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Guatemalan Amphibious Troops Strengthen Skills

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo August 03, 2018 The Guatemalan Navy, with the support of the U.S. Marine Corpsy, trained a naval component in the Advanced Marine Course in Puerto Barrios, Izabal, throughout May 2018. The objective of the course was to improve the response capabilities of the Guatemalan Marines to conduct operations in various environments. “We thank the U.S. government for contributing to the training of our marines,” Captain Erick Roberto Orellana, second commander of the Guatemalan Marine Brigade, told Diálogo. “It helped us strengthen our skills and capabilities to fulfill our amphibious and riverine missions in coastal areas.” Soldiers of steel The training consisted of high-performance tactical phases in areas such as urban operations, water combat, use of support weapons, as well as incursion and amphibious landing techniques in waters 1 kilometer off the coast. “Soldiers have to bear the weight of their own body, plus the weight of all the equipment and weapons,” said Capt. Orellana. “It’s hard, because it’s twice the effort to get to shore without sinking or drowning and without being noticed.” With the support of U.S. service members, Guatemalan troops learned to take position in a war ship. They received specific combat training to respond to an ambush or enemy fire, and trained with modern physical conditioning techniques. U.S. service members also provided operational advice to naval and land officers of the Guatemalan Marine Brigade. The Advanced Marine Course demands physical and mental strength, and not every candidate is able to complete the course and graduate. “Out of 80 students accepted, only 25 passed the course,” said Capt. Orellana. “We don’t want supermen; we seek to train elements that will contribute to maintaining the defense of sovereignty and deliver maximum results in the fight against national and international criminal organizations.” Integrated cooperation The Guatemalan Marine Brigade contributes to the development of joint and combined military operations against any threat to the general public. According to the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, the unit seeks to be the best-trained strategic brigade in the country to conduct operations in coastal, riverine, amphibious, and special environments. Collaboration with the armed forces of the Western Hemisphere allows Guatemalan Armed Forces to improve their sea, air, and land defense. The U.S. Department of State, in its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, estimates that about 1,400 tons of cocaine were smuggled through the country in 2017, most was destined for the U.S market. “Integrated cooperation with the U.S., Colombian, Mexican, and Chilean governments allows us to be trained, improve our own doctrine, and apply it in our fields to attain the best outcome in an operation, and make completion of tasks more dynamic,” Navy Lieutenant Eduardo Antonio Carmona, chief of the Naval Training Center of the Guatemalan Marine Forces, told Diálogo. “We have a more technical training with the U.S. military, while we focus more on the military’s own capabilities when we work with Latin American forces. “Sometimes equipment or resources are inadequate, but marines are trained to complete assigned tasks with available resources. Marines know and trust they can fulfill their mission quickly and effectively, no matter how good their weapons or boots are.” The Guatemalan Marine Brigade has receives tactical and physical training from the United States since 2013. According to Lt. Carmona, a total of 540 marines have been trained by way of the advanced course. “Thanks to this cooperation we seized a huge amount of drugs in the last three years,” Capt. Orellana concluded. U.S. Marine Corps amphibious troops will offer two more courses in 2018.last_img read more

House approves rules for Trump impeachment inquiry

first_imgThe possible impeachment of President Trump is gaining momentum in the US House.On Thursday, the House passed a Democratic resolution, which moves the impeachment process into a new phase, one that includes public hearings.The investigation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been conducted behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, where multiple government officials and witnesses have been called to testify.But the hearings will now be brought into the public eye after the result of Thursday’s House vote.The measure drafted by House Democrats lays out the ground rules for public hearings, provides procedures for the president and his counsel to respond to evidence, and sets out the process for considering articles of impeachment in the Judiciary Committee and the full House.Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry last month after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but has adamantly denied any wrongdoing in the matter, slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”Shortly after the scandal went viral, the Trump administration released the unredacted, declassified transcript of the controversial conversation in which the Department of Justice concluded that he did not break the law.But US officials opted to move forward with the impeachment inquiry as it moves into a new phase as of Thursday.last_img read more

Daylight Saving Time to End This Weekend

first_imgAmericans will gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend as Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time.At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd, people across the U.S. will need to “fall back” one hour to reflect the new time.It won’t affect residents of Arizona, Hawaii, and many of the U.S. territories.President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which established daylight saving time from the second Sunday of March through the first Sunday of November.Inside Edition offers tips to help one adjust to daylight saving time in the video above!last_img read more

Pensacola Suffers Cyber Attack on the Heels of NAS Terror Attack

first_imgThe city of Pensacola, Florida is the victim of a cyber attack one day after a terror attack at the Naval Air Station.Mayor Grover Robinson announced yesterday the attack started over the weekend, and the FBI, Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating.Robinson says it’s too early to know if any personal information was compromised.The attack did not affect public safety agencies such as 911 call, and there’s no word on when the city will be fully back online.Pensacola City spokesperson Kaycee Lagarde saying they aren’t sure if the cyber attack is linked to the naval air base shooting and as a precaution officials reported it to the FBI.For now Pensacola’s government’s doing business old school with pen and paper.last_img read more

Local police arrest man who attacked officer while attempting to flee a car accident

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale Police department has arrested a 29-year-old man who attacked a female officer while attempting to flee the scene of a car accident. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon at 2225 NW 19th St. Authorities say they were called to the area due to a vehicle accident where one of those involved was attempting to flee the scene.When the officer arrived, she spoke to those involved and attempted to detain Marcelas Jones who was said to have tried to leave. As the officer attempted to get Jones out of the road, Jones suddenly begins attacking her. Video taken by a witness at the scene shows Jones pushing the officer up against a fence, choking her, and punching her with both of his fists. Two security guards then rush to help the officer as more police officers also rushed to the scene.Jones was finally arrested and taken into custody.  He appeared in court Friday where he charged with leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest with violence, and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. He is currently being held on a $25,200 bond and has been ordered not to have any contact with the officer. The officer was said to have suffered minor injuries from the assault but is expected to be OK.last_img read more

Hawks shoot down Bombers 1-0 in Field Hockey Final

first_imgTo represent Nelson at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships next month in North Vancouver, the L.V. Rogers Bombers need to play a few more games.J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail scored in the first minute en route to a 1-0 victory over the Bombers in the final of the West Kootenay Field Hockey Championships Wednesday at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar. The win was the first of the season for Crowe over LVR.The Bombers now take the back door route to provincials, competing in a Wild Card Game against #2 Okanagan and the #3 Fraser Valley Teams Tuesday (October 29), in Kelowna on the Mission Creek Turf  Fields.If the Bombers win the final, it’s off to the  AA Provincials in North Vancouver on November 6-8.Check out the Bombers athletics page at www.lvr.sd8.bc.calast_img read more