CANSEC Brings Partner Nations Together against Common Threats

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo December 12, 2018 “Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago, welcome to the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) 2018”, said Rear Admiral Hayden Pritchard, chief of Defence Staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, during his welcome remarks to defense and security leaders at the 16th annual CANSEC, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December 4-6, 2018. “CANSEC is a partnership program; it’s a pillar of regional stability.” Rear Adm. Pritchard took a moment during his speech to welcome U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, who assumed duties as the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) November 26, 2018. Rear Adm. Pritchard invited the new commander and partner nation chiefs of defense and security to address regional threats affecting the Caribbean and encouraging them to work together as a synchronized network. “We are good neighbors. In our neighborhood, the Western Hemisphere, we have more in common than anywhere else in the world and that gives us more opportunities. We have respect for human rights, we share similar values, with few exceptions, strong democratic traditions. [We’re] good neighbors that respect each other’s sovereignty, we look out for one another, looking to maximize our scarce resources, and work together,” said Adm. Faller in his first speech to Caribbean military leaders. “The flow of drugs, weapons, and illegal migrants, just to name a few of the many challenges we face in our neighborhood, all these challenges demand and our citizens demand that we achieve results, and that is why we are here today, to get things done.” SOUTHCOM sponsors the annual regional security forum to promote dialogue among defense and security leaders, consolidate their network, work jointly to defeat regional threats, and be better prepared to respond to crises. CANSEC 2018 was the Trinidad and Tobago’s third time hosting the event.Under the theme “Enhancing the framework to counter threats and respond to crisis,” participants from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), and the Regional Security System (RSS) debated the topics of shared understanding of threat networks and regional crisis response to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom participated as observers. Caribbean security threats “CANSEC’s topics are very relevant to what we are doing with respect to the challenges we face in the region,” said Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Colonel Sir Trevor Thomas, chief of Defence Staff. “Our regional cooperation to counter security threats is healthy. What we need to do is continue to dialogue and look at each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and see how we can compensate each other. We don’t need to duplicate a lot of things, we need to do an inventory of our capabilities and look at the gaps to try to fill [them] up as much as possible.” Participants held round tables and bilateral meetings to discuss the security threats to the Caribbean. Narcotrafficking, proliferation of small arms trafficking, the nexus between organized crime, gang activity, violence and public corruption, foreign terrorist fighters and sources of radicalization, and pandemic and natural disasters are among the main regional security challenges. However, attendees agreed that the deterioration of Venezuela’s stability also affects CARICOM countries. “CANSEC provides an opportunity for us to interact with the other regional heads of security forces, so we can better coordinate our response to natural disasters and our response to the threats that face the Caribbean region,” said St. Kitts and Nevis Capitan Walter Bass, commander of the Coast Guard. “We are confident that the mechanism in the region that does exist includes CDEMA itself, RSS, and CARICOM IMPACS, and with the support of SOUTHCOM, we believe we are capable of addressing the issues the region faces.” Crisis response Responding to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief was on the agenda. Defense and security leaders discussed their military roles in their response to crises in a region considered the second most hazard-prone in the world. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when the next disaster, terror, mass migration occurs and we have to be ready,” said Adm. Faller. He expressed the importance of emergency preparedness and the need to understand each other’s capabilities. CDEMA developed the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) tool as an innovative concept for reducing the risk and loss associated with natural disasters. CDM manages all hazards through all phases of the disaster management cycle –prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and rehabilitation. However, it needs to be improved at the local, regional, and international levels. “CARICOM’s two frameworks –CDEMA and IMPACS– demonstrate that the region is more effective when there is collaboration, as was seen during last year’s [2017] devastating hurricane season,” said Adm. Faller. “One thing we learned in the aftermath, with all these disasters in our military missions and in our neighborhood, is that teamwork wins.” Noncommissioned officer development In parallel to the main event, CANSEC 2018 brought together Caribbean senior noncommissioned officers (NCO) to discuss their roles. Senior NCOs had the opportunity to talk about their experiences and to exchange ideas on how to improve the professional enlisted corps. “CANSEC is a great opportunity to keep building our senior enlisted program,” said Warrant Officer Class 1 Neil W. R. Lashley, of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Command. “We need to keep moving forward, build a strong relationship, and continue the dialogue with one another.” Compromise for the future In the face of real threats, regional leaders concluded on the importance of collective security, information sharing, and continued key threat exercises between partner nations. At the same time, they agreed, it’s necessary to enhance communication between regional organizations and to consolidate response networks for emergencies and disasters. “Actions involve accountability. I am committed to working together,” said Adm. Faller. “It’s about the collective security of all of us.”last_img read more

Setauket Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Setauket man was arrested drunken driving after he was allegedly involved in a crash that killed a 45-year-old woman in Smithtown, Suffolk County police said.Thomas Stavola was driving an Audi northbound on Route 111 when he struck a westbound Mercedes at the corner of East Main Street shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, police said.The woman driving the Mercedes, Monica Peterman of Middle Island, was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, where she died. Stavola was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Stavola was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was released on $250,000 bail after being arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

Hvar Tourist Board published a public call for the selection of a PR agency

first_imgThe public call refers to the development and implementation of PR strategy, social media and online communication, as well as events and PR projects for the Tourist Board of the City of Hvar in 2019. TZG Hvar entered the new year with a new modern website, and has just published two public calls. One is for support events in 2019. years as well as a public call for selection of a PR agency. More attached. TZG Hvar public call for selection of PR agencycenter_img The deadline for submission of bids for the selection of a PR agency is February 28, 2019. In order to successfully implement the Marketing / PR plan, TZG Hvar, through a public tender, decided to start collecting and selecting offers from specialized agencies for the execution of media relations services and communication on social networks, point out the TZG Hvar.last_img read more

The 11th World Malvasia World Championship was held in Poreč, and this year’s Vinistra was announced

first_img“World of Malvasia”, the unofficial 11th World Championship of this wine variety, broke the record again. This year, 272 Malvasias from five countries arrived in Poreč for evaluation – 206 samples are from Croatia, 44 from Italy, 12 from Slovenia and five each from Spain and Greece. “World of Malvasia” is the central event in the three-day evaluation of wine and alcoholic beverages, which is traditionally held a few weeks before Vinistra, the most famous wine exhibition in Istria.  Source / photo: Vinistra The exhibition of wine and wine equipment “Vinistra” is a regional and international exhibition of wine and equipment for viticulture and winemaking. The exhibition is traditionally held in Poreč and every year, with increasing interest, both in the competition and in the exhibition part of the exhibition, it confirms its importance. In addition to wine, olive oils and brandies are evaluated at Vinistra. During the three days of the exhibition, tens of thousands of wine lovers taste and explore the wine world of Istria. Nikola Benvenuti, Caroline Gilby, Emil Perdec, Loris Peršurić Emil Perdec, director of food and beverages of Plava Laguna, the Golden Sponsor of Vinistra, pointed out that this hotel has been following the most famous Istrian event for years, which is of great importance in promoting autochthony and originality and tourist offer of Istria.  Caroline Gilby, who has been chair of the World Malvasia and Wine Evaluation Committee for six years, said she was extremely pleased with the samples received and was particularly pleased to be awarded large gold medals for several Teran for the first time this year.   “The real tourist season begins with Vinistra, when all rooms in 36 hotels in Poreč are full. Istrian winemakers are getting better every year, their wines are of top quality and have become the best ambassadors of Poreč, Istria and Croatia.”, Said Loris Peršurić, Mayor of Poreč. You can find more about “Vinistra” HERE. “More than 80 winemakers, a total of 144 exhibitors, about thirty workshops and the great wine star Paula Bosch, the first sommelier in Germany, author of books, texts and blogs who worked in prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants will mark the 26th Vinistra. From this year, with the purchase of a ticket, which costs 130 kuna, each visitor will receive a voucher of 30 kuna, which they will be able to use in the Wine Shop to buy the exhibitor’s wine.Said Benvenuti.   This year, from 16 to 18 April in the Parentium Hotel in Poreč, more than forty oenologists, sommelier and wine experts, in addition to Malvasia, are evaluating another 242 samples of wines of other varieties and 30 spirits, a total of 544 samples. two days before Vinistra. “A big qualitative step forward, modeled on eminent world evaluations, is marked by this year’s World of Malvasia and wine evaluation. We raised the scoring threshold and reduced the number of commission members, who sit in a circle so they can comment on the samples”Said Nikola Benvenuti, President of Vinistra, who announced the news at the most famous Istrian wine exhibition. last_img read more

UGP launches petition demanding abolition of mandatory membership fees in HGK, HOK and TZ

first_imgThe Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (UGP) decided to organize the signing petitions STOP unnecessary levies which demands the abolition of the mandatory membership fee in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Board. We are also asking UGP to abolish or reduce all other parafiscal levies that burden entrepreneurs, craftsmen and citizens, of which there are more than 500 in Croatia. Hrvoje Bujas, President of UGP: The postulate of UGP is clear – #LessTaxes The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association has three requests for which through petition seek support:  They demand that membership in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts be voluntary.  Sign the petition, let’s fight together for a society without levies that are a purpose in themselves and a way to flatter many, he said Hrvoje Bujas, President of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association, called on everyone to sign the petition and take the first step towards Croatia 2.0. They are asking for the payment of the membership fee to the Tourist Board to be abolishedcenter_img They demand a drastic reduction in all other parafiscal levies.  You can sign the petition for voluntary membership in the chambers and exemption from parafiscal charges HERE Among the parafiscal levies are mandatory membership fees that entrepreneurs are forced to pay to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Chamber of Crafts and the Tourist Board. Parafiscal levies are non-tax benefits, ie various fees imposed by the state, and although they are called “non-tax”, they have the same economic effects on entrepreneurs, craftsmen and citizens as taxes, UGP points out, adding that in 2019 entrepreneurs, craftsmen and citizens paid more than HRK 9 billion for over 500 parafiscal levies. “This petition is not just the voice of entrepreneurs, but of the whole society burdened with unnecessary levies. We want the government to see and hear how many people think that such charges are a robbery of the citizens of this country and to be the first concrete step towards their abolition or significant reduction!”Bujas emphasized.last_img read more

Melbourne couple spends $1.33 million on Gold Coast home

first_img3/17 Marseille Court, Sorrento sold for $1.33 million.A MELBOURNE couple fell in love with this Gold Coast home on a trip to the Glitter Strip.The buyers paid $1.33 million for the four-bedroom Sorrento property at 3/17 Marseille Court.Positioned in gated Marseille Estate, the stylish home combines warm tones, limestone flooring, teak panelling and timber shutters.The home offers scenic living and dining with open living spaces and windows opening out to a 20m lap pool which runs down the side of the home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago3/17 Marseille Court, Sorrento.The kitchen features a steam oven, stone bench tops and gas cooktops in its sleek design.Awnings provide shade to outside living areas while the ground level guest wing flows into a court yard of fragment gardens.Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo negotiated the sale.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:48Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Best beach house bargains01:48 Related videos 01:48Best beach house bargains01:37Dream home Brighton02:00Dream Home: Byron Bay00:39Dubai party home01:57Dream Home: Tamarama00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay HouseSorrento is a locale in Bundall and features many high-end waterfront homes.The median house price in Bundall is $970,000 according to the latest data from CoreLogic.3/17 Marseille Court, Sorrento.last_img read more

Sherbert St stunner snapped up in a sweet deal

first_imgThe home at 12 Sherbert St, Sunnybank.A KEEN buyer has ensured the sale of a Sunnybank property with tennis court before it could go under the hammer. The four-bedroom home at 12 Sherbert St sold for $968,000 two weeks into the auction marketing campaign.Selling agent Owen Chen, of Place Sunnybank, said the property attracted strong interest from three parties.“The buyer who bought the house is a neighbour,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“They wanted their sister to move closer to the area and that’s why they were prepared to pay a premium price. Inside 12 Sherbert St, Sunnybank.“It was a cash unconditional offer. If a (vendor) is going to sell before an auction, I do want it to be a cash unconditional sale.” The two-storey family home is on a 933sq m block with a floodlit tennis court and in-ground swimming pool. Mr Chen said the Sunnybank market was more balanced compared to last year.He said the market had previously been skewed towards the seller, but said this had changed.“The buyers have more choice. Presentation and marketing now plays a big part in sales.”last_img read more

Toboso town hall closed down for COVID-19 disinfection

first_imgBartolome also suspended the conductof the regular sessions in the next two weeks or those scheduled on March 17and 24. The next session will be conducted on March 31.  “(This is) toensure everyone’s safety,” he added. “We disinfected the entire municipalhall,” Mayor Richard Jaojoco said. Moreover, Jaojoco said classes in thetown’s daycare centers have been suspended since March 9 as he awaits advicefrom the Department of Education on the suspension of classes in bothelementary and high school. Jaojoco said the town official stillattended the council’s regular session. In his executive order dated March 20,he also prohibited the conduct of assemblies and related events by governmentunits, agencies, and organizations until the Covid-19 situation is declaredstable and managed by the authorities. (With PNA/PN) He was among those who attended thePhilippine Councilors League’s 11th National Congress held at the SMXConvention Center in Pasay City on Feb. 26-28.center_img On Friday, Vice Mayor Jesse RexBartolome issued a memorandum advising all councilors of Toboso who attended thePCL assembly to undergo self-quarantine. The councilor, who is considered as aperson under monitoring (PUM), developed fever two days after arriving fromManila via the Mactan-Cebu Airport, and had been nursing it for more than aweek until Thursday. He was brought to a government hospital on Friday. BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Bayanof Toboso, Negros Occidental disinfected its town hall last week  after one of its councilors manifestedsymptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Schools in two villages were alsoidentified for sanitization because the 65-year-old male councilor’sgrandchild, who lives with him, attends one of these schools.last_img read more

More Than 20,000 Child Abuse Cases In State

first_imgFrom planting pinwheel gardens to speaking with educators and parents, child welfare workers in Indiana have used Child Abuse Prevention Month in April to build awareness of the problem.More than 20,000 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect are reported in the state each year, said Sandy Runkle-DeLorme, director of programs for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, but physical abuse hasn’t even been the biggest concern.“Neglect has been lately over 70 percent of substantiated cases,” she said, “and in fact, in Indiana in 2012, even sexual abuse was more often substantiated than physical abuse.”Allegations of neglect can include anything from overall lack of supervision to a car seat that isn’t installed properly, Runkle-DeLorme said. Child abuse and neglect tend to be stereotyped as problems that occur among poor families, she said, but they actually cross all socioeconomic boundaries.While neglect cases are on the increase, Runkle-DeLorme said the downward trends for physical and sexual abuse show that prevention and education efforts can work. She said almost anyone can find ways to be part of the solution.“Reaching out to people who are parents – and I’d say all parents, because anybody who is a parent understands that it can be frustrating at times,” she said. “So, just reaching out; and for parents, make sure and ask for help.”State leaders in Indiana are paying attention to the problem and creating better policies, she said, including recently approving stricter regulations for non-licensed child care.Indiana News Servicelast_img read more

Beaten Quevega set to be retired

first_imgQuevega is to retire from racing and begin a career as a broodmare after being beaten by shock winner Jetson in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown. Fresh from landing the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for the sixth successive year, the Willie Mullins-trained Quevega was the 9-10 favourite to secure a fifth victory on the bounce in this three-mile Grade One contest, and she travelled with her usual zest for much of the journey, but Ruby Walsh was hard at work from the home turn. Jetson, up with the pace from outset, had already stolen a march on his rivals at the top of the straight and while Quevega did her best to reel him in after the final flight, Jessica Harrington’s runner had enough in reserve to score by a length and a quarter in the hands of an inspired Davy Russell, who rode a treble on the day. Press Association “We did send him over fences for a while and he won a chase at Downpatrick, but he hated jumping fences. “I thought he might run into a place as he’s a fresh horse, even though he’s been to Cheltenham and Aintree. He loves this time of year and he loves it round here. I didn’t think in my wildest dreams he’d win, but he’s run out of his skin. “My late husband John did say ‘this is the only race he can go for here, so we might as well go for it’. That was only Davy’s second ride for me and his first winner – I think I’d better employ him a bit more now!” As well as top-level success with Jetson, Harrington also took out the Colm Murray Memorial Handicap Hurdle courtesy of 10-1 co-favourite Macnicholson, and the concluding Kildare Post INH Flat Race through the Robbie McNamara-ridden High Stratos (14-1). At Fishers Cross was third as the 10-year-old Quevega suffered her first defeat since 2009, and the curtain now looks set to come down on her record-breaking career. Mullins told At The Races: “I’ve just spoken to the owner, I think we are going to start discussing her next career as a broodmare. It’s not too late to cover her. Her racing career is finished now “We didn’t get a lot of luck in running, let’s leave it at that. You’ll never replace the likes of her, we try to buy good mares all the time but she’ll leave a fair gap in our yard. I’ll be sorry to see her go, but she finishes in one piece and is sound. “She’s pulled up sound, she’s had a tremendous career and I’ll be sorry to see her go.” Russell said: “Jessica had him in great order and I got a great spin off him. To be fair, Paddy Kennedy (jockey) said the last two days he’s been in the form of his life. Kate Harrington told me he’d run a blinder, so they instilled plenty of confidence in me. “We didn’t think he’d be good enough to beat the mare, but we thought he’d run well. All credit to the team.” Harrington said: “That was absolutely fantastic and a bit of a surprise. We ran him in this as there was no other race to run him in here. He’d have been at the top of all the handicaps. “He comes to himself in the spring every year and he was in great form. I said to Davy that he stays well and he’s tough, so he made use of him. He never missed a beat and he loves that ground. last_img read more