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

3 things Dino Babers said: Eric Dungey going through testing after Clemson hit, voting and more

first_img Published on November 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Coming off a 54-0 loss to then-No. 3 Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers addressed the media at his weekly press conference Monday.The Orange (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) will next face North Carolina State (4-5, 1-4) in the Carrier Dome at 12:30 p.m.Here are three things he said.Babers’ is ‘not sure’ what Eric Dungey’s injury isStarting quarterback Eric Dungey was knocked out of the loss to Clemson near the end of the first quarter when linebacker Dorian O’Daniel drove his helmet into Dungey’s shoulder. O’Daniel’s helmet slid underneath Dungey’s chin, knocking his helmet halfway off. Dungey put his hands to his head while on the ground. He got up with the help of trainers but looked woozy as he was guided to the locker room with at least one hand on him from a staff member the entire way.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers said he’s “not sure what it is right now,” in reference Dungey’s injury and whether or not it is a concussion. “We still haven’t finished the tests.” Babers said he saw the quarterback in the plane ride home, but that Dungey missed the team’s meeting on Sunday because he was undergoing testing.Last year, the quarterback missed four games and parts of three others because of hits to the head.Babers said Dungey “really got jerked” on the hit, but it was only a shoulder pad it wasn’t helmet-to-helmet contact.The Orange also lost running back Moe Neal, safety Daivon Ellison and receiver Brisly Estime during the course of the game.“I have not gotten notices back on all of them yet,” Babers said in his opening statement. “Some of them are still going through medical things to clear or not clear them. Outside of that I have no idea what’s going with all this stuff so I’ve got to wait and see.”Babers also noted that injured wide receiver Jamal Custis, who hasn’t played this year, will redshirt.‘We’re going to see what happens during the week’ regarding Mahoney and WilsonBabers is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding Dungey’s replacement, if needed. Despite not being on the two-deep depth chart, Austin Wilson replaced Dungey in the Clemson game, and he threw 27 passes for 17 completions, 116 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. Zack Mahoney, who was listed as the backup and was the only other quarterback to play for SU this year, entered after Wilson in the fourth quarter, going 1-for-4 for 8 yards.The depth chart released Monday has both Wilson and Mahoney listed as the secondary options to Dungey. Babers said both of the QBs did “OK.” He also said he’s not sure what the split of reps will be like in practice, but that even if he didn’t he wouldn’t reveal it.“We have an idea of who does what better, but we have to see with the rest of the football team too if Eric can’t play of how we’re going to use those guys in that situation that’s going to be the most conducive for us,” Babers said.Babers shares middle school voting education storyElection Day is on Tuesday, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battling for the United States presidency. A noteworthy topic, among others, is an open seat on the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. The next president would appoint the new justice with the Senate voting on the choice.Babers said he doesn’t talk about politics to the football team and he doesn’t speak about politics as a “public servant” and representative of Syracuse University.“Now, all that being said,” Babers said, “I’m going to get in trouble.“I can still remember my middle grade teacher and she was trying to make sure that when we were growing up that we would all vote. All right. ‘Got to get out and vote. Got to get out and vote.’ She would ask — I was a in a certain type of neighborhood. They were like, ‘Does your mom and dad vote?’ Well some of us raise our hands. Well some of them do, some of them don’t.“And I’ll never forget her saying, she said, ‘It’s really important that you exercise your right to vote.’ And then she went a step forward … ‘If you’re not going to vote, just remember this. If you’re not going to vote every single year for the president, at least vote every single year that there is a seat open on the supreme court because that is the most important year ever to vote.’“That’s my answer to that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

D.O. Sportscast: An interview with Kielan Whitner

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2019 at 1:33 pmcenter_img Former Syracuse safety and linebacker Kielan Whitner comes on this week’s podcast to discuss his time at Syracuse, NFL tryouts, what he’s doing after football and more with host Josh Schafer. Whitner played in 47 games for the Orange from 2015-18, totaling 176 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.last_img

Variety of cash-out improvements disclosed by PBS

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has unveiled a multitude of retail cash-out improvements, designed to heighten a punters retail wagering experience, while bringing the high street in-line with its online counterparts.Detailed the improvements, PBS states that its cash-out option is to stay open for longer on matches with strong favourites, therefore heightening the tools availability in multiples bets.Players would have previously had to wait until traders had settled the results, but the favourites price is now set to be factored in when a match is live, even if it is not available as a selection.Also amongst the enhancements is a reduction on in-play suspension times, giving the benefit of a significantly lengthened time of availability for customers to to place and cash-out bets, with the aim of driving turnover and operator revenue.Tennis matches are also no longer suspended while players change ends, with football matches going live much sooner after the occurrence of a match-changing event like a goal or penalty. A further development “will see margins now more consistent across market type and length of price. “Overrounds are now shared equally across selections, allowing for more competitive pricing and a better user experience for bettors.” John Pettit, Managing Director for UK, Ireland, Asia, and Australia at Playtech BGT Sports, said: “We believe the retail space can, and should, offer the same experience as digital, and improving our cash-out feature is one way of doing so.“With lower suspension times, consistent margins and more events available with the cash-out option at any one time, customers will enjoy the flexibility and choice of bet offering that they deserve.”These updates follow news earlier in the month, that Ladbrokes players throughout the United Kingdom are able to use one account and wallet across online, mobile and retail.This followed an integration of Playtech single account omni-channel functionality across the firm’s entire retail estate.last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani’s readiness to throw off a mound is ‘imminent’

first_imgEven as Major League Baseball remains on hold and floating ideas for a return in May, Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani is in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery and could start throwing off a mound “soon,” according to pitching coach Mickey Callaway.“He’s throwing out to 180 feet, long-tossing a little further than that, then coming back in to 60 feet and really letting it go,” Callaway said by way of update Tuesday. “So he’ll get off a mound soon. Right now, with him especially, we’re just taking it day by day especially during this quarantine thing. But he’ll be getting off a mound soon.“We’ll see the timing of everything, whether he’s going to be ready whenever we resume. But his arm is feeling great and the ball is coming out great at this point.”Ohtani underwent the elbow surgery in October 2018 and the Angels had targeted mid-May for a return to pitching this season, though he would have been ready to DH sooner than that. Callaway wouldn’t speculate on how many throwing sessions Ohtani would need off a pitcher’s mound before he would be ready to face hitters – likely in simulated-game or batting practice settings first. He did say Ohtani’s throwing shows he is he healthy and his readiness to throw off a mound “is imminent.” Related Articles But the uncertainty surrounding baseball’s return date has put all pitchers in a “suspended holding pattern” as Callaway put it.“It would probably be unfair to Shohei or anybody to give a certain amount of bullpens,” Callaway said. “He’s going to need some of them. I know that is a very vague answer. But I think it would be unfair to pigeon-hole ourselves.“If he’s able to throw out to 180 feet, long-tossing that far, the one thing we do know is he’s healthy and we’ll be able to figure it out from there.”Right-hander Griffin Canning, meanwhile, has resumed his throwing program and is “making about 50 throws a day out to 75 feet,” according to Callaway. Canning was shut down in early March due to soreness in his right elbow. He was diagnosed with “chronic changes” in the ulnar collateral ligament but no tear to the ligament. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and would have opened the season on the Injured List if MLB had started on time.Callaway said he has been able to stay in contact with his pitching staff during this period of self-quarantining via Zoom and group texts and is confident they will be ready to go whenever MLB announces a new schedule for the 2020 season. In fact, he said a compressed season might favor the Angels. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img “There’s no doubt we have depth and we have more than five starters that can pitch in the big leagues and do it successfully,” Callaway said, referring to a group that includes Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran as well as Ohtani and Canning. “That is probably going to be something that is going to benefit us when we come back because I would assume we’re going to try to play as many games in a short time period as possible.“So having six, seven guys deep who can start – especially if you’re playing doubleheaders and things like that – it’s going to be very beneficial for us and should give us an advantage over most because we are so deep and so talented in those six spots.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more