Colombian Navy Boosts Capabilities with Customized Ships

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 07, 2018 On July 23, 2018, the Colombian Navy added a new rapid reaction amphibious landing ship to its fleet. The ARC Bahía Colombia was named after the bay in the south of the Gulf of Urabá. The vessel is designed to boost naval fleet capabilities with high-performance and shallow-draft capacities, and the ability to carry out maritime interdiction exercises in hard-to-reach areas. The ship will also increase humanitarian operations in maritime and riverine coastal areas, especially in the Pacific, where it was assigned. ARC Bahía Colombia is equipped with two propulsion systems, located port and starboard. Each system consists of a propeller shaft transmitting power from the reducer to a jet drive system to guarantee speed and integration of the drive system. “The propulsion system was chosen as an innovative feature,” said Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Enrique Ramírez Gáfaro, commander of Operations of the Navy. “As it does not use conventional propulsion, such as a propeller, the ship can approach coastal areas and carry out beach and shallow-draft maneuvers without problems.” The vessel can reach a maximum speed of 9 knots per hour. At this speed, it has autonomy to travel up to 1,500 maritime knots for 20 days with 51 people aboard. “It has a storage capacity of 530 cubic feet for fuel,” Wilson Álvarez, project manager at the Colombian Science and Technology Corporation for Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industry Development (COTECMAR, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “It can operate a 12-ton telescopic crane, a 90 kW emergency generator that can serve as a port generator, a desalination plant, a weather station, and a computer to monitor and diagnose engines and generators, among other features.” Effective missions ARC Bahía Colombia has great potential to serve as a deployment platform for maritime interdiction missions. It can increase the Navy’s coverage of territorial waters and allow for speedy deployment at sea for longer periods, something that was not possible before. “These kinds of ships have been used in missions to effectively counter criminal narcotrafficking organizations, organized armed groups, and remnants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” Vice Adm. Ramírez said. “[Now] we can reach areas, transport troops, and carry resources that enable offensive operations along the Pacific coast in areas that can only be accessed by sea as there are no roads, something that criminals use to their advantage.” In addition to coastal navigation, ARC Bahía Colombia will be able to travel through rivers and tributaries that originate in the western mountain range and flow into the sea. The ship can also transport equipment and speedboats, and make landings in the area’s complex geographical conditions. Customized design Bahía Colombia is the fifth vessel COTECMAR built and the sixth produced in the country in the last five years. In September 2017, a similar ship was delivered to the Honduran Naval Force, a milestone for the Colombian naval industry as an exporter of military products through technology transfer. “The progress for construction of this type of better equipped ships with higher performance is the result of two key conditions,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Javier Díaz Reina, president of COTECMAR, told Diálogo. “On the one hand, having first-hand knowledge of the Navy’s operational requirements, by talking with the institution about ship performance; on the other, using that knowledge to build optimized ships.” With ARC Bahía Colombia, naval engineers were able to increase the main and emergency engines’ power by updating control technologies. They also installed a weather station that merges with the radar system for an improved mooring system. “This new and enhanced vessel will enable increased territorial control and presence along Colombia’s 807-mile coastline on the Pacific Ocean, where [operations] of narcotrafficking organizations don’t stop,” Vice Adm. Ramírez said. “The ship is essential for the Navy’s mission, allowing for better maritime control in areas where the main effort is required.”last_img read more

Copiague Man Fatally Hit By Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 45-year-old pedestrian was killed while crossing a road in his hometown of Copiague early Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Juan Vinas-Marte was crossing Great Neck Road at the corner of Dixon Avenue when he was struck by a southbound Honda Accord at 3:40 a.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was neither injured nor charged.First Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

In Torrent of Falsehoods, Trump Claims Election Is Being Stolen

first_imgHe convinced few people who were not already in his corner. Most of the television networks cut away from the statement on the grounds that what Mr. Trump was saying was not true. On CNN, former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a Republican often put in the position of defending Mr. Trump over the years, appeared exasperated as he denounced the president’s loose talk of election thievery as “dangerous” and “shocking” and declared that “counting absentee ballots and counting mail-in ballots is not fraud.”- Advertisement – The New York Post, which published salacious articles on Hunter Biden planted by Mr. Trump’s associates before the election, headlined an article: “Downcast Trump Makes Baseless Election Fraud Claims in White House Address.” Even Fox News noted it had seen no “hard evidence” of widespread wrongdoing.“There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process,” Gov. Larry Hogan, Republican of Maryland and a critic of the president, wrote on Twitter. “America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have before. No election or person is more important than our Democracy.” For much of the year, some Trump advisers questioned whether the president actually wanted a second term, or if he simply did not want to be seen as the worst epithet in his lexicon: a loser. The answer still was not clear as the votes were being tallied this week.He sounded dejected on Thursday evening as he went through a litany of random minor incidents involving ballots, called Philadelphia and Detroit “corrupt” and insisted he had actually won an election in which former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was leading by millions of votes nationally and appeared likely to assemble a majority in the Electoral College once a handful of swing states finished counting.Mr. Trump bemoaned how many by-mail votes appeared to be cast for Democrats. “They’re finding ballots all of a sudden: ‘Oh, we have some mail-in ballots,’” he said. “It’s amazing how those mail-in ballots are so one-sided.” He glossed over the fact that he had spent months telling his supporters that mail-in balloting was corrupt and urging them to vote in person instead.He likewise lashed out at others, as well, seeking many to blame for his troubles. “The pollsters got it knowingly wrong,” he said. (In fact, they did get many results wrong, but there is no evidence that it was intentional.)“The voting apparatus of those states are run in all cases by Democrats,” he said of states still counting. (In fact, Georgia and Arizona have Republican governors.)“We won a case, a big case,” he said. (In fact, the campaign simply won a court ruling saying that observers should be allowed to stand six feet away from counting rather than farther away.)After he was done, the president took no questions from reporters and marched out of the room, looking glum. It was the kind of appearance that several aides had said made them happy he had remained out of public view since the early hours of Wednesday morning, when he insisted he had won the election as several key states still had not had a projected winner and called what was taking place a “fraud” on the American public. Allies said privately that the president seemed to be raging against the inevitable and was only doing damage with his baseless accusations about widespread fraud. Even allies who said they shared some of his concerns in a targeted way about specific rules governing mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic were unwilling to join Mr. Trump’s unfounded claims.Many of those who did comment merely said they wanted “transparency” or for all “legal” votes to be counted, a phrase used by Vice President Mike Pence on Twitter that was intended to sound as if he was echoing Mr. Trump. Inside Mr. Trump’s circle, Kellyanne Conway, his former counselor, was one of the few who spoke of counting all of the votes. Former Gov. Chris Christie, Republican of New Jersey and a longtime ally of Mr. Trump’s, likewise disputed the president. “I talk tonight now not as a former governor but as a former U.S. attorney — there’s just no basis to make that argument tonight,” he said on ABC News. “There just isn’t.” – Advertisement – The Trump campaign is filing a series of lawsuits, but allies of the White House have said the approach seems to be aimed at both running out the clock and appeasing a litigious president, who often turns to legal filings as an immediate course of action.But while Mr. Trump has some experienced lawyers and political professionals leading his campaign, the public effort to raise questions about the election has been disjointed and appeared thrown together at the last minute. Some administration officials said they were mortified by footage of Mr. Giuliani bellowing in Philadelphia.Some of Mr. Trump’s allies have encouraged the call for a blitz of legal action, including people like Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who faces criminal charges for an allegedly fraudulent scheme scamming supporters of Mr. Trump’s border wall.Republicans have begun having discussions about how to broach the topic with Mr. Trump of focusing on life after the presidency, and what leaving quietly could mean for his family, his business and his own ability to remain in politics.Some have suggested that sounding notes of encouragement about a 2024 campaign could be effective. Others believe that he will concede if it is clear he has lost, but that he will most likely never publicly accept the result.In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s advisers were divided on what he should be doing until the final vote counts are announced. There were some discussions about his holding a rally as soon as this weekend, one person briefed on the talks said.But after Mr. Trump’s briefing room appearance, several advisers conceded that the clock on the Trump presidency was almost certainly winding down.Peter Baker reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York. Catie Edmondson and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting from Washington. Updated Nov. 5, 2020, 11:53 p.m. ETcenter_img After Donald Trump Jr. went after Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, for not speaking up, the senator went on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox on Thursday night and came to the president’s defense, asserting with no evidence that “Philadelphia elections are crooked as a snake” and that the “allegations of wrongdoing are earth shattering.”Others like Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and John Barrasso of Wyoming offered support for Mr. Trump’s insistence that election observers be allowed to watch counting, which in general they are, without embracing the claims that the election was being stolen. “The president is right to ensure all legally cast votes be observed and counted,” Mr. Barrasso said.But they were among the few who spoke up to echo Mr. Trump’s refrain that he was being denied his due in the form of winning the election, a primal scream emanating from the president that was summed up earlier in the day by his own angry, plaintive, all-caps tweet: “STOP THE COUNT!” WASHINGTON — Even for President Trump, it was an imagined version of reality, one in which he was not losing but the victim of a wide-ranging conspiracy stretching across the country in multiple cities, counties and states, involving untold numbers of people all somehow collaborating to steal the election in ways he could not actually explain.Never mind that Mr. Trump presented not a shred of evidence during his first public appearance since late on election night or that few senior Republican officeholders endorsed his false claims of far-reaching fraud. A presidency born in a lie about Barack Obama’s birthplace appeared on the edge of ending in a lie about his own faltering bid for re-election.- Advertisement – Brad Parscale, who was removed this year as the president’s campaign manager, echoed the theme in more menacing terms. “If you want to win in 2024 as a Republican,” he wrote, “I would probably start saying something.” “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Mr. Trump said Thursday night in an unusually subdued, 17-minute televised statement from the lectern in the White House briefing room, complaining that Democrats, the news media, pollsters, big technology companies and nonpartisan election workers had all corruptly sought to deny him a second term.“This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election,” he said. “They’re trying to rig an election, and we can’t let that happen.” – Advertisement – With his presidency on the line, Mr. Trump’s lonely appearance in the briefing room with no allies joining him and only staff members and reporters in attendance underscored how isolated he has become just two days after Election Day. With vote counts in key states turning grimmer even as he spoke, Mr. Trump was poised to end this term in office the way he began his presidential campaign in 2015 — defended most vocally by family members and a few loyalists while Republican leaders held him at arm’s length rather than embrace outlandish claims.With Republican members of Congress largely staying silent or issuing anodyne comments about the importance of transparent vote counting, Mr. Trump was left to dispatch his two adult sons to hold news conferences in Pennsylvania and Georgia to protest aspects of the vote count. They were accompanied by allies like Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, and Corey Lewandowski, his first campaign manager from 2016. The same scene played out in Nevada, where a Trump ally, Richard Grenell, made claims about voting fraud that news outlets debunked a short time later.Members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle sounded almost desperate as they sought to threaten other Republicans into backing Mr. Trump. Both Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump posted messages on Twitter complaining that Republicans were not standing with their father, especially those who may want his support if they run for president in four years.“The total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP hopefuls’ is pretty amazing,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote. “They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead.”“Where are Republicans!” Eric Trump added about an hour and a half later. “Have some backbone. Fight against this fraud. Our voters will never forget you if your sheep!”last_img read more

Global Switch builds £1bn of sites

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Kim warns of ‘serious consequences’ if virus reaches North Korea

first_imgNorth Korea has banned tourists, suspended international trains and flights and placed hundreds of foreigners in quarantine to prevent an outbreak. It has also reportedly postponed the new school term.With loudspeakers blaring hygiene messages, ambassadors locked in their compounds, and state media demanding “absolute obedience”, North Korea’s anti-coronavirus measures have been described as “unprecedented” by diplomats.South Korea, meanwhile, is battling a major outbreak of the virus with more than 2,300 cases — the highest number outside mainland China.Germany’s ambassador to the United Nations has said the Security Council would adopt humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its weapons programs, and allow the export of equipment to help North Korea fight the coronavirus.But “the problem is that right now the North Koreans closed the borders,” Christoph Heusgen said Thursday after a closed-door Security Council meeting about the reclusive state.The members of the Security Council called on North Korea “to allow this equipment in. So the population can be protected,” he added, without elaborating on the type of equipment. “In case the infectious disease spreading beyond control finds its way into our country, it will entail serious consequences,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying.Two senior officials — party vice-chairmen Ri Man Gon and Pak Thae Dok — were sacked, and a party unit disbanded for corruption, the report said, indicating that they may have been involved in graft linked with the anti-epidemic measures.”No special cases must be allowed,” he added, and ordered officials to “seal off all the channels and space through which the infectious disease may find its way”.Pyongyang has not reported a single case of COVID-19, which has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 84,000 people in dozens of countries since it emerged in neighboring China. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the “serious consequences” of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country, state media reported Saturday.The impoverished nation, with a weak and ill-equipped healthcare system, has closed its borders to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory.Kim told a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea that the fight against the virus was a “crucial state affair for the defense of the people” that required maximum discipline, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).center_img Topics :last_img read more

Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in contention to be one of Arsenal’s club captains this season, says Unai Emery

first_imgRob Holding might be donning the captain’s armband at Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he wants an Englishman among his five club captains for the coming season, leaving very few candidates for the role.Emery likes to have a number of players named as captains for the season, but currently none of those on his list are homegrown players.The Spanish boss wants to have someone who ‘understands the English spirit’ to wear the armband on occasion, and that looks like it means either Rob Holding or Ainsley Maitland-Niles.Only those two Englishmen made more than 10 appearances for Arsenal last season, which would suggest they are the only two in line for the job.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I want one English player in these five captains,’ Emery told a press conference in Los Angeles. Holding is still struggling with a long injury (Picture: Getty Images)‘Last year [Granit] Xhaka, Mesut [Ozil] and Nacho [Monreal] were working as captains. But after Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech left — and possibly Laurent Koscielny — I will want more.‘An English player who grew up in our academy can understand the English spirit and Arsenal values. These are the qualities and more [we want].‘We are really happy with his [Holding’s] progress. We need his performances as a centre back. [Before] he had his injury he was really playing with big performances.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHolding didn’t grow up in the Arsenal academy, joining the club from Bolton Wanderers in 2016, but as Emery mentioned him specifically, he is certainly in contention.The centre-back has been out since December with an ACL injury and will miss the start of the season as he continues his recovery.The only other English players at Emery’s disposal are Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, Emile smith Rowe and Matt Macey, none of whom are likely recipients of the armband.MORE: Arsenal face competition from Everton for Wilfried Zaha transferMORE: Mesut Ozil names the Arsenal youngster he expects to have a ‘big season’ Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jul 2019 4:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link148Shares Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in contention to be one of Arsenal’s club captains this season, says Unai Emerylast_img read more

Confirmed: Alfred Duncan out of AFCON 2019 with ankle injury

first_imgSassuolo and Black Stars midfielder, Alfred Duncan, has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, with an ankle injury he sustained two months ago, Citi Sports can confirm.Duncan, who was set to play a key role in Kwesi Appiah’s team for the biennial competition, had a lengthy phone call with the coach on Sunday in which he informed him of his unavailability.Duncan has been carrying the injury since the beginning of the year, and has been playing through the pain barrier for the last 4 weeks.He brought the injury to his last national team assignment against Kenya and Mauritania in March and sat out 3 weeks of action on his return to Italy.Citi Sports has been informed that Kwesi Appiah has known of Duncan’s injury situation all along and has constantly maintained contact with the player throughout this period.It is understood Sassuolo doctors have decided the former Inter Milan youth star needs time to treat the injury to prevent further aggravation.A decision on whether he will require surgery will be taken after Sassuolo’s last match of the season against Atalanta on Sunday.last_img read more

Viral Face Aging App Sparks Privacy Concerns with Russian Ties

first_imgNew privacy concerns surrounding the popular app that makes users look older have arisen.FaceApp has more than 80 million active users, but technology experts warn that the Russian-owned app could have access to more than just the photos that are uploaded.According to the policy, FaceApp “cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to FaceApp or guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.”FaceApp’s privacy page also says they may share user content and your information with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies.FaceApp spoke out in the wake of the controversy releasing the following statement: “most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours.”Lawmakers are now calling for an FBI investigation.last_img read more