Salvadoran and Colombian Armed Forces Share Post-Conflict Experiences

first_imgThe Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES, for its Spanish acronym) recently shared their post-conflict experiences with instructors and officials from the Superior War School of Colombia during a special meeting at the headquarters of the FAES’ College for High Strategic Studies in San Salvador. Since April 18, 600 highly specialized military personnel have been patrolling the streets of the country’s 50 most dangerous towns alongside the National Civil Police (PNC) to ensure peace. Additionally, 1,000 members of specialized units have been deployed since July throughout the country’s entire public transit system. They travel in pairs, select routes and buses randomly between 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., and protect the public from possible gang attacks. “The upcoming challenges that the Colombian Armed Forces will have to overcome during the peace negotiation process will deal with combating terrorism and violence that are products of drug trafficking. In addition, security problems that used to be taken care of by the Police alone – such as migration or the illegal trafficking of weapons and chemical substances – are all now considered to be ‘new threats.’” At the close a recent meeting, Brigadier General Carlos Mena Torres, the Salvadoran Air Force’s General Chief of Staff, highlighted the importance of such meetings between fellow security forces. Transitioning toward peace “Ever since we achieved peace, it has been of utmost importance for us to share with other military forces how the Salvadoran Armed Forces have developed post-conflict, and it continues to support the ongoing efforts aimed at protecting the public from emerging threats.” “This exchange of information concerning successful strategies to combat terrorist groups gathered over the last 23 years can end up being very useful now for Colombia, as it finds itself in the midst of a peace negotiation process,” said Colonel Juan Molina, the Operational Chief for the FAES Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the end of one of the meetings on September 5. The process of transitioning toward peace in Colombia will involve security and defense challenges, said Brigadier General Rodrigo Valencia, Chief of Staff of the Colombian Air Force’s Joint Special Operations Command. Since El Salvador’s internal armed conflict ended in 1992, the FAES has become known for their peacekeeping efforts, providing national security and supporting law enforcement agencies in combating illegal armed groups, including the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs. “The Latin American Armed Forces are facing what we call ‘emerging threats’ such as gangs and conflicts with drug traffickers.Thus, it has been very important for us to learn from the experiences of our Salvadoran colleagues, their theoretical underpinnings, and the tactics they have used in the field to combat these groups that appear after a conflict, such as those which Colombia is currently combating.” El Salvador’s Ministry of Defense won’t release the results of these operations, citing an effort to protect the methods’ security and effectiveness. However, data has been made public for the “Safe House” operations, where the Military and PNC work together to clear out the abandoned homes that gangs use illegally to plan crimes. This year, authorities have closed 381 of the approximately 6,300 occupied houses and arrested 1,178 alleged gang leaders. Due to these “new threats,” learning about the strategy used by their Salvadoran colleagues to perform operations that aim to keep the peace allows the Colombian Armed Forces to accumulate tested knowledge. By Dialogo November 23, 2015last_img read more

Green light for Chrysaor’s decommissioning plan for Ganymede platform topsides

first_imgChrysaor’s decommissioning plan for the Ganymede platform topsides, which is located on the Jupiter area in the UK sector of the North Sea, has been approved by UK authorities. The decline in production led to the cessation of production thatwas approved by OGA in 2016, enabling decommissioning activities to begin on thefacilities in 2017. The platforms are in cold suspension, awaiting removal anddisposal. In 2000, NW Bell and Europa came online. This backed out Ganymede and some wells were shut-in. When NW Bell and Europa declined in 2001, the Ganymede wells were reinstated. The Ganymede field is located approximately 132 kilometres east of the Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal (TGT) terminal. First production from the Ganymede Field and Callisto Field was in September 1995. The Jupiter field was net cash flow negative in 2014 which initiated decommissioning activities on the installations to start and production to cease from Jupiter in November 2016. Chrysaor, as the operator of the Jupiter fields, applied to the OffshorePetroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) to obtainapproval for the decommissioning of the following Ganymede ZD topsides. The Jupiter fields were discovered in 1972 by the 49/16-4 wellwhich encountered 325 feet of gas column in the Rotliegendes Group LemanSandstone Formation in what became the Ganymede Field. The exploration andappraisal programme continued through the 1990s with discoveries in the Europa,Callisto, and Sinope Fields. Source: Chrysaor The schedule outlined in the decommissioning programme started with the well plugging and abandonment in 2016 and will span approximately seven years. The Jupiter fields consist of several separate gas accumulationswhich lie within blocks 49/16a, 49/17a,center_img As for the Ganymede topside, it weighs 1,082 tonnes and theinstallation stands in 33.5 metres of water. Other installations, including theGanymede ZD jacket and pipelines in the Jupiter area, will be decommissioned atan appropriate time and covered by their own decommissioning programmes. The first phase was the development of the Ganymede ZD normally unmannedinstallation (NUI) platform and Callisto subsea tie-back to Ganymede in 1995. Jupiter fields 49/22a, 49/22c, 49/22d and 49/23a (licences P.025 and P.033) inthe Southern North Sea of the UKCS. The Jupiter fields were developed in two phases to support theproduction from the Jupiter area using the LOGGS Gathering Station to transportthe produced oil and gas from the field for further processing and sale. The second phase was the development of the Europa EZ NUI platformand NW Bell ZX subsea tie-back to Callisto ZM in 2000. The Jupiter facilities currently consist of two Jupiter surface installationsGanymede ZD and Europa EZ, one subsea tee at the intersection of the Europa EZto Callisto ZM, two Jupiter subsea tiebacks with wellhead protection structures– Callisto ZM and NW Bell ZX – and the inter-field pipelines. The Ganymede ZD, Europa EZ, and subsea tiebacks Callisto ZM and NWBell ZX produced 494 bscf of gas up to the termination of production in 2016.last_img read more

Fer sets sights on World Cup

first_imgMidfielder Leroy Fer hopes an impressive debut season for Norwich could help to earn a place in Holland’s World Cup squad. Speaking to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Fer said: “It is far too early to talk about the World Cup, but playing in Brazil against the best players of the world is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. “I will do everything to be part of that, but I can only do it in one way – give everything at Norwich and take all chances I get for the Oranje with both hands.” Fer, whose last senior call-up came as a substitute against Turkey in September 2009, continued: “It is really fantastic that I am here again. “The first months at Norwich City gave me a good feeling, and the experience here in England is fantastic. Fortunately I could adapt quickly. I now also want to show that I have developed myself with Holland.” Fer produced an impressive display in Norwich’s 3-1 defeat by Chelsea on Sunday at Carrow Road, in a match where the home side fought back in the second half only to be undone on the break as the Blues struck twice in the final five minutes. Norwich’s club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel may not have been on the scoresheet, but worked hard as the lone striker, and it was his knockdown which set up Anthony Pilkington for the equaliser. Van Wolfswinkel – who like Fer has been in and around the Dutch set-up – has yet to add a killer touch in front of goal, with his debut strike against Everton on the opening day his only scoring contribution since an £8.5million summer move from Sporting Lisbon. However, Canaries manager Hughton, whose side are in the bottom three following four defeats from the opening seven Barclays Premier League games, is in no doubt that statistic will soon be chalked off. “Nobody can fault his work-rate. Would he be disappointed he hasn’t got the goals he would have liked? Yes, he’s a striker that’s used to scoring goals and sometimes it takes time,” Hughton said on BBC Radio Norfolk. “First and foremost you want to make sure he is doing a good job for the team, which he is, and I am quite sure that if he continues in that vein the goals will come.” The 23-year-old – nicknamed ‘the bouncer’ for his combative approach – has been called for international duty by Louis van Gaal following injuries to Jonathan de Guzman and Stijn Schaars. Fer – signed by Norwich from FC Twente – intends to make the most of the opportunity as Holland prepare for their last two World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Turkey, already safely through to Brazil as runaway winners of Group D. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Genocide resolution losing support

first_imgAlso this week, at least six Democrats withdrew their sponsorship of the bill and two other Democrats, Reps. Alcee Hastings of Florida and John Tanner of Tennessee, asked Pelosi to forgo the vote. Hastings, who has voted against combat funding for Iraq, and Tanner, a member of a conservative Democratic coalition known as the Blue Dogs, said they feared backlash from Turkey would cut off U.S. access to a critical air base. “More than half of the cargo flown into Iraq and Afghanistan comes through Incirlik Air Base and this base would be a key component of any plans for redeployment of our troops in the future,” the lawmakers wrote. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Tex., sent Pelosi a similar letter last week. In response to last week’s approval of the resolution by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Turkey recalled its ambassador in Washington back to Ankara and asked the Bush administration to stop the resolution from passing in a final floor vote. Turkey denies the deaths constituted genocide, saying that the toll has been inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest. At the Pentagon, Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, operations chief for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked whether the U.S. military was considering providing assistance to Turkey in the event that it went after the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq. “It would be inappropriate for me from this standpoint to say we are ruling out or ruling in specific military options,” Ham said, adding that Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and other commanders are watching the situation closely. “I don’t know specifically what they are planning to do if this matter continues to evolve,” Ham said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A House vote to label the century-old deaths of Armenians as genocide was in jeopardy Tuesday after several Democrats withdrew their support and sounded alarms it could cripple U.S. relations with Turkey. The loss of support is a major setback to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, who have fiercely defended the resolution to Republicans and the Bush administration as a moral imperative in condemning the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. President Bush called Pelosi on Tuesday to ask her not to call for a House vote on the resolution. “The president and the speaker exchanged candid views on the subject and the speaker explained the strong bipartisan support in the House for the resolution,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said, noting that Bush initiated the phone call. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Local Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, is the bill’s chief sponsor. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Tuesday that the plan remained to vote on the measure before Congress adjourns by the end of the year. But, he added, “there are a number of people who are revisiting their own positions and we’ll have to determine where everyone is,” he said. The most notable Democratic challenge mounted this week came from Rep. John Murtha, an anti-war ally of Pelosi, D-Calif., and chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Murtha fought against a similar measure 20 years ago. “From my discussions with our military commanders and foreign policy experts, I believe that this resolution could harm our relations with Turkey and therefore our strategic interests in the region,” Murtha, D-Pa., said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday. last_img read more