Mayor’s Message: March 18

first_imgDear Friends,I’m sorry to inform you that due to public health recommendations on gatherings of 10 or more people and to insurance requirements, all recreational facilities in Ocean City will close at the end of today.That includes playgrounds, the skate park, the street hockey rinks, municipal golf course, tennis, Pickleball and basketball courts.City Hall also will be closed to the public after today. Citizens should visit www.ocnj.us to see what services are provided online and call 609-399-6111 to make arrangements for any services that cannot be completed online. This guide should provide information on some of the most commonly requested services.The City Council meeting that had been scheduled for March 26 has been canceled.The city has no authority and there is no emergency declaration that would allow us to prevent people from accessing their own homes or to close roads. We will follow any directive to implement a “shelter in place” order, if and when that is ever necessary. In the meantime, we ask that everybody – year-round residents, second homeowners and visitors – use the same common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.I want to thank all the community volunteers and business leaders who worked tirelessly over the past two days to relaunch OCNJ CARE.This nonprofit organization is now ready to help all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and all the related closings, layoffs, quarantines and restrictions.Please visit www.ocnj.us/ocnjcare, call 609-399-6111 or email [email protected] to learn more about how to volunteer or to seek assistance.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Panama’s SENAN seized 2,772 packages of illicit substances so far in 2015

first_imgDuring another bust on March 10, agents discovered 262 kilograms of cocaine in the false bottom of a boat during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) has seized 2,772 kilograms of illegal drugs in eight separate operations since January 1. Most recently, on March 16, agents confiscated 84 kilograms of cocaine found inside a container at the Port of Rodman on the Panama Canal during Operation San Abraham. That was only three days after SENAN officers captured nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 kilograms of cocaine in the province of Colón, found aboard the Colombian-flagged Doña Omaira vessel. By Dialogo April 07, 2015 International drug traffickers use Panama as a transshipment point for cocaine. Nearly 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Central America and Mexico, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report. SENAN didn’t immediately report which narco-trafficking or organized crime group owned the drugs or where it was going to be shipped, saying only that of the 2,772 packages of seized narcotics, 2,599 contained cocaine. Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) has seized 2,772 kilograms of illegal drugs in eight separate operations since January 1. Most recently, on March 16, agents confiscated 84 kilograms of cocaine found inside a container at the Port of Rodman on the Panama Canal during Operation San Abraham. That was only three days after SENAN officers captured nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 kilograms of cocaine in the province of Colón, found aboard the Colombian-flagged Doña Omaira vessel. SENAN didn’t immediately report which narco-trafficking or organized crime group owned the drugs or where it was going to be shipped, saying only that of the 2,772 packages of seized narcotics, 2,599 contained cocaine. During another bust on March 10, agents discovered 262 kilograms of cocaine in the false bottom of a boat during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. International drug traffickers use Panama as a transshipment point for cocaine. Nearly 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Central America and Mexico, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report.last_img read more