United States Donates Cessna to Honduras to Help Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgThe FAH’s newest addition will also “strengthen the air shield,” allowing for better surveillance, according to the National Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA). “The second aircraft is to increase the cargo and personnel transport capabilities of the Honduran Armed Forces,” added FAH Colonel Carlos A. Portillo Bustillo, assistant director of Public Relations for the Armed Forces, in an interview with Diálogo. “The aircraft will conduct support and transport tasks for the Armed Forces and government agencies, especially in remote areas,” he added. “Their use will be restricted to humanitarian aid missions and the transport of equipment and personnel for the Honduran Armed Forces.” “The capabilities of the Honduran Army, Navy, and Air Force must be strengthened to improve their work and patrols, and to prevent the country from being used for the illicit trafficking of drugs and weapons,” explained Eugenio Sosa, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. The FAH is bolstering its operations with improved training and equipment. Honduras is a major transit country for cocaine and some chemical precursors for making synthetic drugs. In 2014, 60 percent of illegal narco-flights out of South America first stopped in Honduras, according to the U.S. government’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. The aircraft will support “Military operations against organized crime and drug trafficking, as well as humanitarian assistance and relief efforts,” explained Major Samuel Sterlin, head of the U.S. Air Force Section of the Office of Security Cooperation in Tegucigalpa. Air shield The Cessnas donated by the United States will also be used for civilian operations, especially through the FAH’s Wings for Health program, which responds to natural disasters and other emergencies, such as major fires, by bringing medicine to residents, and if necessary, evacuating people. The high-performance turboprop is the second of three aircraft that the United States will deliver as part of the ongoing cooperation program between the countries. U.S. authorities delivered the first one on August 6, 2015, and the final one should arrive before the end of September 2016. The U.S. government’s Foreign Military Financing program supports the donation of the aircraft, which were purchased with the help of the U.S. Air Force. The FAH requested the Cessna 208 EX Grand Caravans in January 2014, as reported in September 2015. center_img “We have had strong positive results in the fight against drug trafficking and will continue working hard with all of this assistance given to us by our brother country [the United States],” Col. Portillo explained. “These aircraft are of great use to the staff, and that is a big help for Honduras. Cooperation between the United States and Honduras is extremely important. Given that the technology changes very rapidly in aviation, this relationship allows us to be at the forefront in terms of procedures and technological advances.” Great article! This is exactly what I was hoping to find. The Honduran Air Force (FAH) is strengthening its ability to respond to drug trafficking and organized crime with a new Cessna 208 EX Grand Caravan donated by the United States. The FAH received the plane on December 8th at the Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Civilian operations “It’s a gesture that we always have in mind from a country [the United States] with which we have maintained a close brotherhood and relationship,” said the outgoing head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, Major General Fredy Santiago Díaz Zelaya, during the ceremony for the aircraft’s delivery, according to the National Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA). La Mosquitia, in the department of Gracias a Dios, remains a key transit site for cocaine traffickers. Security forces destroyed 53 illegal runways in that area in 2014 and during the first seven months of 2015. Meanwhile, in the department of Olancho, security forces destroyed seven clandestine airstrips during that time span, the Honduran newspaper La Tribuna reported on July 27, 2015. By Dialogo March 03, 2016 Each plane can transport 13 people – 11 passengers and two pilots – about 2,000 kilometers on a full tank of fuel and its design allows for takeoffs and landings on short and unprepared runways. “Thanks to these new technologies, the FAH’s level of operational readiness has increased in the area of air transport, which had been very limited,” Col. Portillo said. “[The FAH] has conducted missions transporting equipment and personnel to support operations against drug trafficking in the area of La Mosquitia,” with the aircraft received in August 2015. last_img read more

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What was your worst financial decision?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What was your worst financial decision?Every day, the content team at Zogo works to make our app’s bite-sized lessons in personal finance one of the best financial education experiences in the industry.One question we’ve been pondering lately is: How can we help our users understand the real-life importance of the lessons they’re learning in our app?It’s one thing to provide the definition of an emergency fund, it’s another to help young people fully grasp why they need one.So we decided to send out a survey to all of our users, asking that question: What was your worst financial decision? What led you to make it? If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself?The responses poured in, and the answers were astonishing: continue reading »last_img read more

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PREMIUMProsperity and perception: Expert forum reviews Indonesia’s democracy

first_imgLinkedin The current model of democracy in Indonesia, which has been in place for the past 20 years as the successor to the New Order’s authoritarian model of government, will continue to face challenges in the coming years, especially with nondemocratic governments gaining more traction in recent years, political analysts say.Executive director Philips J. Vermonte of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia said that if the ongoing fragmentation and elite infighting continued to hamper the government from delivering public welfare, both politicians with an antidemocratic bent and a public impatient over minimal democratic gains could look to countries that had taken a alternative route to prosperity.“There are significant challenges to the democratic movement in Indonesia at present beca… Google Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Indonesia democracy-in-Indonesia CSIS development COVID-19 military NGO Joko-Widodo Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

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4 jailed for ‘illegal gambling’

first_imgConfiscated from them was P420 betmoney, the report added. The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 4./PN Residents Ricky Mesa Sr., Ricky MesaJr., Adonis Diroma, and Herlex Alfonso were caught playing the illegal cardsgame pusoy on Oct. 28, a policereport showed.center_img BACOLOD City – Four persons werenabbed for illegal gambling in Barangay Villamonte.last_img

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Italian sports minister plays down chance of Serie A resuming

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Italy’s Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Wednesday that the country’s top-flight Serie A soccer championship looked unlikely to resume this season because of the coronavirus epidemic.On March 9 Italy suspended the league campaign as part of a nationwide lockdown to curb a new coronavirus epidemic that has seen more than 200,000 confirmed cases and more than 27,000 deaths, the second highest tally in the world after the US. “I see an increasingly narrow path for the resumption of the Serie A… If I were one of the presidents (of the clubs) I would focus on the next season,” Spadafora told private TV broadcaster La7.France and the Netherlands have already declared their soccer seasons over, while the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Serie A have said they want to finish.“These decisions (in France and in the Netherlands) could push Italy to follow this line, which would become a European line,” Spadafora said.He added that he thought a majority of Serie A presidents might soon ask to suspend the league and prepare for the next championship.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that lockdown measures will be eased from May 4, with training for sports teams possibly allowed from May 18. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has drawn up a medical protocol for training, but Spadafora said the government’s scientific expert did not deem it sufficient, and that discussions would continue.“If the championship should ever resume, it will certainly be behind closed doors,” Spadafora said.There are 12 rounds of matches still to play in Serie A plus a number of games from previous rounds.Title holders Juventus are one point clear of Lazio at the top.Reuters/NAN. Tags: CoronavirusLa7LockdownSerie AVincenzo Spadaforalast_img read more

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Bluebirds snap up Eikrem

first_imgCardiff have announced the signing of Norwegian international midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Eikrem, who becomes City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first new arrival since he succeeded Malky Mackay as manager, has joined the Bluebirds for an undisclosed fee from Dutch club Heerenveen. Eikrem, 23, is a former Manchester United youth team captain. Press Associationcenter_img Solskjaer told Cardiff’s official website: “I’ve known Magnus for many years, having worked with him at Manchester United and then signing him for Molde. “While I was there I had to sell him as he was our best player – and now I feel lucky to get to sign him again for Cardiff City for a reasonable price. I see this as money well spent. “He’s a playmaker, a quarterback if you will, someone who likes to get on the ball and can see a pass. “He is technically very good, including set-pieces, and has great vision. Magnus will add a lot to Cardiff City and will blend in very well with the midfielders in the squad.” Eikrem watched Cardiff’s FA Cup third-round victory over Newcastle last Saturday and he has trained with the squad this week while waiting for the necessary clearance. Molde-born Eikrem was signed by United on his 16th birthday and made his first-team debut in 2007, going on as a substitute for Ryan Giggs in a pre-season friendly against Dunfermline. He moved to Molde, under Solskjaer’s management, in 2011 and enjoyed title success with them before joining Heerenveen last summer. Eikrem made his Norway debut two years ago and has so far won more than a dozen caps. last_img read more

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Panelists analyze the role of women in 2012 election

first_imgA panel of women involved in politics discussed the varying role of gender in politics and in the upcoming presidential election in an event Tuesday night at the Davidson Conference Center.Gender roles · Panelists Maddy Lansky and Rachel Michelin discuss the importance of women voters in the upcoming election. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in conjunction with California Women Lead and the USC Women’s Student Assembly, presented the event, which included student panelists from the USC College Democrats and the USC College Republicans.Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said women play a vital role in elections, particularly married women, who tend to be the largest group of swing voters. Candidates target this group’s vote by campaigning on specific issues, according to Schnur.“If Mitt Romney is successful in convincing married female voters that they should cast their ballot primarily on the basis of economic issues like jobs and taxes, then Mitt Romney will be elected president of the United States,” Schnur said. “If Barack Obama is successful in convincing the same married female voters that in addition to the economy, they should also consider a broader range of social and cultural issues, then he will be elected president.”Panelists also discussed the general response of women to the increasingly negative presidential campaign.Rachel Michelin, executive director of California Women Lead, said that women generally dislike the negativity in campaigns and would rather focus on the ways the issues relate to them.Michelin said that female candidates are often forced into negative campaigns because of the precedent set by male candidates.“Unfortunately, as women, we play by the political rules that were written by men, and until we, as women, change those rules, we’re always pushing ourselves into that arena,” Michelin said. “As women, we need to start changing those rules.”Michelin said that women in politics still face major challenges in receiving equal treatment among their male counterparts.The panelists also discussed the background of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment from the second presidential debate.According to Michelin, the Massachusetts program that Romney was referring to was based on a 1990s California program to include more women in state appointments and had an overall positive effect.“Some of those women in Massachusetts went on to run for office and apply for higher level positions,” Michelin said. “I think that’s something that, as women, we should be applauding.”The treatment of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared with that of the male candidates also came up in the discussion. All panelists agreed that female candidates were often subject to negative comments about their appearance and ability to balance their familial obligations with political work.Maddy Lansky, president of the USC College Republicans, said a generational gap doesn’t allow younger voters to recognize the struggles of women in politics, which could be this generation’s downfall.“We are told that we can do whatever want, we can have whatever job we want, if we work hard enough we’ll get there,” Lansky said. “I think that it’s good that we believe that so thoroughly, but it can also be a problem when we don’t understand the challenges that are there — because I don’t think we appreciate the women running for office.”last_img read more

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USC focused on defeating Boston College

first_imgThe last time USC faced off against Boston College, Pete Carroll was still the head coach, Matt Barkley was just beginning his tenure as starting quarterback, and it seemed as though the Trojans were set to continue one of the most consistently dominant runs in college football for at least a couple more years.Times have certainly changed since the 2009 Emerald Bowl (which USC won, 24-13).As the Trojans (1-1) prepare to take on Boston College (2-0) this Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, there is an undeniable pessimistic air surrounding the fan base after last week’s jarring 10-7 defeat at the hands of Washington State. USC is determined to prove that the upset was just that — a bump in the road as opposed to the beginning of a long, downward spiral in the Trojans’ 2013 campaign.“One thing I can say is that you won’t see that side of the Trojans again,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler said after the loss. “You won’t see us playing like that on offense. You won’t see that negative energy. That’s just not who we are.”Any sort of success from the Trojans’ passing attack would be measured as an improvement on last week’s performance. Kessler threw for just 41 yards while completing 8 of 13 passes, most of which were thrown to receivers behind the line of scrimmage, as no USC pass play gained more than eight yards.USC head coach Lane Kiffin is expected to delve deeper into his offensive playbook after finally picking a full-time starting quarterback in Kessler.It might take some time for Kessler to adjust to throwing intermediate and deep balls after being reined in by Kiffin’s conservative playcalling in the Trojans’ first two games.But Kessler did show promise in USC’s final scrimmage on Aug. 21 when he was tested on passes downfield. While mostly facing the Trojans’ first-team defense, Kessler was 13-for-22 for 218 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes of 31 and 55 yards to sophomore receiver Nelson Agholor, while also throwing two interceptions on tipped balls.Kessler also might benefit from knowing he’s no longer competing with fellow redshirt sophomore Max Wittek.“I’m not trying to make excuses, but those first two weeks [against Hawai’i and Washington State]… I would be lying if I said it wasn’t affecting me,” Kessler said after practice on Tuesday. “It’s tough to focus on winning the game when you’re worrying about other things. [Being named the starter] instills a confidence I didn’t have in the first two weeks.”The Trojans’ offensive line will be protecting Kessler from a pass rush that was simply atrocious last year, as they Eagles only mustered six sacks the entire season. But the Eagles have made progress under new defensive coordinator Don Brown’s aggressive 4-3 scheme, racking up seven sacks and seven turnovers in wins over Villanova and Wake Forest.Cornerback Bryce Jones, the only new starter in the Eagles’ secondary, is the reigning ACC Defensive Back of the Week after picking off a pass, his second of the season, and recovering a fumble against Wake Forest in a 24-10 triumph last week.Boston College has already matched its total wins from a year ago, when the Eagles stumbled to a 2-10 record, leading to the hiring of new head coach Steve Addazio.Addazio has established an offense that has relied heavily on senior running back Andre Williams, a 230 lbs. power back who ranks third in the nation with 318 rushing yards (5.5 yards per carry).“It’s a Stanford type of offense,” Kiffin said. “They’re heavy on the run and try to open it up with the play action.”Williams presents the toughest challenge yet for USC’s run defense, which has been the best in the country thus far, allowing just 15 yards per game and 0.6 yards per carry.Boston College has recently gone through a remarkable amount of scheme changes on offense, as the team is on its fifth offensive coordinator in a little more than two calendar years.Senior quarterback Chase Rettig, a SoCal native, has been the constant amid all the change. Rettig has been the team’s starter since the fourth game of his true freshman season, and has averaged more than 3,100 yards over the past two seasons.The Trojans’ relentless pass rush, which leads the nation in sacks (11), could cause major headaches for Rettig behind an offensive line that allowed 35 sacks last season.But the Trojans aren’t taking anything for granted, especially after last week.“We don’t go over thinking we’re gonna walk over a team,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “We have to grind out every game and finish.”Senior Alex Amidon was Rettig’s favorite target last year, setting Boston College’s single-season records for receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,215) en route to being named an All-ACC first team pick.Kiffin expects USC’s own star receiver, junior Marqise Lee, to bounce back after picking up just 27 yards on seven catches against Washington State.“Marqise has been pushing himself, trying a little too hard,” Kiffin said. “We expect him to play really consistently, so I had a conversation with him Sunday [about] just going back to doing his job.”Kiffin also said that he expects freshman tailback Justin Davis to have an impact against the Eagles after Davis received just two carries last week, but didn’t guarantee anything. Redshirt sophomore Tre Madden took the bulk of the workload (32 carries, 151 yards), and many were concerned that Madden was overworked after he admitted feeling “banged up” after the defeat.“I would definitely expect to see Justin Davis … It all depends on how the game is going,” Kiffin said. “[Last week] we were doing the best thing we could do to win. I’ve got to do the best thing to win the game and not worry about what stats are like.”Kickoff is at 12 p.m. in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the game will air on the Pac-12 Network. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

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National Sports Awards likely to be held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 07:20 IST National Sports Awards Likely To Be Held Virtually Due To COVID-19 Pandemic In a first, this year’s National Sports Awards ceremony is likely to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with all the winners logging in from their respective places to hear their names being announced on August 29 Written By In a first, this year’s National Sports Awards ceremony is likely to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with all the winners logging in from their respective places to hear their names being announced on August 29.The National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29, the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand.”The sports awards function this year is likely to be an online function. As per the Government of India instructions, the awardees will also be announced on the morning of the day of the function,” a Sports Ministry source told PTI.The pandemic had in June forced the ministry to extend the deadline for submission of online applications for the awards.It also allowed athletes to self-nominate in view of the “difficulties” being faced by them in finding people who can recommend their names amid the lockdown.The self nomination has resulted in a huge number of applicants for the awards and it has been learnt that the ministry had already finished the initial round of screening.The National Sports Awards include the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award and the Dhyan Chand Award, which are conferred every year by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29.On the first day of the meeting on Monday, 13 and 15 candidates were recommended for the Dronacharya and Dhayan Chand Award respectively.Ignored last year, shooting legend Jaspal Rana on Monday found his name among the 13 coaches recommended for this year’s Dronacharya award by the sports ministry’s selection committee.Image credits: PTI  First Published: 18th August, 2020 07:20 IST LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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