USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea

first_img View post tag: Drugs Training & Education View post tag: Underwood View post tag: Bales View post tag: Recovers View post tag: USS View post tag: sea The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 3.Underwood pursued a “go-fast” speed boat late Tuesday evening, Aug. 2, but it dumped its load before Underwood was able to effect a boarding. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft flying overheard, reported the “go-fast” dumping packages over the side and informed Underwood, who marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight.Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, a member of the bridge watch team, spotted the first bale in the water around 8:15 a.m. Underwood Sailors manned the boat deck and loaded a team, including two members of an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), into a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Over the next few hours, Sailors aboard Underwood used binoculars to search the surrounding area for more bales while the RHIB team recovered anything spotted in the water.“Right off the bat, we just start picking up bales that were floating in our area,” said a member of the LEDET. “After that, the ship vectored us in to different sections that they could see from a further distance and then also the helo [helicopter] vectored us in.”An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight Detachment Three (HSL-48.3) launched to assist the search from the air.“Initially we took off, were given two initial points to go between, searching back and forth using a linear pattern,” said Lt. j.g. Lance Herdon, one of the SH-60B pilots that flew the mission. “We got vectored in by the ship after calculating set and drift. We went to that area and began spotting the packages. We called back the position back to the ship and they began directing the RHIB over in that area. We orbited the area and continued to find more packages.”In the end, Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics.“Going wholesale price is $22,500 per kilo. So estimated with 49 bales and 25 kilos per bale, we estimate about $27.5 million” worth of narcotics recovered today, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) Special Agent familiar with the case.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.Led by Joint Interagency Task Force (JITF) South, a component of U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. Fourteen countries are participating: Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain,United Kingdom and the United States.JIATF South is a multiservice, multiagency national task force which conducts counter-illicit trafficking operations and intelligence fusion to detect, monitor, and handoff suspected illicit trafficking targets to law enforcement activities; promotes security cooperation and coordinates country team and partner nation initiatives in order to defeat the flow of illicit traffic.Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 8, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Caribbean USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea August 8, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

Bitcoin is here Currency, capital, or ransom?

first_img1 / 2  Users can exchange US currency for Bitcoin at various ATMs across the county. This one is conveniently located next door to Helen’s  2 / 2  ❮ ❯ The new technology attracts a lot of users but also makes it an ideal ransom for hackers, giving Bitcoin a bit of a bad reputation.Bitcoin was created in 2008 by a mysterious and Japanese man known as Satoshi Nakamoto. He set the rules that restrict the total number of Bitcoins ever to be created to 21 million, giving the technology the controlled scarcity required of a currency, but so far it has not been used as such.City officials throughout Hudson County were contacted for this story. Most have been mum on the issue, as municipalities are wildly outpaced by new technology. They often struggle to capitalize on the opportunities new technology presents and to defend themselves from new threats. Bayonne officials, like most people, are largely unfamiliar with this technology.Early adopters, meanwhile, feel Bitcoin will stabilize, as more people use it.The coin collectorWhen Nick Kalcanites, manager at Helen’s Pizza on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, first heard about Bitcoin in 2013, it was during the currency’s first real boom. The Bank of Cyprus froze all its accounts during an unforeseen recapitalization, and Bitcoin simultaneously rose in value.Whether Cyprus’s financial crisis has causal links to the Bitcoin boom is up for debate, but the speculation in newspapers caught the attention of Kalcanites, whose hobby is collecting old-fashioned silver and gold coins.One Bitcoin went for around $30 in 2013 when Kalcanites first invested. Now, one Bitcoin trades for around $1,700. At the time Kalcanites was interviewed for this story in late April, one Bitcoin traded for $1,200.One year after Bitcoin piqued Kalcanites’s interest, Helen’s Pizza began accepting the currency, according to, an online tool that maps businesses that accept Bitcoin. And lucky for him, the deli next door has a Bitcoin ATM where customers can exchange.“It’s a whole different ballgame to use new currency and translate that into actual profits.” – Jamie LavienaOther businesses have followed a similar path. Jamie Laviena of AdRite Solutions, a small digital marketing firm in West New York and Secaucus, said he adopted Bitcoin around the same time, and that other businesses are accepting the currency. They’re doing it, not to create a new economy free of the inefficiencies of finance, but as a feasible way to acquire Bitcoin without having to dig into their own pockets. Laviena favors making small businesses more efficient, and he thinks Bitcoin could theoretically achieve that. “There’s no reason a small business shouldn’t make themselves aware of different forms of acceptable currency if it makes them easier to operate,” Laviena said. “It’s a whole different ballgame to use new currency and translate that into actual profits.”Both Laviena and Kalcanites have seen declines in usage. Helen’s Pizza sees only about one or two transactions per week, while AdRide Solutions has not had a client pay in Bitcoin in “quite some time,” according to Laviena.Customers seem to be aware of the exchange rate, and that Bitcoin is likely to yield greater returns than a slice of pizza, which makes the technology more like foreign currency exchange than a futuristic alternative system of finance that many futurists envision.“I would say the majority of people that get into Bitcoin hold onto it because it’s not inflationary,” said Kalcanites. “Maybe they’re holding onto it speculating that the value will go up.”He can’t blame the customer. “I usually just keep it,” Kalcanites said. He uses Bitcoin only to purchase collectible coins.But as an investment, Bitcoin is volatile. True, it increased in value by more than 5,000 percent in four years, but one year after Bitcoin reached the $1,000 mark in late 2013, the currency dipped back down below $200. Then, in mid-2016, the market turned bullish, and the currency steadily rose again, hitting the $1,000 threshold again in January of 2017.Though it is treated by consumers as a capital investment, Kalcanites hopes it will one day stabilize as more people buy in, and become a dominant currency.RansomwareBitcoin made a splash all over the world this week. Hackers, which U.S. intelligence authorities now believe to be from North Korea, have attacked thousands of private companies in 11 countries using malicious software called “WannaCry.” A few weeks prior, the city of Newark was also hacked for ransom, to be paid in Bitcoin.In all these attacks, hackers exploited a vulnerability in the Windows operating system, infecting organizational networks with ransomware through various means, such as email phishing.Once the ransomware infects a network, the quickest way to remove it would be with an encryption code, which only the hackers can provide, and they’re asking for Bitcoins—and a lot of them. It’s a typical hostage situation. However, no ransoms have been reported to be paid and businesses have coordinated with authorities, internal IT departments, and Microsoft to combat the threat. The CEO of Disney has refused to negotiate with hackers are holding an unreleased film for ransom.According to the NJ Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), of the 166 ransomware variants the organization has profiled since July 2015, 85 currently have publicly available decryption tools. They recommend individuals and organizations be proactive and take simple steps to reduce their risk of cyber attacks, like keeping software patched and updated, limiting privileges on user accounts, creating two-step identity verification, and disabling unnecessary remote access ports. ×  1 / 2  Users can exchange US currency for Bitcoin at various ATMs across the county. This one is conveniently located next door to Helen’s  2 / 2  ❮ ❯center_img Bitcoin is catching on. Not only are some small businesses in Hudson County accepting the crypto currency, hackers are demanding ransom in it, and residents are investing in it like capital.Bitcoin is a digital currency that is exchanged electronically from one user (or peer) to another, anywhere in the world, instantaneously, without having to reveal an identity. It is based on potentially revolutionary technology called blockchain, a digital ledger that records transactions, shareable across a network of computers. No need for a central authority. It’s a code that can do what the banker used to.last_img read more

JCPD stepping up to help officer’s son in need of heart transplant

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Jay Vandermark’s 4-year-old son, Jackson, has dealt with heart issues since he was born. Now he needs a heart transplant. JCPD has also organized a charity dinner to benefit the Vandermarks, which will take place Saturday, December 8 at the Endicott Elks Lodge. More information on attending can be found on its Facebook event page here. “You know there has to be a donor and unfortunately for a donor to come along, another child has to pass unfortunately. The size has got to be comparable to him, same blood type,’ Vandermark said. Finding a match could take months. “We were admitted down here a couple weeks ago. Now he’s on an IV medication to help with the heart failure and he’s just kind of waiting for a new heart,” Jay Vandermark said. Jackson is at a New York City hospital hoping for a match soon. Vandermark is new to the Johnson City Police Department and doesn’t have much sick time. That’s where his fellow officers have stepped in. Vandermark said his wife, Lisa, stays with Jackson. Then he travels to the city to see Jackson on his days off. “He hasn’t saved up a lot of sick time like some of the officers that have been here a long time. So guys are stepping up to donate sick time so that he can spend more time with his son especially after he recovers from the transplant once that happens,” Brent Dodge, Johnson City police chief, said. “You know my family’s gonna be split. I’m doing my best to keep working,” Vandermark said. “As a police officer you’re always trying to give to the community and that’s what the rest of the guys are trying to do for us. You know, we certainly appreciate that,” Vandermark said.last_img read more

‘Major fire’ hits cathedral in French city of Nantes

first_imgDozens of firefighters were Saturday battling a  major fire inside a cathedral in the western French city of Nantes, emergency services said.Fire crews were alerted just before 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) to the blaze at the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, construction on which started in the 15th century, the emergency operations center said.It said the “major fire” was still advancing and 60 firefighters had been dispatched to the scence. The gothic structure was last hit by fire in 1972. Its roof took more than 13 years to repair.Another religious building in Nantes — the Basilica of St Donatian and St Rogatian — was struck by a fire in 2015 that destroyed three-quarters of its roof.In April last year, a fire engulfed Paris’s 13th century Notre-Dame Cathedral, causing its steeple to collapse and sending billowing fumes containing toxic molten lead into the air. The structure will take years to repair.Topics :last_img read more

Outdoor kitchens to steal your vote this season

first_imgIf you think your right to a BBQ should be set in stone, 429 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, may be the home for you.Aussies go to the polls today and while the thought of numbering every box may be enough to make your stomach churn, the humble democracy sausage always gets the popular vote.But if you would prefer to toast your right to tick or flick a politician over a beer and a snag in the privacy of your own home, with not a single pollster in sight, then these outdoor kitchens should be enough to fire up the most cynical voter. MORE:Interest rate to drop to 0.75 per cent Classic feel at 3 Belgrade Place, Carindale.First up is 3 Belgrave Place at Carindale, a sprawling luxury house with five bedrooms on a 800sq m block.It has two kitchens that are perfect for cooking up a banger — an indoor one with a huge bench, a breakfast bar and a suite of luxury appliances and an outdoor one that perfectly suits the Queensland climate (and we are not talking about the state of the polls).More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoOverlooking the pool, this entertaining space has plenty of space to lounge around after you embrace your democratic right to feast on a frankfurter.Listed with Nick Foster of Ray White Carina, the property is for sale by negotiation. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK 429 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, was built for entertaining.But if you feel your right to barbecue should be written in the Constitution, then of corso you should check out 429 Brisbane Corso at Yeronga.Dad jokes aside, this architecturally-designed house has six bedrooms and is on a 1019sq m riverfront block. Spread over three levels, this house has three kitchens including a formal kitchen finished with granite benchtops and plenty of cabinetry storage. A walk-in pantry leads in to a second chef’s kitchen with commercial-grade, Liebherr and Gaggenau appliances and a full, stainless-steel cooking station with a servery. Outside there is a wraparound terrace with a built-in, outdoor kitchen, perfect for entertaining friends, family and fellow pundits. It is listed for sale with Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba. Loads of room for a party at 18 Gordon St, Hendra.In Hendra, Ray White Ascot agent Leigh Kortlang is making her pitch for 18 Gordon St — a four bedroom “entertainer’s delight” on a 405sq m block.Spread over two levels, the updated house has an indoor kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a five-burner gas cooktop and an outdoor kitchen with an Apollo Premium barbecue, sink, fridge, dishwasher and storage overlooking the pool, spa and poolside retreat. It is also listed for sale. MORE: Buy a house, get a free holiday MORE: Heading for the hillslast_img read more