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European Capitals Of Culture 2016

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Wroclaw and San Sebastian: European Capitals of Culture in 2016

Brussels, 31 December 2015

The Polish and the Spanish cities will mark the 31st year of one of the most popular EU projects.

Wroclaw (Poland) and San Sebastian (Spain) are the European Capitals of Culture in 2016.

The cultural programme will officially begin on 17 January in Wroclaw in the presence of Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport; and on 23 January in San Sebastian.

Tibor Navracsics said: “Being a European Capital of Culture helps cities create a sense of community and brings long-lasting benefits to their citizens and their economies. I wish Wroclaw and San Sebastian every success as they showcase their cultural programmes in the coming year.”

The opening of Wroclaw 2016 will take place over the weekend of 15-17 January with almost 100 cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions and shows.

The main event on Sunday 17 January will see parades setting out from four corners of Wroclaw and converging on the central Rynek marketplace for the grand finale.

The parades will be led by artists representing the four Spirits of Wroclaw (the Spirit of Many Faiths, the Spirit of Innovation, the Spirit of Rebuilding and the Spirit of Flood), stopping along the way to recount the city’s rich history.

More than 2,000 artists, singers and musicians will take part.

The motto of Wroclaw 2016 is Spaces of Beauty. This is based on the ideas of metamorphosis and diversity, drawing on the city’s unique history of transformation.

Hundreds of inhabitants of Wroclaw will perform in major public events in 2016. Citizens were invited to run part of the programme through a “microgrant scheme”. During the year, the city will also become UNESCO World Book Capital, with a special edition of the European Literature Night.

The programme also includes the International Jazz Day, the Singing Europe Festival and the International Theatre Olympics.

European Capitals of Culture are one of the most recognised EU projects. They were launched in 1985 on the initiative of the then Greek Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri.

San Sebastian will launch its European Capital of Culture year with a series of events over five days starting on 20 January when the city’s grand fiesta, the Tamborrada, will take on a European flavour.

The official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 23 January, in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, followed by a concert. The “Constelaciones Gaur” exhibition will be inaugurated the day before.

The Donostia-San Sebastian 2016 programme “Cultura para la convivencia” (Culture for co-existence) promotes better ways of living together through art and culture.

Three lighthouses will reflect the values underpinning the programme: the Lighthouse of Life (the individual and society), the Lighthouse of Peace (respect and co-existence), and the Lighthouse of Voices (diversity and mutual understanding).

Programme highlights include the Peace Treaty, an exhibition of how peace and violence have been depicted in Europe; “Travelling Embassies”, a project that will bring artists of different nationalities to several European cities by ship, bus and bicycle to create, share and spread works of art which express linguistic diversity, among others.

The ‘Waves of Energy’ programme will finance cultural projects proposed and evaluated by the citizens themselves throughout the year.

Background

Initiated in 1985 by the then Greek Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri, the European Capital of Culture is one of the most high-profile cultural initiatives in Europe.

The cities are selected on the basis of a cultural programme that must have a strong European dimension, foster the participation and active involvement of the city’s inhabitants and contribute to the long-term development of the city.

It is also an excellent opportunity for the cities to change their image, put themselves on the world map, attract more tourists and rethink their own development through culture.

The title has a long-term impact, not only on culture but also in social and economic terms, both for the city and for the surrounding region. For example, a study has shown that the number of tourists visiting the city for at least one night increased by 12% on average compared with the year before the city held the title.

The current rules and conditions for hosting the title are set out in a 2006 decision (1622/2006/EC) of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

Following Wroclaw and San Sebastian in 2016, the future European Capitals of Culture will be Aarhus (Denmark) and Pafos (Cyprus) in 2017, Valletta (Malta) and Leeuwarden (Netherlands) in 2018 and Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Matera (Italy) in 2019.

For more information

Wroclaw 2016 – European Capital of Culture

Donostia San Sebastian 2016 – European Capital of Culture

European Capitals of Culture – Thirty years of achievements brochure

European Capitals of Culture factsheet

{Source: European Commission}

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Arab League Holds 1st Workshop On Foreign Terrorists

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UAE participates in 1st Arab workshop on foreign terrorists 

CAIRO, – A delegation from the UAE took part today in a workshop, organised by the Arab League in its headquarters in Cairo, to tackle the phenomenon of foreign terrorists in the Arab region.

The UAE delegation was headed by Mohammed Atiq Al Romaithi, Deputy Director-General of the General Authority of Ports Border and Free Zones Security.

Other delegation members included Ali Al Shemaili, In-charge of the UAE representation office at the Arab League, and Hani bin Huwaidin, also from the representation office.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Dr. Alaa Al Tamimi, Director of Legal Affairs at the Arab League, the League’s Secretary-General Dr. Nabil Al Arabi warned of the influx of foreign terrorists in the Arab region.

He revealed that the number of foreign fighters in the Arab countries rose during the past three years to 30,000.

He added that foreign terrorists are currently concentrated in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and a few of them are based in Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

Al Arabi said lack of strict border control and counter-terrorism legislations contribute to the increase in the number of foreign terrorists in conflict areas.

{Source: Emirates News Agency – WAM/bashir

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The French Government Is Supporting Tourism Enterprises

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Strengthening France’s attractiveness and outreach

France is the world’s top tourist destination (with 84.7 million foreign tourists in 2013)  and tourism is a key sector of its economy, accounting for more than 7% of GDP and two million direct and indirect jobs.

The French Foreign Minister has set the next target at 100 million foreign tourists a year by 2020.

France ranks third in terms of tourism-related revenue, totalling over €42 billion a year. Strengthening and expanding the tourism offer to increase revenue is therefore a major issue.

The tourism sector also needs to adapt to rise to the competition of other countries and benefit from the growth in global tourist flows. These are set to double in 20 years, from 980 million to 1.8 billion international tourists a year in 2030.

In this context, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is seeking to strengthen France’s attractiveness and outreach.

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{source: France Diplomatie}
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Islamic Development Bank Approves Loans For Development Projects

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IDB approves more than US $466 million for new development project

JEDDAH, — The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved financing for several major new and also ongoing projects during its 309th meeting in Jeddah.

Four Member countries – Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey – will receive US $466.4 million for development projects.

The Board also decided on opening special accounts for a US $176 million project within the context of the “Jeddah Declaration”. The project will enhance the capacity of people to adapt to recurrent droughts in the African Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

Four special assistance grants were approved under the IDB Waqf Fund. A total of US $650,000 will go towards education and health care projects for Muslim communities in Canada, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

The grants are in line with the Bank’s continued efforts for socio-economic development and advancement of Member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries.

Other major Board approvals include: US $273 million to reconstruct the Aktobe-Makat Road project in Kazakhstan; US $90 million to assist the polio eradication programme (2016-2018) in Pakistan; US $82 million to support the Konya PPP Hospital project in Turkey and US $20.7 million to construct the Bir-Al Hith Qartaba Road (phase III) in Lebanon.

In addition, a number of important reports were reviewed and the agenda for the 41st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors slated for 18-19 May 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, was approved.

{Source: Emirates News Agency – WAM/AAMIR}

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Iraqi Security Forces Retake Ramadi

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Iraqi Forces Reach Strategic Milestone in Fight for Ramadi

WASHINGTON, — Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered his congratulations today to Iraq’s prime minister after Iraqi forces succeeded in retaking the government center in Ramadi from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“‎The expulsion of ISIL by Iraqi security forces, supported by our international coalition, is a significant step forward in the campaign to defeat this barbaric group and restore Iraq’s territorial sovereignty,” Carter said in a statement.‎

The operation to reach the center of Ramadi was a significant milestone on the path to clear ISIL from the historic city and the overall campaign to defeat the terrorist group across Iraq, according to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve officials today.

Ramadi’s strategic location on the highway that connects Iraq with Syria and Jordan made it a prized target for ISIL, which took the city in May.

“The fight for Ramadi demonstrates how capable, motivated local forces backed by coalition air support and training can defeat ISIL,” Carter said. “‎Now it’s important for the Iraqi government, working with provincial and local authorities, to seize this opportunity to maintain the peace in Ramadi, prevent the return of ISIL and other extremists, and facilitate the return of Ramadi’s citizens back to the city.”

“Even with this success, the fight against ISIL is far from over,” the defense secretary said. “The United States military stands ready to support our Iraqi partners and the rest of the international coalition as we build on today’s progress and continue to strike ISIL on multiple fronts until we achieve their inevitable defeat.”

“Coupled with other recent ISIL losses across Iraq and Syria, including at Tikrit, Bayji, al Hawl, the Tishrin Dam and Sinjar, the seizure of the government center clearly demonstrates that the enemy is losing momentum as they steadily cede territory,” said Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the U.S. Central Command commander. “Looking ahead, I expect our partners on the ground in both Iraq and Syria, with coalition assistance, to continue to roll back ISIL gains as we work together to defeat this enemy.”

“The Iraqi security forces, including the counterterrorism service, the Iraqi army, the Iraqi air force, the federal and local police and the tribal fighters, have demonstrated their resolve in the fight for Ramadi,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the CJTF-OIR commander. “I also want to commend the thousands of troops of the coalition who have made this success possible … This success belongs to them as well, and we will all work together to defeat our common enemy.”

Task force officials said that coalition support to operations in Ramadi included more than 600 strikes focused against ISIL targets in and around the city, training and equipping multiple elements of the Iraqi security forces, providing specialized engineering equipment to clear improvised explosives devices, and providing advice and assistance at multiple Iraqi headquarters.

{Source: U.S. Department of Defense}

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EIB Loaned Funds To The Arab Republic Of Egypt For Public Transport

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The Arab Republic of Egypt and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a loan agreement worth EUR 200 million for financing a project to promote public transport in Greater Cairo.

In the presence of Dr Saad Mohamed Elgioshy, Minister of Transport, and Dr Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, the financing agreements were signed today.

The loan is tranche B of the EUR 600 million approved by the European Investment Bank for the Cairo Metro project.

The project is part of Greater Cairo’s Transport Master Plan and is expected to greatly reinforce the public transport system in this area, thus promoting a positive modal shift from private cars, alleviating congestion and associated environmental problems and contributing to climate change mitigation.

The project consists of the design, construction and commissioning of Phase 3 of Line 3 of the Cairo metro system, including infrastructure investments, civil works, rolling stock and a new stabling area for vehicle recovery, thus helping to address the shortcomings of Cairo’s overburdened public transport traffic system.

The project will (i) contribute to economic growth by reducing urban congestion; (ii) improve the livelihoods of Cairo’s population in an inclusive way by enhancing mobility and improving access to education and jobs; and (iii) mitigate climate change and pollution by promoting a more environmentally sustainable means of urban transport.

EIB’s lending activities in the Mediterranean region in general and Egypt in particular are based on a Mandate from the European Union – the External Lending Mandate (ELM) currently covering the period 2014/2020 – through which the Bank works together with the EU and the Government of Egypt to support socioeconomic development in the country.

Background information

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is one of the leading development finance players in the Mediterranean region. The Bank’s goal is to support economic and social development by improving people’s living conditions.

The EIB aims to establish a tangible presence in the partner countries, focusing on the economic and social priorities of the beneficiary countries to which it not only contributes its financing capacity but also adds value in project implementation and modernisation of public policies through its technical and financial expertise and advisory services.

Since operations began in Egypt in 1979, the Bank has provided over EUR 6.4 billion of financing in the country. Operations in Egypt cover all sectors, including energy, transport, water and industry, as well as support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through credit lines and risk capital.

The EIB’s aim in the past years has been to deploy its resources to provide an appropriate practical response to the expectations expressed by Egyptian people.

The Government of Egypt and the European Investment Bank signed a Joint Declaration on the margins of the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) held in Sharm El-Sheikh on 13-15 March 2015.

The Joint Declaration focused on improving socioeconomic infrastructure in key sectors such as energy, transport, urban development and Public-Private Partnerships and supporting private sector development in the fields of industry, Foreign Direct Investment and SMEs.

In line with these priorities and responding quickly, the EIB has identified a pipeline of projects which the Bank can support with financing.

{Source: European Investment Bank}

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Lucky 13 Winter Polo Season To Open In Wellington Florida

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WELLINGTON, FLA. (December 2015) – The International Polo Club Palm Beach ushers in the “Lucky 13” winter polo season after months of meticulous planning, and more than a bit of luck. Opening day is Sunday, January 3, with guests, celebrities, and polo enthusiasts watching the 20-goal competition on the field that will feature the finals of the season-opening, 20-goal Herbie Pennell Cup.

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John Wash, president of the International Polo Club (IPC), expects the 2016 winter polo season to be the best the club has ever hosted. “We’re excited to announce the start of our 13th season of polo at IPC, and predict an unbeatable year,” said Wash. “Whether you’re a first-time spectator or a veteran polo fan, we invite everyone to enjoy the festivities and thrills of high-goal polo during our 17-week winter season, which culminates on April 24.”

New teams promise unprecedented, heart-pumping excitement in 2016. Enhanced, ergonomic seats replace the former lawn seating for field-side spectating, a roster of new and elite sponsors have partnered with the famed facility, and sensational, new hospitality options will delight and entertain the stylish set at The Pavilion. These extraordinary new features, with a dose of good luck, will present the most memorable, high-goal polo season ever.

“IPC will have the top ranked national and international polo players competing in our 20-goal and 26-goal tournaments. We continue to be honored as the host venue for the most prestigious polo tournaments in North America,” said Wash. Those tournaments include the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup®, and the esteemed USPA 112th U.S. Open Polo Championship®.”

American Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld, a Young Artist in residence with the Palm Beach Opera, is scheduled to thrill guests with her stirring rendition of the National Anthem at the start of the opening day match.

Opening day will also be sporting some additional horsepower as IPC hosts the kickoff of the Fifth Annual SuperCar Week, featuring dozens of glamorous, high-performance Maseratis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis.

Game on! Don’t miss the fun, fashion, festivities, and fierce competition on the field every Sunday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Ticketing and Hospitality

Ticket prices for Sunday polo at the world-famous International Polo Club range from $30 for stadium seating to $150 for box seating. The Pavilion reception pass starts at $55, seating for the Champagne Sunday brunch and polo on the new Lilly Pulitzer Patio at The Pavilion begins at $100, and the Veuve Clicquot Airstream Lounge brunch package for two is priced at $300. Also, new this year, the Funky Buddha Beerstream Garden, serving craft beer and charcuterie for guests and filling growlers for tailgaters, and the chic Coco Polo Lounge, an exquisitely renovated 1964 vintage, red double-decker bus with just 50 choice lounge seats for $225 per person, and includes the lavish gourmet brunch, drink tickets, valet parking, and a luxe swag bag.

For more about IPC, tournament information, sponsorship, and tickets, please call 561-204-5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com.

About International Polo Club Palm Beach

The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. The 2016 Palm Beach Polo Season will open on Sunday, January 3, and will conclude 17 weeks later with the U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 24. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $30. For ticketing and sponsorship information, or to book a special event year-round, please call 561-204-5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com.

(Intext photo courtesy of Visit Florida)

{source: Visit Florida}

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China Increases its’ Purchase of Oil From Kuwait

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Kuwait’s crude oil exports to China jump 11.9 percent

Kuwait’s crude oil exports to China in November jumped 11.9 percent from a year earlier to 1.07 million tons, equivalent to about 262,000 barrels per day (bpd), latest government data showed.

For the first 11 months of the year, Kuwait exported 278,000 bpd to the world’s second-largest oil consumer, up 42.5 percent on the year, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs.

China’s overall imports of crude oil in November grew 7.6 percent from a year earlier to 6.68 million bpd.

Russia overtook Saudi Arabia to secure the top spot for the first time in two months, with its shipments increasing 17.8 percent to 954,000 bpd, according to KUNA.

Imports from Saudi Arabia declined 8.6 percent to 891,000 bpd. Oman became third with imports from the country surging 25.4 percent to 633,000 bpd. Angola ranked fourth and Iraq fifth, respectively.

State-run Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) signed a 10-year crude supply deal with China’s top energy trader Unipec in August 2014, the biggest-ever sales contract in KPC’s history by volume and revenues in all regions.

Under the landmark agreement, KPC supplies Unipec 300,000 bpd of crude oil, with a strong possibility of increasing the volume to 400,000 bpd.

{Source: Emirates News Agency – WAM/tfaham}
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Abu Dhabi International Airport Experiences Increased Traffic To The UK

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Abu Dhabi International Airport announces passenger traffic to UK grows by 34.2% 

ABU DHABI, — Abu Dhabi Airports has revealed that passenger traffic to the UK has grown by 34.2% over the last year, attributing much of this increase to the fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Etihad Airways.

Overall passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 15.8% in November, with a total of 1,781,529 people travelling through AUH last month, compared to 1,537,952 in the same period in 2014.

Commenting on the figures, Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “As the gateway to the capital, Abu Dhabi International Airport is home to our national carrier, Etihad Airways.

Over the past year, the number of seats available on flights between Abu Dhabi and the UK has increased by 53.1%. Many of these are on Etihad’s A380 services to London Heathrow, and the airline’s new route to Edinburgh, providing the capacity necessary to handle the increasing number of travellers coming to Abu Dhabi to experience the wonderful holiday destinations the emirate has to offer.”

Al Haddabi added, “We will continue to work hand-in-hand with Etihad and our other airline partners and airport stakeholders to deliver a world class passenger experience for all the travellers using Abu Dhabi International Airport each month.”

There were 14,028 aircraft movements in November 2015, representing a 3.9% increase on the 13,501 movements that took place in November 2014. Last month London, Bangkok, Doha, Delhi and Bombay were the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

In October this year, Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a 13.6% increase in passenger traffic with 1,920,011 passengers using its terminals, and aircraft movements increased by 6.3% to 14,569 movements, compared to the same period last year.

{Source: Emirates News Agency – WAM/Esraa/Moran}
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Dubai Customs Exceeded 6.6 Million Transactions In Q3 2015

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Dubai Customs reports 6.6 million transactions processed by Q3 2015

DUBAI, — Dubai Customs has reported a year-on-year growth rate of 3.1 per cent in the transactions processed through Q3 2015. Around 6.6 million transactions were carried out from January 1 to September 30, compared to 6.4 million in the same period of 2014.

The Customs transactions comprise 19 main services provided through 23 inland, sea and air port customs centres distributed all around the Emirate of Dubai. These transactions have been delivered through 6 channels, including Dubai Trade, B2G and mobile and smart phone applications.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World & Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, commented on these figures saying, “The growth in the number of transactions processed by Dubai Customs, despite the recession in world trade, is a positive indicator of the stability of our economy, under the leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”

He added that the surge in transactions is the result of the continued development and improvement strategy implemented by Dubai Customs. “We are keen on regularly assessing our performance across the board to ensure the delivery of superior services and facilitations to customers.

The ultimate goal is to provide a real added value to the customers by enabling them to increase returns from their trading operations, promote Dubai’s business and investment appeal, and maintain its competitive edge on the global trade landscape.”

“Work at Dubai Customs continues non-stop 24/7, thanks to our 100 per cent smart services available on all smart platforms. Clients can now track their transactions anytime and anywhere, and submit requests and inquiries through smart apps,” he said.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, said the mounting growth in the number of delivered transactions is a result of a comprehensive strategy that harnesses all resources and capabilities to serve DC’s goals, in line with the vision of Dubai Government towards providing top-notch smart services and making customers happy.

“All the milestones we see here at Dubai Customs are the fruits of the continuous support of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to steering the wheel of national economy and facilitating international trade,” Ahmed Mahboob Musabih added.

Dubai Customs targets to deliver 80 per cent of transactions via smart applications by 2018, Musabih further noted.

{Source: Emirates News Agency – WAM/Hazem/AAMIR

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The U.S. Coast Guard Interdicts Illegal Cuban Migrants

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COAST GUARD REPATRIATES 27 CUBAN MIGRANTS

MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo repatriated 27 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday.

This repatriation is a result of two separate migrant interdictions at sea, which both took place Friday, December 18, in the south Florida Straits.

While on routine patrol, the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute located a rustic vessel with a motor, 45 miles nautical miles southwest of Key West, Fla., with 12 Cuban migrants aboard. The crew of the Resolute safely transferred the 12 migrants aboard the cutter.

An HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft, from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, located a migrant chug carrying 15 Cuban migrants 55 nautical miles southwest of Key West.

The Cutter Resolute was diverted to the scene and safely transferred the migrants aboard the cutter.

The migrants were later transferred aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo, and repatriated to Cuba.

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in Key West.

Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 1,334 Cubans have attempted to illegally migrate via the sea.

These numbers represent the total amount of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.

{Source: U.S. Coast Guard}
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U.S. 6th Fleet Sailors Operate With Allies To Maintain A Forward Presence

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United States Sailors, operating forward in the U.S. 6th Fleet, conduct daily operations, port visits and engage with allies and partners to maintain a forward presence throughout Europe and Africa and improve maritime security.

 

141023-N-IY142-012 CONSTANTA, Romania (October 23, 2014) – Quartermaster Seaman Kelsey Quarterman stands range bearing watch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-012 CONSTANTA, Romania (October 23, 2014) – Quartermaster Seaman Kelsey Quarterman stands range bearing watch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-040 CONSTANTA, Romania (October 23, 2014) – Cmdr. Dennis Farrell, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), observes nearby civilian traffic as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-040 CONSTANTA, Romania (October 23, 2014) – Cmdr. Dennis Farrell, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), observes nearby civilian traffic as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-071 CONSTANTA, Romania (Oct. 23, 2014) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) approaches the outer harbor breakwater as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-071 CONSTANTA, Romania (Oct. 23, 2014) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) approaches the outer harbor breakwater as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-128 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Romanian navy special forces descend from a Romanian navy IAR -330 medium utility helicopter conduct a fast rope insertion aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-128 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Romanian navy special forces descend from a Romanian navy IAR -330 medium utility helicopter conduct a fast rope insertion aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-142 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Romanian navy special forces conduct a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-142 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Romanian navy special forces conduct a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-145 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Romanian navy special forces conduct a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-145 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Romanian navy special forces conduct a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-345 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) chalk and chain a Romanian navy IAR -330 medium utility helicopter during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-345 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) chalk and chain a Romanian navy IAR -330 medium utility helicopter during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

 

141023-N-IY142-525 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) sails alongside the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) during an underway engagement. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

141023-N-IY142-525 BLACK SEA (Oct. 23, 2014) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) sails alongside the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) during an underway engagement. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman /Released)

{Source: United States Navy}

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[photo credits-featured image: By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class James Elliott. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]

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