BAE axes 1,700 jobs after US attack

first_imgBAE Systems is to cut almost 1,700 jobs due to a drop in orders followingthe US terror attacks. Almost 1,000 jobs will be lost at the company’s factory at Woodford,Manchester, 300 at Chadderton, also in Manchester, and 219 at Prestwick as BAESystems pulls out of regional aircraft manufacturing and concentrates on thedefence industry. In the half-year to 30 June 2001, 70 per cent of the company’s sales andprofits were from defence activities and these businesses are expected to makegood progress next year. “We have completed a detailed assessment of the probable impact on ourbusiness of the recent severe downturn in the commercial aerospacemarket,” said John Weston, chief executive of BAE Systems. “Since September, the trading outlook has changed substantially. Inparticular, operating profit expectations for Airbus next year have beenreduced significantly and the outlook for regional aircraft has deterioratedsharply,” he added. Last month, BAESystems announced it was outsourcing its personnel functionto a joint venture company. It has transferred 462 of its 700 HR staff to aservice centre in Preston, run jointly with Xchanging. BAE axes 1,700 jobs after US attackOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Aerogravity evidence for major crustal thinning under the Pine Island Glacier region (West Antarctica)

first_imgThe West Antarctic Rift System provides critical geological boundary conditions for the overlying West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Previous geophysical surveys have traced the West Antarctic Rift System and addressed the controls that it exerts on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Ross Sea Embayment. However, much less is known about the rift system under the Amundsen Sea Embayment, a key sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is thinning significantly today. New aerogravity data over the Pine Island Glacier region, one of the fastest flowing glaciers within the Amundsen Sea Embayment, sheds new light into the crustal structure under this dynamic part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Three-dimensional (3-D) inversion of terrain-decorrelated free-air and Bouguer gravity anomaly data reveal significant crustal thinning beneath the catchment of Pine Island Glacier. Under the Byrd Subglacial Basin and the newly identified Pine Island Rift, Moho depth is estimated to be 19 ± 1 km. This is the thinnest crust observed beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Estimates of lithosphere rigidity (Te), based on isostatic models, yield a Te of 5 ± 5 km, which is comparable to values from modern rift systems such as the Basin and Range Province. Major crustal thinning, coupled with low lithosphere rigidity, attest to the considerable impact of continental rifting beneath this part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. In analogy with the better known Ross Sea segment of the West Antarctic Rift System we suggest that the Amundsen Sea Embayment was affected by distributed Cretaceous rifting, followed by Cenozoic narrow-mode rifting. Narrow-mode rifting within the Pine Island Rift is particularly important as it may serve as a geological template for enhanced glacial flow associated with Pine Island Glacier.last_img read more

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NATO-Russia Council Holds Anti-Piracy Seminar

first_imgThe NATO-Russia Council held an anti-piracy seminar in new building of Central Naval Museum in St. Petersburg. The main issue on the agenda was countering Somali piracy which is the primary threat of present-day shipping. The military are sure such meetings would improve relations between the Alliance and Russia.NATO’s military delegation headed by Rear Admiral Hank Ort, MC Northwood’s Chief of Staff arrived in St. Petersburg within the framework of the NATO-Russia Council convening in Moscow. Director of Central Naval Museum Andrei Lyalin met the guests and proposed to take memorable photo in the museum’s hall on background of Russian and NATO members’ national flags. Russian party represented by Navy Main HQ, Kuznetsov Naval Academy, and Northern Fleet HQ told about security activities taken by civil crews, actions of Russian marine units, and offered to develop anti-piracy cooperation between Russia and NATO. During the seminar, the partners outlined tactical episodes of joint actions between Russian Navy and NATO Maritime Component.The military paid particular attention to counteracting of Somali pirates’ raids in the Gulf of Aden. The most dangerous are mid fall and mid spring when pirates are most active – over 20 attacks in a month. Despite the might of warships, pirates are quite difficult to be punished – it’s the weakness of maritime legislation in anti-piracy matters. Captured pirates must be handed over to Hague Court, but normally they are just let free. The ground for arrest is fire arms or other attack means which in most cases are thrown overboard. Unarmed people are classified as sufferers and must be rescued. According to the military, such seminars help professionals to find much to talk about. To share ideas and thoughts, they use the language familiar to military all across the globe.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, November 02, 2011; November 2, 2011 View post tag: NATO-Russia NATO-Russia Council Holds Anti-Piracy Seminar View post tag: Council View post tag: News by topic View post tag: seminar View post tag: holdscenter_img View post tag: Anti-Piracy Share this article View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO-Russia Council Holds Anti-Piracy Seminar last_img read more

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WEEKEND READERS FORUM

first_imgWHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MONDAY ?Todays  READERS POLL question is:  Who do you feel is the best Mayor in Evansville most recent history?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Inaugural Art Project at Newark Penn Station initiated by NJ Transit…

first_img ×  1 / 4  Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station of three Paintings, Star Power, Soar and Over It (all depicting flight in a musical context) on the West wall of Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard West  2 / 4  Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard East title: FRESH -a multi-panel installation.  3 / 4  Serena Bocchino Art Installation of 27 Illustrations enlarged to 3×5′ from the art book, What Am I? The Story of an Abstract Painting  4 / 4  Serena Bocchino standing in front of her art installation at Newark Penn Station-sponsored by NJ Transit and New Jersey State Council on the Arts ❮ ❯ Bocchino has created two mural-sized works on Raymond Boulevard East and West on the Newark Penn Station Building. On Raymond Boulevard East is a multi-panel installation of the original painting entitled “FRESH.” The painting was fabricated into geometric shapes to activate and enhance the façade of the brick-building wall.The art installation consists of three paintings from Bocchino’s oeuvre, “Star Power,” “Soar,” and “Over It.” All three works depict flight in a musical context. These works are enlarged to fill the 8-foot high by 26-foot long space dedicated to the art and are located on the Raymond Boulevard West wall of the Station.Directly across the building on the Raymond Boulevard East façade, is a multi-panel installation inspired by the original painting, “FRESH,” from Bocchino’s iPOP Series.All along the Market Street Tunnel of the Newark Penn Station, is Bocchino’s third art installation consisting of 27 panels -measuring 3×5 feet of illustrations taken from her children’s book, What Am I? The Story of an Abstract Painting. The book is based on the deconstruction of the abstract painting, “Landreach.”Bocchino states, “It is my hope that having the book enlarged and made into an art installation, will encourage passersby of all ages to learn about the creation of an abstract painting and after spending time with an abstract painting they may actually begin to see the world a little bit differently.In celebration of this installation and as community outreach, Ms. Bocchino and The Lucia Bocchino Fund for Promising Young Artists is donating 65 books to every art teacher in the Newark School District. The book will assist teachers in the classroom when they teach their students about abstract art and the story behind the painting includes contemporary issues of our day: inclusivity, friendship, and harmony.The New Interior Gallery Space of the Newark Penn Station near the PATH train entrance includes two works by Bocchino that have been reproduced and enlarged to 30 x 40 inches and are under glass, titled: “Untitled 67” and “Breakthrough Blush.” 1 / 4  Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station of three Paintings, Star Power, Soar and Over It (all depicting flight in a musical context) on the West wall of Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard West  2 / 4  Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard East title: FRESH -a multi-panel installation.  3 / 4  Serena Bocchino Art Installation of 27 Illustrations enlarged to 3×5′ from the art book, What Am I? The Story of an Abstract Painting  4 / 4  Serena Bocchino standing in front of her art installation at Newark Penn Station-sponsored by NJ Transit and New Jersey State Council on the Arts ❮ ❯center_img Internationally-exhibited artist Serena Bocchino has just finalized four art installations at Newark Penn Station in the Inaugural Art Project selected by NJ Transit and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.Bocchino is one of several artists commissioned to create site-specific art installations to be exhibited for 3-6 months to enhance the station that hosts 85,000 commuters each day.last_img read more

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News story: Funding boost for green last mile delivery bikes

first_imgThe government’s plans will encourage alternate green technologies to counter the increasing usage of diesel delivery vans that has accompanied the boom in internet shopping, and comes as 16 of the UK’s largest van fleet operators have signed up to the clean van commitment in a bid to go electric.Promotional video for e-Cargo bikesIn the last year alone spending online in the UK increased by 15.3% and the latest road traffic estimates indicate van traffic increased by 4.7% to 49.5 billion vehicle miles in 2016.Most of these vans are diesel, which cause congestion and have a detrimental impact on the environment. Over time the government expects to see increasing numbers of electric vans on UK streets but there is also a place for other delivery modes including e-cargo bikes.The announcement of the grant is an early response to the last mile call for evidence, which closes today (10 September 2018). The call for evidence asked for views on how the government can harness the opportunities for greener delivery in the commercial and residential parts of our cities and towns. Further detail about the distribution of this funding will be outlined shortly along with the government’s full response to the call for evidence.It also builds on previous government-funded UK trials for e-cargo bikes in Spring 2017. The Department for Transport’s Innovation Challenge Fund grant enabled London-based e-cargo Bikes to set up their first Micro Hub on an industrial estate in Islington from which grocery delivery trials with Sainsbury’s were conducted.The trials exceeded expectations in its potential commercial viability and efficiency, which showed that 96.7% of orders could be fulfilled in a single e-cargo bike drop.This funding builds on the government’s Road to Zero Strategy which outlines the government’s ambition to lead the world in the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles.It also forms an important part of the government’s work on the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, part of the modern Industrial Strategy, which is considering how emerging technologies and services can be used to address a range of transport challenges. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Support for e-cargo bikes will help to ensure that Britain leads the way in the development and deployment of the technologies of the future. Encouraging electric delivery bikes on to our city streets will cut traffic and improve air quality, and will show how these vehicles have the potential to play an important role in the zero emission future of this country. The government has announced £2 million to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes, driving UK companies towards a greener future.The funding will help pave the way for the nimble electric delivery vehicles to replace older, polluting vans – helping to improve the environment and reduce congestion.The announcement is part of the international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit being held in Birmingham this week. The event is bringing together policy makers, industry experts and opinion formers from around globe to tackle carbon emissions and to explore ways to improve air quality.Jesse Norman, Minister for Low Emission Vehicles, said: News desk enquiriescenter_img Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 government announces a £2 million funding pot to support uptake of e-cargo bikes e-cargo bikes offer a zero emission alternative to traditional last mile delivery vehicles older diesel vans making short deliveries are currently a major source of congestion and harmful emissionslast_img read more

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Bust-Out “Fortune Faded” In Sydney [Video]

first_imgOn Tuesday, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Red Hot Chili Peppers made a stop at Sydney, Australia’s Qudos Bank Arena amidst their 11-date tour throughout Australia and New Zealand. RHCP’s current touring lineup includes founding members Anthony Kiedis and Flea, longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered a career-spanning setlist including “Breaking The Girl” and “Give It Away” off of 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik; “Scar Tissue”, “Californication”, and “I Like Dirt” off of 1999’s Californication; “Hey”, and “Snow (Hey Oh)”, off of 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, and “Dark Necessities”, “Go Robot”, and “Goodbye Angels” off of the band’s most recent The Getaway release.The biggest surprise of the night came midway through RHCP’s set, when the band dusted off “Fortune Faded” for the first time since June 27th, 2007, at Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany, a gap of nearly 12 years. “Fortune Faded” was released as a single in 2003 to coincide with the release of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Greatest Hits, a collection of songs from their time on Warner Brothers’ label between 1991 – 2002.Watch fan-shot video of Red Hot Chili Peppers working through “Fortune Faded” in Sydney below:Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Fortune Faded”[Video: RHCPtv1]Next up for RHCP is a performance at Hunter Valley, Australia’s Hope Estate on Saturday, February 23rd.For ticketing information and a full list of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers | Qudos Bank Arena | Sydney, Australia | 2/19/2019Set: Intro Jam, Can’t Stop, Scar Tissue, Dark Necessities, Hey, Nobody Weird Like Me, Snow (Hey Oh), Go Robot, Fortune Faded, Breaking the Girl, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, Californication, I Like Dirt, Higher Ground, By the WayEncore: Chad & Josh Jam, Goodbye Angels, Give It Away[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Tomato communication

first_imgBy Wayne McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaIn your garden, you need to get inside the mind of a tomato.No, I’m not crazy. Tomatoes really do think. Well, OK, “respond”might be a better term.Take, for instance, when the tomato is young. Just planted, withsnug roots down in nice, rich soil, plenty of food for growth andnothing to do but just stretch those cells, make chlorophyll andenjoy itself, the tomato is much like a baby. It inches up,extending its roots and growing branches and leaves, then moreleaves. Tomato care tipsWhat can you do if you can’t think like a tomato? Just followthese directions (that a tomato “told” me):1. Fertilize and lime according to soil-test recommendations. Usea fertilizer with a 1-2-3 or 1-2-2 analysis (5-10-15, 1-2-2 or 6-12-12, for instance). Avoid, at all cost, using a 1-1-1 analysis,such as 10-10-10 or 13-13-13.2. Water as needed, usually about 1 inch per week. Don’t wet thefoliage — this causes diseases.3. Side-dress tomatoes only after fruit set and never whilethey’re blooming. It’s best to side-dress when the fruits areabout the size of a dime. This will allow for proper growth andfruiting for the next flowering structure.If you talk with your tomatoes, they may tell you,”More than 100 diseases and insects attack us. So please don’tcomplicate our lives with extra fertilizer and overtax our’thinking’ processes.” Fertilizer shockAlmost at once the plant is thrown into confusion. This happytomato that was basking in the warm sun just a few minutes ago,with no cares in the world, is jolted back into anotherphysiological process it didn’t really want.All of its sensors, all of its “mental” processes, now tell itmore fertilizer is present, especially nitrogen, and it needs tothrow off the fruit it has set and grow more foliage. Theobedient plant responds and drops the fruits.The gardener goes out the next day and looks for the flowers thatwere there yesterday, can’t find them and calls the nearestcounty agent.Well, I get the call from the county agent. That’s when I “getinto the mind of the tomato.” What went wrong from the tomato’sperspective?center_img Tomatoes go through growing stagesAfter going through these juvenile growing pains, it becomes astrong, healthy plant and turns to reproducing its own kind. Itsample leaf area can support reproductive structures (tomatofruits).Now, at its peak, it sends out the flower structures. The flowersdevelop, open up for only one day and are pollinated by the wind.The plant sets fruits, knowing all systems are functioning fully,thinking all along just how happy it is in the sunshine.Along comes a heavy-handed gardener with the fertilizer bag. Youknow what happens. The gardener sees the plant’s flowers andinitial tiny tomatoes and, thinking it needs feeding at thisreproductive time, dumps a generous amount of fertilizer at thebase of the plant.last_img read more

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Production Costs

first_imgEconomists from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recommend that Georgia farmers understand their production costs before planting next year’s crops.Amanda Smith, a UGA Cooperative Extension economist in the CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, says prices for diesel, some chemicals and land rent have increased, while seed and fertilizer continue to be significant expenses of growing crops. Farmers need to be diligent in their record keeping and know how increased production costs combined with low commodity prices affect their bottom line, she said.“It’s good business practice to be on top of your numbers and ask, ‘Am I losing money with this crop? Can I afford to pay land rent on these acres?’” Smith said. “If you can’t afford it, you may need to step away and look for an alternative.”Along with UGA Extension peanut economist Adam Rabinowitz and UGA Extension cotton economist Don Shurley, Smith has produced a relative row crop production cost and expected net returns analysis for cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and grain sorghum for 2018. In UGA’s projections, cotton is expected to bring an average price of 72 cents per pound; peanuts could be $400 per ton; corn may be $4.15 per bushel; and soybeans may bring $9.50 per bushel.These price estimates are based on harvest time futures contracts adjusted for expected basis, except peanuts. Peanut prices are a weighted average of expected contracts on limited quantities.Production costs for farmers are divided into two categories: variable and fixed costs. Variable costs consist of seed, fertilizer, chemicals, labor, land rent, fuel, and repairs and maintenance. Fixed costs refer to the cost of owning machinery, equipment, irrigation and buildings. These ownership costs include depreciation, housing, insurance and taxes.Based on UGA’s projections, soybeans, cotton and peanuts offer growers more return above variable cost per acre for both irrigated and nonirrigated farmland. When making year-to-year planting decisions, growers need to look at the returns above their variable costs, Smith said. In the long run, farmers also need to cover those fixed ownership costs.One significant variable cost for some farmers is land rent. This past growing season, the average land rent for irrigated cropland in south Georgia was $206.25 per acre, according to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was an increase from the $202 average that landowners charged in 2016.For nonirrigated cropland, rent was $80.50 per acre in south Georgia, higher than the 2016 average of $76.25.UGA agricultural economists urge farmers to look at the enterprise budgets, available online at www.agecon.uga.edu/extension/budgets, and adjust the cost estimates to reflect their production practices and what they anticipate for yield.“For cotton, we budget for 1,200-pound yield. Some growers want to shoot for three-bale cotton, which is 1,500 pounds of cotton per acre. That’s going to require a different mix as far as fertilizers and other inputs. They should account for the higher costs associated with trying to get that higher yield of cotton,” Smith said.One variable cost that Smith admits may vary from farmer to farmer is repairs and maintenance. She allotted $54 per acre for repairs and maintenance in peanuts. But producers who operate older equipment may be faced with higher repair bills if they’re unable to replace old tractors and implements.“I was talking with one farmer and he said, ‘I’ve got over 10 years and 8,000 hours of use on a tractor. But the numbers aren’t there, I can’t buy a new tractor next year. I’m just going to have to keep repairing it and maintaining it the best I can,’” Smith said.Other variable costs that remain a significant portion of production costs are fertilizers. The price for liquid nitrogen has risen since August of this year, though it’s not expected to keep increasing, she said. Phosphorus has leveled out and will likely stay around the same price. Costs for potash, a form of the element potassium, have gone up just over 7.8 percent from last year but have not shown a dramatic increase as in 2011.Smith and her UGA Extension colleagues will give more agricultural projections at next year’s Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series. The first of six Georgia Ag Forecast meetings is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Lyons, Georgia. Other Georgia Ag Forecast stops include Bainbridge, Georgia, on Feb. 1; Tifton, Georgia, on Feb. 2; Macon, Georgia, on Feb. 5; Cartersville, Georgia, on Feb. 6; and Athens, Georgia, on Feb. 7. For more information about Georgia Ag Forecast, visit www.caes.uga.edu/about/signature-events/ag-forecast.html.last_img read more

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Dominican Navy Protects Coasts with “Amphibious Shield”

first_imgBy Dialogo February 12, 2015 To protect those maritime regions, the Navy deployed the Coast Guard Cutter Canopus GC-107 and the interceptor go-fast boats Polaris LI-162 and Dubhe LI-164 to the Southern Naval Zone, while the mid-sized patrol vessel Capotillo PM-204 and the Cutter Procion GC-103 were deployed to the Northern Naval Zone. During the first two weeks of the operation, the Navy captured 14 suspects, including eight Haitians and six Dominicans. The Office of the Chief of Staff for the Dominican Navy launched Amphibious Shield on January 18 by deploying three cutters and two interceptor go-fast boats to the northern and southern coasts. Naval vessels deployed to northern and southern coasts Other drug interdictions at sea Dismantling organized crime groups which prey on the country’s natural resources through illegal activities is one of the initiative’s goals. The operation will also target organized crime groups which engage in an array of illegal activities, including human trafficking, arms smuggling, and the illicit transport of contraband, such as untaxed cigarettes. The Dominican Navy launched “Amphibious Shield,” a security operation to combat drug trafficking and illegal fishing in the northern and southern regions of the country. Other drug interdictions at sea Even before Amphibious Shield was launched, the Dominican Navy and other security forces had made a number of large drug seizures in recent years. For example, some fishermen are pillaging thousands of small fish, Captain Daniel Eduardo de la Rosa told Dominican daily El Día. Illegal fishing is one of the activities Amphibious Shield is designed to stop. The Navy is also protecting natural resources such as the semi-precious stone amber, which is a tourist attraction along the country’s northern coast. During the first two weeks of the operation, the Navy captured 14 suspects, including eight Haitians and six Dominicans. For example, some fishermen are pillaging thousands of small fish, Captain Daniel Eduardo de la Rosa told Dominican daily El Día. Illegal fishing is one of the activities Amphibious Shield is designed to stop. The Navy and the DNCD made the bust off the coast of Boca Chica, where security forces converged on a boat while three men were seen throwing drugs overboard. “In spite of the institutional strength of the government of the Dominican Republic, an increase in drug abuse and trafficking in recent years in the Dominican Republic has occurred, due to its geographical location and the island’s many ports, where this sort of criminal groups can exert a great deal of influence over criminal activities,” he said. In addition to protecting the marine environment, Amphibious Shield will crack down on drug trafficking in Dominican coastal waters. The island nation’s location in the Caribbean makes both coasts attractive to organized crime groups, according to Wilfredo Lozano, director of the Center for Research and Social Studies at the Ibero-American University of the Dominican Republic. Drug enforcement agents intercepted one of the boats and seized 10 packets of cocaine. Law enforcement authorities said they believed the drug traffickers had tossed at least 800 kilograms of cocaine overboard before security forces interdicted the boat. The Navy is also protecting natural resources such as the semi-precious stone amber, which is a tourist attraction along the country’s northern coast. In addition to protecting the marine environment, Amphibious Shield will crack down on drug trafficking in Dominican coastal waters. Drug enforcement agents intercepted one of the boats and seized 10 packets of cocaine. Law enforcement authorities said they believed the drug traffickers had tossed at least 800 kilograms of cocaine overboard before security forces interdicted the boat. Since December, the Navy has interdicted three vessels involved in illegal fishing. The island nation’s location in the Caribbean makes both coasts attractive to organized crime groups, according to Wilfredo Lozano, director of the Center for Research and Social Studies at the Ibero-American University of the Dominican Republic. For example, in April 2013, the Navy worked in cooperation with the Dominican Republic’s National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) to seize 279 kilograms of cocaine and arrest two suspects, officials said. The Office of the Chief of Staff for the Dominican Navy launched Amphibious Shield on January 18 by deploying three cutters and two interceptor go-fast boats to the northern and southern coasts. “They are members of a drug trafficking network that imports cocaine from Colombia,” the DNCD said in a press release. This is interesting & good work acknowledged that has been going on love the professionalism that has been carried out …keep up the good work The Haitian nationals were allegedly fishing illegally aboard three shops off the coast of Montecrist in Dominican waters. And the six Dominicans were caught on the coasts of Samaná and Sabana de la Mar as they attempted to travel illegally to Puerto Rico. The Haitian nationals were allegedly fishing illegally aboard three shops off the coast of Montecrist in Dominican waters. And the six Dominicans were caught on the coasts of Samaná and Sabana de la Mar as they attempted to travel illegally to Puerto Rico. Even before Amphibious Shield was launched, the Dominican Navy and other security forces had made a number of large drug seizures in recent years. Naval vessels deployed to northern and southern coasts The Navy protects the marine environment Illegal activity also threatens biodiversity in the northern and southern coastal regions. To protect those maritime regions, the Navy deployed the Coast Guard Cutter Canopus GC-107 and the interceptor go-fast boats Polaris LI-162 and Dubhe LI-164 to the Southern Naval Zone, while the mid-sized patrol vessel Capotillo PM-204 and the Cutter Procion GC-103 were deployed to the Northern Naval Zone. Illegal activity also threatens biodiversity in the northern and southern coastal regions. The Navy protects the marine environment In another operation, in December 2012, drug enforcement agents dismantled a narco-trafficking organization that was using go-fast boats to transport drugs into the country near the city of Baní, west of Santo Domingo. Dismantling organized crime groups which prey on the country’s natural resources through illegal activities is one of the initiative’s goals. The operation will also target organized crime groups which engage in an array of illegal activities, including human trafficking, arms smuggling, and the illicit transport of contraband, such as untaxed cigarettes. The Dominican Navy launched “Amphibious Shield,” a security operation to combat drug trafficking and illegal fishing in the northern and southern regions of the country. “They are members of a drug trafficking network that imports cocaine from Colombia,” the DNCD said in a press release. For example, in April 2013, the Navy worked in cooperation with the Dominican Republic’s National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) to seize 279 kilograms of cocaine and arrest two suspects, officials said. The Navy and the DNCD made the bust off the coast of Boca Chica, where security forces converged on a boat while three men were seen throwing drugs overboard. In another operation, in December 2012, drug enforcement agents dismantled a narco-trafficking organization that was using go-fast boats to transport drugs into the country near the city of Baní, west of Santo Domingo. Since December, the Navy has interdicted three vessels involved in illegal fishing. “In spite of the institutional strength of the government of the Dominican Republic, an increase in drug abuse and trafficking in recent years in the Dominican Republic has occurred, due to its geographical location and the island’s many ports, where this sort of criminal groups can exert a great deal of influence over criminal activities,” he said. last_img read more

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