Colombia Confiscates Almost Two Tons of Cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo September 23, 2010 The Colombian Navy confiscated 1,887 kilograms of cocaine being transported on a speedboat near a Caribbean beach, while the police expropriated from three fugitive drug traffickers assets valued at more than 110 million dollars, the authorities announced on 21 September. Initially, a Navy patrol intercepted a speedboat carrying the cargo of cocaine in the Gulf of Urabá, near the border with Panama, and arrested the five crew members who tried to evade pursuit by the military authorities. Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said that the confiscated drugs had an estimated cost of 38 million dollars on the international market. “This seizure represents a serious blow to the finances of the Los Urabeños criminal gang, which has done so much damage in the country’s northwest,” the minister affirmed. The illegal armed group to which Rivera referred is a drug-trafficking organization made up of former extreme-right-wing paramilitaries who failed to fulfill the terms of a peace agreement with the government and returned to illicit activities. At the same time, the National Police and the Attorney-General’s Office expropriated 203 assets, including houses, apartments, farms, and vehicles, belonging to the fugitive drug traffickers Daniel Barrera, alias “El Loco Barrera,” and the brothers Javier Antonio and Luis Enrique Calle Serna, better known as the “Comba.” The properties have an estimated value of over 110 million dollars. Colombia is the world’s leading producer of cocaine with around four hundred metric tons a year, despite the efforts of Bogotá and the United States to reduce coca cultivation. The price in Colombia for one kilo of cocaine is around 1,000 dollars, while in international markets one kilo can bring in up to 30,000 dollars, according to security sources. In addition, Colombia’s geographic position, with two oceans on its shores, makes it a strategic location for trafficking drugs and arms. According to the government, the drug business is currently controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, groups of former paramilitaries, and cartels with ties to the Mexican cartels. In 2009, the Colombian authorities confiscated more than 203 tons of cocaine, and the figure so far this year exceeds 90 tons.last_img read more

El Salvador Increases Its Participation in MINUSMA

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 15, 2017 A new contingent of Salvadoran military personnel is scheduled to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA, in French) in December. As such, El Salvador shows its commitment to the United Nation’s (UN) peacekeeping, security, and stabilization efforts in the region. “This deployment will not replace the air unit. To the contrary, it increases our presence in that part of the world,” Colonel Jorge Alberto Miranda, chief of the 3rd Operations Group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of El Salvador, said to Diálogo. “This will be an airport ground services unit made up of 70 soldiers. Our presence in Mali will grow to 160 personnel.” The mission of the new contingent, made up of men and women, is to improve and maintain operational conditions at one of Mali’s airports. The unit also has search and rescue and firefighting duties in the terminal area. Service members brought the technology and equipment needed to manage the airport. These duties come in addition to day and night patrols on the ground and in the air; maintenance of transportation and communication equipment; training and education; and other duties the Salvadoran service members perform from the moment they deploy. El Salvador has been part of MINUSMA since May 2015, operating independently with the Torogoz (El Salvador’s national bird) Armed Helicopter Unit (AHU), which consists of 90 military personnel under the UN mandate. The newly deployed AHU trained in El Salvador with personnel who manage Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero and Galdámez International Airport in the department of La Paz and already received praise from the UN. “To expand the unit’s training and capacities, El Salvador received support from the Global Peace Operations Initiative [GPOI],” Col. Miranda said. “Likewise, it received support from U.S. Southern Command to complete all required training and certifications our personnel needed to participate in peacekeeping missions.” GPOI is a U.S. Department of State funded program, executed in coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense, to build partner nation capacity to conduct UN Peacekeeping Operations. GPOI also heavily assisted the deployment of the Torogoz unit, with pre-deployment training, base operations sustainment equipment, in-mission training, and helicopter spare parts. Challenges met “El Salvador rose to the challenge of meeting the very high standards that UN requires to deploy, both in material resources and competencies the personnel in the contingent must meet,” Col. Miranda said. “Communication was another challenge. Spanish is widely used in the world, but it’s unknown in the places we’ve been to. We were able to overcome that by learning and practicing English. “The logistics’ matter in our deployments to Mali was also an important issue for the Armed Forces of El Salvador. They have to prepare all the cargo, place it in containers, load it onto ships, ship it, and receive it in Africa,” Col. Miranda said. “The deployed military personnel meet the training requirements to carry out their duties in the assigned area, with competencies in human rights and first aid,” added Salvadoran Air Force Captain Alfredo Alexander García, head of the 6th Information Systems Department and MINUSMA member. Operational readiness Peacekeeping operations help military institutions keep up with ongoing training. “Each deployment shows the level of operational readiness of its armed forces, which are able to operate abroad wherever the UN needs them,” Col. Miranda said. “Teamwork is also key for operational readiness because we are a coordinated structure. If one part of the contingent doesn’t work, operations can come to a standstill,” Capt. García added. The efficiency of missions rests on mutual trust and the high degree of training and professionalism the military and police contingents execute in their duties. The Armed Forces of El Salvador plans to send the fourth rotation of its Torogoz helicopter unit to Mali 2018. “As officers and members of the Armed Forces, we are morally committed to boost the reputation of our nation and our glorious Armed Forces at all times,” Capt. García concluded.last_img read more

Colombia: A Global NATO Partner

first_img“The doctrine is a historical and revolutionary event that will provide more operational tools to commanders at all levels; it reinforces our counterinsurgency capabilities,” Gen. Mejía told Diálogo. “Damascus is the necessary and timely process of doctrinal revision, update, and prioritization for the Colombian Army, [with] a new vocabulary to achieve higher interoperability levels, because Colombia lacked a military doctrine with the necessary international standards to combat potential external threats.” The new international status strengthens the Military Forces of Colombia. Commanders know that their units will take part in valuable training and acquire important skills. “Being in NATO is a recognition of the level of our institution’s capabilities, conditions, and commitments, which we reached over many years of conflict,” General Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas, commander of the Colombian Air Force, told Diálogo. “Air forces from several countries want to conduct exercises with us. We know how to do things, and they want to know how we do it.” Becoming a partner To be a NATO global partner meant the Colombian military had to take on a myriad tasks in the process of updating, aligning, and building the joint doctrine of the military. Changes in organizational structures were necessary to improve internal procedures. Standards used to classify and label material and equipment also needed revisions, as did advanced training and educational programs for officers, noncommissioned officers, and soldiers. The forces participated in exchange programs about doctrinal knowledge, military training, and education in the best centers of excellence and military training of the U.S. and Germany, among others. Since 2015, about 130 Colombian military members traveled to several countries to take part in conferences, workshops, seminars, and training exercises on transparency, resiliency, and leadership. Colombia plans to modernize the military educational and training system with an academic program tailored to offer their skills and allow for interaction with other armed forces. The objective is also to engage in science and technology to improve administration, risk management procedures, and logistics support protocols. Colombia also works on modernizing cyberdefense capabilities. “There are new threats against security and international stability, such as terrorism, transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and its derivative issues, and corruption—challenges we learned to confront,” Gen. Mejía said. “The experience of our armed forces, that particular DNA, stands out in the eyes of the world and is part of the knowledge we will exchange with NATO.” Higher interoperability levels Joining the organization fell in line with the country’s new post-conflict reality. Colombian Army General Alberto José Mejía Ferrero, commander of the Military Forces of Colombia, led the design of the Damascus doctrine, on par with the need for more modern and competitive forces. Without the Damascus doctrine, a stronger relationship with NATO wouldn’t have been possible. By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo August 08, 2018 On May 31, 2018, Colombia became the first Latin American country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and gain global partnership status like that of Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, Belgium, where the organization is headquartered, and signed a partnership agreement. “We are global partners, not members. This condition only allows the country to participate in training operations, not in military operations,” President Santos said upon signing the agreement. “It means we’ll participate in modernization protocols to standardize processes, which will grant the Armed Forces access to a wide variety of NATO training in areas in which Colombia should improve.” Scope of the agreement The agreement formalizes the close relationship between Colombia and NATO. The Colombian forces will have access to exchanges and forums on issues such as cyberdefense, the importance of women in peace and security, and demining. “I welcome the opportunity to learn from Colombia’s very exclusive knowledge of explosives,” Stoltenberg said. “This knowledge can be applied in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.” Lessons on countering corruption and best practices against it are also on the agenda. Since 2013, the Military Forces of Colombia carry out a program that considers transparency, anti-bribery, and ethics as fundamental for transformation. NATO has an integrity building program in line with the policies of transparency the country strives for. The program will pave the way for the adoption of transparency norms to strengthen procedures such as military sales—the internal mechanisms also obey standardization and international supervision. last_img read more

Appellate Practice Section works to improve services

first_img Appellate Practice Section works to improve services August 15, 2001 Regular News Appellate Practice Section works to improve servicescenter_img Building on the worldwide recognition that appellate lawyers received in the wake of last November’s presidential election, the Bar’s Appellate Practice Section is working to improve services it provides to members. “The Florida recount election litigation made people realize the function of appellate lawyers, and the appellate lawyers looked great, whether it was at the Florida Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Ben Kuehne, who at the Bar’s Annual Meeting passed the gavel as section chair to Hala Sandridge. “That’s an `appeal’ that will help the growth of the section.”And Sandridge and Kuehne said the section has several programs aimed at enhancing its “appeal” to members by helping in their daily practices.Kuehne said the section has continued to make improvements in its appellate advocacy seminar, which it runs in conjunction with Stetson University College of Law. This year, the seminar was held July 25-27 at Stetson.Sandridge noted that participants prepare an appellate brief ahead of time on a selected topic, and the brief is critiqued by Stetson faculty. Participants also get to do a mock oral argument, which is videotaped and critiqued to improve presentations.The seminar, overseen by Supreme Court Clerk Tom Hall, aims to show participants “how to write a brief and do a good appellate argument,” Sandridge said.Recent projects, Kuehne said, include bench/bar functions with the various district courts of appeal around the state, and working with the appellate mediation programs in the First and Fourth DCAs.“We’re trying to help the courts screen for cases that are more likely to be successfully resolved through mediation,” he said.One of the section’s major member services, Sandridge said, is the Appellate Practice Handbook, which is updated annually.“We have assembled all of the information needed to understand the procedures in every appellate court, state and federal,” she said.The book lists the phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses of all section members and lists the judges of the DCAs, justices of the Florida Supreme Court, and judges on the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as their staff. In addition, it includes a biography of each jurist, plus the procedures for each court, and information such as whether a court has a night drop box for briefs.There are also helpful articles and tips from judges on common problems they see in appellate cases, Sandridge said.The book is available from the section for $14.95, plus local sales tax.Besides its regular business, the section awarded former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice and current U.S. 11th Circuit Judge Rosemary Barkett its James C. Adkins Appellate Excellence Award.For more information about the section, or to order the practice handbook, contact section coordinator Austin Newberry at (850) 561-5624 or the website at

How to know what to do when there are no clear rules

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As I am likely dipping my toes (or a line) in Deep Creek Lake at this moment, I hope you don’t mind if I dig deep into the archives to dust off an old blog post that still has merit.Back on March 7, 2010, I wrote about being “off the grid” for the NAFCU Compliance Blog.  And while my last post dealt with “blowing up” old, dusty things to start anew, I’m making an exception here.As managers, we often live off the grid.  We must make decisions without clear guidance, direction, or data.  So, how do we do this?  Here’s a possible way of looking at that issue.  I’ve updated the post, but it remains very close to the original.Enjoy. continue reading »last_img read more

Driverless car innovation drives impact on financial services industry

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s not too soon to start thinking about the possible strategic implications of driverless cars and driverless car technology on the financial services industry. Billions of dollars are being invested by numerous companies and sectors to propel the use of driverless technology.The impacts can be far reaching. To leverage possible opportunities requires advanced critical and strategic thinking. We thought the article 24 Industries Other Than Auto That Driverless Cars Could Turn Upside Down, by CB Insights, would help jump-start your critical thinking. continue reading »last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi enjoys evening with former teammate and Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Maurice

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 May 2019 11:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Advertisement The midfielder played alongside his compatriot at Lorient (Picture: Getty)Matteo Guendouzi got Arsenal fans very excited on Thursday night when he uploaded a video with former teammate – and current Gunners target – Alexis Claude-Maurice.The north London club are believed to be working on a £9million deal to bring the Lorient forward to the Emirates this summer as Unai Emery looks to bolster his attacking options.Guendouzi and Claude-Maurice played together through the youth ranks and are good friends, with Arsenal hoping the midfielder can convince his old pal to follow him to the Emirates.center_img Matteo Guendouzi enjoys evening with former teammate and Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Maurice Claude-Maurice visited Guendouzi at his London home (Picture: Instagram)And Arsenal fans are hoping that’s exactly what he did after inviting Claude-Maurice over to his London home on Thursday and uploading the clip to Instagram.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThere are a host of teams interested in signing the 20-year-old, such as Monaco, Lille, Frankfurt and newly promoted Norwich, but Arsenal hope Guendouzi’s relationship with Claude-Maurice will seal the deal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe attacker, who scored 14 times in Ligue 2 last season, could be forgiven for feeling apprehensive about his chances of playing much first-team football given the presence of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.But Guendouzi is testament to the fact that Emery will give opportunities to youth players, playing 33 times in the Premier League, and highlights that there is a pathway into the first team for Claude-Maurice. Only five players scored more Ligue 1 goals than Claude-Maurice last season (Getty)Arsenal will have a budget of around just £40m to spend if they fail to win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League, meaning they will have to buy smartly this summer.In addition to Claude-Maurice, Emery wants to sign a new centre-back, two full-backs and a box-to-box midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey, who will move to Juventus on a free transfer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Returning Dominican dies in traffic accident

first_img 60 Views   4 comments Share Share A Dominican national who returned on island for Mahaut reunion activities has lost his life in a vehicular accident, a police report indicates.Astaphan Luke of Mahaut collided with a dump truck on Sunday afternoon on the Edward Oliver LeBlanc Highway in Salisbury.Police spokesman, inspector John Carbon reported that the vehicle which Luke was driving was extensively damaged.“It involved Suzuki jeep registration number TJ672 driven by fifty-five (55) year old Astaphan Luke of Mahaut who resided in abroad and dump truck registration number TF980, driven by Michael Rodney of Coulibistrie. Vehicle registration number TJ672 was travelling in a northerly direction while vehicle registration number TF980 was travelling in a southerly direction when they collided head on. Astaphan Luke sustained serious injuries and died at the scene of the collision, the vehicle which he was driving was extensively damaged and he was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical practitioner”.A coroner’s inquest will be convened as well as a post mortem examination. Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Returning Dominican dies in traffic accident by: – July 23, 2012last_img read more

Ligue 1: Neymar dedicates goal to Kobe Bryant after throwing up ’24’

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Grammys honour Kobe Bryant with tributes, jerseysGames in the NBA continued but Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs plays paid tribute in the opening exchanges on the court.Both sets of players allowed the shot clock to expire for 24-second violations on each of their first possessions, with the crowd in attendance giving a standing ovation and chanting Bryant’s name in a wonderful moment. Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Surprising Photos Of The Rock And His Lavish Lifestyle7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? PSG star Neymar dedicated his second goal to the late Kobe Bryant after news of his tragic passing was confirmed on Sunday.center_img Loading… The Basketball icon passed away along with four other people, including his 13-year old daughter Gianna, who was also onboard the private aircraft when it burst into flames as they were on the way to a practice session at the Mamba Academy on Sunday morning.The news shocked the sporting world and has led to a whole host of tributes pouring in for the 41-year old, widely viewed as one of the greatest players in NBA history.He completely transcended the sport in his 20-year career on the court and Neymar, a huge basketball fan who met ‘Mamba’ in 2017, paid tribute when he scored a penalty early in the second half against Lille.The Brazilian had found out about Bryant’s death at half-time and after finding the net for a second time, gestured the No.24 (Bryant’s iconic LA Lakers number) before praying and pointing to the sky.last_img read more

Jury out on Solskjaer – Martinez

first_img The former Manchester United striker had taken just seven points from his first nine matches, although they did secure a crucial win over bottom side Fulham last weekend. Martinez believes the evidence shows short-term thinking does not pay off. “It is difficult. It is very rare you get a real improvement for the long term,” he said. “In the short term they sometimes get a positive reaction but a change rarely affects things in a good way for the long term. “Sometimes we get those decisions. Overall you don’t want to see those sort of changes and I personally don’t believe the quick turnaround of a manager will give you long-term success unless you appoint the right man. “It depends on every situation and every club has internal issues that they (should) know whether the decision will be right. “But if you ask me, nothing gives you more success in the long term than good stability and working with a real strategy to improve.” Martinez’s most pressing issues are getting his side to bounce back from their FA Cup quarter-final exit at Arsenal last weekend and deciding when injured captain Phil Jagielka will be ready to return. The Toffees boss has admitted he made a mistake in throwing Ross Barkley into January’s Merseyside derby at Anfield just over three weeks after breaking a toe and he will not repeat the error by rushing back the midfielder’s England team-mate. Jagielka has missed the past two matches with a hamstring problem and Martinez is content to allow the 31-year-old to take his time coming back, especially with four matches in just 16 days starting this weekend. “Phil is recovering well. Now it’s a matter of assessing him day-by-day and seeing how quickly he can get back into playing,” the manager told evertontv. “Clearly it’s important he is 100 per cent. I know he’s a player who will at times put himself forward at only 90 per cent to help the team but with the amount of games we have – it’s a nine-week period with 11 games – we need Phil and every player to be fully fit. “Whenever Phil is 100 per cent he’ll be able to help the team but we need to protect him a little bit and make sure he’s not rushed back into playing too early, which could risk a further period out.” Midfielder Steven Pienaar’s fitness will be looked at ahead of this weekend after limping off in the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal. “Stevie and a couple of others picked up knocks and bruises as you would expect from such a competitive and demanding game, but we’re going to assess them over the next few days and we’ll find the final extent. “At the minute there doesn’t seem anything to worry about.” Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not know whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn out to be the right man to lead Saturday’s opponents Cardiff out of danger. However, he does believe changing a manager mid-season without a clear strategy has very few long-term benefits. Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay in January with the Bluebirds just a point above the bottom three but they head to Goodison Park this weekend inside the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference. last_img read more