SOUTHCOM, Partners Fight Transnational Crime


first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2011 The military’s work with partners in South and Central America and the Caribbean have brought a range of gains in the area from close military cooperation to supporting the region’s fight against organized crime, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said in Washington D.C. In an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service, Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser said SOUTHCOM’s job is working with the nation’s military partners and defending U.S. approaches from the south. And though he doesn’t see a traditional threat to the United States from any part of Central and South America or the Caribbean, the general said, a threat does exist. “I do see a nontraditional threat, and that is transnational organized crime,” he explained. “It’s pervasive throughout the region, [but has] a larger impact right now in Central America.” The threat has a destabilizing impact on many countries, the general said, and includes trafficking in drugs, weapons and people; money laundering and bulk cash transfers; and many other avenues of illicit trade. Such criminal organizations, he said, have a corrosive impact on countries whose systems of government and institutions may be weak and whose populations are poor. “It’s a concern that will continue to manifest itself for a long time,” Fraser added, “and it’s one that we just need to continue to work on,” along with partners in the region. SOUTHCOM, based in Miami, is one of the Defense Department’s nine unified combatant commands, providing contingency planning, operations and security cooperation for Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The command oversees the force protection of U.S. military resources in the region and is responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. SOUTHCOM’s more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and other federal agencies. Because organized crime is a focus of law enforcement and not military forces, the general added, SOUTHCOM has a supporting role in the fight. Part of the criminal activity involves drug production and transport in and out of the region, he explained. From law enforcement — primarily from the host nation, but supported by U.S. agencies — “we get indications of where those organizations are moving,” Fraser said. “We’ll find [the criminals], watch them as they move through the maritime environment, and then coordinate with other law enforcement capacity or host nation capacity that can intercept, detain and take those individuals to prosecution and take care of the drugs,” he said. SOUTHCOM also helps to support partner militaries, Fraser said, improving their capacity to support the internal requirements of nations in the region. “It’s very much an interagency and an international approach, and there is no one solution, there is no silver bullet,” the general said. “We have to address each part.”last_img read more

Colombian Cartels Seek to Operate in Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela


first_img Colombia advocated for greater regional cooperation in confronting drug trafficking, in response to evidence that cartels from that country are moving into and trying to operate in Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela, according to Colombian Foreign Minister María Angela Holguín on December 12. “For us, the knowledge that Colombian cartels are moving into and trying to operate in Bolivia, in Peru, or in Venezuela is a source of great regret,” Holguín stated at a press conference during an official visit to La Paz to review cooperation programs with her Bolivian counterpart, David Choquehuanca. According to the chief Colombian diplomat, one of President Juan Manuel Santos’s priorities is “promoting even stronger regional cooperation in the matter of fighting against drug trafficking.” “The enormous resources that the drug cartels have mean that they can be everywhere… The cartels move in a way that our police forces and authorities don’t move in security matters,” she noted. Holguín also made reference to the repeated arrests in Bolivia, the world’s third-largest producer of coca and cocaine – according to the United Nations – of Colombians linked to drug trafficking, although there are no official figures on those being held. One of the first initiatives was to agree with Bolivia on the terms of the 2+2 dialogue mechanism (Foreign and Defense Ministers), with the aim of coordinating actions on security issues, she noted. Bolivian Foreign Minister Choquehuanca said that one of the interests shared by the two countries is coordinating actions to confront the plague of drug trafficking. Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia are the three major world producers of coca and cocaine, according to UN data. Holguín and Choquehuanca also reviewed a number of political, economic, and trade matters. By Dialogo December 14, 2011last_img read more

Beware of these 6 data gaps in your lending


first_imgby: David GilbertManaging a loan portfolio is no easy task. To properly manage any loan portfolio in today’s economy, you need your data to be solid. Over the years, having worked with thousands of different data sets, we see the same issues occur over and over again. Here are 6 of the most common problems we see with guidance on how to avoid these headaches yourself.1. Not recording original collateral valueMany times when initiating a loan the loan officer fails to store the appraised value, or AVM, in the database. This is a common issue we see with many financial companies, which in turn affects their ability to get thorough analysis for loan portfolio analysis. Having the original value helps calculate migrations, values, probability of default and delinquency, and in calculating portfolio ratios. To fix this, make sure you have an original value field available to your loan officers in your L.O.S. and database. If you already have this field available, make sure you educate your lending staff to ensure this field does not get left blank.2. Failing to require senior lien balances for second position loansRaise your hand if it is a policy at your institution to always capture the balance, term, and rate of all senior liens at the application level of a second position loan. My guess is many of you put your hands down half way through the sentence. This is a complex problem that the industry at large is always trying to solve. Pulling this data from title liens or credit bureau are different methods to capture this value after the loan is made, however these methods are not always accurate. A better approach can easily be made by adjusting your processes on your front lines. Make sure you make senior lien information a requirement when your loan officers are taking any type of secondary loan application. Doing this will save you time, money, and make your analytics more accurate. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why are Black NFL coaches expected to be perfect?


first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier One of the recent sports headlines that I read on www.nbcsports.com that I wasn’t sure I was reading correctly was, “Should the Steelers trade Mike Tomlin?” Another “cerebral” gem was, “Steelers trading Mike Tomlin could solve some of the franchise’s problems.” The last goodie was, “How the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin created a giant mess.”What mess has Mike Tomlin created? Did he show up with a mink coat on a 60-degree day not dressed to play football? Did he say that he couldn’t really relate to a lot of the younger players in his locker room? Was he the cause of one of his most valuable players almost being paralyzed by an untimely injury?Wait a minute. Mike Florio posted this article on profootballtalk.nbcsports.com on Dec. 2, 2014: “Teams can still trade for head coaches. The league office has confirmed that trades can indeed be made of head coaches. When coaches are traded, it doesn’t happen the same way players are traded.”Why would the Steelers make a trade for another coach when their current head coach has never had a losing season? There has been a precedent established in Pittsburgh sports as far as trading a player for a manger but that was initiated because of dire circumstances.Let’s rewind the clock for a minute. Richard Paloma posted this article on whitecleatbeat.com in 2016. “In November 1976, Finley made an unheard of deal: he sent his manager, (Chuck) Tanner, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000. This was only the second time in MLB history where a manager was part of a baseball trade. In 1960, Indians manager Joe Gordon and Tigers manager Jimmie Dykes were traded for each other. The Pirates were in need of a skipper, with Danny Murtaugh retiring from his fourth tour of duty as manager after the 1976 season due to stated health reasons. Only three months after stepping down as manager Murtaugh would die from a stroke in December of 1976.”Let’s break this down a little bit. The Pirates wanted to their organization to remain stable so they made a very bold move to at least attempt to assure the continuation of smooth sailing for their franchise. The Pirates were not a losing organization. They were not in the process of rebuilding, they only needed a manager to step in and keep the ship sailing. When Danny Murtaugh was alive and in good health, Pittsburgh had their manager.The current Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, is alive and well. Tomlin has not even reached the age of 50. Why would the Steelers want to trade him? He has never had a losing record. At the time that he coached Super Bowl XLIII, he was the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. Danny Murtaugh was 59 years old when he died. The final World Series that Danny Murtaugh won was in 1971 at the age of 54. The Pirates traded for Chuck Tanner because of the death of Danny Murtaugh. It now seems as if a significant segment of the Steelers’ fan base is trying to kill and bury the career of Mike Tomlin. Why? Well, just because. Why? Well, because the leadership of certain key players is not leadership at all. It’s “Me-dership” as well as the pseudo-leaders being infected with the, “throw their teammates under the bus syndrome.”It seems that if you are an African American NFL head coach, the fans and many of the sports writers don’t just expect you to be exceptional; they demand perfection….do dah.***Correction: In my “Voices from the Wilderness” column from Jan. 9, I must clarify that Chris Moore’s “Black Horizons” show was the longest-running African American TV program until it was canceled in 2012.last_img read more

Lucky Eagle Casino Events


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