Canadian Forces assist in seizing more than US$145M in narcotics

first_imgBy Dialogo December 06, 2012 OTTAWA, Canada – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa is currently conducting a 44-day deployment in the eastern Pacific with resounding operational success. On Nov. 28, the Esquimalt-based frigate was patrolling in international waters southeast of Isla de Coco, Costa Rica when the vessel assisted a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment team to board a suspect fishing vessel in an action that netted 36 bales of cocaine weighing 1,086 kilograms (2,394.2 pounds) with an estimated wholesale value of more than US$29 million. Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which focuses on curtailing illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. HMCS Ottawa is the latest ship deployed in Operation (Op) Caribbe, the Canadian Forces’ participation in the U.S.-led multinational effort to strengthen security in the Western Hemisphere. Under Op Caribbe, the Canadian Forces provide naval and air capabilities to support U.S. law enforcement measures against illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean Basin. As well as warships, the Royal Canadian Air Force has also contributed to Op Caribbe by providing five CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft to fly critical surveillance sorties in the region. Between Nov. 18-29, CP-140 Aurora crews from 19 Wing, Comox and 14 Wing, Greenwood assisted in seizing, through surveillance and detection, 144 bales of cocaine weighing 4,300 kilograms (9,479.8 pounds) with a wholesale value of more than US$116 million. “We are proud to support the multinational effort in the Caribbean region to combat the trade in illicit drugs, which contributes to crime and erodes regional stability,” said Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command. “We are also steadfast in our commitment to build and sustain enduring relationships with our regional partners, with whom we have shared interests and security concerns.” While deployed in Op Caribbe, RCN ships are strictly in a supportive role. While operating in international waters, their tasks are to locate, track, approach and potentially intercept suspect vessels in order to allow the USCG law enforcement detachment (LEDET) personnel to board and conduct law enforcement operations. “The Royal Canadian Navy continues to work alongside our allies and whole-of-government partners to help suppress criminal activity at sea and interrupt the flow of illicit drugs destined for our shores,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. “We are taking the fight to the narco-terrorists in their backyard, denying them freedom of movement at sea, enforcing the rule of law and making the streets of our Canadian cities safer for our children.”last_img read more

Offices: Watford’s bursting bubble

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Gudang Garam’s Kediri airport to kick off construction in April, operate in 2022

first_imgA subsidiary of publicly listed tobacco company Gudang Garam will start the development of Kediri Airport in East Java in April, with a target to finish first-phase construction by April 2022.Kediri Airport is one of the government’s national strategic projects and will be located around 20 kilometers from the city center. It is expected to reduce the overburdened Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, which is around a two-hour drive from Kediri.The company has met all major technical requirements to build the airport. Kediri administration acting secretary Dede Sujana said that out of the total land needed to build the airport, only 0.6 percent had yet to be acquired.  Budi Karya said the government would let Gudang Garam choose an airport operator.”We will provide a special guideline for whoever is capable of managing the airport,” he said. “But air traffic control must be handled by AirNav Indonesia.”Gudang Garam, through its subsidiary Surya Dhoho Investama, will spend around Rp 10 trillion (US$732.4 million) to acquire 457 hectares of land needed for the airport and for construction.After the first phase is complete, Kediri Airport is expected to accommodate around 5 million passengers, bigger than the capacity of nearby Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport in Malang.Once completed, it will have a 3,000 meter by 45 m runway to accommodate a wide range of aircraft, from Boeing B777s to Airbus A350s, as well as a passenger terminal, cargo terminal and parking area.Nyaman, a citizen of Grogol village in Grogol district, Kediri regency, East Java, tends to his cow on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, within the site where a new airport will be developed by cigarette company Gudang Garam. Kediri administration acting secretary Dede Sujana said that out of the total land needed to build the airport, only 0.6 percent had yet to be acquired.  (JP/Asip Hasani)Transportation Ministry director general of civil aviation Novie Riyanto said the airport would serve domestic flights, while Juanda Airport would focus on international flights for the East Java area.Kediri Airport will focus on serving passengers from nearby East Java cities along the southern Java coast, such as Kediri, Tulungagung, Trenggalek, Blitar, Madiun and Pacitan, he added.“The airport will be a new [transportation] lane for other areas in southern Java, which is very crowded,” Novie said. “As you know, the southern Java area is very developed with the existence of Kertajati Airport in West Java, Jenderal Sudirman Airport in Central Java and Wiradinata Airport in Tasikmalaya.”The idea to build a new airport was first initiated by East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak to help boost tourism and agriculture in the southern part of East Java. Several regencies previously expressed their interest in hosting the airport before Gudang Garam decided on Kediri.Topics : “Two years is enough time to finish phase one, considering that the [new] Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulonprogo was finished [in] about a year a half,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said during his visit to Kediri over the weekend. Kediri Airport, which would be the first-ever in the country to be fully funded by the private sector, will be developed in three phases under a public-private partnership scheme with a concession period of 30 to 50 years. “This means that some part of it will be given to us [the government] while Gudang Garam has the right to operate it for 30 years to 50 years,” said Budi Karya. “This is a good example for other regions to use the same [financing scheme].”Read also: Gudang Garam-funded Kediri airport to break ground in Marchlast_img read more

Lisbon coronavirus spike leaves Champions League under threat again

first_imgHowever, the ongoing health situation in Portugal casts some doubt on those pronouncements.On Wednesday, lockdown restrictions were reimposed on 19 neighborhoods across the northern periphery of Lisbon where COVID-19 outbreaks persist. The restrictions concern some 700,000 people and will remain in place for at least two weeks.With an average of 321 per day, the number of new cases being recorded in Portugal grew by a third in June compared to the previous month.The majority of new cases are in the Lisbon area, and it is the capital which is due to host the latter stages of the Champions League, starting with the quarter-final on August 12 and concluding with the final on August 23. ‘Proportionate measures’ Costa’s comments have not gone down well with local residents.”The Prime Minister seems worried about the situation in Lisbon, without doubt because of the Champions League. It is not worth pretending that the problem does not exist, because it also exists in Lisbon,” Goncalo Caroco, deputy mayor of nearby Loures, told AFP. Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Atalanta all qualified for the quarter-finals before the competition was suspended in March and UEFA was eventually forced to come up with a new format to finish it.The remaining last 16, second legs will see Juventus face Lyon, Manchester City take on Real Madrid, Bayern Munich face Chelsea and Barcelona come up against Napoli.It is hoped those matches — set for August 7 and 8 — will not need to be played on neutral ground but they could also be moved to Portugal, with UEFA standing by to spread the matches around the country, in Lisbon as well as in the northern cities of Porto and Guimaraes.A fortnight ago, when the format was announced by UEFA, Ceferin expressed hope that some fans might be able to attend the matches. That now seems improbable.”In terms of the situation with the pandemic, obviously it is a no,” said Portugal’s Health Minister, Antonio Lacerda Sales, earlier this week.”We don’t know how the pandemic is going to evolve and we will continue to take proportionate measures. We can’t anticipate the future, but at this moment of course not,” he elaborated.If the situation continues to deteriorate, the competing teams would perhaps also have second thoughts about travelling to Lisbon. Alarm bells may be ringing within European football’s governing body, especially as the Champions League was suspended in March and remains frozen in the last-16 stage, which has not been completed.Costa has done his best to reassure Ceferin and insisted in an interview with Spanish daily La Vanguardia that the lockdown measures “do not concern the center of Lisbon, where the Champions League will be staged”.However, the locked down neighborhood of Santa Clara borders that of Lumiar, the area in which the Estadio Jose Alvalade is situated. The home of Sporting Lisbon is scheduled to share hosting of the Champions League matches with Benfica’s nearby Estadio da Luz. Nearly four months after it was suspended, UEFA’s plans to complete the Champions League in Portugal are once again under threat from the coronavirus, even if the organizers themselves insist there is “no Plan B”.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin claimed Tuesday following a meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa that there was no need to make alternative arrangements to the planned “final eight” straight knockout format for the quarter-finals onwards, with all games set to take place in Lisbon.Costa himself said that “all measures are being taken to ensure that we will host this tournament in a safe and secure manner”.  Topics :last_img read more

IOC remains ‘fully committed’ to staging Olympics in 2021

first_imgTopics : “We are working for a solution which on the one hand is safeguarding the health of all participants and on the other hand is also reflecting the Olympic spirit,” Bach addedBach also said the IOC had agreed with host nation Senegal to postpone the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar until 2026.”This allows the IOC and national Olympic committees to better plan activities which have been strongly affected by the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games and subsequent postponement of other major sports events,” he said.The decision will have to be ratified by the full IOC session on Friday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains fully committed to staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and is considering multiple scenarios for them to take place safely, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.Japan and the IOC postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 in March because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have since spoken of trying to simplify the event – which had been due to start on July 24 – to reduce costs and ensure athletes’ safety.Bach said the IOC’s coordination commission had reported “very good work in progress” and that more details would be given to a full IOC session which will take place by video conference on Friday.center_img “We remain fully committed to celebrating Tokyo 2020 next year in July and August,” Bach told reporters in a conference call.”The entire IOC is following the principle we established before the postponement (in March) that the first priority is about the safety of all participants.””We continue to be guided by the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and based on this advice we are preparing multiple scenarios,” he added. “We don’t know the health situation one year from now.”He said that holding events without spectators was clearly something the IOC did not want.last_img read more

How to decorate your home to create Christmas cheer this year

first_img At home with ironman Matt Bevilacqua Yes it is that time of year again. December 1 is just two weeks away and then it’s time to break out the tinsel.But where to start? “So, don’t be too precious with your tree, put all the decorations that mean something to you up there and augment with a few that tie in your colour scheme and you will be sure to have a standout tree.” RELATED: Repeat the same bows used at the front gate on a wreath on a door.“Red, green and gold are traditional favourites for good reason, blue and silver works beautifully, and whites and jewel tones have been very popular recently,” she said.“I love mixing blues, whites, reds and greens with natural timber and textures and a hint of gold for a relaxed summer scheme. “Repeating your chosen colours throughout the house in all your Christmas displays is the main trick to ensuring your chosen colour scheme works. “This of course includes the tree. It doesn’t matter if you are a real tree or faux tree fan the pro tips are the same.“Get a tree as big as your space and budget allows.”When it comes to decorating the tree, Ms Hartigan said first “festoon with lights” and then decorate with love. “My favourite trees are those that tell the story of the people who decorate them — the ones covered in made-at-kindy decorations and great grandma’s heirloom angels. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoFleur Hartigan uses fewer oversize decorations rather than lots of little ones. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)“Repeating your colour scheme and style of Christmas decoration throughout your home will ensure a cohesive scheme,” she said.A festive entry is a must. She said tulle bows on the front fence or entry gate are a fun and inexpensive do-it-yourself way to celebrate the season — and they withstand the occasional December thunderstorm.“Repeat the bows in smaller scale on a wreath on the door,” she said.“I’ve been using the same evergreen wreath for years, just changing the bows and baubles as I change my Christmas colour scheme.”The options are almost limitless for Christmas colour schemes and Ms Hartigan said there really were no rules except it should make you happy. The Courier-Mail reached out to interior designer Fleur Hartigan for some advice on how to create Christmas cheer, instead of Christmas chaos this year. How to beat Brisbane’s median by $200k Once that is done, Ms Hartigan said it was time to bring the decorations out of storage and make sure the lights are still working.“Work out what you will focus on or add to in your Christmas scheme this year in time for the December 1 install,” she said.“A few major groupings of Christmas objects will always have greater decorating impact than a sea of tinsel.”“I decorate the entry, have the tree in the living room, decorate a sideboard in the family room, the mantle in the kitchen, the dining table and a tree on the deck so there are groupings of decorations as you move through the house.“I use clusters of objects rather than a sea of single ones: a group of pillared candles of different heights on a festive tray, a bowl of oversized Christmas baubles, a family of reindeer on the sideboard. “I tend to use fewer oversize decorations rather than lots of little ones.”Ms Hartigan said to “apply the decorator’s golden rule” and make sure you decorate in groups of odd numbers. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< MORE: Fleur Hartigan shares her top Christmas decorating tips.Ms Hartigan said she started her Christmas decorating with a major mid-November clean and declutter. “Put away everything you don’t absolutely need and make sure the areas of the house you’ll use to entertain family and friends, including the outside areas, are sparkling clean and inviting,” she said.“Vacuum the sofas, clean the windows and power wash the outside areas. “It’s a fool proof way to make sure your Christmas decorations are a welcoming standout in your interior scheme and avoid running the risk of them looking like festive clutter.” Developer ditches cookie-cutter designlast_img read more

Talisay local shot to death

first_imgOfficers of the city police station conducted a manhunt operation against the suspect, who fled after the incident./PN Gemino added that the two had previous arguments as Siason’s wife is allegedly now the live-in partner of Treveles. According to Talisay City police chief Major Jigger Gemino over an interview with DYHB Bacolod, Siason was walking in the area when Treveles alighted from a vehicle and confronted the victim. BACOLOD City – A man was shot to death in Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Treveles then shot Siason using an unknown firearm around 1:05 p.m. on June 15. The victim died on the spot. Police identified the suspect as Rolly Treveles, a resident of the village. The 55-year-old Ismael Siason sustained gunshot wounds on the chest, a police report showed.last_img read more

Spencer Haywood

first_imgSpencer Haywood is the Curt Flood of basketball.  When Curt Flood brought about free agency in baseball, he changed the game forever.  Spencer Haywood did the same for pro basketball when he left college early.  Even though he had to go to court to do so, he left the University of Detroit and was drafted in 1969 by the Buffalo Braves, an ABA team.  In 1969-70 he was a member of the Denver Rockets.  It was during this time that the NBA tried to keep him from playing.  They went so far as to escort him off the floor in one game and in another game the other players boycotted.After all this turmoil, Haywood brought about the merger of the ABA and NBA.  From that point in the early 70’s until today players may join the NBA at any point after high school.  Haywood paved the way for players like Julius Irving, George Gervin, and Moses Malone.  Before you think this is the only thing that made Haywood famous, you are totally wrong.  In 14 years as a pro Haywood scored more than 17,000 points and was even the league’s MVP.last_img read more

Karsen Elyse Cook

first_imgKarsen Elyse Cook, age 23, of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on December 4, 1996 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of Timothy Wayne “Tim” Cook and Ginger Renee (Smith) Kincaid. Karsen was raised in Rising Sun, Indiana and was a 2015 graduate of the Rising Sun High School. In the summers, Karsen was employed for Cocoa Tan in Vevay, Indiana for a few years. On January 25, 2017, Karsen and Richie were blessed with a daughter, Kambrie Elyse Lay and she was the joy and light of her life. On October 13, 2017, Karsen and Richie got engaged at the Newport Aquarium with their loving daughter present. In June 2018, Ginger established The Kooky Kokonut in Vevay, Indiana where Karsen was employed from June 2018 – September 2019. Karsen received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University on December 16, 2019. Karsen was later employed as a scheduling specialist for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana from October 2019 to present. She was a faithful member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch, Indiana where she was baptized in 2009. Karsen enjoyed going to the beach, spending time with her family and friends, four wheeling, boating, reading and going to church. Most of all, Karsen loved doing everything for her daughter, Kambrie. Karsen’s journey began on May 20, 2019 when they found a mass on her colon. She spent the next several months sharing her journey and being such a strong inspiration for others by her faith in God. Karsen’s faith moved mountains and touched many hearts throughout her journey. Karsen never complained and was always positive with a beautiful smile on her face that would always light up a room. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” James 1:6. Karsen went to be with Jesus with her loving family by her side at 3:40 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2020, at the IU Health North Hospital in Carmel, Indiana.Karsen will be deeply missed by her daughter, Kambrie Elyse Lay of Switzerland County, IN; her mother and step-father, Ginger Renee (Smith) and Scotty Kincaid of Rising Sun, IN; her father, Timothy Wayne “Tim” Cook and his companion, Jessica Ballard of Rising Sun, IN; her fiancé, Richie Lay and his family of Switzerland County, IN; her brothers, Tyler Cook of Rising Sun, IN, Keegan Kincaid and his wife, Tealsee of Patriot, IN and Hunter Kelley of Rising Sun, IN; her sisters, Kelly Jo Kincaid and her companion, John Craig II. of Patriot, IN and Bowen Cook of Rising Sun, IN; her nephews, John Craig III., Brixx Kincaid and Adari Kincaid; her maternal-grandparents, Gardy and Priscilla “Toy” Smith of Patriot, IN; her paternal-grandparents, Donnie and Mona Cook of Rising Sun, IN; her maternal aunts and uncles, Carol and Mike Poling of Quercus Grove, IN, Gina and Jason Hall of Hidden Valley, IN and Troy Smith of Patriot, IN; her paternal aunt and uncle, Jana and Maurice Norvell of Rising Sun, IN and her several cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles and numerous friends.She was preceded in death by her maternal-great-grandparents, Wilford Conway “Bill” and Jewell Ray “Judy” (Clemons) Dickerson and Hobart M. and Ada M. (Koons) Smith; her paternal great-grandparents, Willie Edward and Elma Marie (Ryle) Cook and Virgil Lee and Tina Helen (Hobbs) Hutton.Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing. Friends may call 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 11, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., by Pastor Patrick Lanman at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery in Patriot, Indiana.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund for Kambrie Elyse Lay c/o her father, Richie Lay. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Europa League: Mikel plays 90 minutes in Trabzonspor loss

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Spurs to face Bulgarian minnows in Europa League opener Former Super Eagles’ skipper, John Obi Mikel, starred for the entire 90 minutes in Trabzonspor 0-1 loss to Getafe in a Europa League tie at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez Stadium on Thursday.Mikel’s compatriot, Anthony Nwakaeme, was also on for 83 minute, while Ogenyi Onazi was not listed for the tie.Getafe’s Spanish forward Angel Luis Rodriguez strike in the 18th minute was all the Spanish side needed to secure victory.In the other group match, Switzerland’s Basel hammered Russia’s Krasnodar 5-0 at the St. Jakob-Park stadium.Trabzonspor will host Basel, while Krasnodar will face Getafe in Russia on October  3 in the second group games.Tags: Angel Luis RodriguezEuropa Leaguelast_img read more