EUNAVFOR Frigates Escort WFP Ship MV Tupi Maiden 3 (Gulf of Aden)

first_imgFrom the 18th to 21st June 2012, EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) frigates Guépratte and Reina Sofia collaborated with USS Taylor, engaged in TF 508 (NATO) to escort World Food Programme chartered ship MV Tupi Maiden 3.The escort of WFP ship started in Salalah (Oman) and was performed by EUNAVFOR French frigate Guépratte up to the east point of entry into the IRTC (Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor in the Gulf of Aden).Once in the IRTC, US frigate USS Taylor, engaged in NATO operation Ocean Shield, took over the escort before she eventually handed it over again to EUNAVFOR, but this time under the protection of the Spanish frigate Reina Sofia. MV Tupi Maiden eventually arrived safely in Djibouti on 21st June.On the occasion of a visit on board the EUNAVFOR flag ship by the new Dutch Commander of Task Force 508, EUNAVFOR Force Commander Rear Admiral Dupuis and his counterpart had discussed in particular the possibility of sharing escorts when the situation makes it possible and necessary.Protecting WFP ships is one of the priority tasks of EUNAVFOR. Since the beginning of the operation, nearly 1 million tons of food have been protected and provided to Somali people under the protection of EUNAVFOR ships.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 29, 2012; Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: News by topic View post tag: WFP View post tag: Frigates Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Tupi View post tag: EUNAVFOR View post tag: ESCORT View post tag: Maiden View post tag: M/V View post tag: Aden View post tag: Navy View post tag: ship EUNAVFOR Frigates Escort WFP Ship MV Tupi Maiden 3 (Gulf of Aden) View post tag: Gulf Back to overview,Home naval-today EUNAVFOR Frigates Escort WFP Ship MV Tupi Maiden 3 (Gulf of Aden) View post tag: 3 June 29, 2012last_img read more

Honduras Counters Crime with Operation Morazán II

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo March 05, 2019 On January 18, the Honduran government launched Operation Morazán II, led by its National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA, in Spanish). Morazán II was first implemented in the departments of Francisco Morazán, Olancho, Yoro, and Cortés, and it will be extended to the country’s 18 departments during 2019. The objective of Morazán II is to counter drug and arms trafficking, unlawful association, homicide, petty crime, and related offenses. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández described Morazán II as an operation to liberate areas and fully prosecute crime. “We won’t allow criminals to do as they please, like in the past,” Hernández told the press. About 2,000 units of the security forces deployed to the four departments to counter crime in those areas. “[The operation] was first implemented in these four departments since they reported the highest crime and murder rates in early 2019,” Honduran Army First Lieutenant José Antonio Coello, FUSINA spokesperson, told Diálogo. “Narcotrafficking in Honduras causes death, damages health, and produces violence and insecurity, and all Hondurans suffer the consequences of this illicit activity.” Liberating the country The operation will be carried out in three phases, with the first seeking to gain the trust of the people and encourage them to report suspicious activities. Authorities will also focus on capturing leaders of criminal gangs to dismantle them. During the second phase, security forces conduct security operations with roadblocks, checkpoints, and patrols. Finally, the third phase consists of stabilization with preventive controls and social projects. “Once the third stage ends, monitoring will be constant in these areas, since we can’t conduct operations and leave [the place] unprotected,” said 1st. Lt. Coello. “Monitoring is maintained by refurbishing police posts and detachments, and improving the quality of life of security personnel, so they can do their jobs better and provide services to areas that are being liberated.” Morazán’s first edition kicked off in January 2014 to counter organized crime, narcotrafficking, and gangs. According to the United Nations, Honduras was among the most dangerous countries worldwide in 2011, with 92 murders for every 100,000 inhabitants. Since then, FUSINA’s specialized work contributed to sharply reduce these figures. “We ended 2018 with a murder rate of 40 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants,” said 1st Lt. Coello. “The goal will be to drop to 34 or 32 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants by the end of 2019.” Immediate achievements The concentration of units in the initial four departments struck a tough blow against criminal groups. In less than a month, from Morazán II’s launch until January 12, FUSINA captured 45 alleged criminals—including leaders and other members of criminal organizations—in the conflict area of Valle de Amarateca, Francisco Morazán department. When the operation advances to the other departments, it will count with the support of military troops from around the country. “Due to the territorial disposition and organization of the Armed Forces, they can be present in every department to contribute to the efforts of the other components,” Honduran Navy Captain José Domingo Meza, director of Public Relations for the Armed Forces, told Diálogo. By mid-February, the operation had had positive outcomes. According to FUSINA, authorities dismantled seven criminal rings and captured more than 2,000 criminals, 644 of whom had arrest warrants. “The dismantled criminal gangs were some of the most dangerous,” said 1st Lt. Coello. “They generated violence, multiple homicides, turf wars, attacks, theft, extortion, and hired killings, as well as petty and organized crime.” In addition, deployed units seized 11 kilograms of cocaine and destroyed 90,000 marijuana plants. Authorities also destroyed a processing lab for illicit substances, six clandestine airstrips, and seized $36,000. “This is a historical FUSINA mission to change the unfortunate situation our country underwent,” said Honduran Army Brigadier General Germán Velázquez Romero, FUSINA commander. “We are achieving it, and most of all we have the will to do a thorough job.”last_img read more

Reform of Indonesia’s sluggish manufacturing sector urgently needed: Analysts

first_imgIn addition to the closure of many factories especially in Jakarta, Banten and West Java, the decline in manufacturing growth is also a result of difficulties in the procurement of raw materials abroad.He said the country’s manufacturing industry was heavily reliant on raw materials from overseas, which were hard to get during the crisis because of lockdown measures that not only disrupted distribution but also led to the closure of many factories.Consumers were also delaying the purchase of manufactured goods that are durable and considered nonessential, with the exception of a few products such as health equipment, Yose told the Post.He believed that the trade in manufactured goods would take longer to recover from COVID-19 than from the 2008 financial crisis. “In the past, the problem was demand. Now, the problem is demand and supply.” He went on to say that for spending on manufacturing goods to return, people needed to be able to maintain a steady job with a stable income. Without that sense of security, it is possible that the demand for manufactured products would not recover even after the pandemic ended as people were still uncertain about spending.“We should take this as an opportunity for structural reform,” he said, noting how even before the pandemic Indonesia’s manufacturing industry had been stagnating and was not considered to be an attractive place for investment.Manufacturing Index (manufacturing/IHS Markit)Foreign investment has fled to neighboring countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, which are deemed to be more competitive.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data published on May 5, manufacturing growth slowed to 2.06 percent in the first quarter of 2020 from 3.85 percent recorded during the same period last year.Its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) has also declined. In the first three months of the year, manufacturing industry accounted for 19.98 percent of GDP, a decline from 20.06 percent reported in the previous year, BPS data show.Meanwhile, data firm IHS Markit announced on May 4 that Indonesia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a gauge of the nation’s manufacturing activities, fell to 27.5 in April from the 45.3 recorded in March, the worst decline in the survey’s nine-year history and the steepest drop recorded in Asia. South Korea reported a PMI of 41.6; Taiwan 42.2; Vietnam 32.7; Malaysia 31.3; and the Philippines 31.6.“We expect manufacturing industry to record only 1.5 percent growth in 2020, implying a 230-basis points [bps] reduction compared with the 2019 figure,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin wrote in an economic outlook report published on April 30, explaining that the “major setback” projected for the industry throughout 2020 would be a result of weak international trade.Aside from weakening global trade, Bahana Sekuritas pointed to falling domestic demand to contribute to the industry’s gloomy outlook: “Core inflation, a representation of aggregate demand, defied historical patterns as it tumbled during the Ramadan month,” the securities firm said in its weekly report published on May 5.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist Aviliani expressed similar views. The downward trend in Indonesia’s manufacturing industry could carry on even after the crisis ends if there are no structural changes within the industry.“If we don’t get ourselves ready from now [and] change the structure of our industry, we will have a big problem in the future,” she told the Post, adding that the government had to be strategic in selecting the country’s top industries to be promoted in the global value chain.Government incentives, such as tax cuts had to be addressed for those selected industries, a task for the Industry Ministry and Finance Ministry to figure out, she said.Manufacturing Index (manufacturing/Bloomberg)Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) deputy chairman Bob Azam told the Post that many of its members’ cash flows could only sustain them until June.“The manufacturing sector has been pressed for three months, so by June, it needs to get back on its feet. If not, the industry will collapse, impacting employment as it’s a labor-intensive sector,” Bob said on May 6, hoping that the relaxation of social restriction measures would be accelerated so that by July 50 percent of industry could operate again and by the first quarter next year manufacturing could run at full speed.When asked about the worst-case scenario, he said it could take the industry two to three years to recover to the rate before the pandemic occurred if the handling of the crisis was ineffectiveOn April 30, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in an online briefing that only 15,000 manufacturing companies were still operating at present out of a total of 40,000 in normal times. Meanwhile, 4.7 million workers in the sector were still working, out of 17 million workers previously.Topics : The downturn in Indonesia’s manufacturing sector is likely to continue until the end of the year as demand and factory activity will remain low even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, analysts have warned.Centre for Strategic and International Studies economic department head Yose Rizal Damuri said that the sluggish growth of Indonesia’s manufacturing industry, which was the worst among Asian countries in April, may further decline in the coming months as demand would remain low and many factories would remain closed.“Looking ahead, manufacturing industry will indeed experience a downturn because the market is dwindling,” Yose told The Jakarta Post on May 6.last_img read more

Local health center staff promote injury prevention with drive up event

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA, Mich.— The MidMichigan Trauma Program continues to promote injury prevention by educating families on the importance of wearing a helmet. MidMichigan staff handed out bike helmets for their annual fundraising event.Residents were able to stay in their vehicles as members of the trauma program helped size adults and children. A variety of different helmet sizes and colors were provided as well as take home brain injury information.All helmets were purchased from local non–profit organizations that met bike helmet standards.According to Rouse, one third of bike related injuries involve the head and the face and that wearing a helmet can reduce brain injuries by 85 percent. All funds collected today will go toward purchasing more helmets for area families. If you missed today’s drive up event and would like a helmet you can contact Tanya at 989-356-7250.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap, directs school districts to develop return to school plans Next Local school district approves contract for building repairslast_img read more