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Focus on the Western Hemisphere: A Network Approach

first_imgThe success of this coordination and U.S. resources committed to dismantling illicit drug networks hinges on strong international partnerships forged by common goals. As a committee, we met with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela to address this international effort. We also engaged with Panama’s National Aero-Naval Service, or SENAN, to build on recent successes in disrupting narco-trafficking on both sides of Panama’s isthmus. Federal agencies and international partners are working tirelessly in the United States and abroad to combat Transnational Organized Crime networks. These efforts have been instrumental in eradicating production facilities and controlling the purchase of precursor chemicals used to make drugs; interrupting mobility corridors when illegal narcotics are being moved to stockpile locations; and integrating efforts to disrupt drug shipments and the distribution chain to impact the network itself. President Obama recently announced the U.S. Government’s strategy for Central America and its focus on promoting prosperity and regional economic integration, enhancing security and promoting improved governance. TIC efforts, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s Southern Border and Approaches Campaign plan, and our own Western Hemisphere Strategy directly support the president’s national strategy. Vice President Biden emphasized this coordination when he referenced our committee’s engagements in Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Honduras during his remarks at the Inter-American Development Bank Conference. In addition to my role as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, I am also The Interdiction Committee (TIC) chair. TIC is comprised of key representatives from a coalition of U.S. agencies dedicated to disrupting illicit networks in the drug trade, specifically through interdiction efforts in the Western Hemisphere maritime transit zone. We then traveled to Honduras, a country with the highest murder rate in the world. Most of this violence is directly associated with Transnational Organized Crime networks in the region. We met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss ways we can partner in combating illicit drug networks and create time and space for the seeds of governance and economic prosperity to grow. Honduras is a willing partner, and its future is important to our national security. In addition to my role as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, I am also The Interdiction Committee (TIC) chair. TIC is comprised of key representatives from a coalition of U.S. agencies dedicated to disrupting illicit networks in the drug trade, specifically through interdiction efforts in the Western Hemisphere maritime transit zone. Federal agencies and international partners are working tirelessly in the United States and abroad to combat Transnational Organized Crime networks. These efforts have been instrumental in eradicating production facilities and controlling the purchase of precursor chemicals used to make drugs; interrupting mobility corridors when illegal narcotics are being moved to stockpile locations; and integrating efforts to disrupt drug shipments and the distribution chain to impact the network itself. We then traveled to Honduras, a country with the highest murder rate in the world. Most of this violence is directly associated with Transnational Organized Crime networks in the region. We met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss ways we can partner in combating illicit drug networks and create time and space for the seeds of governance and economic prosperity to grow. Honduras is a willing partner, and its future is important to our national security. Together, with a network approach, the U.S. Coast Guard is committed to hemispheric safety and security. We are committed to combating Transnational Organized Crime networks, securing our borders and safeguarding commerce. President Obama recently announced the U.S. Government’s strategy for Central America and its focus on promoting prosperity and regional economic integration, enhancing security and promoting improved governance. TIC efforts, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s Southern Border and Approaches Campaign plan, and our own Western Hemisphere Strategy directly support the president’s national strategy. Vice President Biden emphasized this coordination when he referenced our committee’s engagements in Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Honduras during his remarks at the Inter-American Development Bank Conference. The committee worked with senior officials in Colombia, which was once included among the most dangerous countries in our hemisphere. But, through great courage and resolve, Colombia has successfully waged a hard-fought battle against illicit networks and become a prosperous nation. Colombia is also exerting regional leadership to turn illicit trafficking into an unprofitable industry. In talks with senior members of Colombia’s Navy and National Police, we heard about their experiences and success as they continue to dismantle insidious networks. The success of this coordination and U.S. resources committed to dismantling illicit drug networks hinges on strong international partnerships forged by common goals. As a committee, we met with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela to address this international effort. We also engaged with Panama’s National Aero-Naval Service, or SENAN, to build on recent successes in disrupting narco-trafficking on both sides of Panama’s isthmus. By Dialogo December 19, 2014 The committee worked with senior officials in Colombia, which was once included among the most dangerous countries in our hemisphere. But, through great courage and resolve, Colombia has successfully waged a hard-fought battle against illicit networks and become a prosperous nation. Colombia is also exerting regional leadership to turn illicit trafficking into an unprofitable industry. In talks with senior members of Colombia’s Navy and National Police, we heard about their experiences and success as they continue to dismantle insidious networks. Illicit networks run a staggering multi-billion dollar industry, destabilizing countries in the Western Hemisphere through violence and turmoil, undermining the rule of law and terrorizing citizens in the communities they infiltrate. Despite successes in reducing domestic cocaine use, the United States remains the number one consumer nation of illegal narcotics in the world and the consequences in our country are immediate and devastating. According to estimates by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the total cost to the U.S. society from annual illegal drug use is nearly $200 billion. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of U.S. lives have been lost to drug overdoses and associated violence since 2001. Together, with a network approach, the U.S. Coast Guard is committed to hemispheric safety and security. We are committed to combating Transnational Organized Crime networks, securing our borders and safeguarding commerce. Illicit networks run a staggering multi-billion dollar industry, destabilizing countries in the Western Hemisphere through violence and turmoil, undermining the rule of law and terrorizing citizens in the communities they infiltrate. Despite successes in reducing domestic cocaine use, the United States remains the number one consumer nation of illegal narcotics in the world and the consequences in our country are immediate and devastating. According to estimates by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the total cost to the U.S. society from annual illegal drug use is nearly $200 billion. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of U.S. lives have been lost to drug overdoses and associated violence since 2001. last_img read more

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Drogba: Cech should stay at Chelsea

first_img Press Association Didier Drogba decided to leave Chelsea to give youth a chance – but the departing striker wants Petr Cech to stay and fight for his place. Drogba’s final match after two spells totalling nine years as a Chelsea player concluded with Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland, after which the Blues lifted the Premier League title. Drogba, Cech and captain John Terry were in the teams which have won all of Chelsea’s four Premier League titles, but the striker now says manager Jose Mourinho should look to the future. “No matter what happens I think the club will respect his decision. “If he wants to stay, he can stay. I think he is more than welcome here. “If he wants to go it’s his choice as well. It’s up to him. But we want him to stay.” Drogba could return to Stamford Bridge in some capacity in the future – “I think we are going to find a way… if I come back it’s for a reason,” he said – but first he wants another year as a player. A move to Major League Soccer, joining Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, seems plausible, with Drogba saying he received calls from clubs in the immediate aftermath of the Sunderland match. “Since I put it on social media I was in the dressing room and I was receiving some calls from teams. Really unusual,” he said. “It was funny and interesting also because it really showed that maybe I can still bring something to a team. “I am going to take a few days, few weeks to think about what is good for me next. But all I want to do is play.” Drogba believes the Blues need to strengthen in a bid to win the Champions League title they won in 2012 again and should show faith in youth. “The team needs to be stronger next year to compete in the Champions League,” said Drogba, after Chelsea’s last-16 elimination on away goals to Paris St Germain this term. “They are going to buy new players. Also we have young players coming up, the (Dominic) Solankes, (Ruben) Loftus-Cheeks, (Nathan) Akes, all these boys. They need to play.” Drogba is deliberating over his next destination and says he could never play for another English club. He was carried off on his team-mates’ shoulders in a pre-planned first-half substitution on Sunday after announcing his departure prior to kick-off. He wishes to play on one more season and feels the need to leave to get the game time he craves. Cech, who has one year left on his contract, could also depart after being displaced by Thibaut Courtois this term following a decade as first choice goalkeeper. “I think the club should keep him because we know who Petr Cech is at this club,” Drogba said. last_img read more

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Wellington wrestlers have rough weekend in Rossville due to injuries; Pelkey won’t get on mat for another month

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — That injury bug that hit the football team seems to be at it again with the wrestlers at Wellington High School.The Crusaders took a depleted lineup to Rossville in northeast Kansas for a dual on Friday and a tournament on Saturday.This marks the second consecutive year, WHS has wrestled in Rossville in northeast Kansas. WHS head coach Mitch McComb said he wanted to wrestle a different group of grapplers than what he sees down here. Rossville head wrestling coach Curt Brecheisen is also a WHS graduate.The Crusaders nearly won the Rossville Tournament last season, but this year finished 12th with 65 points. On Friday they participated in a double dual, losing to Rossville 40-18 and Junction City 59-18.As far as the injuries are concerned, it isn’t good.First there’s the latest in the Andrew Pelkey injury news.After looking to have clearance from the doctor this week, he was advised that his knee is still not ready for competition for another month.McComb said he can practice but he can’t compete against other teams. The earliest Wellington would have him would be the final dual match against Concordia before regional.When asked what the difference is between practice and a wrestling competition, McComb said he was told that in practice you can control the situation but not so when competing against other teams.Another injury blow came in Rossville when Graysen DeJarnett, at 140, injured his arm. He is listed as questionable in the key league match with Mulvane Thursday.Daniel Schmidt is also banged up at 106.This isn’t a good time for Wellington’s wrestling team to have injuries. The Dukes embark on league play this Thursday when traveling to Mulvane for at 7 p.m. for a dual.“With the injuries and our youth we don’t have anyone 132 pounds and below who are not first year wrestlers,” McComb said.This is not to mention a couple of other junior varsity wrestlers, who are out. Gabe Smith, a freshman, is out for the year and Ian Groom, also a freshman, is questionable with an injury at 182 pounds. Zach Bodkin at 152 pounds did not go to Rossville because of an injury.“The future is good because we have so many young wrestlers,” McComb said. “But right now, it stinks, because they are so young and injured. I’m not sure how many open weight classes we will have when we travel to Mulvane.”As far as the Rossville weekend, there were some positive notes.•Matt McComb, a heavyweight freshman, went 2-4 in his varsity debut and was 2-2 in the tournament finishing seventh.•Skylar Brand at 220 was 5-1 and lost his only match in the championship finals. He pinned all five of his opponents in victory.•Aaron Fair, finished 4-2 and fourth in the tournament, losing an overtime match for third place at 195.•Vincent Ast was 2-3 for the weekend at 170 pounds, but finished fourth in the tournament. His only losses were to highly ranked opponents.•DeJarnett before getting hurt was 3-3 at 145.Other Wellington wrestlers struggled.•Admad Mohammed, a wrestler from Yemen, was 0-4 for the weekend. However, two of those wrestlers were undefeated.•Andrew Wolf was 1-3 for the weekend at 120.•Kadin Heacock at 126 was 1-2 in the tournament. He wrestled two ranked opponents at the dual on Friday.Overall point totals for the tournament were: Santa Fe Trail 206, Clay Center 193, Hutchinson County 171, Rossville 144.5, Pleasant Ridge 133.5, St. Mary’s 113.5, Republic County 98, Sabetha 96, Donavan West 83.5, Riley County 72, Wellington 65, Hiawatha 45, Perry- Lecompton 35, Maur Hill 29, Topeka Hayden 14, Immaculata 6.5.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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