USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport

first_img View post tag: Nicholas USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Mayport View post tag: four View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: than View post tag: Tons View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Drugs View post tag: delivers July 18, 2012 View post tag: more Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) delivered more than four tons of cocaine and marijuana to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., seized from drug interdictions conducted in support of Operation Martillo, July 17.Crew members offloaded approximately 3,408 kilograms (7,500 pounds) of cocaine, and 109 kilograms (239 pounds) of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of more than $93 million. The amount of cocaine seized was enough for 7.2 million doses, each dose approximately the same size as a sugar packet.USS Nicholas is returning to port after a 175-day deployment supporting counter illicit trafficking operations aimed at disrupting transnational organized crime and keeping drugs off the streets. “With the help of some partners in the region we accomplished what we set out to do; disrupt the drug trade,” said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas commanding officer. “Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of other naval units, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the partner nation navies, we executed a successful deployment.”During the deployment, Nicholas with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) conducted a combination of six disruptions and interdictions while in the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters of South and Central America.Also during the deployment, Nicholas transited the Panama Canal twice, conducted passing exercises and an officer exchange with the Colombian Navy, certified 22 pilots through Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Detachment 9, four underway replenishments with a Chilean oiler, celebrated the anniversary of the War of 1812, and a “Crossing the Line” ceremony when the ship crossed the equator.U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, U.S. military and patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, along with the support of allied and partner nation (PN) forces assisted with patrolling coastal regions from Colombia to Mexico to detect and monitor illicit traffic in order to cue and support PNs and U.S. interagency interdiction efforts.Patrol airplanes from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77), Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) operating from El Salvador and U.S. Customs and Border Protection long range patrol aircraft operating from Jacksonville, Fla. And Corpus Christi, Tex., use sophisticated sensors to detect suspicious vessels and coordinate interdictions by the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and partner nations patrolling the region.More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being “go-fast” boats. By teaming up with regional partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, transnational organized crime networks will be denied those routes.LEDETs belong to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South or Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and are an armed deployable specialized force under the USCG’s Deployable Operations Group. They were created to support narcotics interdiction operations aboard U.S. Navy and allied ships and are capable of supporting DOD national defense operations. LEDETs provide specialized law enforcement capability and maritime security capabilities to enforce U.S. laws across a full spectrum of maritime response situations, maritime security augmentation and maritime interdiction anti-piracy operations.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, the agency charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area under the direction of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Share this articlelast_img read more

Hundreds volunteer for relief effort

first_imgHundreds volunteer for relief effort Hundreds volunteer for relief effortYLD disaster assistance coordinators now look toward Frances < p> Associate Editor More than 600 lawyers stepped up to the call to help Hurricane Charley victims with legal questions, and even more volunteers are needed as Hurricane Frances aims potentially disastrous winds toward Florida. On September 1, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division President Mike Faehner kept a wary eye on the Weather Channel, monitoring Frances’ catastrophic creep — just a day after he participated in a Town Hall meeting at the Charlotte County Justice Center to help families left homeless and confused by Charley. “We have a one-year plan for Charley. Recovery from Hurricane Charley is a marathon, not a sprint. Florida Bar volunteers are involved for the long haul to provide assistance,” said Faehner, who has been working to put the YLD in coordination with the ABA-YLD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “With Frances, I warned everybody that we’re not the ones with as big of a problem as FEMA, which is not designed to handle two hurricanes in such a short time.” More volunteers are needed to staff the toll-free hotline number for hurricane victims who cannot afford to hire a lawyer: (866) 550-2929. “If Frances hits Florida in a significant manner, we will have to divide our resources,” Faehner said. “It will be tricky to decide where we deploy our resources. I want everyone pushing that toll-free number.” Faehner knows firsthand that staffing the hotline number brings a good feeling of being a lawyer willing to do meaningful, appreciated pro bono work. “I think it’s very rewarding to be able to help that one person out to make a difference and give that person guidance when they don’t have hope,” Faehner said. “One person I spoke to lost everything. They are over the grief stage at this point, saying, ‘We’ve got to put our life together. We have to move on.’ These people are very thankful FEMA got in there quickly. I spoke to three people whose houses are uninhabitable. They said FEMA gave them checks, and within 48 hours they had $25,000 in a bank account to buy a new trailer or move out of the area.” Some lawyers who had volunteered for the disaster hotline called Faehner to cancel because they were busy boarding up their homes and law offices on the East Coast to prepare for the worst from Hurricane Frances. “A lot of lawyers I am asking to volunteer have basically said, ‘I don’t feel confident because I don’t know disaster law.’ My response is, ‘Every lawyer knows some disaster law.’” What lawyers don’t know off the top of their heads, Faehner assured, can be answered in short order by referring to experts and a manual prepared for Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and since updated. In just one day, August 30, 88 calls came in seeking answers to questions ranging from insurance claims, landlord-tenant disputes over paying rent when a place has a leaky roof, condominium concerns, and whether to use public adjusters, Faehner said. At the Town Hall meeting in Punta Gorda, one of the hardest hit areas of 25 counties affected by Hurricane Charley, about 30 citizens gathered to ask a panel of attorneys a variety of questions. “Their stories were quite moving,” Faehner said. “The thing that most impressed me was that even after two-and-a-half weeks, they are still optimistic. They are fighters down there. They want to get it all back together.” Besides Faehner’s participation at the Town Hall gathering, Dennis Webb, president of the Lee County Bar Association, led the meeting, and other legal experts included Robert Koch, president of the Charlotte County Bar Association, Robert Pritt, past president of the Lee County Bar and a landlord/tenant attorney, 20th Circuit Public Defender Robert Jacobs, and Robert Julian, representing the Florida Attorney General’s Regional Office. Attorneys supplied tips on avoiding scam artists, how to deal with both insurance and “public” adjusters, and benefits available through FEMA. Now that basic services—roads, electricity, and water—are up and running, Faehner said, “Everyone is taking a step back and looking at long-term damage control. It’s the beginning of people getting their businesses back together. We happened to drive by and see a lawyer’s two-story office destroyed, with a sign that they had moved.” At the Town Hall meeting, Faehner recounted, Charlotte County Judge Walter Wayne Woodard, administrative judge, assured everyone that the courts were operating again, and they would be liberal with lawyers and litigants because they realize people don’t have mailboxes to send notices to. The judge also said they are not issuing bench warrants for failure to appear, recognizing many people lost homes and offices. Public Defender Jacobs told the group there had been a record number of arrests because many people stopped for curfew violations had outstanding warrants and were taken to jail. For law enforcement who pitched in from all over the state, Faehner said: “It was a different kind of cleaning up the streets.” As of August 27, before the September 1 Bar News publicizing the relief effort was printed, the Bar’s Web site with Hurricane Charley information received about 1,000 hits, and 433 people called the toll-free number for help with legal questions. FEMA requested volunteer lawyers through the YLD program to be available in three sites: Port Charlotte, Sebring, and Ft. Myers, and Faehner said the YLD is coordinating with the Lee County Bar Association to schedule volunteers. During that same time frame, the Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service received 97 calls from Bar members offering space and assistance to affected attorneys. Five requests for assistance have been received, and four have been fulfilled, said Faehner, who added, “We expect to receive more requests as relief efforts continue.” In one week, the Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust (ACT), a 501(c)(3) disaster relief fund, received donations of more than $4,000. Faehner said the YLD has given $1,000 each to ACT and the American Red Cross and is encouraging others to donate, too. Calling All Lawyers Who Want to Help: Staff the Hotline: The Florida Bar has established a toll free number—(866) 550-2929—for hurricane victims to call with legal questions, and the Bar needs attorneys to answer their questions. Lawyers interested in volunteering should e-mail the following information to Austin Newberry, YLD administrator at The Florida Bar, ([email protected]): Name, address, county, work phone, fax, work e-mail, area of practice, additional languages spoken. In addition, volunteers should include the legal areas in which they can provide assistance. Make a Donation: Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust (ACT) is a 501(c)(3) disaster relief fund that offers Florida attorneys an avenue for making donations to victims of disaster. ACT seeks to provide aid and assistance when a disaster—such as a hurricane—causes the disruption of the legal processes and court systems or reduces citizen access to the legal system and the pursuit of justice. ACT may also support charitable organizations that provide charitable aid and other assistance to victims. Donations may be mailed to Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust, 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-3200. September 15, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Pandemic antibiotics surge will cause more deaths: WHO

first_imgSouth America yet to peak The novel coronavirus has infected at least 6.2 million people and killed more than 373,000 since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP. WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said that infection rates in South America were “far from stable” following a rapid increase in cases.Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico were among the 10 reporting the highest new number of cases in the past 24 hours.”Central and South America in particular have very much become the intense zones for transmission of this virus,” Ryan said.”I don’t believe we have reached the peak in that transmission and, at this point, I cannot predict when we will.” Disease treatment disrupted Meanwhile the WHO said the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) had been severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began in December, following a survey of 155 countries.”This situation is of significant concern because people living with NCDs are at higher risk of severe COVID-19-related illness and death,” it said.The survey, during a three-week period in May, found that low-income countries were most affected.Some 53 percent of countries reported partially or completely disrupted services for hypertension treatment.The figure was 49 percent for diabetes treatment and related complications; 42 percent for cancer treatment, and 31 percent for cardiovascular emergencies. The most common reasons for discontinuing or reducing services were cancellations of planned treatments, a decrease in available public transport and a lack of staff because health workers had been reassigned to COVID-19 treatment. Increased antibiotics use in combating the COVID-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization said Monday.WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them.The UN health agency said it was concerned that the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis would further fuel the trend. “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond,” Tedros told a virtual press conference from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters.The WHO said only a small proportion of COVID-19 patients needed antibiotics to treat subsequent bacterial infections.The organization has issued guidance to medics not to provide antibiotic therapy or prophylaxis to patients with mild COVID-19, or to patients with moderate illness without a clinical suspicion of bacterial infection.Tedros said the guidelines said should help tackle antimicrobial resistance while saving lives. He called the threat of antimicrobial resistance “one of the most urgent challenges of our time”.”It’s clear that the world is losing its ability to use critically important antimicrobial medicines,” he said.Highlighting inappropriate usage, he said there was an “overuse” of antibiotics in some countries, while in low-income states, such life-saving medicines were unavailable, “leading to needless suffering and death”. Mass gatherings risk The WHO warned about the dangers of mass gatherings, as protests rage in the United States and elsewhere over the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, and as sports events begin a tentative resumption.”Mass gatherings have the potential to act as super-spreading events,” warned Tedros, highlighting WHO guidance designed to help organizers determine how such events can be held safely.The WHO was asked about the street protests in the United States and the fear that they could increase the spread of the virus.”With increasing social mixing and people coming together, particularly in areas if the virus is not under control, that close contact between people can pose a risk,” answered the organization’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove — stressing that she was speaking about mass gatherings in general.People planning mass events should undertake a “very serious, rigorous risk assessment”, she said.”Physical distancing remains a very important aspect to control and suppression of transmission of COVID-19. This is not over yet,” the expert said. Topics :last_img read more