Peru Leads the Way in Joint and Combined Operations

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo October 22, 2018 The war against narcotrafficking cannot be fought alone, it’s a joint effort that goes hand in hand with the fight against human trafficking, money laundering, illegal fuel trafficking, and illegal fishing, among other related criminal activities. The goal of Admiral Gonzalo Nicolás Ríos Polastri, commander of the Peruvian Navy, is to fight transnational organized crime through interagency, joint, and combined operations, as well as training and resource optimization, among other actions. Adm. Ríos took part in the XVIII Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC), held in Cartagena, Colombia, July 23-26, 2018. The officer spoke with Diálogo about his participation in IANC, the armed forces’ duty to combat narcotrafficking and related crimes, and international cooperation, among other topics. Diálogo: How important is Peru’s participation in IANC? Admiral Gonzalo Nicolás Ríos Polastri, commander of the Peruvian Navy: The Peruvian Navy considers it very important to attend IANC. We’ve participated since the beginning and witnessed its important evolution over time, addressing topics of common interest with solutions from different perspectives, including national perspectives. IANC is a great opportunity for face to face interaction among naval leaders; it enables us to share ideas about common topics, and creates a platform for important regional and bilateral agreements. The topics addressed here allow us to share complex situations that have a direct impact on our nations and represent a great responsibility for our navies. Diálogo: IANC’s main focus is the responsibility of regional navies to counter narcotrafficking and related crimes. Why is it important for naval forces to come together to counter these scourges? Adm. Ríos: Narcotrafficking and its multiple variants operate in different geographical spaces, under navies’ areas of responsibility—maritime and aquatic environments in general, such as navigable rivers and lakes. This makes addressing the issue timely to be aware of how each naval force acts according to their national laws, and find ways to cooperate to have safer aquatic environments, in light of such a harmful problem as narcotrafficking. Diálogo: The Peruvian Navy’s operations dealt significant blows in the fight against drugs. What kind of combined and joint operations do you carry out to be successful? Adm. Ríos: We organized to use the Navy’s resources fully, not only those directly linked to coast guard operations, but also other combined elements that might strengthen control in areas of interest. Peru has about 14,000 kilometers of navigable rivers and almost 3,000 km of riverine borders with Brazil and Colombia. All these areas are prone to criminal activity such as narcotrafficking and other related crimes. We fight against narcotrafficking, but we know that in doing so, we also fight against human trafficking, money laundering, illegal fuel trafficking, illegal fishing, etc. All these illicit acts create networks that merge. Fighting against one means fighting against all, and to achieve this we need to work in an organized way. We make all means available to interdiction teams in joint action with other armed institutions in the country, and in cooperation with partner nations through binational agreements, especially in the case of countries with common border rivers. Information exchange with organizations, mainly intelligence, vital to confront these illicit activities, is also imperative. Diálogo: How does the Navy contribute to naval forces of the region in the fight against narcotrafficking? Adm. Ríos: It contributes with naval means to control maritime traffic, such as patrols, ships, fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and highly trained interdiction teams to conduct adequate control and neutralization once crimes are detected. Just as important is sharing our own intelligence information with other regional agencies, so that the information is used in a coordinated way to capture criminals far beyond our borders, in interagency cooperative operations. We had many success stories in this respect.​​​​​​​ Diálogo: One of the Navy’s responsibilities is to counter illegal mining. What joint and combined actions do you carry out to eradicate this type of criminal action? Adm. Ríos: We counter illegal mining particularly in rivers, not only because it promotes illicit money, but also because of the environmental damage mercury generates, which toxic effect ends up in the human [food] chain. We coordinate work with units of the Coast Guard, Marine, and Special Operations Forces in parallel to ground operations other agencies handle. Under our national legislation we execute direct operations of immediate destruction actions against elements used in illegal mining. Diálogo: In late January 2018, the Navy consolidated its position among Latin American leaders of naval innovation with the inauguration of the Center of Scientific Research and Technological Development. What’s the added value of this center for your institution? Adm. Ríos: What we did was open a physical infrastructure area, but the Navy carries out technological research and innovation for more than two decades, with important outcomes. We are very proud of our naval researchers and the integrated contribution of the Peruvian academic system with national university researchers. This enabled us to create a very positive symbiosis, which combined efforts facilitated important projects such as our command and control systems, electronic warfare, and the modernization of automation and weapon systems, among others. At the moment, we work on innovation for cyberdefense and cybersecurity and on creating up-to-date systems for platforms that are loosing logistics relevance.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Diálogo: Lieutenant Commander Casandra Silva Gurrionero is the first Navy woman to command a coast guard unit. How are inclusion and gender equality promoted and strengthened? Adm. Ríos: Indeed, this is the first time a female officer commands a maritime patrol unit, the BAP Río Cañete. However, a few years ago we had female officers leading riverine interdiction units in the Amazon. The Peruvian Navy creates opportunities for growth and development for every officer and personnel, whether they are men or women, and intends for each member to have equal opportunities for development. Diálogo: What kind of combined operations do you carry out with the U.S. Navy? Adm. Ríos: We have a wide range of activities in the operational, academic, training, logistics, information exchange, and support fields wit the U.S. Navy. We currently have in place several important cooperation programs and operational exercises, such as the SUBDIEX program, in which we send a submarine unit to the United States every year for operational training; the SIFOREX bilateral antisubmarine training exercise, which is carried out in Peru, as well as aeronaval pilot training and instruction, and information exchange and mutual support programs. The Peruvian Navy shares values and works successfully together with the U.S. Navy and other organizations, based on the mutual trust and integration achieved.last_img read more

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English Partnerships’ West Midlands legacy

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OPM says TNI, police shot medical workers in Papua

first_imgThe Free Papua Movement (OPM) has denied that it was involved in the shooting of two members of the Intan Jaya regency COVID-19 task force, claiming that the two men were shot by security forces. “We want to emphasize that the people who shot the two medical workers were TNI [Indonesian Military] and National Police personnel. They are the culprits,” OPM spokesperson Sebby Sanbom said in a statement on Saturday, as quoted by tempo.co. “Indonesia must take responsibility.”The two medical workers – identified as Amalek Bagau, 30, and Eniko Somou, 39 – were reportedly shot while delivering medical supplies to a remote area in Intan Jaya regency at about 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday. Security forces said they evacuated the two men and transferred them to the Nabire General Hospital on Saturday morning. Amalek remains in critical condition, and Eniko has died from his wounds.Military and police personnel belonging to the Nemangkawi task force have said they are on a manhunt for an as-yet unnamed armed group that they say is responsible for the shooting. (kmt)Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Dollar General Expansion in Schuylkill to Create 100 Jobs

first_img May 17, 2019 Governor Wolf: Dollar General Expansion in Schuylkill to Create 100 Jobs Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Dollar General Corporation has established a new cold storage facility in Schuylkill County. At full capacity, the project is expected to support the creation of 100 new jobs.“Since day one, my administration has been committed to business growth and job creation. Today I’m proud to say that our business climate gets stronger every day,” Governor Wolf said. “We applaud Dollar General for expanding their operation in the commonwealth, and for bringing significant economic investments and jobs to communities in the Schuylkill area.”Dollar General’s expansion in Schuylkill County is part of the company’s new initiative toward a strategic shift to the self-distribution of perishable goods sold in its stores. The cold storage facility is currently distributing to approximately 300 stores in the northeast. The project includes the company’s purchase of a 148,000-square-foot building in Pottsville, which is expected to create 100 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.“Dollar General is excited to expand in Pennsylvania through the collaboration with Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development,” said Mike Kindy, Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain. “As Dollar General embarks on our DG Fresh initiative, we sincerely appreciate the partnership from state and local leaders on this project and look forward to a longstanding presence throughout Pennsylvania.”Dollar General received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development, which included $200,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs and a $45,000 workforce development grant to help the company train employees. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. Additional coordination was provided by Schuylkill County Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO).“We are pleased that Dollar General, as a nationally-recognized retailer, has acquired this cold storage facility at the Highridge Business Park joining Wegmans, Wal-Mart, and Tyson Foods in putting food on the table of families in the Northeast marketplace,” said David Snyder, chairman of SEDCO.Today, Dollar General operates a distribution center in Berks County and approximately 745 stores in Pennsylvania, employing more than 6,500 individuals throughout the Keystone State. Founded in 1939, Dollar General operates more than 15,400 stores in 44 states, which provide everyday items including food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, family apparel, housewares, seasonal items, paper products, and more from trusted brands and products, along with Dollar General’s high-quality private brands. The company’s focus is on small neighborhood stores with carefully-edited merchandise assortments to make shopping simpler.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Pinnick restates NFF’s support for Nigeria Pitch Awards as seventh event moves to November

first_img Loading… President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has restated the Federation’s support for, and endorsement of, the Nigeria Pitch Awards as the seventh edition of the glamorous awards has now been scheduled for the month of November in Asaba, Delta State. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, Pinnick extolled the assiduity, creativity and ingenuity that the organizers of the awards, Matchmakers Consult International Limited bring into the entire packaging of the event each year, and advised that the same laudable qualities should be retained and even improved upon for subsequent processes and ceremonies. “I am impressed by the hard work and transparency that the organizers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards bring into the process and organization of the ceremony each year. Despite a number of challenges and hurdles to cross over the years, they have never faltered in putting up an impressive show and more importantly, the integrity of the selections have been obvious to followers of the game. read also:Pitch Awards Organizers, Super Eagles  Commiserate with Ituah-IghodaloAdvertisement “It is rather difficult to keep up standards and maintain certain parameters especially with the hailstorm of the COVID-19, but I want to charge the organizers to do their utmost to maintain the integrity of the awards and strive to keep to the standards they have set over the years.” Nigeria’s football supremo further assured the organizers that the NFF’s moral support for the awards remains intact and that the Federation’s top hierarchy would be ready to grace this year’s ceremony taking place in the Delta State capital in the second week of November. On his own part, president of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Phillips assured that the integrity of the awards is its major asset and that nothing would be done to compromise the high standards that have been second nature to the event over the years. “Matchmakers Consult International Limited will continue to guard jealously the unique qualities and attributes that have sustained the Nigeria Pitch Awards. Our thinking is in the long-term, not short-term. We are fully committed to making this a project that Nigerians, and indeed all Africans, will be proud of.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Every Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To Worst11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

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Bud­weiser Clydesdales Night Friday at Clay County

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – The Budweiser Clydesdale Eight-Horse Hitch will be making a public appearance prior to a full night of IMCA racing at the Clay County Fair Speedway on Friday, May 15.The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make their appearance from 5-7 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with races to follow at 7 p.m.“World famous Clydesdales, high caliber IMCA racing and the Finish Line Food Court will make for a great Friday night in Spencer,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons.New to the Clay County Fair Speedway this season is the Finish Line Food Court.  Each Friday night, a variety of food and merchandise vendors will be set up outside the grandstand giving race fans and Spencer residents a “festival atmosphere to enjoy,” said Parsons.The Clay County Fair Speedway box office will open at 5 p.m. on race nights. Grandstand tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12.  Children ages five and under are free.IMCA races will be held each Friday night through June 26; July 10; July 17; July 31; August 21; and the finale race at the Fair on Wednesday, September 16.  Divisions featured this season are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

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Save the date and nominate your hero today

first_imgBatesville, IN—Nominate a hero today for the annual Heroes of Character of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Nominations are being accepted for students and adults through Sept. 13. Heroes will be announced on September 25. Click here to nominate a hero online or if you need a paper copy of any of these forms, please call 513-973-6984. Last year there were several student and adult heroes from Southeast Indiana recognized at the annual awards program.last_img

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Cricket News Mixed Reaction on Twitter: The Army Style Cap – An act of gratitude or espousing of nationalism?

first_imgIndia will be up against Australia on March 10 in Mohali. Usman Khawaja made his first ton in third ODI. BCCI has rested MS Dhoni of the remainder of the series.  New Delhi: Was it just the donning of a camouflaged military cap, or an act with a broader impact against the backdrop of the heightened espousing of nationalism in recent times? Was it an act of affectionate concordance towards CRPF jawans or just a little more than that? Was it a thank giving gratitude or the hour requirement?A lot of thoughts piled at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) in Ranchi – yes at a cricket stadium. JSCA was surrounded with a lot of emotions, inclined towards one thought – was the gesture by the Indian team good or bad?On this, a lot of opinions came and populous too to the twitter to express their thoughts. On this, NewsNation brings to you two opposite sides of this story.Here are the tweets: For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights A Pakistan born Australian has scored a hundred against India the day they decided to sport camouflage caps to show solidarity with their armed forces🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/WBdKYVcvmb— Raja ®|© راجہ (@OyeRaja) March 8, 2019Meanwhile, the two teams will lock horns against each other for the fourth one-day International in Mohali on March 10. India, on one hand, will look to bounce back and take an unassailable lead in this five-match ODI series. Australia, on the other, will look to continue their winning momentum and square the series.Usman Khawaja was awarded as the man of the match in the third encounter for scoring a maiden ton in the fifth encounter.  If this is a new trend of @ICC to show one’s power in ground,Pakistan must take advantage of it for #Kashmir. We don’t need to wear camouflage caps as our action speaks louder than silly gestures. We should tie up black bands to unveil india’s state terrorism in IOK #UsmanKhawaja pic.twitter.com/EzTWemnjlw— Saira Anwer (@SairaAnwer1) March 9, 2019 Indian players played one day game against Australia by wearing military camouflage caps to honor Pulwama attack victims, should Pakistani players play PSL by wearing Pak airforce caps? ..😉#PSL2019 pic.twitter.com/EBpAEjlwvT— Sohail Cheema MD (@sohailcheemamd) March 8, 2019last_img read more

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Cricket News IPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh starts off his 12th edition preparations with a SIX

first_imgYuvraj Singh has started his preparations ahead of the twelfth edition of IPL. Yuvraj Singh will be playing for his sixth IPL franchise.Mumbai Indians will try to add another trophy in the tank and make the tally reach four.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just a week away and all the teams are looking to keep no box unturned. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that streets are already blaring horn, fans are on their feet and excitement has reached the highest echelon and Mumbai Indians is no exception. One player, in particular, is looking to prove his critics wrong. And the start to justifying MI’s faith in his abilities has begun on a positive note. India’s 2011 World Cup star Yuvraj Singh had failed to find a team in the first round of auctions last year but Mumbai Indians picked him in the second round for a Rs 2 crore. And if his approach during a training session is anything to go by, one can only say – Good Luck opponents. The first ball he faced in the nets came, in his own words, from the middle of the bat and went for a six. The confidence is there to be seen.Watch Video:Yuvraj, a veteran of 304 ODIs and 40 Tests, will be eager to middle them through the course of the upcoming IPL and guide the Mumbai Indians to their fourth title. The franchise is currently tied with Chennai Super Kings with three titles each and will be eager to make the top spot theirs alone.The new season of the domestic T20 competition will begin on 23 March with the first match between the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Mumbai Indians will begin their campaign a day later when they take on the rebranded Delhi Capitals at their home turf at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.last_img read more

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Ice Prince Listed to Thrill Jos Stadium Fans

first_imgNPFL’S 2016/17 MATCH DAY 38Popular Nigerian Rap Star, Ice Prince, is set to thrill football fans at the Star Fan Park at Jos Township Stadium, venue of the final league match between Plateau United FC and Enugu Rangers FC on Saturday September 9th, 2017.An initiative of Star Lager Beer in partnership with the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), Star Fan Park brings music, entertainment and all-round fun to NPFL match venues across the country. According to programme of event, in addition to teams’ rivalry, intense passion, chanting and banters which usually characterise match days, Star Lager will be adding loads of entertainment including Ice Prince’s performance to further excite the thousands of football fans who will gather to watch the game.Commenting on Star Lager Beer’s support for the local league through the Star Fan Park activations, Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Tokunbo Adodo said: “Star Lager Beer is proudly Nigerian and will continue to partner key stakeholders to develop the local league.“Our goal is to make the local league attractive to watch. Star Lager will continue to give fans a better footballing experience, by bringing some of Nigeria’s biggest music stars to entertain the fans, while also rewarding them with exciting prizes.“We also believe this will continue to positively impact viewership and attendance at different match venues across the country. If as a fan, you know there’s a very high likelihood of meeting your favourite music star at the stadium, you’ll definitely want to go see that match,” stressed Adodo.Speaking of his excitement to perform at the event, Ice Prince said:“ It’s a good feeling performing live at a football match venue. I’m a football fan too and I know how much tension I feel when my team is playing; So having some good music on ground definitely helps me calm down and just enjoy the game. Besides, I grew up in Jos, so it’s going to be a good homecoming! So if you’re in Jos on Saturday September 9th, 2017, come down to the Jos Township Stadium and let’s have some fun.”The fun and excitement of the Star Fan Park will climax with the 2016/2017 NPFL final league game of the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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