Guyana Halts Caribbean Gateway for Illegal Activities

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 16, 2018 Brigadier General Patrick West, chief of staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), was pleased to co-host the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) for the first time. The event took place in Georgetown, Guyana, from December 6–7, 2017, bringing together military and security representatives from 16 nations to analyze the security threats affecting the Caribbean.In his opening remarks, Brig. Gen. West was optimistic that CANSEC would succeed in addressing regional security challenges, as well as forging collaborative efforts to dismantle transregional and transnational threat networks, known as T3N. Brig. Gen. West spoke with Diálogo about the importance of co-hosting CANSEC and GDF efforts to build national and regional capacities to counter security threats.Diálogo: What is the importance of CANSEC being held in Guyana for the first time?Brigadier General Patrick West, chief of staff of the Guyana Defence Force: It is very important that the populace and the region see that Guyana is playing an integral role in the entire regional security architecture of the Caribbean. The conference was beneficial because it projects us as a partner to everyone who is involved in and out of the region. It helps to promote our cause for regional development and security, humanitarian, and peace efforts. Guyana is uniquely positioned geographically in South America and historically in the Caribbean, and thus is able to contribute to both groups.Diálogo: What is the main mission of GDF?Brig. Gen. West: Our mission remains fixed; to maintain our territorial integrity (defining aggression on our borders), to assist the civil powers in the maintenance of law and order, and to contribute to the economic development of Guyana.Diálogo: What do you feel is the country’s main security concern?Brig. Gen. West: My main concern is the fact that we have limited capacity to project power. We are currently working on several initiatives which will address this issue so as to ensure that we are in a position where we can guarantee a safe environment for economic development beyond the shores and boundaries of Guyana.Diálogo: At the inauguration of CANSEC, Guyanese Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo mentioned that over the last 30 months, the government of Guyana has seen some of the biggest interceptions of illicit drugs. How has GDF been involved in this effort?Brig. Gen. West: GDF also plays a part in our second role, which is to assist the civil powers in the maintenance of law and order. There exists a structure within the Guyana’s security architecture, established in 1979, known as the Joint Services Coordinating Council (JSCC). The commissioner of police, the director of the prisons, the chief fire officer and I, the chairman, sit there. At this level we coordinate our resources when dealing with internal issues, which includes aspects related to the illegal drug trade.Besides the JSCC, we have a superior council called the National Security Council (NSC), where the director of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) sits for strategic planning and coordination. There is also a direct relationship between GDF and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), where, from time to time, soldiers would be requested to support specific counter-narcotic operations. Over the period, our Coast Guard was also integrally involved in such operations.Of recent, we have had interceptions both at sea and on land. A number of aircraft, which had landed on illegally constructed airstrips in southern Guyana were seized by the government. There were also incidents where cocaine had been discovered in various agricultural products, such as rice, etc., and the use of semi-submersible vessels has emerged as part of the illicit scheme of manoeuvre by traffickers. Additionally, the quantities of seizures have increased tremendously.Diálogo: Piracy used to be one of the national security concerns, and it has been almost completely defeated. How did GDF contribute to defeating piracy?Brig. Gen. West: Piracy was a major concern for us, but not anymore. We refer to them as pirates, but it is more akin to armed robbery at sea, where fishermen and traders were being assaulted and robbed. In 2017, we had a single incident in the northwest district of Guyana. This was mitigated by intensifying patrols in areas prone to such activity by the GDF Coast Guard in boats, which were donated by the United States, through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). Additionally, the Coast Guard and Air Corps coordinated several joint patrols to gather intelligence and to act as a deterrent to such activities.Diálogo: Is terrorism a regional security threat?Brig. Gen. West: Terrorism is a major concern in the region. We must pay attention to this issue as our intelligence suggests that foreign fighters are returning to the region, especially to Trinidad and Tobago, and in some instances Jamaica. We have had a few issues where Guyanese were arrested for being involved in terrorist activities, such as Adnan Shukrijumah, who was the number one for al-Qaeda in this region.We’ve also had a few persons who were identified by the police as being funded in an attempt to recruit individuals and have them radicalized. So we are paying attention to this issue because it is not something strange to the region, and moreover, because everything is now linked by the Internet. As such, nobody is beyond this whole scope of being radicalized and our institutions must ensure that we stay on top of the game.Diálogo: How does Guyana cooperate with partner nations to counter international organized crime?Brig. Gen. West: Guyana is a part of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), and we are also part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARICOM coordinates all the security issues through the Implementing Agency for Crime and Security, known as IMPACS, and the issues for disaster relief are solved through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).Guyana has been an active participant over the years for security in the region. For example, we were deployed to Trinidad and Tobago when they had the Yasin Abu Bakr’s coup (1990). We were there to assist in stabilising and restoring order in that country. We were also in Jamaica for Hurricane Gilbert (1998), in Grenada for Hurricane Ivan (2004), and the list goes on. We can look at Guyana’s contribution in terms of manpower to assist, but there was also material and financial assistance given by the government to countries in the wake of those disasters. Through CARICOM, we will continue contributing to the various challenges in the region. Guyana remains a stable partner in the contributions to security and disaster relief operations within the region.Diálogo: How does GDF work together and cooperate with the United States?Brig. Gen. West: We have a number of coordinated efforts with the United States. We have the CBSI, CANSEC, Tradewinds, the Conference of American Armies, the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, etc., Outside of that, we also have the International Military Education and Training Program and the Foreign Military Sales Program, among other collaborations in terms of security cooperation.Diálogo: What is your message for the Caribbean region?Brig. Gen. West: Let us continue to work together and to have open lines of communication, so that we can be able to support each other in times of need.last_img read more

Neighboring Armed Forces Lend Support to Guatemala

first_imgBy Jennyfer Hernández/Diálogo June 26, 2018 Within days of the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3rd in the Guatemalan departments of Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, and Escuintla, the armed forces of partner nations took actions to lend support to the Guatemalan government. The objective: transport a dozen injured in need of intensive and specialized care. Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and Mexican Department of the Navy took off from La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City between June 6th-10th carrying children and adults suffering from serious burns, some in nearly 80 percent of their bodies. The victims are receiving the needed care at their rehabilitation centers of destination. “We are very pleased and grateful for the show of support received from the majority of the region’s countries”, Sergio Cabañas, secretary general of the Guatemalan National Coordination System for Disaster Reduction (CONRED, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “The help we received after the tragedy was an enormous gesture of love for those who lost everything.” Transfer to Texas On June 6th, a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III carried six Guatemalan girls to Galveston, Texas. U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) dispatched the aircraft from the 172nd Airlift Wing in Jackson, Mississippi, together with a medivac crew from the U.S. Army’s Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Service members specialized in pediatric intensive care and burn treatment participated in the effort. The girls received care at a pediatric unit of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston. Shriners is a Florida-based non-profit organization with 22 medical centers across the United States. “Shriners Hospitals is uniquely prepared to respond to a tragedy of this proportion, having specialized pediatric burn hospitals across the country, “ stated John McCabe, Executive Vice President of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We have a deep history of mobilizing to respond to tragedies across the globe and have committed to help these children.” According to Cabañas, SOUTHCOM and the Guatemalan Ministry of Health coordinated transfer operations two days after the disaster. The Guatemalan Air Force also provided logistics support for the mission. “They [the United States] transported children from one to 16 years old,” Carlos Soto Menegazzo, Guatemalan Minister of Health, told Diálogo. “We pray to God that all six children return to our country.” Urgent support For its part, the Mexican Department of the Navy, in coordination with the Mexican Embassy in Guatemala, contributed air ambulances to transfer injured children and adults over several days. According to Soto, the victims were taken to the National Rehabilitation Center in Mexico City, where they receive treatment that includes surgery and psychological support. “These children range in age from eight to 14 […]. The first few days they were cared for at the Roosevelt, San Juan de Dios [in Guatemala City] and Escuintla hospitals,” Soto said. “Due to their condition, we requested urgent air ambulance assistance from the Mexican Embassy to transfer seven children for evaluation at the National Center for Research and Treatment of Burn Victims in Mexico City.” Several adults with second- and third-degree burns were also evacuated to Mexico City to lessen the strain on overwhelmed Guatemala City hospitals. Helicopters from the Condor Group of the Mexican Ministry of Public Security assisted with the transfers. In addition to air transport, SOUTHCOM contributed equipment for Guatemalan rescuer workers, who continue their labor in the disaster area. The equipment included hazardous gas detectors, tools, and personal protection equipment. The U.S. government also pledged an initial $300,000 in humanitarian aid. In addition, members of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development are on the ground in Guatemala, coordinating the provision of potable water, sanitation services, and non-food items to the victims. Ground zero activities In the disaster zone, rescuers and Guatemalan Armed Forces Army units resumed search efforts on June 13th. The volcano continues to erupt, thwarting search and body recovery efforts. “Their [the Guatemalan Army] support has been total and absolute from Sunday, June 3rd onward. They participated directly in the recovery of bodies from ground zero,” Cabañas said. “Service members have been a crucial part of the emergency response and the rescue of residents trapped amidst the volcano’s pyroclastic flows. They help us with logistics and security in the 20 official shelters we set up.” According to CONRED’s latest report on June 21th, the volcano took the lives of 112 people. Almost 200 people are missing, and more than 12,800 have been evacuated from communities on the volcano’s slopes.last_img read more

Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea? Paul Merson predicts who will win Premier League title next season

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea? Paul Merson predicts who will win Premier League title next season Arsenal legend Paul Merson has predicted who will win the Premier League next season (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has predicted who will win the Premier League title next season, with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United hoping to catch dominant champions Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp’s side have dominated English football this term, winning 31 of their 37 Premier League fixtures to date to storm 18 points clear at the top of the table and secure their first domestic title for 30 years.Manchester City, who were bidding to win a third successive title, will be looking to respond with a stronger challenge next season, while the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea now appear better-placed to compete with Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited have still not lost in the Premier League since Bruno Fernandes joined the club in January, while Chelsea are enjoying an impressive season under new manager Frank Lampard are are set to welcome new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to the club.ADVERTISEMENTBut despite the strength of Manchester City and the progress of United and Chelsea, Merson expects Liverpool to defend the title next season.The Arsenal legend told StarSport: ‘I would be surprised if they [Liverpool] didn’t go on and do it again next season. Liverpool fans party into the night at AnfieldTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenLiverpool fans party into the night at Anfieldhttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-fans-party-night-anfield-2215744/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Manchester City are a brilliant team, make no mistake and they can blow anyone away on their day.‘But Liverpool are more consistent. They can win games when they are not playing well and City haven’t been able to do that because their defence hasn’t been as good.’Merson added: ‘It’s shame Liverpool had to lift the Premier League trophy in front of an empty stadium at Anfield.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I can remember the last time Liverpool won the title in 1990, because I was in the Arsenal side that did the same thing the following season.‘Back then you knew if you finished above Liverpool then you’d basically be champions. They were so dominant at that time.‘But I think their fans will definitely get the chance to celebrate a Premier League trophy presentation inside Anfield in the future, because this won’t be the last time Liverpool win the title.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Premier League final day TV schedule, fixtures, channels and streamsMORE: Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool transfer target Thiago Alcantara Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Jul 2020 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Ex-boss of one of the country’s biggest home builders sells up

first_imgThis house at 21 Nindethana St, Indooroopilly, has sold. Picture supplied.A FORMER executive of one of the country’s most famous home builders has made a tidy profit selling his family home in an exclusive Brisbane suburb.Mark Henesey-Smith and his wife, Vivien, have sold their four-bedroom, two-bathroom Tuscan-inspired house on 547 sqm in Nindethana Street for $1.66 million. Former AVJennings executive general manager Qld/SA/NZ Mark Henesey-Smith.The two-level house was built in 1999 and is nestled between two golf courses.It’s also just down the road from St Peter’s Lutheran College and close to the University of Queensland. This house at 21 Nindethana St, Indooroopilly. Picture supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The offmarket deal was negotiated by Alex Jordan of McGrath Paddington.Records show the Henesey-Smiths bought the property for $750,000 in 2003. Seaside retreat beats old money Ascot Why homeowners are better off Bank red flags 30 suburbs to make buying harder last_img read more

WEDA Pacific Chapter Meeting – 1st Call for Abstracts

first_imgThe Board of the Pacific Chapter of WEDA has invited interested parties to submit an abstract for a technical presentation at their Fall 2018 conference in Honolulu, HI. The conference will take place in Waikiki, from October 23, through October 25, 2018.New to the 2018 conference is an additional half day of conference proceedings to provide attendees more presentation time slots. In addition, the conference will be held Tuesday through Thursday instead of following their regular Wednesday through Friday schedule, WEDA said.According to the official announcement, “presentations on all aspects of dredging and disposal, navigation structures, environmental restoration, and related topics are welcome and presentations specifically relevant to West Coast issues or projects are encouraged.”The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, June 1, 2018.[mappress mapid=”24972″]last_img read more

Polarcus wins 3D seismic survey work offshore West Africa

first_imgMarine seismic player Polarcus has been awarded a 3D marine seismic acquisition project in West Africa.Polarcus Adira; Source: PolarcusPolarcus said on Monday that the project would begin in the first quarter of 2019.The seismic player added that the 3D seismic work off West Africa would last around six weeks. The company has not revealed any other details on the client nor the value of the deal.Also, Polarcus did not disclose which vessel would be working on the project but it accompanied the announcement of the deal on social media with an image of the Polarcus Adira vessel.The last time Polarcus was awarded a seismic acquisition project in West Africa was in December 2018. At the time, the company was awarded a two-month XArray marine seismic deal.It is worth reminding that Polarcus won a 3D marine seismic acquisition project offshore Mexico last week. The project in Mexico will begin in the second quarter of 2019 and last for 45 days.last_img read more

Sports awards on tomorrow night.

first_img Tweet NewsSports Sports awards on tomorrow night. by: – April 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 24 Views   no discussions Share Several Sports personalities and sports organizations that excelled in 2010 are expected to be awarded tonight, when the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports hold its annual award ceremony.The Nominees will be vying for awards in several categories including Sports Woman of the Year, Club of the Year, Sports Reporters of the Year and Coach of the year.Other categories include Association of the Year, Sports Commentator of the Year, Groundsman of the Year, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, Best Sporting Village for 2010, Sports Committee of the year, Female Youth Athlete of the Year, School of the Year in Sports, Physically challenged Athlete of the Year and Sports Teacher of the Year.The event will commence from 7pm at the Fort Young Hotel.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Police: Indy Couple Used Fake Money In Greensburg

first_imgWare was booked into the Decatur County Jail after allegedly passing counterfeit money.GREENSBURG, Ind. – An Indianapolis couple is accused of passing fake $100 bills at businesses around Greensburg.Brian Keith Quarles Jr., 32, and Taylor Jo Nee Ware, 19, allegedly attempted to pass a counterfeit bill at Greensburg Shoe Show on Friday, Oct. 3, the Greensburg Daily News reports.Investigators say the couple also attempted to pass a fake $100 bill at Bath and Body Works in Greensburg and bought a sandwich and drink at Greensburg’s Jimmy John’s with the counterfeit money.The suspects were arrested after a Greensburg Shoe Show employee called police. Authorities say they discovered an additional 14 fake $100 bills on Ware at the Decatur County Jail.The pair is charged with two counts of felony counterfeiting, a charge that can lead to a two-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine if convicted.Both suspects bonded out of jail and have scheduled court appearances this week at Decatur County Superior Court.last_img read more

Mroczkowski edges Van Straten for Outagamie checkers

first_imgBy Edward Anschutz  Tyler Wendt raced from the outside pole to the lead on the opening lap. Mroczkowski came to call just past the midway point to take the lead away from Wendt down low. The duo traded the lead over the next few laps with Mroczkowski racing back to the top spot on lap 15. Aaron Butterbrodt led all 20 laps on his way to his first Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature of the season. Evan Staeck chased Butterbrodt all the way to the checkers to earn a solid second place. Mroczkowski moved to the upper groove, which allowed Logan Leary and Van Straten to race three-wide under the leader. As the checkers flew it was a two-horse race of Van Straten and Mrocz­kowski racing to the finish line as the pair came across the stripe in a visual dead heat. Tran­sponder scoring gave the victory to Mroczkowski by a mere .049 seconds. Wendt had his best run of the year to place third. On the final lap Whitman, threw a slider coming into turn one to take the lead. Parker made the crossover back under Whitman to regain the top, holding it all the way to the checkers.  Whitman had to settle for second at the pay window while Josh Long was third.center_img In IMCA Modified action it was Chase Parker taking command of the race early on as point leader Johnny Whitman raced to the runner-up position with a handful of laps remaining. Whitman raced to the back bumper of the leader. Matt Brehmer was once again victorious in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. SEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 21) – Josh Mroczkowski took the lead with five laps remaining and went on to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature by inches over Travis Van Straten at Outagamie Speedway Friday night.last_img read more

Twisters Blank Cougars On The Diamond

first_imgOA vs. Greenwood Christian Academy, 4/16/19 (game moved to Liberty Park in Batesville due to poor field conditions at Greenwood Christian)GC          000 000 0             0   4   2OA          121 220 x             8   13 2For OA:Adam Huber 1-4, bb, double, runAndrew Oesterling 3-4, 2 runs, sac fly rbiNick Hoff  runRace Carle 2-4, 2 run home run, 3 rbiMatt Sedler 2-4, run, rbi, sbRiley Schebler 0-2, 2 bb, run, sbMichael Hoff 3-4, double, rbiPros Moorman runPatrick Thompson 0-2, 2 bbJordan Stenger 2-4, rbiAndrew Oesterling 7 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 12 k, 0 bb     WinVarsity record: 5-5Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img