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Just the facts-The BL News-02-20-2019

President Trump signs Space Force directive

Space Force is one step closer to becoming a reality. President Trump signed a directive Tuesday, saying the creation of the Space Force is a national security priority.

Originally conceived as a separate military department, Space Force will instead be part of the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corp is part of the Navy. However, it could become its own department in the future. Trump says it's needed to ensure U.S. dominance in space. Some lawmakers have expressed concerns about the need and potential cost.
Cost details will be included in the 2020 budget proposal Trump will send to Congress next month.

Ivanka Trump leads the administration's efforts to boost workforce development

President Trump signs the Space Force directive, Marines shifting from desert to cold weather training, and El Chapo linked to several shell companies, That’s coming up on the bl news Feb. 20, 2019, I’m Rich Crankshaw, here are Just the Facts.

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump was in Georgia Wednesday morning, visiting a UPS training facility with Gov. Brian Kemp. The White House says the visit is part of the administration's efforts to boost workforce development and skills training.

Mrs. Trump and the governor visited a driver training center in Duluth and participated in a roundtable discussion with employees.

Ivanka Trump said UPS was one of the first companies to sign on to the administration's "Pledge to America's Worker" initiative, which asks the private sector to commit to skills development, vocational education and other investments in the workforce.

Marines Train in Extreme cold weather

After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great power competition with Russia and China, and against lethal, unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. To win, U.S. forces must be able to survive and to fight while countering drones, sophisticated jamming equipment, and other electronic and cyber warfare that can track them, disrupt their communications and potentially kill them—technology they didn't routinely face over the last decade.

Navigating the environment is also part of warfare. Extreme cold weather training is now the focus for some U.S. Marines.
At the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, south of Lake Tahoe, commanders are training troops for the next war—one the United States believes will be against a more capable, high-tech enemy like Russia, or the Chinese Communist Party.

The weather conditions on the mountain mimic the kind of frigid fighting conditions that forces could face in one of those future encounters.
Nearly 8,000 feet up in the mountains, air is thin, and snow is chest deep with temperatures plunging.

The cold and wet conditions force the Marines to use snowshoes and cross-country skis to get around.

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. William F. Mullen, changed its training regimen on the mountain course and at Twentynine Palms Marine Base 400 miles south.

Instead of scripted exercises, trainers map out general objectives and let the Marines make their own battle decisions, replicating a more unpredictable combat situation.

Rather than fighting from forward operating bases that stretch across large flat distances like in Iraq and Afghanistan, complete with security forces and chow halls, commanders say troops now have to be more expeditionary—providing their own protection and support. And they must prepare for a more formidable, high-tech enemy.


The BL news-across Latin America-02-20-2019

-Investigation of authorship and participation in FARC-EP kidnappings

- Opposition leaders sentenced to more than 200 years in prison
- Top industry representative in Brazil arrested
-“El Chapo” linked to several shell companies in Ecuador

Investigation of authorship and participation in FARC-EP kidnappings

Former FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo testified in court about the kidnappings carried out by the former Colombian guerrilla.

Catatumbo, now a senator for the FARC political party, appeared this week before the peace court in Bogotá to testify in case 001, better known as 'Illegal Retention of Persons by FARC-EP.

He becomes the second of thirty-one leaders expected to appear before the Chamber of Acknowledgement of Truth and Responsibility of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

The Peace Tribunal, which has not been ratified by the government of Colombia, intends to grant benefits to those declarants who shed light on the facts, repair the damage and guarantee that they will not commit crimes again.

Opposition leaders sentenced to more than 200 years in prison

Nicaraguan justice sentenced two opposition leaders to more than 200 years in prison for various crimes committed during protests against the government of Daniel Ortega.

Medardo Mairena and Pedro Mena received sentences of 216 and 210 years, respectively, for the death of four police officers and one civilian, and many other crimes.

Lawyer Julio Montenegro announced that he will appeal the sentence because it was demonstrated during the trial that the crimes charged by the Ortega-related prosecutor's office were not committed.

The events took place between April and October last year when protests against the reform of the pension system resulted in the Nicaraguan people calling for the resignation of the president.

The repression promoted by Ortega's government has resulted in 325 deaths and more than 700 arrests to date.

Top industry representative arrested in Brazil

The Brazilian authorities arrested the industry's top representative, Robson Braga Andrade, for his alleged participation in a corruption scheme.

He was taken into custody as a preventive measure as part of the operation to dismantle a criminal organization operating in several states and central Brazil.
The police estimate that the network has managed to divert more than 100 million dollars from the public administration, especially the Ministry of Tourism.

The organization is also credited with other crimes such as bid fraud, criminal association, and asset laundering.

“El Chapo” linked to several shell companies in Ecuador

A report pointed out the possible link of "El Chapo" with some shell companies in Ecuador.

The investigation identified three possible companies that the drug trafficker could have used to launder money: “Lincandisa," "Team Business" and”Gestorum."
The website of the Superintendence of Companies of Ecuador confirmed that the companies maintained close relations, even becoming shareholders of each other.

The information coincides with some testimonies from the trial of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who is awaiting sentencing after having been found guilty of all charges.

That and more can be found on our website, for the BL News, I’m Rich Crankshaw, we’ll see ya next time.

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