Singapore utility moving forward with 60MW floating solar project

first_imgSingapore utility moving forward with 60MW floating solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A 60MW floating solar plant that will take Singapore’s national water utility to 100 percent renewables is set to be built off the back of a 25-year power purchase agreement signed this week.Singapore-based engineering group Sembcorp said on Monday that a deal had been struck between its fully owned subsidiary Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore and Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB, underpinning the construction of the massive floating PV array.The 25-year PPA follows PUB’s announcement in February of this year that it had appointed Sembcorp to design, build, own and operate the project, which is billed as one of the world’s largest, inland floating solar PV systems.Under the agreement, Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore will install more than 146,000 solar panels on the Tengeh Reservoir in Tuas, the site of testing for floating solar technology by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore since 2017.Sembcorp said the solar power generated by the floating PV would meet the day-to-day operational energy needs of PUB’s five local waterworks, including Marina Barrage, making Singapore one of few countries in the world to achieve 100% green waterworks.Floating solar, while slow to take off, is seen as a big potential market, both for countries like Singapore with limited space for large-scale onshore renewable energy projects and as a complement to water storage and treatment infrastructure, to power them sustainably and help prevent water loss by evaporation.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Massive 60MW floating solar plant secures 25-year PPA in Singaporelast_img read more

The First Hiker

first_imgPhoto: Ashley Woodring In the spring of 1669, a German named John Lederer started riding west from Richmond in search of the shortest land route to the Indian Ocean. He missed it by a good 10,000 miles—and knew it, writing afterward that anyone who thought the Indian Ocean, never mind the Pacific, was just “eight or ten days” on horseback from Virginia was “in a great errour.” But he did manage an altogether different first: he became the first person in recorded history to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains.Obviously, he wasn’t the first to encounter the Blue Ridge; in his notes, which were written in Latin and then translated into English by a colonist named William Talbot and published as The Discoveries of John Lederer, Lederer himself describes the agreeably wide grass paths that then characterized the landscape, created by generations of Indians who shaped the land by slashing and burning forest. “The Country here, by the industry of these Indians, is very open, and clear of wood,” he writes.But he was the first to travel across them for the sole purpose of seeing what was on the next peak, and then, crucially, to write it down. Lederer made three trips in total, sent by Virginia’s colonial governor to explore the land, the land that Thomas Jefferson said much later in his Notes on the State of Virginia was “worth a voyage across the Atlantic.”Reading his notes, it’s hard not to like Lederer. Confounding expectations of a man of his era, he carefully catalogs the many Indian groups that then inhabited Virginia and notes their names for places and geological features. He also documents native medicines and social mores. Even when he gently mocks the local explanation for how rattlesnakes manage to get a jump on fast-moving squirrels—squirrels are so spooked by their gaze that they lose their footing and fall off branches and into the waiting maws of the snakes below—it’s with a clear affection.Lederer also has a sense of humor. He makes fun of his English travel companions for insisting on religiously following their compasses rather than their Indian guides, comparing the Europeans to “those Land-Crabs, that crawling backwards in a direct line, avoid not the Trees that stand in their way, but climbing over their very tops, come down again on the other side, and so after a day’s labour gain not above two foot of ground.”He writes proudly of how the men he first sets out with laugh at him for packing dried cornmeal as his main provision, only to beg him for at least a taste when the humid summer air turns their biscuits moldy in a matter of weeks (he tells them no). He tells how a Major Harris in his party “vainly imagined [the James River] to be an Arm of the Lake of Canada; and was so transported with this Fancy, that he would have raised a Pillar to the Discovery, if the fear of the Mahock Indian, and want of food, had permitted him to stay.”And he’s relatable, as when he talks about the same Major Harris defecting from the trip and leaving him only a gun and a prayer under the assumption that Lederer would meet his end in the jaws of a bear, wolf, or bobcat, or at the hands of hostile Indians. Harris’ assumption, writes Lederer, “made him the bolder in Virginia to report strange things in his own praise and my disparagement, presuming I would never appear to disprove him.” Anyone who’s ever been badmouthed behind his or her back has to appreciate Lederer standing up for himself.In short, he was one of us, a wry but sympathetic observer making his way across rivers and over peaks without missing a thing. The woods then may have seemed wilder, teeming, as they were, with predators; the landscape may have been dotted with Indian towns instead of Burger Kings and gas stations. But his account of trekking toward, then up, the mountains, easily cuts straight through more than three centuries of change.The first time he ever spots mountains, he writes: “The fourteenth of March, from the top of an eminent hill, I first descried the Apalataean Mountains, bearing due West to the place I stood upon: their distance from me was so great, that I could hardly discern whether they were Mountains or Clouds.”That report comes within days of the start of the first of his three journeys, but it isn’t until his third, 17 months later, that he actually fully documents conquering a mountain in the Blue Ridge. By this point, his betrayer Major Harris is safe at home, spreading nasty rumors about Lederer. He makes the journey instead with a Colonel Catlet: “The ascent was so steep, the cold so intense, and we so tired, that having with much ado gained the top of one of the highest, we drank the Kings Health in Brandy, gave the Mountain His name, and agreed to return back again.”Looking out over the Blue Ridge and across the Shenandoah Valley, to the greater Appalachians before him, the true vastness of the range finally dawns on Lederer, giving him “no encouragement … to proceed to a further discovery.”It’s all there: the challenge, the exhaustion, the confused blend of futility and triumph in equal measure that comes with reaching a summit and seeing that it’s just one crest of one wave in a seemingly infinite sea. The vow, after all, to return. John Lederer was a hiker.In his opening notes in the official edition of Lederer’s account, Talbot, the translator, says that the German never did get the chance to return. Virginians were furious that their tax money had been spent sending a continental foreigner out to shame the colonists by pushing on farther than they were willing or able. Talbot found the “modest ingenious” Lederer living in exile in Maryland.He says he did not expect to like Lederer, his damaged reputation having preceded him. But they became friends as the German’s stories and levelheadedness “quite abolished those former impressions in me.” At the end of it all, Talbot wrote, “I thought the Printing of these Papers was no injury to the Author, and might prove a Service to the Publick.” And so it did. John Lederer: first hiker of the Blue Ridge.last_img read more

Lance: It’s My Fault

first_imgI’ve reluctantly come to accept a painful truth: Lance cheated. I denied the lie for as long as I could. I wanted to hold out for the hero who had inspired me. I didn’t want to see the cheat beneath the champion. But I can’t fool myself any longer. If you’re innocent of a crime, you don’t say you’re guilty just because you’re tired of controversy. You fight to the end. Lance should know that better than anyone.But before I add Lance to the scrap heap of other fallen heroes like Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, and Mark McGwire, I have to accept another painful truth: Lance cheated because of me.I am a sports fan who cheers for home runs, world records, and hard-hitting, bone-crushing tackles. I want my team and my athletes to win. I continue to attend professional sports games, even though I know half of the players out there are dopers. I vote with my beers, hot dogs, and season tickets for more steroids in sports.I cheer for American athletes like Lance, even when he is taking performing-enhancing drugs, because it would be unpatriotic—and, let’s face it, uncool—to cheer for the little guy in the back of the peloton who is playing by the rules and getting dropped by the pack.Who can blame Lance for cheating? The stakes have never been higher. Athletes are better trained than ever before. Competition has never been more intense. Prize money and endorsements have never been more lucrative. Fans like me are funding it. We get what we pay for.Lance cheated because we wanted him to. We wanted him to win, at any cost. That American mindset infiltrates more than our sports. We want our Wall Street bankers to cheat the system to keep our investment returns in the double digits.  We want our politicians to cheat if it means cheaper gas at the pump.If we want our heroes to stop cheating, we have to stop cheating ourselves. We have to hold our heroes to higher standards than just earning the top spot on the podium. We have to cheer for honesty, integrity, and second place. That’s not easy for winner-take-all Americans to do. It’s even harder for my four-year-old son to grasp. Last month, we watched the Olympic 800 meter race, cheering for American Nick Symmonds to catch Kenyan David Rudisha. Symmonds made a late surge but couldn’t reel him in down the final straightaway. Symmonds ultimately finished fifth, but he beamed as brightly as the Kenyan gold medalist.“Why is he so happy?” my son asked. “He didn’t even get a medal.”“He ran his fastest time ever.”“Oh.” He thought for a moment, and then asked, “So I don’t have to win to be happy?”Then he went outside and pretended to be Nick Symmonds, stumbling across the finish line, digging deep for his best, even if it wasn’t the best, and finishing with a smile on his face.That’s a hero I can be proud of.last_img read more

48 Hours in Fayetteville, West Virginia

first_imgUsually, if you want to check an adrenaline-rushing, heart-pumping natural adventure off your bucket list, you have to travel to a place that doesn’t have much else to offer except that specific excursion. But what if I told you there is a town where you don’t have to sacrifice one thrill for another; a town with some of the best mountain biking trails, diverse miles of rock climbing, class V whitewater expeditions, hiking, zip lining, and even base jumping? Located toward the southern part of West Virginia, the small town of Fayetteville is making a big mark on the outdoor lover’s map. Use our guide to plan your perfect stay in one of the coolest towns in America.Day One:Experience the Beautiful New RiverFayette County is lucky in that two large rivers flowing through town with rapids of all different classes. The high volume, lower section of the New River provides a spectacular opportunity for whitewater adventure. It is anywhere from four to six hours (depending on the water level) of nonstop excitement as you raft through enormous waves, shelf drops, and class IV rapids.If that’s not your cup of tea then grab a crash pad and boulder in the New River Dries. The multitude of problems and unique formations make this section a favorite for beginners and expert climbers. For ideas of where to climb on the New River or for a wide range of quality climbing gear, stop in at Waterstone Outdoors and talk to their knowledgeable staff of experienced climbers and outdoor lovers.GrandviewRimTrailNRG2Photo by Jess DaddioSee Why The Gauley is World Class WhitewaterIf you’re in town in the fall and want to experience one of the top rivers in the world, try your luck rafting the Upper Gauley River. This is not for the inexperienced. Its constant class IV and V rapids are paired with technical maneuvering and tight squeezes. Drop over 335 feet in a little over 12 miles and see why the Upper Gauley is one of the top whitewater sections in the nation. Also in the fall when water is being released into the Gauley, the lower section provides a slightly less intimidating choice for eager rafters. The 17-mile stretch comes accompanied with astounding scenery, relaxing pools, and gut wrenching class III-IV rapids. Book your trip on one of these amazing sections with Adventures on the Gorge, ACE Adventure Resort, West Virginia Adventures, or many others!NewRiverGorgePhoto by Jess DaddioFor a More Tame Water Experience…In the beginning of the 20th century, a rock-fill dam on the Gauley River was flooded to create West Virginia’s largest lake, Summersville Lake. Encapsulating the clean and clear freshwater lake are miles of sandstone cliffs perfect for rock climbing, along with quiet coves that make it easy to see why this lake is so special. Popular activities on the lake include excellent fishing, swimming at the public beach, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Adventures on the Gorge even offers stand up paddleboard instruction right on the lake tailored to your needs and experience. They also offer paddleboard and kayak rentals as well as guided climbing.Photo by Jess DaddioPhoto By Jess DaddioDay Two:Bike the Arrowhead TrailsThe Arrowhead Trails offers mountain bikers 12.8 miles of singletrack, stacked loop riding. These four well-maintained, flowing trails range from the easier and beginner welcoming Clovis Trail and Adena Trail to the intermediate LeCroy Trail and Dalton Trail built for experienced mountain bikers. Enjoy rolling hills with tremendous flow, exciting turns, and obstacles such as rocky sections, tight switchbacks, and a rock bridge leading over a small drainage. Thanks to the hard work and many hours put into construction and maintenance, the trail provides great maps and excellent markings that will have you coming back for more. For bike repairs and parts, rentals, or guided tours, head to New River Bikes and let their friendly staff assist you.Hike the Kaymoor Miners Trail and See a Part of HistoryThe Kaymoor Miners Trail provides hikers with a short but strenuous one mile hike with unparalleled views and old structures of a historic mine site. The hike descends from the top of the New River Gorge and provides a magnificent view of the gorge just a short ways down from the trailhead. Once you reach the mine site, you will be greeted by the 821 stairs that carry you down to see what is left of one of the largest coal processing plants in the gorge. You’ll be fascinated at the mine openings, remnants of old coal cars and buildings, and signs to take you back in time over 100 years ago to when the plant was booming with coal.Get a Grip on Rock ClimbingHave you always had an itch to learn how to climb or to take the next step in becoming a better rock climber? New River Mountain Guides provide private instruction that is sure to enhance your abilities. They will take you to their favorite spots in the region and share their passion for climbing with you. See the New River and surrounding areas from a unique angle that unleashes even more beauty than you thought possible. Also offered are kids’ rock climbing summer camps, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification courses, and yoga retreats.ClimbingNewRiverGorgePhoto By Jess DaddioFood:Pies and Pints Pizzeria– Featured on the Cooking Channel and Food Network, Pies and Pints offers uniquely crafted pizzas and only the best handcrafted beers, a match made in heaven.Cathedral Café– This eccentric old church is where all the locals go for the best coffee, handmade pastries and desserts, and breakfasts.Secret Sandwich Society– The secret is out. Look no further than this small gourmet sandwich shop for a mouthwatering meal made from fresh ingredients.11392912_860963213939058_1335536886750861211_nPhoto Courtesy of the Secret Sandwich SocietyGumbo’s Cajun Restaurant– Head to downtown Fayetteville for a mix of Cajun, American, and Creole for dinner. With an effort to use only the freshest ingredients, they source as much local produce and meats as possible.Nightlife:Studio B Gallery & Gifts– If you’re looking to pick up a bottle of fine wine or six pack of craft beer to go along with your campfire under the stars, stop in Studio B for a diverse selection. Grab a souvenir of Bridge Brew, Fayetteville’s small craft brewery ran by only two hard workers making sure each beer is crafted to perfection.Smokey’s On The Gorge– Smokey’s is the best mix of superb, quality food, casual dining, and breath taking views of the New River Gorge. What better way to enjoy a glass of wine than sitting outside watching the sunset bask in all its glory over the tranquil river and echoing mountains?Charlie’s Pub– With over 75 craft beers and 160 liquor choices, unbelievable happy hour prices, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, it’s no surprise this is the bar of choice for all the locals.Lodging:American Alpine Club Campground– Located within walking distance of the New River Gorge, this newer, well-kept campground is only $5 per night for AAC members!Adventures on the Gorge– The perfect place to stay after a day spent on one of their many guided adventures. Adventures on the Gorge lodging rentals include something for every type of camper with simple and small cabins, deluxe four bedroom cabins, wooded camping, or field camping.Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 2.02.02 PMPhoto Courtesy of Adventures on the GorgeACE Adventure Resort– Located on a lake in Minden, West Virginia not far from the New River, ACE offers fantastic dining, a plethora of outdoor activities, and plenty of lodging. Choose from spacey cabins with hot tubs, RV camping, or old fashioned tent camping.Upcoming Events:Gauley Fest– This four day whitewater festival gathers river rats from far and near to boast their boating abilities, swap gear, dance to some funky live music, and meet other passionate nature lovers. All proceeds from the event go to American Whitewater’s river conservation. September 17th-20th Summersville, West VirginiaUpperGauley_SweetsFalls_kayakPOVCraggin’ Classic is a weekend long celebration of the area’s premiere climbing destination. Climbing is only a dent in the list of activities and excursions: Live music, ping-pong tournament, trail work, film screening of “Metanoia”, clinics, gear demos, and much more.New River Gorge SUP Race– SUP athletes battle it out on the upstream attainment race or downriver whitewater race with up to class IV rapids. Watch the only paddleboard competition in the state and stay for free demos, instruction, and a raging celebration at the after party. September 20th Lansing, West Virginia.NewRiverGorgeSUP.jpg5Bridge Day gathers over 50,000 spectators whose jaws are sure to drop as the hundreds of base jumpers take a leap of faith on the 876’ New River Gorge Bridge. This event is one of the largest extreme sports events in the world on the second longest single arch bridge. October 17th Fayette County, West VirginiaNative Knowledge:“Fayetteville is located on the border of a national park. You can ride right from downtown and be in the woods in less than 5 minutes. There’s plenty of lodging, trails, food, and other activities. Picking a favorite biking trail is hard. I like to think of it more as a loop. In town to Arrowhead and back is super fun. Leave town via Fayetteville trail to Kaymoor Top and Arrowhead, ride the Arrowhead system, and return via Timber Ridge. So many folks drive to the Arrowhead trailhead and miss two amazing downhills!” – Andrew Forron, Owner of New River Bikeslast_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: Lowcountry Redfish 101

first_imgRelated Content: When it comes to fly fishing the Lowcountry for Redfish there’s not really one particular “how to” that can get you on fish automatically.From my experience, you have to come here and soak in everything that is fishing in this part of the world. You also need to accept the fact that the fishing gods may not present you with the best conditions. That’s why I finally moved here. There is a draw to this area like no other, and catching fish is the bonus.I’m not saying it’s a love/hate situation, but more of a love/love/hate/love scenario.  It’s not unlike any other saltwater destination. There are the tide swings—which are huge—the standard tropical weather, and a huge mass of water that hands you all different types of challenges—challenges that are there to make it that much sweeter when you do hold that meaty, scaly wad of ginger that we all love so much.Now that I’ve given you the disclaimer that Redfish aren’t as easy to catch as many say they are, the best advice I can provide is to just go out and get your feet wet.If I was going to pick a good time to come and check this whole thing out, it would be the 3 or 4 days before and after a new or full moon. The tides are going to be high enough to get water on the higher spartina grass flats which in turn bring the critters that we crave—Redfish, Sheepshead and other various targets.10547918_352984531519866_5987671230333433918_oPhoto by Doug RolandThis formula is even more important if you don’t have a boat. These flats are hard ground and allow you to wade over a large amount of area searching for the hoisted flag of the red as they are feeding.Actual tactical instructions are all over the board. I have had fish move 10 feet from a bad cast that should have never happened. I have casted right on the nose of a feeding fish that spooked like Halloween, but I’ve caught them with ease in that situation as well.I have seen Reds come sip a fly off the grass after the angler just kept it there to see what would happen. I believe that this part of engaging a close Redfish can go anyway you could dream it up. There’s really no telling what will happen.The most recent fish I caught on a tailing tide was a bit strange. The fish was tailing, but not very confidently.  He would tail, disappear…tail, disappear.  So, I casted it two feet to the right of where it was last seen.I stripped in the crab pattern, very short and slow strips, in hopes of making some movement but also keeping the fly “in the zone” longer.  After about 10 feet of dragging it through the mud bottom, I hit grass, which is never good.I had to aggressively strip the fly out of the grass, I then slumped my shoulders in disbelief that we did not come out a winner in that situation. I went to strip in the slack to re-cast, and dammit if the fish wasn’t on the abandoned fly that I had left to die.So, in this case I did everything right, but when I gave up, the fish gave in. I had the feeling that I didn’t deserve to catch this fish, but at the ned of the day, it was my fish and high fives and cold beers were in order.[divider]About the Author[/divider]IMG_0670Photo by Doug RolandPaul Puckett is a Charleston, SC-based artist and one of the co-founders of Flood Tide Co. When’s he’s not landing giant Redfish on the fly, he’s creating popular fly fishing themed art, playing the guitar, or developing the Flood Tide brand, which has made him an integral part of the Low Country outdoors scene. To keep up with Paul and Flood Tide follow him on Instagram.last_img read more

Community Cleanup in Asheville, NC

first_imgThe French Broad River Cleanup will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, hosted in partnership with Asheville Greenworks and Diamond Brand Outfitters. A natural partner for United By Blue, Asheville GreenWorks hosts community cleanup events year-round in Asheville, and contributes to the education and conservation of the environment in the area. Cleanup volunteers will gather at Salvage Station and spend the morning removing litter and debris from the riverbanks. There will be complimentary stainless steel water bottles and prizes awarded in a variety of categories, and the morning will conclude with a party at Salvage Station. In addition to the cleanup, volunteers are encouraged to attend the warehouse sale at the nearby aLoft hotel, where they’ll receive a free graphic t-shirt for their efforts. What: United By Blue is an outdoor apparel and lifestyle brand that removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. Where: 144 N 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 United By Blue’s 2019 Waterway Cleanup Tour follows an impactful 2018 season where UBB team members and volunteers worked together to pull over 533,502 lbs of trash across 45 cleanups in 23 states (21 of which had never hosted a United By Blue cleanup). To sign up for an upcoming event or find out more about United By Blue’s cleanup and warehouse weekends, visit Social: @unitedbyblue Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Website: United By Blue Partners with Diamond Brand Outdoors for Cleanup and Warehouse Weekend Contact: Cecilia Schnobrich, 218.370.1313, [email protected] United By Blue (UBB), the sustainable outdoor apparel brand that pledges to remove a pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways for every product sold, announced today its plans for a warehouse sale and community cleanup weekend in Asheville, NC. The company is partnering with local organizations Diamond Brand Outdoors, Frugal Backpacker, and Asheville GreenWorks to host events held on June 21-23. The weekend-long warehouse sale, held outside Diamond Brand Outdoors, will offer customers a chance to get discounted samples and overstock, while the Saturday cleanup, co-hosted by Asheville Greenworks, will focus on removing litter from the banks of the French Broad River. Asheville is the sixth stop on United By Blue’s 2019 Waterway Cleanup Tour. Image may contain: text and waterWaterway Cleanup Tour: Asheville – Event Page United By Blue is an outdoor brand driven by the belief that every living creature is united by the blue of our world’s oceans and waterways, and we all share the responsibility to protect them. Our pledge unites our beliefs with our business: For every product sold, we remove one pound of trash from the oceans and waterways through company organized cleanups. All apparel and accessories are responsibly made using sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and bison fiber. United By Blue products can be found in more than 1000 outlets nationally, in our stores in Philadelphia, and online at “The purpose of our Waterway Cleanup Tour is to bring the mission side of our business directly to the customers that support us,” says Maria McDonald, UBB’s Cleanup Programs Coordinator. “By pairing this cleanup with a warehouse sale, we’re bringing the full United By Blue experience to Asheville. You’ll be able to get a great deal on some of our past products and see your purchase in action—and be a part of it—at a community cleanup.” ABOUT UNITED BY BLUE: More Details: The warehouse sale will be held outside Diamond Brand Outdoors in the aLoft hotel, located at 51 Biltmore Ave, on Friday, June 21 from 10 a.m.—8 p.m.; Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.—8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m.—6 p.m. It will include an array of outerwear, button-down shirts, graphic tees, bags and accessories, all with marked-down prices. A longtime partner of United By Blue, Diamond Brand Outfitters has been connecting people with nature through outdoor recreation in North Carolina for decades, while their sister company, Frugal Backpacker, provides outdoor recreation opportunities on a budget. Both brands emphasis social and environmental responsibility in their business practices. last_img read more


first_img And it doesn’t start and end with just one weekend. The people in power have decided to make this winter season full of activities tailored to knuckleheads of all ages. Costumes, terrain park competitions, brew fests (keep an eye out for the locally crafted Shay’s Revenge Stout) and live acts will take the stage throughout the season. There are three things certain in life: taxes, death and Snowshoe’s iconic Opening Day Weekend. After patiently waiting for 236 days since closing last March, Opening Day is finally within reach. Scheduled for Friday, November 22, the “Island in the Sky” will open the season with a loud bang, thanks to its army of snow guns, and pulling out all the stops in the après department to celebrate the return of the season of seasons.  And since Opening Day weekend is not to be missed, you know the energy level and stoke factor will be over the top to welcome winter properly. Still need a few more reasons to call in sick? How about an off-road adventure to the backcountry escape room, a soothing spa treatment? Bottom-line? Wax your boards and skis, put on your power song, and turn the phone to “Do Not Disturb.” About Snowshoe Mountain: This is Snowshoe – part pure adventure, part cushy comfort, 100% contagious happiness. Our three distinct areas all have personalities worth getting to know. With the perfect amount of vertical in all the right places. A slew of kickers, rails, and other flip-worthy features. Plenty of runs groomed with the same attention paid to top show dogs. last_img read more

U.S. Will Continue Aiding Paraguay in Security and Against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo November 10, 2010 The United States will continue cooperating with Paraguay on security issues and on programs against drug trafficking, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela said at a press conference. “We are committed to continuing with aid that has been very fruitful and in which we have a great deal to do going forward,” the envoy of Barack Obama’s administration declared after meeting with Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo. Among the issues discussed with Lugo was “security, one of the most important issues for the countries of Latin America, especially for those facing the challenge of drug trafficking and crime,” said Valenzuela, who spoke in Spanish. The U.S. official said that his government is also prepared to provide Paraguay with military security assistance. “A military operation is not being ruled out, but on the basis of what is of interest to Paraguay,” Valenzuela said, without giving more details.last_img read more

Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Governments Will Analyze Security along Shared Border

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2012 Representatives of the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Governments met in San José on March 8 and 9 to analyze security measures along their disputed shared border, the Foreign Ministry in San José announced on March 7. This is the first meeting of the “Costa Rica-Nicaragua Mechanism for Coordinated Police and Security Activities,” created by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in a ruling issued in March 2011. The Nicaraguan delegation was headed by the director of the Nicaraguan police, Commissioner Aminta Granera, while the Costa Rican team was headed by Deputy Public Safety Minister Walter Navarro, the Foreign Ministry specified. The meeting “will be held with the aim of establishing coordinated activities to prevent, monitor, and confront common crime, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, and any other form of violence or crime” in the area, the official statement prior to the meeting indicated. A border controversy that arose between the neighbors in 2010 is being decided by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), located in The Hague, which issued a ruling on March 8, 2011, on precautionary measures to prevent the aggravation of the conflict while the underlying issue is being decided. Among the ICJ’s dispositions was the establishment of a bi-national commission to coordinate police activities to guarantee the security of the area in dispute, with the aim of preventing it from being used by common criminals or drug traffickers.last_img read more

Panamanian forces destroy FARC camps in border region

first_img BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Panamanian security forces destroyed two camps belonging to the 57th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a border region with Colombia, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón and his Panamanian counterpart, José Raúl Mulino, confirmed at a joint news conference March 28. Colombian authorities provided intelligence support for the operation, Mulino said. The camps, located in the Panamanian side of the border, could accommodate up to 32 guerrillas. Mulino was in Bogotá to sign an agreement that will allow Colombian authorities to provide intelligence to support air interdictions in Panamanian airspace. The ministers also agreed to reinforce their joint strategy against drug trafficking. At their meeting, the ministers agreed “to strengthen bilateral coordination in intelligence exchange by connecting the two nations’ databases to improve the fight against criminal organizations [on] both sides of the border.” “We have to incorporate, in all of our strategies, those marginal towns on the border to insert them in the productive life of our nations, thus neutralizing any impulse to collaborate with terrorist groups and drug traffickers,” Mulino said. [AFP, 28/03/2012; (Colombia), 28/03/2012] By Dialogo March 29, 2012last_img read more