Panama, Colombia Join Efforts at their Border Against Transnational Crime

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre July 19, 2019 The Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) and the Armed Forces of Colombia updated and evaluated their security operations in the fight against organized crime. The XV Panama-Colombia Regional Border Commanders Meeting took place April 23-26, 2019, in Panama City.“This cooperation strengthens our capabilities to counter organized crime with a common approach, a unified doctrine, and directly focused resourcing,” Commissioner Eric Eduardo Estrada Delgado, SENAFRONT general director, told Diálogo. “It allows for timely, effective coordination from both countries’ armed and police forces.”The operational outcome indicated that criminal structures of the Clan del Golfo, the National Liberation Army, and dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were weakened. Authorities blocked the criminal mobility routes of Colombia’s largest gangs and reduced their influence in indigenous sectors.“Although transnational threats work together, we hit their armed, logistics, and command and control components,” said Comm. Estrada. “Our actions forced these criminal structures to reformulate all their criminal activities.”The results reinforced military and intelligence information exchange mechanisms. Authorities succeeded in securing the border area, all with help from U.S. Southern Command, allowing for more focused, dynamic, and provisional efforts from Panama and Colombia, the Colombian Military Forces General Command told the press. “From January to May 2019, authorities captured 100 people connected to drug and human trafficking; 10 of the detainees were leaders of the Clan del Golfo,” Comm. Estrada added.Agreements reachedParticipants agreed to increase special operations and the presence of land and naval security forces. They will also increase interdiction operations for crimes related to illegal immigration and human trafficking, which  criminal gangs control.“Cooperation is successful because plans and agreements reached in every meeting are enforced and have continuity,” Comm. Estrada said. “Work is reinforced with studies to understand changes in crime, in the same way as social dynamics, which allows for anticipated action plans to confront threats.”Major instrument The hard-to-reach Darien jungle, an ideal illegal migration route and narcotrafficking area, is the main challenge for military and security forces. To improve operations, authorities rely on the Intelligence Fusion Center, which gathers Colombian Army members and SENAFRONT experts.Panama has the Punusa Intermediate Operational Base to deploy operations within the jungle and to immediately counter any warning detected, while Colombia has three military bases in strategic locations. “Everybody’s experience is the main instrument to win the war against organized crime,” Comm. Estrada said.last_img read more

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TikTok donates Rp 100 billion for COVID-19 medical workers

first_imgTopics : Chinese video sharing platform TikTok, which has gained popularity among young Indonesians, donated Rp 100 billion (US$6.28 million) to medical workers on the frontlines of the country’s battle against COVID-19.”During this difficult time, we are committed to providing support globally […] including by donating Rp 100 million for the government of Indonesia to buy protective equipment for medical staff working on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic,” Donny Eryastha, the head of public policy for TikTok Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, said on Thursday.He symbolically handed over the donation to national COVID-19 rapid response task force head Doni Monardo at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday. “Through collaborations like this, we’ll be able to fight this pandemic,” Doni said.Since April 7, the app has also invited its users to show their appreciation for medical professionals by using the hashtag #PahlawanGardaDepan (#FrontlineHeros) on every uploaded post. “Together with the government, businesses, NGOs and Indonesian citizens, we commit to doing the best we can. We will survive and eventually rise as a united community,” Donny said.Originally called Douyin in China, TikTok was launched in 2016 by Zhang Yimin, who is also the founder of Beijing news and information platform Toutiao. TikTok was brought to Indonesia in September 2017 by tech company ByteDance. The app allows its users to create short music videos.last_img read more

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Dodgers acquire RHP Bud Norris from Braves

first_imgMILWAUKEE — The Dodgers will plug the gaping hole in their starting rotation left behind by Clayton Kershaw’s back injury with a pitcher who lost his spot in the Atlanta Braves’ rotation earlier this season.The Dodgers acquired journeyman right-hander Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in exchange for two minor-league pitchers. The Dodgers also received Double-A outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for Class-A left-hander Philip Pfeifer (a third-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt last year) and Double-A right-hander Caleb Dirks.Dirks was acquired by the Dodgers from the Braves in a trade for an international bonus slot last year.Norris is scheduled to start for the Dodgers on Friday night at home against the Colorado Rockies, taking Kershaw’s spot in the rotation. “Bud’s been pitching well. I had him for a bit in San Diego,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was the Padres’ bench coach when Norris finished the 2015 season there. “He’s really been throwing well. For him to give us a guy who can go deep into a game, can eat innings and get guys out was huge. We’re excited about it.”Norris, 31, is 3-7 with a 4.22 ERA for the Braves, including 3-5 with a 5.02 ERA in 10 starts. He lost his spot in the Braves’ rotation after going 1-4 with an 8.74 ERA in five April starts.After spending May in the bullpen, Norris returned to the rotation in June and has a 2.15 ERA and has held opposing batters to a .200 average in his past five starts — four of them Braves wins.“The mound presence, he’s a competitor,” Roberts said. “Plus-fastball. Works at the top of the zone. Curveball, change and he’s got a cut fastball. He’s a guy that gets righties and lefties out. He’s done a lot of things. He’s been around. He’s won. He’s always had good stuff.“This is a guy who’s last three, four, five turns he’s been as good as anyone in baseball. This was a nice job by our guys (in the front office to acquire him).” Norris is making $2.5 million this year and will be a free agent this off-season. In eight big-league seasons with four teams — the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles and Braves — Norris is 59-75 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, primarily as a starter. His best season was 2014 when he went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA for the Orioles.Toscano is a 27-year-old Cuban who batted .226 in 58 games for the Braves’ Double-A affiliate this season.In order to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Norris, the Dodgers designated Triple-A left-hander Ian Thomas for assignment.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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