president’s chair during Commencement exercises. Brooks Canaday/Harvard Staff PhotographerThough much remains to be done, Sirleaf said the results are already apparent, as Liberia’s economy is growing at 6 percent annually. Sirleaf said she’d like to “graduate Liberia from development assistance” in 10 years, and have it rise to the ranks of middle-income countries by 2030.“Our 7-year-olds do not hear guns and do not have to run. They can smile again,” Sirleaf said.The changes in Liberia reflect those reshaping much of the continent, Sirleaf said, where the era of “big man” dictatorships is coming to a close. Sub-Saharan Africa had just three democracies in 1989, a number that grew to 23 by 2008, she said. The region’s economy is growing at 5 percent, with a rising middle class now numbering 313 million out of a population of 1 billion.In some ways, Africa has come full circle, to the time of hope and resilience the continent experienced in the first years after countries gained their independence, before the rise of militarism and sectarian violence, Sirleaf said.“I was there in the early 1970s, a decade after the independence movement had swept across Africa. Back then, the future appeared full of endless possibilities. But I also witnessed the gradual descent into militarism, sectarian violence, and divisive ethnic politics. I witnessed our country engulfed in the fires of a civil conflict that raged for almost two decades,” Sirleaf said. “But … I have also been blessed with the opportunity to watch and participate as the nation rises out of the ashes of war to become a force for peace in West Africa.”Sirleaf said the self-confidence and perhaps even arrogance she felt after graduating from the Kennedy School, which she attended through the Edward S. Mason Program, got her into hot water with her government. Delivering a commencement address at her high school after returning to Liberia, she questioned the government’s failure to address inequities in society.“This forced me into exile and a staff position at the World Bank. Other similar events would follow in a life in and out of the country, in and out of jail, in and out of professional service. There were times I thought death was near, and times when the burden of standing tall by one’s convictions seemed only to result in failure. But through it all, my experience sends a strong message that failure is just as important as success,” Sirleaf said.Sirleaf said that in just the last decade, technology has hastened history, increasing the speed of change and leading to transformations such as those happening in North Africa and the Middle East. However change occurs, Sirleaf said, Harvard and those with ties to the University are often involved. She cited U.S. presidents John Kennedy and Barack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Secretary of State George Marshall, the 1947 Commencement speaker, who announced plans to rebuild post-World War II Europe.Sirleaf concluded by urging students to dream on a grand scale and said her own optimism for the future was largely due to them.“If your dreams do not scare you, they’re not big enough,” Sirleaf said. “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. … If you start off with a small dream, you may not have much left when it is fulfilled because, along the way, life will … make demands on you. I am, however, bullish about the future of our world because of everyone in this Yard and because of those who graduated today.”last_img read more

Graduate Commons faculty directors work to make Harvard Housing feel like home

first_imgJim and Doreen Hogle, faculty deans for Dudley House, have served as faculty directors at Peabody Terrace for nearly seven years. Photo by Bob Keene/Keene Vision “Being faculty directors has given us the opportunity to meet a remarkably diverse and international group of residents. We’ve had a wonderful time getting to know residents academically, professionally, and socially, and to share ideas and customs with them. The experience has also provided us with a chance to work alongside an extremely dedicated group of staff … to create a sense of community in a building complex that could otherwise be very isolating. The experience has enriched our lives.” — Jim Hogle, Edward S. Harkness Professor at Harvard Medical School, chair of the Biophysics Program, faculty director at Dudley House, Peabody Terrace,“As faculty directors, we have really loved interacting with, mentoring, and learning from the diverse and incredibly talented community of Harvard students and scholars. As a professor at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, and as faculty chair for the J.D./M.B.A. program, I believe that cross fertilization among fields and interdisciplinary education will be critical to the next wave of advances in our society. As faculty directors, we get to witness that interaction every day.” — Guhan Subramanian, Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at HLS, Douglas Weaver, professor of business law at HBS and faculty director at Western Area,“We have the privilege of creating a truly diverse Harvard community that will be loyal and interested in Harvard for decades. The hardest part of the job is saying goodbye when the residents finish their degree and move on to the next phase of their lives.” — Nancy Winship, recently retired senior vice president for Institutional Advancement at Brandeis University and faculty director at Gardenside Area For hundreds of Harvard affiliates and their families living in Harvard University Housing, it’s the sense of belonging and community connection that makes all the difference. Eight faculty directors with Harvard Graduate Commons Program (GCP) work every day to help make that possible.These intellectual leaders, together with GCP staff and community advisors, host social and academic events to engage their neighborhoods. Whether welcoming residents and guests into their homes each month for lectures and dinner discussions, or integrating intellectual and social opportunities through events like game nights, networking happy hours, and off-campus excursions, the faculty directors bridge the divide between the learning, living, and cultural experiences at Harvard.Since its inception in 2008, GCP’s unique interdisciplinary effort to create a “home away from home” for a diverse residential population including graduate students, faculty, staff, and their families is now a thriving living-learning community for all residents.Some of the faculty directors shared why they choose to serve in this capacity. “We get to engage with residents from all over the world, learning their different cultures and passions and sharing ours … and residents are able to see us as both faculty and as family. We see this as an opportunity to bring people together, building relationships that last a lifetime.” — Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education and faculty director at Gardenside Arealast_img read more

EIA: Coal generation fell to 19.2% of U.S. electricity market in January

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Total U.S. power generation during January was at 339.32 TWh, up 0.6% from the prior month but 5.1% lower than the year-ago month. It was also down 5.1% from the five-year average and was the lowest total generation for the corresponding month since 328.66 TWh in January 2006.Coal made up just 19.2% of the power generation in January, while natural gas generation was at 39.2%, compared with 21.5% of U.S. generation from coal and 38.4% from gas in December. In the year-ago month, coal’s power generation share was at 28.2%, while gas was at 33.3%.Natural gas generation in January was at 132.98 TWh, up 2.8% from a month earlier and 11.8% higher than the year-ago month. It was the highest power generation from gas in the month of January in over 47 years.Nuclear generation was at 74.2 TWh in January, up 1.5% from December and 0.7% higher than the year-ago month. Nuclear made up 21.9% of the generation share in January, up from 21.7% in December and 21.2% in January 2019.Generation from renewables, including hydro and solar, was at 63.46 TWh in January, up 7.2% from December and 5.6% from the year-ago month. Renewable’s power generation share was at 18.7%, up from 17.5% in December and 16.8% a year ago.Wind generation was at 28.4 TWh in January, up 4.5% month on month and 12.9% higher than a year ago. Utility solar generation was at 4.56 TWh, up 30.4% from a month earlier and up 24.7% from the year-ago month.[Tyler Godwin]More: January U.S. coal-fired generation falls 10.2% on month, 35.5% on year: EIA EIA: Coal generation fell to 19.2% of U.S. electricity market in Januarylast_img read more

Military Leaders from the Americas Discuss Common Issues

first_imgBy Dialogo February 06, 2013 Military leaders from Central America visited U.S. Army North on January 30 as part of the Central American Regional Leaders’ Conference, hosted by U.S. Army South, in a cooperative effort to establish closer ties between militaries and to improve coordination on common issues. International students from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, based in Fort Benning, Georgia, visited Army North to learn about the mission and structure of the U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command. “The WHINSEC visit allowed us to highlight Army North’s role in defending the homeland in depth through security cooperation with our neighboring countries – Canada and Mexico,” said Major Albert Marckwardt, Mexico branch officer at Army North. “For the students, equivalent to the U.S. Army ranks of major and lieutenant colonel, it was also an opportunity to understand how we support civilian authorities at the tactical and operational level.” WHINSEC students from Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Canada, Belize and Mexico learned about Army North’s unique missions and discussed regional efforts with hemispheric partner nations to combat transnational criminal organizations. Military leaders from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and Panama’s director of its National Border Service toured Army North’s historic Quadrangle, attended command briefings and heard from Oscar Salinas Jr., assistant chief of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, who touted the success Army North has had working with the Mexican land and air forces, known as SEDENA. “The Border Patrol’s new strategic plan focuses on integration with federal, state, local and foreign partnerships,” said Salinas. “The collaboration between Army North and SEDENA is one example of this integration.” While WHINSEC students have visited Army North in years past, the visit of Army commanders from Central America on this opportunity was unique. “This is probably the first time we’ve worked this closely with Army South and with Central American army commanders, and this greater dialogue is a healthy thing,” said Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commanding general, Army North (Fifth Army), and senior commander, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis. “We’ve been building our interactions over the years – and we want it to continue,” he added. Major General Perry Wiggins, deputy commanding general of operations at Army North, discussed the importance of building relationships and fostering communication in combating transnational criminal organizations. “They’re going to move to the path of least resistance,” said Wiggins. “A solution without Central America, South America, Canada and Mexico gives them a gap. Our adversary we’re dealing with is very smart. [If we] protect the land and water, [then] they use ultralights and tunnels.” Progress has been made, but there is more to be done, and Army North needs to foster relationships with other nations like it has done with Mexico, said Wiggins. “We are getting back into a cooperative state,” he said. “I can tell you the synergy we have created with SEDENA has blossomed into something where relationships have carried the day.”last_img read more