Brazilian Operation Combines Defense Training with Medical Assistance to Citizens

first_imgMore than 90,000 people live in the municipality of Cáceres, which is surrounded by the Paraguay River. In Operation Celeiro, the part of the population furthest from the city center received medical and dental treatments from the Navy, which used the Tenente Maximiano Hospital Assistance Ship. During the 19 days of Operation Celeiro, authorities inspected 340 vessels, 25 of which were issued citations, mainly because the pilots did not have all the necessary documents. Three vessels were seized: one for not having lifebuoys and an unlicensed pilot, and the others because the vessels weren’t licensed to operate as transportation vehicles. Another operation along the same lines is being planned for the second half of the year in Mato Grosso do Sul, according to RADM Petronio. “The intent is for it to be even larger, involving more service members and covering a greater area.” After they departed from the municipality of Ladário, Mato Grosso do Sul, on March 29th, the ships and service members headed to Cuiabá, Cáceres, and Santo Antônio do Leverger, in Mato Grosso state. During the trip, they performed patrol activities and ship inspections, with the goal of preventing crimes and saving the lives of those who work or travel on the rivers, or use them for recreation. For the security portion of the event, service members were divided into two groups on the shores of the Paraguay River between Brazil and Bolivia. While the “Red Team” represented an enemy occupying a portion of the river’s shore, the “Blue Team” portrayed Brazilian forces that were required to devise and execute a plan to retake control of that territory. But there was also a civic assistance element that provided free medical services to the local populations. The confrontations were performed with real weapons but using blanks. “Training is accompanied by a monitoring group, which acts as a sort of judge, analyzing each side’s impacts and engagements,” RADM Petronio said. “Based on this evaluation, we can learn lessons from the positive and negative points on the actions conducted by our Troops. This is done during and primarily after the operation.” By Dialogo May 10, 2016 During the exercise, the group playing the enemy role was formed by Marines, using two ships and one aircraft. Those representing the national forces consisted of Marine and Army personnel, using seven ships and one aircraft. center_img “We are always holding this sort of training, but this was the first time that we have combined Troop training with navigation security actions and medical assistance all in one operation held at the same time,” said Rear Admiral Petronio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar, Commander of Brazil’s Sixth Naval District. “It was excellent in terms of its productivity. We were able to do more with fewer resources.” Operation Celeiro was divided into four sub-operations: “Celeiro Sul” trained Troops on how to retake territory; “Celeiro Norte” focused on patrols and inspections of ships on rivers in the Pantanal; “ASSHOP Cáceres” provided medical treatments to riverine populations; and “Navegação Segura” (Safe Navigation), which is ongoing, carries out readings to update nautical maps for a 100-kilometer stretch of the Paraguay River. Personnel also scheduled to fix or replace any damaged signs along the stretch of waterway by May 9th. Sub-operations Nearly 600 Brazilian Navy and Army personnel with the Navy’s Sixth Naval District Command executed a multi-faceted training exercise called Operation Celeiro from March 29th to April 16th. Headed by the Sixth Naval District Command, the combined initiative took place throughout Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul states, located on the country’s western border with Bolivia. Medical treatments “We provided 625 medical and dental treatments,” RADM Petronio said, adding that primary illnesses impacting the population were hypertension, skin infections, and viruses, as well as dental cavities. Authorities also distributed 11,000 doses of medication.last_img read more

Pro-Maduro Troops Supply Weapons to Criminal Organizations

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 06, 2019 More than 228,000 weapons and ammunition belonging to the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB, in Spanish) and the National Police Corps might be in the hands of Colombian terrorists on Venezuelan soil, as well as the paramilitary known as “illegally armed colectivos” that support the regime of Nicolás Maduro. Javier Tarazona, director of the Venezuelan nongovernmental organization Fundación Redes, reported the information on April 23 and gave the Public Ministry of Venezuela a list containing the missing weapons and ammunition, including type and serial number. “High-ranking FANB officers told Fundación Redes that after receiving orders, superiors provided weapons to irregular groups, including the Colombian guerrilla National Liberation Army [or ELN],” Tarazona told Diálogo. The missing weapons are mainly Russian-made. “Despite the embargo by the international community, the [Maduro] regime acquired more weapons than what it registered,” Jorge Serrano, a scholar at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. ‘Illegally armed colectivos,’ paramilitaries, and narcotrafficking For Tarazona, the issue is alarming in a country with an average rate of 25,000 violent deaths annually, a war-like figure when there is no war. A considerable number of weapons were sent to “illegally armed colectivos” and parapolice groups that defend Maduro. They’ve also reached the Cartel de los Soles, a group devoted to narcotrafficking, and prisoners that the regime releases to disperse opposition protests, Serrano said. “Armed civilians are trying to subdue citizens, who only want to exercise their rights to protest in the country, and generate fear among them,” Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó told the press. “This is one more fact that shows the Maduro regime is a threat not only to Venezuela, but also to the entire region, because irregular armed groups are operating throughout South America. Maduro made it clear that he won’t skimp on resources to remain in power,” Serrano said.last_img read more

Human Rights, the Honduran Military’s Code of Honor

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre July 05, 2019 As part of the ongoing modernization process of partner nations’ Defense institutions, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Colombian Army, in coordination with the Honduran Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA, in Spanish), offered a human rights seminar to Honduran authorities. The Human Rights Initiative Conference was held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the first quarter of 2019.“This conference allowed us to exchange knowledge and strengthen human rights norms,” Honduran Army Colonel Benedicto Antonios Chicas, human rights director for the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “We were also able to review the commitments Honduras has made in this matter.”The event featured roundtables to discuss the role of armed forces and the legality of operations. In addition, participants addressed the inclusion of international standards regarding the use of force to guarantee respect for human rights, military training on the appropriate use of force, and citizens’ rights during interventions. Agreements reachedIn the legality of operations session, participants concluded that the Honduran Armed Forces should rely on experts in operational law to regulate tasks, preparation, execution, evolution, and the follow-up of all armed missions in the theater of operations. The Army, Air Force, and Navy only have legal advisors in the administrative field.Honduras committed to train a team of military lawyers in operational law. “We already talked to SOUTHCOM. Starting in 2020, three lawyers from each force will be trained. Meanwhile, we will continue with our lawyers’ training through courses and certifications,” Col. Chicas said.The Honduran Armed Forces have human rights manuals that will be revised with SOUTHCOM’s help. At the training and educational session, SOUTHCOM committed to advise Honduras in updating its Army’s curriculum and to prioritize lessons on respect for human rights.The Colombian Army agreed to guide Honduras to strengthen human rights training in their Armed Forces. The goal is to put armed personnel in practical situations where international humanitarian law norms apply, such as active operations, the Colombian Ministry of Defense told the press.“The Honduran soldier learned that they should never follow an illegal order. Occurrences are minimum, there are thousands of missions, and hard work has made training and instruction in human rights possible,” said Fredy Díaz, Honduran minister of Defense, at the end of the conference. The roundtables also featured representatives of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.Opening doors“The Honduran Secretary of Human Rights (SEDH, in Spanish) knows that to move toward a general culture of human rights and peace, it must be assimilated by everyone,” said SEDH head Karla Cueva. “The knowledge obtained in these conferences will be put into practice daily as security forces fulfill their duties.”From 2014 to 2018, Honduras and the United States trained more than 28,000 Honduran military personnel. SOUTHCOM will continue to support training in international humanitarian law for the Honduran Armed Forces, according to a SEDH press release.“Both our nations share the same objective: respect for human rights as the basis for democracy. The U.S. Southern Command Human Rights Office has been very supportive. They have helped us see positive things to coexist with others. This cooperation has been essential and very helpful for the Honduran Armed Forces,” said Col. Chicas. Learning moreThe Honduran Armed Forces measure the impact of the human rights training through their members’ performance. They monitor and analyze errors and violations committed.“We don’t learn about human rights because we are required to, but because we want to help our people to become aware about human rights. We want to learn to apply them sensibly. This brings us closer to the people,” Col. Chicas said.last_img read more

Robber Robs Man. Man Follows Robber Home, Calls 911. Robber Arrested.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A robbery in Roosevelt Monday morning didn’t go entirely as planned.Nassau County police said they arrested a Roosevelt man at his home after he allegedly robbed a 21-year-old man at gunpoint for $200 on East Fulton Avenue.Police caught up with 19-year-old George Goode after the victim followed him home and alerted the authorities, police said.During the investigation, police also arrested 19-year-old Kareem Thompson and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.Goode was charged with robbery, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.Both men are expected to be arraigned Tuesday.last_img read more

Coram Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Coram man has admitted stabbing a 32-year-old man to death  nearly two years ago.Darrell Scott pleaded guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to first-degree manslaughter.Prosecutors said the 26-year-old man fatally stabbed Chauncey Scott, 32, also of Coram, on Aug. 27, 2011. The two men are not related.The stabbing occurred during an altercation on the corner of Baldwin Lane and Pinegrove Avenue in Gordon Heights.Scott will be sentenced by Judge Braslow Stephen on March 7.last_img read more

Suffolk OK’d for Nemo Disaster Aid

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Barack Obama has authorized a disaster declaration that will help New York State pay for cleaning up Suffolk County after the blizzard that dumped nearly three feet of snow in February.The declaration makes Suffolk eligible for assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency. The county and the state will also be eligible for federal assistance with the cost of snow removal on eastern Long Island.“Suffolk County bore the worst of the storm’s impact on New York,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who co-wrote a request to the president with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. “Residents throughout Suffolk County and New York should not be left shouldering all of these costs alone.”The Feb. 8 snowstorm forced scores of drivers to abandon their vehicles on roadways including the Long Island Expressway, which was closed for days while hundreds of snowplows were brought in from upstate to clear the way.Countless other roads were also forced closed by the powerful nor’easter, dubbed Winter Storm Nemo, which brought the highest accumulations in the Town of Brookhaven, where residents were most critical of the municipalities response.last_img read more

Exclusive: Bank Moves to Foreclose Dina Lohan’s Merrick House

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dona Lohan’s September 2013 mug shot.You can’t spell Lohan without loan!Dina Lohan’s mortgage lender advanced foreclosure proceedings last month on her $1.3-million Merrick home two weeks before the mother of actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested recently for alleged drunken driving, records show.JP Morgan Chase Bank filed the foreclosure lawsuit Aug. 28 with the Nassau County clerk’s office as the lender takes the next step in its case to recoup the defaulted loan on the family’s McMansion at New York State Supreme Court in Mineola.Dina “has failed to comply with the conditions of the mortgage…by failing to pay portions of principal, interest or taxes, assessments, water rates, insurance premiums, escrow and/or other charges,” court documents obtained by the Press state.The foreclosure update comes as Dina is due to face driving while intoxicated and speeding charges Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead. Lindsay, 27, who’s mounting her comeback in independent movie The Canyons, is living in Manhattan after completing her latest court-ordered rehab stint for substance abuse.Lindsay’s mom has been fighting to keep the family’s home out of foreclosure since 2005 and refinanced the mortgage in 2011, records show. Lindsay reportedly loaned her mom $40,000 last fall to keep the house from going into foreclosure again, but process servers showed up at Dina’s door in February, the New York Post reported at the time.Lindsay Lohan’s March 2013 mug shot.If the two sides are unable to reach a settlement this time, the case could go to trial, which might end with the house landing on the auction block—although the legal process generally takes years to reach that conclusion.Two days after her Sept. 12 arrest, Dina reportedly celebrated her 51st birthday in Manhattan with Lindsay and her three other children, Cody, Ali and Michael Jr.An attorney for the bank declined to comment. No attorney was on file for Dina Lohan in court records. A Lohan representative could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

Massapequa Man Phoned in Bomb Threat, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Massapequa man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up a Woodbury building that houses a credit and debit card service company eight months ago, Nassau County police said.Frank Zezulinski was charged Sunday with falsely reporting an incident and released on an appearance ticket before he’s due back in Nassau County court Nov. 25.Police said the 24-year-old suspect called an employee of Cardworks on Crossways Park Drive West and made the threat over the phone on March 14.The 26-year-old woman who answered the phone and her manager reported the incident police, who did not say what led them to Zezulinski.last_img read more

Tuesday is Election Day for 157 Special Taxing Districts on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tomorrow is Election Day for 157 of Long Island’s special taxing districts, which cover municipal services such as fire response and sanitation pickup.These districts don’t conform to neat geographic lines on the map but they do add up on the bottom line of Long Islanders’ property tax bills. Yet, sparse turnout is the norm—and Tuesday’s forecast of heavy rains doesn’t promise to reverse that apathetic trend.According to a recent phone-poll conducted by the Center for Survey Research at Stony Brook University, almost three-quarters (73 percent) of Long Islanders contacted by the researchers said they had not voted in a special district election in the past year. But 76 percent of them said they would favor moving the elections to May when school budget votes take place—a decision for New York State lawmakers to render.In the meantime, to help motivate voters to participate in these little noticed but very impactful elections, the Long Island Index, a project of the nonprofit Rauch Foundation, has updated its interactive, online tool—first unveiled last year—to help people navigate through the maze of overlapping districts and find out which elections they’re eligible to vote in, because there are often more than one.“With such an extraordinary number of elections taking place on one day, it’s hard to know where to vote,” said Ann Golob, Director of the Long Island Index. “This online tool lets Long Islanders know in an instant, based on where they live, which elections they can vote in.”“Public participation in elections is crucial to democracy,” said Nancy Rauch Douzinas, president of the Rauch Foundation and publisher of the Index. “This new online tool makes it easier for voters to know how to participate.”These special districts provide basic services such as fire, police, sanitation, water, schools and libraries and they are managed by publicly elected commissioners who oversee the services and determine the taxes to pay for them. And they tend to overlap. According to the Long Island Index, there are 665 of them on the Island.The tool—available free of charge at http://mydistricts.longislandindexmaps.org—lets users in Nassau and Suffolk counties to enter their address and learn which special districts serve them, if their elections are on Dec. 9, as well as any information about polling locations and the hours that the polls are open.“It’s not that people don’t care—it’s that people don’t know,” said Laura Mallay, executive director of Residents for Efficient Special Districts (RESD), a citizens’ action group based in South Hempstead. “Special taxing districts have flown below the radar for years.”last_img read more

How To Repair Your Garbage Disposal With Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsSometimes your garbage disposal unit can really get you into a jam. Maybe a bone leftover from a Porterhouse steak manages to slip past the dirty plates piled in the sink and goes down the drain before it’s too late—we hate when that happens! But sometimes it’s something more precious, like a wedding ring, let’s say, that slips off your finger while you’re doing the dishes and suddenly disappears in the suds. Before you know it, it winds up in the disposer by mistake. Hopefully, you spot it before the blades find it in the grinding chamber.Accidents do happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to despair over your garbage disposal.In this recent installment of Alure Home Improvement’s “60-Second Fix,” Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, gets to the bottom of the garbage disposal mechanism to reveal what you need to know to stay on top of this convenient kitchen appliance.“What happens when it jams is that it shuts the power off,” says Cornwell. “Now you’ve got a situation where the disposal doesn’t work.”As if that’s not enough, sometimes water may start surging back up into the kitchen sink with the possibility of overflowing and spilling onto the floor. It can be a nerve-wracking, frustrating predicament that every home owner dreads. Fortunately, thanks to Alure’s Doug Cornwell, the solution doesn’t mean you have to ditch the kitchen sink, throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, or go down the drain with your hopes and dreams of having a good day.The first thing you’ll need is the special crank that came with the disposer when you bought it. Moral of the story: Don’t throw that tool away! Second lesson: If you kept it, remember where you put it. Third lesson: If you can’t find it, a suitable Allen wrench will do.If you’re learning these lessons too late, that’s okay. But you’ll have to make sure that a new wrench you buy from your favorite hardware store will properly fit the screw at the bottom of the garbage disposal assembly. The slot is right in the middle of the bottom, the center of the axis. Insert the wrench there and start to turn it; if it’s in the slot, the crank will move the gears and the blades inside the disposer chamber. If the wrench jams in one direction, turn it in the opposite direction. Try to rotate it completely at least two full circles. Then try a full rotation in the other direction.“Once it’s moving free, you’ve taken care of the jam,” says Cornwell.There’s a mini-circuit breaker that may pop out when the electrical system is overloaded. You’ll see that it’s a little red button on the disposal assembly. Just push the button back in and the electricity will come back on and the disposal should be back in business.That’s not too hard to get out of that jam, is it?Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsOne thing you never want to do is reach into the disposer with your fingers. Try tongs first. And remember the most important advice: For recovery missions, always make sure the garbage disposal’s power is shut off! As Cornwell says, when it’s jammed, the power shuts off automatically, but you still need to be cautious. If there’s a little object—though no less valuable to you—like a wedding ring involved, the grinding mechanism may still be able to function, so it’s always best to take precaution. And that goes for any home repair you decide to take on yourself.last_img read more