Panama Intercepts Vessel Packed with Cocaine in Joint Operation with United States

first_img“CBP Air and Marine Operations agents are truly the best of the best and work in concert with international and interagency partners to disrupt the flow of illicit trafficking destined for the United States,” said Director of National Air Security Operations Center, Jacksonville Robert Blanchard. “CBP Air and Marine Operations will continue defending our nation’s borders against all manner of threats.” The P-3 aircrew supporting the operation is based at CBP Air and Marine Operation’s National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville, Florida which recently completed its most successful counter narcotics operational year since its inception in 1999. In Fiscal Year 2015, Air and Marine Operation’s aircrews contributed to 198 seizure, disruption, or interdiction events in the transit zone resulting in the interdiction of 206,844 pounds of cocaine. On March 8th, CBP Air and Marine Operations agents aboard a CBP P-3 detected a suspicious vessel in international waters and relayed actionable information to Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South) partners operating in the area. Panamanian authorities intercepted the vessel, recovered the drugs and arrested two suspected drug smugglers. Operation Martillo is an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land, and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Western hemisphere and European partner nation agencies. U.S. military participation is led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, a component of U.S. Southern Command. Operation Martillo is one component in the United States government’s whole-of-government approach to countering the use of the Central American littorals as transshipment routes for illicit trafficking. By Dialogo March 16, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrews detected a vessel carrying more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea as part of a targeted anti-drug effort in the region. The drugs have an estimated wholesale value of more than $16 million. CBP Air and Marine Operations P-3 aircrews from Jacksonville, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas are the leading provider of airborne maritime radar surveillance to Joint Interagency Task Force South operations throughout the Americas and have been an integral part of joint successful counter-narcotic missions targeting illicit smuggling operations, weapons and human smuggling in the hemisphere. I think it’s sad that, instead of collaborating with this control, we in Venezuela are in reality seen as collaborators of drug trafficking because we are controlled and governed by an administration of all corrupt politicians and drug traffickers These news make me glad…Anti-Narcotics…Especially given the Mutual Collaboration of Neighboring Countries…which shows Us that A good Union of Officials,…Loyal,…Prepared,… and having good Logistics….can Throw these Bastardly Drug-Trafficking Societies in the Trash…. applause excellent work, they should come here to Venezuela UNFETTERED WAR AGAINST THIS ABOMINABLE CRIME OF DRUGS, I WOULD APPLY CAPITAL PUNISHMENT The cooperation between governments to counteract drug trafficking is good. Good morning, God bless you. Excellent work given the outcome and the transparency of the operations. Recommendable, increase the search radius over costal areas of Venezuela-Guyana-Brazil. Much success. Congratulations to this intelligence network, to put an end to drug trafficking. I congratulate all the anti-drug agencies in the world for fighting against this world wide nightmare which destroys our society I would like to learn more about the subject and how to combat drug trafficking Aya, I hope these small planes are not used for the opposite, because there is already a powerful, clandestine mafia army that intends to control all of South America, where coca, opium, marijuana, san pedro, ayahuasca and other numbing lianas grow. This fight grows more and more and billions of dollars are invested to exterminate it, but it will never be completely eradicated, that is almost impossible, given that both good and evil will be energetic memories in perpetual opposition. Faced with this powerful truth, the best way to control both omnipresent and opposing memories would be to legalize the manufacture and sale of weapons and alkaloids all over the world, fully knowing and broadcasting the causes and the effects of this major social issue, which, by leaving them to their own devices, democracy and world peace will certainly increase, in contrast, violence and irrational, premature death will be reduced to nothing without any doubt. A big hug to all, OK. Hmmm let’s see about Nicaragua when they donate one or better yet let El Chapo go free and send him to that country Just like all other reports on drug seizures, short, no depth.According to an online report, a judge released the 5 accused who were caught in the act, in the Dominican Republic.I don’t believe there are articles in the laws that, for as many benefits as they give, would allow that. Article that does not reveal the nationality of the ship carrying the drugs, it just reports that Panama collaborated with the U.S…………………………………. In light of the decision made by a Dominican judge who released some Venezuelan traffickers caught in the act, all these anti-narcotic efforts are in vain. Such is the reason the dead, lying, cheating Hugo Chávez Frías, cut ties with the DEA, because they could avoid the huge trafficking of drugs thanks to advanced technology for the fight against drug trafficking. It is shameful that today, we are the bridge country for drug traffickers. So why don’t they work with the Venezuelan authorities on this matter? Is it because they don’t trust that the product might come from the “Los Soles Cartel” and the operation could fail? Bravo Hi it’s great they’re fighting this activity, but when are we going to hear about big American drug sellers falling, just the foreigners is not valid either I request through this means of communication to receive reports concerning this renowned digital magazine.I would like to subscribe,Best regards,Cicero Romão de Araujo Really good, but here in Venezuela we aspire to have all these criminals also fall and pay and to be able to bring the stolen money back to our country there we have Diosdado heading the list Cilia Flores Elisami and an untold number of those criminals help us for the love of God I support this initiative. Congratulations to the members of the counter drug trafficking task force I am very interested Good Yadira Mendez Registry:BA-16-10070The Costa Rican National Coastguard Service and Southcomm of the United States, strengthen the connection in the fight against drug trafficking, building bases and the financing by the United States of new police posts.Costa Rica donated the necessary land for the facilities which will be built by U.S. engineers in collaboration with a private company. It is expected to be done by 2017. Being informed is important in these new times and with your newsite it’s marvelous Glory to God Praying, praying, the chains are brokenPraying, Praying, life is renewed To show a button it is not in any way of interest to legalize or stop fighting in any country against every kind of evil since for instance some of their population is not heard from except as a cry and life has been affected in many ways and this country has been challenged because of its sin and the corruption of its leaders and statesmen and Ay when the population’s cry reaches heaven Very good USA Enough. They need to put an end to drugs. Excellent The optimism is very good and the information on everything going on around us great guc I like you a lot very interesting thank you for informing melast_img read more

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Why are women where they are in credit unions?

first_imgAt CUNA’s GAC, we put on our pink ties and met for the 2015 Global Women Leadership Network breakfast. We remembered what set us upon this journey. After years of product development and market outreach, we had seen women’s Network participation increase dramatically in many countries. But, we had not seen a parallel increase in women in senior management or senior board positions. The Network began because many women in the credit union system overseas asked for a peer network.Last year, we gauged women’s participation in leadership positions in cajas [credit unions] in Mexico. They reported that women mostly participate in the leadership of smaller and sometimes mid-sized credit unions. Women participate less in larger credit unions. Results show that women’s participation is broadest in administrative and middle management positions, excluding the CEO and board chair. Sounds similar to what we see in other countries.While larger cajas have structured working hours—allowing for better working options and more mobility for women caring for family members—women managers tend to work in smaller cajas. Larger cajas have higher education and technical expertise requirements for managers and board members. These are less of a requirement for smaller cajas because they have to fulfill fewer regulatory requirements. This brings about greater opportunities in smaller cajas for those who lack higher formal education, which is the case for many women in Mexican rural areas. If training is provided offsite and requires travel, it is often more difficult for women to attend and take leave from family responsibilities.All interviewees, both men and women alike, strongly argue that working conditions in their cajas are equal for all, with no distinction according to gender and no limitations to participate at any level. Interviewees considered that participation is open to all; it depends on each person to decide whether to pursue opportunities.However, work limitations arise from the family situation that affect women. These often derive from cultural expectations for women to bear the brunt of family responsibilities. The kinds of obstacles listed above, unstructured hours, long meetings, technical requirements or training necessities are not gender specific. Yet these may affect women’s participation more heavily than men, especially for women who are mothers and family care providers without a reliable and convenient support mechanism. Jobs or duties that require frequent travel, frequent and time-consuming board meetings and offsite training require absence from home and usually prove to be more problematic for women than men.Individuals may choose not to participate in executive level or board leadership due to cultural conditioning, lack of interest, lack of pay for board positions, family priorities or dislike of politics. This can drive how people choose to manage their time between competing personal, family, community and work responsibilities. Not all women want, or can, take on the burden of caja leadership responsibility, as this may result in additional stress, time commitments or other trade-offs.What can we do about it? Our researchers in Mexico suggest a couple strategies for the Global Women’s Leadership Network to follow up on:Leadership training programs to identify female candidates for leadership and support their participation in targeted leadership and technical training programs.Accessory support measures to expand connectivity to allow women to participate virtually in meetings and training, as well as provide or facilitate access to support such as childcare and transportation.Why do we care? We share the ideal—which all interviewees insisted on—of providing men and women with equal opportunity in credit unions. After all, we all have spouses, partners, daughters and friends who we want to enjoy that ideal. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Branch Dr. Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at WOCCU since 1990 and has been engaged in … Web: www.woccu.org Detailslast_img read more

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Pellegrini: Buck stops with me

first_img Pellegrini claims City’s faltering campaign has not been a “disaster” despite recent failings at home and in Europe and is determined to pick his players up. City were taught a footballing lesson as they were dumped out of the Champions League by a mightily impressive Barcelona side on Wednesday. That might make the job of lifting morale a little easier, although Pellegrini recognises it will be no easy task. He said: “It’s always hard to pick your players up when you don’t win, it doesn’t matter which competition it is but we must have a strong personality and recover as quickly as we can. “As I said to the players, we are still in this competition, we have nine games left and we must try to play well and try to do what we must for this team, which is to stay in second position and never give up, because in football anything can happen. “We will fight to retain the title to the end, until it is mathematically impossible. The best way to do it is to play every game as a final, and we will see this year if we have the same mentality as we did last year.” City return to action against West Brom at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but will do so without midfielders Yaya Toure and James Milner. Toure suffered an Achilles injury during the defeat at the Nou Camp while Milner has had a troublesome knee for some time. Milner was rested for the games immediately prior to both legs against Barcelona due to the problem. The 29-year-old could continue but Pellegrini believes further rest is required and that could also curtail his involvement with England in their upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy. Pellegrini said: “Now we have the international break. Both will go away with their squads and see if they will play or not. “I don’t think Yaya will be able to do it, but we will see in the way he improves in the next day. “With Milner I think he can play because he played against Barcelona, but I don’t think it’s good for him to continue playing because he has had the same kick on the same knee and unfortunately in all the games he received another kick on the same part. So we will see what will happen, but he can play.” Under-pressure Manuel Pellegrini accepts the blame for Manchester City’s shortcomings lies with him – but insists the season is not yet over. But that was merely the latest in a string of disappointing results, with a run of just three wins in 12 games having done considerable damage to City’s season and Pellegrini’s continued employment prospects. The champions trail Chelsea by six points at the top of the Barclays Premier League having played a game more and the year looks set end in disappointment. “I think that always it will be my responsibility because I always choose the starting XI, I choose the squad and I choose the way we like to play,” said Pellegrini. “I have a very good relationship with the players, always they try to give their best and we are not doing as bad as everyone has tried to demonstrate this year. “We can do better – especially in both cups, that was not good for our team – but I don’t think I have anything to complain about. “Second position in a whole year I don’t think is a disaster. We are not in eighth, ninth or 10th. Only Chelsea have done better than our team. “We will try at least to keep second position and pressure Chelsea in the next nine games.” City were completely outplayed by Barca but, largely thanks to the brilliance of Joe Hart, kept the score to a flattering 1-0 and managed to avoid humiliation. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Blaine O’ Brien into European Junior Quarter-Finals

first_imgThe Clonmel fighter joined Shane Flavin, Aaron McKenna and Terry McEntee in the quarter-finals in Anapa, after an impressive win this afternoon.O’ Brien recorded a unanimous decision against Moldova’s Dmitiri Gumen in their Last 16 bout and will step into the ring for his next fight on Wednesday, which is against Bulgaria’s Georgi Traikov.last_img

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Hamilton Close To World Championship Title After US Grand Prix Win

first_imgBritish driver Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of winning his fourth world title after he finished ahead of nearest challenger Sebastian Vettel to take the United States Grand Prix earlier on Sunday.Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished in third position to make it an impressive outing for the team.The win took the Mercedes driver 66 points clear of Vettel and is almost certain to wrap the title up in Mexico next weekend in the first of the three races (75 points) left for the season.Sebastian Vettel will need to make up at least 17 points to delay Hamilton’s world title till the next race in Brazil meaning that the German has to win the race with the hope that Hamilton finishes sixth or lower.Mercedes have already won the constructors’ title on Sunday in Austin and Hamilton’s emergence as a world champion this year will make it a fourth consecutive championship double for Mercedes.Relatedlast_img read more

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