Costa Rica: 1.5 tons of cocaine seized

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The Costa Rican Coast Guard seized 1.5 tons of cocaine after four crew members fled a boat to avoid arrest on March 13, Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said. The boat was found on the Caribbean beach of Manzanillo in the province of Limón. Drug Control Police (PCD) agents discovered the cocaine divided into 50 packs along with 30 barrels of fuel to power the four-engine vessel. The crew members escaped into the jungle, Boraschi said. Costa Rican officials have seized five tons of cocaine, eradicated 51,494 marijuana plants and broken up four narco-trafficking gangs so far this year, according to the Ministry of Security. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica is among 14 nations involved in Operation Martillo, a coordinated effort to stem drug trafficking along the Central American isthmus by working with governments in the region and Europe. [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 13/03/2013; UPI (Costa Rica), 13 /03/2013; El Siglo de Durango (México), 12/03/2013] By Dialogo March 15, 2013last_img read more

Brazilian Service Members Combat COVID-19

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 27, 2020 The Brazilian Armed Forces are employing their logistics structure to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of service member has been crucial in fighting problems in the vast national territory with 8.5 million square kilometers. Ten joint commands, strategically activated across the country, carry out these operations.An example of these activities is the distribution by Northeastern Joint Command of 45,000 basic food basket items to socially vulnerable people in the state of Pernambuco. Local business owners donated the supplies — more than 150 tons — that  have been delivered weekly, since April 15.Service members provide support to socially vulnerable people. (Photo: Brazilian Armed Forces Northeastern Joint Command)The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) deployed 30 vehicles and 350 service members from the 14th Motorized Infantry Battalion, and the 7th Field Artillery Group, in Pernambuco. “The logistics support included security, embarkation, transportation, and delivery of supplies to locations selected by the group of local business owners responsible for the donation,” said the Northeastern Joint Command’s Public Affairs Office.EB Lieutenant General Pedro Paulo de Mello Braga, commander of Northeastern Joint Command, told Diálogo that the activity planning was a result of teamwork between service members from EB, the Brazilian Navy, and the Air Force, which are part of the joint command, as well as other sectors of the government and civil society. “The EB, our ground force, was responsible for executing the distribution,” he said.Northeastern Joint Command is also setting up tents as screening stations at hospitals, emergency, and urgent care facilities; carrying out vaccination campaigns; distributing water to those experiencing drought; and donating blood. Service members trained in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense are also disinfecting public spaces. “We are deployed to fight the pandemic and provide support to the population,” said Lt. Gen. Braga.Solidarity in the South as wellAt Southern Joint Command, EB service members of the 3rd Supply Battalion participated in the manufacture of face shields to protect health care professionals who provide services to patients infected with COVID-19. A partnership between the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul’s Engineering Department, which was responsible for the project, arms manufacturer Taurus, which provided its headquarters in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul for work to take place, and EB, which provided the manpower for production, made the operation possibleThe production of the protective equipment, initially manufactured with a 3D printer, was considerably increased at the Taurus factory. According to Southern Joint Command, service members put in extra effort to produce as many shields in the shortest time possible. About 30 service members worked in the assembly process on three shifts — morning, afternoon, and night — making 3,000 face shields daily.In total, they manufactured 60,000 face shields. The production went to health care professionals who worked at hospitals in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Armed Forces hospitals, and public safety professionals.last_img read more

What to consider when planning for the unplanned

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Slagel Mr. Slagel is an insurance professional with more than 35 years of claims experience in the marketplace and more than 20 years in the supervision and management of claims staff. … Web: Details Tornado or flood damagePower outagesRoad closuresAlarm system or building security failuresPhone or internet malfunctionsSupplier shipment issues Think about how each potential scenario would affect your core business and your ability to service your account holdersBackup your dataBack up both print and electronic dataHave a plan for safely backing up data in case your computers or servers are destroyedDevelop formal procedures to document intellectual “data” and educate employees about that knowledge on a regular basisThink about business needsFigure out what equipment you would need to continue running your business if a disaster strikesThing about what would be needed to stay open and serve your customers if certain parts of your business shut down or were destroyedDetermine the people, supplies or services you would need to tap for assistance with continuing business operationsConsider the impact on claims activity and how you can address this in a timely fashion whilst in the midst of a disasterTest and share the completed planRun drills on an ongoing basis to determine how well you have done in laying out the plan and communicating it to your employeesLet employees know you’ re going to test their familiarity with disaster procedures at random timesSimulate some of the scenarios set out in your plan to see how the employees will reactEducate your employees about the finalized plan, making sure they understand what to do and where to go in the event of a disasterContact Allied Solutions to learn more about disaster planning.center_img With hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the California wild fires, disaster planning is something that many of us our thinking hard about these days. We all want to do as much as we can to prepare for these unexpected disasters, so that our businesses and consumers remain protected when these events occur. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of important things to consider as you establish or modify your disaster recovery and response procedures:Establish a planning committeeForm a contingency planning committee before getting startedKeep them in place for as long as it takes to put your plan togetherIdentify individuals who will bring a variety of perspectivesDevelop an employee roster with contact informationKeep a list of the names of all employeesInclude alternate ways that people can communicate with each other – the more, the merrierInclude home phone numbers, non-work e-mail addresses, and cell phone numbersDetermine a chain of commandDefine a clear chain of command and authority to employ during a disasterClearly state who would make decisions and take charge of the staff if key personnel go missingCommunicate the defined chain of command to all employeesThink about work space alternativesDetermine from where you would run your business if something happened to your primary base of operationsFigure out how and where you would serve your customersThink about which of your employees could work out of their homes and what services they could step up to provide in place of others without accessConsider working with another financial institution to share their facilities until you could rent or buy space at a new locationUncover your main vulnerabilitiesTake everything into account and think about anything that could go wrongMake a checklist of things to consider before, during and after a disasterlast_img read more