During maritime control operations, National Navy units seized a semisubmersible in the Colombian Pacific, about 60 nautical miles to the west of the Naya River’s mouth, which borders Valle del Cauca and Cauca districts. The operation was carried out by air and land units belonging to the National Navy’s “Poseidón” Task Force against Drug Trafficking, which seized the self-propelled semisubmersible that was approximately 15 meters long and three meters wide with a capacity to transport up to four tons of cocaine cocaine hydrochloride. The semisubmersible vessel, which apparently belonged to criminal gangs for drug trafficking, was found adrift in open waters, without a crew or cargo. According to preliminary reports, the vessel was to be loaded at that location, before continuing its trip to Central America. It is the first semisubmersible seized in 2013 by the National Navy, after eight similar vessels were seized in 2012. Including this seizure, 82 illegal artifacts have been either seized or neutralized since 1993, when the first drug trafficking semisubmersible was confiscated. The National Navy will continue developing offensive operations on a permanent basis, with the goal of neutralizing logistic structures of illegal organizations and their entire production chain to transport drugs. By Dialogo January 10, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice recently reported that one in four college women will be victims of sexual assault by the time she graduates, though officials say that statistic might be higher than the reality at USC.According to Department of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle, that number isn’t applicable to smaller communities such as USC.In 2009, 27 cases of sexual assault were reported to DPS. In 2008, 16 cases were reported, he said.“As you can see, with several thousand female students at the university, a claim that one in five female students are sexually assaulted is not borne out,” Carlisle said. “Of course, it is impossible to measure how many sexual assaults go unreported.”Carlisle said it is not uncommon for victims of sexual assault to be reluctant to report it to DPS.“We are not sure our numbers are a true reflection of the number of assaults,” he said.DPS is required to forward all reports of sexual assault to the Los Angeles Police Department.The USC Center for Women and Men is also called whenever an incident occurs. Danielle Lancon, director for the Center for Women and Men, said students at USC are no more or less at risk than in other communities.“It’s just a high risk group of 18-25 year olds,” Lancon said. “Whole cultural change needs to take place about violence and sexism.”Some communities within USC create environments that lead to more sexual assaults, however, according to Melora Sundt, associate dean for academic programs at Rossier School of Education who works with the Center for Women and Men.“We have some of the indicators that would suggest that we would have a bigger problem here — higher levels of alcohol, relatively strong Greek life culture — not the cause of it — but when it comes to creating environments where predators can continue, you’re likely to find them there,” Sundt said.Several groups at USC are dedicated to reducing the risk of sexual assault through education and the encouragement of responsible behavior. USC Men Care, DPS’ Rape Aggression Defense and the Center for Women and Men are among these.“We’re trying to work with the Greek system, doing presentations throughout the whole year, talking about risk reduction, feminism, etc. Chapters get more attention, and certain cases, like with high profile athletes, garner more attention,” Lancon said.The best way to protect against sexual assault, Carlisle said, is to make smart decisions in party settings.“Don’t leave a party with a stranger. Don’t walk alone off campus after dark. Take advantage of USC’s various transportation services,” he said. “Making smart decisions — such as drinking responsibly — greatly reduce a person’s chances of becoming the victim of a sexual assault.”Sundt warns, however, that it is important to properly prepare women to proactively protect themselves from possible sexual assault without scaring them.“You don’t want to sound like you’re blaming [the woman], but you want them to understand to be prepared,” Sundt said. “Some predators are smooth and polished … He goes out and targets victims.”Often it’s not a case of bad communication between the predator and the victim, Sundt said, but it is a standard operating procedure for the predator to seek out vulnerable women.“As just a woman in college, it’s upsetting to hear something like that,” said Ellen Streit, a senior majoring in neuroscience. “[But] it sounds about right, it sounds accurate.”Streit said students new to USC might not have adapted yet to the social scene and might be more vulnerable because they are not familiar with safety practices.Whitney Blaine contributed to this report.
The B&H basketball team has reached another step towards placement in the semi-finals of the European Championship of the B Division for players until 16 years of age, which is being held in Sarajevo.The young B&H players beat Georgia yesterday (75:63) in the cultural-sports center Ilidža in the first round of the quarterfinals in the F Group.The B&H team was led by Đedović to the fifth win with 29 points and Aleksić and Hadžić with 12 points.(Source: Fena)
JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, CURLIN’S FOX, NINTH: “She’s been disappointing going around two turns, both times. In her defense, she’s bled a bit when she’s tried to go long. I hope she didn’t today but at the same time if she did and it’s not bad, then at least you have an excuse. She should be able to run a mile, she’s so handy at six and a half.”TRAINER QUOTES JAMES CASSIDY, PRIZE EXHIBIT, WINNER: “I told the jock to sit close, about third or fourth, and he didn’t listen to me. I’m telling you the truth. After the race, I said to him, ‘What happened to third or fourth?’ He just looked at me and shrugged.“At Penn National, she got back too far and there was no pace. She came running but she had so much to do, she just couldn’t get there.” NOTES: Winning owner Deron Pearson who campaigns as DP Racing, is from Valencia. -30-
Arsenal to play MLS All-Stars NEW YORK (AP): Arsenal will play Major League Soccer’s All-Stars on July 28 at San Jose, California. The Gunners also said yesterday they will play Mexico’s Chivas of Guadalajara three days later at Carson, California, as part of the two-game US tour. Previous clubs to play the MLS All-Stars include Chelsea (2006 and ’12), Everton (2009), Manchester United (2010 and ’11), Roma (2013), Bayern Munich (2014) and Tottenham (2015). Arsenal visited the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2014. Manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement his team enjoys “tremendous support across America” and looks forward to “giving our US. fans the chance to see the team play live”. San Jose also hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2001. Sunderland fire Adam Johnson SUNDERLAND, England (AP): Sunderland have fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at the start of his trial. Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activity with a child. Sunderland dismissed Johnson ahead of his trial, resuming today at Bradford Crown Court. In a statement, Sunderland announced yesterday that “in light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.” The former Manchester City player joined Sunderland in 2012 for US$14.5 million. Payet signs new West Ham contract LONDON (AP): West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has agreed a contract which will keep him at the club until 2021. The Premier League club announced the deal yesterday which comes eight months after the Frenchman moved to England from French side Marseille. He has scored six goals in 18 Premier League games with West Ham in sixth place. Payet has played 15 times for France and could be in contention for the national squad at this year’s European Championship, which is being held in his native country.
Customers at a bank in Soweto. Identity documents are essential for a range of transactions in South Africa, such as opening a bank account, taking out a mobile phone contract and applying for a job. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ronnie Mamoepa Head of Media Relations Department of Home Affairs +27 82 990 4853RELATED ARTICLES • Faster IDs from Home Affairs • SA passport made more secure • Govt launches massive ID drive • New SA fingerprint tool a world firstEmily van RijswijckThe one document no South African can do without, the identity document or ID, is about to get smart, with the Department of Home Affairs planning to begin a pilot project to replace the ID with a smart card system in early 2012.Roll-out of the new system has still has to be determined, being subject to the necessary infrastructure first being in place, Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma indicated in a recent parliamentary session.“Planning is in progress to ensure that infrastructure in front offices, such as live capture, is completed prior to smart card implementation,” she said. “The system is envisaged to be piloted during the 2012/13 financial year.”The smart card will replace the current green bar-coded ID book, itself only introduced in November 2010. It will cost the department R140 (US$18) to produce, including all manufacturing, administration and distribution costs. The new ID has a number of additional security features including a digitally printed photograph and personal details, as well as embedded security features.“These improvements form part of ongoing efforts by the government to enhance the security of enabling documentation such as IDs, birth certificates and passports in the fight against ID theft and fraud,” the department said.All South Africans 16 years and older must have an identity document. Permanent residents and naturalised citizens from other countries may also apply for an ID. The application process is simple and requires only a birth certificate and two ID-size photographs. The first issue of the document is free but costs R15 to replace if lost or stolen. The department has set up a toll free number, 0800 60 11 90, to help with applications.IDs are essential for a range of day-to-day transactions in South Africa, such as accessing government services, applying for a job, opening a bank account, taking out a mobile phone contract and registering at university. No ID also means no vote, no driver’s licence and definitely no passport.South African passportsThe current South African passport will remain unchanged for now as it already has some of the most up-to-date and necessary security features required for travel.In 2009 the department upgraded the passport with new security features after it was found to be easily forged. The document, which costs R400 to produce, now has laser-engraved data on the personal information page instead of printed information and a watermark. It is also printed on polycarbonate paper, making it difficult to forge.“Should the department, at a later stage, find a need to upgrade any current security features, this will be done in consultation with all relevant stakeholders,” Dlamini-Zuma said.In 2009 the UK High Commission introduced a visitor visa requirement for all South Africans who did not have a previous UK stamp in their passports, after a high number of fraudulent passports were found on people attempting to enter the country from South Africa. The visa requirement remains in place despite the Department of Home Affairs’ efforts to make the South African passport more secure.
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Ceres-Negros pulls off stunning comeback at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Photo from AFC Cup WebsiteJAKARTA—The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium right in the middle of the business district here has not been kind to Filipino football teams over the past two decades.Although they’ve improved in recent years, the Azkals have not won in the 80,000-capacity stadium against their Indonesian counterparts in three meetings. A 13-1 beatdown in the 2002 Southeast Asian football championships remains one of the worst results of the Philippines in the international stage.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Guiao hoping for best from PBA board Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It took a comeback for the ages from the country’s top club, Ceres-Negros, to finally exorcise some old ghosts at Bung Karno on Tuesday night.Facing the mighty Persija Jakarta and an intimidating crowd of almost 35,000, the Busmen pulled off a 3-2 victory over in the AFC Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDown 0-2 after conceding twice early in the second half, the Busmen battled back and took maximum points, thanks to goals from substitute Miguel Tanton, Bienvenido Marañon and Mike Ott, who fired home the match-winner in the 92nd minute that kept Ceres’ record perfect in the group stage.“These type of matches is why you play football,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock, who provided the assist to Marañon and Ott’s goals. “Right in front of a big crowd, really passionate fans when you are supposed to be underdogs. You just wish you had that type of crowd in the Philippines.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.