In Search of a Common Shield

first_img Interview with Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Staff Shootings between gangs and drug trafficking vendettas in Trinidad and Tobago, home to the most joyous carnival in the Caribbean, forced the government to declare a state of emergency during the summer of 2011. Still, from that unfortunate event came about an unprecedented link between the country’s Police and Defense Forces, both of which worked together to put an end to a crisis that was draining the island nation. A year-and-a-half after the emergency in Trinidad, is the Military still collaborating with the Police to avoid another episode like the one in 2011? During an interview granted to Diálogo during the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), in December 2012, Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of Defense of Trinidad and Tobago, answered these and other questions about regional cooperation in the security realm. Diálogo: Last year, during CANSEC 2012 in St. Kitts and Nevis, we had the opportunity to speak to you about the security and defense challenges faced by Trinidad and Tobago. What’s new in the security and defense panorama of your country? Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj: What was significant over the last year was the change in the leadership of the Ministry of National Security, and the new minister, the Honorable Jack Warner, brought some new perspectives to the national security landscape in terms of his leadership style and his priorities. We have had to engage some additional rules and responsibilities to further our support to agencies within Trinidad. The new minister has placed to a higher level the importance of social interventions. So, in support of the Police, we have been engaged over the last few months in treating with some of the social issues and some of the high risk communities in Trinidad and Tobago, more so in Trinidad, with our targeted efforts on the youth. It has been interesting to actually have a new engagement that speaks to one aspect of crime prevention. Diálogo: During the state of emergency in Trinidad, in 2011, the Defence and the Police Forces worked together. Have you continued with that model of cooperation? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: I must admit to you, without having to be politically incorrect, that the relationship between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Defence Force is an excellent one. There is really an open forum for discussions on any issue as opposed to 10 years ago when there was a clash of cultures in the way the Military did business versus the way the Police did business. We understand each other better now than we did previously, which makes for a more amicable relationship not just at the executive level, but at the ground level. There is a greater level of comfort working side by side in joint patrols, mobile patrols or foot patrols. Diálogo: How do you manage to work together without overstepping your boundaries? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: We had to craft very robust rules of engagement coming out from the experience of the state of emergency we had between August and December last year [in 2011]. My legal officer at the Defence Force has been very engaged in crafting rules of engagement and ensuring that there is a level of accountability and transparency in the way in which business is done by the Defence Force in support of the Police. And I want to extend that to include our involvement in social programs, since working with civilians requires a different type of engagement. Notwithstanding the fact that we have put more resources into social programs, the Defence Force has done well maintaining the security posture in the air and maritime environments, so our border security is not compromised in terms of allocation of resources, understanding the nature of the national security environment today and our commitments to the region as well. It is not just about Trinidad & Tobago. Thankfully we are now utilizing all of our air assets; the four Augusta-Westland 139 helicopters that were recently acquired are now all operational. They do maritime surveillance, search and rescue… The land force continues to be engaged within borders and all the other efforts that I already outlined. And our Coast Guard continues to grow. Our Coast Guard is in the process of acquiring long-range patrol vessels and is doing extensive repairs to our interceptors. We are now in the process of acquiring new engines and acquiring long-range patrol vessels so that we can provide support in the region, as well as that deterrence in our exclusive economic zone and in our littoral waters in general. Diálogo: Are you working with other countries in the Caribbean to create that common shield to protect each other against transnational organized crime and other threats? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: While we are a small island-state in general, there are some islands that are smaller than others, and they have limited resources. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the strong economies, and therefore we have greater capabilities. So far collaboration is about getting the best bang for the buck, in regards to the available resources. Trinidad and Tobago has had to take the lead there so our coastal surveillance has been extended up to Saint Lucia. We have radar coverage in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and what is already installed in Trinidad and Tobago. Generally speaking, the CARICOM member states relate very well. It is just that we have a challenge with respect to resource availability. While Trinidad appreciates the assistance it gets from international partners, as well as from regional neighbors and partners, we do have to understand and appreciate the levels of capabilities that exist within the region, and provide the type of assistance that will ensure that generally speaking, the shield that we seek to establish in the region is on the basis of mutual support, and who has the resources to help in that regard. Diálogo: How would you say is the relationship between the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force and the United States Military? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: We have many years of a strong friendship with the United States, with Canada, and the United Kingdom, with international partners. Over the 50 years of our independence that relationship has only strengthened, we have crafted many mechanisms for corporation. During the 2007 Cricket World Cup, which I tend to describe as a precipitating event, a number of legislative instruments were crafted to strengthen regional collaboration and to extend far beyond the regional collaboration between the CARICOM region, and with the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, just to name three international partners. I don’t want to remove France and other countries from that discussion because they are all partners, as far as Australia, South Africa… they are all very strong security partners of ours and we intend to continue to move from strength to strength in that regard. Diálogo: During one of your interventions at CANSEC 2013 you mentioned the importance of looking at the model created for the security of the Cricket World Cup in 2007 that took place in venues over several Caribbean countries. Can you please elaborate on that? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: I will preach the gospel of the Cricket World Cup of 2007 until I die. The legacy that came out of the Cricket World Cup, not all of those benefits remain today. At the end of the event those pieces of legislation were shelved. I do hope that sometime in the future we review those pieces of legislation because that is what constituted the success story of the Cricket World Cup of 2007. It was a willingness of the region to come up with some common agreements on how we treat regional security. So, that precipitating event that the Cricket World Cup 2007 was, mobilized regional, unified regional support. I would really like to see the spirit of that commitment return to the table. It must not necessarily be restricted to only an event, it must become part of the landscape, part of a thought that defines who we are in the context of the region. If we need to re-craft legislation to support or strengthen cooperation and collaboration, then so be it. If we have to draft new memorandums of understanding, no problem. So the residual effects of that success story live with me, and will continue to live with me until I die, as a citizen of the region, more so than a citizen of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Diálogo: How do you see the spirit of collaboration among the countries participating at CANSEC? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: As Mr. Francis Forbes [interim Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS] said during the conference, there are idiosyncrasies that reside within the region, but that does not mean that we don’t have the conditions to continue the mutually respectful engagement. Those conditions are there, and the region does have a history of cooperation, so we rely on our very friendly partners, we are communicating to ensure that we can convert that into the success that we can achieve on any issue of regional importance. 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Offensive tackle Kendall Moore headed to Syracuse

first_imgKendall Moore, a three-star tackle from Chicago, has committed to Syracuse, Rivals.com reported Tuesday.The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tackle from Simeon Career Academy was originally committed to Western Michigan, but flipped his commitment just a day before National Signing Day after visiting the Orange on Feb. 1.Moore is ranked as the No. 64 offensive tackle in the country according to Scout. He becomes SU’s ninth three-star commit in the Class of 2013 and 20th overall. Comments Published on February 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Julio Urias rejoins Dodgers after reinstatement by MLB, addresses team

first_imgWhen he arrived at Tropicana Field on Tuesday afternoon, Urias met with Friedman and Manager Dave Roberts then addressed the team privately for what Roberts estimated was “about five minutes.”“I talked to a lot of guys and they treated me really well,” Urias said. “I’ve been through a lot of things from the (shoulder) surgery to everything else and they’ve always supported me and they continue to support me.”Roberts said he and Friedman spoke with Urias about “getting back here and focusing on baseball when he’s at the park.”Urias threw a bullpen session “a couple days ago” in Los Angeles, according to Roberts, and was expected to throw another one Tuesday afternoon making him unavailable for the game.“We’ll see how the game plays out (Wednesday),” Roberts said. “But I certainly expect him to be a big factor in that Pittsburgh series (this weekend).”Roberts said he was not inclined to ease Urias back into games and wouldn’t hesitate to use him in high-leverage situations as he had earlier this season. Urias has two saves in his five appearances out of the bullpen this season.“No, I wouldn’t (hesitate),” Roberts said. “The game will dictate how I use him. But as far as my confidence in him, that hasn’t changed.”Public perception of the 22-year-old left-hander has certainly changed after the past week. Asked what he wanted fans to know, Urias said only “that I’m happy to be back, I’m thankful to the team, the fans to be back in this beautiful sport that I love to play. Now I have to get back to doing my job.”Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “They run an extremely thorough process and after going through it they made the decision to reinstate. It’s tough for us to elaborate much right now. But one thing we do know it is not standard for them to reinstate after just the seven days. So that says something to us.“In every other case that I know of, that administrative leave has been extended or a suspension has been levied. So the fact that he was reinstated tells us something.”In previous cases involving Yasiel Puig and Miguel Sano – both of which happened during the offseason and so they did not involve administrative leave – MLB also technically kept the investigations open pending any new information surfacing despite levying no discipline on either player.Asked if he thought reinstatement meant the possibilities of a suspension or charges being brought for the incident were behind him, Urias repeated that he is cooperating with MLB and would focus on baseball now.“I’m cooperating with Major League Baseball. I’m talking to them. I’m open with them,” he said. “They’re in charge of the investigation. That’s outside the stadium. I’m back inside the stadium and I’m going to focus on doing my job, focus on helping the team win and win a World Series.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Friedman said “there’s not a playbook” for how to handle Urias’ situation going forward or deal with fan reaction to his return.“I think human nature is to go to a very negative place,” Friedman said of reaction to the first reports of Urias’ arrest). “But learning more and understanding what we do, there’s a lot more to it. Hopefully, that will all come out at some point as investigations are concluded.”ALSOOutfielder Kyle Garlick was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot for Urias. Garlick made one appearance over the weekend, flying out as a pinch-hitter in his first major-league at-bat.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 1-1, 3.00 ERA) at Rays (TBA), Wednesday, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Julio Urias returned to the active roster Tuesday, joining the Dodgers in Tampa Bay and expressing eagerness to get back to playing baseball but otherwise saying little about the incident that landed him on administrative leave.“I’m cooperating with Major League Baseball. They’re the ones in charge of the investigation,” Urias said through an interpreter. “I’m just happy to be back in here and grateful my teammates welcomed me back in the clubhouse.”He responded with versions of that statement multiple times while speaking with reporters in the Dodgers’ clubhouse before Tuesday’s game. The Dodgers are also being careful in their comments about Urias’ situation, mindful that the MLB investigation remains open and the city attorney in Los Angeles could still bring charges for last week’s incident. Urias was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery.“It’s something that MLB took control of,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, emphasizing that the team sought “updates” on the investigation over the past week but otherwise could not be involved. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Help wanted: Full time teller at Security State Bank

first_imgSecurity State Bank has an opening for a full time teller at our Main Branch. Roughly 32+ hours a week. Cash handling and customer service experience preferred.  Please send resume to Lindsey Daugherty @ [email protected] or apply at Security State Bank 101 North Washington Wellington, Kansas 67152. EOE  Member FDICÂlast_img

Key signings boost Global-Cebu roster

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson With a slew of talented new signings, Global Cebu looks poised to mount a serious challenge in both the Philippines Football League and in the AFC Cup starting Feb. 10.The Cebu-based side acquired former Meralco Manila players Lee Jeong-min, a defender from Korea, Curt Dizon, Daniel Gadia and Jinggoy Valmayor and Ilocos United striker Chima Uzoka as it looks to fill the void left by captain Misagh Bahadoran, who signed a lucrative deal with Perak in the Malaysian Super League.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Officiating, fans on top of Marcial’s priorities Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The excitement is palpable within the Global side as the club also welcomed a new owner in Alvin Carranza, who takes over from Dan Palami, who has opted to focus on his duties as chair of the national teams’ committee of the Philippine Football Federation.Carranza, a long time supporter of grassroots football as managing director of the Teen Azkals Foundation, Inc., has elevated Marjo Allado back as head coach, after Akbar Nawas handled the team in the second half of the season last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think the club is in good hands with Alvin (Carranza) at the helm,” said Palami.While Dennis Villanueva and Amani Aguinaldo also moved to Davao Aguilas and Ceres Negros, respectively, Global has kept several key players in goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, Rufo Sanchez, Daryl Roberts and Wesley Dos Santos. View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Global attracted the biggest crowd in the PFL last season when 5,300 fans showed up for their clash against Visayas rival, Ceres-Negros, at Cebu City Sports Center.Having already established a strong connection with the Cebuano crowd, Global hopes it could make another deep run in the AFC Cup, while giving Ceres a run for its PFL crown.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more