High-level security conference seeks to break ‘threat networks’

first_imgGuyana is hosting this year’s Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) during which top military officers from 16 nations will meet to intensify collaborative efforts with the aim of dismantling the “threat network” created by extremists groups.The regional security seminar is sponsored by the United States’ Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and provides a platform for dialogue among chiefs of defence and public security ministers aimed at examining threats to CaribbeanHead of SOUTHCOM, Admiral Kurt Tidd, during his address at the opening ceremony of the two-day conferencestability and improving regional security cooperation.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the two-day conference, Chief of SOUTHCOM, Admiral Kurt Tidd, noted that while regional and global threats have evolved, at the same time, security cooperation has grown to bind nations globally.“This network was born of sustained engagements that emphasise collective action and cooperative solutions. It is built upon the foundation of information sharing. It is inclusive and principled, binding together like-minded nations whoUS Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway; Chief of SOUTHCOM, Admiral Kurt Tidd and GDF Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West at the conference on Wednesdayshare common values and a commitment to work together. Throughout the years, those values and shared commitment have been the common thread linking all of our initiatives, programmes, training, exercises, and operations,” he stated.According to Admiral Tidd, collective investments made by the partners have made the hemisphere more secure with improved coordination at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels.The SOUTHCOM Head pointed out that while the untapped potential of the threat network was tremendous, greater integration and linkages could have all sorts of cross-cutting effects. On this note, he called on the participants to work together toA section of the participants at the 16th CANSEC being held at the Marriott Hotel in Guyanafurther address the most pressing security challenges facing the Region today.“By aligning our security efforts with the work being done by our civilian agencies and NGOs, we not only improve community resiliency and extend governance where it’s needed most, we help deny criminal networks sanctuary and freedom of movement. By integrating and sequencing our respective operations and activities, we can sustain pressure against illicit networks… And aggregate the impact of individual mitigation and preparedness efforts,” Tidd stated.The two-day conference is being held at the Marriott Hotel under the theme: “Unifying Regional Action to Counter Trans-regional and Transnational Threat Networks”.Brigadier Patrick West, Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), which is the co-host of the CANSEC, outlined that the threats posed by organised networks and increasing funding of illicit trades and illegal activities need to be dealt with collectively with support from partners within and beyond the Atlantic.Brigadier West posited that the presence of major partner nations at the conference was testimony of a commitment to build capacity in the Region to counter these threats, especially since its vulnerability can create a gateway for illegal activities.Moreover, the Chief-of-Staff outlined that global connectivity has also created conditions for dependence and inter-dependency on cyber space.“The Region has experienced and continues to be challenged by increasing threats of cyber-crime. The security forces are, in many instances, way behind the perpetrators of these crimes and we need now more than ever to be able to be in step with or ahead of this new level of technological challenge within the Region. As their network grows, ours must grow stronger. As they find ways to exploit security weakness, we must strengthen our bonds,” he asserted.According to Brigadier West, the security forces, along with concerned partners, must seek to find new initiatives to deal with the various emerging challenges and find ways to break their linkages.Meanwhile, delivering brief remarks, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, emphasised on the importance of cooperation in tackling the various threats facing the Region.He noted that such support has created a counter-network with participating nations partnering to share information and resources to tackle trans-regional and transnational crimes – something which Guyana has benefited from.In fact, the Prime Minister noted that through such networking, local law enforcement has successfully undertaken major interceptions in areas such as narco-trafficking, corruption and even piracy.This is the 16th Caribbean Nations Security Conference, and Guyana is the first South American nation to host the forum.In addition to Guyana and the US, participants from: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are taking part in the conference with representatives from Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom as observers.Among the regional organisations also attending the forum are: Caribbean Community (Caricom); Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA); Regional Security System (RSS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).last_img read more

Energetic Amazing Race coming back to Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is bringing back the Energetic Amazing Race this Friday.The event will have participants circling the city looking for clues and locations where they will have to solve puzzles and complete challenges. All challenges must be complete within two and a half hours after the race begins.There will be an adult division as well as a family division for residents to sign up for. Teams must have a minimum of two and a maximum of six participants to be eligible to compete. Prizes will be given out to the best dressed team in each division.- Advertisement -Registration for the race must be done in person at the Visitor Centre.The race starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.last_img

Drew wanted some security

first_imgColletti agreed with Drew’s claim that Drew never explicitly told him he wouldn’t exercise the escape clause. Colletti and Drew said they haven’t spoken since Boras informed Colletti of the decision on Nov. 9, but Colletti also agreed with Drew’s claim that the two men have a good relationship. “I like J.D. Drew,” Colletti said. “We got along well, and I wish him all the best.” Drew hit 20 homers and drove in 100 runs last season, his second with the Dodgers, and helped the team win the National League wild card. But he also drew criticism for appearing at times to play with a lack of passion and for often failing to come through in clutch situations. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew said Monday that Scott Boras, his Los Angeles-based agent, tried to renegotiate Drew’s five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers last winter before Drew made the decision to exercise the escape clause that had been negotiated into the deal two years earlier. “My name had been mentioned in some trade rumors,” Drew said just before his new team, the Boston Red Sox, suffered a 2-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Dodgers before 8,249 at City of Palms Park. “I wanted the security of knowing I would be in one place for a long time. So we wanted to add some years to the contract.” Even if Colletti had been willing to re-work the contract, it is possible Boras might have directed Drew to use the out clause anyway because the Dodgers’ willingness to negotiate a new deal might have raised Drew’s value on the free-agent market. Four days after that meeting, Boras informed Colletti by fax that Drew was exercising the out clause. Drew did add two years and $37 million to his contractual guarantee – the Dodgers would have owed him $33 million over the next three seasons – but he still has little trade protection. Drew’s new deal gives him the right to block a trade to just two clubs. Upon learning Drew was opting out, Colletti publicly expressed disappointment with the decision and pointed out Drew had appeared to indicate in a newspaper article late in the regular season that he had no intention of leaving the Dodgers. But Drew now said his comments didn’t constitute a promise not to exercise his out clause and he was upset by Colletti’s reaction to his decision. “I was kind of taken aback a little bit,” Drew said. “That was tough for me to swallow. I had a good relationship with Ned, and I still do. I think he is a great person. He said I wasn’t a man of my word. If I tell you I’m going to do something, I do it. But what I told Ned was that I was happy in L.A. and that I would love to stay there. But I never went to him and said I wasn’t going to use my opt-out. I wasn’t even thinking about that. We were fighting for a playoff spot, and I wasn’t thinking too much about the business side of baseball at all.” center_img Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed Boras made such a request when they met last Nov. 6 for what Colletti thought was going to be a discussion about two other Dodgers free agents who were Boras clients, pitchers Eric Gagne and Greg Maddux. Colletti said Boras also reminded him at that meeting of Drew’s escape clause and raised the possibility that Drew might exercise it. “Scott said J.D. Drew wanted to stay in Los Angeles if we could work out a deal,” Colletti said. “But I told him I wasn’t interested in renegotiating the (existing) deal.” last_img read more


first_imgDunkineely/Killaghtee/Bruckless local notesWALKING GROUP – meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for a walk or stroll of about 30-40 minutes with a cuppa afterwards if you want. All are welcome to join this group. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the DCL office if you are interested: 087 3421922.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – Dunkineely Community Ltd are having run a Dunkineely in Bloom competition in May, to brighten up the town and surrounding area. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as: Best Business, Best mall town garden, Best Church, Best school, Best vegetable plot, Best large garden, Best container garden etc.But the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area. We will be having workshops on planting up containers/hanging baskets and vegetable growing plus a few freebies to get going. So start thinking now and start sowing as soon as the good weather is with us. If you are interested contact DCL office 087 3421922 if you’d like to help organise it, or be involved. Entry forms are now available from the DCL office. “A great Community event!”BUS TOUR EXCURSION – Conneely Travel and JIW Tours have organised a one day excursion to North Leitrim and Sligo on Saturday 24th May. This is a fun, social bus tour outing, with some gentle strolls and visits to Glencar Waterfall, the Lake Isle of Innisfree and Sligo.For further info, cost and bookings ring Keith on: 087-9213200 or email journeyinwonder@gmail.com You can also look up their webpage by clicking on this link: http://www.jiw-tours.com/FLORA MINI MARATHON – is Taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014. We ask you to please support Alison, Carmel, Majella, Sharon & Jacinta who are running in this Marathon for a great cause. Details of how to donate are on the DCL facebook page.CASTLE MURRAY HOUSE HOTEL – is having a coffee morning on Saturday 7th June from 12 – 2pm. All “donations” on the day will be going to the services provided by Cancer Care West and their Co. Donegal residential home “Inis Aoibhinn”. The team at Castle Murray House will be all volunteering their time & services on the day. For more information please contact Castle Murray House Hotel 087 3421922.THE POINT 10k CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00am (Same route as last year). The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities). Everyone welcome! Contact Pauric McNern for further information.DCL has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature. (Roald Dhal’s Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & The Goblet of Fire), Classics (J.R.R. Tolkien to Marian Keyes), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c or perhaps DVD’s, Lego Batman or The Patience Stone from just 50c per night. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30-12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).Please note that the DCL office has changed it’s number to 087 3421922.DD LOCAL – DUNKINEELY IS READY TO GET IN BLOOM was last modified: May 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BrucklessDunkineelylocal noteslast_img read more


first_imgPatrick McBrearty’s UUJ side were stunned in the Sigerson Cup by DCU.Donegal GAA star Patrick McBrearty was left reeling yesterday afternoon when his UUJ (University Ulster Jordanstown) suffered a shock defeat at home to DCU. UUJ were hotly tipped to win the competition as the team was stacked with high profile inter-county talent.DCU was always going to be a formidable opponent, but the fact UUJ had home advantage and such a strong panel they were the hot favourites to not only defeat DCU, but to win the competition outright. Along with McBrearty, the UUJ side contained Mayo star Cillian O’Connor, Tyrone forward Ronan O’Neill and former AFL star and Down forward Caolan Mooney.However, they never recovered from a dreadful start which seen DCU score two early goals that left UUJ trailing by seven points at the break.They did at one stage reduce the deficit to four points but DCU finished strong and scored an unanswered 1-2 in the final stages to close a comfortable nine point surprise win.DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PADDY MCBREARTY AS HIS STAR STUDDED UUJ SIDE CRASH OUT OF SIGERSON CUP was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DCUGAAnewsPaddy McBreartySigerson CupSportUUJlast_img read more

Mexico to pay those who worked in U.S.

first_img On Thursday, the Interior Ministry announced the ground rules and amount of the payments. Offices will be set up in many of Mexico’s 31 states to process claims. Each former worker will have up to four months to claim his or her one-time payment, by submitting pay stubs, work visas, labor contracts or other supporting documents. Surviving spouses or children can collect the payment for former workers who have already died, by presenting the same documents. Priority will be given the oldest workers, and to those who worked in the United States between 1942 and 1946. The compensation movement was originally designed for migrants who participated in the guest-worker program between 1942 and 1949. About 10 percent of that group’s paychecks were withheld for savings and pension funds that were supposed to be paid in Mexico, as an incentive for migrants to return home. The money disappeared, and a government investigation found no trace of it. The compensation fund was subsequently expanded to include all those who worked under the program, which ran out in 1964. The Bracero program brought Mexicans to the United States as temporary workers – largely in agriculture – to fill a labor shortage originally created by World War II. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They’re going to get angry because their little business deal is going to end, for those that are making a living off these organizations,” Gonzalez said. The leaders of Braceroproa – one of the more radical ex-bracero groups – pledged to challenge the payment plans in court. But Gutierrez warned them against further protests. “In this country, we don’t solve things through pressure or by surrounding the (Interior) Department,” Gutierrez told the government news agency Notimex. Earlier this year, Mexico’s Congress approved a $27 million fund to partially compensate the bracero workers; while it was viewed as a step forward, activists also complained that the rules governing the fund will block payments to many who should receive them. Activists and the increasingly elderly former workers have held marches, protests and even briefly seized the ranch of President Vicente Fox’s family in the central state of Guanajuato to demand compensation. MEXICO CITY – After decades of waiting and years of protests, former “bracero” guest workers who labored in the United States between 1942 and 1964 will get a one-time payment of about 38,000 pesos, equivalent to about $3,500, the government announced Thursday. The payment was described as “insulting” by activists who have mounted a years-long campaign on behalf of the aging former workers, some of whom had pension funds deducted from their paychecks but never saw the money. “This is very little, it’s insulting that they are offering so little,” said Rafael Garcia, a member of Braceroproa, a group that has pressed the workers’ demands. “We have always said the payment should be 100,000 pesos ($9,175), and not one peso less.” Assistant Interior Secretary Felipe Gonzalez brushed off those criticisms, and suggested that some activists were angry because they could no longer profit from representing the demands of the former braceros. last_img read more

Review: Themify’s Movie

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2016-17 Times-Standard Girls All-Star Basketball Team

first_imgEureka >> Without further adieu, the Times-Standard sports desk brings you the 2016-17 Times-Standard Girls All-Star Basketball Team.We’ve debated and discussed, considered everything we possibly could — from stats to intangibles and all other variables in between — and feel like we’ve come up with a list recognizing the top players in the county.While we had to make tough decisions as to players that are on the list and players that just missed the cut, we are confident that the ones chosen …last_img

Fishing the North Coast: Rain on the way, hopefully steelhead too

first_imgComing off one of the driest Decembers in history, we really have nowhere to go but up as far as rainfall totals go. Eureka checked in with a measly 1.94 inches of rain for December, well below the 8.12-inch average. But there is a change on the horizon as the forecast is finally calling for some well-needed rain. The lack of rain has made it tough on the winter steelhead anglers, where options have been few. Other than the Smith and main stem Eel, all of the other coastal rivers that are …last_img

Amazon Thinks Non-iPads Will Sell, Announces Kindle App for Tablets

first_imgRelated Posts Do any of the new, non-iPad tablets being introduced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas have a shot at achieving significant market share? Well, Amazon must think they do. The online retailer has just announced it will develop a Kindle application specifically for Android and Windows tablet computers, which, like its other mobile apps, will provide access to the Kindle e-bookstore.Kindle for Tablets Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Amazon#mobile Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology There is nothing remarkable about the newly announced app itself. Like all other Kindle apps, including those already available for desktop computers (Mac, PC), iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Android smartphones, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Amazon’s own Kindle line-up (Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX), Amazon’s tablet app will include the company’s WhisperSync technology, which syncs your bookmarks, last page read, notes and other such items between devices as well as provide access to its online bookstore.Analysts Say: Kindles and Tablets to Co-ExistIf the app is nothing you haven’t seen before, then why does this ?news matter? Because, according to Amazon’s Kindle Director, Dorothy Nicholls, “Many people are buying both a Kindle and an LCD tablet computer.”That notion didn’t just get plucked out of thin air, either – it’s based on recent analyst research. For example, Forrester’s tablet computer report (our coverage) predicts increased sales for both tablets and e-readers alike.  In fact, Forrester expects e-reader sales to increase by 50% in 2011 to 15.5 million devices while tablet computer sales jump 130% from 10.3 million in 2010 to 24 million in 2011.In other words, tablets and Kindles can – and will – live in harmony. Forrester is not alone in this belief; recent research from J.P. Morgan discovered that 40% of iPad owners also have a Kindle. iPad to Dominate Market, but Plenty of Room for OthersAlthough the majority of tablets sold are expected to be iPads, Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps noted that other tablets including Android and Windows-based devices will take a backseat to Apple, but that “in a market this big, there’s room for more than one player,” she said.So how big is that market? By 2015, 82 million U.S. consumers – one-third of those online, will use a tablet. And, says Epps, “not all of them will be iPads.” Amazon clearly agrees. Even though the retailer may have the development resources to build apps for every platform under the sun, it does not. (See, for example, its lack of a Nokia Symbian app, WebOS app, Linux app, etc.)  Instead, it bets on those platforms where there may be enough market share and consumer interest and releases accordingly.If you want to know what the next big platform in mobile computing is, taking Amazon’s pulse by tracking its mobile apps’ release schedule is not a bad idea. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more