US Coast Guard Seizes USD 3.5 Mln Worth of Drugs

first_img Share this article View post tag: Naval July 28, 2014 View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy View post tag: Drugs The US Coast Guard seized more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana with an estimated wholesale value of $3.5 million and detained five suspected smugglers during a drug interdiction in the Caribbean Sea, southwest of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. US Coast Guard Seizes USD 3.5 Mln Worth of Drugs View post tag: Seizes While on patrol July 8, the Coast Guard Cutter Northland detected the suspicious 68-foot motor vessel An-Nur transiting the Caribbean Sea with five crewmembers onboard. Northland’s boarding team discovered 3,591 pounds of marijuana onboard.The Northland crew seized the marijuana, detained the crew, and took the An-Nur in tow.“The strong international, federal and local law enforcement partnerships in our area have again proven their effectiveness in preventing drug shipments from reaching Caribbean shores,” said Capt. Robert Warren, Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan. “We are committed to disrupting the flow of illegal drugs in the Caribbean Sea and will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute suspected smugglers.”The Northland transferred the illegal drug shipment, the vessel, and detainees to the custody of Customs and Border Protection and Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents, who will be leading a criminal investigation into the case as part of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.“Once again the combined efforts of federal law enforcement agencies resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of narcotics,” said Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. “Our message continues to be the same: we will detect and interdict drug smugglers attempting to flood our island with their poisonous cargo. These arrests are a clear indication of the continued success of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.”Since October 2013, the Coast Guard has seized 17,591 kilograms of cocaine and 4,341 pounds of marijuana during 25 counter-drug interdictions under Operation Unified Resolve, in partnership with regional law enforcement authorities in the Caribbean. The wholesale value for these seizures is worth more than $444 million.The Coast Guard’s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved each and every day locally under Operation Caribbean Guard, which coordinates efforts between the Coast Guard, DHS and Commonwealth and Territorial law enforcement partners, who are working diligently to deter, detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.[mappress]Press Release, July 28, 2014; Image: Dvids View post tag: Mlncenter_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: worth Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard Seizes USD 3.5 Mln Worth of Drugs View post tag: US View post tag: USD View post tag: 3.5 Authoritieslast_img read more

Colombian NCOs PISAJE Program Continues To Be a Success

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo June 07, 2019 For two weeks, noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from the Colombian Army — as well as four from Brazil — attended the bi-annual PISAJE program held in the United States. PISAJE (a Spanish acronym for Senior NCOs Integral Program) is a mil-to-mil engagement between the Colombian Military Forces and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. The visit to the United States is the culmination of a five month course Colombian NCOs take before they graduate, consisting of an academic curriculum that includes tactics, logistics administration, and leadership courses. During the first week of the U.S. visit in Fort Bliss, bordering Texas and New Mexico, participants attended briefings and panels on leadership and competencies. While in Fort Bliss, soldiers from U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) and the Colombian and Brazilian delegations conducted physical readiness training and received an overview of the U.S. Army Basic Leader Course at the Fort Bliss Noncommissioned Officer Academy. “Visiting Fort Bliss, we learned the educational process at their NCO academy, and that was very important for us,” said Colombian Army Sergeant Major Argemiro Posso, military senior enlisted advisor to the Joint Chief of Staff. “We’ll be able to take these lessons learned back to Colombia and embed them into our curriculum at our own academies,” he said. “For me, the highlight was the NCO academy and their organization, professionalism, and the structure they had,” added Colombian Army Sergeant Major Carlos Arturo Gómez Rincón. “It opens the door for us to one day soon, we hope — with the support of our army commander as well as the ARSOUTH commander — to form our own future leaders and establish our own NCO academy for all of Latin America.” Following their visit to Fort Bliss, NCOs were then brought to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami, Florida, for the second week where they attended briefings to learn about the interagency focus in addition to joint experiences from different components and joint staff organizations. Best practices were learned when the components gave their briefings on the operations they conduct and how they interact with the Colombian military by combatting the common threats Colombia and the United States share. During one of the briefings, Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of SOUTHCOM, spoke to the NCOs about the importance of the relationship the commander and the command sergeant major (CSM) must have — a relationship built upon mutual trust and honesty. “He should be able to look me in the eye and provide me honest and candid feedback, but also tell me when I’m wrong,” Adm. Faller said, and added that a CSM should be a leader of presence and be the pulse of the organization. During this last iteration of PISAJE, the focus was on Executive Leadership provided by the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and Sergeants Major Academy at ARSOUTH as well as operating in a joint environment provided by the SOUTHCOM senior enlisted leaders. The next PISAJE is scheduled for October-November. “The plan is to continue PISAJE and obviously we follow the guidance from SOUTHCOM,” said U.S. Army Sergeant Major José Bueno of ARSOUTH’s Security Cooperation Division. “[The] United States continues to be the partner of choice because we share a lot of knowledge with them, exchange ideas, lessons learned, and they take them back and apply them to what’s best for their army.” ARSOUTH’s mantra is “Junto Podemos” (Together We Can) and it’s a sentiment echoed by the Colombian NCOs. “The United States and Colombia share common threats and they can always count on us to help combat those threats, said Sgt. Maj. Posso. “We have a strong alliance and a great friendship.”last_img read more

First H1N1 vaccine doses headed to states, cities

first_imgOct 1, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The first 600,000 doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine—all of them the nasal-spray formulation—are on their way to 25 states and major cities and should arrive by Tuesday, Oct 6, matching earlier predictions, federal health officials said today.”We are transitioning from the planning to the implementation phase” of the H1N1 vaccination effort, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at a news briefing.States and large cities began placing orders for vaccine yesterday, said Schuchat, who is director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She didn’t name the states or cities, but urban areas that work directly with the CDC program are Washington, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles County.”Vaccine ordered yesterday should be arriving out to the sites by Tuesday,” she said. “We’re really pleased that this is starting, and it’s earlier than we were planning.”In response to a question about when the doses will become available, Schuchat said, “There’s a good chance they’ll be available later next week in a lot of the sites.”CDC officials have been predicting that the earliest doses would reach providers in early October. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said last week that the first doses could reach providers as early as Oct 6.Schuchat said that—as predicted previously—all of the earliest doses will be the live-virus nasal-spray vaccine, which is made by MedImmune. Like the company’s seasonal vaccine, FluMist, it is approved for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years, but not for pregnant women or people with chronic conditions that raise their risk for flu complications.”We believe a lot of the states will be directing those early doses to healthcare workers,” Schuchat said. “There’s a bit of a myth out there that the workers shouldn’t get the live vaccine, but that’s a myth. Most healthcare workers who are under 50 and don’t have those chronic conditions can receive the nasal spray.”She said the CDC plans to release information each Friday on how much vaccine was available for ordering and how much was shipped to each of the states and large cities, as of the preceding Wednesday.The CDC has contracted with McKesson Corp. to distribute the vaccine doses to vaccination sites designated by state health departments. McKesson also distributes vaccines in the CDC’s Vaccines for Children program.Schuchat cautioned that the vaccination drive will face some bumps in the road. “At the beginning we’ll have a bit of a slow start. But we’ve ordered enough [vaccine] so everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be.”HHS releases children’s Tamiflu to statesIn other comments, Schuchat said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released 300,000 pediatric doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) from the national stockpile for distribution to states that may need it.”Basically each state that needs their proportion of that supply will receive this Tamiflu over the next week,” she said.The CDC said earlier this week that Tamiflu for children could run short as the flu spreads and advised that pharmacists may need to formulate the medication, sold as a liquid, on site by mixing the adult formulation with other ingredients.”Some of the liquid formulation will have an expiration date that may have passed, but the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] has extended the expiration date of those courses after careful testing,” Schuchat said today.She reported that Texas and Colorado have already requested and received allocations of the liquid antiviral, getting 22,000 and 4,600 doses, respectively.Death toll in pregnant women risesOn another topic, Schuchat updated the CDC’s numbers on H1N1 complications in pregnant women. As of late August, 100 pregnant women in the United States had required intensive hospital care for H1N1 and 28 had died, she said.On a conference call with clinicians earlier this week, CDC officials said that about 5% of H1N1 deaths have been in pregnant women, though they make up only about 1% of the population. As of Aug 20, 24 of the 484 deaths in the country involved pregnant women, officials said.”The H1N1 influenza in pregnant women has really been striking,” Schuchat said today. CDC obstetricians have been talking to “doctors around the country who have never seen this kind of thing before.”She added that the CDC has not previously tracked seasonal flu complications in pregnant women, so it’s not entirely clear if complications are actually much more common with the new virus or if it just seems that way because of increased surveillance.See also:Sep 18 CIDRAP News story “CDC says 3.4 million doses of H1N1 vaccine to ship in early October”last_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan break ICC tournaments jinx against India

first_imgPakistan finally got the better of India in an ICC match since 2009 when they beat the Virat Kohli-led side by a massive 180-run margin to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title.Pakistan reached the final of the elite tournament for the first time since its inception in 1998.Put into bat, Pakistan rode of a brilliant maiden century by Fakhar Zaman (114) and twin half-centuries by Azhar Ali (59) and Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) to post a mammoth 338/4 in 50 overs.In reply, India’s chase never took off and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mohammad Amir rattled the famed Indian top order before Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali chipped in with crucial breakthroughs.Pakistan last won against India at an ICC in the 2009 edition of the Champions Trophy. However, India maintained an upper-hand since that loss to win in all the ICC events matches, including the tournament opener at the Edgbaston.The victory also helped Pakistan better their head-to-head record against India to 3-2 at the Champions Trophy and 13-3 overall. But the Men in Blue continue to lead in World Cups and World Twenty20s 11-0.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events.Fakhar shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unleashed a barrage of attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground to give Pakistan real hope of upsetting the defending champions.Azhar also continued his fine form in the tournament, reaching his fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.advertisementBabar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win for the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament who lost heavily to India in the group stage.Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the perfect platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.Babar chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history to lift the trophy for the third time.last_img read more

LIVE: Wanderers vs Central Coast

first_imgA-League Review: City claim Melbourne derby glory as Wanderers scrape draw Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 19:45 10/14/17 BruceKamau - cropped Getty Images Marcin Budzinski’s first goal for the club and a Carl Valeri own goal gave Melbourne City derby joy against rivals Melbourne Victory. Melbourne City claimed the local bragging rights as they prevailed 2-1 at Melbourne Victory in a spicy A-League derby encounter.Carl Valeri’s rash tackle on City’s Michael Jakobsen inside the first 20 second sparked pushing and shoving between the sides and referee Peter Green had brandished three yellow cards by the 12th minute.Rhys Williams became the third Victory player into the book for a scissoring challenge in the 32nd minute that forced Osama Malik to limp off with a hip problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Replacement Marcin Budzinski made a swift impact by clattering his maiden City goal into the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time.What a way to open your account for @MelbourneCity. Take a bow, Marcin Budziński!#MelbDerby #ALeague pic.twitter.com/1nTCoOcrv4— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) October 14, 2017Kevin Muscat’s Victory responded impressively and debutant Leroy George squeezed a 55th-minute equaliser through City goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas from a tight angle.Warren Joyce’s men were under heavy pressure but sealed the points on the break 10 minutes later when Bruce Kamau burst forward brilliantly on the break.At the end of a lung-busting run, the winger’s eventual shot took a decisive deflection off Victory captain Valeri and looped home.This is what it means. #MelbDerby pic.twitter.com/wIL0dKJGHN— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) October 14, 2017In Saturday’s earlier game, Western Sydney Wanderers were twice forced to come from behind in order to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Central Coast Mariners.Asdrubal scrambled a 21st-minute opener from close range for the visitors but Oriol Riera levelled from the penalty spot.The Mariners were ahead after the hour once more when Daniel De Silva coolly clipped home Andrew Hoole’s excellent throughball but Roly Bonevacia ensured their joy was short-lived.Absolutely beautiful football on display from @CCMariners, finished off by Danny De Silva. #WSWvCCM #ALeague pic.twitter.com/2f1xigVjK6— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) October 14, 2017 read morelast_img read more