Pit Stops: July

first_imgWe want to hang out! That’s part of the reason why we hit the road in the first place. Check back on our blog and social media handles regularly for updates on when and where we’ll be near you, but in the meantime, browse through our July schedule for event presences and meet-ups this month.July 15th: River Clean Up with Rocky Mountain AnglersJoin us on July 15th to help clean up Boulder Creek. The wild waters run from high in the mountains straight through Boulder, Co. We’ll be partnering with Rocky Mountain Anglers to clean up a section of the creek that flows within walking distance from RMA. Afterwards we’ll head back to Rocky Mountain Anglers shop for a good old fashion cookout.July 16th: ROAR in the CityROAR in the city is a “really outrageous adventure race” in Colorado Springs and this year’s theme is Star Wars. Proceeds of this fundraiser go to UpaDowna who help provide outdoor opportunities for all. Come participate in one or all of the many events going on throughout the day.July 19th: Slackline & Hammock JamboreeMeet at the Scott-Carpenter Park in Boulder, Co at 5:30pm for a chance to relax in an ENO Hammock or show off some of your slackline skills. We’ll be hanging out for a couple hours so stop by, say hey, and relax.July 22nd– 23rd: Group Camp-Out with Elevation Outdoors MagazineJoin the Elevation Outdoors Magazine crew on Friday, July 22nd for a group campout in the James Peak Wilderness. We’ll be parking at the East Portal/ Moffatt Tunnel trailhead (Co Rd 16, Rollinsville, CO 80474). You can either meet us at the Elevation Outdoors office (2510 47th Street Unit 202 Boulder CO 80301) at 5:30pm to carpool or just meet us at the trailhead at 6:15pm. There are multiple group camping sites, but none are more than 1 mile from the trailhead. Group size can’t exceed 12 members within the James Peak Wilderness so RSVP to [email protected] to confirm your spot.July 26th: Group Mountain Bike Ride with Gearonimo SportsCome join us at Gearonimo Sports in Colorado Springs, CO for an evening of riding and climbing. We’ll meet at Gearonimo Sports at 5:30pm, venture to Bear Creek and Straton Open Space, then head back to the shop to climb for free!July 29th: Elevation Outdoors Magazine Presents: Van Life Rally at Upslope Brewing CompanyElevation Outdoors Magazine and Upslope Brewing Company present: A Van Life Rally at Upslope Brewing Company on Central Avenue in Boulder Colorado. If you have lived or still live [or know a friend of a friend who lives or has lived] in your vehicle and are proud to share your ins and outs of space efficiency then email [email protected] Spots are limited, so if you are interested in displaying your van email Adam ASAP.Curious about life on the road? Here’s your chance to check out some of the Boulder area’s raddest homes-on-wheels. Elevation Outdoors Magazine’s road team Live Outside and Play will have their van there to check out as well.If you like vans, craft beer, and like-minded adventure junkies, you belong here!last_img read more

Central America Unites to Combat Drug Trafficking and Gangs

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo October 28, 2016 Drug trafficking, money laundering, arms smuggling, human trafficking, and gang violence know no borders. That’s why the armed forces of Central America have outlined a joint strategy for stopping criminal organizations. This is an ongoing effort led by the Central American Armed Forces Conference. Representatives of the armed forces in the region meet annually at El Salvador’s Regional Center on Training Against Transnational Organized Crime (CRACCT, per its Spanish acronym) to standardize criteria and share their greatest successes. Army officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua participated in the 6th edition of the Regional Seminar to Counter Transnational Crime from September 19th-30th. “Criminal structures change their ways of operating due to globalization. That’s why it is important to continue sharing information and experiences. This allows us to raise the level of effectiveness in the fight against crime,” said Artillery Colonel Rafael Antonio Díaz, CRACCT commander. The seminar was developed by El Salvador’s Special Forces Command, Air Force, and Navy. However, the Joint Group Cuscatlán, the Transnational Anti-Gang Initiative, and elite groups of the Salvadoran National Civil Police, such as the Anti-Narcotics Division, the Elite Division Against Organized Crime, and the Special Anti-Gang Unit also shared their experiences in the field. During the theory portion of the seminar, the elite Salvadoran combat groups explained the new modus operandi of gangs, drug-trafficking and illicit-smuggling groups. They elaborated on the substructures of these criminal groups, as well as the action mechanisms that together make them organized crime organizations. “The successful experiences gained by all of the countries are the key to squeezing the vice to stop these organizations,” said Transmissions Colonel Daniel Serrano, deputy chief of the General Army Staff of the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES, per its Spanish acronym). “Gangs and drug trafficking are scourges common to our countries, although each one has its own peculiarities,” stated Col. Serrano. “Sharing these experiences allows us to reduce the chances of it multiplying. These threats are borderless, and we must address them as such.” Special dynamics were carried out during the practical courses to combine procedures related to search, seizure and custody of evidence. The officers also established clearer channels for interagency cooperation and new methods for aerial and maritime interception. A region without borders Since borders do not exist for these criminals, sharing lessons learned and exchanging experiences are the key to consolidating and integrating border procedures. “El Salvador is fighting these gang structures head on, which is why there has been migration to rural municipalities in Guatemala,” said Lieutenant Bladimir Álvarez, representing the Guatemalan Armed Forces. “Our immediate mission is to strengthen the borders, so as to prevent criminals from evading justice.” A related phenomenon is that migration follows a pattern of searching for safer spaces to train in the use of weapons of war. “In Honduras, we have observed that gang members from El Salvador come here to train. The same thing happens with Salvadoran gang members who go to Nicaragua,” added Honduran Navy Lieutenant Denis Meléndez. “Jointly identifying these movements allows us to design more effective strategies for capturing them.” CRACCT will draft a list of recommendations for immediate joint application. Meanwhile, because of their complexity, the standardization of other lists that require more time continues. Already, 300 officers have been trained. These meetings help to share tactics and strengthen joint efforts in the fight against emerging threats. For FAES, the effectiveness of implementing these new strategies rests on the leadership of officers when leading their troops. That way, the contents and practice of this new regional exercise are multiplied.last_img read more

SECOND WIND: Syracuse uses final push to hold off Miami, remain unbeaten

first_imgAn hour before Syracuse faced off against Hofstra, a large contingent of SU players gathered in a tunnel adjacent to the Carrier Dome field and watched a scrimmage between Hofstra and Le Moyne.The SU players weren’t just scouting the two teams they would face later in the day; they were eager to take the field themselves. Eager to begin the process of erasing memories of last season’s heart-breaking national title game loss to Duke.On Saturday — almost eight months to the day since the title game – the Orange began its rehabilitation process with scrimmage wins over Hofstra and Le Moyne. Despite struggling mightily at the faceoff X — which SU did so famously against Duke last May — the Orange defeated Hofstra 12-8 and Le Moyne 15-4.“We spent more time on faceoffs this fall and spring than ever before,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I wish we would have done a little better versus Hofstra … It was good to see us improve and get better against Le Moyne.”The Orange lost a staggering 27-of-46 total draws, allowing two inferior teams to remain in striking distance.Desko said the Orange has seven players who work on faceoffs at practice. On Saturday, the team used five.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChris Daddio won 10 of the 19 draws he took on the day, but won only 3-of-8 against Hofstra. Mike Iacono won 2-of-11 against Hofstra and 2-of-6 against Le Moyne.Daddio struggled to begin the Hofstra game before giving way to Iacono with SU ahead 4-2. But the junior transfer from Nassau Community College didn’t fare much better.Daddio credited the slow start to his mentality going into the game. Iacono said it might have been first-game jitters. Desko credited Hofstra freshman Kris Clark, who won 14 of the 19 draws he took.“We knew about him coming off of Long Island as a high school player,” Desko said. “ … Some of it, too, we changed our guys up when we were losing a few, and it’s hard to get into a rhythm when we change our people.”Against Hofstra, the Orange lost 17-of-23 draws.But despite not having the ball to begin possessions, Syracuse was able to capitalize when it did. Kevin Rice recorded five points — one goal and four assists — while Dylan Donahue put up four goals and assisted on Scott Loy’s first-quarter goal.Four different players scored for the Orange in the second half: Billy Ward, Hakeem Lecky, Donahue and Tom Grimm. The team thwarted any chance of a comeback upset.Against Le Moyne, Syracuse fared much better at the X. The Orange won 13-of-23 draws and cruised to an easier victory against its cross-town rival.Iacono began the game at the X, and was better than he was against Hofstra.“My wing help was tremendous,” he said. “They held down for me. I’m completely confident in my wings. Today was the beginning point to working toward the whole season.”Winning more faceoffs resulted in more goals. The Orange won 5-of-7 draws in the first quarter and took a 5-1 lead.In the second half, the Orange won 5-of-8 and allowed just one goal while scoring five.Despite the two victories, the faceoff X will continue to be a topic of discussion for Syracuse as it prepares for its regular-season opener against Siena on Feb. 10.Said Daddio: “We’ve been working a lot this season already, and I think we’ll be fine. We picked it up in the second game and toward the end of the first game, but we can’t start slow like we did. We’ve just got to get into a rhythm.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more