North American Navies Refine Joint Anti-Crime Plans

first_imgBy Dialogo March 07, 2012 The Navies of North America met in Mexico in late February to refine their joint plans to combat organized crime in their respective maritime areas of the extensive continental region. According to an official statement by the Mexican Navy Secretariat (Semar), the meeting was held as part of the North American Maritime Security Initiative (NAMSI), which aims at implementing programs designed to have the agencies responsible for upholding the rule of law fight organized crime and narcotics trafficking. The trilateral meeting was held at the Semar headquarters in Mexico City, with the aim of improving the three countries’ maritime security. With NAMSI, the countries seek to deter criminal activities in the maritime environment and find better ways to cooperate in the area of maritime interception, the statement added. The goals to be attained under NAMSI chiefly involve improving interoperability, in order to prevent or eliminate any threat that the governments of the participating countries consider it necessary to counteract, in addition to maintaining coordination and exploring other mission areas where this working group can improve their joint efforts, thereby achieving tactical and operational excellence and improving communication and mutual understanding, while strictly respecting the sovereignty of each participating nation at all times. The U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Semar have increased their bilateral maritime coordination through NAMSI. As part of the NAMSI framework, a Maritime Operations Interoperability Manual, containing standard operating procedures, has been implemented in order to facilitate simultaneous operations and exercises among NAMSI member nations. The interoperability manuals have been evaluated in simultaneous semiannual exercises held in the Gulf of Mexico and off of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. In addition, the NAMSI member nations participate as maritime cells in each year’s Maritime National Security and National Defense War Games, held at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. The commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet, Vice Admiral Gerald Beaman; the commander of Canada Command, Lieutenant General Walter Semianiw; and the head of the general staff of the Mexican Navy, Vice Admiral José Santiago Valdés, participated in the meeting.last_img read more

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Three charities to benefit after dying wish granted

first_imgIn the crowd was Ms Deuchars long-time family friend Richard Forstmann, who was appointed the executor of her will.Ms Deuchars husband Mark passed away from Motor Neurones disease four years ago.Mr Forstmann said the couple were both “cat mad”, hence the nod to the RSPCA.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoHe said his friend had wanted to support research in to Motor Neurone disease, and added that her own cancer had returned three times before claiming her life.“She decided (to give the sale proceeds to charity) about 12 months ago, when we sat down and wrote the will,” he said. “The previous one had not reflected her wishes.” 19/1 Newstead Ave, NewsteadTHREE charities will share in $870,000 after a dying wish was fulfilled last night.Susan Deuchars, who passed away in June after a long battle with lung and brain cancer, bequeathed all of the funds raised from the sale of her Newstead penthouse to Cancer Council Australia, the RSPCA, and Fight MND (Motor Neurone Disease). Susan Deuchars, who passed away in June after a long battle with cancer, bequeathed all of the funds raised from the sale of her luxurious Newstead penthouse to charity RELATED: Money from Brisbane penthouse auction to go to charity in dying wish Neale Whitaker rescues home stuck in reno limbo Mr Forstmann said he hoped the money would assist those charities to do their work, in particular supporting research to find a cure.He said he was also pleased the RSPCA would get a share, especially given the “stress” of supporting animals affected by the bushfires. Bidding started at a shocking $500,000 before jumping to $600,000 and then rising in $50,000 and then $10,000 lots.It ultimately became a two-pony show, with the bidding getting down to two buyers – a couple and a small family – who raised the stakes in often $1000 and $5000 bids. Record sale for Bardon The property was announced “on the market” at $740,000 and the bidding war escalated, with the two main parties again drawing out the process with often $1000 and $2000 bids.It took almost half an hour before the first bidder – the one who placed the cheeky $500,000 opening bid – landed the final knockout blow with a bid of $870,000, securing the penthouse and its park views. Place New Farm agent Aaron Woolard said the sales price was around what they had expected, given feedback from the market.He said he was overjoyed to be involved in the sale of the property.The two-level penthouse-style apartment in Newstead has balconies overlooking the city and Newstead Park and is just 100m from the Brisbane River.The three bedrooms are split over two levels with the upstairs bedroom overlooking the main living area. The stunning 250sq m, three bedroom riverside apartment went under the hammer at the Place auction event at Coco Republic in Fortitude Valley last night, with about 70 people watching on as four registered bidders battled it out for the property. MORE NEWS: Boom time forecast for Brisbane’s housing market in 2020last_img read more

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