Panama Strengthens Interdiction Capacities with Boston Whaler Boats

first_imgPanama and the United States work to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against drugs and organized crime. SOUTHCOM supports SENAN with maintenance and repair projects for air and naval assets. SOUTHCOM also trains, advises on planning and procedures, contributes to the implementation of exercises for the security and defense of the Panama Canal, and supports professional exchanges to strengthen relationships among regional agencies. Beyond borders The boats are 37 feet long and with a fiberglass hull. They are equipped with radios, radars, gun mounts, restrooms, and cabins to rest. They were assigned to the naval fleet that comprises the Maritime Interdiction Network (RIM, per its Spanish acronym) on the Pacific coast, to strengthen the tactical response capacity of the Special Boat Unit. The donation includes thermal binoculars and wireless broadband radios, as well as tractors for towing. Joint combined capacities “The aid from the United States government represents a mitigating factor to prevent drugs from transiting or entering the maritime jurisdiction of Panama or that of other countries in the region,” Commissioner Pino said. “This would cause structures dedicated to illicit trafficking to change their routes on open waters, prevent the entry of illicit drugs, and decrease the violence and negative impacts to society.” “SOUTHCOM is considered a key ally for joint combined efforts in operational capacities, and for the help it provides in support of assets, operational collaboration, and intelligence to combat the threat of drug trafficking,” Commissioner Pino said. “Southern Command is a strategic partner whose values we share for more than 100 years. We work together for the well-being of our nations, the region, and the world,” Vice Minister of Public Security Jonattan Del Rosario said. “A comparative evaluation of criminal drug trafficking behavior between 2014 and 2015 indicates an increase in counternarcotics operations with positive results,” Commissioner Pino said. “In 2015, authorities seized more than 15 metric tons of drugs in 44 operations.” “The donation of naval and communications equipment will increase our operational capacity for real-time joint and combined missions,” Commander Belsio González, general director of SENAN, told Diálogo. “Having assets with interdiction capacities will provide greater effectiveness and response to narcotrafficking alerts.” According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Central America has become a drug corridor due to its geographical location between the principal cocaine producers to the south and the principal cocaine consumers to the north. The main routes drug traffickers use go through Panama and the Pacific Ocean. In its 2016 annual report, the International Narcotics Control Board highlights Panamanian actions to prevent and suppress illicit drug trafficking. SENAN developed strategies to neutralize security threats and strengthen RIM’s capacities. It enhanced its air and naval fleet with greater capacities and autonomy, and improved its positioning through the establishment of air naval bases in strategic locations. SENAN also strengthened the bonds of collaboration with local intelligence agencies and those of partner nations to standardize information. In 2017, SENAN units played a pivotal role in seizing more than 22 metric tons of illicit substances in 66 strategic operations. “SENAN’s security strategy, created in coordination with other security institutions of the Public Forces of Panama, showed joint combined capacities to conduct different operations,” Commander González explained. “By understanding our capacities and limitations, the lessons we learned gave us the experience to conduct law enforcement operations, control, and interdiction of illicit maritime trafficking along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.” By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 07, 2017 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) donated tactical equipment valued at $1.8 million to the National Air and Naval Service of Panama (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym). On August 30th, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation in Panama delivered two Boston Whaler boats to SENAN at the Second Lieutenant Rigoberto Castillo Shipyard, on Perico island. The vessels will begin surveillance work before 2017 ends. “They will exceed the propulsion and speed capabilities of the go-fast [boats] used to transport illicit drugs,” said Commissioner Juan Pino Forero, director of SENAN’s National Intelligence Directorate. The new vessels join the eight speedboats used for maritime interdiction that Panama acquired starting in 2014, as part of its Multi-year Equipment Plan to expand its naval fleet. In February 2002, through the Salas-Becker Treaty, the governments of Panama and the United States formalized their agreement to jointly patrol Panamanian waters and fly over its airspace to monitor and intercept suspicious aircraft and ships. “The treaty helped prevent the transit of drugs from Panamanian waters to countries in Central America, Mexico, and the United States,” Commissioner Pino said. Under the administration of President Juan Carlos Varela, countries in the region signed more than 20 agreements in the area of security, according to a press release from the Ministry of Public Security. “Security is about the level of cooperation and trust among government leaders, the security sector, and international bodies to devise plans that go beyond our borders,” said Minister of Public Security Alexis Bethancourt.last_img read more

Thais warned against taking ‘Inappropriate selfies’

first_imgThai girls who may be pondering to join the new trend of “underboob selfies”, should have the second thought as the Culture Ministry warned that they could end up violating the Computer Crime Act.According to reuters, the warning came from Yupha Thaweewattanakijborworn, director of the Culture Watch Office of the Culture Ministry. Yupha also urged the Thai media not to play up the trend if the media has not seen underboob selfies by Thai women yet. She explained that such reports might backfire rather than doing good to the society.she warned women on Monday, posting ‘selfie’ photos of the lower half of their breasts – a social media trend that has gone viral – saying their actions could violate the country’s computer crime laws.She said if Thai women post underboob selfie photos, they may be deemed breaking the Computer Crime Act by putting pornographic pictures into computer system.She added that the Culture Ministry does not support Thai women to be scantily clad in public places, and it would become a serious problem for the society if many Thai girls follow the example.Thairath Online also interviewed Roongtawan Chaiha, an Internet idol who rose to her fame by posting her own sexy photos on her Munkaw Chaos Girl Facebook fan page, said she has no plan to catch the underboob seflies trend. So far, her page has received over 470,000 likes mostly from men.Munkaw, who has proudly announced that her breast is her selling point, said the Thai society would not accept such the underboob trend. Posting photos partially revealing the breast from the high angle of view is already causing serious trouble for her, she added.last_img read more

Tipp Ladies get one All Star nomination

first_imgA total of 45 players have been shortlisted with senior champions Dublin leading the way with 12 nominations.The team of the year will be announced at a banquet at Dublin’s CityWest Hotel on Saturday, November 25th. Tipperary’s Aisling Moloney has been nominated for a Ladies Football All Star award.Her performance throughout the season in helping Tipp to an All Ireland Intermediate title, Munster Championship and Division 3 League success has earned her a place among the 3 players nominated for the left half forward slot.Also in the running are Nicole Owens of Dublin and Waterford’s Katie Murray Photo © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballerslast_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant eyeing food, wine and competition in Boston

first_imgThe Lakers and Celtics have played against each other twice in the NBA Finals during Bryant’s career. The Lakers lost in 2008, but won in 2010, when Bryant was Finals MVP.Russell growingRookie point guard D’Angelo Russell had a nice game against the Clippers. He scored 16 points on 7 of 13 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds, made two steals and blocked one shot in 27-plus minutes off the bench. He only had one assist, though.Scott said he likes the growth he’s seeing from Russell.“Yeah, so far,” Scott said. “Like I’ve said, each month I want to see him continue to take steps and the same thing with Julius (Randle) and the same thing with all our young guys – Larry (Nance Jr.) – all our young guys.“So if our guys can continue to progress this nicely, then, obviously, in March I think those guys will be playing extremely well.”Sticking with lineupScott took Russell and Randle out of the starting lineup earlier this month, inserted Nance and Lou Williams and said he was going to stick with it for at least 10 games.The 10 games were up after the Christmas-night game. Even though the Lakers went 2-8 during the stint, Scott is going to stay that course for now.“I’m going to stick with this same lineup, and I think I hinted last night that I would probably do it the last three games of this year, until we get to the new year. So I think I am going to do that.”Scott explained.“January, at least we’re playing every other day, so we get a day in between games where we can start practicing with a different lineup,” he said. “I just don’t want to do it cold-turkey right now and I just want to stick with the lineup that’s been playing.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “As much as the Celtics hate us and we hate them, I think Celtics fans are some of the most knowledgeable fans in the world, so I think they’ll gave him the same type of respect that he deserves, that he’s been given everywhere else,” Scott said Saturday at practice.Bryant, following the Lakers’ 94-84 loss to the Clippers on Christmas night, was asked what he was most looking forward to upon his final trip to Boston.“Going to one of my favorite Italian restaurants,” he said, drawing laughter from reporters. “No kidding. And having a nice little glass of Vinocello after and then showing up to the Garden and competing and playing.”Bryant finished his thought an interesting anecdote.“There is something about that green,” he said. “It’s a different green than any other green that’s in the world. It’s weird. It’s like that green glows, so I’m looking forward to competing there and being in that environment one more time.”center_img Kobe Bryant has been getting terrific receptions on the road everywhere he’s gone since announcing he will retire at the end of this season – his 20th in the NBA.Following Tuesday’s victory at Denver, in which Bryant scored 31 points, fans at Pepsi Center chanted, “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe.” The Lakers are at Memphis on Sunday and at Charlotte on Monday. But they’ll be in Boston on Wednesday and considering the heated rivalry the league’s two most storied franchises have had over history, it will be interesting to see how the fans at TD Garden receive Bryant.Coach Byron Scott believes it will be exactly the way it’s been at all the other stops.last_img read more