USCG, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Division to Fight Cross-Border Crime

first_img View post tag: Canadian View post tag: News by topic U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander of the U.S. 1st Coast Guard District, and Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “J” Division, met at U.S. Coast Guard Station Eastport, Maine, to formally sign the Eastern Region International Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations, also known as Shiprider, standard operating procedures, on Tuesday. April 9, 2014 Training & Education View post tag: Royal View post tag: Cross-Border Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Division to Fight Cross-Border Crime USCG, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Division to Fight Cross-Border Crime View post tag: Navy View post tag: fight View post tag: Crime View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mounted The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and the Canadian Minister of Public Safety signed a framework agreement on maritime law enforcement operations between the U.S. and Canada in 2009, which allows the U.S. Coast Guard and the RCMP to work side by side enforcing laws in U.S. and Canadian waters.These operations provide a cooperative approach to combating cross-border crime on the shared waterways of the U.S. and Canada. The Shiprider program removes the international maritime boundary as a barrier to law enforcement by enabling seamless continuity of enforcement and security operations across the U.S. and Canadian border. Shiprider operations offer the U.S. and Canada greater flexibility to conduct law enforcement operations and creates a significant impact to border enforcement. “Shiprider will provide both the U.S. Coast Guard and RCMP the opportunity to increase our presence on the water,” said Brown. “This will exponentially increase the law enforcement capabilities with minimal impact to budgets or manpower.”Boarding officers from Station Eastport and the RCMP “J” Division conducted five patrols, querying 43 vessels which resulted in 18 boardings in the vicinity of the St. Croix River and the Bay of Fundy in 2013. This initial program laid the foundation for the regional standard operating procedure between the U.S. 1st Coast Guard District, and the RCMP “J” Division, ensuring the continuation of the program.All U.S. and Canadian officers designated as Shiprider-qualified receive extensive bi-national U.S. and Canadian enforcement training at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in South Carolina.“This program allows the Coast Guard to work closely with the RCMP to protect our mutual border,” said Abel. “Through this partnership we are better able to protect the citizens of both the U.S. and Canada from cross-border crime.”[mappress]Press Release, April 9, 2014; Image: USCG View post tag: Police View post tag: division View post tag: USCG Share this articlelast_img read more

Mushroom control

first_imgRecent rainfall has led to an explosion of mushrooms in lawns and mulched areas. Most of these fungi are completely harmless, though some consider them annoying. Mushrooms are plantsMushrooms do not contain chlorophyll, but they are considered plants. They are the fruiting bodies of fungi that live below the soil surface. Fungi are a vital part of a healthy soil ecosystem. It’s a misconception that mushrooms are a sign of soil problems; they help break down dead plants and other organic matter in the soil and provide nutrients for other plants. Mushrooms usually emerge when rain follows extended dry periods. Dry weather stresses the fungi, and when water becomes available, it triggers the reproductive mechanism and mushrooms pop up. Several types of fungi can show up in the landscape.Nuisance fungi are most common on hardwood bark mulches and wood chips as well as in lawns where trees have been removed. When trees are removed, much of their root system is left behind to decay. This provides an ample source of nutrition for mushrooms. Dog vomit and stinkhornsOne of the most eye-catching, mulch inhabiting fungi is a type of slime mold commonly referred to as dog vomit. Fuligo septica, the scientific name for this slime mold, typically occurs on mulch. This bright yellow or orange growth usually begins as small areas a few inches across but can rapidly grow up to several feet in diameter. As it dries it fades to brown and tan. Slime molds do not harm plants and usually dry up within a few days of forming. One of their more curious characteristics is that they are actually able to move two or three feet a day. If their appearance is offensive, scoop them up and add them to the compost pile or throw them away. Another interesting fungus family is the Phallaceae which includes the mushrooms known as stinkhorns. Most people smell stinkhorns before they see them. While their smell or appearance may be undesirable, stinkhorns are beneficial to the landscape by helping to break down decaying plant material. Stinkhorns do not harm landscape plants or grasses. If the smell is unbearable, remove the mushroom and place in into a sealable plastic container. The octopus stinkhorn is one of the most common and most putrid. The name octopus stinkhorn is fitting for this mushroom that looks like an orange octopus popping out of mulch. It emits a very foul odor.Stinkhorns grow from egg-like sacks that can be found in the mulch they inhabit. The stinkhorn and egg-like sack are the reproductive parts of a larger body mass made up of white, thin threads known as hyphae. Like all mushrooms, removing just the visible growth does not get rid of the fungus because the majority of its body is left behind. Fairy rings are hard to controlCircles or partial circles of mushrooms, called fairy rings, mark where a colony of fungi is hard at work decaying organic material. The fingers of the fungi extend radially from the colony, and mushrooms grow where the fingers emerge from the soil. Fairy rings are the hardest mushrooms to deal with. They are hard to control and produce toxins that can kill grass. When you remove the mushrooms, you could still be left with a dead patch of grass. Another interesting specimen is the Bolete, easily identified by its pores. Boletes form a mutually-beneficial relationship, called mycorrhizal association, with the roots of trees and other plants. As the fungus invades the roots it frees minerals from the soil and allows the host tree to absorb them. In return, the fungus obtains vitamins and other organic materials from its host. If these mushrooms are unsightly, remove them by hand-picking. center_img Keep kids and pets awayThe main reasons to remove mushrooms are to keep children and pets from eating them and to improve a lawn’s appearance. Never eat an unidentified mushroom, as some mushrooms are poisonous to humans and animals. The best way to keep mushrooms out of your landscape is to irrigate before the lawn gets too dry. If it stays somewhat moist, the fungus will stay underground and will not produce mushrooms. The lawns that tend to be covered with the most mushrooms are those that never get watered during droughts.To rid your lawn of mushrooms, pull them up, kick them over or run over them with the lawn mower. This will keep them from releasing the spores that spread the fungi. Aerate your lawn to prevent further damage to your turfgrass. After aerating the soil, water the area to dilute any toxins and wash them through the soil profile. If a patch of grass is dead, re-establish that area next spring, and keep it moist to prevent new mushroom growth.last_img read more

EPL: Brighton stun Arsenal with last-gasp winner

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Neal Maupay scored with seconds left to gift Brighton a crucial win in the relegation battle and sink Arsenal to a second defeat in as many games since the Premier League’s restart.After a sluggish start in which Alexandre Lacazette’s header was the only decent chance, the game exploded into life in the second half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had three notable chances to score his 50th Premier League goal, with the best chance being ruled out for offside.For all of the Gabon international’s involvement, however, it was Pepe who broke the deadlock three minutes later, curling the ball from the right side of the box into the top left corner.But Brighton responded minutes later and Lewis Dunk was quickest to react to a goalmouth scramble and poke the ball home from a couple of yards away.The Seagulls were not done there, however, and Maupay popped up after a brilliant passing exchange to slot home and stun the hosts.Tensions boiled over afterwards, too, when Maupay appeared to brush past Matteo Guendouzi. The game was somewhat overshadowed, however, by the serious knee injury suffered by Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who was stretchered off suffered after slipping awkwardly in his attempts to collect the ball.Tags: ArsenalBrightonEnglish Premier LeagueLast-Gasp GoalWinning Goallast_img read more