SOCSOUTH Teams Support Fishermen Program and MEDCAP in Dominican Republic

first_imgBy Dialogo June 18, 2013 In total, 233 residents attended and 88 boats were registered. The Dominican Navy will continue to check on the fishermen on Isla Beata and Cabo Rojo to ensure they have the registration and safety kits on their boats. The Dominican Navy also plans on conducting more boat registrations in the future in order to help more fishermen and to maintain a strong bond between the community and the Dominican Navy. As the special operations component for U.S. Southern Command, SOCSOUTH, based in Homestead, Florida, is responsible for all special operations in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Through the command’s Theater Security Cooperation Program, special operations Soldiers work closely with their partner nation counterparts for better protection of their borders and to increase their capacity to conduct civic action programs such as the MEDCAPs. For his part, U.S. Army Capt. Greg Metellus, CA Team leader, 478th CA Battalion, said, “The ultimate goal is for the fishermen to see the Dominican Navy as their ally and for them to feel comfortable reporting suspicious activities to Navy personnel. The Navy can’t be everywhere all the time, and they are eager to collaborate with the fishermen who know the area.” Isla Beata is a tiny island off the southwest coast of the Dominican Republic where a small community of fishermen often work for weeks at a time while living on the mainland. The Dominican Navy, which has a small base there, became aware of the fishermen’s concerns, ranging from health to environmental issues, thus leading the Dominican Navy to want to form a mutually beneficial relationship with them. Attendees were able to register their boats at no cost and get their boats painted orange to make them easier to spot if in distress, as well as be recognized as registered vessels. “This was a good idea,” said Bienvenido Urbaez, the mayor of “La Cueva de Cabo Rojo” and a fisherman of 44 years. “We need to be represented, and this project helps the community.” center_img Pristine blue waters, sandy beaches and palm trees were the backdrop for a Dominican-led two-day Civil-Military Operation event in the province of Pedernales, Dominican Republic, on June 6 and 7. These events kicked off a campaign called Costas Seguras (Safe Coasts) in Isla Beata and Cabo Rojo, which included a Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) and boat registration for local fishermen and their families. Dominican officials have acknowledged these areas to be susceptible to drug trafficking organizations, which make the fisherman vulnerable to illicit activities. At the end of each day, attendees received a bag of non-perishable food supplies, while the fishermen received their certificates of registration along with a first aid kit for their boats. “We want the fishermen to know that they are important and that they will get assistance from us,” said Dominican Navy Cmdr. Feliciano Perez Carvajal, director of Plans and Operations. “We want them to know that they can rely on the Navy and we want them to have confidence in us.” Members of the Civil Affairs Team, 478th CA Battalion and Military Information Support Team, 1st Military Information Support Operations Battalion, who was in support of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), assisted the Dominican Republic Navy in the planning and concept development process, and were there to advise and assist. The two-day event provided much needed medical and social services to the fishermen and their families. Another MEDCAP and boat registration took place on the second day in the city of Cabo Rojo, Pedernales Province, on the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic. At both locations, MEDCAPs were conducted by the Dominican Navy and non-governmental organizations which facilitated discussion groups on maritime security/safety and services such as medical consultations, dental hygiene and pharmaceuticals for the fishermen and their families. last_img read more

Proposed traffic court rules amendments

first_img Proposed traffic court rules amendments March 1, 2006 Regular News Proposed traffic court rules amendmentscenter_img The Florida Bar’s Traffic Court Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court its regular-cycle report of proposed amendments to the Florida Rules of Traffic Court. The committee proposes amendments to rules 6.040 (Definitions); 6.455 (Amendments); and 6.630 (Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer Program; Traffic Hearing Officers). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before April 3, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Joseph C. Bodiford, committee chair, 806 E. Jackson St., Tampa 33602-4149, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case for June. The committee chair has until April 18 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF TRAFFIC COURT (THREE YEAR CYCLE), CASE NO. SC06-150 PROPOSED AMENDMENTS RULE 6.040. DEFINITIONS The following definitions apply: (a) – (p) [No Change] (q) “Counsel” means any attorney who represents a defendant. RULE 6.455. AMENDMENTS The charging document may be amended by the issuing officer in open court at any the time before the hearing of a scheduled hearing before it commences, subject to the approval of the official. The official shall grant a continuance if the amendment requires one in the interests of justice. No case shall be dismissed by reason of any informality or irregularity in the charging instrument. RULE 6.630. CIVIL TRAFFIC INFRACTION HEARING OFFICER PROGRAM; TRAFFIC HEARING OFFICERS Under the authority of sections 318.30–318.38, Florida Statutes, and article V, section 2, Florida Constitution, this court adopts the following rules and procedure for the Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer Program: (a) – (j) [No Change] (k) Implementation of Program. In any county electing to establish a program, the chief judge shall develop a plan for its implementation and shall submit the plan to the Office of the State Courts Administrator. Funds for the program shall be used for traffic hearing officer program salaries , provided that the traffic hearing officers shall be paid no more than $50 per hour, and other necessary expenses, such as training, office rental, furniture, and administrative staff salaries. Any county electing to establish a traffic hearing officer program shall provide the funds necessary to operate the program. ( l ) – (n) [No Change]last_img read more

DWDR Program Committed to Heritage and Culture

first_imgThe first few months of excavation for the new Wellington Dock Navigation Channel for Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) have uncovered some exciting new features relating to the origins of the historic Western Docks.As the Port of Dover reports, the impacts on the historic environment are hugely important, the DWDR scheme was designed to minimize the loss of historic character, which includes the retention of the Wellington Dock with a new navigable channel to/from the new marina.Specialist heritage experts, Archaeology South-East (ASE), were brought on board to oversee the excavation, which began in March this year to ensure the requisite investigations were conducted in a controlled environment.Kristina Krawiec, Senior Archaeologist, ASE said: “The excavation of such a large channel provides a unique opportunity to uncover and record deeply buried archaeological remains and the sediments associated with them.”The first discovery included the old basements of the Victorian houses that once occupied the promenade which were built c.1830 and demolished c.1945 following WWII.Further discoveries included the remains of the foundations of ‘The Pent’ proposed and overseen by Thomas Digges c.1570, under the approval of Elizabeth I.Josie Sinden, DWDR Conservation Officer, Port of Dover said: “DWDR undertook extensive heritage investigations and it was discovered that the technique used to the construct ‘The Pent’ was used extensively in the Benelux (or Low Countries).”Approximately 250 timbers were also uncovered on the beach side of excavation and would have formed a seawall with the timbers acting as fenders for the ships to moor alongside. The structure was recorded using laser scanning, and will be removed and stored for analysis prior to re-incorporation into the development.A Heritage Steering Group (HSG) was formed in the early stages, in order to meet the design delivery of the project’s heritage requirements. This group comprised of a mixture of project staff and external archaeological organisations and is supported by a full-time dedicated conservation officer.Dave Herrod, DWDR Program Director, Port of Dover, said: “The Port’s commitment to heritage goes over and beyond its statutory requirement. Recently the DWDR team worked with the Dutch Culture Association and Historic England, to facilitate scanning of concretions found adjacent to the Dutch vessel, Rooswijk, which was recently excavated off the Kent coast.”last_img read more