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Croatia charges 9 with smuggling cocaine from Caribbean

first_img ZAGREB, Croatia — Nine people were charged with smuggling at least 175 kilos (386 pounds) of cocaine worth several million euros into Europe from the Caribbean, prosecutors said on April 14. The charges included buying “large quantities of cocaine” in the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, then transporting the narcotics on a private plane before selling them in Croatia and western European countries, the national anti-organized crime bureau (USKOK) said. The nine charged were five Croatians, two with dual Canadian-Croatian nationalities, one Colombian and another person holding both Serbian and Bosnian citizenships, according to USKOK. The network was dismantled when Austrian police allegedly caught two of the suspects with over 101 kilos of cocaine worth about €4 million (US$5.23 million). [AFP, 14/04/2012; Eubusiness.com (Croatia), 14/04/2012] By Dialogo April 16, 2012last_img read more

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Ángel de los Andes Provides Training for Air Forces from the Americas

first_imgTraining to deal with natural disasters and other emergencies and to provide medical care paid off for the Colombian Armed Forces on June 22. Sharpening skills and bolstering cooperation “The exercise’s objective is to share the FAC’s 50 years of experience, strengthen operational abilities in the various air crews, be at the forefront in the techniques used to provide humanitarian aid, and improve the close ties of cooperation and interoperability that exist among the participating countries to conduct joint operations intended to save lives at the national and international levels,” the FAC’s Communications Department told Diálogo. The training program will be managed by the FAC’s National Center for Personnel Recovery (CNRP) and led by Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Zapata Romero, FAC’s director of Special Air Operations. Ángel de los Andes, an initiative by the Colombian Air Force (FAC), provides an opportunity for “air crews and aviation medical personnel, as well as operational and logistics personnel, to train in a simulated environment on Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), evaluations and medical airlifts, and putting out forest fires,” the FAC’s website stated. The FAC’s goals in hosting the training program are to help Air Force service members sharpen their search, rescue, and medical skills, in addition to improving cooperation among partner nations. The Air Forces of 12 countries in the Americas will gather from August 17-28 in Colombia to conduct search and rescue exercises during natural disasters and other emergencies. “During this meeting, all the participants demonstrated commitment, bravery, and camaraderie as they prepared to save lives anywhere in the Americas,” the FAC CACOM 5 reported. The following month, on July 16, the Caribbean Air Group used a C90 medical-equipped aircraft, known as the “Guardian Angel of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast,” to transport a 62-year-old man from Providencia Island to the Amor de Patria Departmental Hospital in San Andrés Island, 90 km south, after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Members of the FAC will share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts from other participating countries. During the 10 days of Ángel de los Andes, 230 Colombian Air Force members will train with 60 others from partner nations in search, rescue, and recovery of an ejected crew and persons affected by an attack on a Military convoy; practice planning, supervision, and control skills; and learn about the best ways to provide medical treatment during emergencies and disasters, such as earthquakes. “Sharing experiences is a tradition among the world’s Armed Forces; there is a very strong esprit de corps among Military institutions,” Rubén Sánchez, a security analyst at Colombia’s University of Rosario, said. Such humanitarian missions “rendered by the Air Force and the Army in each nation is critical for many communities located in inhospitable areas,” Sánchez said. The FAC CNRP units have also rendered humanitarian aid in countries such as Chile, Peru, and Haiti. Multiple roles for Colombian Armed Forces By Dialogo August 18, 2015 warm The FARC guerilla forces went and took out the seismic company ecopetrol congratulations for the partnership between friendly nations. Much success I think it’s very important that the Minister of Defense should be someone with a lot of military experience. Heartfelt regards to all the members of the Armed Forces of my Colombia for the great work they do for us Eight days later, on June 30, the 7th Air Combat Command used an Angel UH-60 helicopter outfitted with a Bambi Bucket that held 640 gallons of water mixed with liquid fire retardant to fight a blaze in the municipality of Pradera in Valle del Cauca. Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the United States, and Canada will attend Ángel de los Andes at the 1st Air Combat Command (CACOM 1) in the department of Cundinamarca, and at the 5th Air Combat Command (CACOM 5) in the department of Antioquia. “This is an excellent opportunity for the institution and for the country to demonstrate the Colombian Air Force members’ skills and training, which have allowed them to stay at the forefront of personnel recovery operations and providing treatment in emergencies and disasters,” the FAC said. The training program will include lectures by national and international speakers arranged by the Office of the Chief of Air Operations and the National System for Disaster Risk Management (SNGRD). Participants will also engage in discussions regarding rescue techniques using examples of successful recoveries of victims during disasters carried out by Colombian security forces and U.S. combat pilots. Military authorities have planned for this event for several months, beginning in October 2014. The FAC and U.S. Air Force members also met at the end of June 2015 to train together prior to the exercise. On that day, the helicopter crew of a UH-60 FAC 4103 Angel aircraft rescued Staff Sergeant Elver Alberto Santana, 38, who was suffering from acute coronary syndrome and extreme dehydration. The helicopter crew airlifted him from the municipality of Murindó to the Medellín Military Hospital. last_img read more

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Barcelona not ready to pay €111m release clause for Inter star

first_imgThe report states due to the financial pressure of the coronavirus outbreak, the Catalan giants are not in a position to pay over €100M for the 22-year old.Barcelona’s could now look to offer a player plus cash deal to Antonio Conte’s side.Veteran midfielder Arturo Vidal remains the favourite to be included in the deal, with Conte keen to be reunited with the Chilean international.Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Cagliari at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy.Read Also:Iwobi: Ozil is wrongly portrayed in the mediaThe 32-year old has been linked with a Camp Nou exit this summer, after failing to secure a regular starting spot this season.Inter are also reported to be eyeing a swap deal for Brazilian international Arthur Melo, but Quique Setien wants to keep the former Gremio man in Spain.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterGreatest Movies In History Since 19822020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Loading… center_img Barcelona will not pay Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez’s €111M release clause, when it is activated at the start of July.La Blaugrana have been linked with a move for the Argentinian international, howver, reports from Mundo Deportivo, claim they are unable to raise the funds.last_img read more

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Angels end Brad Ausmus’ first season with 90th loss, most since 1999

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousHouston Astros’ Aledmys Diaz, right, applauds as he touches home plate after hitting a solo home run with Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom looking down during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, slides into third, beating the throw to Los Angeles Angels third baseman Matt Thaiss, during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros’ George Springer, center, gets congratulations from teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, left, congratulates George Springer, right, for hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros’ Aledmys Diaz, right, smiles as he is gets congratulations from Robinson Chirinos, left, and other teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick, right, congratulates and hugs George Springer for scoring on an RBI-double by Jose Altuve during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus looks out at the field during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Houston Astros’ Aledmys Diaz, right, applauds as he touches home plate after hitting a solo home run with Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom looking down during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 10Houston Astros’ Aledmys Diaz, right, applauds as he touches home plate after hitting a solo home run with Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom looking down during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandANAHEIM — After the Angels’ 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday, their nightmarish season came to an end with 90 losses.It was the first time they’d reached that level of futility since 1999, the year before Mike Scioscia was hired as manager.In the first year after Scioscia left, the Angels finished 72-90 under Brad Ausmus. He was at the helm throughout a season that included the tragic loss of Tyler Skaggs and numerous injuries to key players.As the season came to a close, there was a report that the Angels would  consider replacing Ausmus with Joe Maddon if he parted ways with the Chicago Cubs. About an hour after Maddon’s departure from the Cubs became official on Sunday morning, Ausmus shrugged off the rumors. “I have a contract,” said Ausmus, who is signed through 2021. “That’s the only thing I know.”Ausmus added that he’d been through a similar experience in 2015, following his second year managing the Detroit Tigers.“It came out I was being fired,” he said. “I was there for two more years. So you learn to take it with a grain of salt. Most of the decisions are not under my control, so I don’t worry too much about it.”General manager Billy Eppler is scheduled to meet with the media on Monday to discuss the season and the plans for the future.Ausmus added that he and Eppler “get along great, actually. Our relationship is very strong.”center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The results, of course, were not good. While the bulk of the team’s problems were related to injuries and poor performance of the players, Ausmus said he was satisfied with the parts of his job that he could control.“Actually, if you talk about from a tactical or strategy standpoint, I thought it went well,” Ausmus said. “My time in Detroit served well in terms of experience. Responding to situations that happened on the field, I thought the clubhouse was extremely smooth. I think the guys got along well. They laughed together, they played hard together, they worked together. It was a good group of guys. So I thought those things overall went well.”Related Articles The biggest single reason for the Angels failures was a lack of starting pitcher, so it was coincidental that their final loss came at the hands of the pitcher that many hope can be a part of the solution in 2020.Gerrit Cole, a product of Orange Lutheran High and UCLA, struck out 11 in five innings to complete his campaign for the Cy Young award.This winter Cole is expected to be the top available player on the free agent market. The Angels will no doubt pursue Cole, who still lives in Orange County, and they will likely be on his short list of finalists.The only run the Angels managed against Cole came on a homer by Matt Thaiss, who later added a two-run shot against reliever Brad Peacock. It was the second multi-homer game of the season for Thaiss.Thaiss added an RBI double in the eighth, pulling the Angels within 8-5 after they had trailed 8-1.That was as close as the Angels could get, and soon after their disappointing season came to an official end.“There were some positives, but most of the positives were on individual levels,” Ausmus said. “I think, quite frankly, I’m ready at this point to put it behind me. It was a tough year.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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