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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Coast Guard rescues 2 from Galveston Jetty

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Coast Guard rescues 2 from Galveston Jetty

 sailboat aground
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HOUSTON — A Coast Guard aircrew plucked 2 men from the south Galveston Jetty Saturday morning, after their sailboat lost steering and ran into the rocks.
At 9:06 a.m., the crew of the 27-foot sailboat called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders for help. While they were on the phone, the sailboat’s anchor line parted and they were headed for the rocks with 15 to 20-knot winds. The watchstanders sent a Station Galveston boat crew to assist them, but they were up against the rocks before the station arrived. They were able to get on the jetty.
The watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to rescue the men, as the rescue boat was unable to safely recover them and they were concerned about them being able to make it back with waves crashing on the jetty. The aircrew arrived at 10:56 a.m. and recovered the men, then transported them to Galveston Scholes Airport. No injuries were reported.
Tow Boat US was going to attempt to recover the sailboat, but it has sunk and is breaking apart against the jetty. Vessel traffic in the Houston Ship Channel is not affected. The Coast Guard incident management division will manage any potential pollution concerns.

 Coast Guard medevacs man, 45, from Masonboro Island, NC
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from Masonboro Island to local EMS after he reported chest pains early Saturday morning.
Station Wrightsville Beach received notification from a 45-year-old male at 3 a.m. that while camping with his wife and four children on Masonboro Island the man had awoken to chest pains and shortness of breath.
Station Wrightsville Beach diverted a 29-foot Rescue Boat-Small crew already at the island and arrived on scene at 3:15 a.m. The crew medevaced the man and arrived at Bradley Creek Marina at 3:35 where local EMS were waiting. The man was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
"Cases like these, no matter the hour, show our crew’s training and ability to help keep the patient calm and get him to EMS quickly,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Guetter, Station Wrightsville Beach boarding officer for the case.

"Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse on Feb. 26th

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Space Weather News for Feb 25, 2017

"RING OF FIRE" SOLAR ECLIPSE: Something strange is about to happen to sunbeams in the southern hemisphere. On Sunday, Feb. 26th, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun, covering as much as 99% of the solar disk.  This will turn the sun into a "ring of fire" over parts of South America and Africa. Crescent-shaped sunbeams and thin rings of light will dance across the ground of more than a dozen countries.  Visit for more information and photos.

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Above: Click on the image to view an animation of the annular eclipse, created by Larry Koehn of


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From left to right: Valérie Césarine – Head of Marketing & Development Department of  Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport Company (SAMAC), Frantz Thodiard – CEO of  Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport Company (SAMAC),
Karine Mousseau – Tourism Commissioner of Martinique,  Joëlle Désir - General Director of the Martinique Tourism Authority,    Muriel Wiltord - Director Americas of the Martinique Tourism Authority, Géraldine Rome – Communications Coordinator USA- Martinique Tourism Authority

A delegation from Martinique attended “Routes Americas” 2017 in Las Vegas

NEW YORK, NY – February 20, 2017 -The Tourism Commissioner of Martinique, Mrs. Karine Mousseau, is determined to make air access to Martinique a top priority for 2017.

An action plan of the year was presented to Martinique’s tourism professionals on December 14-15, 2016 and "Routes Americas 2017", 
the route development forum for the Americas was scheduled. This event was a meeting place for destinations, airports and airlines serving the Caribbean basin and the Americas.

The presence of Martinique at this show, held on February 15- 16 in Las Vegas, was a real opportunity for the destination to develop air services and diversify the outbound markets.
The Martinique delegation was led jointly by the Tourism Commissioner, Mrs. Karine Mousseau and by Mr. Frantz Thodiard, CEO of 
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport Company (SAMAC).
Meeting with Andrei Lazar
Air Canada
Meeting with Martin Mares, Karl Peter Gombrii, Gerard Carmona Budesca & Michael Ambs
Norwegian Air

23 meetings have been scheduled with airlines operating in Europe, North America, South America and the Caribbean (Condor, British Airways, Lufthansa, Jet Blue, Norwegian, South West, American Airlines, Gol, Copa, United Airlines, Latham, Avianca ...). Each discussion has been an opportunity for the delegation to showcase Martinique, airport infrastructures and incentives for the establishment of air services.

The Martinique delegation was composed of 6 persons:
Karine Mousseau – Tourism Commissioner of Martinique
Frantz Thodiard – CEO of 
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport 
Joëlle Désir - General Director of Martinique Tourism Authority
Muriel Wiltord - Director Americas of Martinique Tourism Authority
Valérie Césarine – Head of Marketing & Development Department of 
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport 
Géraldine Rome – Communications Coordinator USA of  Martinique Tourism Authority

For more information on travel to Martinique, please visit

About Martinique (
The Caribbean Island with French FlairThe Isle of FlowersThe Rum Capital of the WorldThe Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are the equal of neighboring Dominica to the north and St. Lucia to the south, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds.The currency is the Euro, the flag is Le Tricolour, and the official language is French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years, including being ranked in the Top 16 Places to go in 2016 by Condé Nast Traveler, named as a “Must-Visit” destination for 2015 by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life. The Bay of Fort-de-France, which fronts Martinique’s charming capital city, was also inducted into The Club of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World. Martinique’s storied history further stirs travel passions. Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised in Martinique, while the majestic Mt. Pelée volcano and St. Pierre, The Pompeii of the Caribbean, are found here.
A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer – Martinique c’est magnifique!

A New Outlook on Growing Up Intersex

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Still from Born Julia and Julius

In Uganda, growing up intersex makes you a target—of discrimination, abuse, even violence. It can be viewed as a curse, something to purge. When the identity of an intersex man named Julius was leaked to a newspaper, for example, the harassment he faced forced him to flee the country. Later, when he learned of a young boy back home on a similar path, he knew he had to return and help. Today, Julius’s activism on intersex issues is part of a broad effort to show that what really needs fixing is society’s stigma




A Flourishing in the Deserts of Afghanistan. But for How Long?

Men in a poppy field
A photo exhibition looks at the human stories driving a tenuous environmental revolution in Afghanistan.



How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

A woman walking in front of a colorful mural
Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.



Baton Rape Case Fuels Anger over Racist Policing in France

Demonstrators in a crowd
The sexual assault with a police baton of a 22-year-old black Frenchman has provoked protests and calls for fundamental reforms in French policing.



Mothers and Military Veterans Deported to Mexico

A man in the shade holding his hands up
In this week’s takeover of Open Society’s Instagram feed, photographer Peter Eversoll looks at the complexities of immigration along the U.S.–Mexico border through the eyes of deported mothers and military veterans.

A North American Approach to our Shared Drug Challenge

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Posted: 24 Feb 2017 09:56 AM PST

Illicit narcotrafficking and drug use present an inherently transnational problem -- drug traffickers clearly don’t respect national borders. To succeed in combatting drug trafficking, then, the good guys must also be able to work across borders.  International cooperation is a must.
The State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau, or INL, works all over the globe to advance this very type of international collaboration.  This week we’re in Thailand for the global ‘Bangkok III’ Conference, where the United States is highlighting cross-border anti-drug cooperation within our own home continent.
Unfortunately, amongst the many things linking the three North American neighbors is a very dire crisis -- the opioid epidemic. Frighteningly high overdose figures in the United States, a raging fentanyl crisis in Canada and the United States, and violence spread by drug traffickers in Mexico are all interrelated features of today’s drug crisis.
On the global stage at Bangkok III our three nations are teaming up to showcase how cross-border cooperation can work in the face of this transnational challenge. The key is to ensure officials from each country -- technical experts, public health officials, and law enforcement -- are working together in concrete ways. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Mexico’s National Control Agency are sharing a stage at Bangkok III to tell this story, and to commit to further strengthening our trilateral partnership.  As the head of the U.S. delegation to the Bangkok III Conference, INL's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Luis Arreaga said:
“We want to achieve an aligned approach by our three countries to address the threat of narcotics misuse and abuse and trafficking of precursor chemicals.”
Following Bangkok III, the United States, Mexico, and Canada will again convene in early March to pursue this aligned North American approach, as part of the ongoing North American Dialogue on Drug Policy. At a series of workshops in Washington, experts from the three nations will share best practices and information on illicit drug production, distribution, and treatment. And later in March, all three of our governments will take part in the annual United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs to consider further ways to reduce the supplies of dangerous drugs. Among U.S. priorities for the United Nations event are new international controls to block drug criminals from the precursor chemicals used to make illicit fentanyl.
At a time when our nation is facing a true drug crisis, with heroin and dangerous synthetics like fentanyl ravaging our communities, the U.S. government is working on multiple fronts --  and with our North American neighbors -- to forge effective and transnational solutions. 
About the Author: Michael Alpern serves in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Coast Guard helps dewater, escort troubled fishing vessel off Cape Cod

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Coast Guard helps dewater, escort troubled fishing vessel off Cape Cod
B-roll from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew showing the F/V Krystle James taking on water 50 miles east of Chatham, Feb. 24, 2017. F/V Krystle James is returning to New Bedford Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard b-roll by Air Station Cape Cod
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BOSTON — The Coast Guard is escorting an 83-foot fishing vessel Friday after it started taking on water 50 miles east of Chatham.
At about 11:30 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders received a radio call from the crew of the Krystle James stating they had six people aboard and were taking on water, reportedly from a hole in the hull.  
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and Station Chatham launched their 42-foot Near Shore Lifeboat boat crew. The helicopter crew arrived on scene first and deployed a dewatering pump to the fishing crew.
With the pump able to control the flooding, the aircrew stayed on scene until the 42-foot Near Shore Lifeboat boat crew arrived to escort Krystle James toward land. Coast Guard Cutter Tybee was diverted from an offshore patrol, relieved Station Chatham and is escorting the fishing crew safely to New Bedford.


IMF Executive Board Completes Final Reviews of the Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility for Albania

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IMF Executive Board Completes Final Reviews of the Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility for Albania

Coast Guard medevacs man from grounded sailboat

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Coast Guard medevacs man from grounded sailboat

 Grounded Sailboat
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard located and rescued an injured man after a mayday call was received from his grounded sailboat on Mustang Island, about 5 miles south of Port Aransas, Friday morning.
The man used his VHF marine band radio to make the mayday call and report the distress on channel 16 at 4:38 a.m. Watchstanders at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi launched their MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane and a Station South Padre Island response boat crew to search for him after losing communication with non-specific location and distress information.
He was eventually able to contact his brother and the Coast Guard by texting on his phone. He was instructed to energize his emergency position indicating radio beacon, or EPIRB, which immediately provided a homing signal and location to rescue crews.
The aircrew arrived minutes later medevaced him to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, where they were met by EMS. He reportedly received injuries to his face, but was in stable condition.
Mariners are reminded the importance of having a VHF marine band radio and EPIRB any time they are operating offshore. This equipment is vitally important for mariners during an emergency.


Operation Stonegarden partners seize 1,522 pounds of cocaine in Puerto Rico

Friday, February 24, 2017 - No comments
02/24/2017 09:45 AM EST

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – With Operation Stonegarden situational awareness and intelligence, the Puerto Rico Police Department’s Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA, for its Spanish acronym) seized Tuesday 1,522 pounds (690 kilos) of cocaine, with an...
02/24/2017 07:59 AM EST

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) detected a go-fast vessel containing 710 pounds (322 kilos)  of cocaine, worth an estimated $9 million, 60 miles southeast of Guayama, Puerto Rico. “...

VIDEO: Joint Meeting of the Permanent Council and CIDI

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Joint Meeting of the Permanent Council and CIDI. February 24th, 2017
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