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Rear Adm. Michel: The takedown of this semi-submersible vessel is an example of the ability to develop a high-caliber intelligence to be able to get these very dark, highly mobile asymmetric targets, and the operational procedures in place to be able to deal with every type of partner, from partners like the Canadians and their P-3s which are high-end equipment, to partners who have more challenges on resources such as the Costa Rican Coast Guard which has very small vessels with very little detection and monitoring capabilities. The operational procedures, the command and control backbone, the information sharing ability to do that on a tactical actionable basis where you may only have a short time available to work, our target set, all that type of stuff is what we want to build on the future and it is exportable to other realms. That, coincidentally was one of the things that I brought to the group at CANSEC for the Caribbean nations to be able to try to replicate those types of procedures and successes we have in Operation Martillo (…) in order to achieve a truly regional, strategic effect. Diálogo: Looking at 2013, what are the main goals for Operation Martillo? Diálogo: Working with so many countries could be testing. Can you explain to us how you are resolving those challenges? Diálogo: Can you elaborate on any new techniques or procedures developed in countering illicit trafficking in the air or maritime domains as a result of Operation Martillo? Diálogo: Admiral, in figures, what would you say are the most important achievements of Operation Martillo during its first year of existence? Diálogo: We talked about the figures, but how about changes in illicit traffic routes. Have you seen a change during this year? By Dialogo January 03, 2013 The Government of my country Guatemala is not cooperating in capturing and bringing to justice the two main drug trafficking families that operate in the East of the territory with complete impunity; furthermore, their criminal tentacles now reach other sectors of the economy through which they launder their fortunes, and operation martillo (“hammer”) only deals with the partial seizure of these criminals’ business. Rear Adm. Michel: Operation Martillo is owned by all the partners and stakeholders who contribute to this enterprise. JIATF-S plays an important role because we facilitate things, but many of these assets don’t work for JIATF-S. For example, in this semi-submersible takedown (…) the Costa Rican Coast Guard, the Panamanian Aeronaval Service that participated, they don’t work for JIATF-S, they work for their countries but they were able to contribute their assets in a unity of effort format to take advantage of all the other international, U.S. and partner nation assets that were out there, as well as the intelligence capabilities, in order to take down that semi-submersible vessel. Is that hard? Darn right, that’s hard! But Operation Martillo has created that framework to provide for a true unity of effort, coalition, interagency, whole of government operations, and that is a level of difficulty that is unprecedented in my opinion anywhere else on the planet, for this type of target set. And I would include even some of the kinetic theaters that are going on overseas because the difficulty of dealing with these guys is that you have to take them down, you have to collect evidence, you have to put them in the judicial system, you have to get these guys in jail, and that adds another whole level of complexity and difficulty on coalition operations. Diálogo: Although Operation Martillo is led by JIATF-S, under the direction of SOUTHCOM, it has become a great example of a successful regional collaboration among partner nations. Do you consider that these successes that we can count today are direct results of that collaboration? Can you provide examples? Rear Adm. Michel: No question about it! Over two third of the interdictions that we have been able to put together with Operation Martillo have been done with partner nations. That is the highest figure in history and frankly, I want to continue to build that out because this is truly a coalition effort. Just last week, an international effort took down a semi-submersible craft near the border of Costa Rica and Panama. That craft, which is virtually undetectable, had an estimated 6,000 kilograms of cocaine on board, that’s a wholesale value of about $150 million, and street value of about two or three times that amount. It would have been devastating if that craft had made it to its intended destination, which was the eastern area of Honduras. Honduras is already the most violent country on Earth, largely because the cocaine trade works its way across there. Another six metric tons of that would have been devastating. But that semi-submersible craft was taken down by an international effort consisting of Costa Rican Coast Guard vessels, Panamanian SENAN [National Aeronaval Service], a Canadian P-3, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (P-3), U.S. Navy (P-3), a Coast Guard aircraft and a Coast Guard cutter, all working together to take down that target. That’s an example of the type of international cooperation that is unprecedented and a direct result of Operation Martillo. And that resulted in six metric tons of cocaine been taken down, as well as the witnesses and the evidences that will allow us to ultimately to take down the network that started these activities. Rear Adm. Michel: We are actually in the process of looking at Operation Martillo. We don’t want to become stale; we want to make sure we are adjusting things. The reality of what we are going to have to do with Operation Martillo is, number one, we are going to have to deal with the resource challenges that all of us have. Unfortunately from the United States side, we are in a very difficult budget and resource environment. We are going to have to adjust to that downrange. We are going to make our assets even smarter that they are today, even more capable than they are today. We are going to have to increase our cooperation and capacity building with partner nations, all that type stuff we are going to have to do. But the maturation of Operation Martillo is going to take us beyond where we are right now. Right now we have been dealing with the go-fast and semi-submersible, but we are going to – in the next iteration of Operation Martillo – add on things like a container initiative. So we stood up a container intelligence cell at JIATF-S that is going to focus on container movements through the area and try to synchronize that with Operation Martillo. We are also going to try to synchronize our counter threat financing efforts, which deals with bulk movements of cash sometimes by the same go fast boats that deliver products up north and bring bulk cash down south. These organizations also have to finance their operations which create vulnerabilities that we can track their financial flows. So we are going to bolt those things on Operation Martillo and try to bring them into the fight. We are also going to try to work some sensing operations with non-core Martillo partners, these are partners that primarily because of geography are not in the threat stream, but we are going to try to work closely with them. For example, Peru, Chile, Brazil are examples of countries with which we are running some sensing operations around the flanks to make sure that while we have been focused on the Central American isthmus there is nothing we are missing on our flanks. So we are going to try to bolt on some operations there, in a very resource-challenged environment, so we are going to have to be really smart with the way we are doing things, but we are going to take Operation Martillo to another level beyond where it is now. Rear Adm. Michel: The reason that I am here at SOUTHCOM is to participate in the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) where the Caribbean nations have come together to talk about regional security; and the number one security concern in the region is due to illicit trafficking. Here is what I reported to our Caribbean partners: we have not yet been able to sense significant shifts of those flows (of illicit drugs) from Central America, which constitutes over 90 percent of the flows that are -moving in this particular region. The Caribbean still has flows, in the Eastern Caribbean primarily coming from Venezuela, and in the Central Caribbean coming from the north coast of Colombia and Venezuela up primarily Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic being the main area. They are still impacted by those threat streams, we work on those threat streams, not only with the partners in the area – and that’s the reason we are here in CANSEC – but also with regional partners… the French, the Dutch, the United Kingdom, who have significant presence in this area, as well as the Canadians. All trying to bring those scarce resources together to take and apply them against those threat streams. We have not yet seen significant shifts in the Central Caribbean or the Eastern Caribbean although we remain alert to those shifts because they could occur. Almost a year after Operation Martillo embarked on cornering go-fasts, semi-submersibles, and even panga boats on the waters along the Central American isthmus, the multinational coalition effort spearheaded by U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) can boast of an impressive roster of figures that proves its success in hammering down illicit traffickers in our hemisphere. Still, during a recent interview with Diálogo, JIATF-S director Rear Admiral Charles D. Michel, opted to focus on what he considers the true beauty of Operation Martillo: the unparalleled cooperation between countries from different parts of the world, something that, he assured, he had never seen in his “30 years of working with this particular problem set.” During the interview, Rear Adm. Michel offered details on how this collaboration is actually achieved and what the next targets are for an operation that can’t afford to get stale. Rear Admiral Charles D. Michel, Director of JIATF-S:. Actually, the number one success of Operation Martillo has been the increased cooperation of all the nations that are participating in combating this threat to national, regional, and international security. All the nations along the Central American isthmus, the United States, European partners, Canadians, etc., have been working more closely than ever in my 30 years or so working this particular problem set, as a direct result of Operation Martillo. Getting to the figures side of the house, since we started Operation Martillo on January 15th, participating nations have interdicted about 127 metric tons of cocaine, which is a huge quantity of cocaine, most of that policed up in the air or on the water before even getting to the land masses of Central America where traffickers create the corruption, crime and gang problems that are associated with illicit trafficking. In addition, we have been able to take down 56 go-fast boats – typically those go-fast boats carry about a metric ton of cocaine each –, six pangas, two motor vessels, two semi-submersible vessels, two sailing vessels, six vehicles, seven fishing vessels and 12 aircraft, as well as all those individuals who were operating those crafts who are now witnesses and evidence that we can use to not only take down those individuals who were operating those crafts, but most importantly, the organizations that have been sending those crafts towards their neighbors in an attempt to get the drugs to the markets where they are consumed. Rear Adm. Michel: Yes, but we are not done yet. Operation Martillo is designed to deny or significantly hamper the ability of the traffickers to operate in the littoral routes along both sides of the Central American isthmus and force them into the deep-water routes. We have not achieved that on both sides of the isthmus. On the Caribbean side we have been able to change some of the trafficking patterns. We have seen strategic shifts in trafficking patterns in the Western Caribbean. In the Eastern Pacific side we are still working on that. We have seen some shifts but on the Pacific side we have a lot more challenges than we do on the Caribbean side in significantly changing those routes. One thing I will say about routes outside of Central America is that we have not yet been able to sense significant shifts into other routes, for example deeper into the Eastern Pacific or to Asia, or through the Central Caribbean or Eastern Caribbean. Those routes are essentially the same as they were before but we are constantly trying to sense those routes. We also have not seen shifts in conveyances yet, the traffickers still prefer to use about 80 percent maritime, about 20 percent air. I haven’t seen significant shifts to other things such as containers or other types of crafts yet, but we are constantly monitoring that. This is a very elusive adversary who does everything possible to hide things from us, so it remains challenging. Diálogo: How are we planning to support these Caribbean nations, so we can create a no way out situation for the traffickers?
Dispatches from Iraq January 15, 2005 Regular News Dispatches from Iraq Combat swimming in Mortaritaville Capt. Greg Weiss Chief, Military Justice, Iraq True to form the U.S. Army is an alphabet soup of acronyms. A few acronyms in the form of TCNs (Third Country Nationals) and LNs (Local Nationals) have been in the forefront of my mind in the past few days. Philippine TCNs staff the gym, pool, barber shop, and laundry. Pakistani TCNs staff the dining facility, the other barber shop, and the Post Exchange, and Iraqi LNs work as interpreters, gate guards, janitors and do much manual labor. I have no idea of the basis of the division of labor. American contractors manage and staff many operational shops, such as the fire department, flight line ground operations, machine, electrical, automotive, and carpentry shops, and support many of the radar and computer systems. Interestingly, the American contractors here, which I estimate are at least 15 percent of Anaconda’s total population, are issued body armor and Kevlar helmets, while most TCNs and LNs are not (or at least they never seem to have them).I have benefited greatly from the TCN services on post. The men and women who staff the pool are a particularly gregarious bunch, always eager to practice their English after greeting you with a warm smile. They recognize most of the soldiers who use the pool regularly for exercise and meet you with a kickboard and pull-buoy while looking for an empty lane. They also allow you to finish your current lap when the incoming indirect fire air siren sounds and the pool must be cleared.The pool staff is great about clearing out a lane for lap swimmers in order to to avoid “combat swimming.” The pool always has two lanes set aside for lap swimming, and at times the entire pool is divided into six lanes. Regardless of the setup there are always soldiers lounging in the shallow end of the lap lanes using the floating lane lines as a pool recliner. In addition, if you know soldiers, you know that the diving board is a launching pad for a constant stream of 18-year-olds performing cannonballs and jack-knives in the deep end. Avoiding cannonballs while trying to swim laps is akin to a naval battle scene from “Master and Commander.” The Philippine TCNs will kick the cannonballers and lane-loungers out of at least one lap lane when someone who regularly swims laps shows up, which is pretty considerate.A few days ago a mortar attack killed three Philippine TCNs in their sleeping trailer. I had never even considered the safety of the TCNs when the air siren sounded previously, which is pretty damn inconsiderate. I have become fairly immune to the daily sound of the air siren, save the “rigor” of putting on my flack jacket and Kevlar and seeking shelter in the nearest hardened building. Incidentally LSA Anaconda has earned the nickname “Mortaritaville” throughout the theater because of the frequency of the indirect fire attacks. When a soldier in my section does not check in immediately after the “all clear” is sounded, I become concerned for their safety; however, no one in my unit has yet been injured by a mortar or rocket attack. My threshold of worry subsequent to the first few after I arrived at LSA Anaconda has increased dramatically. Regardless, when I was told of the three deaths I felt terrible.The great majority of the TCN staff is here to quadruple their wages for six to 12 months and return home. One of the pool staff told me that he will save enough money in his 12 months here to open his own gym back in the Philippines and operate it without a profit for three years upon his return. He was not a victim of the attack. Nor was anyone I recognize from the pool or gym missing. I assume that the victims were from the laundry because apparently several of the laundry staff quit immediately following the attack. I will not describe the level of frustration I experienced when some of my soldiers related to me their level of frustration at being subject to greater turn around time for their laundry. We Americans are here with a sense of service to country, or at least most of us are, but the foreign workers are here for employment. Would any rational human not consider quitting a job where one of the occupational hazards was death by mortar fire?Ironically, I went to the TCN-run barbershop just after that attack in anticipation of a visit by the commanding general to my office tomorrow. The Pakistani barbers produce a good result, but the haircut process itself is a painful adventure. First, there is always at least an hour — and at times up to a few hours — wait. No appointments, just first come, first served. You pay penance in the flimsy plastic chairs that line the hot barbershop, clutching a roughly cut wooden square containing a handwritten markered number, listening to blasted 1980s power ballads while flipping through either a two-week old Stars and Stripes or a current J.C. Whitney Auto Parts catalogue.Once you are absolved from the waiting limbo, you approach the next available barber and engage what has become a regular communication ritual for me. After the barber suits you up with the paper collar and cape, he offers you the full extent of his English vocabulary: “Skin?” I have rarely heard another English word spoken by the barbershop staff. Those who attempt to explain a particular style beyond skin tight end up disappointed when they receive the same haircut as everyone else. Actually there are two types of haircuts, fully shaved off (Army and Marines) or skin tight on the sides with a little hair on the top (Air Force or American contractor.) I generally opt for, or more realistically am given, the latter. After they shave the sides and trim the top, the barber pulls out a BBQ grill brush, the kind with the tightly packed metal bristles, and brutally brushes out the cut hair that has become intermixed with the remaining hair. It’s not really a BBQ grill brush, but it’s the plastic version. Finally, the barber raises up his hands one at a time, as though he is at a karate brick-breaking demonstration, and whacks you solidly between the neck and shoulder. As with all of the times I have had my hair cut at Anaconda, I completed the experience sweaty, stinging, and late.A few days later I had to travel to Baghdad for a court martial in an aggravated assault case, but all convoys to Baghdad were cancelled. All of the rotary wing flights to Baghdad were full because the convoys were cancelled. Of course none of this makes a difference to the judge, who comes to Iraq for a week every six weeks and rates his own helicopter as a full colonel, so I had to get to Baghdad. I was down to my last and only option to commute to Victory Base: serve as a shooter on a fuel truck to a base a few hours south of Baghdad, then go back north up to Victory Base as a shooter on a different KBR truck, all the day before the court martial. I had planned to take a Military Police Staff Sergeant and third-year law student, Alex Straub, with me as my bailiff and confinee escort, but I could not force him to go on the KBR trucks. I gave him the option of not going when I found out that my last option was going to be realized, and he matter-of-factly responded, “Sir, if you’re going, I’m going. I can’t let my officer go outside the wire without his NCO.” He’s a good man. Just as we were about to depart on the rolling bull’s eyes even that convoy was cancelled. Fortunately my paralegal talked us onto a flight the morning of the court martial.In my case the accused, the victim, and a few other soldiers had engaged in a lighthearted discussion outside of the unit’s sleeping tents at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) after a long day of work. I can only assume that these soldiers had been drinking alcohol in violation of General Order #1, which prohibits the “sale, possession, manufacture, or consumption of alcohol” in theater. The discussion became a marketplace for racial jokes, which is not terribly uncommon in the Army. I am neither advocating nor judging the conversation, but rather relaying the facts. This type of discussion took place commonly in this unit throughout their deployment, with the participation of almost all, if not all, of the members of the unit. Soldiers of all races in the unit both made and were made the subject of these jokes, and during this particular conversation the victim made a joke that offended the accused. Soon after the discussion ended the soldiers departed for the evening.At around 2330 hours the victim entered his sleeping tent and eventually went to sleep. Several hours later, at around 0230 hours, the accused snuck into victim’s sleeping tent to find the victim. . . . (Continued in the February 1 News. ) In civilian life, Capt. Greg Weiss is an associate with Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, Mccoy, Graham, and Ford in West Palm Beach, who was mobilized from a reserve component for duty in Iraq. Capt. Weiss has agreed to share his wartime experiences with his fellow Florida Bar members through the News .
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Render of the balconies on offer at Zinc, an eight-storey building with 73 apartments at Kirra.CONSTRUCTION of an eight-storey apartment complex at Kirra is due to start in a matter of weeks.Gold Coast-based builder Condev Construction won the tender to develop the project, called Zinc.CBRE residential director Nick Clydsdale said the builder was appointed last week. Render of Zinc, an eight-storey building with 73 apartments at Kirra.Mr Clydsdale said 50 of the apartments had been sold so far.He said they had attracted mostly buyers who already lived or had property on the Gold Coast. Render of the shared pool at Zinc.“That process is now taking place and construction will commence in the next six to eight weeks,” Mr Clydsdale said.He said construction was expected to be finished in about October, 2019.The Haig St development will have more than 70 one and two-bedroom apartments.Prices start from $399,000.It will be 200m from the beach and would feature an array of resident facilities including a pool, spa and sauna as well as an outdoor lounge and barbecues in the shared recreation area. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRender of resident facilities. Render of the apartment kitchen and living area. Render of the resident facilities at Zinc, an eight-storey building with 73 apartments at Kirra. Render of the apartment living area.
Willie Jackson – Manukau Courier 17 Aug 2012The recent outburst from Mangere MP Su’a William Sio over Manurewa MP Louisa Wall’s same-sex marriage bill shows that all is not well in the Labour Party camp. Just when Labour was starting to make inroads into the National Party’s majority this major disagreement has erupted within the ranks. And while disagreements are not always bad for political parties it is bad when that disagreement is paraded for all the public to see. Ms Wall’s bill has caused so much unrest that Mr Sio obviously found it necessary to go public with his concerns. And his concerns are valid from his constituency’s position. The majority of Mr Sio’s constituents are Pacific Islanders and he says most of them would be against Ms Wall’s bill. So it’s only right that he voices their opposition. But his decision to make that opposition public has damaged his party in the polls. It seems strange that Mr Sio would go public as he’s always impressed as a solid hard-working and no-mistake MP. So I think it can be safely assumed that rather than this being a mistake it was a calculated and deliberate move by him to put a stake in the ground, firstly for his constituents in Mangere and secondly for himself and a number of his colleagues in Labour who believe that the party has lost the plot in terms of where its priorities should be at the moment. Mr Sio says that Labour should focus on the weak economy and issues that resonate with most Kiwis. He says that putting up a bill like the same-sex marriage bill will not recapture the estimated 30,000 votes that have been lost. And I don’t think he’s too far off the mark. No matter what the merits are of Ms Wall’s bill, the most important challenge for Labour is to win back the thousands of disillusioned voters, particularly the ones in South Auckland, who believe that Labour has become obsessed with social legislation. For example, Labour’s prostitution bill has been nothing but a nightmare for Papatoetoe residents. Add to that the civil union legislation and the anti-smacking laws and you get an understanding of where Mr Sio is coming from.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/local-blogs/willie-jackson/7498134/Labour-in-trouble-over-marriage-bill
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Hazel L. Geiling, age 88, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born September 23, 1927 in Franklin County, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Oscar & Edna (Sayers) Geiling. On April 26, 1947 she became the wife of Gene “Nick” Geiling, and he preceded her in death on November 2, 1993.Hazel was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1129 Ladies Auxiliary of Brookville, as well as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wilbur Dennison Post #2014 of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2014, Brookville. Survivors include one daughter, Donna Norman of Brookville, Indiana; three sons, Denny (Fairy) Geiling of Brookville, Indiana, Darrell Geiling of Oxford, Ohio, and Darrin (Michelle) Geiling of Brookville, Indiana; two brothers, Hubert Brack of Brookville, Indiana and Kenny Brack of Louisiana; four grandchildren as well as four great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, Nick, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Geiling, a son Duane Geiling, four sisters and four brothers.Family & friends may visit from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 P.M. on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Msgr. Joseph Riedman will officiate the Funeral Services at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery in Brookville.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Geiling family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .
SYDNEY Sixers beat Brisbane Heat in a super over to reach Saturday’s Big Bash League (BBL) final, where they will play Perth Scorchers.Moises Henriques hit 18 runs as the Sixers scored 22 in their extra over, while the Heat made 15 in reply.Brendon McCullum had earlier scored 46 as the Heat compiled 167-9.The Sixers looked well set after Henriques’ 64, but Ben Dwarshuis had to score two runs off the final ball to tie the game at the Gabba.Henriques then hit two sixes and a four in the super over.The Sixers will play the Scorchers, who are two-time champions, in the final at the WACA in Perth. (BBC Sport)