Central American Armed Forces Strengthen Joint Patrols to Fight Organized Crime

By on December 20, 2020

first_img“These joint efforts of our military forces have allowed Honduras to become hostile territory for drug traffickers. We know there is still hard work to do, but we are making good progress.” “Honduras is strengthening its maritime, air, and ground shields, joining its efforts to those of the other countries in the region,” Honduran Minister of Defense Samuel Armando Reyes said during the CFAC meeting. “This is allowing us to combat drug trafficking and organized crime more forcefully.” “We are performing coordinated patrols in vulnerable areas along our borders, thanks to the coordinated operations of our intelligence units,” Guatemalan Minister of Defense Manuel Augusto López said during his closing remarks at the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the High Council for the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, for its Spanish acronym), held July 10 in Guatemala. CFAC’s goal is to strengthen regional military integration; its permanent member countries are Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Bolstering sea, air, and ground defenses One such step forward: the Armed Forces of Honduras and El Salvador approved planning groups for new border operations during the 15th Meeting of Commanders of Military Border Units under the CFAC, held on July 16 in the Honduran border town of Nuevo Ocotepeque. That’s a crucial component in the fight against large criminal enterprises that operate across borders: for example, there are about 1,987,000 illegal weapons circulating in the Central American region, according to the study, “Weapons Trafficking. Environment, legislative proposals, and public opinion,” published by the Center for Social and Public Opinion Studies (CESOP) of the Mexican House of Representatives. Among their traffickers: street gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18), which also use the weapons to conduct crimes such as extortion and kidnapping. “We are committed to continue confronting these gangs,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés pledged at the end of the meeting. “And in order to increase our operational readiness capabilities, we are also going to continue to train our troops using modern technology, always in compliance with the laws of our respective countries.” Troops engaged in the initiative focus their efforts on combating the trafficking of drugs, weapons, and humans; they also share information on how criminal organizations operate, particularly those that are active along the Northern Triangle’s border areas. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Central American countries and the Dominican Republic are deploying elite teams from their Armed Forces to confront organized crime groups and disrupt illegal enterprises, such as drug trafficking, along their shared borders. By Dialogo August 06, 2015 Hi. Congratulations on the great job. Good luck to all of you and may nature protect you all. Very nice. I wish the Brazilian Army would control our borders. Very nice. Dealing with security is the biggest priority. Very good work integrating the Armed Forces, auxiliary forces and the 2016 Olympic organisation in Brazil. THE WORLD NEEDS TO COOPERATE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN GENERAL BECAUSE THIS AFFECTS THE WORLD ECONOMY. DRUGS, WEAPONS AND CONTRABAND IN GENERAL ARE EVIL AND NEED TO BE COMBATED AROUND THE WORLD.Website http://derlyemarcelinho.com.br/ Without a doubt, drug trafficking in all its manifestations, variables and ramifications and expressions is a threat to national security anywhere it operates. In that sense, all efforts to eradicate it is progress. It is also important to gradually reduce drug use in societies with very high purchasing power, thank you. In 2014, 60 percent of cocaine-smuggling flights that departed from South America first landed in Honduras – a decline from 75 percent of such flights in 2013, according to a U.S. government report. Typically, such organizations transport cocaine and other illegal substances on narco-planes from drug-producing countries such as Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, and ship the loads to Honduras. From there, organized crime operatives transport the drug loads by land to Guatemala and Mexico. That’s why Central American countries are bolstering their defenses by sea, air, and ground. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. “We want to progress further in combating terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and gang activities along our borders. We will soon deploy our teams, and we will see results,” Cavalry Colonel Julio César Cerrato, Commanding Officer of Honduras’ 120th Infantry Brigade, said at the end of the meeting. Fighting drug trafficking and sharing information In this context of joint military strategies against organized crime, Operation MARTILLO continues to be a significant component in a comprehensive regional focus on combating the use of the Central American Pacific coasts as transshipment areas for drugs and weapons. “The key to our success lies in continually sharing more and more military intelligence information through different mechanisms of modern technology,” Aviation Colonel Jimmy Rommel Ayala, Salvadoran Air Force representative, said to the CFAC. “We must keep moving forward to continue the decreases in these groups’ activities.” Organized crime groups, including Mexican drug cartels, also traffic cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal narcotics through Central America as they make their way north to the United States, according to U.S. government reports. They transport their loads along the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Costa Rica, and often to Nicaragua. When they arrive at the Gulf of Fonseca, the drug-trafficking routes split through Honduras or El Salvador and then on to Guatemala. last_img read more

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Kraken Bags Contracts for Two Development Projects

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgKraken Robotics’ German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH, has secured contract funding for two development initiatives for evaluation of SeaVision sensors and AI control software for autonomous underwater vehicles.The company informed that it has secured over $900,000 in contract funding for the two projects.The two projects are called ARIM and RoboVaaS and are collaborative research activities funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the MarTERA Horizon 2020 initiative of the European Commission.Both projects will use Kraken’s SeaVision sensor for monitoring and inspection services and autonomous vehicle control. SeaVision is a full-color 3D underwater laser scanner, with unprecedented scan speed and pixel density.The contracts start in June 2018 and continue over a period of 36 months, with Kraken receiving approximately two-thirds of the funding over the next 18 months, the company noted.In the ARIM (Autonomous Robotic sea-floor Infrastructure for bentho-pelagic Monitoring) project, Kraken will use the SeaVision system to guide and control an autonomous mobile seafloor crawler system. The crawler technology used in the project is based on the Jacobs University Wally crawler.Together with Geomar (Germany), iSeaMC (Germany), METAS (Norway), the Marine Research Institute (Norway), ICM-CSIC (Spain) and Deusto Sistemas (Spain), Kraken will be applying the SeaVision system for navigation, autonomous obstacle avoidance and automatic identification of species in a benthic habitat environmental monitoring application.These monitoring activities will provide important spatial-temporal data for the scientific evaluation of marine ecosystems and will furthermore provide the basis to meet the regulations for all industrial subsea activities with potential environmental impact, such as offshore oil and gas, ocean renewables and deep-sea mining.Subsea digitalisation and digital services for shipping are at the core of the RoboVaaS (Robotic Vessels as a Service) project.RoboVaaS will further the integration of autonomous systems, sensors, vessel and shore services into a digital service platform aimed at improving the efficiency of ports and shipping vessels. Kraken will perform a vertical integration of the SeaVision system in a ship hull inspection services platform developed by Fraunhofer CML (Germany).Additional partners are the Hamburg Port Authority (Germany), TU Hamburg – Harburg (Germany), Sonarsim (Ireland), University of Limerick (Ireland) and University of Padova (Italy).Dr. Jakob Schwender, managing director of Kraken Robotik GmbH said, “We are delighted to be awarded these two contracts. Aligning advanced remote sensing capabilities – such as those provided by our SeaVision system – with underwater robotics and artificial intelligence will help mitigate environmental impact on the seafloor and improve safety at sea.”last_img read more

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MBB : Keita posts career-high in scoring; Syracuse unhappy with officiating

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgBaye Moussa Keita didn’t miss a shot. For once, the sophomore center’s energy and effort made a splash on the offensive end.‘Baye was really good,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘He was just active. Moving and he’s playing with good guards that can get him the ball.’Off a C.J. Fair miss late in the second half, he fought through for the rebound and made the follow, putting Syracuse up by 23. It also concluded an offensive explosion for Keita, as he scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the Orange’s 98-74 dismantling of Albany on Tuesday. Deft defensively but not offensively in Syracuse’s (3-0) first two games, Keita brought it on both ends of the floor against the Great Danes.‘I was doing the same thing,’ Keita said. ‘Probably tonight I was probably more aggressive on the offensive boards.’The center finished with five rebounds to go with his career scoring night. All five were offensive boards. And that allowed him to play one of the best all-around games of his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first half, Keita sprinted at the front of the pack as Syracuse was in transition, taking a feed from Michael Carter-Williams to put Syracuse up 13.Keita later made post moves on his Albany defender, finishing with a two-handed slam in the second half.On a team with so many weapons, Keita’s performance just adds another to the arsenal if he stays consistent.‘You never know what can happen on this team, like tonight Baye had 14,’ SU guard Dion Waiters said. ‘Career high, probably. So it’s things like that and I was finding Baye a lot, he was active down there, he was running the floor, so I had to reward the big fella.’Keita stayed aggressive on the defensive end, too. Syracuse was up 65-43 in the second half when Albany guard Logan Aronhalt drove in from the left side of the baseline. He tried shooting from mid-range, but Keita was there for an emphatic swat, sending the Orange on a fast break.Boeheim said the production of both Keita and Fab Melo, who had eight points and seven rebounds, is a good sign.‘Baye’s active, he moves and he gets some easy baskets,’ Boeheim said. ‘He had 14 and Fab had eight, that’s pretty good production.’Syracuse overcomes 23 foul calls Clarence Armstrong signaled a charge on Gerardo Suero with 12:54 remaining in the first half. The Albany guard had sprinted full speed toward the basket, colliding with Dion Waiters in front of the basket.From the opposite side of the lane, Tim Higgins called for a blocking foul and overruled Armstrong.Boeheim was livid on the Syracuse sidelines, and Waiters wasn’t much happier after the game.‘Hell yeah, that was a charge,’ Waiters said. ‘He was out of control, but for the first time I tried to take a charge, they called a foul on me, so I don’t know.’Suero tied the game at 16 by knocking down a pair from the free-throw line, a place he and his Albany teammates became familiar with by the time the game ended. The Great Danes attempted 33 free throws Tuesday and made 26 of them in a losing effort on Tuesday night.But the 23 fouls called on the Orange and the 14-shot disparity between Albany and SU left Boeheim and the players a bit frustrated with the officiating.‘We hadn’t fouled at all, we’d been really good about not fouling,’ Boeheim said. ‘But tonight there were some really unbelievably strange calls, and to let them shoot 33 free throws was shocking.’Though some of the calls were questionable, like the block on Waiters, others were a result of Syracuse’s sloppy defense.Suero went to the line 12 times Tuesday, drawing multiple reach-in fouls as he drove to the basket. Similarly, James Southerland was called for over-the-back fouls against smaller defenders after failing to get in good rebounding positions.Fortunately, those mistakes can be fixed, and Boeheim said the team will work on them the rest of the week. The same errors that didn’t prove costly against Albany could certainly be the difference between a win and a loss in a Big East game with a team that can match Syracuse’s size and athleticism.‘That’s a lot of foul shots,’ Boeheim said. ‘We need to do better. We can’t be putting people on the foul line 33 times.’[email protected]@syr.edu Comments Published on November 15, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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