Security Conference in Paraguay Discusses Joint Military Action in the Fight against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo August 19, 2015 I hope they really fight not only against those who manufacture it, but also against those who use it. Good measure by the governments to stop this evil in the world The coming together of security organizations all over the continent is more important than ever. Promote PEACE by empowering and training forces for efforts that are ever more difficult and different within the framework of globalization. Crime has also become globalized therefore fighting must also become globalized. It’s good Combating transnational organized crime was clearly established as the main challenge alluded by the conference title early on in the event, but drug trafficking follows it closely. That’s why Paraguay proposed “Defense Cooperation in Response to Regional Challenges,” as this year’s topic during the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC), an annual event co-sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and a partner nation, which for the 2015 edition, is Paraguay. “Paraguay’s Military policy calls for current organizations to establish new ways of relating to one another and producing new ways of responding to the way we combat new regional threats, especially transnational organized crime,” he said. “This is the current focus of our priorities.” “We’ve got another great asset on our side…leaders in South America who have long recognized the importance of working together. Your nations have demonstrated an impressive commitment to improving security both within and beyond your borders,” emphasized Gen. Kelly. “Bolivia and Peru are conducting coordinated and simultaneous operations to confront drug trafficking. Brazil is doing outstanding work with its many neighbors, cooperating on a range of issues from drug trafficking to environmental security. Colombia is making important contributions to the international effort to build security capacity in Central America. And for the second year in a row, Paraguay has sent a contingent of soldiers to train with Colombia to bolster their efforts to fight terrorism. These are only a few examples of exceptional collaboration seen in this part of the world. And this collaboration is great for all of us,” highlighted Gen. Kelly in what was his last SOUTHDEC conference as he prepares to retire later in 2015. For those present, it was clear that when it comes to issues such as combating transnational organized crime, maritime security or humanitarian crises, borders don’t matter, what matters are the partnerships. General Luis Gonzaga Garcete Espínola, Commander of the Paraguayan Armed Forces, preceded Gen. Kelly, and said that the role of the military is being modified to be better suited to confront current conflicts, which have also undergone change. “These issues, while proposed by our hosts, affect all of us …drug trafficking and the spread of transnational organized crime pose direct and significant threats to the territorial sovereignty of every single country in the Western Hemisphere,”said Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, SOUTHCOM Commander, during the event’s inauguration. “No country is immune…and none of us are capable of fighting these powerful networks alone.” Participating at the meeting with Gen. Kelly and Gen. Garcete are military and public security leaders from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico (as observers), Peru, and Uruguay. The Armed Forces’ role in support of humanitarian assistance missions by international military and public security forces to the United Nations’ (UN) peace keeping operations (PKO) are among the topics covered during the three-day event, from August 18-20. Informally, South America currently contributes almost 5,000 Blue Helmets around the world, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cyprus, Lebanon, and closer to home, Haiti. Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, among others, comprise the backbone of countless UN PKO missions. There are two main types of drugs flowing through Paraguayan territory: marijuana, which is produced locally, and cocaine, which is in transit to other countries. Paraguay does not house production labs for it, nor does it produce the precursor chemicals and other substances used to make the narcotic, yet it lies on one of the main transshipment routes for illegal drugs originating mainly in Brazil and Argentina as they head north, especially to the United States. Gen. Kelly reminded the audience that luckily, there are countless mechanisms of cooperation available to support countries that are confronting common challenges, such as the South American Defense Council, the Inter-American Defense Board, the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, and even SOUTHDEC itself, the actions of which can benefit collective efforts. last_img read more

Nile Series Full Live Coverage 6th May 2015 1700 GMT

first_imgIn the latest installment of our magical journey down the River Nile.CCTV Africa is collaborating with Egypt’s state media to deliver this special coverage on the River of Lifelast_img

Lottery Proceeds will Boosts Sports in Nigeria, Says Gumel

first_imgBy Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Executive Secretary National Lottery Fund (NLTF), Habu Gumel, has said that the proceeds realised by the agency are being put into use to benefit Nigerians, particularly in the area of sports.Gumel made this declaration at the unveiling of sport equipment donated to 2,000 Nigerian primary schools in Abuja last Friday.The gathering had the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by Labour Minister, Chris Ngige; Secretary to Federal Government, David Babachir Lawal and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.Gumel, who doubles as the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) , said the presentation illustrated how the cause charted by the lottery is being promoted through innovative use of funds.He said the approach was to reinforce the NLTF vision of promoting social inclusion among all Nigerians in a balanced, transparent and cost-effective manner.“The event celebrates our national lottery beneficiaries to whom these sports equipment will be distributed, and this illustrates how good causes is served having put our comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system to help National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) track the progress of its intervention programmes, and in particular, the utilization of these equipment. This is to ensure that project outcomes are delivered and the benefits continue to accrue to Nigerians, ” Gumel said.Some of the beneficiaries included primary schools established for physically challenged students in six geo-political zones in the country.Gumel said the equipment would enhance the country’s capacity to expand its talent-base by securing the interest and involvement of children from the primary school age in sports.“We have put in place a robust and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system to help National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) track the progress of its intervention programmes, and in particular, the utilization of these sports equipment. This is to ensure that our projects outcomes are delivered and the benefits continue to accrue to Nigerians”, Gumel added.The equipment valued at half a billion naira would enhance the grassroots promotion of nine sports including football, track and field, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, judo, taekwondo, handball and basketball.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

2 young boys dead after Wash house fire

first_imgCLE ELUM — Two young boys died Friday in a house fire in this small Cascade foothills town despite efforts to save them by their mother, police and fire crews, a Kittitas County fire official said.The boys were under the age of 5, Kittitas County Fire District No. 7 spokeswoman Richelle Risdon estimated.Their mother suffered non-life-threatening burns and was treated at a hospital, Risdon said. The names of the children and their mother were not immediately released.Police and medics arrived within a minute of the call that came in shortly after noon and tried to enter the home but were driven back by thick smoke, Risdon said.Scott Ferguson, police chief for Cle Elum, Roslyn and South Cle Elum, said officers from the police department, Kittitas County sheriff’s Office and the Forest Service tried unsuccessfully to enter the burning house.“Unfortunately, we were turned away by heavy toxic smoke,” he told The Daily Record of Ellensburg.“When I got there, flames were rolling out the front door, the windows, the sides, with heavy smoke,” Risdon said.Some 30 firefighters from three departments fought the blaze, she said.Kittitas County Fire Marshal Brenda Larsen was investigating the scene Friday night.“This has been a rough couple of days,” said Risdon, noting Wednesday’s death of 7-year-old Clayton Everley of nearby Roslyn. He died after a pile of sand collapsed on him at his home. The spokeswoman said the Roslyn boy was a friend of her own son.last_img read more

Jet Aviation recently announced the appointment of

first_imgJet Aviation recently announced the appointment of Lutz Wierschin as vice president and general manager and Paul Desgrosseilliers as director of FBO services of the company’s Beijing joint venture with Beijing-based Deer Air and Hong Kong-based Reach Investment. Both managers will start their new assignment on July 1, 2009. Through the joint venture company, Beijing BAC Co. Ltd., Jet Aviation provides FBO and line maintenance services at Beijing’s Capital International Airport (PEK). Wierschin will succeed Helmut Wegner, who served as interim general manager in Beijing since November 2008.Wierschin, who previously worked in China with Ameco Beijing, joined Jet Aviation in Basel in early 2008 as director of maintenance shops where he has been in charge of the overall organization and coordination of all maintenance shops. Paul Desgrosseilliers has been working for Jet Aviation since 2002 and was responsible for managing ground and facility operations at the company’s Boston/Bedford FBO.Jet Aviation and Deer Air, a subsidiary of HNA Group, signed a joint venture agreement in April 2008 under which the two companies operate a FBO and line maintenance facility at Beijing’s Capital International Airport. The joint venture has leased space in the FBO at Beijing Capital International Airport and is fully licensed to provide business aircraft and ground handling services. Wierschin and Desgrosseilliers will work closely with joint venture partners Deer Air and Reach Investment in further developing business aircraft support capability in Beijing, a move welcomed by local officials and regulatory authorities in this fast growing market. Wierschin will report directly to Christof Späth, Jet Aviation’s senior vice president MRO & FBO services for EMEA & Asia.As an industry veteran of 28 years, Wierschin started his aviation career in 1981 as an avionic shop supervisor at Lufthansa Airlines in Hamburg, Germany. He went on to manage the construction and operation of avionic workshops in China with Ameco Beijing, a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa Technik, where he gained significant insight into the Asian market. After a six-year assignment, he built up Lufthansa Technik Component Services in Dallas, Texas, as general manager before he was appointed vice president of California-based Hawker Pacific Aerospace’s Component Services’ business unit. Wierschin holds a degree in Electronic and Digital Data Processing from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.www.jetaviation.comlast_img read more