Operation MARTILLO: UK Royal Navy Argyll rejoins mission

first_imgBy Dialogo July 25, 2014 KEY WEST, U.S.A. – The United Kingdom (UK) Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll recently rejoined Operation MARTILLO, exactly 12 months after the ship’s crew successfully seized nearly US$128 million worth of drugs in the Pacific Ocean and apprehended three traffickers. The HMS Argyll, which departed from the U.S. city of Key West in the state of Florida, will patrol the Caribbean region as part of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational project that aims to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. Operation MARTILLO includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The HMS Argyll’s operations in the Caribbean are overseen from Key West. The 180-crew ship recently hosted local military officials and dignitaries to showcase the vessel’s abilities, especially in counter-narcotics missions. U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven J. DePalmer, who is the deputy director Joint Interagency Task Force South, was the guest of honor at the event, which also was attended by Key West Mayor Craig Cates and Preston Brewer, the president of the board of directors of the Navy League Key West Council. “The Royal Navy is committed to the maintenance of maritime security worldwide, frequently working alongside our allies, especially close partners such as the U.S.,” Cmdr. Paul Hammond, the Argyll’s commanding officer, told those in attendance. “Over the next six months, HMS Argyll will conduct a wide range of operations in the Caribbean including working with the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force during counter-narcotics operations.” Hammond added: “Meeting at this early stage has enabled a greater mutual understanding between HMS Argyll and the task force – and this will allow me to deliver more effect at sea during our counter-narcotics operations.” The HMS Argyll looks to continue its success in the counter-narcotics fight after seizing nearly US$128 million worth of drugs in the Pacific Ocean and apprehending three traffickers who have been sentenced collectively to 40 years in prison. The HMS Argyll, which is aiming to return to its homeport in Plymouth, England, by the end of the year, is prepared to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the United Kingdom’s overseas territories in the region during hurricane season. The stop in Key West also allowed members of the HMS Argyll’s soccer and rugby teams to compete against local opponents. “Key West has a fantastic rugby team who plays well on the pitch and looks after its guests extremely well off the pitch,” Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) Gareth Willey, the rugby team’s captain, said in a prepared statement.last_img read more

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Airline industry in dire need of stimulus package to withstand crisis

first_img“Airlines need stimulus to get fresh working capital to resume operation after two months of halted operation, and also to help them pay their restructured debts,” INACA chairman Denon Prawiraatmadja told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Garuda grappled with US$3.25 billion in short-term liabilities, including $498.9 million in sukuk (Islamic bonds) due to be paid on June 3 this year, according to its 2019 financial report.However, with decimated passenger numbers and grounded fleets, other airlines are grappling with debts and obligations to fleet lessors. Publicly listed no-frills airline AirAsia Indonesia, for example, recorded Rp 2.1 trillion (US$140.6 million) in short-term liabilities as of Sept. 30 last year, including Rp 42.7 billion due within a year, according to its financial report.Currently, airlines are still burdened with costs such as parking fees for their grounded aircraft, maintenance costs, pilot license fees, and many other costs, Denon added. The country’s airlines are in dire need of financial stimulus to withstand the COVID-19-induced crisis, amid a sharp revenue decline and looming deadlines for short-term liabilities, the Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (INACA) has said.The comments came as flag carrier Garuda Indonesia was in discussion to receive a state capital injection of Rp 8.5 trillion as a derivative of the latest issuance of Government Regulation No. 23/2020 on the national economic recovery program.With the current situation, the INACA has called on the government to provide financial stimulus for the ailing airlines in the form of credit relaxation and soft loans. –Mardika Parama and Adrian Wail Akhlas contributed to this storyTopics :center_img While airlines have taken measures such as renegotiating costs with lessors and third parties, cutting operational costs, as well as furloughing employees, financial relief is still deemed essential for recovery, according to the INACA.“If in May the stimulus is still not available, the impact will be disastrous, it will be more difficult to pick up the market,” he said, adding that the airlines also needed capital support during market pickup post-pandemic.Data from the INACA show that passenger traffic dropped 8.23 percent year-on-year (yoy) between January and March to 25.5 million people, and the figures for April and May are expected to show an even further decline, as the government has banned people taking part in the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).The International Air Transport Association (IATA) previously identified Indonesia as one of the priority countries at risk as the industry worsens during the pandemic.Conrad Clifford, the IATA’s regional vice president for Asia Pacific, said airlines in the region were facing a liquidity crisis and called for governments to provide direct financial support, loans, loan guarantees and tax relief, among other things.“We have seen the first airline casualty in the region. There will be more casualties if governments do not step in urgently to ensure airlines have sufficient cash flow to tide them over this period,” Conrad said in an April 24 statement.Clifford was referring to Virgin Australia, which collapsed into voluntary administration in April.The IATA estimated a 49 percent passenger drop and an $8.2 billion drop in revenue impact in Indonesia this year, compared to last year.Garuda rescue planFlag carrier Garuda Indonesia may be the first to receive a rescue package from the government.However, the state injection plan is pending the approval of a Cabinet meeting, according to Febrio Kacaribu, the head of the Finance Ministry’s fiscal policy agency.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra confirmed that the decision was still being discussed and was not yet finalized.“[The points that we are discussing] include Garuda’s liabilities and what Garuda needs. These are just plans, we have not yet reached a deal,” said Irfan on Tuesday. Garuda is slated to conduct a negotiation with its sukuk holders next week, as part of its strategy to buffer the financial hit.Other airlines are still strugglingAirAsia Indonesia, meanwhile, is still taking measures to stay afloat during the pandemic, including by renegotiating aircraft leasing payments and other obligations with the airline’s partners to reduce the burden, as well as cutting employee salaries.The COVID-19 pandemic is “significantly affecting the company’s finances”, according to the company’s April 21 statement.“In principle, we renegotiate the payment terms and cost elements as much as we can,” said president director Veranita Yosephine Sinaga at the latest press conference on May 4.AirAsia still had to pay sizeable aircraft leasing costs, Veranita added. It has also called for the government to provide them with taxation relief.The country’s biggest airline Lion Air Group spokesperson Danang Mandala on Wednesday refused to provide any comment regarding the company’s financial condition.Aviation observer Gerry Soejatman said it would be fair to give credit facility and tax relief to airline industry players in general, instead of just one player.last_img read more

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Tipp footballers set to conclude Division 3 campaign

first_imgElsewhere in Division 3 today promoted Kildare face Clare in Newbridge, Longford take on Westmeath at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park with relegated Limerick hosting Offaly in Newcastlewest. The Premier County definitely won’t be relegated if they beat Sligo at Markievicz Park.Promotion is still a possibility too, although for this to happen other results will have to go in favour of Liam Kearns’ side.Tipp FM’s live coverage of the match begins at 10 to 2 and will be brought to you in association with Tipperary Renault dot ielast_img read more

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England pair take the honours at the Henry Cooper

first_img England junior internationals Lily May Humphreys and Ben Jones were runaway winners at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Jones was 18-under par for 72 holes at Nizels in Kent, with scores including an exceptional nine-under 63 in the third round.  He finished 10 shots clear of the runner-up in the boys’ event. “I was really pleased,” said Jones, 18 (Northamptonshire County). “It’s my first big win and I’ve been waiting for a long time so it’s nice to get over that barrier.” His bogey free 63 was a personal best and he added it to three 69s. “I just hit the ball really well all week and holed those 8-10ft putts that sometimes you miss,” he said. He recently represented England in the German boys’ championship having been fourth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and tied 10th in the U21 Bernard Darwin Salver. Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) marked her return after injury with a 12-shot win in the girls’ competition, ahead of runners-up Carys Worby of Wales and Hannah Screen, another England girls’ squad player from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The 15-year-old also teamed up with Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) and Conor Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O) to win the Nations Trophy for England. Their team score of eight-under put them six ahead of runners-up Wales. Humphreys had to pull out of a recent tournament with a foot injury and she said: “My goal for the tournament was to try and show myself that I’m playing good and can do good scores again. My last round really proved it to me with a 68.” She added that four-under par score to earlier rounds of 71 75 75 for a one-over total. “I’m really pleased to have played like I did and to win,” she said. Humphreys is the English U16 girls’ open champion and this season has played impressively in top women’s scratch events and reached the last 16 in the French U18 championship. She recently helped England beat Spain in a two-day mixed U16 international and this weekend will represent GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe. Click here for full scores from the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters 27 Jun 2017 England pair take the honours at the Henry Cooper last_img read more

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Dinesh Karthik unconditionally apologises to BCCI after violating his contract

first_imgAdvertisement afagqqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vss4yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eulom( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8izz4Would you ever consider trying this?😱k44Can your students do this? 🌚60s9riRoller skating! Powered by Firework Dinesh Karthik, has issued an unconditional apology to the BCCI after entering the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room during one of the league matches. The Kolkata Knight Riders captain, received a show cause notice from the board which stated he violated his national contract, according to which he could not participate, in any capacity, in a league besides the IPL without a No Objection certificate from the BCCI.Advertisement  Advertisement Following that notice, he clarified his position through an email on September 6. The wicketkeeper mentioned that he was there on Brendon McCullum’s request.“At the outset, I wish to state that I have not participated in Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in any capacity,” he cited.Advertisement “My coming to Trinidad was at the invitation of the newly appointed head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders Mr McCullum, who also happens to be the head coach of TKR. He felt that it will be useful for me as captain of KKR, to come for some discussions with him in regard to KKR.”“I wish to tender my unconditional apology for not seeking permission from BCCI to embarking on this visit. I sincerely request this oversight be excused,” he further added.According to some reports, Karthik was going to stay in the Caribbean islands till September 9, in which TKR was going to play three home games. But it seems that the keeper will be heading home earlier than expected.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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