Colombian Model of Combating Drug Trafficking Must be Exported

first_imgPresently, the Colombian government is deepening its positive relations with the United States and expanding its role in the fight against the illicit industry of drug trafficking. Under a multi-national agreement, they are working together with the Americans to export what they have spent their blood and sweat learning to partner nations that are suffering similar scourges. DIÁLOGO: In your opinion, do criminal gangs —or BACRIM, as they are known in Colombia—have connections to the FARC and to the ELN? After years of confronting a polemic nexus between terrorism and drug trafficking first hand, the Colombian Armed Forces, with the joint support of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), have become experts in confronting this threat to society. Gen. Rodríguez: I think that the strategies that we are implementing in meetings like these in order to guarantee regional security in the face of transnational threats could be improved despite the fact that they have allowed us to achieve many results that are very important. We have to understand that the strategies must be adjusted further and be more effective to have better results and periodically apply lessons learned we gain from this fight. On many occasions, criminal groups communicate more quickly in order to change their strategies swiftly and neutralize the response of those same states where, at times, progress is slower and less expeditious. What I did was invite all those who participate at this security conference in order to generate channels for faster communication in real time to allow us to react to transnational crime in a more effective manner. Gen. Rodríguez: General Kelly’s presence as head of SOUTHCOM, as well as the presence of other commanders, has been very important. We owe General Kelly all our gratitude and appreciation for the collaboration provided to us, not just to Colombia, but also to the entire Western Hemisphere in the fight against the main transnational threats. I believe that General Kelly implemented a very rewarding program and showed his leadership capacity to integrate the most important areas [and for] this cooperation, which is so essential for the fight against transnational threats, to succeed. We have nothing but feelings of gratitude and appreciation for him. [His work] was very rewarding, and the Colombian Armed Forces are very appreciative, first for his support and collaboration, and second for having given us his friendship. We wish him all the best and are immensely grateful to him. As Commander of the entire Colombian military, I salute him and thank him, and we hope that the very good relations that we have had with SOUTHCOM and with the U.S. government and all the governments of the region can continue to stay on that course and create an even more secure situation in the future. By Dialogo September 30, 2015 Exported!!! To the contrary, they should be thrown out, eliminated in spite of having all their armed forces and having 7 military bases, drug trafficking, terrorism, narco politics and crime are at their highest in Colombia, it is sad to see Colombia governed by these scourges!! Where will the World Cup Games be held in 2018? Every effort to fight the “cancer” corroding society is valid, and it’s good to see the forces of good fighting together to combat drug trafficking and other resulting crimes such as arms trafficking and other drug-related crimes. This was humanitarian labor by this soldier… I wonder: In the peace talks in Havana, what does the FARC do to help the people who have lost their limbs, who have been left invalid or incapacitated because of the land mines? Is there anything in the agreement for them to collect their mines or help the victims of these cases? What would happen if there were a leader or member of the higher level of the FARC in the negotiations? We have to see every side of what is negotiated in Cuba. The FARC want to come out of it free and it seems they’ll be successful. It’s not fair to leave the victims hanging. Excellent reports. good to know we’re not alone against the threats. That we have crazy neighbors and terrorists fed by them Excellent article. I dream about this [military] intervention. It’s the only solution for Brazil. What is sad is that not one of the broadcasters, male or female, or hosts, uses Spanish correctly, the only thing the Spaniards brought. Language spoken by millions of people on earth. Lately foreigners are coming close to the language. You say “space of time” “Periods of time”, what’s left now is for you to say “decades of time”. Correction: age, period, century, month, day, lapse, year, etc. all these words translate time by just mentioning them. All day long you say “precisely”, you don’t know how to conjugate the verb “HABER”, that’s why all day long you say “there (plural) will be festivities in Pereira.” “There were (plural) horses on the street”. You’re starting to bother me, I have spoken to people interested in defending our language, and they express their displeasure to me. You made fun of Maduro because he said “a millimeter of a second”, NO, MAKE FUN OF YOURSELVES WHO MURDER THE LANGUAGE AND CORRECT EXPRESSION. YOU HAVE NOT studied Spanish thoroughly, nor do you care to do so. We will file a report against you with the ACADEMIA COLOMBIANA DE LA LENGUA, for language abuse. Horacio Aldana How long will we have to wait to see news about the capture of the head international investors in drug trafficking embedded in governments and financial monopolies in the capitalist world? DIÁLOGO: How do you see civilian-military cooperation in support of regional security? Gen. Rodríguez: Colombia is a country that is committed to the fight against all transnational threats. I would like to mention that this year, between the Armed Forces and the National Police, 175 tons of cocaine hydrochloride were seized, with a value of $4 billion in the United States. This shows that Colombia, its police, and its armed forces are committed to fighting the scourge of drug trafficking which, as you know, acts in parallel with other related crimes such as trafficking of arms, explosives, and munitions, trafficking in persons, laundering assets, and other crimes that affect security. Colombia is very committed to the fight against transnational threats. In particular, last year we had the opportunity to participate actively in the training and capacity building of 24,000 commandos in Central and South American countries, exchanging experiences on the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking with other countries that requested our support and we have stood ready to support them, sharing our experience after spending more than 50 years fighting those instigators of violence. DIÁLOGO: What can you tell us regarding the visit of the hospital ship USNS Comfort to Buenaventura? DIÁLOGO: During your presentation (at SOUTHDEC 2015) you mentioned the gap between what is said when two countries meet in order to discuss something and the action that is taken in this regard. Why did you discuss this? DIÁLOGO: Obviously none of that will work if the state does not invest in the most underserved areas so that especially children do not become involved in drug trafficking. What can you tell us about your Integral Action effort? center_img Gen. Rodríguez: Integral Action is a strategy that has fortunately been used by the Colombian government. It consists of joint, coordinated interagency action between the National Police and other agencies. We have come to understand that the fight against all those agents that instigate violence and against which the Colombian state has had to confront requires a holistic strategy, where the everyone must contribute their piece of the puzzle, not just to prevent all levels of violence instigators from taking action, but also to consolidate this military and political action that is so important through the intervention of each of the roles and responsibilities of other government agencies. DIÁLOGO: Is the model of fighting drug trafficking that Colombia used exportable? Gen. Rodríguez: Drug trafficking has been the common thread in all of these instigators of violence. As you know, drug trafficking has become the catalyst for the economic needs that these illegal organizations have, which agrees with the information we have from our intelligence agencies. They have an economic interest and other interests, while ideology, for example, is relegated to the side. General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán: Yes, I believe that the Colombian model has been a successful model by virtue of its results. Some very important lessons we have learned can be shared with the international community so that this scourge and these criminal phenomena do not affect regional security and security in other countries. Colombia is helping and cooperating with the other countries; we have very important experiences which, as I told you, we have acquired in all this time spent confronting these phenomena of organized crime, and we believe that these experiences are very valuable for these countries which are beginning to suffer this type of phenomena, so that they apply them and avoid the situations we had to confront in our country. DIÁLOGO: At the Seventh F-Air Colombia 2015 Aeronautical Trade Show, from 9 to 12 July, the U.S.’s B52 bomber flew over Rionegro. What is the importance of this flyover for Colombia? Diálogo met with General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Armed Forces, to discuss these and other topics during the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC 2015) which was held in Asunción, Paraguay, from 18 to 21 August. Gen. Rodríguez: I hope that visits like this are repeated periodically. Buenaventura has been very impacted by illegal groups on different occasions, although the Armed Forces and Police have neutralized them. Visits like this, which help the community and create well-being, are very important and in this case, the Comfort’s visit was received very well by all the citizens of Buenaventura and by us as well. We thank SOUTHCOM for this visit which made very important medical care available to the entire population of Buenaventura, and I hope visits like this can be repeated. Gen. Rodríguez: It’s very important for us, because this aeronautical trade show developed by our Colombian force is becoming more and more relevant. The trade show began with a regional presence and now has a global presence. The participation of this bomber was very important for us: it graced the show and generated a better idea of all strategic and aviation capacities. This is what the trade show is about, getting to know the capacities that our Air Forces have at a global level and exchanging them with the ones we have. This event is more important each time and has a significant presence not just at a regional level and for the countries of the Western Hemisphere, but also at a global level. It means that the countries and businesses participating in this event are interested in getting to know what the experience of Colombia and its Air Force has been in fighting diverse instigators of violence and they want to share the technological knowledge that each one of the businesses that participate in this event have in order to improve security and interoperability conditions. DIÁLOGO: General John Kelly will be leaving SOUTHCOM soon to retire. What is your opinion on General Kelly’s three-and-a-half years as Commander, and how were Colombian-U.S. relations and relations between both Armed Forces strengthened during this time? last_img read more

Lung cancer claims former Chief Justice Alan Sundberg

first_img Lung cancer claims former Chief Justice Alan Sundberg February 15, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Mark D. Killian Managing EditorFormer Chief Justice Alan Sundberg was remembered by friends and colleagues attending a packed memorial service at the Supreme Court as a man “who walked with kings” yet never forgot the common touch.Sundberg, a member of the Florida State University Board of Trustees and one of the most highly regarded appellate lawyers in the state, died January 26. A Tallahassee resident, he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. He was 68.Chief Justice Charles Wells said Sundberg was a positive force for the court, the state, and the nation and said his life was dedicated to service to others. Wells also said Sundberg was a very close friend of those serving on the present court, and his counsel and guidance will be missed.Former Attorney General Jim Smith remembered his good friend and law partner as a brilliant Harvard-educated attorney with a down-to-earth manner who throughly enjoyed the outdoors.“Alan could sit up here during the week and do battle with the greatest legal minds in Florida and on the weekends go to the hunting camp or the fishing camp and just be one of the guys,” Smith said.Sundberg was born June 23, 1933, in Jacksonville and graduated from Florida State University in 1955 and Harvard in 1958. He practiced in St. Petersburg for 17 years before Gov. Reubin Askew appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1975. Askew and many others credited him with rebuilding the reputation and image of the court. Sundberg served until 1982 and was chief justice from 1980-82.Probably Justice Sundberg’s most significant opinion was in 1979, a landmark case allowing cameras in state courtrooms. He wrote the opinion that found that having cameras in courtrooms was consistent with the state’s commitment to open government and did not violate defendants’ constitutional rights. After leaving the court, he was a partner in the Carlton Fields law firm in Tallahassee.FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte then brought Sundberg to FSU to serve as the university’s general counsel in 1997. Sundberg returned to private practice in 2000 at the Smith, Ballard & Logan firm in Tallahassee.D’Alemberte said Sundberg gave Florida State great legal advice, “but more than that he was a wise counselor — a lawyer statesman.”“He was tall and jovial and bright; he was large and never intimidating; interested but never invasive; principled but certainly not stuffy; intelligent but not arrogant; humble but not reserved,” D’Alemberte said.Arthur England, who met Sundberg when they both served on the court, remembered him as a man who was “unfailingly kind” to everybody, from the other justices to clerks in the mail room.“He was a man who believed the law was a profession,” England said. “He was a man who was invariably fair to the people who opposed him, just like he was to the people who supported him.” And he possessed a common sense that served him, and the state, well.“Alan loved the intellectual aspects of decision-making as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court and he vigorously applied this intellect in every single thing he did on this court,” England said. “Yet Alan never let the intellectual side of decision-making interfere with his practical common sense.”England said Sundberg could be humble and had a special way of reminding himself that he did not always have all the answers.“With almost every decision this court rendered. . . on the Wednesday before those decision were released. . . he would say to me, ‘How will this play in Perry?’” England recalled. “What he meant by that is: How will this decision be received by the people 50 miles down the street in Perry, Florida? Will it affect their lives? Will it make a difference? Will they even care? And that’s how he worried.”Miami lawyer and longtime Sundberg friend Robert Parks served as Sundberg’s campaign manager for a Supreme Court election in 1976 and remembered an eventful day during the campaign as he was driving Sundberg to the airport in his small sports car.Running late to catch a flight, Parks said the 6-foot-6 justice split his pants “from waist to crotch” when he climbed down into Park’s Datsun 240Z. Not wanting to miss his flight, Sundberg told Parks to “keep driving” as he climbed into the back of the small hatchback to change.“He said, ‘If you don’t get me to the plane on time, your appellate career is history,’” Parks said. To which Parks replied: “If I get stopped going 80 miles an hour with a half-clothed Supreme Court justice in my car, we’re both history.”Sundberg is survived by his wife, Betty Steffens, a lawyer in Tallahassee; his son, William L. Sundberg, also a lawyer in Tallahassee; daughters Allison Lane, La Jolla, Calif.; Angela Estes, Winter Park; and Laura Sundberg, Orlando; a brother, Richard Sundberg of Jacksonville; and eight grandchildren. Another son, Alan Jr., died of skin cancer in 1998.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Florida Skin Cancer Foundation, 335 Beard St., Tallahassee 32303, or the American Diabetes Association.center_img Lung cancer claims former Chief Justice Alan Sundberglast_img read more

Europa League: Why Man Utd failed against Sevilla – Fernandes

first_img Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Countries With Higest Technology In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Bruno Fernandes believes Manchester United played well in our semi-final defeat to Sevilla on Sunday, but was left disappointed with our finishing. The midfielder opened the scoring from the penalty spot in Cologne when he calmly dispatched his spot-kick in the ninth minute. However, Suso’s equaliser and Luuk De Jong’s subsequent winner meant the Spaniards progressed to this week’s final. Despite that, United dominated large periods of the match and produced 20 shots, seven of which were on target. While Bruno was pleased with the Reds’ creativity against Sevilla, he knows United must become more ruthless in front of goal. “It was more than impressive performance, it was a great game,” the Portuguese international told BT Sport. “We created a lot of chances, but in football it’s not enough. “When you create chances you need to finish, you need to score and today we missed a lot in front of goal. Of course, if you keep creating these chances you will score next time. “Obviously, everyone is not satisfied about this because we want to go through. We want to win the game and be in the final, but it’s not possible today. Now it’s time to rest, to refresh the legs and think of next season.” Sevilla owe much of their triumph to the outstanding contribution of goalkeeper Bono, something Fernandes acknowledged after the game. “Of course the keeper did very well,” said Bruno. “He was amazing like [the goalkeeper] in the last match against Copenhagen. They were two very good keepers – we can say nothing about that. We can say that he [Bono] saved his team two or three times.” Bruno has already established himself as a vocal figure in the United dressing, and the 25-year-old had plenty to say when De Jong bagged a late winner in Cologne. Yet, the midfielder was quick to play down the on-field disagreement with himself and Victor Lindelof following the goal. read also:LEAKED: Man Utd, Arsenal to open fixtures of 2020-21 season “I think it’s normal when you concede a goal and you have 10 minutes to score,” he explained. “Everyone was mad and it’s not about me and Victor. What happened between me and Victor is nothing; in football that happens. “It’s looking for challenges and many more times these things will happen in other teams. The most important thing now is to see the mistakes everyone has done and to look forward and improve in the next games.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

FL couple ‘wins a baby’ in radio contest after struggling with infertility

first_imgOnly in Florida!A Cape Coral couple struggling with fertility have a DJ and radio contest to thank for the newest addition to their daily.A radio DJ in Cape Coral created the “Win a Baby” contest, which gives one local couple the chance to win a free round of in vitro fertilization (IVF).The radio DJ, Jason “Big Mama” Jones created the contest because he and his wife struggled with infertility in the past.Krista and Anthony River were the lucky couple to win the free round of IVF, CBS News reports.The couple struggled with infertility after Anthony was diagnosed with cancer for a second time.The Riveras won the contest in 2017, and they now have a three-month-old son named Garrett.About one in eight couples have trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy, according to a national statistic.The most common alternative for these couples is IVF treatment, which costs an average of $23,000 per cycle and is not covered by insurance in most cases.An IVF cycle includes medicines, procedures, anesthesia, ultrasounds, blood tests, lab work, and embryo storage.This year’s “Win a Baby” contest winners are currently undergoing IVF treatment and hope to start their family soon, according to reports.The radio station reportedly plans to continue the contest once a year.last_img read more

Athletes perform favourably at IGG trials

first_imgLINDEN’s Chantoba Bright, Compton Caesar, Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Anfernee Headecker, Kenisha Phillips, and SUR’s Tyrell Peters,are just some of the athletes that the AAG will be looking at when they decide on Guyana’s athletics team to this year’s Inter-Guiana Games (IGG); after the athletes performed favourably at yesterday’s trials at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Linden’s Compton Ceasar (948) winning the boys’ 200m ahead of a disappointed Tyrell Peters (946) at yesterday’s IGG Trials (Delano Williams photos)Linden’s Compton Ceasar (948) winning the boys’ 200m ahead of a disappointed Tyrell Peters (946) at yesterday’s IGG Trials (Delano Williams photos)Others performing creditably for the day included GDF’s Lloyd McCurdy, and Running Brave’s Avon Samuels.The day’s activities got started more than two hours behind schedule, with the girls’ 100m where Kenisha Phillips, who has been off the scene for awhile now,showed that she is still a force to be reckoned with.Phillips was in fine form as she blazed the trail to win the event in 12.09s. She then went on to complete the sprint double later by taking the 200m in 25.08s.Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School’s (CWSS) Onasha Rogers was just 0.30s behind Phillips in the 100m, while in the 200m,Deshanna Skeete took second place(behind Phillips) with a time of 25.32sec.Skeete would also play second fiddle in the 400m;this time losing to Avon Samuels who,with a substantial lead,took the event in 58.66s,bettering the 59.46s clocked by Skeete.The boy’s 100m and 200m sprints saw Peters and Ceasar each emerging victorious;with Peters prevailing in the 100m,and Ceasar taking the 200m.Running finals by time, Peters and Ceasar found themselves being pitted against each other in heat one of four. As the two pushed each other to the limit,Peters triumped in the 100m with a time of 10.57s, just edging out Compton’s 10.61s.Compton returned with a vengeance in the 200; refusing to let up. It all paid off as he sprinted across the finish line in 21.57s, ahead of Tyrell’s 22.06s.Continuing above the 6m mark in the female long jump, Bright leaped to 6.09m to earn victory in that event.She later complemented that by winning the triple jump. In both events,Upper Demerara’s Melanie Griffith, who cleared 5.15m in the long jump and 10.81m in the triple,came in second.Headeacker ruled the roost in the distance races, dominating the boys’ 1500m in 4:06.3s,and later taking the 800m in 1:58.73s,Odwin Tudor,who finished second to Headecker in the 1500m (4:06.4s),went on to win the 5000m in 16:15.1s.Meanwhile, McCurdy won the boys’ javelin (56.13m) and triple jump (14.87m).last_img read more