The Chilean Navy: At the Forefront of Maritime Protection

first_img DIÁLOGO: What role does the Chilean Navy have in maritime drug interdiction and how do the other branches of the Armed Forces and the security forces support it? Adm. González Robles: The Chilean Navy’s maritime authority has numerous legal foundations, all of which are part of the legal order of the Chilean state and provide the basis for the tasks it is responsible for carrying out as a maritime police force. Some of the legal supports related to maritime authority and the fight against drug trafficking have emanated from legislative initiatives of the state itself in view of the need to provide police activity in the maritime sphere with the necessary legal framework. Nevertheless, other regulations have been incorporated into the national legal framework for carrying out these police activities, given the various international commitments the country has made in its ongoing interest in contributing to the fight against this illicit activity. As a result, maritime interdiction, understood nationally as a maritime authority role, is fully supported by the legal provisions which apply to its activities in jurisdictional waters, as is the case of our territorial waters. Finally, the Chilean state, as a party to the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and the Convention on the Law of the Sea, has signed multilateral agreements for the purpose of carrying out maritime interdiction procedures in nonterritorial waters in cases of suspected drug trafficking. DIÁLOGO: The United states and Chile have participated in numerous regional naval cooperation exercises, with PANAMAX being the largest. What benefit do these exercises have in the fight against regional threats? Adm. González Robles: In effect, the Chilean Navy, with the support of [U.S.] Southern Command, was a pioneer in carrying out exercises of this kind, selecting Panama as an area of reference due to the major impact this important inter-oceanic passage has on Chilean trade. Chilean foreign trade often travels the Panama Canal, making Chile its fourth-largest customer if we consider the cargo originating in or bound for Chile that passes through the canal. There have been many benefits, from promoting greater interoperability with the participating navies to a greater conviction that the maritime threats of this globalized world require a multinational effort. On the political level, it has been understood that new threats cannot be compartmentalized, but on the contrary require international complementary efforts, and for this reason, navies with ocean-going capabilities (blue-water navies) are required. On the strategic level of the Armed Forces, although we’ve concentrated on the role of navies, there’s a greater consciousness every day that multiagency action is also desirable and necessary due to the danger and dynamism of the threats, something that creates possible scenarios for adding flexibility to the legal provisions in effect. On the operational level there has been a gain in interoperability that encompasses both material aspects, and perhaps more importantly, procedures for attaining greater effectiveness. And finally, these exercises have enabled greater familiarity among navies, from their authorities to their resources, which in the regional sphere has a considerable value for the sake of winning mutual trust, a factor that helps to consolidate peace, the main objective of the Armed Forces. DIÁLOGO: One of the issues discussed during EXPONAVAL was maritime protection. What is theNnavy doing in this role today, and how do you see the evolution of this role (technology, regional cooperation, peacekeeping, mine removal)? Adm. Edmundo González Robles: A gradual and increasing interoperability can be perceived in the evolution of this role, with other civilian and police agencies that may have common interests with regard to threats coming from the sea, in both the national and the international sphere. This evolution in the Navy’s development has been founded on a national project based on the concepts of deterrence and cooperation, as well as also on the strategy adopted by the Navy, based on developing the capacity to contribute to the national defense, ensuring the normal course of maritime activities, among which transport is essential, and finally, international cooperation, in benefit of the country’s greater interests. Our national heritage, our marine resources, and in general, the maritime interests they generate are an ongoing concern, and it is for this reason that there are a series of projects, completed and currently under way, such as the incorporation of helicopters, patrol boats, and launches, intended to protect and ensure the normality of the activities carried out. In this reality, maritime transport stands out, given that our nation’s prosperity and economic development are founded on the freedom of globalized trade, the pillar of which is this true uninterrupted flow, which reinforces the need to protect it beyond our borders. This last aspect is absolutely consistent with our institutional strategy. In effect, due to the extension, complexity and particularities of the spaces where we should be fulfilling our mission, it’s imperative to further those trends that promote the achievement of international cooperative security in areas such as maritime vigilance, safeguarding human lives at sea and joint training, to mention a few. DIÁLOGO: What is the chief security threat facing Chile today? Adm. González Robles: Undoubtedly, the chief threats to maritime security today are actions linked to drug traffickers, which in Chile’s case still prefer to use terrestrial alternatives to reach customers. In the area of national security, relations with our neighbors are always factors of care and concern, in which regard Chile is making ongoing efforts so that they may be overcome in time. By Dialogo January 01, 2011last_img read more

Midseason Basketball report: Sumner County teams return to action this week with lots to prove

first_imgMed. Lodge 1-1 5-0 Med. Lodge 0-0 League 4-1 W. Independent Argonia Belle Plaine Oxford C. Springs Chaparral Andale West Elk 0-2 Wellington W. Collegiate 0-5 1-2 0-5 Caldwell 0-0 Central Plains Girls 3-2 Overall 1-2 2-0 Central Plains Boys 1-5 Caldwell 5-0 0-2 5-1 2-3 Mulvane 0-0 1-1 W. Trinity 0-0 Garden Plain Mulvane 0-2 League Oxford 1-2 League Argonia 2-0 Bluestem Wellington boys The Crusader boys are 2-3 but after two frustrating losses in the Kingman tournament in which they let two fourth quarter leads slip away, this team could easily be 4-1.Still, Wellington finished December on the right foot with an impressive 92-65 victory over Mulvane. It’s been awhile since the Crusaders have scored 90 points in a game.Wellington will host the 5-0 Wichita Collegiate Spartans tomorrow in what is always going to be a daunting task for the Crusaders. Friday, Wellington travels to Circle, which is 4-1, a 63-37 loss to Andale.Once Wellington gets through this week, things look a little easier for the Dukes. The Crusaders host a beatable 3-3 Clearwater team before playing El Dorado that is 0-4 for the season thus far. That will lead Wellington into the Chaparral Tournament which is always a week-long event that the Crusaders could win.————— 3-3 Clearwater 4-2 Central 1-2 Chaparral 4-1 2-1 2-0 0-5 Clearwater 4-1 0-5 3-2 Udall 2-3 1-2 2-0 Belle Plaine girlsIt will be a tough go for the Lady Dragons this season as the team is 0-5 and have not been within single digits in any of those losses.Conway Springs girls The Lady Cardinals have improved to 3-2 overall, and 2-0 in the CPL after its big 37-33 win over Cheney before Christmas break. Conway Springs returns to action with a huge test Tuesday night, battling Douglass there. The Bulldogs are 5-1 and also 2-0 in the CPL. Garden Plain is the other undefeated 2-0 CPL team.————— League Wellington girls The Lady Crusaders are currently Sumner County’s hottest basketball team. They are 2-0 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Div. IV league for the first time in their history. They are 5-0 overall for the first time in their history. The team is ranked No. 4 in the Topeka Capital Journal poll and No. 6 in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.But this week is huge for them. The Crusaders have their home opener(!) against Wichita Collegiate on Tuesday.The Spartans are 3-2 but more importantly 2-0 in the AV-CTL DIV with wins over Mulvane and Clearwater. The Crusaders then will travel to Circle in what could be for the league championship. The T-birds are 4-1 and beat Andale 45-36 before spring break.If Wellington can stay undefeated this week, then they will host Clearwater and travel to El Dorado in winnable games. They could be heading into the ultra-competitive Haven Tournament with an unblemished record.Wellington head coach Eric Adams provided AV-CTL Div. IV statistics:Team OffenseWellington    57.1 ppgCircle           46.2 ppgCollegiate     43.4 ppgClearwater    38.2 ppgAndale         35.0 ppgMulvane        29.4 ppgTeam DefenseCircle           37.6 ppgCollegiate     38.0 ppgWellington    39.7 ppgClearwater    43.2 ppgAndale         51.0 ppgMulvane       54.1 ppgWellington Lady Crusader Basketball Team StatsOffense: 57.0Defense: 39.7Diff: +17.3Reb. Avg: 32.2Assists Per Game: 12.2Steals Per Game: 9.5Blocks Per Game: 6.8Total Deflections: 812 pt FGM: 762 pt FGA: 1712 pt FG %: 44%3 pt FGM: 243 pt FGA: 583 pt FG %: 40%FTM: 60FTA: 87FT: 69%————— W. Independent 1-4 5-1 AV-CTL DIV Girls Belle Plaine 0-2 South Haven 3-2 South Haven 3-0 4-0 2-4 1-1 0-3 2-0 3-1 2-4 2-0 Cheney 2-4 2-1 3-1 4-1 Circle Flinthills W. Trinity 0-0 CV-Dexter 2-0 2-3 Wellington 2-4 0-0 Conway Springs Bluestem 2-4 Argonia girlsThe very young Red Raiders are 1-5 at the moment but look to turn things around at West Elk this Friday.Caldwell girls The Lady Bluejays are 2-4 but have an opportunity to get back to .500 with games against Central and Udall. Both teams are 2-4.Oxford girlsThe Wildcats have one win so far this season. Cedar Vale-Dexter, at 1-5, is an opportunity for Oxford to get a second win.South Haven girlsThe Lady Cardinals are 2-3. Like the other Sumner County teams, none which have a winning record, the opportunity presents itself for victories in the forecast.Follow us on Twitter. 0-0 2-3 Douglass 1-5 4-2 W. Collegiate 3-3 Udall Andale South Central Border League Boys 2-0 0-0 Flinthills 1-2 South Central League Girls 0-0 Douglass 0-2 1-5 2-2 0-0 0-0 West Elk 0-0 CV-Dexter 2-3 Sedan 1-4 Overall Overall 1-5 Overall 3-3 0-0 Central Overall League Argonia boys The Argonia boys have a good shot of finishing in the top three of the SCBL, but Friday’s game at West Elk will go a long ways into determining that scenario. With a win there, the Red Raiders could be 6-2 going into the SCBL Tournament.Oxford boysKyle Green’s team is young, but has been very competitive early including getting to the Fairfield Tournament Championship finals. Oxford hosts Cedar Vale-Dexter and South Haven, both winnable SCBL opponents, which should put it at 5-3 going into the SCBL Tourney.Caldwell boysThe Bluejays were getting significant accolades in the early polls, but are at 3-3 going into this weekend. A 20-point victory over Udall just before break should help get things rolling. Caldwell has Central Burden and Udall on the road. They too could be 5-3 at SCBL tournament time.South Haven boysThe Cardinals are 1-5. They travel to Wichita Homeschool before returning to SCBL play hosting Oxford and traveling to Flinthills. AV-CTL Div. IV Boys 0-0 5-0 Sedan 0-0 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. 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If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Belle Plaine boysJoe Newman’s troop is a much better basketball team than what it was a year ago. Although it is 2-3, like Wellington, Belle Plaine has lost a couple of games by less than 4 points which would have put the Dragons at 4-1 going into Christmas break.Belle Plaine will be hosting Wichita Independent Tuesday which is leading the Central Plains League with a 3-0 league record and 5-1 overall.Conway Springs boys The Cardinals appear to be on a roll — going 4-1 in December including a big win against Cheney right before Christmas break after finishing second in the Kingman Tournament. At 2-0 in the CPL, Conway Springs has an opportunity to snag two more victories against Douglass and Medicine Lodge.Not a bad start for Paul Lange in his first year as head Conway Springs boys basketballcoach.————— 3-2 1-2 0-0 3-3 0-6 0-4 0-0 1-4 2-0 0-0 Circle 1-2 Overall by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Technically, it is not the midseason; only a quarter of the high school basketball games have been played thus far. But there is no doubt that when January hits, basketball teams play with more urgency and the season shifts into a higher gear. One can argue including the three weeks of preseason practice, midseason has arrived.Hoops begin Tuesday night for Wellington and Central Plains League teams. Most of the South-Central Border League teams won’t return to action until Friday.  Here’s a look at each Sumner County teams as the season goes uninterrupted from this point forward. 2-0 0-0 1-4 Garden Plain League 1-5 2-4 0-3 0-2 0-0 5-0last_img read more

UK cancer charity awards £71 million for four major research challenges

first_img Email Cancer biologist Greg Hannon of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom will lead an effort to image slices of breast tumors and assemble them into virtual reality models. A second team headed by chemist Josephine Bunch of the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., will use mass spectrometry imaging to create a Google Earth–like tumor map that can zoom from the whole tumor to molecules. This work is important in part because “if you don’t know what molecules are present, then you don’t know what you’re trying to develop a medicine to … attack,” Bunch says.A group led by Jelle Wesseling of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam will aim to predict when precancerous breast lesions known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) will progress into cancer. By combining tumor and clinical data from thousands of patients, the team hopes to come up with an algorithm that will help women with DCIS avoid “the harm, the burden of unnecessary treatment,” Wesseling said.A fourth project will look for “the causes of cancer through the lens of the cancer genome,” said leader Michael Stratton of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge. His team will sequence 5000 tumor samples of four cancer types from various countries where rates of these cancers differ, suggesting an environmental factor. The hope is to find telltale genetic signatures from carcinogens, akin to the pattern of mutations that tobacco leaves in lung tumors.Each team will receive up to £15 million to £20 million over 5 years. (The original plan was to fund just one award, but after being “so blown away by the quality” of proposals, Kumar said, the project raised more money and partnered with the Dutch Cancer Society.) There will be more competitions starting later this year, Klausner said: “We want this to be the birth of a global approach” to solving problems that can “fundamentally change” our view of cancer. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country U.K. cancer charity awards £71 million for four major research challenges Researchers don’t yet know when a ductal carcinoma in situ will turn into breast cancer. 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The 5-year Grand Challenge Awards will fund work on mapping tumors, forecasting when breast cancer will develop, and pinning down environmental causes of cancers.The objective is to find “really novel ways” to address “urgent problems,” said Cancer Research UK CEO Harpal Kumar in a press briefing yesterday. He called the grants “the biggest … we or anyone else has ever given.” (A charity spokesperson later explained that Kumar meant funding provided to a single research project aimed at transforming a field, and that because of a drop in the value of the British pound, the grants are actually among the largest research awards ever.)The Grand Challenge competition began more than 2 years ago by gathering input from experts around the world to identify big problems—those that are “almost not doable but you can see a path to a solution,” says the project’s advisory panel chair, cancer biologist Richard Klausner of Illumina Inc. in San Diego, California. The advisers came up with seven challenges, including cancer vaccines and targeting a specific cancer gene, that attracted 57 research proposals. From a short list of nine finalists, the program has now selected four international teams.  By Jocelyn KaiserFeb. 9, 2017 , 7:00 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) SPL/Science Source last_img read more