Trump: ‘We’re going to be fighting for Venezuela. We’re going to be fighting for our friends from Cuba’

first_imgBy Voice of America (VOA) August 13, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump visited the headquarters of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Doral, Florida, on July 10. “We’re going to be fighting for Venezuela. We’re going to be fighting for our friends from Cuba. They know that we’ve been doing that, and in so many other places. But Cuba and Venezuela, we have it very well under control,” said Trump from SOUTHCOM, which launched a counternarcotics operation in the Caribbean Sea in April.On April 1, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper unveiled the operation at the White House and said that one of its main objectives was to cut the sources of funding of the Nicolás Maduro “illegitimate regime” that he said relies on drug profits to maintain its “oppressive hold on power.”“SOUTHCOM’s surge operation, conducted with key regional partners, has resulted in more than 1,000 arrests and the interdiction of 120 metric tons [of drugs]. I can only tell you that’s a lot of narcotics, worth billions and billions of dollars,” the president said.Secretary Esper, who also attended the event on July 10, said that the operation resulted in the seizure of an estimated 122 metric tons of cocaine and more than 8,000 kilograms of marijuana, which would have yielded “benefits” of about $2 billion for the cartels.The president said the operation was “an incredible successful effort” and affirmed that he is working to protect the country’s waters and borders.U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, said that this mission was “vital” to the country’s security, and praised the role of his troops in the Western Hemisphere.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Fall To Bengals In Hoops Action

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School 7th grade boys lost a close game at Greendale on Thursday night. The Bulldogs were defeated by the Bengals by a final score of 41-34.After trailing by 10 at the end of the 3rd quarter and getting down as much as 13 in the 4th quarter, Batesville was able to cut Greendale’s lead to just five points with about 2 minutes to go. However, in the end, the Bulldogs were never able to go in front and suffered a 7 point defeat.Batesville was led by RJ Powell with 10 points, Calvin Sherwood with 9, Ethan Brewer with 6, Bristol Davies and Pros Moorman with 3 each, Austin Cornn with 2 and Mason Barker with 1.The 7th grade’s record now falls to 3 wins and 4 losses on the year. Batesville will be back in action on Monday night when they take on the rival St. Louis Cardinals.Score By Quarter:Batesville- 1st-8, 2nd-7, 3rd-3, 4th-16, Total-34Greendale- 1st-6, 2nd-5, 3rd-17, 4th-13, Total-41Individual Shooting:Mason Barker- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 2, Total Points-1; Calvin Sherwood- 2FG-4, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 1, Total Points-9; RJ Powell- 2FG-5, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-10; Bristol Davies- 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 4, Total Points-3; Ethan Brewer- 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6; Damon Grieshop- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Pros Moorman- 2FG-0, 3FG-1, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0;Trey Peters- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Matthew Meyer- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Jaden Peetz- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Nathan Villani- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Alex Siefert- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; and Austin Cornn- 2FG-1. 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.Greendale wins the 8th Grade battle 57-36.Score by Quarters. 1st: Bville 14 Lburg 8; 2nd: Bville 20 Lburg 21; 3rd: Bville 34 Lburg 41; Final Bville 36 Lburg 57.Batesville is now 4-3.Individual Stats:  Seth Gausman 12 pts; Colt Meyer 17 pts; Brayden linkel 2 pts; Bill Lynam 2 pts; Cory Ralston 1 pt; and Dempsy Bohman 2 pts.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.last_img read more

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Foundation reaches out to Refugees in Ogoja

first_imgBelinda Babila ministering at the refugee camp Mary NnahA ray of hope shone for widows and refugees of Ambazonian extraction when Belinda Babila Foundation reached out to them at a refugee camp located in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State during the Yuletide season.Founder of the foundation, Dr. Belinda Babila said it was a very touching experience to reach out to the widows. “Speaking to the refugees one-on-one was quite touching. We visited the Cameroonian refugees at the Adagom Settlement in Ogoja LGA, Cross Rivers State, and we had a three-day empowerment outreach”, she noted.According to the US-based philanthropist, “we are planning self-sustenance empowerment programmes for the over 8000 refugees. I am most grateful to all the donors and partners who contributed towards the just concluded refugees outreach campaign at Adagom Settlement in Ogoja, Nigeria. However, funding is one of our major challenges.”Among others, over 200 patients got referrals for further evaluation while school uniforms were handed to school children.Hygiene packs were also handed out to teenagers. A huge quantity of medical supplies was donated by Rhemacare Clinic.Ambazonia is a self-declared state consisting of the Anglophone portions of Cameroon, which previously comprised South Camerouns.In 2017, the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front (SCACUF) declared independence but the Cameroonian government stated that the declaration has no legal weight and this has culminated in a refugee crisis that has displaced thousands of Ambazonians.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Japan-Liberia Dialogue a Milestone

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has said that the newly established Japan-Liberia Business and Investment Dialogue marked a milestone and a major turning point in Liberia’s drive for Economic and Development Diplomacy.Giving the official opening remarks of the dialogue at the C. Cecil Dennis auditorium at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday in Monrovia, Minister Ngafuan told the audience: “We have come to concretize our commitment to the building of a vibrant private sector in Liberia. We are here to discuss how to deepen bilateral trade to practical presentations and exchanges of ideas to foster trade and investment.”The establishment of the Japan-Liberia Dialogue is the result of bilateral discussions held between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Japanese Prime Minister Abe last year,  during the fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) held in Japan. This was where the idea of a dialogue was given birth. Both leaders discussed the importance of investment in Liberia and agreed to initiate a Policy Dialogue between the two governments.The Dialogue brought together participants from the Japanese Business sector, led by Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Naoto Nikai, and officials of the Liberian Government and Liberia’s private sector executives led by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. Prominent amongst the executives of the Japanese business delegation was Mr. Sachio Kaneki, Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation.Minister Ngafuan, in his opening speech, described the Dialogue as critical to the restoration of direct trade and investment between the two countries which would serve as a fulcrum from people to people relationship as well as business to business partnership.He stressed the importance of the Dialogue which is in line with Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation as Japan is one Liberia’s longest standing partners in the Asian region and was one of the first countries to resume diplomatic ties to Liberia after the election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The Liberian Foreign Minister then admonished participants to focus on relevant issues that will lead to the increase in bilateral cooperation, increased trade volume and make Liberia a strategic trading partner to Japan.The Chief Liberian diplomat hailed many Japanese contributions to Liberia, ranging from power to infrastructural developments, including the donation of 15,000 metric tons of petroleum products, the contribution of a 10 megawatts of power to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the ongoing construction of the Somalia Drive, the Japanese Food Aid and the financing of major projects in the country, among others.Minister Ngafuan  urged Liberian and Japanese business executives to identify areas of common interests and activities within the framework of business and investment promotions.“Lastly,’ he asserted, “in  furtherance of our ties and as a way to cement our cherished relationship with Japan, we look forward to the promised reopening of the Japanese Embassy in Monrovia which will further bolster the friendship and ties between Liberia and Japan and will ease the process of acquiring visas and boost trade and investment between our two countries.”The Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation Mr. Kaneki, lauded both governments for what he called a remarkable decision that brought together the private sector from each country.While encouraging his colleagues at the occasion to explore new investment opportunities in Liberia, Mr. Kaneki noted that the economic relationship between Liberia and Japan is not new: “In Japan, Liberia has been known as the most famous country for business registration.”He also spoke profoundly of Liberia’s maritime program, noting that it has hundreds of ships flying the Liberian flag which covers about 12.5% of total operating ships in the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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