By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo October 30, 2020 The Caribbean Naval Force increased cocaine hydrochloride seizures in Caribbean waters by 52 percent from January to August 2020, according to a Colombian Navy August 22 report.As of August 2020, authorities have seized 84,662 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, while the amount seized in the same period in 2019 was 44,000 kg, the report says. With these results, Colombian authorities estimate that they have prevented more than 211 million doses from reaching international markets.“These indications are the result of interoperational […] and combined work with different countries, such as the United States, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, and the United Kingdom, mainly,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Andrés Vásquez Villegas, commander of the Caribbean Naval Force, told Diálogo.In addition, authorities captured 242 people and seized vehicles, aircraft, vessels, and a semisubmersible, all drug-related, the report adds.“We have the best relationships with SOUTHCOM [U.S. Southern Command] and with JIATF South [Joint Interagency Task Force South], with whom we communicate and coordinate daily. We have a Colombian Navy liaison officer at JIATF South […],” added Vice Adm. Vásquez, who mentioned the importance of the U.S. maritime shield deployed in the Caribbean: “It has enabled navy ships from other countries, such as Colombia, the Netherlands, France, [and] the United Kingdom, to cover other mobility corridors, in a combined effort to smother narcotrafficking routes.”According to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the territorial sea, which covers up to 12 miles out, is the sovereign responsibility of each State, which must have the minimum capabilities to safeguard life at sea and prevent its illegal use. But different navies are free to navigate in the exclusive economic zone, which covers 200 miles, and is in international waters.“It’s here that we require countries with blue-water capabilities, with vessels that can go from mile 12 [territorial sea] to mile 200 and beyond, to have a presence, safeguarding marine life, protecting lines of maritime communications, and preventing criminals from using the sea,” Vice Adm. Vásquez concluded.
Pictured are some of the Transition Year 5k Committee, James McMonagle, Chairperson LK Credit Union, Gordon Randles LKCU Manager, Attracta Winters, Chairperson St Eunan’s Parents’ Association, Brian Harkin ,LKCU, Ted McLaughlin, LKCU, Eva McCloskey, LKCU Youth Officer, Jim Toner, LKCU & Gary McDaid, St Eunan’s CollegeSaint Eunan’s Parents’ Association, Staff and the Transition Year 5k Committee launched their 5K event this week along with representatives of Letterkenny Credit Union. The Credit Union is kindly sponsoring the event which is to take place on Thursday 10th of April at 7.15pm. Enrolment for the 5K will take place in the College Recreation Hall from 6pm onwards prior to the start of the race.Chris Darby, Principal of Saint Eunan’s College wants to encourage as many people in the local community to take part as possible. “We had a fantastic turn out last year with almost 600 people taking part. We want 5k 2014 to be as much fun and are encouraging our students past, present and new students starting in September 2014 and their families to join in.“We are welcoming both walkers and competitive runners and all participants are invited back to the school for refreshments at the end of course. We would like to thank Letterkenny Credit Union for their sponsorship of the 5k, Letterkenny Athletic Club for their involvement and indeed all the local businesses who have supported College fundraising events throughout the year.”School Staff, the Parents’ Association and TY Committee envisage the 5k very much as a community event and feel that participants enjoying themselves is the most important aspect of the evening.Fundraising is however increasingly important to the Committee as the school has so many students very successfully involved in both sports and academic pursuits. This week sees St Eunan’s Senior Team progress to the final of the McLarnon Cup, the Senior Rugby Team are this years Ulster Champions, St Eunan’s Students are competing in the Maths Olympiad and the college has a team in the IMTA National Final Team Math Competition. Most of these projects require some degree of financial support be it in terms of travel, equipment or materials.“The Parents’ Association are only too aware of the difficulties facing the school in terms of facilities and current financial challenges. Despite this Saint Eunan’s Students continue to excel and it is for this reason that we as parents and a community need to get behind the school and support it in any way we can. We are heartened that refurbishment has commenced in a number of areas in the school buildings and plans are afoot to expand the existing facilities and bring them up to date. The boys both current and future deserve the best.” says Attracta Winters, Chairperson of the Parents Association. “Coming into St Eunan’s on a more regular basis I can’t help but notice how clean, tidy & well maintained the building is despite its advancing years and high impact usage. The staff and students must take credit for this as they continue to operate a school of 850 students to a very high level in a building which was built for a much smaller number of students.“Working on projects such as the Mock Interview Workshop, the 5K and assisting at school events, we as Committee Members are in the unique position of coming into contact with the students as outsiders. We are continually impressed by the students, their willingness to work hard, be involved in committee events and their good manners with ourselves and other visitors. We have on numerous occasions received very positive feedback from visitors regarding the fine manner in which the boys conduct themselves.”Prizes are being offered for the top 3 competitors in each category, Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Male, Junior Female and Team.The Team Category is open to groups of 5 runners who wish to run together as a Team and are encouraging not only those from Saint Eunan’s soccer, gaelic and basketball teams to put together a team but also teams from other schools and sports organisations. Spot Prizes are also on offer. Anyone interested in helping at the 5k can contact the Parents Association by e-mail: [email protected] Information about the 5k can be viewed on the Parents Association Facebook Page. “Parents Saint Eunan’s”.ST EUNANS’ COLLEGE 5K GETS UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS! was last modified: March 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:5kSt.Eunan’s College