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Regional Marines in Sync

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2012 Marine leaders from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and the United States participated in the 2011 MLAC. Leaders agree that this type of collaboration is key for security cooperation. Brigadier General Héctor Julio Pachon Cañón, commandant of the Colombian Marine Corps, told Diálogo that during the MLAC conferences “joint and combined strategies are designed and integrated to combat transnational crimes that affect the entire hemisphere.” General James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told Diálogo, “Standing alone, none of us has all the answers to these complex challenges, but together we can combine our unique experiences for the mutual benefit of all.” The 2011 MLAC also addressed common security threats, such as narcotrafficking in the region, which extends beyond producer countries to the entire region, taking the form of violence and shadow economies that undermine economic growth. “We all agree that narcotrafficking is simply a threat that does not respect borders,” Peruvian Admiral Luis Ramos Vargas said. “It [narcotrafficking] does not limit itself to Peru, Colombia and Bolivia; all of the countries in the region end up becoming transit countries, places where the drugs are stashed in order to then be transported to Europe, the United States and Asia.” More than 5.7 million people in the Western Hemisphere are affected by natural disasters each year. Within the region that encompasses the Caribbean, Central America and South America, approximately three-quarters of the population are estimated to live in at-risk areas for health disasters, and one-third lives in areas highly exposed to hazards such as earthquakes and landslides. Adding to these threats, each country within the region also faces the impact of narcotrafficking. These dangers call for Marine Corps assistance that, at times, involves several countries’ forces working together. Integrating multiple Marine Corps units to confront these diverse challenges cannot take place for the first time after a disaster or in the midst of a hunt for a narcotrafficking group. That is why the region’s Marine Corps have regular meetings at all levels to collaborate on sharing information and training. Marine Leaders Meet Marines have a long history of working and training together to mitigate natural disaster conditions and the threat of narcotrafficking in the region. Since 2001, top-ranking Marine leaders have gathered every two years for the Marine Leaders of America Conference (MLAC), a relationship-building forum in which commandants discuss issues of common regional concern. During the last MLAC, held August 29 to September 2, 2011, in Lima, Peru, Marines discussed techniques and lessons learned from peacekeeping operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations. center_img Although regional Marine Corps have varying missions, the qualities inherent in Marine units assist greatly in providing security and augmenting the forces of the counterdrug authorities in the region. “The Marine Corps are very flexible units for their capability to deploy quickly, and can be a very useful tool for states,” said Captain Gerardo Priguetti, commandant of the Uruguayan Marine Corps. In Colombia’s case, working alongside other components of the National Navy, “[Marine Corps units] shows tangible results such as the interdiction of great quantities of liquid and chemical compounds used for the production of cocaine, as well as the confiscation of several tons of cocaine hydrochloride ready to be imported to other countries,” said Brig. Gen. Pachon Cañón. “This [conference] allows us to see, to open our minds to the realities of other Marine Corps,” said Capt. Priguetti. “These meetings allow us to help and to see different viewpoints to common problems.” Across Ranks Marines across Central America, South America and the Caribbean are going a step further, by also having a meeting among the senior enlisted leaders to consolidate their efforts against these security threats. Marine Corps senior enlisted leaders representing Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States met for the first time ever from April 4–7, 2011, at the Senior Enlisted Marine Leaders of the Americas Conference (SEMLAC) at the Círculo de Suboficiales military base in Bogotá, Colombia. SEMLAC is set to become a regular event, conducted at various locations throughout Central and South America, to forge strong relationships working toward regional security. The event was co-hosted by the Marine Corps of Colombia and the U.S. to provide senior enlisted leaders a forum to discuss regional security cooperation and training against the region’s threats. The meetings of Marine Corps leaders have provided multiple benefits in military collaboration: Professional exchanges among naval infantry forces in the region have increased, Marine Corps training programs have improved as a result of the collective lessons learned, and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has received enhanced naval infantry support. Sources: www.marina.mil.pe, U.S. Marine Corps, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairslast_img read more

Viral video captures brawl in North Jakarta waters

first_imgA video of young people brawling in the waters of a seafront area in Kalibaru subdistrict, Cilincing, North Jakarta, has gone viral on social media, prompting authorities to stand guard near the location.The video, posted on Sunday by Instagram account @jakut.info, showed dozens of young people having a confrontation in the waters while swimming, some of them carrying various kinds of sharp weapons. Topics : Responding to the video, Cilincing Police chief Comr. Imam T. B. said most of the people involved in the brawl were Cilincing residents. He then sent personnel to visit the location, despite it being outside of his authority.“We went to the location and they disbanded immediately,” Imam told tempo.co on Wednesday, adding that some of the youths threw their weapons into the sea.According to a press release issued by the North Jakarta administration on Tuesday, the police also detained two teenagers with sharp weapons and ceramic shards.In the statement, Kalibaru subdistrict head Slamet Alfarizi said that police, military and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) personnel, as well as local residents, also conducted patrols in the past three days around the area to prevent another brawl.Cilincing district head Muhammad Andri commended the joint patrol.“May our hard work build a safe and orderly Kalibaru for all of us.” (mfp)center_img “On Sunday at 5 p.m., there was a brawl on the coast of Jakarta; a group of youths was seen fighting,” the caption of the Instagram post said.last_img read more

Syracuse outshot 23-2 in loss to No. 11 Penn State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ From the moment the ball was kicked off at Jeffrey Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, Syracuse was berated with Penn State attacks in a 4-0 loss. The Nittany Lions rang off three shots in the opening 10 minutes, including Kristin Schnurr drilling the crossbar in the ninth minute. Less than nine minutes later, the home team had nearly tripled its shot total. After nearly a half-hour of dominance, PSU broke through. Forward Kerry Abello slid the ball to midfielder Shea Moyer, who, from the top of the penalty area, notched the ball into the bottom-left corner to put Penn State (4-2) ahead in the 24th minute, prompting the start of a rout over Syracuse (3-3) on Thursday night. The Orange was outshot 23-2 in the loss. Immediately following the goal, SU head coach Phil Wheddon made his first of four first-half substitutions, replacing defender Kate Donovan with Victoria Hill. In the opening 45 minutes, the Orange committed two fouls and faced 14 shots.The Nittany Lions tacked on another goal moments before halftime, as Schnurr beat Harris from close range to double the home team’s lead and record her second goal of the season. Four minutes into the second half, Penn State buried the Orange’s hopes even further.Charlotte Williams, who assisted Schnurr’s first-half goal, pinned the ball into the top-left corner of the goal from beyond the penalty area. Less than seven minutes later, Abello headed home PSU’s fourth goal of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAbello’s goal was the Nittany Lions’ second time beating SU goalie Lysianne Proulx, who replaced Harris to open the second half. This season, Proulx has conceded one goal every 36-and-a-half minutes while Harris has allowed one goal per 61-and-a-half minutes. After back-to-back games in which Wheddon has substituted Proulx in for Harris at halftime, the two goalkeepers remain engaged in a battle for the starting role.Hill and Sydney Brackett registered SU’s only two shots of the game, both of which landed on target.Wheddon made one change from the Orange’s 1-0 win against Northeastern on Sunday, inserting Brackett back into the lineup in place of Steph deLaforcade.After starting the first four games of the season, Brackett was used as a substitute for just the second time in her SU career Sunday at Northeastern. The junior assisted Georgia Allen’s game-winning goal in the 83rd minute against the Huskies, possibly sparking her return to the starting 11.The Orange will round out its road trip on Sunday when it faces Colgate at Beyer-Small ’76 Field. Published on September 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm Contact David: [email protected] Commentslast_img read more

Durham ready to play in semis despite sprained ankle

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Durham said it was pure adrenaline that helped him mask the pain as he finished with 18 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.“It’s a little tender now, you know the adrenaline of the game kind of wore off so the pain is starting to set in,” said Durham Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We [the doctors and I] will do some treatment tomorrow and get ready for Sunday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDespite limping on one leg, Durham managed to register six points, four rebounds, and one assist after the injury.“I’ll be ready for Sunday, the doctor’s already got a plan of action and we’ll get back and work in it tomorrow,” said Durham. How to help the Taal evacuees CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESAlen Durham limped his way to help Meralco close out Blackwater 104-96 in the quarterfinals of PBA Governors’ Cup, but he vowed he would be up and running against Star in the semifinals.The Bolts’ import sprained his right ankle with 7:05 left in the do-or-die game against the Elite, but he knows he will be in peak shape once the Star series starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH side looking to overachieve in Asian Baseball Championship Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more