By Dialogo July 24, 2014 Special operations and commando forces from Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Uruguay will participate in the competition. The opening ceremony for the 10th Fuerzas Comando exercise kicked off the competition, July 23. Prior to the start of the competition, the teams spent two days validating the events and their equipment in preparation for the exercise. The grueling eight-day competition will test the elite forces in areas such as physical fitness, weapons marksmanship, aquatic skills and tactical capabilities. The exercise concludes with a multi-national airborne operation and wing exchange ceremony, July 30, and the closing ceremony, July 31. The Countering Terrorism Fellowship Program or CTFP will take place simultaneously during the competition. This year, senior military and government officials from more than 20 nations will gather in Bogota, July 28-30, to discuss regional challenges such as transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking. The Fellowship Program is designed to improve military-to-military relations and provides a collaborative environment for regional military leaders. Both the exercise and Fellowship Program are aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the Western Hemisphere.
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In the first quarter of the year, the country booked a total of $41.79 billion in exports, a 2.91 percent increase from last year’s figure, while imports were $39.17 billion from January to March, a 2.69 percent decrease from the same period last year.Indonesia recorded a trade surplus of $2.62 billion during the first three months of the year, compared to a deficit of 62.8 million in the same period last year.BPS recorded $2.98 billion in imports from China in March, an increase of $1 billion from February’s figure, as Indonesia’s largest trading partner had started to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.Exports to China, meanwhile, were $1.98 billion, up by $7 million compared to the same period last year. This made for a trade deficit of $1 billion with China in March, lower than the $1.24 billion deficit in March of last year.The World Trade Organization (WTO) projected that global trade would shrink by between 13 and 32 percent as the economic impact of the health crisis remained uncertain.The WTO forecasted a rebound in the 2021 global goods trade of between 21 and 24 percent, depending largely on the duration of the outbreak and the effectiveness of policy responses.Topics : Indonesia booked a US$743 million trade surplus in March as export and import activities contracted slightly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has announced.Southeast Asia’s largest economy recorded $14.09 billion in exports in March, a 0.2 percent decrease year-on-year (yoy), while total imports fell 0.75 percent yoy to $13.35 billion driven by decreased imports of capital goods.“This figure is encouraging amid the uncertain global situation,” BPS chairman Suhariyanto said at a media briefing on Wednesday. Indonesia’s manufacturing exports grew by 7.41 percent yoy to $11.12 billion, driven by a significant increase in the exports of machines and electric appliances, as well as of iron and steel. Agricultural exports rose 17.82 percent yoy to $320 million.However, the country’s oil and gas exports declined by 40.91 percent yoy to $670 million as a result of falling oil prices, while exports of products of mining also fell by 16 percent yoy to $1.98 billion.Imports of consumption goods rose 10.66 percent to $1.27 billion as a result of Indonesia’s recent, huge purchase of guns and ammunition. Imports of raw materials increased by 1.72 percent to $10.28 billion, while imports of capital goods shrank by 18 percent to $1.8 billion.“We must, however, be aware of the decline in capital goods and raw materials, which may have a huge impact on trade and investment,” Suhariyanto added.
Police arrested a Florida girls high school coach for secretly recording videos of a topless female student on his cellphone.The St. Augustine Record reports 38-year-old Darrell Andrew Crews coached a girls flag football team at St. Augustine High School. He was caught secretly recording a student who was changing clothes after school.According to the arrest report, Crews sent the victim the nude photos Saturday. Crews told her someone anonymously forwarded the photo to his personal email. However, after recognizing something from the background the victim said she knew when the photo was taken. She told deputies it was just before her 18th birthday.When officials questioned Crews, he confessed to taking the photo and said it was a screenshot of videos he secretly recorded.The schools district recommended his termination.Crews was booked into county jail Sunday on a charge of video voyeurism. He has been released on a $1,500 bond Monday afternoon.