The Colombian National Navy Coast Guard training 30 Costa Rican Coast Guard members in maritime interdiction since September 18. The training is taking place at the Costa Rican Coast Guard facilities located in Quepos and Caldera, Province of Puntarenas. The Colombian Coast Guard Mobile Training Group, created in 2011, currently consists of Colombian Navy officers and non-commissioned officers that are subject matter experts in countering drug trafficking. So far, the group has trained 47 Honduran Naval Force members, 37 Panamanians, 28 Dominican military members, and 30 Costa Ricans, specified the Colombian Navy’s press release. Representatives of the Colombian Coast Guard Mobile Training Group told news agency Notimex that they were willing to help Costa Rica to deter “extremely violent situations similar to those that Colombia experienced.” The group consists of seven Colombian officers. By Dialogo October 03, 2012 According to a press release from the Colombian Navy, Costa Rican National Coast Guard service members are being trained in several fields, such as boarding and inspection of motor boats, site exploration, defensive techniques, maritime intelligence, and tactical maneuvers for seizing boats, among others.
The Philippine National Police dispels the rumor circulating in social media that the PNP chief, Police General Oscar Albayalde has resigned from his post,” says Brigadier General Bernard Banac. PNP FACEBOOK “Lacadin has a lot of explaining to do and he will have his day in court,” he added. “All those police officials ganging up on him have ill motives against him and obviously all worked with the previous administration.” Banac also said that Albayalde belied the allegations of former Central Luzon regional police chief Rudy Lacadin, who said on Wednesday that Albayalde told him that he received a small portion from the recycled drugs in a raid in Pampanga in 2013. Albayalde asked to stop the implementation of the dismissal order against 13 so called “ninja cops” who conducted an anti-drug operation in Pampanga that was allegedly riddled with irregularities./PN PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said in a press statement on Thursday that the supposed resignation of Albayalde, who is set to retire this Nov. 8, was a “false report.” Albayalde was chief of Pampanga police when a team of police officers allegedly made money from 160 kilograms of shabu worth around P648 million following an anti-drug operation on an alleged Chinese drug lord. Albayalde was accused by former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) head Benjamin Magalong of intervening in the case of the his former men at the Pampanga police office – who allegedly made off with millions worth of shabu seized in a November 2013 raid in Mexico town, Pampanga. MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) denied reports that its chief, General Oscar Albayalde is planning to resign after his name was dragged into the alleged recycling of seized illegal drugs. “The PNP chief vehemently denies calling Colonel Lacadin, who was then the deputy of General Magalong in CIDG, about the investigation into the Pampanga drug raid,” Banac said. “The PNP dispels the rumor circulating in social media that the PNP chief, Police General Oscar Albayalde has resigned from his post,” Banac said. “The PNP chief’s fate is up to the President (Rodrigo Duterte).”
Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon listens to a question at a news conference during the NCAA college Atlantic Coast Conference media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) avoids a sack by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) late in their NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)• Congratulations to Terrelle Pryor for having the smarts at such a young age when he graduated from Ohio State University to tell Coach Tomlin and the Steelers he wanted to get away from Pittsburgh and all its distractions, of which there were many. Word to the reader . . . every college bound student-athlete that can go away from home should give it a major consideration and the same can be said after college if the pros are on your radar screen.• The Steelers beat Oakland in Oakland by double digits. Here’s to Pryor having a good game, but coming up short. Hey friends are friends, but business is business.• If you want to make a difference in “our community” and “be a part of the solution and not the problem” call The Champions at (412) 628-4856 to be a volunteer. Remember, Champions Aren’t Born, They’re Made . . . with your support!< YOU’VE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINE > • Pitt ACC Basketball tips off tonight and clearly it’s the exciting start of a new kind of basketball here in Pittsburgh. Tonight’s game is a warm-up against San Diego University but trust me, the heat is coming . . . in the form of North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and others. But I expect Pitt to hold tight. Defense wins games and Jamie Dixon’s game is defense!• The St. Louis Cardinals will win the World Series on the back of their superior pitching. Boston is no door mat, but I see the Birds popping the cork in six games.
RUMSON – “I wanted to express my deep and sincere appreciation for sending all of the care packages … particularly given how difficult the last couple of months have been for all of you with Hurricane Sandy. Care Packages help so much to keep that connection with our friends, family, and communities back home and remind us of how selfless our neighbors are.”That was the sentiment expressed in a letter written by Lt. Cdmr. Brendan Piccolo of the U.S. Navy and addressed to Rumson-Fair Haven High School and the Long Branch Housing Authority. Piccolo, stationed at Bagram Airfield in Northeastern Afghanistan, is one of the officers who received much-needed items and distributed them to troops as the result of a recent Care Package Drive.The Character Education Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has been organizing the Care Package Drive for the past few years. This year the students wanted to “raise the bar” and send a record-high number of items to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. They accomplished this goal by partnering with students from the Evolve Education Program of the Long Branch Housing Authority.Their efforts began in October when the RFH group asked fellow students and community members to donate troop-requested items such as energy drinks, instant coffee, gum, candy, DVDs, magazines, books, and more. Toys also were dropped off for distribution to children in the region.Once collection was complete, the RFH club teamed up with students from Evolve in Long Branch to sort, pack and ship the items. They worked under the guidance of RFH Character Education Advisor Jason Lippart and Evolve Director Theodore Drakeford. The collaborative effort, the first of its kind between the two groups, resulted in the delivery of 56 packages containing the comforts of home.In the letter Piccolo expressed his surprise. “I may have set a record for the number of packages received in one day, and have dutifully shared with the staff in this headquarters,” he said. “I speak for all of them when I say thank you so much for thinking of us.”A military reservist, Piccolo will return to his civilian job in Maryland when he arrives home in mid-January to his wife Amy and their two daughters, ages 2 and 4. Although he resides in Washington, D.C., he has strong ties to the shore area with family members residing in Belmar, Sea Girt and Spring Lake.“I was truly inspired by the hard work and generosity displayed by the students and community members who helped make the Care Package Drive so successful,” noted Lippart. “The willingness of people to pull together for a common cause, even in times of personal strife and hardship, really helps kick the holiday spirit into overdrive.”
2/2/2/2 TRAINER QUOTES KEITH DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Did I have any doubts as they were going up to the gate? No doubt, I had doubts! We had a good pace to run at in the San Felipe, but not a really fast pace. Today, we had a great pace scenario and he took full advantage. For me, this is like a dream. I mean, the (Kentucky) Derby is what everybody in this business dreams of. I think we’ll probably come in (to Churchill Downs) right on top of the race, maybe ship in on Monday or Tuesday.” MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, FOURTH: ”Well he [Exaggerator] was quite a bit quicker than we hoped, of course, but we kind of thought that would happen today. I was hoping he’d really take to the mud, to be honest with you, as long as I had him up underneath me he was okay but as soon as I had to let up and run along I felt like I was on roller skates out there. He just didn’t grab quite a hold of it the way we hoped.” JOCKEY QUOTES WHEN ASKED IF HE THOUGHT EXAGGERATOR CAN BEAT NYQUIST NEXT TIME: “We haven’t been able to beat him, what five (actually three) times? I don’t know if we can or not.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE FAMILY DYNAMIC OF HAVING HIS BROTHER RIDE FOR HIM: “I would say we have a very frank relationship. If I feel a certain way about something, I don’t hold anything back, and the same for him. I’m not sure I’d talk to a Mike Smith the way I talk to Kent. We’re just very upfront about everything and express ourselves fully.” NOTES: The winning owners are Matt Bryan (Big Chief Racing) of Ft. Worth; Head of Plains Partners; Rocker O Ranch, and Keith Desormeaux of Maurice, La. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE ADDED DISTANCE OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY: “Yes, the way he finished today and the way he galloped out…If we get a fast pace, and we should, yes, I don’t think there’s any problem with it.” RONNY ORTOWSKI, PART OWNER, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Kent just rode him perfect. It was a real good race. He’s a mud horse, and I had all the confidence in the world. He was feeling good this morning.” -more- GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He warmed up great and left the gate wrong, and we got hit by the first wave of water and mud going into the first turn, he slipped with me and started lunging. He came off the bridle, and the first thing I said was, ‘This is going to be a long race.’ When Kent came by me, he actually tried to go with him – he sort of re-ignited again, but he sort of just looked after himself. I’m real proud of him to run second.” GARY SHERLOCK, UNCLO LINO, THIRD: “The track didn’t make him run any better but I wasn’t worried about it. The biggest thing was to let him run. He ran perfect, that’s what we had in mind. The only thing that fooled me was that Iron Rob didn’t send! Uncle Lino made the lead and just got run down by two pretty good horses, that’s about it.“My next move? I have no idea.” KENT DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Well, if he shows up the first Saturday in May like he did today . . . he was ultra-confident today. He’s so mature and he walked to the gate like an old pony. He left there quiet and comfortable and I think that’s the difference, when a horse lets you drive and they’re not man-handling themselves. He reminded me of Texas Red.“He’s that caliber of horse and it’s extra special to be with Keith, and we don’t even talk too much, it’s all quite understood. All he said in the paddock was, ‘Kent, I’m telling you that I’ve never seen this horse so confident.’ When I galloped off once I was on the track, he took to the track like a duck to water. He never missed a beat and he showed it winning today.“I don’t think it has soaked in yet, I’m pretty much in shock. I’m just going to pray that unlike Texas Red, we make it there.“He was the fourth horse that I rode in the mud today and the others felt like they had ice skates on. Exaggerator felt like he had track shoes on. He really liked the going and I think that was part of his incredible effort today. He enjoyed the mud.“I don’t know (if he can beat Nyquist); we’ll find out Derby Day. I heard two people say that Nyquist couldn’t handle Mohaymen. When I tried to run with him in the San Vicente and he went twenty-two and change I thought I was going to go by him like he was tied to a pole but he wouldn’t let me by. That is a very good horse.” -30-