By Dialogo May 18, 2010 A specialized team of experts in naval salvage and industrial recovery arrived in Chile to provide reconstruction expertise May 11. Deputy Commander of Naval Facilities and Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Albert Garcia and Commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center Rear Adm. Jim Shannon arrived in Chile with the 10-person team. The team consisting of shipyard, dry-docking and diving and salvage experts from Naval Sea Systems Command and waterfront shore facility experts from NAVFAC will be working with the Chilean navy to share their insight into reconstruction efforts of Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR, shipyards and armories of the Chilean navy) Talcahuano, a shipyard located in the Bay of Concepcion. ASMAR, is a state-owned company, belonging to the military and defense industries in which it constructs and repairs Chilean navy ships as well as domestic and internationally owned ships. The shipyard was damaged by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Feb. 27. This is the second time the Chilean government has requested the assistance of an advisory team from the U.S. Navy since the earthquake and tsunami. The first team assisted the Chilean navy with an initial damage assessment of Naval Base Talcahuano and the shipyard. For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.
The government has taken steps to crack down on the mining of natural resources, including revoking 37 mining licenses – some of which were counterfeit to begin with – nationwide, including in the mining-rich departments of Guanía, Vaupés and Guaviare. “We must make it clear that several of the permits revoked were illegal because they were forged. It’s illegal to mine in natural parks,” said Julia Miranda, director of National Natural Parks, an organization under the Ministry of the Environment.”We will not grant any request for permits to mine within the parks and those previously issued are cancelled.” The Colombian National Directorate of Natural Parks has rejected 400 mining permits in the past five months. The biggest problem for the government in terms of illegal mining is determining the extent of the crime, said Gustavo Wilches Chaux, an environmentalist specializing in risk assessment. “There are no real numbers on how far this business actually reaches,” he said. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the country’s new mining code – expected to go into effect in the second half of 2012 – will reform the mining industry and provide training and financial support to those entering the field. Wilches applauds the government’s efforts. “The government is focused on formalizing this business and this is an important step,” he said. “It’s still missing some details, but it’s on the right track. However, the exploitation of these inaccessible areas is something authorities will have to deal with constantly, because controlling exploitation all around is virtually impossible – the jungle takes up 10% of the national territory. There aren’t a lot of roads that go into the park, so monitoring the national parks is not easy. The job often resembles that of finding a needle in a haystack.” By Dialogo April 11, 2012 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Coltan, tungsten and cocaine – these are the three biggest threats to the ecosystem of Puinawai national reserve, located in the department of Guainía, in the Colombian Amazonia. Coltan, also known as tantalite, is a mixture of mineral ores used to make advanced electronic device capacitors. “A ton of coltan can be sold illegally for around US$500,000,” said Fabio Forero, a professor at De La Salle University in Colombia. Tungsten, meanwhile, is best known for its use in light bulb filament, but according to Universidad de los Andes historian Santiago Martínez, “the reason that groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are interested in tungsten is because the product is essential in the making of ground-to-air missiles and projectiles capable of breaching plated armor.” The illegal mining by narco-traffickers and terrorist groups concerns the Colombian government. “We have found sophisticated narco-trafficking organizations are increasingly involved in the trafficking of minerals from the Puinawai national reserve,” said Naval Infantry Col. Alfredo de Videro, who commands the military in the region where the park is located. The Colombian media has reported the profits generated by illegal mining operations nationwide can reach $1.6 billion pesos (US$837,915). The government hasn’t released its data. “We’re doing all we can to avoid the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the country,” said Environmental Minister Frank Pearl, adding the ministry lacks the resources to monitor the country’s 56 natural parks 24 hours a day. “Some entities are not able to reach the farthest corners of the parks. Thus, it is important to have citizens and the media involved in notifying authorities if they see illegal mining taking place. Colombia is a very large country, which makes eliminating illegal exploitation very challenging.”
Just two days after a heartbreaking 2-1 letdown against Ohio State Saturday, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team prepares to face in-state rival UW-Green Bay tonight at the McClimon Soccer Complex.Although the schedule is designed for three to four days between each game, Wisconsin has the misfortune of playing two games in three days, with the drive back from Columbus in between.The scheduling conflict came when the UWGB game was changed from its original date of Oct. 15. According to head coach Jeff Rohrman, playing so many games in a short time span is not an issue for the team.“The hard part of college soccer is to find a good time to slide any game in there just because you’ve got two different conferences that you’re dealing with in terms of scheduling,” Rohrman said. “They know it’s a bit of a physical challenge to come back after a game on Saturday night and play on Monday, but I know they’re going to be ready and eager for the challenge.”The Badgers will not be the only team put in tough circumstances for tonight’s game. The Phoenix also had a road game Saturday against a ranked team in seventh-ranked UIC. UWGB fell 2-0, ending a two-game win streak.“It was probably a pretty fair compromise on both sides,” Rohrman said of Green Bay’s similar short break. “It will be a very level playing field from that perspective.”In Wisconsin’s game against the Buckeyes, the Badgers had their first lead in a Big Ten match since September, when junior Brandon Miller’s goal put the Badgers up 1-0. However, Ohio State came storming back, scoring two goals in the next 20 minutes to hand the Badgers their fourth loss in the Big Ten this season.“We let our guard down just a little bit after they scored,” Rohrman said. “It was one of those games where it came down to who was going to make a play.”Although the loss was a tough one to take, the Badgers will be able to use the game as a lesson in preparation for UWGB.“We had a couple of breakdowns, and good teams are going to punish you for those,” Rohrman said. “I think our challenge against Green Bay, and the next few games after that, is to minimize those challenges and make sure we execute on both sides of the ball.”If the Badgers are going to record their seventh non-conference win this year, they are going to have to limit their offensive attack from sophomore JC Banks and senior Tosaint Ricketts.“Green Bay is going to present a little bit of a different challenge because they’ve got those very talented individual players that can present some problems when they are isolated,” Rohrman said. “Ricketts up top can be very dangerous because he poses a threat to get behind you and is extremely fast and athletic.”However, if the Badgers follow the trend of other Phoenix opponents this year, they should be able to limit UWGB’s attack. The Phoenix have been shut out six times this season, four of which resulted in losses.On offense for the Badgers, the team has not been shut out since a 1-0 loss to Michigan State on Oct. 5. Considering the amount of success that Wisconsin has had offensively against opponents outside the Big Ten, they will look to put up some big numbers against the Phoenix.
Cahir reached the final in 2012 but Parnells of London got the better of them on that occasion.Its been a busy year for Cahir as 17 of today’s panel won Munster Intermediate camogie medals last weekend as well.Cahir manager Karl McCarthy told Tipp FM Sport the determination of the team has shone through so far this year.
The Ghana Golf Association in collaboration with Ghana @ 60 Years on Committee has officially launched the second edition of the Head of State Invitational tournament.The Head of State Invitational Tournament is a golf competition being organized in honour of the President of the Republic of Ghana and also an opportunity to broker business deals for the country.It is also a platform to groom and give exposure to amateur golfers.Speaking at the launch, the President of the Ghana Golf Association, Mr Mike Aggrey, said “this tournament is not just a golf competition but an informal avenue to bring together decision-makers in corporate Ghana to interact and discuss various business opportunities for the country. We are creating a congenial atmosphere for high profile business meetings and networking.”Mr Aggrey said the event will come off on Saturday, June 16 at the Kumasi Royal Golf Course and President Nana Akuffo-Addo is expected to be present to do the Tee-off and the closing ceremony. Over 150 golfers both local and international are expected to participate in this year’s tournament with over 30 slots allocated to women golfers, he revealed.He continued that there will be a golf clinic on the day of the event to educate people on the technicalities of golf and over 20 prizes will be awarded on the day of the event. The chairman of the launch, Mr Mike Ezan, who is also a former President of the Ghana Golf Association, underscored the importance of this high profile golf event and encouraged everyone to get involved in promoting the game of golf.Mr Ezan expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the competition: UMB, MTN, Global Media Alliance, GCB Bank, SSIC Insurance, Golden Tulip, etc.Present at the launch were the Chairman of Ghana @ 60 years on, Francis Andoh, CEO of Northwestern Solutions, Chairman Ken Amankwa and Esther Amedzro, President of Women Golfers in Ghana.