Brazilian Navy Increases Cooperation with Combined Maritime Forces

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo October 17, 2018 The Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Naval Operations Command (CON, in Portuguese) will increase cooperation with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a U.S Navy and Royal Navy-led multinational naval partnership, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. CMF fights piracy, terrorism, and illegal activities at sea. In July 2018, Brazil officially became the 33rd and only Latin American country to join CMF. The organization controls navigation in 3.2 million square miles of high-risk international waters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, including the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. “This means that Brazil became a sitting member of a select group of countries seeking to contribute to maritime security and free trade in a region with a high concentration of maritime shipping lanes. The new status increases operational knowledge in the fight against crimes at sea, such as piracy, terrorism, drug, and arms trafficking. It’s also a great opportunity to establish exchanges with other navies, given the considerable number of countries involved,” said MB Commander Wendell Petrocelli de Lima of CON’s Joint Operations and Planning Division. In the past, liaison officers at CMF deployed to serve in the Middle East forwarded threat reports in monitored maritime areas to CON. As Brazil joined CMF as a sitting member, MB Commander João Orlando Enes Prudêncio took on the role of senior national representative, to act as a CMF General Staff member, in Manama, July 2018–July 2019. Cmdr. Prudêncio will then be assigned to CON to serve a two-year minimum, applying and disseminating all acquired knowledge. Brazilian maritime potential CMF is under the command of U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney, who also serves as commander of U.S Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. Royal Navy Commodore Steve Dainton, UK Maritime Component commander at CMF, is second-in-command. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Brazil to our growing organization,” said Commodore Dainton in a CMF press release. “It shows that maritime security issues like piracy and acts of terror are a global concern, and we hope the Brazilian Navy contributes to our international partnership.” CMF’s resources fall under three combined task forces (CTF). CTF-150, Maritime Security Operations and Counterterrorism, was created in February 2002 after 9/11. CTF-151, Counter-Piracy, handles combat operations against piracy since January 2009. CTF-152, Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf, prioritizes the fight against terror and narcotraffickers under a U.S and Royal Saudi Navy-led team of officers. Brazil’s new membership attests to the power of its naval force and its capabilities, means, and human resources to cooperate and take part in global maritime task forces and operations. “Brazil participates with an officer in the General Staff of CTF-151, which is responsible for the fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa, since November 2017. The Brazilian Navy has a second officer since September 28, 2018, who, along with Cmdr. Prudêncio, is part of the General Staff of CTF-151, under Kuwait’s command,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Future possibilities With critical vessels among its fleet, such as the Multipurpose Helicopter Carrier Atlântico and the Bahia Multipurpose Dock Ship, that are now formally part of CMF, MB could participate in international patrols within CMF’s jurisdiction. “Not now, but as a CMF member country, it’s possible in the future,” Cmdr. Petrocelli said. “MB’s ship crews are trained to take action during several combat operations and crimes at sea, such as those CMF faces,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Since 2011, MB commands the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon with a ship and an aircraft permanently deployed to stop the influx of illegal weapons and contraband. MB also contributes to training the Lebanese Navy to help its troops gain operational autonomy. “Brazil seeks to stay current and engaged in maritime threat matters, although our actions within CMF are limited to combating piracy, due to the Brazilian government’s legal position,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. “Piracy in the Horn of Africa is a problem that afflicts the entire international community because it directly affects global trade, and Brazil has an interest in contributing to fighting this crime. In addition, Brazil can gain from the experience in the fight against piracy in this part of the world to use against the existing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a strategic area of great interest for the country,” concluded Cmdr. Petrocelli.last_img read more

Canada confirms 7th BSE case; US joins probe

first_img The United States banned imports of Canadian cattle and beef after Canada’s first BSE case in May 2003. The border was reopened to boneless beef from young cattle a few months later, but live cattle were banned until July 2005, when officials reopened the border to cattle intended for slaughter before reaching 30 months of age. See also: The case was in a 50-month-old dairy cow from Alberta, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The cow was born several years after Canada banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants in 1997. Canada’s sixth case, in a cow from Manitoba, was confirmed Jul 4. The latest case was detected through Canada’s BSE surveillance program, which focuses on high-risk cattle. It was first announced as a potential case on Jul 10. The carcass was burned, and none of it entered the human or animal feed systems, the CFIA said. The new case drew concern from US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, who said he was sending a US expert to join the investigation. Finding the disease in a cow born more than 4 years after the feed ban took effect “does raise questions that must be answered,” he commented in a prepared statement. Jul 13 statement by USDA Secretary Johannscenter_img The CFIA said other countries have had BSE cases in cattle born after ruminant-to-ruminant feed bans. “Nonetheless, a full accounting and determination of how this animal was exposed to BSE will be the primary focus of the CFIA’s investigation,” the statement said, adding that US officials have been invited to participate. “We need a thorough understanding of all the circumstances involved in this case to assure our consumers that Canada’s regulatory system is effectively providing the utmost protections to consumers and livestock,” Johanns said. Jul 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Canada yesterday confirmed its seventh case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the second case verified this month. The agency said it has found the farm where the cow was born and is tracing other cattle born there within a year before and after the animal’s birth. The location of the farm was not given.last_img read more

Bank Customers should beware of fraudulent text messages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The holiday season is almost here and scammers are on high alert to take your money. Text messages asking for personal information is the latest scam going around.Scammers are now sending text messages to bank customers luring them to withdraw money from their personal accounts. In Alpena, many customers are convinced into sending money to an unknown company that doesn’t existResidents should not respond to suspicious text messages or robo calls. Be protective over your personal information and change the password to your banking app.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious A Tragic Two Vehicle Crash Leaves Elderly Woman DeadNext Alpena County Animal Facility hosts dinner fundraiser ahead of building opening next springlast_img read more

More charges against Curtis Everhart of Wellington — this time for distribution of meth

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Curtis Everhart, 31, of Wellington continues to rack up charges against himself.Everhart was arrested on two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, and one count of communication device to facilitate a drug sale by the Wellington Police Department.The arrest was made on Wednesday, June 19. Bond has been set at $50,000. The charges were stemmed from cases investigated by the Wellington Police Department and the Sumner County Drug Task Force. The case has now been sent to the Sumner County Attorney’s office for possible formal charges. Everhart was charged with three felony counts, one misdemeanor and a traffic infraction on Friday, May 24 for possession of stolen property, failing to stop vehicle emerging from a private driveway, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia.He was accused of obtaining a 22-inch Vizio television from a Winfield Wal-Mart originally said to be stolen by Gail Leighty. He then was obtained in Wellington where he is accused of 24 grams of meth inside a black pouch in his glove compartment, (see full story here): http://www.sumnernewscow.com/curtis-everhart-31-wellington-charged-with-3-felonies-from-fridays-drug-bust/Everhart was also involved with a high-speed chase on Wednesday, Feb. 6 of this year that involved four Latino men over a dispute which started in Sedgwick County and ended peacefully in the Orsheln’s Store parking lot in west Wellington.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said the chase started over a debt collection dispute which resulted in Everhart, driving a black Lincoln LS, being pursued by three vehicles (see story here).http://www.sumnernewscow.com/hearing-set-for-thursday-on-last-weeks-car-2-county-chase-and-collision-pursuit/ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (74) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +15 Vote up Vote down K-State Mom · 373 weeks ago Ok…….I realize the legal system is a work in progress, but REALLY?!?! How many times does a person get to sell drugs, get arrested, get out and start ALL over again!?! A person might start having nightmares from seeing his mugshot so often!! It truly terrifies me knowing he is out there doing what he is doing.with all the kids out there this summer! LOCK HIM UP AND KEEP HIM THERE!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 373 weeks ago Why do you keep letting the losers out? Why not set their bail high enough they can’t get out…?? Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Andy Dufrain · 373 weeks ago Maybe it’s time for you to switch careers. What I mean is, you don’t seem to be a very good thief (or druggie), maybe you should try something else. Report Reply 5 replies · active 372 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Guest · 373 weeks ago Stop breaking the law a$&hole Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago -21 Vote up Vote down cheyenne · 373 weeks ago Hey tracy, curtis is old news. Funny how quick you are to post **** about him. Bet ya didnt get that interview from him that i told you you were wasting ur time asking him for :)) Report Reply 2 replies · active 372 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down TRUMPED up · 373 weeks ago WOW some real idiots on the board this afternoon….. Look at the date of the charges. March people wake up and smell the roses as Kerwin Spencer is trying to throw the book at him. These are nothing but more trumped up charges on him. I can see how the PD and Kerwin are going to play their games now. Report Reply 2 replies · active 372 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down Bad Move Kerwin · 373 weeks ago •On March 29, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. Officers investigated distribution of methamphetamine and use of a communication device to facilitate drug sale in the area of Donut Bay, Wellington. •11:20 a.m. Curtis M. Everhart, 31, Wellington was arrested and charged with distribution of methamphetamine and use of a communication device to facilitate drug sale. •11:20 a.m. Curtis M. Everhart, 31, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with distribution of methamphetamine. Even I can see they are really now trying to throw the book at this kid. Let me in on the jury trial and he will walk for this. Report Reply 1 reply · active 372 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Dont like it · 373 weeks ago Some of the evidence they had charged him with in the earlier indictments must have been thrown out so now they must go back and recharge him yet again. We the public must hold our elected officials and the police to the highest standards morally and for what is right. These charges go beyond morally right. If you have screwed up Kerwin just admit it and move on, don’t do it again. Report Reply 1 reply · active 372 weeks ago +25 Vote up Vote down concerned · 373 weeks ago Are you serious? This “kid” is 31 yrs old. He sells meth to kids on the streets of the town you live in and carries guns and you would let him walk?? Maybe he’s your dealer. He needs to go to prison and never get out. End of story. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago -22 Vote up Vote down cheyenne · 373 weeks ago The gun wasnt registered in his name and wasnt in his reach. Come on, this is wellingtons finest were talking about. All they worry about is how many seatbelt tickets they can give a week and how many times little pj can pull people over. Lmfao. Report Reply 6 replies · active 366 weeks ago 1234Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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