U.S. and 15 Caribbean nations gather for Tradewinds 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo April 14, 2010 Approximately 450 U.S., U.K., and Caribbean nations’ security forces will participate in the 26th annual Tradewinds exercise, April 12-26 at the Belize Defence Force Price Barracks. An additional component of the exercise will be conducted in Jamaica. Fifteen Caribbean nations will participate along with the U.S. and U.K. Tradewinds is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs directed, U.S. Southern Command sponsored annual exercise that is conducted in cooperation with Caribbean Basin Partner Nations. The exercise is designed to improve cooperation and interoperability of Partner Nations in responding to regional security threats. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, in Miami, is the executive agent for the exercise. Tradewinds 2010 will focus on regional defense, consisting of two phases – green in Belize and blue in Jamaica. The green phase will provide a tactical level training venue to exercise core infantry skills, policing and investigative techniques, hazardous material identification and handling, and vessel boarding party operations. The blue phase will focus on maritime interdiction and search and rescue operations with an emphasis on command and control. “The goal of Tradewinds 2010 is to increase cooperation among partner nations. This exercise will help to improve key tactical skills in marksmanship, investigative operations, search and rescue and maritime interdiction operations,” said Maj. Eric Dominijanni, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, exercise coordinator. “The U.S. and the Caribbean share common interests, and regional challenges require cooperative solutions. We are committed to building lasting partnerships that will enhance our ability to work effectively together.” Tradewinds 2010 is a maritime operations exercise that supports USSOUTHCOM’s theatre security cooperation objectives and exercises the assets and capability provided under the Enduring Friendship program. Enduring Friendship is a USSOUTHCOM sponsored program to build maritime security capabilities throughout the Caribbean. The program provides high-speed interceptor boats with extensive communication and surveillance suites, as well as, a command, control and communication package that links U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) with partner nation’s operations centers to track and coordinate the seizure of illicit maritime traffic. The nations that will participate in Exercise Tradewinds 2010 are Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Kitts-Neves, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, United Kingdom and United States. Tradewinds is a joint-combined, interagency exercise and will involve U.S. personnel from the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, JIATF-S, Naval Criminal Investigative (NCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.last_img read more

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California High School Shooting: 2 Shot, Shooter in Custody

first_img23ABC News is streaming live video from the scene. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A gunman reportedly opened fire inside a Southern California high school Thursday morning and is in custody, according to local media outlets.There have been conflicting reports on the number of people who were shot inside Taft High School. KABC-TV reported that two people were injured. According to the reports, the shooting occurred around 9 a.m.23ABC News said they received calls from people who were hiding inside closets.Police are now securing the building.The shooting comes less than a month after a madman gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.The shooting has reignited the emotional debate over gun control laws in the country.last_img read more

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Lovgreen lights up Pleasant Valley

first_imgPSC Golf from The Café KronborgMonday, March 7, Silky Oak – StablefordA Flight (0-23)1st Henning Olsen (17) 39pts2nd Peter Bygballe (18) 33pts 3rd Elias Magnusson (23) 33pts4th Arne Pedersen (18) 32ptsB Flight (24+)1st Karl (30) 37pts2nd Kaj Aabling (25) 36pts3rd Torben Sorensen (27) 36pts4th Jan Lovgreen (24) 35ptsLong Putts: #18 Hanne ErbsNear Pins: #3 Jan Johansen, #6 Elias Magnusson, #8 Ronnie Ratte, #14 Hanne Erbs, #16 Kenneth MadsenSilky Oak was the big challenge today and after a swift check-in we were off the first tee 20 minutes early in hot and sunny conditions.The course was in fine condition but with elevated tees and greens it was tough work, even though we had carts.Two flights today with the cut at handicap 23 and a full lineup of pins to shoot for.Henning Olsen took the A Flight with 39 points, six ahead of Peter Bygballe in second who won a count back over Elias Magnusson.  Arne Pedersen completed the podium in fourth with 32 points.Karl Beter won the B Flight with 37 points and Kaj Aabling claimed second on a count back from Torben Sorensen, both with 36 points.  Jan Lovgreen was a further point back in fourth.Thursday, March 10, Pleasant Valley – StablefordA Flight (0-23)1st Kenneth Madsen (18) 41pts2nd Ronnie Ratte (23) 39pts3rd Richard Kubicki (12) 38pts4th Peter Bygballe (18) 37ptsB Flight (24+)1st Jan Lovgreen (24) 42pts2nd Hanne Erbs (29) 39pts3rd Kaj Aabling (25) 38pts4th Daryl Evans (24) 37ptsLong Putts: #9 Daryl Evans, #18 Kurt SandgaardNear Pins: #5 Hanne Erbs, #8 & #17 Peter Bygballe, #13 Jan JohansenPleasant Valley was on the schedule for Thursday and once again it was another very hot day.We teed off 30 minutes early on a course that in good condition but with slowish greens.Two flights again today with the cut at handicap 23 and a full bevy of near pins.Kenneth Madsen topped the A Flight with a fine 41 points while Ronnie Ratte was second with 39.  Richard Kubicki rolled in third with 38 points and Peter Bygballe was another point back in fourth.Jan Lovgreen won the B Flight with a fine 42 points, three ahead of Hanne Erbs in second with Kaj Aabling third on 38 and Daryl Evans fourth on a count back from Eddie Glinsek and Gordon Clegg.last_img read more

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Parker puts on a show at Pattaya Country Club

first_imgPSC golf from The Bunker BarMonday, August 29, Khao Kheow – StablefordOnly one good round worth mentioning today which was played by Tony Robbins who won with a very respectable 35 Stableford points.  Second and third places went to Colin Greig and Raleigh Gosney respectively, Raleigh beating Geoff Hart on a count back. 1st Tony Robbins (12) 35pts2nd Colin Greig (10) 28pts3rd Raleigh Gosney (18) 25ptsNear Pins:  Raleigh Gosney, Colin Greig, Geoff Hart.Wednesday, August 31, Green Valley – StablefordA reasonable turnout for Green Valley as usual saw Tony Robbins make it two wins out of two for the week, just nicking it by one point ahead of Mukesh who in turn was one point ahead of Colin Greig who won on a count back for a change!1st Tony Robbins (10) 38pts2nd Mukesh (10) 37pts3rd Colin Greig (10) 36ptsNear Pins:  Colin Stokes, Peter Habgood, Reg Smart, Geoff Cox.Friday, Sept. 2, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordSimon Parker playing off handicap 3 had a superb round of golf, winning with 41 points, three points ahead of his pal Eddie Martin and Ken Young got in the frame for one of the first times in his illustrious career with the Bunker Boys!1st Simon Parker (3) 41pts2nd Eddie Martin (18) 38pts3rd Ken Young (28) 37ptsNear Pins:  Eddie Martin, William Macey, Tony Robbins, Colin Greig.last_img read more

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Stuvik gets back on track

first_imgSandy Stuvik, the 16 year old local Thai racer started the Silverstone race weekend on August 20-21 (Round 9 & 10 of Formula Renault Eurocup) by giving himself the largest challenge ever, making a mistake on his exit lap for Friday’s first practice and damaging his car. Losing out on the first of the two practice sessions left the young racer feeling gloomy, however, the Interwetten.com Junior Team all grouped around Sandy and gave him the encouragement and support he needed.Sandy poses for a photo with his pit crew. Saturday morning saw the English circuit bathed in beautiful summer sun and as the qualification got under way, the young Thai was back in his fighting spirit and kept going faster and faster as he got to grips with the challenging track.  In front of the huge Silverstone crowd he eventually got himself up to 13th place in his group and a 26th grid start position, now only 2 seconds behind the group leader.Sandy Stuvik gets to grips with the Silverstone racing circuit.Sandy was positive and eager for the race to start and although there was scattered drizzle as the race started, he shot up 3 places on the start lap and kept moving up the grid to 20th place.  Then as the rain increased at the Beckets corner, he got caught out and spun the car, losing 3 positions, but immediately got back on track and started regaining positions.  By the end of the race Sandy got up to 19th place and was very happy finally getting back up in the middle of the field.With a combined spectator turnout of 120 thousand it was clear that the beautiful English summer weather contributed in a big way to the fantastic racing atmosphere at the Silverstone Circuit.  The enormous early morning traffic congestion into the track got everyone’s pulse up, but in the end all got where they needed to be in time.Sandy attacked immediately for the Sunday morning (round10) qualifying and improved his time again compared to the front runners and set his personal fastest time around Silverstone with 2:01:058.  This put him 14th in his group and 27th on the 38 car grid.For the afternoon race, Sandy had a poor start and lost several positions going into Copse corner, but in usual style he again went much stronger in the race than in the qualifying and had soon moved himself up to 23rd position.  Unfortunately he got hit on the side trying to overtake another car and damaged the front wing and from then on just had to do his best to maintain position.There was plenty of action up and down the 38 car strong grid and by race end Sandy found himself in 22nd position after finishing the 14 lap race distance.  The race was won by Dutchman Robin Frijns, with Alex Lynn from UK in second and Frenchman Paul Loup Chatin in third.Sandy and the team were positively encouraged with the strong showing on only his first time at Silverstone and with the new team.  Most importantly this put the young Thai driver back up in the midfield of this, the strongest Junior Formula racing field in the world.  Sandy’s objective for this season has always been to learn and prepare himself for a championship challenge in 2012.The Formula Renault EuroCup has been raced since 1991.  It is organized under the “World Series by Renault” program and races on Formula One tracks across Europe.  The championship winner will secure a budget of Euro 500 000 to continue Formula Renault V6.  Racing drivers who have passed through Formula Renault Eurocup and are now in Formula One include amongst others Pedro de la Rosa, Filipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi.The next race in the EuroCup series will be in the South of France at the Paul Ricard Circuit during 16-18 September, 2011.last_img read more

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Shining Knight takes the win at Burapha

first_imgKen is one of the early arriving participants for the upcoming annual four day TEAC tour which has attracted a field of 38 this year and starts here at Burapha on Monday 10th March.  Barney Clarkson recorded his first podium place for some time with his 31pts to take fourth, which should give his confidence a boost as he will also be a starter in the TEAC comp.Kerry Beck had a good 40pts to win the top division from Peter Nixon (37), with the ever present Bob Finley back in third with 36.Finally, welcome to Peter Skelcher, a mate of Mick Leighton’s, who also played with us today and both Peter & Mick are members of Harleyford Golf Club near Marlow, which was also General Jack’s former club.There were three ‘2’s from Bob Finley (C5), Kerry Beck and Jim Brackett (both on C8).Note: We later found out the the D loop had been closed early to carry out the verticutting of the greens in preparation for the Singha Open in April, which is usually played on the B & D nines and apparently this year will attract some of the big names in Thai golf.Div A (0-17)1st Kerry Beck (12) 40pts2nd Peter Nixon (13) 37pts3rd Bob Finley (14) 36pts4th Jim Brackett (9) 35ptsDiv B (18+)1st Tim Knight (23) 43pts2nd Bob Lindborg (21) 37pts3rd Ken Holman (19) 33pts4th Jimmy Little (19) 30ptsWednesday, Feb. 26, Bangpra – StablefordOur original Bangpra field of 27 was whittled down to a perfect 24 on the day, with the usual early 8.15 start remaining very popular.  The course, which continues to please the eye, was bathed in sunshine upon our arrival and once again the tenth tee was ready and waiting for us to start.Guy Brennan.We sent out a three-ball first as Dah, our driver, had been unable to find the hotel where Trevor Turner was staying but he arrived later under his own initiative, so we added him in at the back giving us three more three-balls; never ideal when following four-balls but at this time of the year, when the courses are busy, makes very little difference.Angus Neilson, over on yet another of his golfing challenges, called in sick on Monday and was not expecting to be fit to play at all after twisting his knee when getting out of bed whilst on holiday with his family in Phi Phi.  However, he made a remarkable recovery and it was nice to see him having a hit, even if he could only muster a mere 27pts.Guy Brennan (37pts), the Div A winner, was the only man to break handicap on a course that played very long as many of the white tees had been pushed back to the blues due to course maintenance and the greens, although somewhat slower than usual, still gave the golfers something to think about.That was especially the case for poor old Bob St. Aubin (32) who was completely paranoid about them (the greens), although managing to scramble his way into second place in Div B, talked and worried his way out of many more points on the greens, with his worst effort being five putts on the fifth; from tee to green he hit the ball really well!There were two ‘2’s from Guy Brennan & Stuart Sinfield.Div A (0-14)1st Guy Brennan (10) 37pts2nd Trevor Turner (10) 33pts3rd Stephen Mann (9) 30ptsDiv B (15+)1st Andy Makara (27) 34pts2nd Bob St. Aubin (15) 32pts3rd Geoff Doody (24) 32ptsFriday, Feb. 28, Green Valley – StablefordIt was noticeably quieter at Green Valley today, with many of the Koreans gone and some of the others away playing with PSC at Plutaluang.  We teed off 20 minutes early in a gentle breeze and the course was sparkling in the sunlight waiting to be taken on, and at the end of the day some fairly good scores were returned.Stephen “Waldo” Blazsanyik.Jim Brackett and Waldo (Steve Blazsanyik) both scored 39’s to win Div A and Div B respectively, with Div C being won by Brendan Cope on 36.  Other good scores came from Peter Nixon (38pts), Kerry Beck (36pts), Peter LeNoury and Steve Plant also both on 36 all in Div A, as Bob St. Aubin and Sugar signed for 36’s as well in Div B.  In Div C the scoring wasn’t quite as good as Andy took second with 34 and a surprised Tim Knight third with only 31.There were three ‘2’s from Steve Plant (4th), and Peter Nixon & Kimm Hopewell (both on the 12th).Div A (0-14)1st Jim Brackett (9) 39pts2nd Peter Nixon (13) 38pts3rd Kerry Beck (11) 36ptsDiv B (15-19)1st Stephen Blazsanyik (19) 39pts2nd Bob St. Aubin (15) 36pts3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 36ptsDiv C (20+)1st Brendan Cope (29) 36pts2nd Andy Makara (27) 33pts3rd Tim Knight (21) 31ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956. PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Feb. 24, Burapha – StablefordA moderate field for the time of year of 27 Outbackers played Burapha on a cloudy day with a cool breeze; unusually playing the D loop first followed by C, which I believe was because D was to be closed in the afternoon hopefully for some maintenance as it’s condition wasn’t as good as usual.  The highlight of the day was a great 43pts by Tim Knight to register the day’s top score and win Div B by six from a resurgent Bob Lindborg on 37 in second.  Bob was followed home by one of the visiting TEAC group, Ken Holman with 33.Tim Knight with caddy.last_img read more

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Sutthisa strikes as United beat BBCU

first_imgBEC Tero Sasana281279043 Chonburi2717642657 Army United289118-138 Muang Thong United2821703570 Osotspa2811413337 TeamPWDL+/-Pts Chiangrai United2871110-832 Buriram United28131052049 Bangkok Glass2891271339 Thai Premier League Football 2012 SeasonPattaya United kept alive their slim hopes of a top six finish in the league by beating struggling BBCU 2-0 at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya last Saturday. Samut Songkhram289712-634 TOT289109037center_img Pattaya United278910-433 TTM Chiangmai2821115-1917 Wuachon United277128-433 Esan United289136240 United piled on the pressure from the opening whistle and took a deserved first half lead when midfielder Rangsarit Sutthisa fired in a superb free-kick from the edge of the area that gave the visiting goalkeeper no chance.Pattaya United’s Sompob Nilwong, right, defends against BBCU’s Junior Guimaro during the second half of their Thai Premier League fixture at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, Sept. 22. (Photo/Pattaya United)Against the run of play BBCU had a great chance to equalize soon after but Guinean forward Moussa Sylla headed wide of the Pattaya goal when it seemed easier to score.  United continued to lay siege to the BBCU goal but were unable to extend their lead before the half-time break.The visitors reorganized during the interval and were unlucky not to get back on equal terms early in the second half when Junior Guimaro saw his excellent free kick rebound off the Pattaya woodwork with goalkeeper Narit well beaten.Chances continued to be created at both ends of the pitch in what was a lively and entertaining second half but when the goal eventually came it fell once more to the home team as Ludovick Takam followed up to knock home a rebound and his seventh goal since his return the Dolphins after the BBCU keeper failed to hold onto a speculative long range effort.United struck the woodwork again before the end of the match but there was to be no further addiction to the scoring before the final whistle sounded, with the home team running out 2-0 winners.United are looking for a good return from their final seven matches of the season to give them as high a league placing as possible.  The Dolphins’ were due to take on Police United in Bangkok in a rearranged match this past Wednesday and on Sunday will travel to Esan United for another tough away fixture.At the top of the table, Muang Thong continued their relentless procession to the league title with a 2-1 win over Osotspa while Chonburi look guaranteed to finish in second spot following their 3-1 home victory against Army United.Thai Premier League Results & Standings (Sept. 23) Chainat2861210-1430 Police United2751012-925 BBCU2841113-1723 Thai Port286913-1727 Results:  (Sat. 22/09) Pattaya United 2 – 0 BBCU; Chonburi 3 – 1 Army United; Muang Thong United 2 – 1 Osotspa; Chiangrai United 0 – 1 TOT; (Sun. 23/09) TTM Chiangmai 2 – 3 Chainat; Samut Songkhram 3 – 2 Bangkok Glass; BEC Tero Sasana 0 – 2 Thai Port; Wuachon United 2 – 1 Buriram United; Police United 0 – 1 Esan Unitedlast_img read more

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