SOUTHCOM Addresses Central American Maritime Security Strategies

first_imgBy Dialogo June 06, 2012 This initiative was organized by NAVSO, the mission of which focuses on facilitating the exchange of information and promoting cooperation with the regional navies, and the merchant-marine community of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Eastern Pacific. This SOUTHCOM component operates as an information channel focused on the security of maritime trade and the commitment to support the shipping industry. The naval division of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) held a seminar to address maritime security strategies in Central America. The forum, Central American Maritime Safety and Security Challenges: A Cooperative Response, was organized in Managua, Nicaragua, by the Maritime Liaison – Latin America of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO), working jointly with the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority and the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission. The meeting’s objective was to inform and educate both government and military institutions and the private sector about immediate, potential, and long-term maritime security problems and their impact on aspects related to the facilitation of trade. The chief point of the seminar consisted in strengthening lasting partnerships based in the maritime community in order to foster shared ideas and objectives in relation to security and stability. center_img More than 120 maritime security experts, including representatives from NAVSO and other U.S. institutions and members of the Joint Interagency Task Force – South, the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority, the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission, the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force, and the Central American Integration System attended the event. The Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce; the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America; the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Response; and representatives from the maritime security authorities of Honduras and Guatemala also participated.last_img read more

IDOR: The best things in life are ‘free’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. —  It is often said that the best things in life are free, so why should tax season be an exception? Customers with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less in 2018 may be eligible to file both state and federal taxes at no cost with the Indiana Department of Revenue’s (DOR) free-file program (INfreefile).“Nearly 2 million Hoosiers qualified to use INfreefile in 2018, but less than 90,000 took advantage of this no-cost filing option,” explained DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “Our goal for 2019 is to ensure more and more qualifying Hoosiers are aware of the INfreefile program with hopes they participate.”INfreefile is in its 16th year of offering free online tax filing services to Hoosiers, using the same electronic question-and-answer style vendor software most customers pay to use.“An additional perk to INfreefile is the electronic accuracy of filing your return,” added Commissioner Krupp. “Filing electronically has only a 2 percent error rate versus a 20 percent error rate for paper-filed returns.”Filing electronically also results in faster refunds with customers typically getting their refunds in about two to three weeks. If individuals opt for direct deposit of their refunds, they may receive their refunds even faster.2019 participating INfreefile vendors include (in alphabetical order, not by preference):FreeTaxUSAH&R BlockOLT Online TaxesTax ActTurbo TaxFor access to the no-cost filing program along with a complete list of qualifications by vendor, customers may visit the INfreefile website at If customers participated in the program previously and held an account with one of the vendors, they will still need to create a new account to utilize INfreefile.last_img read more

Bayern win eighth consecutive Bundesliga title

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Bayern Munich celebrated in a near-empty stadium after securing an outstanding eighth successive title.Robert Lewandowski chested down Jerome Boateng’s chipped pass to net the winner against Werder Bremen – and seal the league with two games to spare. Bayern’s 11th straight Bundesliga win put them 10 points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left.Bayern finished the match with 10 men after Alphonso Davies was sent off for two yellow-card offences.Poland striker Lewandowski has now scored 31 league goals this season, a tally that equals the single-season scoring record by a foreign player in the league.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, now at Arsenal, scored 31 Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund in 2016-17.Bayern were far from their best against a Werder Bremen side fighting for survival at the other end of the table. With the game goalless, Bremen’s Maximilian Eggestein went close from distance before Lewandowski’s quality winner after Kingsley Coman had earlier headed narrowly wide.Coman again went close before teenager Davies was sent off with 11 minutes remaining, while Werder Bremen had a late appeal for a penalty for handball turned down.Seven points clear of nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund with three games to go before kick-off, Bayern needed one win from their remaining three games to wrap up another title.Hansi Flick’s side did just that – but they got over the line in unusual circumstances.When Bayern won the title on the final day of last season, they did so after an emphatic 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in front of 75,000 fans at the Allianz Arena. On Tuesday, there were no supporters present inside Werder Bremen’s 42,000-capacity Weserstadion as they wrapped up the title in pouring rain.The full-time whistle was greeted with shouts of delight from Bayern’s players, which echoed around the empty stadium, but it was a far cry from previous title celebrations before the coronavirus pandemic.Tags: Bayern MunichBundesligaRobert LewandowskiWerder Bremenlast_img read more