Costa Rican Security Officials and U.S. Border Patrol Train Together to Improve Security

first_imgBy Dialogo July 14, 2015 EL Chapo is more clever than the whole Honduran Army. The U.S. training focuses on patrolling rural areas, operating border posts, providing first aid, using the latest fiber optic equipment to conduct vehicle checks, and a skill that is becoming increasingly important — swimming. Mata, along with other Costa Rican officials, took full advantage of the opportunity to consider how the U.S. Border Patrol’s approach could be adapted for their country, its 309-kilometer northern land border with Nicaragua, and its 330-kilometer southern boundary with Panama. “In order to be a Border Police officer today, you have to be able to swim, and you have to maintain certain abilities in the water,” Lacayo explained. Observing U.S. tactics to stop drug traffickers The June visit strengthened the bond between the two countries and will lead to additional cooperation, Security Minister Gustavo Mata and National Police School (ENP) Director Erick Lacayo told Diálogo. For example, in one instance, the Security Minister watched as U.S. Border Patrol agents conducted patrols on horseback — a tactic that he said could be used in Costa Rica, where “there are places that are unreachable by vehicle…even from the air.” All of these efforts to protect Costa Rica’s border pays important dividends for the country’s ecology, as well. Costa Ricans training to join the Border Police must complete a U.S. component during their training, which consists of a three-month Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) specialization course; prospects typically participate in the BORTAC training in the United States. The goal is to develop “a multifaceted, multifunctional officer,” who protects the border area and human rights, Lacayo said. “We must not only think we’re going to teach him how to use a pistol… we must also teach him he must protect natural resources, because, particularly in our border zone, we find the issue of logging, smuggling of species, meat, cheese, fish, products… which also becomes a human security issue.” The recent visit is just one example of close cooperation between Costa Rica and the U.S. on border security. center_img Ongoing training programs “The visit was meant to observe how the [US] authorities manage the border,” said Mata, a former deputy director of the Judicial Investigation Bureau [OIJ] and former Vice Minister of Security. “I was fascinated, because I saw that they use entirely different logistics for border surveillance –- they have mounted police, they have helicopters, airplanes, they have patrol vehicles, they have all-terrain vehicles –- and this gives operational diversity to protection.” Fighting organized crime groups which engage in wildlife trafficking is one of the most important responsibilities of the Costa Rican Border Police, one of several civilian law enforcement forces that provide public security in Costa Rica since the country disbanded its Armed Forces in 1948. Protecting Costa Rica’s natural resources The Border Police was inactive for several years until Costa Rica relaunched the department on March 30, 2014, at the Costa Rican border post of Los Chiles. The Central American country has about 51,100 square kilometers of land surface and about 589,000 square kilometers of territorial waters, and is one of the 20 countries in the world with the highest biodiversity. It’s home to more than 500,000 species of animals, including marine mammals and reptiles, more than 900 species of birds, and many big cats, such as pumas, jaguarundis, margays, ocelots, and oncillas or little spotted cats. “All that experience allowed me to have a much broader criterion about how we’re going to guard our borders … and see what logistics I could count on. I bring with me a clear model, to see, to analyze whether it’s possible to adapt it,” Mata said. Top Costa Rican security officials recently studied border protection strategies during a visit to Texas installations of the United States Border Patrol, located along the border shared by Mexico and the U.S. The Costa Rican authorities observed strategies and tactics their country’s Border Police (Policía de Fronteras) could utilize. last_img read more

Murray beats Dimitrov to clinch maiden China Open title

first_imgAndy Murray outgunned Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6(2) in the final of the China Open on Sunday to claim his 40th career title.Murray closed out the match in an hour and 57 minutes to draw closer in the rankings to world number one Novak Djokovic in the battle for the year-end top spot.The Briton is now 1555 points behind Djokovic, who could not defend his title in China because of an elbow problem, with plenty of points up for grabs at the remaining events of the season in Shanghai, Paris and the Tour finals in London.Murray took the first set and looked set to serve out the second when leading 5-4 before Dimitrov fought back to force a tiebreak.The Scot, who did not drop a set in Beijing, earned an immediate mini-break and went on to win his fifth title of the season.”It was probably my best match of the week,” Murray, who dropped just eight points on his first serve, told the ATP website.”My second serve tonight was probably the best part of my game. A lot of the unreturned serves came off second serves. Considering the conditions were fairly cold, I was still serving over a hundred miles an hour on some second serves,” he added.Murray has had a busy European summer, having reached the French Open final, secured a second Wimbledon triumph, and then successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in Rio.last_img read more

BWF World Tour Finals 2018: Mentally prepared, says PV Sindhu after reaching final

first_imgPV Sindhu is almost a new player in the fag end of 2018, as she stormed into the final of the women’s singles event at the BWF World Tour Finals.Sindhu defeated Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes to reach her second straight final in Guangzhou, China on Saturday.After the match, Sindhu when asked what is different given her chance in ‘fortunes’ she said it was all in her head. Sindhu revealed that she has improved a bit in the mental aspect of the sport, and she is no longer losing those ‘crucial points’.”I have improved a bit [in mental fortitude] because sometimes, couple of times before if I was leading and say she would fight back and take the lead, I would get nervous but now I have been comparatively much more stronger. I think it’s okay, she has taken a good point and why not just appreciate it and focus on the next point rather than thinking what and why did it go wrong. In that case, I tend to think and lose crucial points,” Sindhu said, when asked about the mental aspect of the game by indiatoday.in.World No. 6 Sindhu has lost a list of major finals – including the Rio Olympics, two World Championships in 2017 and 2018, Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games – to settle for silvers, in the last two years.With the win, Sindhu remained unbeaten in the tournament as she won all three of her group games and came into the semi-final on the back of some superlative performances and she showed her repertoire of strokes against Ratchanok Intanon.advertisementSindhu had come into the match with a 3-4 record against the Thai player but she was buoyed by her recent results as she has not lost to Intanon in the last two years.Sindhu and Inthanon started on an equal note, splitting the initial 14 points. Sindhu tried to attack the long serves of Intanon, putting pressure on the Thai with her power-packed returns to lead 10-7. The Indian missed a couple of points before entering the break with a small 11-9 advantage.Intanon quickly erased the deficit with a brilliant angled return at the net. While the Thai shuttler tried to target Sindhu’s body, she also committed errors of judgement and went wide allowing Sindhu to stay a step ahead always.Sindhu tried to put some lovely touch to her returns, leaving Intanon wrong footed many times. She also unleashed some powerful smashes to trouble the Thai player.Sindhu grabbed four game points when Intanon went wide and sealed it when the Thai player’s angled return got buried in the net.After the change of sides, Sindhu rushed away with the first four points but the deceptive Intanon narrowed down the lead to 5-6 with counter-attacking cross-court smash and then drew parity at 7-7 when Sindhu sent one wide.But another shot going long and Sindhu was back in the lead and she made it 10-7 when the Thai player made another error in judging the shuttle on the line.A 27-shot rally ended with a powerful smash from Intanon, who again levelled the scores at 10-10 and went to the break with an 11-10 advantage when Sindhu committed two unforced errors.Sindhu reeled off four points to again go into the lead but Intanon produced a superb net dribble and a precise smash at the deep corner to keep breathing down the Indian’s neck.Intanon equalled again when Sindhu went wide and then led 16-15 with another body smash.Errors again caught up with Intanon as she missed the line and then went long as Sindhu led 18-16. But the Thailand shuttler again drew parity at 18-18 with another brilliant smash and a lucky net chord placed the game evenly-poised 19-19.Intanon unleashed a superb cross-court smash to move to a game point advantage. Sindhu responded with her trademark smash before hitting one out as it was advantage Intanon again.An angled backhand return at the nets helped Sindhu make it 21-21 and she immediately grabbed her first match point with another smash.Intanon saved it with another smash at the deep forehand corner and shot to lead when Sindhu found the net. But she stumbled on two unforced errors to hand Sindhu the match point. Sindhu converted it with a smash from near the net following a fierce rally. “I was leading but then in the end, she came back and took the lead. I never really thought that oh I am leading but she played well. I was mostly making negative and small errors but I think when I was making those errors, which I shouldn’t, I was nervous ‘like what is going on’ but then I remained patient and kept going and after 20-20, it was anybody’s game. Even though I had won the first game, I thought each point was important and I had to finish it off,” Sindhu said after the match.advertisement”I think some points I was just playing, like even if it was mid-court, I was playing high toss and pushes and I was making simple errors. I thought just hit and see what happens next. But then I was successful and I think it was a good finish overall and even she played well,” Sindhu said.The Olympic silver medallist will now fight for the title with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, to whom she had lost an epic World Championship final, last year.”It’s going to be a long match [chuckles], a good match but I think it’s not going to be easy because we know each others game. Over there we need to strategise and play accordingly,” Sindhu said when asked about the final.When posed with the question what it will mean for her to claim gold on Sunday, she replied “very important”.”Definitely it will mean a lot [gold medal instead of silver]. I will not say that like pressure but I will just play like I have played the last four matches and definitely if I win it will be very important for me,” Sindhu said.As for the mental aspect for Sindhu, she said she will just have to keep the shuttle on the court.”Well, it [mental aspect] will be important, patience will be very important because whenever we play there are long rallies and we both have to be patient enough and be there on the court as much as possible and otherwise I think with her, there’s not much of strategy but just that I have to keep the shuttle on the court,” Sidhu signed off.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar goofs up while wishing newlyweds Saina and Kashyap, uses Srikanth’s photoAlso Read | Saina Nehwal marries Parupalli Kashyap: ‘A perfect match that resulted in a tie’last_img read more