SOUTHCOM Participates in Maritime Security Summit in Curaçao

first_img Recognizing the importance of counter narcotic operations in the Caribbean, Defence IQ, the company that organizes the event, reserved the inaugural sessions on March 12 for focus discussions on that topic. a panel discussion on the operational challenges faced by several Caribbean islands in confronting drug trafficking is scheduled among the highlights for the day. The chiefs of several Caribbean nations’ coast guards: Commander David Chin Fong (Jamaica), Lieutenant Commander Auden Nicholas (Antigua & Barbuda), Commander Wilco van Zanten (Dutch Caribbean), and Commander Darryl Daniel (Trinidad & Tobago) are the panelists scheduled to present and address questions from the audience. Defense IQ is a division of IQPC, the company behind the organization of the Offshore Patrol Vessels Latin America Conference, which took place on May 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year, the event will return to Rio, from 18-20 June. “CABSEC 13 will not only help us to establish new relationships with SOUTHCOM’s partner nations, but will also allow us to stress the need to collaborate and share data to understand illicit regional networks, their connections, and how they threaten security and stability in the Caribbean,” said Urrutia-Varhall to Diálogo. At the Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Conference (CABSEC 13), from March 12 – 14, Brig. Gen. Urrutia-Varhall joins security and defense leaders from countries in the Western Hemisphere and Europe. Together, they are trying to gain insight into the operational hurdles of coordinating counter narcotic operations across multiple island nations, and find ways to strengthen intelligence sharing and regional cooperation. By Dialogo March 12, 2013 From her perspective, transnational organized crime, which encompasses the traffic of narcotics, arms smuggling, human trafficking and illicit financing should be addressed with a “holistic and hemispheric approach.” The Caribbean, South America, Central America, and North America must come together to face this scourge, she insists. “Working this problem as a hemisphere today will allow us to set the template for the future as the rest of the globe begins to deal with the same issues,” she added. center_img To the goal of promoting togetherness in countering our common problems, the type of audience that CABSEC attracted seems perfect. A mix of ambassadors, defense ministers, senior government officials, commanders of coast guards and navies, defense staff and leaders of regional organizations such as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the attendees represent the whole of society approach that Brig. Gen. Urrutia-Varhall will refer to in her presentation, scheduled for March 13. A couple of weeks before spring sets in the Caribbean, the island of Curaçao is hosting a summit on maritime security, and the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is there, represented by Brigadier General Linda Urrutia-Varhall, director of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance. The Inter-American Defense Board, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime are among the roster of international and regional organizations that are also meeting in the Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela to shed light into the topic of cooperation in coastal and maritime security. Other countries represented at the Curaçao summit include Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Panama, and Suriname, to mention a few. last_img read more

NZ Chlamydia rate climbs

first_imgReport reveals NZ children diagnosed with chlamydiaNZ Herald 21 January 2016An annual report reveals more than 28,000 Kiwis contracted the most common sexually transmitted disease, chlamydia, last year.Eighty-three children under the age of one were also reported to have contracted the disease, according to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research.The research revealed infants born to infected mothers could contract the disease during delivery.The report also revealed 83 per cent of chlamydia cases were most commonly diagnosed in females between the ages of 15 to 24 years.Maori females aged between 15 to 19 years old were reported to have the highest estimated rate of the disease — more than twice the national estimate.Gonorrhoea was found in 70 out of every 100,000 Kiwis.Maori females aged 15 to 19 years were reported to have the highest estimated rate — with 396 reported cases per 100,000 people.That was more than threes times the national rate. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about 2016-17 bowl season

first_imgPeach Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 WashingtonWhere: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GAWhen: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Alabama (-15.0)I hope earning a spot in the College Football Playoff’s top 4 was enough to celebrate in Seattle a couple weeks ago, because come New Year’s Eve, there may not be much to cheer for when the Huskies line up against No. 1 University of Alabama. Now that the pre-bowl season has taken its course, undefeated Alabama’s perceived dominance has only grown more daunting. Only two teams managed to score more than 14 points against Alabama during the entire regular season, and the Tide’s defense has allowed only 11.8 points per game — the lowest average in the country. The Crimson Tide also held the No. 2 offense (Western Kentucky University) to an explosive 10 points, which is just slightly below the Hilltoppers’ 45.1 points per game season average. Washington, however, boasts the fourth-highest scoring offense in the nation on the other side of the ball. While many think Bama’s offense is their lone Achilles heel, Alabama still put 54 in their last game against the eighth-best nationally ranked defense, University of Florida. The Tide keep rolling, sorry Washington. — David HayesGeistlinger: Alabama 36, Washington 16Hayes: Alabama 37, Washington 24Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 ClemsonWhere: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZWhen: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Ohio State (-3.0)The second of the national semifinal games features two squads boasting extensive postseason experience: Ohio State University captured the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2015, while Clemson University narrowly lost to Alabama in the title game last season. In this matchup of blue bloods, the Buckeyes will try to stifle Clemson’s rushing attack and force star QB Deshuan Watson to beat them with the aerial game. Although Watson can be a wizard with the pigskin, he has also shown a tendency to turn it over, with 15 interceptions on the season. If Watson can avoid succumbing to the spirt of giving so prevalent at this time of year, Clemson may be able to keep the game close, but ultimately I believe Ohio State’s gritty style will win the day. Look for the Buckeyes to control the game in the trenches and cover comfortably with help from a late turnover. – Luke GeistlingerGeistlinger: Ohio State 34, Clemson 24Hayes: Ohio State 38, Clemson 31Football: Malik Zaire reportedly narrows transfer to Wisconsin and UNCFormer Notre Dame star quarterback, Malik Zaire, has made a final decision on where the graduate transfer will most likely Read…CFP National Championship Game: TBD vs. TBD Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLWhen: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Although Ohio State University was victorious in the meeting between these teams two years ago, this is an Alabama team that has evolved past the simple game of football and is now playing another game entirely. At this point it is simply hard to even fathom Alabama losing a game at all, and the Tide’s march to a second straight national championship seems inevitable, regardless of opponent. Although the Buckeyes are certainly qualified to play spoiler, it is difficult to envision a scenario where the Crimson Tide is not celebrating on January 9th. – Luke GeistlingerGeistlinger: Alabama 31, Ohio State 20Hayes: Alabama 28, Ohio State 23Cotton Bowl: No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 WisconsinWhere: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TXWhen: Noon, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Wisconsin (-7.5)After surrendering a 21-point lead in a crushing loss against Penn State in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Badgers’ postseason aspirations were quickly rerouted from Pasadena to Dallas. Wisconsin takes on a non-Power Five conference Western Michigan team in a matchup that many UW fans have mixed feelings about, but get one thing straight: the Broncos can play. This game may not be the kind of lopsided affair many people are expecting it to be in the Badgers’ favor; WMU is undefeated for a reason. Group of Five teams are 8-2 overall against the Power Five in their last 10 matchups in New Year’s Six bowl games. – David HayesGeistlinger: Wisconsin 27, Western Michigan 21Hayes: Wisconsin 24, Western Michigan 17Hayes: Why Badger fans should reconsider Wisconsin’s ‘disappointing’ Cotton Bowl berthAfter a tough loss in the conference title with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, many Wisconsin Read…Rose Bowl: No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn StateWhere: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CAWhen: 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: USC (-6.5)The 2017 Rose Bowl may be the most intriguing matchup of the entire bowl season, considering both teams combined for a 3-5 record heading into October. Fast forward to mid-December, No. 5 Penn State University and No. 9 University of Southern California are two of the hottest teams in all of college football. Neither team has lost since September, with the Nittany Lions winning their last nine in a row and the Trojans rattling off eight straight. Both teams boast explosive offenses and pride themselves on their big-play capability — just ask Wisconsin. Expect this season’s chapter of “The Grand Daddy of Them All” to prove a much better game than last year’s meeting, when Christian McCaffrey and Stanford trashed Iowa 45-16. — David HayesGeistlinger: USC 41, Penn State 28Hayes: Penn State 45, USC 38Orange Bowl:  No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FLWhen: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Michigan (-7.0)This season’s Orange Bowl pits University of Michigan against Florida State University. While there is also a top 15 matchup happening between two of college football’s blue-blood programs, the real drama in this game will play out on the sidelines, where the over-under on tantrums by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is set at 3.5. Harbaugh has shown remarkable versatility this season, with an ability to completely lose his composure over even the slightest of perceived wrongs against his team. After a penalty call during Michigan’s loss to Ohio State Harbaugh was forced to call upon his halcyon days as a star quarterback and delivered, beautifully tossing his clipboard across the field in a tight spiral. Look for the Harbaugh to have his squad motivated for this game, even if it is little more than a consolation prize for a team that had higher aspirations. – Luke GeistlingerGeistlinger: Michigan 42, Florida State 17Hayes: Michigan 24, Florida State 20last_img read more