USS Kauffman, USCG Seize USD 25 Mln Worth of Drugs

first_img View post tag: Drugs Share this article View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: USS Kauffman Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Kauffman, USCG Seize USD 25 Mln Worth of Drugs View post tag: americas USS Kauffman, USCG Seize USD 25 Mln Worth of Drugscenter_img View post tag: USD 25 Mln View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USCG July 9, 2015 View post tag: Navy In two separate operations conducted in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the US Navy’s guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59), along with the U.S. Coast Guard, intercepted a large quantity of drugs and detained suspected narcotic-smugglers.The team seized 582 kilograms of cocaine, estimated to be worth approximately $11.6 million. Three suspected smugglers were detained in this operation.After spotting the suspected smuggling vessel during a routine patrol, Kauffman’s embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment boarded the vessel and seized the illicit cargo. After which they took custody of the three crew members and recovered the illicit cargo, some of which was jettisoned overboard before the team boarded the vessel.In the second operation, conducted on June 21, the USS Kauffman (FFG 59), and USCG personnel, intercepted 598 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated $14.7 million, and detained three members of a suspected narcotic-trafficking vessel.Kauffman’s embarked SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter, from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL) 60, spotted the suspected smuggling vessel and Kauffman’s embarked USCG LEDET boarded the vessel, they discovered several bales of illicit cargo, which they identified as cocaine. Three crew members from the vessel were then taken into custody, along with the illicit cargo, and brought back to Kauffman.The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman is currently deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Martillo.Image: US Navylast_img read more

Facing up to climate change

first_imgUniversities are among the most creative and powerful forces for shaping the future. At our best, we prepare students to devote their lives to causes larger than themselves. We bring together scholars whose insights help illuminate and address society’s greatest challenges. We convene conversations that help envision how tomorrow might be better than today.If the future is our genuine concern, we must face up to the stark reality of climate change. The scientific consensus is by now clear: the threat is real, the potential consequences are grave, and the time to focus on solutions is now. Climate change poses an immediate and concrete test of whether we, as members of a university and responsible inhabitants of our planet, will fulfill a sacred obligation: to enable future generations to enjoy, as we are privileged to enjoy, the wonders of life on Earth.While there is much we are already doing, we have far more still to do. Our faculty, students, and staff are seeking to understand the mechanisms and effects of climate change, and to devise technologies that can accelerate the transition to cleaner, greener energy. They are exploring how best to shape policies and incentives conducive to decarbonizing the global economy and mitigating climate risks locally, nationally, and internationally. They are imagining the future of buildings, transportation systems, and communities and cities large and small, in a world where sustainability progresses from emerging ideal to pervasive practice. They are addressing the crucial role industry must play in reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and embracing an ethos of sustainability. They are asking how individuals, organizations, and entire societies can be motivated to pursue transformative and disorienting change in the face of uncertainty, inertia, and sometimes outright denial. Our efforts must include addressing the concerns of people understandably anxious about the impact of such change on their jobs, their families, and their ways of life. Effectively confronting climate change is a social, economic, political, and human challenge no less than a scientific and technological one.This work is not easy, and the solutions are not obvious — all the more reason they demand our attention. We must build on the efforts of our Climate Change Solutions Fund, our University Center for the Environment, and the growing array of programs and initiatives across our Schools that regard climate change and the future of energy as a focal concern. We must meet a perennial Harvard challenge: not just multiplying our distributed efforts but finding ways to connect and amplify them. We must be a willing partner and active convener in the search for solutions. The stakes are too high, and the need for cooperative effort too great, for us not to engage others in forging pathways forward.As we redouble our research, education, and engagement, we must also pursue sustainable practices on campus — with emphasis on reducing our energy consumption, embracing renewable sources, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and their harmful effects. Through the Climate Action Plan adopted in 2018, we hope to become fossil fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil fuel-free by 2050. With the guidance of our Office for Sustainability, we are committed to serving as a living lab for innovative approaches, hoping our work can help others as well. Sustainability is the daily work of each of us — in what we choose to consume, how we travel, how we live our everyday lives.Amid our larger academic and institutional efforts, debate over investment policy — including demands to divest from the fossil fuel industry — will no doubt continue at Harvard and beyond. This debate is healthy. And while I, like my predecessors, believe that engaging with industry to confront the challenge of climate change is ultimately a sounder and more effective approach for our university, I respect the views of those who think otherwise. We may differ on means. But I believe we seek the same ends — a decarbonized future in which life on Earth can flourish for ages to come.Reaching that goal means recognizing climate change as a defining challenge of our time. I hope we can all find common cause in the wider search for innovative, collaborative, effective solutions. We owe the future nothing less.This article originally appeared in Harvard Magazine.last_img read more

Video: Patagonia’s New Take on Down Filling

first_imgEarlier this week we reported on the new Responsible Down Standard, spearheaded by The North Face, Textile Exchange and other outdoor industry brands. Now, Patagonia is releasing its 100% Traceable Down, a project they have been developing for several seasons.Patagonia-traceable-down2Traceable Down means that any product with this qualification (which now includes all down clothing produced by Patagonia) uses only down materials that have been gathered under the best conditions for animal welfare. Patagonia says that it can “trace” all of its down resources back to birds at the heart of production that are neither force-fed nor live-plucked.To send its message home, Patagonia has launched a simultaneously entertaining and eye-opening video to explain why Traceable Down is so important. This isn’t your typical cartoon but rather an insightful look at the cruel processes behind the down clothing and bedding that makes a good argument for the changes that Patagonia and others have heralded.last_img read more