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Colombian Navy to Activate Anti-Drug Task Force

first_imgBy Dialogo February 17, 2012 Colombia’s National Navy will activate Anti-Drug Task Force Poseidon, based in Tumaco on a naval platform and under the operational command of the Pacific Naval Force, which will have the mission of neutralizing the strategic objectives of the FARC and terrorist support networks linked to narcotics trafficking. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón and commander of the National Navy, Admiral Roberto García Márquez, presided the activation ceremony, held at the Port of Tumaco, on February 17. Surface, Coast Guard, submarine, and naval aviation units, a battalion of 500 career Marines who have been reassigned to this force, and a support group of Judicial Police will be available for the task force to allow it to implement its strategy under the command of Captain Luis Jorge Tovar Neira. It will also receive support from the Colombian National Army and Air Force units. The Anti-Drug Task Force will be able to rely on the multi-purpose vessel ARC Valle del Cauca and expects to receive the offshore patrol vessel ARC 20 de Julio, which will sail from Cartagena in late February to join this new strategy, which, by way of maritime interdiction, spraying, and eradication operations, with a maritime and riverine emphasis, will seek to impact FARC finances, making them a non-viable source of income. Attacking the Production Chain and Transport Vessels: The Anti-Drug Task Force will attack the entire narcotics production chain along the coasts of the departments of Nariño and Cauca and will identify the brokers of chemical precursors, the purchasers of coca base, and the sites with a high concentration of coca crops, at the same time that it will continue neutralizing the vessels used by drug traffickers. Drug-trafficking organizations use submersible and semi-submersible vessels to transport large amounts of cocaine hydrochloride from storage centers located along the Colombian coast to the coasts of the Central American countries. The Colombian Pacific has been identified as the region most used for the creation of improvised workshops where these vessels are manufactured, due in part to its marshy areas with constant rain and high and low tides that facilitate the departure of the vessels at times of high tide and the production and storage of drugs at times of low tide. Since 1993, when the first seizure of a semi-submersible used by drug traffickers was recorded, 73 vessels have been neutralized and seized, 57 in the Colombian Pacific, of which two were fully submersible. OK, so the military forces must be very aware that terrorism exists not only in places where there is drug trafficking.last_img read more

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Deer Park Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Critical

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old man was killed when a vehicle he was riding in crashed in Deer Park, critically wounding two fellow Wyandanch residents who were also in the auto early Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Hamzah Abdul-Hakim was one of three occupants in an Infiniti that was heading southbound on Straight Path when the vehicle struck a tree south of Sagamore Lane at 4:30 a.m.Abdul-Hakim, who was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated, was pronounced dead at the scene.One of the other occupants, 28-year-old Ismail Latif, was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.The third occupant, 31-year-old Darnell Snell, who also had to be extricated, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.Investigators are still working to determine who was driving the vehicle.First Squad detectives impounded the Infiniti, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident and has not been interviewed by detectives to call them at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more


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Wolf Administration Develops Safe Schools Response Plan In Wake of Intolerant, Racist Incidents

first_img November 17, 2016 Education,  Equality,  Press Release,  PSA,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Following several incidents involving racism and religious intolerance at Pennsylvania schools, the Wolf Administration developed a response plan that includes outreach from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Safe Schools office and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).When an incident occurs, the Wolf Administration has directed school districts and officials to contact the Office of Safe Schools, who can send counselors to the schools and work with the PHRC to determine if additional resources are needed. Pennsylvania State Police will continue to monitor threats and take action as appropriate in support of victims and other law enforcement agencies.The PHRC’s goal is to ensure students have the right to equity in schools and an education free from illegal discrimination. The PHRC will continue to partner with the PDE to address any incidents that may occur throughout the state and provide assistance when appropriate.“We need to fight racism and bigotry when it arises and my administration will work actively with school districts and other public institutions to stand up to intolerance,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Our schools must be safe and open spaces where all children can learn and grow free of concerns for their physical, mental, and emotional safety.”Under the leadership of Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, representatives from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, Intermediate Units, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and law enforcement officials met to develop quick response and guidance plans to assist school districts and charter schools to address negative behaviors in Pennsylvania schools.Yesterday, PDE sent a message to all superintendents in the state urging them to join in these efforts, including strategies that effectively prevent and address harassment, intimidation, violence, and discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national origin, or disability.“Schools must be safe and welcoming for all students, and no student should ever be made to feel that they are not a valued member of the school community,” Sec. Rivera said.  “Our schools must work diligently to create and maintain safe and supportive climates that celebrate diversity and teach students the importance of respect for self and others. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is joining Governor Wolf in condemning recent acts of bigotry and intolerance that have occurred on school campuses in Pennsylvania and around the country.”PDE will also be engaging with non-profits and the Governor’s Commissions to solicit their collective feedback and advice on additional steps the might be taken to prevent and respond to these incidents.Additionally, PDE’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries has released and forwarded a booklist created to share a message of unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace. Suggestions can be found here.The PHRC is the state agency tasked with upholding anti-discrimination laws and reducing racial tensions in the commonwealth. Anyone seeking help after an incident of intolerance is encouraged to contact PHRC.The Office for Safe Schools coordinates school safety and security programs, collection of the annual school violence statistics, coordination of antiviolence efforts, and development of policies and strategies to combat school violence. The office supports and provides technical assistance and professional development programs in the following areas and security-related activities to support school safety: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention, and social/emotional wellness and safety provides services to all local school entities.The Office for Safe Schools’ Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying. This supportive resource has been developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available, at no cost, to students, parents/guardians and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania. Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours. The Consultation Line number is 1-866-716-0424.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Wolf Administration Develops Safe Schools Response Plan In Wake of Intolerant, Racist Incidentscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


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APG, Pramerica target Netherlands with real estate debt fund

first_imgAPG and Pramerica Real Estate Investors are shifting the focus of their European real estate debt strategy to the Netherlands.PRECap V Netherlands, the latest in a series of debt funds backed by APG and managed by Pramerica, will build up a portfolio of junior debt and preferred equity investments in the country, with a partial allocation to neighbouring Belgium.US-headquartered fund manager Pramerica has raised €265m of discretionary capital, the majority of which has been provided by Dutch pension manager APG.APG has been a cornerstone investor in previous PRECap vehicles. The most recent, PRECap IV, raised €820m from global investors, including APG, for a pan-European strategy.Robert-Jan Foortse, head of European property investments at APG, said: “The Dutch real estate market is suffering from a funding gap, where the finance market remains tight and dislocated.“Currently, there is the opportunity to provide junior debt and to capitalise on both acquisitions and refinancing opportunities. We consider this the right moment to allocate capital to the Dutch real estate market through this exclusive debt mandate with Pramerica.”According Andrew Radkiewicz, managing director and co-head of Europe at Pramerica, the Netherlands is at an attractive point in the cycle, with less competition in the lending market, compared with other countries.“There is an exciting opportunity in the Dutch market, with a large number of loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities expiring in the short to medium term, and a significant shortfall in existing debt availability,” he said.“Any deals we do will be predicated on the quality of the underlying asset secured on the loan. But there is potential to generate excellent risk-adjusted returns.Harmen Geers, spokesman for APG, said: “Many owners of prime commercial property, who have often financed their real estate before the financial crisis against loan-to-value ratios of 60% or 70%, need to refinance soon.“However, as banks now have limited their offer to perhaps 40%, our new fund is aimed at financing the funding gap. By providing junior debt, we run less risk than the providers of the equity part of the entire financing.”He stressed that the underlying property is such high quality that it meets the acquisition criteria of APG, but he explained that the owners were holding on to the objects, as they wanted to profit from the expected rise in value.APG manages €345bn in pension fund assets and is the asset manager and pensions provider for the €300bn civil service pension fund ABP.Pramerica Real Estate is the European arm of the real estate investment and advisory business of US-based Prudential Financial and has a global real estate debt platform of more than €3.6bn.last_img read more


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Lady Bulldogs Split Middle School Games With Lady Raiders

first_imgThe 8th grade Lady Bulldogs dropped to 4-6 on the season with a tough loss against South Ripley 26-9.Scoring for the dogs were: Paige Oldham 3, Kenzie Laker, Catherine Raab, Katie Brewer, and Chloe Saler each with 2.They will be in action again at BMS on Thursday.Batesville 7th grade wins 32-14.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Horn.last_img


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Come celebrate agriculture in Decatur County

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Farm Bureau will present the 2018 Ag Breakfast on Friday, March 23 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the Decatur County Schools Administration Building.The theme is “Celebration of Farmers and Agriculture” and the keynote speaker is Melissa Rekeweg, deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the Greensburg Community Bread of Life, “Farmers Feeding the Flock.” For more information please call 812-663-3595.last_img


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Changes to bovine tuberculosis testing announced

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Board of Animal Health recently authorized a change to align bovine tuberculosis testing requirements with federal rules.The change, which went into effect back in July, requires dairy cattle entering Indiana to meet the same standard as other cattle and bison. In order to bring cattle or bison into Indiana, the animals must meet specific criteria based on their origin and destination. For example, cattle or bison 18 months of age or older from California must test negative for tuberculosis 60 days before entering Indiana.Bovine tuberculosis is a serious bacterial disease that can affect cattle, other livestock and even humans. I believe that aligning the requirements for bovine tuberculosis testing with federal rules will help prevent the spread of this disease and keep our livestock healthy.For more information on testing requirements, click here.last_img read more


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David De Gea: ‘I felt like Captain America’

first_img De Gea thinks every aspect of his game has improved since he moved to Old Trafford. “I have been here for four years now and I think that every aspect of my goalkeeping has improved,” De Gea told ManUtd.com. “It is hard to single out one area because we have worked and improved on everything. “I think the fact that I have started to do interviews in English has really helped as well, it has helped me to learn more of the language as well.” Despite his recent displays, De Gea thinks he can still improve. “Again, no matter how excellent your form is, you can always get better and there are always aspects of your game that you can improve,” he said. “You can improve everything. No matter how well people think you are playing, or how well you think you are playing yourself, it is always a case of working on every facet of your game. There is hopefully more to come.” Such has been De Gea’s form, that Real Madrid have become interested in signing the 24-year-old as a replacement for Iker Casillas. De Gea has 18 months left on his United contract, but the club are confident the goalkeeper will remain at United despite interest from the 10-time European champions. David de Gea says he felt like comic book super hero Captain America following his remarkable transformation from skinny youngster to hulking goalkeeper. Press Association Much was expected of De Gea when he signed for Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but the then 20-year-old struggled for form straight away, making several costly errors. The teenager’s scrawny, gangly frame did not help matters. The Spaniard was unable to deal with the physicality of the Barclays Premier League and his confidence was low as a result. Fast-forward three and a half years and De Gea has turned into one of the best goalkeepers on the planet, thanks partly to a more robust physique, which he attributes to a strengthening programme he embarked upon shortly after joining United. So impressed was the Spain international that he likened his transformation to that of Marvel comic book character Steve Rogers, a weak Irish immigrant who morphed into muscular soldier Captain America after taking a serum administered by the US Army. “I was like Captain America in one year,” De Gea said with a smile on United’s website. “I still do the programme, although not as much as before. “It is more of a reduced programme now but certainly I did a lot of gym work at the start and it did have a big impact.” De Gea has saved United on several occasions this season. His latest goalkeeping master class came on Sunday when he kept Tottenham at bay in the 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. At the end of October the former Atletico Madrid stopper won United all three points against Everton with fine saves to deny Bryan Oviedo, Leon Osman and Leighton Baines from the penalty spot. last_img read more


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Nurse, Benn bowl Pride to second Super50 win

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Barbados Pride effortlessly notched their second win of the Regional Super50 after spinners Ashley Nurse and Sulieman Benn combined to destroy ICC Americas and set up an eight-wicket victory here yesterday.Off-spinner Nurse captured four for 26 and left-armer Benn claimed three for 20 as ICC Americas were bundled out for a paltry 103 off 34.2 overs at 3Ws Oval.Bermudian opener Kamau Leverock top-scored with 21 but was the only batsman to pass 15 and just one of four in double figures.Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite then extended his recent rich vein of form with an unbeaten 42 as Pride strolled to their target off 29 overs.He faced 86 balls and counted four fours, putting on 49 for the first wicket with left-hander Anthony Alleyne who struck 27 from 34 balls with two fours and a six.When Alleyne and Shai Hope (6) fell in the space of 20 balls to leave Pride on 64 for two in the 17th over, Brathwaite added a further 41 in an unbroken third wicket stand with left-hander Jonathan Carter who finished on 24 not out.Opting to bat first, ICC Americas made a decent enough start when Leverock and Srimantha Wijeyeratne (13) posted 30 off 42 balls for the opening stand.But once fast bowler Kemar Roach (2-32) had Leverock caught at the wicket, the innings quickly unravelled as wickets fell steadily.Tottering at 61 for six, Timroy Allen (13) and Akeem Dodson (8) tried to bail the innings out with a 23-run stand but those hopes were dashed when Benn had Dodson stumped in the 28th over.ICC AMERICASK Leverock c wkp Hope b Roach 21+S Wijeyeratne c Nurse b Benn 13*N Kumar c Carter b Nurse 11A Armsterdam lbw b Nurse 7N Dutta c Carter b Nurse 2N Standford c Nurse b Benn 0A Dodson st Hope b Benn 8T Allen c Carter b Nurse 13Saad Bin Zafar lbw b Chase 2T Patel not out 8Jasdeep Singh b Roach 5Extras (b1, lb, w11) 13TOTAL (all out, 34.2 overs) 103Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-42, 3-57, 4-60, 5-61, 6-61, 7-84, 8-86, 9-92, 10-103.Bowling: Roach 7.2-0-32-2 (w3), Holder 4-0-14-0 (w1), Benn 10-3-19-3, Nurse 10-2-26-4 (w6), Chase 3-0-10-1 (w1).PRIDEK Brathwaite not out 43A Alleyne st Wijeyeratne b Patel 27+S Hope lbw b S Bin Zafar 6J Carter not out 24Extras (w5) 5TOTAL (2 wkts, 29 overs) 105Did not bat: R Chase, S Dowrich, S Benn, A Nurse, C Brathwaite, *J Holder, K Roach.Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-64.Bowling: Saad Bin Zafar 10-1-33-1 (w2), Kumar 6-1-11-0 (w1), Dutta 5-0-17-0, Jasdeep 2-0-10-0 (w1), Patel 6-1-34-1 (w1).Points: Pride 5, ICC Americas 0.last_img read more


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TENNIS : Syracuse gearing up for Big East tournament in Tampa this weekend

first_img Comments The team van was practically silent for two hours. Fresh off a crushing loss to unranked rival Georgetown, a mix of fatigue and disappointment hushed a team usually seen high-fiving and shouting on the court.‘All of us were extremely disappointed, you know, really thinking things over and thinking how we can get ourselves better, and that’s what this team has always been about,’ senior Emily Harman said.The No. 57 Orange (13-5, 6-2 Big East) rebounded from the loss to beat Seton Hall 5-2 Sunday, winning all but one of the five singles matches. After a day off Monday, the team flew to Tampa, Fla., Tuesday morning to prepare for the Big East tournament. The No. 3 seed Orange has a bye into Friday’s quarterfinals, where the team will play the winner of the Louisville-Pittsburgh matchup.Despite the loss to Georgetown, SU kept its No. 57 ranking, but yet another upset against Louisville or Pittsburgh on Friday would likely end what has been a historic season. Though the defeat to Georgetown damaged the team’s at-large chances for the NCAA tournament, head coach Luke Jensen’s team hopes to learn from the loss heading into the do-or-die part of the season. To reach the NCAA tournament for the first time under Jensen, SU needs a strong performance in Tampa.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘This is what it’s all about,’ Harman said. ‘As a Division-I athlete it’s what you prepare for. Whether it goes right, it goes wrong, in the end this is what you work for.’The Orange beat Seton Hall with just five players after Breanna Bachini’s season was ended by abdominal and foot injuries at Georgetown. The team was set to play shorthanded again, but Alessondra Parra was cleared Monday. She traveled to Tampa, Fla., with her teammates and is set to play for the first time since breaking her right big toe two weeks ago.On a team that prides itself on its intensity, Parra stands out as a particularly ferocious competitor. On match days she high-fives her coaches, cheers the loudest and hits the ball harder than anyone.But Parra didn’t play against Georgetown. The team came out flat and got beat by a team SU had never lost to under Jensen, jeopardizing its entire season.‘We’re the target for everyone, and we kind of just forgot about that and went out there and played unprepared,’ Jimena Wu said.Last Friday, Jensen said Georgetown made an event of the match at McDonough Tennis Complex, scheduling the men’s and women’s teams’ contests at the same time. The Hoyas played up to the occasion in front of the large crowd.Jensen said Georgetown displayed an energy level and turned in a performance he had never seen from the hosts during his tenure. It was an intensity the Orange did not match, and it fell in straight sets in four of the six singles matches.The loss hurt, but it did spurn SU to rebound with a 5-2 trouncing of Seton Hall, where the depleted Orange won despite forfeiting No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.‘We really just brought extra energy, extra intensity into that match, and I think that really just kind of spread from court one to court six,’ sophomore Maddie Kobelt said.Jensen said the team will scout Louisville and Pittsburgh on Thursday to prepare for its quarterfinals matchup, where any relapses in intensity could spell the end of the season, and for seniors Harman and Parra, their college careers.Collective shortcomings at Georgetown fueled the upset. At the Big East tournament, a complete performance will be needed to keep the season alive.‘I know this team as a whole, and what we pride ourselves in is continuing to make ourselves better no matter the situation,’ Harman said.After practice last Tuesday, associate head coach Shelley George told her players to pack their bags for the Big East tournament ahead of time, reminding them that they would be in Florida until Sunday if they won.‘It would be the sweetest feeling ever,’ Parra said.jmklinge@syr.edu Published on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more