Home » News » Auctions news » Global First: house is sold direct via a property portal listing previous nextAuctions newsGlobal First: house is sold direct via a property portal listingThe Negotiator22nd October 20200136 Views A family house in Ireland is being claimed as the first in the world to be sold directly via an online auction on a property portal.The auction took place on 11th September, simultaneously on MyHome.ie, which is Ireland’s answer to Rightmove, and the website of Artis, an estate agency which specialises in upmarket properties within the Irish city.The pilot auction sold the detached five-bedroom house in the Shankhill area of Dublin for €605,000 (£570,000), €35,000 more than its reserve price of €370,000.The hour-long auction, which saw 28 bids by three different anonymous bidders, was handled by Irish auction proptech platform Offr which recently launched in the UK.To use the service, agents add an Offr button to a listings and, after potential bidders have logged in and qualified themselves, the button then opens up an in-page auction tab where the bidding battle then takes place. Those not registered are able to watch.“The sale forms part of an informal pilot collaboration between Offr, Myhome and their mutual agent clients, to explore the concept of an agent being able to hold an online auction simultaneously on their own website and on the property listing on the portal website, with buyers able to register and bid from either website, using the Offr button,” says Robert Hoban, the CEO of Offr.https://offr.io/ online auction on a property portal Irish auction proptech platform Offr Global First myHome.ie Robert Hoban property portal October 22, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
April 20, 2011 View post tag: HMS UK: HMS Unicorn Becomes Affiliate Ship of National Museum View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Unicorn Becomes Affiliate Ship of National Museum View post tag: Affiliate View post tag: becomes View post tag: ship View post tag: National View post tag: Unicorn Training & Education The future looks bright for HMS Unicorn after the 19th century ship was taken under the wing of the National Museum of the Royal Navy…(culture24)[mappress]Source: culture24 , April 20, 2011; View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Museum Share this article
St Catherine’s 9St Edmund Hall 3St Catherine’s proved that reputation counts for nothing on the rugby field on Tuesday by deservedly beating Cuppers title holders St Edmund Hall. Hall had scored 130 points in their first two games but in their first tight match it was the boot of Catz fullback Tom Rees which won the day over that of Hall standoff Rob Yates. Catz could now clinch the title if they win at St Peter’s next week, leaving former favourites Hall fighting Peter’s for second place.As if sensing a memorable performance, Catz’ fans turned up in droves. They were rewarded with a match far more gripping than the one-sided drubbings which have dominated the rugby season thus far. Both sides produced defensive performances of the highest order, brutally physical one-on-one tackling complemented by slick defensive alignments. Catz will undoubedtly attribute their victory to their success in preventing Hall not only from crossing the whitewash, but also from scoring at all in the game’s final hour. It was clear from the off that this would be the day of defence and kicking. Catz had all the early pressure, but it was Hall who scored first after a booming Rob Yates clearance set Catz on the back foot. Catz continued to dominate possession, however, and in the 25th minute Hall’s defence finally cracked, handling in the ruck allowing Tom Rees to match Yates’ penalty. As the half hour mark approached, Hall finally found their feet, driving around the fringes of the breakdown and looking to offload in the tackle. However, defence was once again turned into attack as Timothy Carpenter ripped the ball from a Hall back in a bone crunching tackle and broke away in a rapid counter attack from the St Catz half. While some cool last ditch defence from Teddy Hall prevented this exceptional piece of defensive play from producing a try, it was done so illegally. With the last play of the first half, Rees kicked Catz into a 6-3 lead. Hall came out in the second half with the wind at their back, determined to reverse their deficit. Yates was once again pulling the strings, another oustanding kicking forcing Catz into conceding a five metre scrum. As before, however, St Catherine’s stood tall. When Hall’s discipline faltered once more, Catz went upfield and forced another penalty to go 9-3 up. Hall were still within a score of victory; however, for all their efforts, they could neither drive through, pass around nor even, despite persistent attempts to force a mistake out of Rees, kick over the Catz defence. Hall remain an excellent side; indeed, they largely ruled the lineouts, and their back row were outstanding. However, they faced an inspired Catz side whose commitment and incredible discipline in defence made them deserving winners.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005
By MADDY VITALEIn a continued effort to improve upon the Ocean City school district experience for students and their parents, the district is seeking input in a survey.Specifically, the district wants to hear from families about how their children are feeling about the new way education is being delivered in the school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor said in a letter dated Nov. 12, and posted on the district’s website oceancityschools.org and on its Facebook page, that she would like parents to fill out the survey by Tuesday, Nov. 17, to help the district ensure that students are receiving the best instruction possible.“Our intention throughout this school year is to continuously improve upon our current plans. We will do this until it is safe for us to return to school without the added layers of safety precautions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Taylor wrote. “Therefore, this survey focuses on what we can control and work to improve — today — for the benefit of your child, as well as your family.”The Ocean City district closed on March 16 at the beginning of the pandemic. It was a day before Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order to shut down schools statewide.The following day, Ocean City schools offered the hybrid learning model, which combines virtual and in-person instruction for students.Dr. Taylor addressed the teaching models in her statement to families.“The mix of instructional models that schools are using during the pandemic can be dizzying: virtual academy, hybrid, in person but socially distanced,” she said. “When we began this school year with new schedules, new learning formats, and new practices to protect our community, we knew that uncertainties would remain — even after extensive planning.”So, Dr. Taylor said, she wanted to hear in a survey exactly how parents and their children are feeling about remote and virtual learning and what can be improved.“One thing we were sure of is that we could rely on our Ocean City families to help us make this school year a success,” she said. “You have certainly risen to the occasion, and now, we are asking for your help again.”The superintendent noted that the district is seeking constructive feedback for the student’s teacher and specific ideas to improve the child’s current learning model.“Please reach out to the appropriate school principal directly. We value your input,” she added. “We also welcome notes recognizing what is working well or acknowledging a teacher or staff member who has gone above and beyond this academic year.”She emphasized that the year has been difficult.“We know that this year requires flexibility, patience and understanding — all competencies that are likely wearing thin right now,” Dr. Taylor added. “It also requires a commitment to excellence, and that is something that is unwavering throughout our district.”For more information visit the Ocean City School District website at oceancityschools.org. Students will have virtual classes Monday.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest labour unions in the US, representing 1.4 million people, has announced a plan with Yucaipa Companies and Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) to purchase Interstate Bakeries, helping to save more than 9,500 jobs at the bankrupt firm.In a statement, the Union announced that the partnership brought together the financing of Yucaipa and its expertise in working with unionised companies, the baking experience of Bimbo Bakeries, and the Teamsters Union as the key component of the distribution system.”A key ingredient of our plan will be a commitment from Yucaipa Companies, and Bimbo Bakeries to value the sacrifices of our members and position the company for long-term growth,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters general president.Founded in the 1940s, Texas-based Bimbo Bakeries USA produces and distributes bread, cakes and cookies. One of the largest bakery companies in the world, it also said last week it was considering raising bread prices in the last quarter of the year to offset the soaring cost of wheat. It already raised prices by about 3% in August but said its cost of production was rising as wheat prices touched record levels.Yucaipa Companies is an investment management firm that has a reputation for growing and developing businesses, working to preserve union jobs. Earlier this year, the Teamsters endorsed a Yucaipa plan to finance another Teamster employer, Allied Holdings, a distribution and logistics service, which was also experiencing financial difficulties.
Related “We knew that organoids are great models for microcephaly and other conditions that show up very early in development and have a very pronounced effect,” said Kaykas. “For the first few months, the organoids do a really good job in recapitulating normal brain development.”Historically, human NPCs have been difficult to study in the lab because it was impossible to obtain samples without damaging brain tissue. With the advancements in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS cell) technology, a cell reprogramming process that allows researchers to coax any cell back into a stem cell-like state, researchers can now generate these previously inaccessible human tissues in a petri dish.The team was able to produce human iPS cells and then, using gene-editing technology, modify the cells to knock out AXL expression, said Michael Wells, a Harvard postdoctoral researcher and co-first author. The scientists pushed the iPS cells to become NPCs, building the 2-D and 3-D models that were infected with Zika.The Harvard/NIBR collaborators started working with the virus in mid-April. The unusual speed of the research reflects the urgency of the challenge, as the Zika virus has spread to more than 70 countries and territories.“At the genesis of the project, my wife was pregnant,” Eggan remarked. “One can’t read the newspapers without being concerned.”The collaboration grew out of interactions at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, where Eggan directs the stem cell program. His lab already had developed cell culture systems for studying NPCs in motor neuron and psychiatric diseases. The team at Novartis had created brain organoids for research on tuberous sclerosis complex and other genetic neural disorders.“Zika seemed to be a big issue where we could have an impact, and we all shared that interest,” Eggan said. “It’s been great to have this public-private collaboration.”The researchers are studying other receptor proteins that may be open to Zika infection, in hopes that their basic research eventually will aid the quest to develop vaccines or other drugs that defend against the virus.This research was funded by the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Paper disc can quickly detect Zika virus in the field Around the world, hundreds of women infected with the Zika virus have given birth to children suffering from microcephaly or other brain defects, as the virus attacks key cells responsible for generating neurons and building the brain as the embryo develops. Studies have suggested that Zika enters these cells, called neural progenitor cells (NPCs), by grabbing onto a specific protein called AXL on the cell surface. Now, scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and Novartis have shown that this is not the only route of infection.The scientists demonstrated that Zika infected NPCs even when the cells did not produce the AXL surface receptor protein that is widely thought to be the main vehicle of entry for the virus.“Our finding really recalibrates this field of research because it tells us we still have to go and find out how Zika is getting into these cells,” said Kevin Eggan, principal faculty member at HSCI, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University and co-corresponding author on a research paper in the journal Cell Stem Cell.“It’s very important for the research community to learn that targeting the AXL protein alone will not defend against Zika,” said Ajamete Kaykas, co-corresponding author and a senior investigator in neuroscience at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR).Previous studies have shown that blocking expression of the AXL receptor protein defends against the virus in a number of human cell types. Given that the protein is highly expressed on the surface of NPCs, many labs have been working on the hypothesis that AXL is the entry point for Zika in the developing brain.“We were thinking that the knocked-out NPCs devoid of AXL wouldn’t get infected,” said Max Salick, a NIBR postdoctoral researcher and co-first author on the paper. “But we saw these cells getting infected just as much as normal cells.”Working in a facility dedicated to infectious disease research, the scientists exposed two-dimensional cell cultures of AXL-knockout human NPCs to the Zika virus. They followed up by exposing 3-D mini-brain “organoids” containing such NPCs to the virus. In both cases, cells clearly displayed Zika infection. This finding was supported by an earlier study that knocked out AXL in the brains of mice. Inexpensive method could slow spread of outbreak, future pandemic diseases
The Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) announced the recipients of their 2002 Awards Program at their annual meeting held recently in Providence, RI. The following northern New England planners and projects were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the field of land use planning and the communities of northern New England: “2002 Professional Planner of the Year” – Gregory Brown, Commissioner, VT Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs.Gregory Brown, was recognized for his many years of professional service as an educator at Landmark College, regional planner with the Windham Regional Commission, and Planning Director, and later Commissioner, of Housing and Community Affairs.“2002 Citizen Planner of the Year” – John Ewing, Board Chair, VT Forum on Sprawl, Burlington, VT.John Ewing was recognized for his leadership and commitment as a “Citizen Planner.” John has been a devoted advocate for planning and community betterment for more than 40 years. He has played an active role in making Vermont a better place to live and work in a number of professional and volunteer capacities. He had utilized his tremendous talents to eloquently articulate the importance of land use management as a practicing attorney, former member of the Burlington Planning Commission, appointee to the District 5 Environmental Commission and later the VT Environmental Board, and most recently as the founder and current Board Chair of the VT Forum on Sprawl. He has been an active volunteer in state, local and nonprofit organizations.“2002 Planning Project of the Year” – Town of Williston, VT for the “Williston Residential Growth Management Plan.”The “Williston Residential Growth Management Plan” prepared by the Town of Williston was recognized with the Planning Project Award. This project has been evolving over many years utilizing both regulatory and non-regulatory techniques. A comprehensive plan set forth the vision, while the zoning ordinance established the basic land use patterns. The Town maintains this pattern through a sewer allocation ordinance that established areas for future growth in the sewer service area. The rate of residential growth was addressed in the residential growth management process, while design concerns are considered through a design review process. Finally, the Town also has taken steps to protect its open spaces with an environmental conservation fund that is used to purchase development rights on key open spaces. This is a very ambitious and comprehensive approach with many elements frequently considered as “Smart Growth.”“2002 Plan of the Year” – City of Nashua, NH for the Nashua 2000 Master Plan.The City of Nashua, NH was recognized with the Plan of the Year Award. This outstanding plan provides a comprehensive vision for further growth and redevelopment in one of New Hampshire’s largest and fastest growing areas. A full color summary of the plan was printed in newspaper tabloid format and distributed to residents. The placement of the plan on the city’s website and the CD version has made the vision of the city accessible to all local residents and to those looking to relocate there.NNECAPA is one of 48 Chapters and 18 Divisions within the American Planning Association (APA), and serves APA members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The American Planning Association is a non-profit public interest and research organization representing 30,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues across the country.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is working to stay ahead of the weather to keep roads open and safe for the travelling public. Lake Champlain has reached historic levels following continued precipitation throughout April and melting snow pack from the very snowy winter, and numerous rivers and streams are at flood level across the state. VTrans has maximized its resources to shore up roads wherever possible, and implement detours where needed, in order to keep the travelling public safe. In an effort to keep the public aware of the road conditions across the state as of Wednesday, the Agency of Transportation reports the following state road conditions across Vermont (note that this report does not cover the status of town roads): State Road Closures: Route 129 in Isle La Motte, (just ahead of West Shore Road) is closed due to water over the roadway and possible culvert damage. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. Route 36 in St. Albans, between Georgia Shore Road and Bronson Road (1 mile west of St. Albans) is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. Route 125 near Chimney Point between Route 17 and Town Line Road is closed approximately 13 miles west of Middlebury. Route 17 remains open following VTrans’ action to add fill to flooded areas. Maid Stone State Highway is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. Route 73 in Brandon, along the Otter Creek is closed. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville to Stowe, remains closed, weather pending. Areas of Ongoing Concern: With continued precipitation, VTrans, in association with Vermont Emergency Management, continues to monitor several problem areas, particularly roads along Lake Champlain and swollen rivers. These roads are not currently closed but may be reduced to one-lane traffic. I-89 South bound in Milton will be one-lane traffic due to instability of the right lane. Route 2 Causeway (Milton) is open to traffic. VTrans is working to keep this road open with gravel and stone. Road may be reduced to one-lane travel to accommodate VTrans activities. Motorists advised to proceed with caution. Route 2 in Alburg, between routes 78 and 129, Wagner Point. Some water in the road but both lanes are open. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and exercise caution. Route 118 between Montgomery and Belvidere. There are multiple locations (on 118) that are reduced to one-lane traffic due to slope slides. These are extended events that will last until further notice. Route 122 in Lyndon, between the Interstate and Wheelock Road. One-lane traffic due to slope failure. This will be an extended event that will last until further notice. Route 114 between Canaan and Island Pond, through Norton. Motorists will experience several single-lane areas due to multiple slope failures. For more information please call 802-828-2648 (7am -5pm) or 211 (Vermont Emergency Management). Road condition information is also found at: 511vt.com. This site is updated throughout the day between the hours of 7am -5pm. ##30##
Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Operation MARTILLO is a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. “The crew has a real sense of accomplishment while participating in counter-narcotics operations,” Commander Steven McDowell, the USS Gary’s commanding officer, said in a prepared statement. “Our crew wants to make a difference – and they are succeeding!” Bilateral cooperation was crucial to the interdiction. The USS Gary has made five successful interdictions in recent months, seizing a total of 2,500 kilograms of cocaine shipments off Central America’s coast. “MARTILLO has been a success … because of your participation, your leadership and because of your partnership,” Gen. Kelly said. “We couldn’t do this without you; and looking ahead, we’ll be relying on each other more and more to capitalize on our strengths in this fight.” Military commanders reviewed Operation MARTILLO at the Central American Regional Security Conference (CENTSEC 2014) that was held in Guatemala City in April. At that conference, General John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), praised all the countries for their efforts. Multiple drug interdictions In 2013, security forces with Operation MARTILLO seized 131 metric tons of cocaine, more than 32,000 pounds of marijuana, and 4,000 grams of heroin. Security forces with Operation MARTILLO also captured 295 suspects. On November 18, the USS Gary, one of its helicopters, its inflatable boat and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) confiscated 590 kilograms of cocaine that bad been thrown overboard by the crew off a go-fast boat. Operation MARTILLO is a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. At-sea interdictions are highly coordinated, with the security forces of the participating countries partnering to identify, stop, and search suspicious vessels. Military commanders reviewed Operation MARTILLO at the Central American Regional Security Conference (CENTSEC 2014) that was held in Guatemala City in April. At that conference, General John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), praised all the countries for their efforts. On October 16, the USS Gary again used it squadron of helicopters and LEDET to interdict a suspicious vessel spotted by a U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Sailors and LEDET agents arrived in time to recover bales containing 960 kilograms of cocaine that crew members of the suspect boat had tossed overboard. “I coordinate search patterns and recovery methods for contraband with the Panamanian Coast Guard,” Operation Specialist Ramiro Moreno, one of the USS Gary’s primary translators, said in a prepared statement. “It’s a great feeling to work with our Panamanian allies and to know we are making a difference out here.” “I coordinate search patterns and recovery methods for contraband with the Panamanian Coast Guard,” Operation Specialist Ramiro Moreno, one of the USS Gary’s primary translators, said in a prepared statement. “It’s a great feeling to work with our Panamanian allies and to know we are making a difference out here.” The joint interdiction was made just after sunset, when one of the USS Gary’s helicopters spotted the suspicious vessel and relayed the position of the go-fast boat to the Panamanian Coast Guard. The two converged upon the suspect vessel and performed a joint interdiction. Neither the Panamanian Coast Guard nor the U.S. Navy disclosed whether their forces made any arrests or the precise location of the operation. Operation MARTILLO yields results U.S. Navy officials have not disclosed the precise location of each operation or whether any arrests were made. The Panamanian Coast Guard and the USS Gary teamed up to seize 57 kilograms of cocaine and 7.5 kilograms of marijuana from a go-fast vessel off the Central American coast while supporting Operation MARTILLO on November 16. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. The joint interdiction was made just after sunset, when one of the USS Gary’s helicopters spotted the suspicious vessel and relayed the position of the go-fast boat to the Panamanian Coast Guard. The two converged upon the suspect vessel and performed a joint interdiction. Neither the Panamanian Coast Guard nor the U.S. Navy disclosed whether their forces made any arrests or the precise location of the operation. U.S. Navy officials have not disclosed the precise location of each operation or whether any arrests were made. Multiple drug interdictions “The coordination required to complete a drug interdiction is no small thing,” Commander Robert Jones, the USS Gary’s executive officer, said in a prepared statement. “From the Joint Operations Center, to airborne maritime patrol aircraft, the ship and embarked [helicopters], everything has to line up perfectly to find that needle in a haystack. I’m a little surprised each time we successfully stop a trafficker, but every time we do it validates the effort we’re putting into the mission. There is simply no better indicator that you’re making a difference than seeing contraband loaded onboard.” “The crew has a real sense of accomplishment while participating in counter-narcotics operations,” Commander Steven McDowell, the USS Gary’s commanding officer, said in a prepared statement. “Our crew wants to make a difference – and they are succeeding!” The operation, which was launched in January 2012, combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. By Dialogo December 11, 2014 “The coordination required to complete a drug interdiction is no small thing,” Commander Robert Jones, the USS Gary’s executive officer, said in a prepared statement. “From the Joint Operations Center, to airborne maritime patrol aircraft, the ship and embarked [helicopters], everything has to line up perfectly to find that needle in a haystack. I’m a little surprised each time we successfully stop a trafficker, but every time we do it validates the effort we’re putting into the mission. There is simply no better indicator that you’re making a difference than seeing contraband loaded onboard.” The USS Gary has made five successful interdictions in recent months, seizing a total of 2,500 kilograms of cocaine shipments off Central America’s coast. Eight days earlier, a U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft alerted the USS Gary of a suspicious vessel in an area known for narco-trafficking as the sun was setting. The Gary’s helicopter, LEDET and Navy Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) made the interdiction, uncovering 520 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in bales. Eight days earlier, a U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft alerted the USS Gary of a suspicious vessel in an area known for narco-trafficking as the sun was setting. The Gary’s helicopter, LEDET and Navy Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) made the interdiction, uncovering 520 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in bales. The Panamanian Coast Guard and the USS Gary teamed up to seize 57 kilograms of cocaine and 7.5 kilograms of marijuana from a go-fast vessel off the Central American coast while supporting Operation MARTILLO on November 16. Bilateral cooperation was crucial to the interdiction. On October 16, the USS Gary again used it squadron of helicopters and LEDET to interdict a suspicious vessel spotted by a U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Sailors and LEDET agents arrived in time to recover bales containing 960 kilograms of cocaine that crew members of the suspect boat had tossed overboard. In 2013, security forces with Operation MARTILLO seized 131 metric tons of cocaine, more than 32,000 pounds of marijuana, and 4,000 grams of heroin. Security forces with Operation MARTILLO also captured 295 suspects. The operation, which was launched in January 2012, combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. The 14 partner nations working as part of Operation MARTILLO seized about 14 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated 423 million dollars, and captured 55 suspects during 18 separate interdictions off the coasts of Central and South America between July and October. Operation MARTILLO yields results At-sea interdictions are highly coordinated, with the security forces of the participating countries partnering to identify, stop, and search suspicious vessels. The 14 partner nations working as part of Operation MARTILLO seized about 14 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated 423 million dollars, and captured 55 suspects during 18 separate interdictions off the coasts of Central and South America between July and October. On November 18, the USS Gary, one of its helicopters, its inflatable boat and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) confiscated 590 kilograms of cocaine that bad been thrown overboard by the crew off a go-fast boat. “MARTILLO has been a success … because of your participation, your leadership and because of your partnership,” Gen. Kelly said. “We couldn’t do this without you; and looking ahead, we’ll be relying on each other more and more to capitalize on our strengths in this fight.” I think what they’re doing is something good It’s admirable that the Operation MARTILLO is successful in looking for illegal drug smuggling but they don’t punish those who grow coca, etc., nor do they show them that it’s bad. They should start by getting rid of these crops a drug, according to the dictionary, is a solution of two or more elements It is very good It’s good they trap those depraved criminals because it’s their fault there is no peace in the world If the United States isn’t the one to do the [illegible] who else will do it Yes, that’s good Mrs. Cabal is going to be very bored carrying the image of Garcia Marquez printed on the new bills in her wallet It is very good Where can I take it urgently so that it comes out in tonight’s news? A young girl, 15, who was taken off the Transmilenio (rapid transit) I don’t know how because she was with her parents. I know about this news because a photo of her came to me on Whatsapp and a story by a friend of mine who knows here and she’s asking us to help find her my contact information is as follows to send you the recent photo.Alfredo Diaz 3212410441. We want more patrols in our city or in the department that surrounds us What they’re doing is good but truly they should do it because there’s a lot of corruption and if they really do it, congratulations How awful Cordial regards.I need to know, if you would consider it. If my comment sent on January 1 this year, titled LAUNCHING THE NEW YEAR. If it was approved to be published in the Readers Comments section of the Colombiano. God pay you. The army should be better trained to make this scourge of terrorists disappear so that Peru can be a peaceful country and have more development and more financial support for teachers because everything is based on education. Congratulations, we have to make drug trafficking disappear too. because I like news that is told well and the things you must know. Thank you Good day, I think this is really great because here in Colombia corruption starts within our army people who spend years getting trained for all these kinds of war and becoming part of the special forces and people win with sanctions and in patio battalions and the worst thing is you come out unprepared for civilian life, blindfolded. At least a soldier is trained for a year in the SENA and the army forgets about the retired officers available a good retirement is never asked and the people who served us for years. What happened to them I entered the institution when I was 17 and I left when I was 45. The generals don’t care about that since they come out with good money, a pension and bodyguards THIS IS A VERY GOOD OPERATION. YOU CAN TELL IT’S HAVING A POSITIVE OUTCOME, BUT HONDURAS ALSO NEEDS TO BE SUPPORTED, GIVING IT ACCESS TO THE RADAR PLATFORM TO STRENGTHEN THE AIR SQUADRON IN FIGHTING DRUG TRAFFICKING. Very interesting we’re kept up-to-date on the news. Thank you very much and congratulations So good for the alliance between these countries to defeat drug trafficking that hurts humanity so much. because I like well-told news and the things you must know. Thank you EXCELLENT PUBLICATION It’s good to know that the struggle is worldwide and that the 14 countries will become more because this scourge cannot defeat humanity. He congratulated you and my family is happy to know that a united humankind will never be defeated by the criminals of our childhood and the suffering of our parents. Thank you heroes of health, economy and well being of the healthy world The work done by the PNP (Panamanian National Police) always improves day by day. Congratulations I want to congratulate the head office of this kind of operation as well as each one of the elements that make up the elite units. Keep moving forward and may God bless you. Very good. Congratulations something good I am very glad I am Peruvian, they’ve finally taken control of this tremendous evil that is drugsCONGRATULATIONS It’s a way to see the daily news in our country. And that way we inform This fight against drug trafficking is a great thing, there should be harsher sanctions against those governments who negotiated with pardoned narcos, letting these generational criminals out onto the streets, who many times take advantage of people who are naive and in financial straits, getting them involved in this scourge. It cannot be that this kind of government, like the last one in Peru, go unpunished, having entered into complicity with the Judicial Branch. In other countries this is punished even with the death penalty. The United Nations should sanction those countries which might be led by these corrupt politicians, who poison world youth.I know I will become subject to threats, given my constant criticisms of this corrupt Government, but if something happens to me or to my family, you know where it comes from. I have 7 cases before the courts, because a nephew cheated me in a business deal, it’s been 5 years and nothing has been done. Who made this page Commander Otoya, it would be interesting to learn about your experiences and what you lived through because you were, I believe, unjustly incarcerated
Courts get 18 new judges June 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Courts get 18 new judges Senior Editor Florida legislators have approved a budget that adds 18 new circuit judges and support staff and expands the guardian ad litem program, keeping it under the court system for another year.Lawmakers approved the final compromise budget on May 13 that overall raised court spending about three percent. The fiscal year 2002-03 spending plan also did not replace $26 million eliminated by the legislature in a special session last fall that had been set aside to help the constitutionally mandated assumption by the state of more trial court expenses by July 2004. All court employees, including judges, also will get a 2.5-percent pay raise, effective in October.The budget conformed with the legislature’s earlier action in approving the new circuit judges, plus a judicial assistant for each judge. In addition, a law clerk will be added in each of the 11th, 17th, and 20th circuits. Those judges, half of whom will be appointed and half elected, will take office next May. The budget also included funding for an information network to speed state records to judges who need them.Chief Justice Charles Wells expressed satisfaction at the new judges, although it was less than the 34 circuit, 13 county, and two district court of appeal judges certified by the court. It was, however, more than the nine to 12 new circuit judgeships lawmakers were considering authorizing at the end of the regular session in March.“We are very appreciative of the funding provided to us by the legislature, and especially the funding for 18 new judges and an increase in the number of law clerks available to help our judges where they are most needed,” Wells said.Overall, the courts’ total budget was set at around $292 million, according to Deputy State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. That’s up from the $280 million originally approved for the 2001-02 fiscal year, and which was cut to $278 million by last fall’s special budget session.Because of annualizing previously approved positions that were funded for only part of a year, the actual amount of new spending is about $9 million, Goodner said. However, that doesn’t include $7.5 million more for the guardian ad litem program, which is expected to be removed from the court system’s oversight next year.“We feel very good that the legislature addressed the priorities we had and advocated,” Goodner said. That included several capital projects, listed below, for appellate courts and $3.3 million for the Integrated Justice Information Initiative.The later project intends to give trial court judges instant access to state databases they need, she said, such as records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Department of Children and Families.The $7.5 million in new funding for the guardian ad litem program included $3.5 million for contract hiring of attorneys to represent the program, Goodner said. Another $250,000 is for the Office of the State Courts Administrator for operational support and “to continue to plan a transition of the program out of the branch,” she said.The remainder is mostly earmarked for case coordinators and secretarial support, although the exact number of positions being created was still being determined as this issue went to press.Lawmakers looked at moving the guardian ad litem program from the courts to the Office of Elderly Affairs. Court officials said the guardian program is not a critical court function and expressed concern about the appearance of having a judge both appoint a guardian and then review the guardian’s work and reports.But the final budget left the program with the courts for another year, specifying it will be under the supervision of chief circuit judges.Aside from the new judges, court staff, and guardian ad litem jobs, the only other new positions approved for the courts were two positions for drug courts in the Third and Sixth circuits, which replaced cuts made in last fall’s special budget session.An Article V trust fund to pay for local court expenses was abolished by the legislature, without restoring $26 million that was borrowed last fall when the legislature grappled with a $1 billion budget shortfall.The money originally was budgeted for local court expenses, such as jury program, conflict defense attorneys, court reporters, and the like. Gov. Jeb Bush, though, vetoed some of those expenditures, saying the state needed to begin a reserve to deal with the 1998 constitutional amendment mandating the state pick up more trial court expenses from the counties. That must be done by July 2004, and the cost is expected to be $300 to $500 million.In the new budget, the legislature abolished the trust fund the $26 million had been in, and said it would fund any future programs from general revenues.On the approved new capital projects, the Supreme Court got $75,000 for maintenance and $40,000 to improve security. The Second District Court of Appeal got $433,000 to replace air conditioning and $45,000 for exterior building sealant. The Fifth DCA got $52,021 to remove a storage tank, while the Fourth DCA got $30,000 to paint its building. The Second DCA Tampa branch office also was appropriated $295,000 for its plans to occupy new offices at the Stetson College of Law branch being built in Tampa.An attorney ad litem program, run by Barry University and the Ninth Circuit for Osceola and Orange counties and which was cut last fall, had $355,000 of funding restored.The appropriations bill funds the judicial enabling legislation — introduced in the Senate by Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, and in the House by Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples — passed earlier in the special session by lawmakers. That provides that the Fifth, Ninth, 10th, 11th, and 17th circuits would each get two new circuit judges. The Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, 12th, 13th, 15th, 18th, and 20th circuits would each get one new judge.The bills designated that the new judgeships in the Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, 12th, 13th, 15th, and one each of those created in the Ninth and 17th circuits would be filled by election in November.The new judgeships in the Fifth, 11th, 18th, 20th and one each in the Ninth, 10th and 17th circuits would be appointed by the governor. Under the constitution, those judges would be up for re-election in 2004.