Costa Rica and Panama Agree to Work Together against Organized Crime

first_imgIn 2014, Costa Rican law enforcement authorities confiscated nearly 22 tons of cocaine and almost $7.3 million in cash; and between January 1 and April 9, Costa Rican security forces seized nearly 3 tons of cocaine. Most of the drugs were intercepted at sea or at Costa Rica’s post at Peñas Blancas, on the Northern Border, about 310 kilometers northwest of San José, the country’s capital. Joint pact between Costa Rica and U.S. yields results The September gathering will be one of a series of follow-up meetings officials from both countries have scheduled, Andrade said during a separate interview with Diálogo. These meetings will be held every six months, alternating between both countries. The first was scheduled to occur in April in the southern Costa Rican border city of Ciudad Neily, to fine-tune the issues of border control, information exchange, intelligence sharing, and combined land action. As part of the ongoing cooperation, Mata is preparing to visit U.S. Border Patrol’s installations in Texas. Honduran Security Minister General Julián Pacheco was among the officials who discussed these issues during the February bilateral meeting. Several security analysts from Colombia, including former Colombian National Police Chief General Rosso José Serrano, also participated in the gathering. By Dialogo May 04, 2015 Follow-up meetings are scheduled Sharing information Costa Rica and Panama, enacting an agreement the two countries arrived at in February, are working together to fight organized crime and drug trafficking along their 330-kilometer shared border. As part of the ongoing cooperation, Mata is preparing to visit U.S. Border Patrol’s installations in Texas. In 2014, Costa Rican law enforcement authorities confiscated nearly 22 tons of cocaine and almost $7.3 million in cash; and between January 1 and April 9, Costa Rican security forces seized nearly 3 tons of cocaine. Most of the drugs were intercepted at sea or at Costa Rica’s post at Peñas Blancas, on the Northern Border, about 310 kilometers northwest of San José, the country’s capital. Security officials from both countries have set up a joint task force as part of a broad effort to improve security in the region. Since neither has an Army, police forces from both nations are boosting their capacity through cooperation, a strategy agreed to at the earlier meeting in the Panamanian city of Bocas del Toro. Their cooperation involves both information sharing and the development of a joint border force, Costa Rican Security Minister Gustavo Mata and Public Force Director Juan José Andrade told Diálogo. Sharing information is a key component of the joint effort. Under the agreement, security forces from Costa Rica and Panama share intelligence, data, and police radio communications in real time. Joint pact between Costa Rica and U.S. yields results “It’s no secret that both Costa Rica and Panama are passing zones, whether by land or by sea” for drug traffickers said Mata, who is a former Deputy Director of the Judicial Investigation Unit (OIJ, for its Spanish acronym) – or Judicial Police. For years, drug traffickers and other criminals who operate at the Costa Rica-Panama border have evaded capture by simply crossing from one country into the next. Information sharing will help officials identify fugitives and track their movements. Pacheco – a former head of the Bureau of Strategic Information of the Armed Forces and the Bureau of State Intelligence and Investigation – organized a regional meeting that took place in March in Honduras. In addition to Central American, Chilean, Colombian, and Ecuadorean authorities, U.S. officials participated, including U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander, as well as authorities from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sharing information is a key component of the joint effort. Under the agreement, security forces from Costa Rica and Panama share intelligence, data, and police radio communications in real time. Security officials from both countries have set up a joint task force as part of a broad effort to improve security in the region. Since neither has an Army, police forces from both nations are boosting their capacity through cooperation, a strategy agreed to at the earlier meeting in the Panamanian city of Bocas del Toro. Their cooperation involves both information sharing and the development of a joint border force, Costa Rican Security Minister Gustavo Mata and Public Force Director Juan José Andrade told Diálogo. Honduran Security Minister General Julián Pacheco was among the officials who discussed these issues during the February bilateral meeting. Several security analysts from Colombia, including former Colombian National Police Chief General Rosso José Serrano, also participated in the gathering. The U.S. “is also helping us put together the Border Police,” Mata said. The idea is “to go and learn how the border police works in Texas,” in order “to replicate the border model the United States has with Mexico, because besides the personnel the Border Patrol uses, it has high-technology equipment – such as drones, cameras – the United States government would also somehow be willing to help us with.” “It’s no secret that both Costa Rica and Panama are passing zones, whether by land or by sea” for drug traffickers said Mata, who is a former Deputy Director of the Judicial Investigation Unit (OIJ, for its Spanish acronym) – or Judicial Police. For years, drug traffickers and other criminals who operate at the Costa Rica-Panama border have evaded capture by simply crossing from one country into the next. Information sharing will help officials identify fugitives and track their movements. Costa Rica and Panama, enacting an agreement the two countries arrived at in February, are working together to fight organized crime and drug trafficking along their 330-kilometer shared border. Follow-up meetings are scheduled The September gathering will be one of a series of follow-up meetings officials from both countries have scheduled, Andrade said during a separate interview with Diálogo. These meetings will be held every six months, alternating between both countries. The first was scheduled to occur in April in the southern Costa Rican border city of Ciudad Neily, to fine-tune the issues of border control, information exchange, intelligence sharing, and combined land action. Cooperation between Costa Rica and the United States has led to a series of important drug seizures. In October 1999, the two countries agreed to conduct joint maritime patrols. This bilateral agreement has led to a number of important drug seizures by Costa Rican and U.S. Coast Guard personnel in coordinated actions. Pacheco – a former head of the Bureau of Strategic Information of the Armed Forces and the Bureau of State Intelligence and Investigation – organized a regional meeting that took place in March in Honduras. In addition to Central American, Chilean, Colombian, and Ecuadorean authorities, U.S. officials participated, including U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander, as well as authorities from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A bilateral meeting is tentatively scheduled for September, during which officials from Costa Rica and Panama will discuss how the bilateral efforts are going. A bilateral meeting is tentatively scheduled for September, during which officials from Costa Rica and Panama will discuss how the bilateral efforts are going. Cooperation between Costa Rica and the United States has led to a series of important drug seizures. In October 1999, the two countries agreed to conduct joint maritime patrols. This bilateral agreement has led to a number of important drug seizures by Costa Rican and U.S. Coast Guard personnel in coordinated actions. Sharing information The U.S. “is also helping us put together the Border Police,” Mata said. The idea is “to go and learn how the border police works in Texas,” in order “to replicate the border model the United States has with Mexico, because besides the personnel the Border Patrol uses, it has high-technology equipment – such as drones, cameras – the United States government would also somehow be willing to help us with.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL DUO IN IRISH LINE-UP FOR 6 NATIONS CLASH WITH FRANCE

first_imgLarissa in actionDONEGAL rugby stars Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton are in the 6 Nations team which will be to prevent a French Grand Slam on Friday night.Muldoon, who scored a wonderful try for Ireland in the 17-10 loss to England at Twickenham, was rested in the 39-0 win over Italy last weekend, being brought on as a late substitute.She will resume her half-back partnership with Fahan woman Nora Stapleton in Stade du Hameau in Pau. France have already won the 6 Nations Championship but Ireland can prevent them taking a Grand Slam as well.“The team put in a fine performance against Italy in their first ever game at the Aviva Stadium but we are under no illusions as to the challenge ahead of us,” said head coach Philip Doyle.“France are the form team of the Championship and beat England reasonably comfortably in Round 1. We will need to match their physicality and take our chances when they come.”Ireland team v France  RBS 6 Nations Championship Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster), Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise RFC/UCC/Connacht), Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exiles); Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Marie –Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht) DONEGAL DUO IN IRISH LINE-UP FOR 6 NATIONS CLASH WITH FRANCE was last modified: March 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:6 nationsfranceIrelandLarissa MuldoonNora Stapletonlast_img read more

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Airbus welcomes historic industry climate accord

first_imgAirbus’ A350-1000 is a contender in the intense battle for a Qantas order European aerospace giant Airbus has joined US rival Boeing and international airlines in supporting a UN-backed carbon offset scheme for the global aviation industry.The International Civil Aviation Organisation last week agreed to phase in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) from the start of the next decade.The world’s first global industry pollution agreement will start as a voluntary scheme from 2021 to 2026 but will then become mandatory across the industry. Some 65 countires have already signalled they will take part in the voluntary phase.Airlines will have to buy carbon credits to offset growth in emissions, a move that is expected to account for less than 2 per cent of revenues but has raised concerns in some states about costs.The scheme will include provisions to deal with special circumstances such as those of fast-growing airlines and those which have made significant investments to improve environmental performance already.Airbus said the scheme represented a key pillar in the aviation industry’s climate action plan —alongside technology improvements (including sustainable fuels), efficient operations and improved infrastructure — in a crucial year for the global aviation community. “Following the successful agreement of a CO2 certification standard for aircraft in February this year, the international carbon offset plan is another key milestone in supporting the aviation industry’s commitment in reducing CO2 emissions”, said Airbus chief executive Fabrice Brégier.”Airbus is fully committed to all pillars of the industry’s climate action plan through delivering the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft, supporting air traffic management and airport operations improvements around the world and facilitating the wider adoption of sustainable alternative fuels.’’Airbus is due to deliver its 10,000th aircraft later this week, a fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB heading to Singapore Airlines. September figures put the firm order backlog for the A350 at 769 as airlines move to boost the efficiency of their fleets.In addition to the introduction of the widebody A350, The European manufacturer is also producing more efficient versions of its A320 family and A330 aircraft.last_img read more

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2019 NYC & NSC Final Placings and Award Winners

first_imgCheck out below to see all the Final Standings from the 2019 National Youth Championships and National Schools Cup!With over 8,000 action shots including Plate Winners and MVP’s check out the Image Gallery thanks to NRL Imagery by clicking HERE2019 National Youth Championships18 BoysNSW Combined High Schools defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesFlynn Kelso (QSST)Player of the FinalsLiam Robinson (NSWCHS)Final StandingsNSW Combined High SchoolsQSST FireNSWTA DevelopmentSouth Queensland SharksNSW Combined Independent SchoolsCQ BullsNSW Combined Catholic CollegesNQ Tropical CyclonesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsBrisbane CobrasWestern TigersACT RaidersVictoria StormTasmaniaNT DevilsSA RoostersNew Zealand Under 16s18 GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesLeesa Mi Mi (Brisbane City Cobras)Player of the FinalsAbby King (South Queensland Sharks)Final StandingsSouth Queensland SharksQSST FireBrisbane CobrasNSW Combined High SchoolsNSW Combined Independent SchoolsNSWTA DevelopmentNSW Combined Catholic CollegesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsNQ Tropical CyclonesWestern TigersVictoria StormACT RaidersSA RoostersNT DevilsTasmaniaNew Zealand Under 16sClick HERE for the full 2019 National Youth Championships Final Positions2019 National Schools CupYear 9/10 BoysOrmeau Woods defeated St Edwards College 8 – 3Player of the FinalsJai Charlton (Ormeau Woods)Final StandingsOrmeau Woods State High SchoolSt Edward’s CollegeTomaree High SchoolCavendish Road State High SchoolNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeClevelandYear 9/10 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated St Margaret Mary’s College 6 – 4Player of the FinalsKaliah Bob (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeSt Margaret Mary’s CollegeMiami State High SchoolPalm Beach Currumbin RedsNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeMonte Sant Angelo Mercy CollegeFairholme CollegeClevelandCavendish Road State High SchoolHoly Spirit CollegeRochedale State High SchoolSt Joseph’s Regional CollegeYear 7/8 BoysStretton State College defeated Mercy College 10 – 4Player of the FinalsKayliss Brown – Stretton State CollegeFinal StandingsStretton State CollegeMercy CollegeOrmeau Woods State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeYear 7/8 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated Cleveland 7 – 4Player of the FinalsOlivia Jenkins (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeClevelandPalm Beach Currumbin State High SchoolAll HallowsCavendish RoadMiami State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeClick HERE for the full 2019 National Schools Cup Final Positionslast_img read more

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