Data Center Is Planned at Closed State Line Coal Plant

first_imgData Center Is Planned at Closed State Line Coal Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midwest Energy News:A century ago, the State Line coal-fired power plant in northwest Indiana helped Chicago develop thriving industry and electrify public transportation.Soon, the former power plant’s site on the shore of Lake Michigan may again become a driver of the area’s success in the modern-day digital economy. A group of developers including a Gary, Indiana, native have plans to make it home of a massive data center providing server space for national companies and major institutions. They also plan to develop an on-site tech startup incubator, renewable energy generation and a greenhouse warmed by waste heat from the servers.It’s the kind of development that locals in the heavily industrial, heavily polluted region want to see on the site, which some worried would languish or become home to more heavy industry after the coal plant closed in 2012.The data center could eventually cover a million square feet, composed of five buildings of 100,000 or more square feet each. [Tom] Dakich, [the site’s developer]  said they will start with one building of about 105,000 square feet and then move forward depending on demand for leased server space.  While the State Line coal plant sent out as much as 515 MW of power onto transmission lines, the State Line data center will need anywhere from about 10 to 100 MW to run its round-the-clock operations. Dakich said the three substations on the property, with a capacity of several hundred megawatts, could help get sufficient power to the center. However the substations are part of the Illinois utility ComEd’s infrastructure, whereas the utility NIPSCO would be the data center’s provider. He’s hoping they can broker an agreement to let the data center use the ComEd substations and nearby transmission lines.Meanwhile, the data center will generate its own renewable energy with solar panels on the roof and mounted on the ground, and wind turbines likely also on the premises, Dakich said. He said they even want to try hydro power, with a 5 kw turbine mounted in a canal that comes off the lake onto the site. The data center will also have natural gas-fired generators on-site, plans say. And the waste heat generated by the servers will be captured to warm a greenhouse to be operated by Purdue University Northwest, Dakich said.More: Northwest Indiana Defunct Coal Plant Site Slated For Massive Data Centerlast_img read more

Austrian utility Verbund plans expansion into European wind, solar markets

first_imgAustrian utility Verbund plans expansion into European wind, solar markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Austrian utility Verbund AG, which produces the majority of its power from hydro plants, is planning a major push into wind and solar power generation over the next decade, executives outlined on the company’s first-quarter earnings call on May 13.Verbund has introduced a target to generate 25% of its power from wind and solar by 2030, CFO Peter Kollmann said. Limited further upside in the hydro segment is driving the utility to diversify its renewables portfolio, with most of the suitable locations in Austria either already in use or under national conservation protections.Verbund also sees potential in the continued cost efficiency gains in the wind and solar sector, and a ballpark target of 25% of power generation would allow it to achieve a critical mass, he said.The utility currently operates a small wind portfolio in its core markets in Austria and Germany, as well as in Romania. For its growth ambitions, it is looking at the Spanish and Italian solar markets, and for new opportunities in France, Germany and home market Austria.“We have a big radar screen,” Kollmann said, but the focus is largely on Central and Western Europe and geographies with clear regulatory frameworks.[Camilla Naschert]More ($): Hydro-heavy Verbund eyes European wind, solar expansionlast_img read more

Rain, Rain, Go Away: How to Motivate in Bad Weather

first_imgDear River Mama,The rain makes me feel like curling up with a steamy latte and a good book.  My weekend plans to ride my road bike got rained out. Now it’s Monday and I feel as if I haven’t had a weekend. Any advice on how to shake this dreary feeling and motivate to get outside?Yours, Looking for the Silver LiningDear Looking for the Silver Lining,That’s a bummer that you weren’t able to ride this weekend, Looking. The rain can be a real motivation challenge for sure, just ask the coffee-crazed folks who live in the Northwest.Looking, sometimes we get a little too rooted in our expectations. When we’re rigid, we let things like the weather get in the way of leading our best lives.My eighteen month old son points to the door and says, “Out, out.” He doesn’t mind if it’s raining or snowing, he intuitively knows that spending time outdoors almost always makes him feel happier.Looking, invest in a quality rain coat. Buy one in the brightest color you can imagine so that just putting it on makes you smile. And let that raincoat transform you into a rain lover. Go find the biggest waterfalls and splash in the deepest puddles. Better yet, learn to kayak. You’ll never look at rain as a bad thing again. And along the way, you’ll see plenty of rainbows!Yours,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

FAQs: Road Life Answered

first_img“Who’s Blue Ridge Outdoors?”A guy in jean cut-off shorts is standing next to me, shirtless, sweating in the late August heat and casually sipping out of a pint glass. He’s barefoot and a little drunk, standard protocol for any kayaking festival. I’m down in Ocoee, Tenn., for Ocoee Fest to host a slackline competition, though the word ‘competition’ is really a bit of a stretch. There are two or three people who can legitimately slackline – the rest are raft guides and kayakers who have never stepped foot on a line but, with enough coaxing and liquid courage, have been convinced to at least give it a whirl (under the pretense, too, that they may win the “best wipeout” category).IMG_8242Perhaps lured in by the ENO slackline or the flashy green Go and the branded-out Jeep, this guy’s curiosity seems to have overtaken him as he nonchalantly eyeballs the interior of my car (a disaster, no doubt), clucking and whistling and wowee-ing over the camper.“Oh I bought my first backpack from you guys!”Uh. Not quite.Aside from the question, “How’s it going?” (which I addressed in one of my earliest blog posts), I’d say that “Who/what is Blue Ridge Outdoors” is probably the second-most frequently asked question.I have to admit, every time I hear that, I’m a little surprised.WHAT. You don’t know know what BLUE RIDGE OUTDOORS is?For shame.I’m less surprised when people are unfamiliar with the publication in, say, the southernmost part of Georgia or the northern tip of Pennsylvania. Though we cover much more ground than Blue Ridge proper, it’s hard to make a solid presence in every state. Nonetheless, that’s part of my job, and so, on that dreadfully hot and humid afternoon, I found myself launching into my tried and true “BRO-talk.”I’ve said this spiel hundreds of times. It’s the one where I go over who we are, who I am, what we cover, and just what gives with that whole camper-car thing. I’ve given the elevator speech so many times, to so many people, it’s merely a matter of tapping into cruise control, shifting into autopilot, and letting my mouth do the talking while my brain checks out.The unfortunate part about the “BRO-talk”? The questions don’t stop, nor do they ever change. As much as cloning wigs me out, I would be open to it if my second self’s only function in life was to answer the questions I’m asked time and again, the ones that could be answered with a little self-direction, a quick read of the SylvanSport pamphlet I’ve been handing out, or just plain common sense.Like, “How do you shower?”The smartass in me wants to respond with the obvious, “Well, I turn on the water, and then I get under the water, and then I soap up…”But I never say that. Instead, I launch right into the textbook rundown of my Roadshower, how many gallons it holds, how it works, how rad it is. You know. I sell it.IMG_8215Although I love promoting the magazine, the sponsors of this project, and helping our readers learn about all-things-road-life, at the end of the day, I’d rather talk about anything else, even if it’s what you had for dinner last night or how hot it’s supposed to be tomorrow.Now, don’t mistake that statement by interpreting it as a plea for people to never ask me questions. I love when people ask questions. Personally, I love asking questions (good thing too, being a writer and all…). Asking questions shows you’re interested, curious, engaged. I encourage questions. But with four months of road life under my belt, I think it’s due time that I list out some of these FAQs and answer them once and for all, if not for my sanity’s sake then at least for the readers who sense my q&a overload and perhaps refrain from asking the obvious out of respect for said sanity (thank you, by the way).DCIM100GOPRO1. So, what, you get paid to go kayaking and camping and stuff?No. Not at all. My job as travel editor entails writing articles for print and web as well as shooting photo and/or video to accompany those articles. How do I get content? By kayaking and camping and stuff.2. How do I get your job?You can’t. I have it.3. Don’t you get lonely?Rarely. Sometimes, especially after a festival, I actually crave that solitude and those long hours on the road that I have completely to myself. If I’m really lonely, I stare at my concave reflection in a spoon and pretend it’s another person. Or I talk to my hand-carved, wooden leopard figurine that I got from the Amazon. His name is Tang. He’s a pretty cool cat (pun intended).4. What do you eat?Breakfast and dinner always start with three staples: pepper, onion, and Sriracha. For the breakfast version add egg and avocado. For dinner, maybe quinoa, pasta, or a sweet potato. Lunch is usually lots of nuts and dried fruit…or a tub of Nutella. What? Nutella’s made from nuts…IMG_82935. Where is your favorite place?What a ridiculous question. I can’t answer that. Next.6. Don’t you miss your apartment?Never.7. Do you stay dry?I’m going to answer this question with a question. Do you stay dry when you camp outside in the Southeast?8. What is the hardest part?Saying goodbye to the wonderful people I meet and the places I fall in love with.IMG_82519. How do you stay “connected”?When I’m not couch surfing or based out of Asheville or Charlottesville (where the BRO offices are located), I have an external battery that can jumpstart my car if I find myself in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery, no cell coverage, and not a soul in sight. That, in turn, can power a 400-watt power inverter which allows me to charge my computer, camera batteries, and other miscellaneous items from the comfort of the Go.Most places nowadays have free Wi-Fi, but I always carry a Verizon Jetpack hotspot with me to make my life a little easier.10. What do you miss?Making smoothies and baking cookies. And at least having the option to veg out in front of a TV and watch a movie (though I haven’t owned one for the past five years).11. Aren’t you scared sometimes?Mmm. Nah. Although one time the shadow of my towel hanging up did cause me to scream like a little girl. I thought it was a serial killer…12. Is it hard not having a place to call home?Whatchu talkin’ bout? Home is where you park it. Sure, maybe my home is lime green and glows in the dark at night, but it’s a home! I even have a broom. And a rug. And cute little ENO twilights to add just a touch of homey-ness. ###I’m sure I’m neglecting some really great questions that are entirely deserving of an answer, so I suppose I’ll allow this post to be more of an open-ended forum. So ask away! What would you like to know about the magazine, this project, life on the road, or plain-and-simply, me. This could be your only chance, so don’t be shy! I won’t snap. Promise.last_img read more

BRO Athletes: Jessie Johnson Brings Home the Bucket at the Tsali Xterra Trail Run

first_img“Is that a giant bucket of lube?”The three of us – me, my husband and a new friend – stared at our winnings, three giant buckets with “PROGOLD Lubricants” printed on thema. “Maybe,” I responded.  I barely pump my tires, let alone do things like lubricate my bike’s…well, whatever it is you lubricate on a bike, so a giant bucket of lube seemed feasible. Our friend smiled. “Think I’m going to go call my wife.”Don’t you love those slaphappy, post-race moments?13566967_1106365516087664_6829936409194854594_nThe Tsali Xterra Triathlon was last Sunday and, despite my best efforts, I didn’t take home the overall female win for a third year. That’s okay – I worked hard for 2nd and was 1st in my age group. I still think that the Tsali Xterra is the best race of the season and not just because of giant lube buckets. You get to swim in the clear waters of Fontana Lake, run BEFORE you bike (usually the run is last) and the Tsali trails are always fun. Plus, you can camp two minutes from transition and there’s nothing like running the 52° waters of the Nantahala River, just down the road, to ice down those legs after a strong race effort. But, really, I just love off-road tris. This past race had a smaller-than-normal turnout, which motivated me to launch a mini-PR campaign for the love child of mountain biking and road triathlon, the off-road tri. (I just made that up; please don’t send articles about the origins of the off-road triathlons.) Here’s why you should try one.You get to ride your bike and run on trails. Isn’t everything more fun on trails? You’re were probably scouring the BRO website for trail info before getting sucked into this race report because you love trails that much. And, for all you sweaty southeasterners: trails = shade.If you’ve wanted to try racing your mountain bike, off-road tris are a great way to start. The most common question I get asked about off-road racing is about passing on the bike leg. Because you swim before you bike in a tri, competitors are usually more spread out on the trail than in a cross-country mountain bike race with a mass start. For the record: When you want to pass, let the person in front of you know and wait until they tell you they’re ready. Being passed? Tell the person behind you that you’ll let them know when you’re ready. As soon as you safely can, find a wide berth of trail, ride to one side and tell the rider behind you to haul ass. (Or something along those lines.) As the passer or passee, it always helps to be specific: “Okay, coming up on your left!”13521891_1106365299421019_4432162248033955761_nMost regional off-road tris tend to be small – 100 or so competitors. So if you want a break from the hassles of bigger races – or, let’s be honest, you want a better chance of getting on the podium – they’re a good option.Head-to-toe trail grime makes for hardcore race photos.If you’re a road triathlete, you’ll find a much more laidback vibe at off-road tris. It’s still a competitive atmosphere – I mean, it is a race – but the intensity is dialed back. Maybe it’s the fresh trail air…or relatively short race distances…or hungover mountain bikers rallying for that 8 am start. Whatever it is, it’s hard not to make friends.13524517_1106365269421022_8471432561656772706_nAnd the bucket? There was all sorts of bike maintenance stuff in there that got my husband all excited, so I probably won’t see him for three days once he busts it open.Thanks to Blue Ridge Outdoors for sponsoring the Athlete Team, to Dave and Terry Berger with Gone Riding for always putting on a solid race and to my father-in-law, Jerry Schneider, who showed up three days early to snag a campsite and stuck around all morning to basically watch us change shoes in transition.Next race…good question. Xterra Whitewater?BROAthleteBannerAd-1The Hub and Pisgah Tavern, Crozet Running, Bold Rock Cidery, and Blue Ridge Cyclery.More from our BRO Athletes:last_img read more

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon is Better with Friends

first_img America’s Toughest Road Marathon™ isn’t a challenge for the weak-willed. It takes grit, determination and plenty of training hours to accomplish this bucket-list race, but a little help from your friends goes a long way.There are a couple of ways to tackle this race with your buds. Option 1-Create a four-person relay team and split the epic 26.2 mile course into four, more manageable sections. The hardest part is figuring out which runners will tackle which sections of the course. Here’s the quick breakdown:Runner #1: The leadoff runner will tally 6.2 miles, including Mill Mountain.Runner #2: The “beast leg” includes 9.1 miles, including the Roanoke Mountain Loop along the Blue Ridge Parkway.Runner #3: The leg includes the notorious Peakwood Mountain; it’s not the longest leg at 6.1 miles, but is pretty darn tough.Runner #4: The final runner will bring it home with 4.8 miles through South Roanoke neighborhoods and downtown Roanoke.Option 2-Create a team that runs one or more of the distances together. If you have a larger crowd (5+) like a club or running group then you may also be eligible for a TON of perks.It’s free to start a team, and every team will have their team name printed on their race bibs. There are three additional levels of benefits.Level One Benefits: Welcome Package (stickers, captain hat, & swag) and Eligible to Win Team Spirit AwardLevel Two Benefits: Two Free VIP Tickets, Eligible for Free Entries (1 per 10 team members)Level Three Benefits: One Free Beer Ticket Per Team Member  and Early Check-InLearn more about the race and register todayWhether you want to run as a team, do the relay, or not….there are plenty of challenges to help you take part in the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon race weekend. Race options include:Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon: 26.2 miles of mountains, including 7,430 feet of elevation changeFoot Levelers Half Marathon: 13.1 miles of mountains with, 3,790 feet of elevation changeBlue Ridge Double Marathon: Two laps around America’s Toughest Road Marathon course – 52.4 miles – and it is sold out (watch for the double crew as they start Lap 2 with the rest of the pack)Anthem Star 10K: The popular option includes 6.2 miles up Mill Mountain and back down the old toll roadCarilion Children’s Family 1-Miler: A fun run for any ability or age that starts allows participants to cross the official Blue Ridge Marathon finish lineFoot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon RacesWhen: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:35 a.m.Where: Roanoke, VAWhy: 100% Non-profit race on a beautiful & challenging courseRegister: Onlinelast_img read more

The Ten Best Fall Trails in Old 96 District

first_imgForks Area Trail System (FATS)Length: 34 miles total (made up of different loops)Difficulty: Moderate Lakeview Trail-Hickory Knob State Resort Park Length: 6.7 MilesDifficulty: Difficult Starting with a boardwalk over Slade Lake, theTen Governors trail invites visitors to wander past historic homes andmonuments to each of the ten SC governors that hail from Edgefield county. Best for Families Best Picnic This hike has lots of outdoor activities nearby,including a boat ramp and fishing pier. Eat in a picnic shelter or on the grassby the lake, and take advantage of everything the lake has to offer to makeyour picnic your own! Lake Rabon Park Length: 2.5 miles round tripDifficulty: Easy Best View Ten Governors Rail TrailLength: 1 mile linear, 2 miles round tripDifficulty: Easy Best for Dog Lovers Beaver Run Trail-Hickory Knob State Resort Park Length: 2.5 MilesDifficulty: Easy Best for Newbies This is a trail optimized for mountain bikes, but for those who are up to the challenge the reward is oh so sweet. From promontories on the hillsides, experience panoramic views of Lake Thurmond. Because Hickory Knob is the only resort State Park in South Carolina, there’s plenty of places right nearby to crash for the night. Just under two miles round trip, Rock Creek winds through the suburbs of Greenwood while still feeling like real nature. Follow the small creek through a mini escape, and when you’re finished, Uptown Greenwood is only a short drive away. Cherokee Path (Ninety Six National Historic Site) Length: 1.5 MilesDifficulty: Easy Best for Plant Lovers Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area Length: 4 Mile LoopDifficulty: Moderate While many of Old 96 District’s trails allowpets, not all of our trails have an 800-foot summit and a loop around Parson’s Mountain Lake. Visitors wanting atougher hike can take a branch of the trail passing by Civil War-era gold mineson the way to the summit. Mix all of this together, and you get a flora-packedtrail with several great places for your dog to explore! (And let’s face it, apicture of your best friend with that kind of view in the background might justwin the internet.)center_img Ninety Six National Historic Site is more than just a hiking trail; it’s the site of two Revolutionary War battles, the once-proud Star Fort, and other 18th-century relics. The trail– once a direct path for traders and travelers– now weaves through these landmarks. Younger hikers can explore as they go and get up close with history, keeping them engaged through the entire hike. Stevens Creek Heritage PreserveLength: 1.9 mile loopDifficulty: Moderate Best Town Trail Battlefield Trail- Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Length: 1.5 miles one-wayDifficulty: Easy A short trail introduces the terrain of the FATS before splitting into different loops, each a different length ranging from 4 to nearly 7 miles, or 34 miles total. Hikers can pick which loops they feel most equipped for, adding distance as their endurance grows. This system makes it easy to build your chops without having to find several different hiking trails. Connecting withnature can be a powerful thing. Many of us seek it out almost instinctively toease our minds and escape the daily grind of urban life. Hiking, biking, andeven walking– the art of simply travelling from one place to another– is oneof the most simple and enjoyable ways to get ourselves out there. Over 250miles of trails wind through South Carolina’s Old 96 District, with strikingviews and historic landmarks aplenty. With so much ground covered, a trailexists for every type of mover. Here, we’ve compiled a list of “Best Of’s” forevery occasion, whether your perfect hike is a tough mountain climb or an easyfamily outing Best for Endurance Training Best Mini Getaway Best Historic Trail Rock CreekLength: .9 miles one-wayDifficulty: Easy A companion to a much longer and more difficulthiking trail, the Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve homes fifteen rare andseveral endangered flowers and plants. The area’s unique bedrock makes it oneof only two places on Earth (the other being the Florida panhandle) theMiccosukee Gooseberry grows natively. This trail is great starter trail. It’s long enough to feel satisfied but not too long for a beginner. The trail dips down to the edge of Lake Thurmond and enters floodplain forest, with a variety of plant life to entice those still learning the local flora.  This trail begins at an ADA boardwalk and leads to an overlook at Horseshoe Falls. Wander alongside a Revolutionary War battlefield, with interpretive waysides sharing the story of the Battle of Musgrove Mill, 1780. If you want even more history for your fix, the British Camp Trail is as the same historic site. Of course, there are many more trails in Old 96 District to pick from. Check out our printable brochure for a more complete list of trails, as well as nearby campsites and lodging. last_img read more

U.S. Navy Security Team Completes Info Exchange With Peruvian Sailors

first_img Sailors assigned to a Navy security training team wrapped up a two-week subject matter expert exchange with sailors from the Peruvian navy security force in Callao, Peru. The exchange is in direct support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011, an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America involving information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region. The training consisted of a series of law enforcement tactics including vehicle inspections, search and seizure, apprehension and non-lethal defense techniques. “This joint information exchange effort was critical to enhancing our abilities and capabilities to work together and share operational procedures,” said Chief Master-at-Arms Jeffrey Elwood, assistant lead instructor. “We worked side by side and had the opportunity to pick each other’s brains to make us all more proficient at our jobs.” This information sharing venture will be used by the Peruvian navy as a “train-the-trainer” course to educate their forces about alternative tactics and procedures to enhance their ability to operate effectively. “I’m extremely satisfied with the efforts of our U.S. Sailors and their Peruvian counterparts,” said Cmdr. Mark Becker, SPS 11 mission commander. “This is yet another display of our commitment to building and sustaining enduring relationships with the Peruvian military and government.” By Dialogo December 29, 2010last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Fosters Partner Nation Liaison Officer Program

first_imgBy Dialogo March 21, 2012 The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) established the Partner Nation Liaison Officer (PNLO) Program in 1998, with the focus of establishing links with U.S. partner nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean that would serve as a conduit to foster a better understanding of mission and tactics, facilitate the ability to integrate and synchronize operations, assist in the transfer of vital information, enhance mutual trust, and develop an increased level of teamwork. Developed in close coordination with regional defense leaders, the program has hosted military liaison officers from seven South American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, as well as Canada since its inception. The U.S. Armed Forces Joint Publication (JP) 3-16, on Multinational Operations, highlights the importance of the program as one that facilitates understanding, coordination, interoperability enhancement, and contributes significantly to mission success. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ed Lluberes, who currently heads the PNLO program at SOUTHCOM, told Diálogo that all countries in the region have been invited to participate in the program, but not all are able to participate. Among many responsibilities, as representatives of their countries’ armed forces at SOUTHCOM, the partner nation liaison officers play a pivotal role in improving the inter-operability of U.S. forces by maintaining the positive relationships between partner nations. They are an integral part of the SOUTHCOM staff and provide cultural and operational insight, recommendations and perspectives on key issues to SOUTHCOM senior leaders and staff; contribute directly to the command’s regional engagement planning activities; and routinely accompany U.S. senior military and defense leaders on official travel to their countries. “Most importantly, they can become our spokesmen on the way we [U.S.] do things”, said Lieutenant Colonel Ed Lluberes. Currently, there are five representatives of different branches of the armed forces of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru assigned to SOUTHCOM’s Political Military Affairs Division within the Strategy, Policy and Plans directorate. Commander Alexandre da Silva of the Fuzileiros Navais (Marines) of the Brazilian Navy arrived at his SOUTHCOM post in February 2012, after serving as commander of the Military Police Company in the Marine Logistics Command at the Brazilian Marine Corps Headquarters. Lieutenant Colonel Bruno Vielle joined SOUTHCOM in June 2011 from the Canadian Army’s Infantry Division, where he graduated as an Infantry Officer assigned to the Royal 22nd Regiment in 1988. Captain Claudio Escalona of the Marine Corps of the Chilean Navy is a Marine Amphibious Warfare and Artillery Officer who took his post in SOUTHCOM in February 2012. Capt. Escalona has ample experience in Peace Keeping Operations and most recently served as commander of the Chilean Battalion in the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) in Haiti. Colonel José Alejandro Forero joined the SOUTHCOM staff in July 2011 as an Infantry Officer from the Colombian Army. He arrived in Miami as an experienced officer in all combat mission areas, including Airborne, Counterinsurgency Warfare, Command and Control and Human Rights. An important contribution by Col. Forero lies in his ample experience in countering illegal armed groups, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), to which he dedicated a great part of his military career. In fact, Col. Forero’s hands-on participation in the Colombian Army’s operations to rescue FARC hostages, including three U.S. contractors kidnapped in 2003, provides great insight to SOUTHCOM. Colonel Carlos Orlando Ríos of the Peruvian Army took his SOUTHCOM post in March 2011. He also comes to Miami with great familiarity in combat mission areas and peace keeping operations. It is notable that since many of the officers come from a strictly operational background, their assignment at SOUTHCOM provides them with a completely new experience from which they take back important lessons and new ideas to their countries. On the other hand, they provide unique know-how from events that their own countries are undergoing. For example, the former Chilean PNLO assigned to SOUTHCOM, Chilean Navy Captain Luis Felipe Bravo, arrived in Miami only 10 days before the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck his country in February 2010. Capt. Bravo provided invaluable service as the primary link to the Chilean Command Authorities during the massive event. In talking about the program, General Douglas Fraser, Commander USSOUTHCOM, said, “Partner Nation Liaison Officers increase our understanding of the region in ways we would otherwise not know, from specific contributions to the SOUTHCOM staff, to exercises, distinguished visitor visits, or educating the staff as a whole. They have clearly proven invaluable in providing continuity and transparency required to enhance regional security, stability, and prosperity in the Americas.”last_img read more

Ortega Willing to Increase Anti-Drug Cooperation with US

first_img HOW can that RASCAL offer something, if he is friend of the FARC, a narco-terrorist group. Ortega also ranks among the group of Chávez’s friends, the genocidal Mugabe, the genocidal and terrorist Omar al-Bashir, the new Hitler Ajmadineyad, the serial killer Assad, etc. and to deserve such precious friendship Ortega has in his resume the genocide of MISKITOS, the RAPIST OF HIS STEPDAUGHTER , AND HE IS THE PERMANENT DICTATOR OF NICARAGUA…But now the time has come for the end of the allies of the theft revolution. By Dialogo May 07, 2012 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced on May 3 that he is willing to strengthen his country’s relationship of cooperation with the United States in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, after receiving the credentials of the new ambassador, Phyllis Powers. “We’re sure that (Powers) will have the opportunity here to work toward strengthening the relationship between our peoples and governments (…) in this fight that we’re waging against drug trafficking and organized crime,” Ortega said at a ceremony at the House of the Peoples (a convention center) in Managua. Ortega judged it important to “intensify this battle” in “close cooperation with the United States,” starting from Powers’s experience as a diplomat in the region. The two countries have “points in common that bring us closer together, that unite us (…) alongside some differences; what’s important is that we’re able to make progress in the areas of cooperation and exchange” in the bilateral relationship, he said. Powers, for her part, conveyed her government’s desire to be “friends and partners” with all the countries in the region. “Hopefully, during my time here, we will be able to make progress in our relationship and implement programs that will benefit everyone in this region, as partners and neighbors,” the diplomat said after presenting her credentials to Ortega. last_img read more