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CABSEC and SAMSEC 2017, Just Around the CornerCABSEC and SAMSEC 2017, Just Around the Corner

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo March 15, 2017 If you are reading this article on a computer or a mobile device that was imported from another country, it most likely came in a box transported in a container ship, since the majority of goods, including a good deal of food, raw materials, and basic necessities are transported by sea. According to official statistics from the Panama Canal Authority, 3 percent of all goods transported globally by sea crossed the isthmus of Panama in 2016, through the canal connecting the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Oceans have always played a central role in many countries’ defense strategies. In order to prevent international criminal networks from operating in their waters, governments are forced to ensure security at sea. That’s why, Panama’s Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym), is co-hosting more than 100 members of official institutions responsible for security and defense from various countries. Participants in search of ways to ensure better security at sea will talk with representatives from specialized equipment manufacturing firms to discuss shared issues for countries in the region, including topics related to the joint fight against transnational organized crime, the importance of interagency cooperation, terrorism, the economy, and the environment. CABSEC 2017 The 2017 Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit (CABSEC) and the South American Security Summit (SAMSEC) will be held March 21st-23rd in Panama City, according to the website for the event. Maritime security, drug trafficking, organized crime, and interagency coordination processes will be among the key topics to be discussed at the summit. Commissioner Jesús Rodríguez, coordinator of the event for SENAN, told Diálogo that so far 120 attendees have been confirmed, including ministers of defense, chiefs of various armed forces and directors of different security forces from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Mexico, and others. Military and civilian representatives from other parts of the world will also participate. During the summit, attendees will address recent experiences in the region with humanitarian aid, as well as topics related to interdiction operations against drug traffickers and other security issues. They will also analyze the evolution of regional asymmetric threats, challenges fighting organized crime, and the Afghan experience controlling drug trafficking, which had very good results and is used as a model to follow. Rodrigo Cigarruista, manager of Security and Surveillance at the Panama Canal, told Diálogo that event participants will split up for specialized presentations, work sessions for finding solutions to challenges, and later debates in which experts will procure supplies from different participating entities used for regional and national security and defense designs. Presenters participating in the conference from U.S. Southern Command will emphasize the coordination process of the Joint Interagency Task Force–South. They will also discuss the current nature of transnational and transregional threats. Summit participants also expect to discuss issues related to best practices for agency cooperation, the importance of interdiction during operations against drug traffickers in international waters, intelligence-driven maritime security for optimally efficient use of resources, and information exchange. “Let’s not forget that because of their circumstances, organized crime and drug trafficking are activities that tend to change quickly. It is essential to get in front of it to be able to hold back these advances that they make every year,” Cigarruista said. Among the themes discussed, there will be dynamics that will allow authorities to take charge of control, security, and defense in their countries. The officers and delegates attending the summit are responsible for providing security and defense to more than one billion people combined. Importance for Panama According to Commissioner Rodríguez, participants are seeking to “strengthen ties of friendship, and this leads to improving strategies in the fight against organized crime and current threats like drug trafficking, terrorism, and human trafficking.” The summit will also allow them to prepare for confronting other emerging threats to improve security throughout the hemisphere. Other subjects that will be covered include immigration, corruption and money laundering. All matters that cause security problems. “Every country brings its experiences, achievements, and failures to help the rest of the group,” Commissioner Rodríguez explained. Cigarruista said the event is important for Panama from the perspective of the canal. “Panama, being a multimodal logistical center and possessing the largest passageway, represented by the canal, is getting a lot out of this summit, learning the regional status of the criminal situation, since this allows us to create designs that strengthen interconnection processes and allows us to create a secure route for worldwide maritime commerce, thereby strengthening our national interests.”last_img read more

Sweeney chasing rich prizeSweeney chasing rich prize

first_imgRodger Sweeney is hopeful both Fiery Oscar and Shamiran can make their presence felt in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at Galway. Press Association “Shamiran has not been here that long. He needed the run that he had for us at Dundalk. He’s a very tough horse and I’d hope he’ll put in a big run. Hopefully they’ll both run well as they both like a stamina test.” John O’Shea feels testing conditions will play to the strengths of his runner Novarov. The trainer said: “The rain has come in time for him and he’s in there with a nice racing weight (10st 10lb) with the top one (Carlito Brigante) staying in. He is a course winner and though he’d like a little bit further, the rain that has come will be a big help and he’s in good form.” Dooney Rock is fitted with blinkers for the first time by trainer Michael McElhone. The handler said: “He very laid-back and he’s certainly more enthusiastic with them at home. He’s as hard as nails but he’s been hampered with niggly little injuries all along and he should have scored a lot more than the two goals he’s scored. He’s just had heaps of stuff to overcome.” There will not be a dry eye in the house if Sweet My Lord can deliver a poignant victory for the late Colm Murray. One of Ireland’s best-known racing broadcasters, Murray passed away earlier this week at the age of 61 following a three-year battle against motor neurone disease. Galway racegoers observed a minute’s silence before the start of the Festival on Monday and now the Willie Mullins-trained Sweet My Lord, a horse part-owned by Murray, goes for victory in the feature on day six. He is one of four runners in the race for the champion trainer, with Security Breach, Balnaslow and Call Me Bubbles also in the line-up. center_img Fiery Oscar won four successive races between February and May and carries the silks of the trainer’s wife Joan, colours made famous by dual Foxhunter Chase winner Salsify. He will be ridden by Andrew Lynch. Shamiran, the mount of David Splaine, needs to step up on previous form, but is making just his second appearance for the team. The trainer said: “Fiery Oscar has come on in leaps and bounds. Where else am I to go with him? He’s rated 127 now and over hurdles anyway there aren’t too many more places he can go. last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the WeekAdopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook182Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonRomeo is a young neutered male Miniature Schnauzer. He is a very smart, loving boy who is happy to spend most of the day in your lap, at your feet, or beside you on the sofa. He does enjoy walks around the neighborhood and gets along with other dogs his size.Romeo likes to know where his people are at all times and will try to herd small children so we recommend only older kids. Romeo is an excellent watch dog and will let you know when someone is at the door. Romeo would be an excellent companion for an adult family.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or visit the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  You can contact us at [email protected] or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

Read why Ronaldinho still hasn’t been released from jail in Paraguay!Read why Ronaldinho still hasn’t been released from jail in Paraguay!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement g9jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2xiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3rw2b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8nWould you ever consider trying this?😱a7i6nyCan your students do this? 🌚6t1qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Iconic Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho was recently arrested in Paraguay for allegedly travelling in the country with a counterfeit passport. While the superstar is currently in detention, his lawyers are pushing for a temporary bail out of the jail before a proper hearing takes place. While statements have come forward that the player himself had no hand in the fake passport arrangements, the footballer’s trial hasn’t taken place yet.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersThe former Barcelona and AC Milan icon arrived in Paraguay along with his brother Roberto after receiving invitation for a conference arranged by some charitable organisations. While the immigration didn’t recognise the fake passports, the police later raided the footballer’s hotel room and seized their IDs.Although the public prosecutor Federico Delfino has not pursued charges against Ronaldinho and Roberto, the brothers are still kept in detention in Asuncion.Advertisement Ronaldinho’s laywer Sergio Queiroz has described the incident as “illicit, illegal and unlawful,” as the player himself stated that he had no idea about the passports being fake.“Ronaldinho did not commit a crime because he did not know that the passport they gave him was faked,” Queiroz was recently quoted by Paraguay media.Advertisement The lawyer, who is pushing for a temporary bail for Ronaldinho and his brother from their current pre-trial detention, also added that the brothers were invited to Paraguay for brand promotion.Sérgio Fernando Moro, the Minister of Justice and Public Security of the Government of Brazil had contacted the Paraguayan justice ministry, sources have claimed.Meanwhile, the foundation named ‘Angelic Fraternity’, which invited Ronaldinho for the event, has been revoked of their legal status by an official decree from the Paraguayan president Mario Abdo on Monday.The foundation’s administrator, Dalia Lopez had clarified that the incident was out of her knowledge, as Lopez wasn’t directly involved for inviting or sponsoring Ronaldinho for the promotional event, and that she ‘never suspected’ the intermediates that were dealing with the brothers’ passports. Her lawyers have also stated that Ronaldinho paid the intermediates $5,000 to ‘accelerate the process to issue the passports.’However, a businessman named Wilmondes Sousa Lira, who was arrested for allegedly giving the fake passports to Ronaldinho and his brother, has charged Lopez for being the primary responsible behind the forgery.Also read-Serie A cancelled for the first time since World War 2 due to Coronavirus outbreak in Italy Advertisementlast_img read more

Snowpack doubles at tree-line with new snowfallSnowpack doubles at tree-line with new snowfall

first_imgThe tree-line snowpack has doubled in the Kootenay Pass area over the last two days as 45 centimetres of new snow has fallen, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre on Sunday. Throughout the region, treeline snowpack depths are generally 60 to 100 cm., depending on wind-loading. A buried crust approximately 15 to 20 cm. above the ground has produced variable results with snowpack tests, but is generally gaining strength. Recent moderate ridge-top winds formed soft wind slabs on the leeward side of ridge crests and terrain features. Wind slabs are probably primed for human-triggering on uniform lee ridge-top slopes and in cross-loaded gullies. New snow was sluffing with human-triggers on steeper terrain, according to a report from Matt Peter on Sunday, Nov. 21. As a result, confidence in the backcountry snowpack is rated at fair. Many tree-line and alpine areas are at threshold snow depths for avalanches, however, little field data is available. If you are an early season enthusiast, send the Canadian Avalanche Centre an email or give them a call to let them know what you saw in the mountains: [email protected] or 250-837-2141 ext 230. Other sources: Avalanche course information for sledders is found at: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/community/sled Some general backcountry notes: Slopes with the best riding are also the most avalanche-prone. Watch for isolated slabs on smooth ground and use extra caution around locally deep pockets of wind-transported snow down-wind of terrain features and in gullies. Avoid exposure to terrain traps whenever possible. They are a significant and often overlooked hazard. Managing risk through route finding requires a good understanding of terrain traps and how they can magnify the consequences of an avalanche. At lower elevations, watch out for poorly buried rocks, stumps, logs, and other early season hazards. Source: Canadian Avalanche Centrelast_img read more