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Exercise Tradewinds to
Regional emergency forces will
grapple with staged situations
dealing with the threats of trans-
national organised crime, terror-
ism and natural hazards when Ex-
ercise Tradewinds 2017 takes place
across Barbados from June 6 to 12.
Under the theme: Seamless States
Partnership for a Secure Region, the
length and breadth of the island will
be tested during Phase One of the re-
The plans for Exercise Tradewinds
2017 were rolled out during a media
launch on Tuesday.
Host nation co-director of the re-
gional exercise, Major Carlos Lovell,
said this year's scenario will feature
transnational organised crime, ter-
rorism and natural hazards causing
national and regional crises.
"It [Exercise Tradewinds] is de-
signed to improve cooperation and
interoperability of partner nations in
responding to the broad spectrum of
Caribbean security threats," Lovell
As a result, he said, Tradewinds
2017 would focus on issues such as the
scourge of illegal drugs, illegal arms
and human trafficking as Barbados
seeks to enhance its capabilities to
counter such threats.
"It will also seek to develop new
techniques and procedures to combat
unfamiliar threats to Barbados such as
the use of improvised explosive de-
vices, threats to key government in-
frastructure and kidnapping to name
a few," the co-director pointed out.
However, he noted that Barbados
was seeking to implement an innova-
tive and more efficient approach for
this year's exercise. That approach,
Lovell said, includes pre-mission
training at the strategic, operational
and tactical levels; and the ability to
combat one common threat in two
separate member states with the CAR-
ICOM Task Force seamlessly deploying
from one member state to another to
Furthermore, Lovell stated that a
realistic scenario based on real world
threats would be the conduit through
which participants would attempt to
achieve the training objectives.
Without divulging details of the ex-
ercise, the co-director said the sce-
nario would require responses from
the exercise participants on land, in
the air and at sea, with emphasis on
Second host nation co-director,
Kerry Hinds, noted that, under this
year's event, Barbados would also be
exercising various components of the
National Emergency Management
Plan (NEMP) to give operatives in the
system the ability to respond to the
Police probe alleged
plot to assassinate
GEORGETOWN--- An alleged plot to
assassinate Guyana's President Da-
vid Granger has the full attention of
the country's top security officials.
A GUY$7 million (US$33,523) boun-
ty has been offered, reports indicate.
And Minister of State Joseph Harmon
confirmed the alleged plot during a
post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, al-
though he was tightlipped about on-
"I don't think we are at liberty to
disclose," he told reporters, although
he said the Government had received
the information from the Guyana Po-
Harmon also disclosed that Govern-
ment had sought the advice of the po-
lice legal advisor and that the Director
of Public Prosecutions is also assisting
with the investigations.
He said Granger's popularity among
citizens might have made him a target.
"We have a very popular president...
People all over this country love him
and embrace him and sometimes there
are some people who are misguided;
some people are guided by what they
see on Facebook and the copycat type
of issues and therefore we always have
to be careful," Harmon said.
However, he said he was confident
the country's security forces were fully
able to protect the president.
While officials have been tightlipped
about the details of the assassination
plot, a man interviewed on local tele-
vision claimed he had been approached
by a businessman to shoot Granger.
The man said on HGP Nightly News
that the businessman had told him he
had friends high up in the police force as
well as in the judiciary, and they would
"take care" of him if he got the job done.
Guyana President, David Granger
Port-of-Spain Mayor, Joel Martinez, left, presents corporal Farouk Mohammed with his certificate of
participation in the Introduction to Police Wireless Communications course during Thursday's graduation
ceremony at City Hall, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: AYANNA KINSALE
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