German-Dutch Investigation Team to Combat Piracy in Somali Waters

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today German-Dutch Investigation Team to Combat Piracy in Somali Waters Share this article View post tag: team The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is participating in a new German-Dutch investigation team set up to combat piracy in Somali waters. The establishment of this team was announced by the National Public Prosecutor’s Office on 17 November 2011.The team will focus primarily on identifying the organisers, financiers and negotiators involved in hijacking merchant shipping. In general, the ships and their crews are only released after many months of negotiations between ship owners and pirates and after payment of ransoms amounting to millions of dollars. The investigation team will also try to discover where this money goes.The Joint Investigation Team is an initiative of the Dutch National Public Prosecutor’s Office and the German Public Prosecutor’s Office in Osnabrück. In addition, the National Criminal Investigation Service, the State Investigation Bureau of Lower Saxony, the Federal Investigation Bureau in Berlin, Eurojust and Europol are also taking part. Last week, representatives from the Dutch National Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Osnabrück and Eurojust signed the cooperation agreement. The joint investigation team has been set up provisionally for one year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 24, 2011; Image: defensie View post tag: German-Dutch View post tag: waters November 24, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Combat View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Somali View post tag: Naval View post tag: piracy View post tag: Investigation German-Dutch Investigation Team to Combat Piracy in Somali Waterslast_img read more

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Idina Menzel & the Stars of Frozen Reunite!

first_imgWe’ve always hoped our four favorite Frozen stars—Idina Menzel, Santino Fontana, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad—spent their weekends hanging out, making snowmen and having epic snowball fights. Turns out, this is almost true! The fabulous foursome headed to the Vibrato Grill Jazz Club in sunny L.A. on February 9 to perform hits from the animated Disney flick and take home their very own gold records for the film’s soundtrack. Thanks to Frozen fans, the album has officially sold more than 500,000 physical copies. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars reunited in a much warmer climate, then pick up the Frozen album (featuring the Grammy-nominated hit “Let It Go,” of course) in stores now! Star Files Disney’s Frozen View Comments Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Grenada hosts UK-Caribbean Forum

first_img 25 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Flag of Grenada. Photo credit: mapsofworld.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Dozens of journalists from regional and international media are expected in Grenada this weekend for an important trade and business meeting involving representatives from the United Kingdom and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).The journalists will be here primarily to cover the 7th UK-Caribbean Forum. However, their visit coincides with the honouring of track star, Kirani James, and the hosting of the 2011 National Sports Award at the Grenada Trade Centre in Morne Rouge, St George’s.The UK-Caribbean Forum is held every two years for the purpose of what has been described as “establishing priority areas for cooperation, discussing key areas of concern and proposing mechanisms to facilitate greater collaboration” between Britain and CARICOM nations.The Grenada get-together, to be hosted by Foreign Minister Karl Hood, will be held over three days, starting Friday, January 20.Hood will be joined by his foreign affairs counterparts from other Caribbean countries; CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRoque; and a UK delegation headed by Foreign Secretary William Hague.“The UK’s relationship with the Caribbean should be a broad-based partnership that involves business, civil society and ordinary people,” Hague said. “That is why I am so pleased that we are starting the Forum with a meeting of UK and Caribbean companies.”The Forum closes Sunday afternoon with a 12-overs’ cricket match at the SSU Grounds at Point Saline. A team of UK ministers and officials will compete against a CARICOM squad led by Hood.For the visiting journalists, their presence is also an opportunity to cover Saturday afternoon’s event at which Lagoon Road will be renamed after James, the current World 400 meter champion.Saturday’s unveiling of the Kirani James Boulevard, as well as a roundabout to be named after athletic coach and former 400 meter indoor record holder, Alleyne Francique, will be attended by government officials and representatives of the Grenada Olympic Committee.On Saturday evening, 19-year-old James will be attending the National Sports Awards where he is one of the nominees for Grenada’s Male Athletes of the Year.James and Janelle Redhead, a women’s 200 meter semifinalist at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea, are among 16 male and female athletes vying for the top sportsman and sportswoman awards.The keynote speaker at the awards’ ceremony is Trinidad Olympic medalist, Ato Boldon.Another Trinidadian who will be in Grenada to deliver an address is journalist, Tony Fraser. He is the featured speaker at Sunday’s 6th annual awards’ ceremony of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) at the Trade Centre.“We are very excited that Tony has agreed to come and speak at the awards,” said MWAG president Rawle Titus.By Lincoln Depradine Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Grenada hosts UK-Caribbean Forum by: – January 19, 2012last_img read more

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