Portugal and the U.S. Sign an Agreement to Fight against Terrorism

first_img The agreement for preventing and combating terrorism and organized crime was signed after a meeting between the U.S. cabinet secretary and the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Amado; Minister of Justice, Alberto Costa; and Minister of Internal Administration, Rui Pereira. The Portuguese Justice Minister emphasized the “excellent relations between Portugal and the United States” and declared that this “new agreement” unites them “more closely in working together in the fight against cross-border organized crime.” In addition, due to the new legal framework, investigators “will be able to share information across borders” in order to fight against crime, she added. In this way, “the two countries will be more prepared to confront terrorism,” he added. In a press conference after the signing of the document, Napolitano affirmed that the agreement is an “advance in U.S.-Portuguese bilateral relations for combating organized crime and confronting global threats.” A team of lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and the British NGO Reprieve, representing more than 40 of the 229 Guantánamo detainees, also visited Portugal this week and said that there were eight prisoners who wanted to start a new life in Portugal. The possibility that Portugal will accept detainees from the American base in Cuba has been the subject of anticipation in Portugal since the American special envoy for the closure of the prison, Daniel Fried, visited Lisbon two weeks ago, and the Portuguese government announced that it could accept “two or three” prisoners. center_img The lawyers affirmed that these detainees wanted to come to Portugal because it was the first European country to offer asylum to help the United States close the prison. By Dialogo July 01, 2009 “This agreement protects matters that are very critical for society, like security, but does so while respecting citizens’ rights and protecting their privacy,” the U.S. cabinet secretary, who is on a trip to several European countries, emphasized. Lisbon, June 30 (EFE).- Today Portugal and the United States signed an agreement to collaborate against terrorism and organized crime, during a visit to the Portuguese capital by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. Although the agenda released by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had indicated that today’s meeting would include discussion of cooperation on closing the prison at Guantánamo, Napolitano affirmed that the issue had not been specifically discussed. last_img read more

Two-sport star Eddy drafted to NWSL

first_imgSenior forward Elizabeth Eddy was selected by Sky Blue FC in the fourth round of the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League draft last Friday, becoming the seventh USC player in program history to join a women’s professional league.Doing it all · Elizabeth Eddy scored 16 goals over four seasons for the USC women’s soccer team at forward and midfielder. Eddy also started nine times for the Women of Troy’s lacrosse team last year. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanEddy’s elite athleticism helped her serve as a jackknife of sorts for the Women of Troy, as the Newport Beach, Calif. native played defender, midfielder and forward throughout her collegiate career. But no matter where she played, Eddy was always an integral part of USC’s rotation, starting 69 games in 76 appearances.“I would not be surprised if she was the greatest athlete at USC,” former USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said in an interview with the Daily Trojan before the 2013 season began. “I never have to worry about her being fit or strong enough to perform.”USC’s season didn’t go according to plan — the Women of Troy finished 8-10-2 to miss the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, resulting in the firing of Khosroshahin. Still, Eddy showed she had a killer scoring instinct after transitioning back from the defensive side of the ball.Eddy was USC’s top scorer (six goals) in her senior season, ending her career with 16 goals and nine assists. After scoring three goals in the Women of Troy’s first two games, she became the first USC player to be named the Pac-12 Player of the Week since 2010.After graduation, the No. 33 overall pick will join USC graduate Ashley Nick on Sky Blue FC. Another former Woman of Troy, U.S. Olympian Amy Rodriguez, was drafted No. 1 by the Boston Breakers in 2009 and now suits up for FC Kansas City.Upon joining Sky Blue FC in Piscataway Township, N.J., Eddy will become the fourth USC alumna to join a NWSL team — former USC forward Rosa Anna Tantillo played briefly for FC Gold Pride in 2010 to follow in the footsteps of Rodriguez and Nick. Three other Women of Troy participated in the now-defunct Women’s United Soccer Association.But Eddy’s athletic career at USC isn’t finished quite yet. She joined the lacrosse team in its first year of Division 1 play last year. That team starts its season on Feb. 28 with a home match against Marist.last_img read more