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Colombian K-9s Help Rid Country of IEDs

By on December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo August 01, 2017 The use of dogs has grown in Colombia over the last 10 years. With 2,797 dogs, the Colombian Army provides nationwide coverage for detecting narcotics and explosive substances, doing search and rescue, and detection and tracking. With the excellent results that have been achieved, the goal now is to increase their participation in all operations. The United Nations recently certified a group of Colombian K-9 teams trained in humanitarian demining, with which the units were ready for deployment across Colombian territory. Following the certification process, U.S. Army South veterinary personnel visited the Canine Training School at Fort Tolemaida in June with the purpose of learning about the Colombian experience in breeding and training dogs to detect landmines as part of a humanitarian demining program led by the National Center for Countering IEDs and Mines (CENAM, per its Spanish acronym). Both armies exchanged knowledge on breeding and training dogs for this purpose as well as shared information on the veterinary care each undertakes. . Aligned procedures “At the end of their tour [of the visit], and after all of the program presentations, their conclusions recorded the points that our two armies have in common when using dogs under the same conditions, both in the way that [we make use of] their capabilities and our rigorous training and breeding methods, as well as in terms of health and hygiene,” Colombian Army Colonel Jorge Armando Ramírez Troncoso, head of the Canine Directorate at CENAM, told Diálogo. “With regard to this last point, we got specific feedback on veterinary care and the use of medications,” he added. In Colombia, dogs are used especially for detecting explosive substances. “Since 1998, when we began [devoting them] to the detection of explosive substances, these little animals have made a great contribution to the Army,” Colombian Army Colonel Eddy Bladimir Moscoso Castiblanco, commander of CENAM, told Diálogo. “Today, the K-9 team is essential for detecting explosives, working together with a metal detector, hook-and-line equipment, and the explosives technician.” More dogs and resources The Canine Directorate has big projects within its program, which includes building four modern hospital units that will be strategically distributed across the country. The Warren Buffett Foundation awarded a $16 million donation for the development of this project. The dog breeds that perform best in the training, and afterwards, in the most grueling weather conditions and terrain, are Labradors, Belgian Malinois, and Golden Retrievers. Dog training takes four months, and it starts at the same time with the service member for that K-9 team. Their relationship cannot be dissolved except in extreme circumstances. A dog trained to detect explosives has an active service life of five years. The Colombian Army soon expects to have the 5,000 dogs it needs for its operations. “We are lacking dogs and resources. Currently, we are purchasing between 600 and 800 dogs a year. That’s why we started breeding them in kennels. The goal is to become self-sufficient in the short term. [The dogs] are put through a rigorous selection process. Not all of them meet the requirements,” Col. Ramírez said. CENAM’s strategy The Canine Directorate was established in 2016 as part of the National Center for Countering IEDs and Mines, which was created in 2012 because of the country’s internal conflict, and as a response to the need arising from the indiscriminate use of mines and IEDs by guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, and by drug traffickers against the civilian population and infrastructure, and directly against members of the Colombian Army and National Police. This specialized unit was needed in order to learn everything about explosive substances, the ways in which mines are used, and the emergence of IEDs made from a wide range of supplies. “A solid structure was needed to counteract the use of these mines,” Col. Moscoso stated. “We need to see explosives as a system, and it is only through a well-coordinated system that we will be able to reduce the use of these explosive charges.” More than 23,000 explosive devices destroyed In Colombia, the problem of mines and explosives of all kinds has had critical periods. According to official sources, these events increased to an average of 2.5 injuries per day since 2008. By 2012, the outlook for victims of explosives was devastating. The statistics at that time said there were more than 7,000 victims. The creation of CENAM became a priority for the Colombian government and for the Colombian Armed Forces. “Throughout this process, SOUTHCOM made a definitive contribution. It was, and is, our greatest ally. From the start, it helped us with the creation of this unit,” Col. Moscoso explained. “They sent personnel to orient us on how to set up a functional structure. We received instruction, training, supplies, financing, and resources. It’s a collaboration that continues today and is still evolving. Right now, our main effort is framed by humanitarian demining,” he explained. CENAM operates along three lines of action—preparedness, prevention, and protection—and through six bodies: the Directorate of Military Demining, the Directorate of Investigation, the Directorate of Innovation, the Directorate of Humanitarian Demining, the Directorate of Mine Warfare, and the Canine Directorate. From 2013 to 2017, these law-enforcement bodies destroyed 23,878 explosive devices.last_img read more

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Mourinho: I cannot keep giving Ndombele more opportunities

By on September 26, 2020

first_img “Somebody has to realise this is the Premier League, this is a new experience and first time coming to Burnley. I hope next season he can be fantastic.” When pressed about what Ndombele needs to do, Mourinho explained he hopes to see the best of the Spurs midfielder when he fully adapts to the Premier League. “I hope he uses every minute on the pitch and every minute knowing what the Premier League is to improve,” he added. Ndombele lasted just 45 minutes before being substituted against Burnley Read Also:Ighalo sends Man Utd fans message ahead of Man City cracker “Many fantastic players in their first season in a new country for different reasons they struggle. There have been many examples of that. “He’s a player with great talent. He has to know he has to do much better and know I cannot keep giving him opportunities to play because the team is much more important.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath Away10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses Jose Mourinho has told Tanguy Ndombele he must improve after another lacklustre performance from Tottenham’s club-record signing. The 23-year-old struggled to make an impression in Spurs’ central midfield and was hooked at the interval after an anonymous first-half display against Burnley. Mourinho had some brutal advice for struggling Ndombele Spurs made a remarkable improvement in the second half, with Ndombele’s replacement Giovani Lo Celso starring as one of the best players on the pitch and the Argentine played a part in the build-up to the penalty. Ndombele, a £65 million arrival from Lyon in 2019, has been plagued by injury and has spent most of his time under Mourinho on the bench. And the Portuguese tactician made it abundantly clear the France international must improve his level with a brutal assessment of his performance. “I was expecting players who were not tired to give more to the team,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Districtwide brush cutting operations begin in November along state routes

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgSoutheastern, IN— INDOT maintenance crews will begin right-of-way mechanical brush cutting across the Southeast District next month to remove trees, shrubs and other vegetation along a number of state highways.Mechanical brush removal utilizes specialized equipment such as a tractor with boom mowers and excavators with mulching heads. Operations are typically performed on shoulders with minimal traffic impacts. However, motorists should still use caution and watch for active crews throughout the district. Specific routes where brush cutting is planned include U.S. 50, S.R. 46, U.S. 31, U.S. 421, S.R. 7, S.R. 3, S.R. 135, S.R. 446 and S.R. 250.Brush cutting is completed to remove vegetation that is blocking line-of-sight or traffic signs, reduce asphalt deterioration due to trapped moisture and provide shoulder space for motorists. This type of work is done primarily in the fall and winter months to prevent disturbance of nesting birds and bats. Mechanical cutting is followed by herbicide treatment in the spring to prevent regrowth and eliminate future needs of brush treatment.Brush removal operations were focused on interstate routes last fall and were followed by herbicide application this past spring. Additional treatments for roadside management may include manual brush cutting for larger limbs or trees, in addition to mowing and litter pick-up.last_img read more

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Amber Alert Issued For Autistic South Florida Boy

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgAlejandro is described as white Hispanic, non-verbal, four-foot-eleven, 120 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on his left leg. (Miami, FL) — An Amber Alert is out for an endangered autistic Miami-Dade County boy. The FDLE says two black men in a light blue four-door car abducted nine-year-old Alejandro Ripley last night at a Home Depot in Miami, and officers believe the boy is endangered. We need your help in locating Alejandro Ripley, a 9-year-old autistic/non-verbal boy that was abducted near the area of SW 158 Avenue and 88 Street. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is requested to IMMEDIATELY call 9-1-1 or @CrimeStopper305 at (305) 471-8477. pic.twitter.com/8wFCBL5AcG— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) May 22, 2020last_img read more

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On swagger and speed, 2 of 3 beat writers predict another major upset for Syracuse

By on September 16, 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Coming off a historic upset of No. 2 Clemson, Syracuse (4-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to No. 8 Miami (5-0, 3-0) to take on the Hurricanes at 3:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium. This is the first time Syracuse has faced Miami since 2003.Tomer Langer (5-2)Do U believe?Syracuse 30, Miami 27The Orange shocked the world on Friday night by beating Clemson. The good thing for Syracuse fans is that it doesn’t seem like the team is caught up on the win. In fact, senior linebacker Zaire Franklin said he’s already put the game behind him and is hoping his teammates do the same. Now, Miami is still a great football team. But I think back to when SU sent to play Boston College after upsetting Virginia Tech last year. That team played with a different swagger and confidence then it had all season long. I think the Orange comes out with a similar vibe this week and pulls off a narrow victory.Matthew Gutierrez (4-3)Because why not?Syracuse 31, Miami 27The Mid-American Conference’s best team, Toledo, touched up Miami for 30 points in a loss. The upshot: Toledo runs a similar offense to that of Syracuse. Given how strong the SU defense has been, the X-factor Saturday is how much UM can slow the SU attack. Impending thunderstorms may sedate Syracuse’s pass-heavy attack, but I see the Syracuse offense scoring its most points since Week 3 with a big win at Miami.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Bloss (4-3)Patience is a virtueMiami 27, Syracuse 21I’m torn. Last week’s upset of Clemson provided evidence that Syracuse can win any game. Meanwhile, Miami did not look good for much of its bout with Georgia Tech. But I will force myself to keep my mind grounded and say the Orange loses a close one. In the forecasted stormy weather, throwing a football will be hard. Near-tackles might slip away. SU will still get its six wins — and maybe even more — but this weekend just won’t contribute to that total. Be patient. Comments Published on October 20, 2017 at 12:28 amlast_img read more

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