HMCS Calgary Helps Stop USD 1 Mln Worth of Marijuana

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMCS Calgary Follow @navaltoday View post tag: Coast Guard As reported by U-T San Diego, two suspected drug smuggler aboard a 35-foot panga were spotted on Wednesday about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego.HMCS Calgary joined the pursuit after the smugglers. Two suspects, both Mexican citiziens, along with their vessel and 50 bales of marijuana weighing 1,200 pounds were transported to the immigration and customs officials.[mappress]Press Release, October 06, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: helps HMCS Calgary Helps Stop USD 1 Mln Worth of Marijuana View post tag: Marijuana October 6, 2014 View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today HMCS Calgary Helps Stop USD 1 Mln Worth of Marijuana center_img View post tag: 1 Mln View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: stop View post tag: USD View post tag: worth The Royal Canadian Navy’s frigate HMCS Calgary assisted the US Coast Guard in stopping more than $1 million worth of marijuana off the coast of Mexico.last_img read more

Post-Doctoral Fellow Research

first_imgJob description for this post-doc research fellowposition.This position will be supported by our DoD project for two years.The object of this DoD project is to investigating possiblemechanism underlying lung tumorigenesis and develop potentialbiomarker for the early detection of lung cancer.The “to be hired post-doc fellow” will participate in this researchstudy by specially focusing on functional analysis ofcancer-associated genes by using in vitro and in vivo models anddeveloping cancer biomarkers.The candidates should have PhD or MD with strong background inmolecular genetics. The candidates should be very familiar with thetechniques, including Cell culture, Gene transfection, RNA extract,RT-PCR; Real-time quantitative PCR, DNA cloning, Plasmidconstruction and transformation, Western blotting, Reporter assays,CHIP, MTT assay, Flow cytometry, Transgenic mouse, xenograft animalmodel, Florescence microscopy, Confocal microscopy, Paraffinsection, Immunofluorescence, Immunohistochemistry, et al.Qualifications :.The candidates should have PhD or MD with strong background inmolecular genetics.last_img read more

Press release: Vice Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar visit to Surabaya

first_imgFurther information I am very pleased to be making my first visit to Surabaya and to identify areas of collaboration with our partners at provincial level. Surabaya and Liverpool have similar characteristics as second cities that rely very much on ports and the maritime sector. I look forward to discussing partnerships and supporting both cities’ development programmes. Vice Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar met with the Mayor of Surabaya Tri Rismaharini to follow up on Sister City agreement between Surabaya and Liverpool. He also discussed the International Business Festival in Liverpool on 2018 and encourages Indonesian businesses to take part.During the visit Mr Millar was also scheduled to visit Surabaya Creative Centre to learn more about initiatives on E-commerce and offer UK expertise to develop coaching skills in football schools in Surabaya.Gary Millar said:center_img A Letter of Intent (LoI) of Sister City Agreement was signed by both parties on 17 May 2017 in Liverpool covering 5 areas of cooperation including port and maritime management, economics, human resources and capacity building management, smart cities and creative industries. The 2018 International Business Festival is one of the world’s biggest trade and investment expos. The Festival will be held in Liverpool next June and aims to give businesses from all over the world the space, support and expertise they need to grow and explore new international markets. The Festival will focus on high-growth industries such as sustainable energy, global logistics and shipping and manufacturing. With total Indonesian exports to the UK of £1,545 million in 2016 (a 16.4% increase from 2015), Indonesia enjoyed a trade surplus of £578 million. This was lower than the previous year’s surplus of £443 million. The majority of UK exports to Indonesia are in machinery and transport equipment (36.2%), chemicals and related products (25.8%), and crude materials that are inedible (14.4%). By contrast, UK imports from Indonesia are mainly manufactured goods (61.5%). For further information on the visit please contact British Embassy’s Spokesperson Faye Belnis at +62 (0) 811 87777 62.last_img read more

One country, two stories

first_imgGetting ready to travel home for the recent winter break, I packed books on authoritarianism, installed Tor to avoid being monitored on the Internet, and deleted some political cartoons from my computer. I was flying to Belarus to see my family and to research civic activism.Three days earlier, Belarus had what was only its fourth presidential election. The winner was certain. President Aleksandr Lukashenka has ruled the country since 1994, which inspired a popular joke that running for president of Belarus requires a 10-year presidential experience. Expecting nothing unusual, I did not follow the election process.A Ph.D. student in Harvard’s Department of Government, I learned about massive protests in Minsk only when contacted by a foreign news network. Reading the Western media that was suddenly rife with horror stories there, I grew anxious. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest voting irregularities. Hundreds of people were beaten and detained; oppositional presidential candidates were arrested.Listening to an interview with a journalist in Minsk, I could hear thousands of my countrymen chanting “Long live Belarus” and “Go away!” to the incumbent president. To me, this was remarkable. Few dare to dissent in Belarus, where statues of Vladimir Lenin are ubiquitous, the streets bear Soviet names, and Josef Stalin has a memorial complex.This time, however, something seemed to have snapped. Belarusians participated in the largest protest rally since 1996, traveling from all over the country to Independence Square in Minsk on election night. Although the protest was crushed, I was sure I would come back to a different country from the one I had left in August.But on my return, I found nothing changed. The postelection arrests continued, and so did the Western criticism. But most people seemed unaware of this. Those who hadn’t had their doors knocked on by the Belarusian security services seemed to know nothing. The rest appeared too afraid to speak. While the Western papers decried the situation, the headlines in the Belarusian state media read “Fair competition for votes in Belarus” and “Belarus election follows EU, USA instructions.” What some Belarusians recognized as hypocritical in private was believed by many others, whose votes were reflected in the outcome.My high school friend, a Ph.D. student at Belarusian State University, was surprised to hear that the election might be unfair and was oblivious to the post-election violence. Like most Belarusian students, she voted early: Offered to skip a week of class by her lecturer, she didn’t question the early balloting. My neighbor, who made it a rule to come to the election booth five minutes before the voting closes, told me he invariably finds that someone already has voted in his name.In November, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and Davis Center sponsored a lecture, “The Two Souls of Belarusian Literature: Anatomy and Pathology,” by young Belarusian poet Mariya Martysevich. Martysevich spoke of one Belarusian literature endorsed by the state and taught in schools, and another representing the country abroad, but blacklisted in Belarus. It seemed that Belarus itself had two souls.Small and ethnically homogenous, the country remains divided. It has two flags, one used by the opposition and sold at some Western souvenir shops, and the other adorning governmental buildings and classrooms in Belarus. The country even speaks two languages. Russian is used in daily life and dominates the state media, but Belarusian is spoken as a political statement by the opposition. So Belarus has two stories. Year after year, those stories drift further apart. Although one may be more accurate, neither is complete by itself.Trying to bring the two together is challenging. Although I had planned to interview Belarusian human rights activists during my visit, I had better luck reaching Belarusians in exile and foreign activists, who told me what I knew from the Western media. Most of my interviews scheduled with activists did not happen. In the postelection turmoil, they would not risk speaking about their work, and many were busy helping out their jailed friends.But the stories I did hear were far less dramatic than those reported abroad. Ordinary Belarusians stayed away from politics and were satisfied with their lives, albeit a little annoyed at the difficulties of obtaining visas to Western countries. Some joked about Belarus’ reputation abroad, but pointed out that all countries had problems. In the world they see on the news, the West is a land of crime, obesity, and unemployment; the Tunisian revolt never happened; the Egyptian revolution spells trouble and uncertainty for the local people; and Belarus is an island of stability safe from outside unrest, natural disasters, and poverty.Flying back to the United States a month later, I decided not to bring souvenirs with the Soviet symbol, which are popular with some of my American friends. I came back instead with a book of Belarusian poetry and a desire to bring the two stories of Belarus closer together. If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

First interned, then left behind

first_imgJapan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 drew the United States into World War II and spawned a massive wave of shock and fear across the country. It also prompted the U.S. government to round up and send more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps.Scholars have long studied this dark chapter in American history and its denial of basic freedoms, but until recently little was known about the long-term economic effects on the lives of the people who were interned, their businesses, homes, and possessions hastily left behind.Harvard economist Daniel Shoag and Nicholas Carollo, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wrote the paper “The Causal Effect of Place: Evidence from Japanese-American Internment,” found that the economic consequences of confinement lingered among internees even 50 years later, and varied greatly on where they were placed.Between 110,000 and 120,000 Japanese-Americans, 70 percent of them born in the United States, were forced to leave their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated in makeshift camps in desolate areas until after the end of World War II. When the Japanese Exclusion Act was revoked in 1945, the inhabitants were released, but their economic prospects were markedly, and forever, changed.The economic impact on WWII Japanese-Americans placed in internment camps was felt for generations, notes Harvard Associate Professor of Public Policy Daniel Shoag. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“Internment is a tragic period in American history,” said Shoag, associate professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “There was some random component to where people were imprisoned, and yet these randomly assigned locations had a big impact on people. It affected the lives of the internees in every single economic outcome you can think of — income, education, housing, socioeconomic status, all sort of things, and their descendants as well.”Prior to the war, most Japanese-Americans had similar incomes and educational backgrounds, but after they were assigned to 10 camps across seven states — Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming — their economic fates changed. All internment camps were prison-like compounds, with barracks, watchtowers, and barbed wires, but some were close to wealthy regions and others to depressed areas.The study found that those internees who were sent to richer regions, where the local population earned close to the median income, had better opportunities upon release and did better economically than those who were sent to poorer places. Internees who were sent to wealthier locations earned more and were more likely to complete college and work in higher-status careers. Those who were put in poor, rural areas far away from cultural centers received less education, lived in worse housing, and earned less money.“The long-term impact of being put in a poorer place was large and dramatic,” said Shoag.Graphic Rebecca Coleman/Harvard Staff; source: “The Causal Effect of Place: Evidence from Japanese-American Internment,” by Daniel Shoag and Nicholas Carollo; image courtesy of Library of CongressThe economic effects of internment could be measured across generations, the study found, and affected the internees’ children. Their economic outcomes affected the values they held as well: Those from better-off areas tended to be more assimilated into U.S. society, and were more materialistic and optimistic, said researchers, based on survey data from the Japanese-American Research Project (JARP), a three-generation study (1890-1966) directed by the late UCLA sociologist Gene Levine.Those sent to poorer areas found it harder to get ahead. Many of them failed to get higher education, and their children’s futures were compromised, said Shoag.“One of the things we look at is what happens when you’re put in a hard place,” he said. “How much does being randomly put in a place with low mobility affect the cross-generation correlation? We found that the next generations suffer.”Researchers used detailed administrative data from the U.S. government, which helped to track nearly 90 percent of the surviving internees during the process of making restitution payments. With data spanning five decades, researchers were able to measure outcomes for the internees, their children, and their grandchildren. The researchers found that in 1980, nearly 40 years after the Japanese-Americans were first interned and 35 years after they were released, those who had been placed in the poorest camp (Rohwer, in Arkansas) still earned 17 percent less than those placed in the camp in the most affluent region (Heart Mountain, in Wyoming).The findings have broad implications for immigrants and refugee settlements. Policymakers and governments officials need to understand the importance of location assignments for the economic futures of immigrants, said Shoag.“It’s important for how we think about people’s placement, from a policy angle,” he said. “If we have refugees with similar incomes coming in, let’s say some to Boston and others to Flint, well, the ones in Boston are going to make more money and get more education than those in Flint. This is an important consideration not just from an economic point of view, but also from an urban economics model.”The research found that many internees chose not to go back to their original homes on the West Coast, both because they feared racial enmity and because of housing shortages. Many wound up remaining in communities near their former internment camps.“People do get stuck,” Shoag said, “and this has consequences for future generations.”Shoag said government officials should keep in mind the long-term effects of any policy involving placement or relocation when they deal with immigrants or refugees resettlements. The location can help to determine their future.“There have been discussions about allowing refugees into the country, maybe sending them to depressed parts of the country to bolster population,” he said. “But when you send a refugee family to a low-income place, that is going to have a huge impact on them, their families, and their future generations.”last_img read more

Brooks Awards.

first_img Brooks Award Winners: Gale Buchanan (center), dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, congratulates 1999 D.W. Brooks Award winners (from left) Steve Brady (county extension programming), Elizabeth Andress (extension), Scott NeSmith (research) and Roger Wyatt (teaching). Photo: Faith Peppers Four University of Georgia faculty received the D.W. Brooks Awards for Excellence Oct.4 in Athens.The $5,000 annual awards go to faculty in the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences who excel in teaching, research and extension.The 1999 winners are Roger Wyatt, teaching; Scott NeSmith, research; Elizabeth Andress,extension; and Stephen Brady, county extension programming.Roger WyattWyatt, a poultry science professor, was honored for his superb classroom skills and asa dedicated advisor to both undergraduate and graduate students.Wyatt started an upper-level course in mycotoxicology and developed segments of twograduate-level toxicology courses in an interdepartmental graduate program. The programoffers students a major in toxicology at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level.He also started the Poultry Science Club for students and “The GeorgiaPoultryman,” an annual publication designed to foster communication with alumni andto help recruit students for poultry science.Scott NeSmithNeSmith, a horticulture professor at the UGA Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin,helped transform a struggling crop into a growing part of Georgia’s farm economy.Blueberries suffered from erratic bloom and fruit set whenever Georgia had a mildwinter. Because of NeSmith’s research, the industry is expanding and is one of the mostcompetitive in the nation.His studies first predicted flowering based on winter temperatures, providing a clearunderstanding of the physical mechanisms at work.Further studies showed precisely how to use gibberellic acid to increase yields up to300 percent His work led to gains of more than $10 million to the Southern blueberryindustry.Elizabeth AndressAndress, a professor and extension leader in foods and nutrition, has developed areputation as the foremost expert on home food preservation in the United States andCanada. To help meet the public’s need to combat food-borne illnesses, Andress developedresearch-based educational programs related to food safety.She helped develop and implement nutrition and food safety training programs for schoolfood service staffs, including the annual School Nutrition Culinary Institute for schoolnutrition supervisors and managers, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education.Steve BradyBrady piloted a project in Gwinnett County to use satellite communication to trainthousands of commercial pesticide applicators and landscape professionals.He also created Creative Enterprises Horticulture Therapy Project. He and the GwinnettMaster Gardeners designed the program to train physically and mentally challenged adultsin basic horticulture skills that enable them to enter the work force.Brady spearheaded a program that converted more than 10,000 cubic yards of trees andother yard waste into mulch. And his work with distance learning made him a sought-afterconference speaker nationwide.Brooks Lecture: Zell MillerFormer Gov. Zell Miller was the featured speaker at the 1999 D.W. Brooks Lecture. Inhis presentation, “Georgia: Gains and Gaps,” Miller said while Georgia is makinggreat strides in attracting new business and developing a booming economy, but someGeorgians are being left behind.”No other generation of Georgians,” Miller said, “has ever been in sucha promising position. We are the most dynamic state in the most dynamic region in the mostdynamic economy in the world.”Miller said he doesn’t like to think of the down side. “But ahead I can see ahazardous split in our road,” he said. “Along one path we will find anger,tension and increasing gaps between the haves and the have-nots. And I’m not talking onlyabout a racial division. A class division scares me far more.”The CAES sponsors the annual lecture and awards in memory of D.W. Brooks, founder andchairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., and founder of Cotton States Mutual InsuranceCompanies.Brooks, who died this summer, was an advisor on agriculture and trade issues to sevenU.S. presidents.last_img read more

Shelburne Shipyard recognized as the ‘First Vermont Clean Marina’

first_imgShelburne Shipyard has been recognized by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation as the First Vermont Clean Marina. This recognition is for the Marina’s ongoing efforts in protecting and enhancing the quality of Vermont’s environment…”We made a commitment to be Vermont’s First Clean Marina and our staff made it happen” said Mary Griswold Shelburne Shipyard’s President.The New Clean Marina initiative recognizes marinas as Environmental Partners after eight environmental standards have been met. Credit is given for a broad array of best management practices including energy conservation, environmentally preferable purchasing and water conservation.Participating marinas are asked to certify it has met each of the eight standards and will continue to meet those standards for three years. Where new initiatives are to be implemented in the future, the business can still be recognized as a Partner provided the business makes a commitment to do so within a reasonable timeframe. Partners also agree to complete an annual Partner PerformanceThe Program has a second level of recognition so that once Environmental Partner status is attained; marinas can opt for the “Clean Marina” designation. In order to be designated a Clean Marina; a comprehensive assessment for compliance with all applicable environmental regulations must be performed by a staff person with the DEC’s Environmental Assistance Office. Before the Clean Marina designation can occur, the facility must be determined to be in compliance. Where applicable, a participating marina must also establish a proper storage area for hazardous waste generated by customers. EAO staff can help with this as well as development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), which is required for all marinas. In addition to the above benefits, a representative of a Clean Marina would be recognized at the annual Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence held at the State House.Source: Vermont Boat & Marine Association. 4.16.2010last_img read more

The Use of Military Dogs During Operation Arcanjo

first_imgBy Dialogo December 12, 2012 Every operation is a learning opportunity that will lead to improvement and development of our doctrine. This article’s goal is to present the lessons learned from the use of dogs from the Brazilian Army’s 1st Guard Battalion during Operation Arcanjo. The areas surrounding slum communities such as Penha and Alemão, located in northern Rio de Janeiro, were dominated by organized crime for many years. In December 2010, Security Forces started a pacification process in this region, under the command of the Brazilian Army. The Pacification Force was created by an official guideline in 2010 and aimed at promoting the guarantee of law and order in an area of operation where police access had been blocked by drug traffickers. The skills and professionalism of the Military was displayed during the actions performed by various troops during the 20 months of occupation in the area. The Army’s performance was put to the test during a fourth generation conflict where the mission was to maintain public order in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Military Dogs in the Brazilian Army The Brazilian Army systematized the use of dogs in 1967, and authorized their use within the Military Police organizations of the Army during jungle operations and commando activities, and the Airborne Infantry Brigade. Today, the Military units that use dogs include the Military Police, the Guard, and Special Operations. The animals are used as bodyguards, facility guards, security of sensitive locations, civic and military parades, to escort inmates and to guarantee law and order, especially during conflict-control operations, facilities search, patrolling, demonstrations, and to guard stations and perimeters, increasing the security of barracks. Military dogs have zootechnical characteristics ideal for military use, and they have good health, endurance, strength, trainability, and vivacity. The war dog is trained (obedience, protection, or scent) for employment during peace or war, with military purposes. Dogs are a good option during operations because they spare the soldiers’ lives, provide a psychological impact on the enemy, have a small frame and can move rapidly (10 meters in 2 seconds), are immune to tear gas, and precise during searches of illicit material and people. As a non-lethal weapon, war dogs, if used correctly, increase combat power. The psychological effect offered by these animals is very important for the success of a mission, especially if the activities take place in urban areas, where the collateral effect of a failed operation may bring disastrous consequences to a force. Dogs in the Operation Arcanjo During the pacification process of the communities in the slums of Penha and Alemão, the Brazilian Army used troops from different states in Brazil supported by war dogs from the 1st Guard Battalion. During the course of over 20 months of occupation, different operations were executed, the larger-scale ones of which requested support from the K-9 Battalion (see image). Depending on the characteristics of each operation, canines with specific specialities were deployed. For example, sniffing dogs were used during search and arrest operations. However, depending on what they were searching for (drugs, weapons, ammunition, explosives) more specialized dogs were chosen. Attack dogs joined the riot troops from the Battalion, many of which occasionally acted as reserve for the larger unit being supported. Even performance dogs executed public presentations in the context of the social communication missions. The fiercest specimens were used for persuasion, mainly during situations in which a disturbance of order was detected, such as the entrance of funk parties to the area on weekends. The presence of dogs in these areas of operation emphasized the strength of the troops, due to the high level of intimidation that the animals represented, since the possible perpetrators were afraid of being bitten by them. During the pacification, the foot patrols walking in the alleys and streets were intensified. During these missions, the use of dogs became necessary because their presence protected the officers in the narrow spaces by screening the surroundings as well as anticipating the presence of a possible aggressor. The Misericordia mountain range is a transitional area that divides the Penha and Alemão complexes; it is covered by Atlantic jungle vegetation, and has a quarry. This region was occupied for a limited time by a sub-unit of the 1st Guard Battalion. During the 15-day occupation, the Battalion’s canines were used to guard the facilities built on top of the hills and the checkpoints along the main entrances that connect one community to the other. The dogs from the 1st Guard Battalion were also used to screen cars and purses. During certain occasions, riot troops, consisting of the 1st Guard Battalion peloton, were used as reserve for the larger units. It was then that they controlled disruptions during local protests led by drug dealers. The residents of these communities were manipulated by the criminals with the intent of causing stress and humiliating the troops, while hoping that they would react by striking against the population (innocent or not). In these instances, canines proved to be an important tool that dismissed the use of firearms, and increased the combat capability by their great power of intimidation. The Brazilian Army was sabotaged during the occupation because they were in the drug dealers’ way in important locations within the communities, which used to be dominated by organized crime. These “exclusion zones” represent an efficient strategy to maintain the control of pacified areas. With the help of canines, the troops guarded the entrance point of these communities during some of these operations, thus halting the circulation of weapons and drugs in the region. The dogs’ headcount in the Brazilian Army is still small, but it will increase thanks to the success and need of these animals in activities that require control and security. They are also tools that dismiss the use of firearms, especially during large events, like those scheduled to take place in Brazil in the coming years, such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.last_img read more

Guatemalan Military Works with Defense Ministry, National Civil Police to Safeguard National Elections

first_imgFor months, the Ministry of National Defense, the Military, and the PNC have been working together to ensure the electoral process is secure – including on September 6, when the three entities provided security for the general election. Then, voters elected the representatives of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), 158 representatives to the National Congress of the Republic for the 2016-2020 term, and mayors in 338 municipalities, but no presidential candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote required by law to win. The pre-electoral phase, which began in September, focuses on preventing those assisting in the elections from consuming alcohol after September 24, pursuant to Guatemalan electoral law; Security forces are coordinating their efforts to protect election workers and voters from individual delinquents and organized crime groups who might target them for robbery or theft. The Guatemalan Military’s land forces, which include more than 19,000 personnel available for deployment, have the primary responsibility of providing security for the upcoming election, according to Infantry Brigadier General DEM Hugo Rodríguez, chief of the National Defense Ministry’s press department. The Military is also taking charge of security for “vital supply lines, such as those supplying electricity and water, and places of strategic value, such as principal and alternate highways and roads that lead to voting centers.” He added that bridges, ports, coastal areas, and waterways also have strategic value and will be protected by the Military. “For the second round (of elections), we hope to implement similar measures to those implemented during the first round. We are going to ensure that electoral boxes reach their destination without any inconvenience,” TSE Electoral Director Gloria López said. The 11 municipalities are: Morazán in the department of El Progreso; Pueblo Nuevo Viñas in Santa Rosa; Santa Clara La Laguna and Santa Catarina Palopó in Sololá; San Francisco Zapotitlán, San José El Ídolo and San Antonio Suchitepéquez in Suchitepéquez; Malacatán in San Marcos; Joyabaj in Quiché; Santa Catarina Mita and Conguaco in Jutiapa. Consequently, Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope (UNE) party and Jimmy Morales from the National Convergence Front (FCN-Nación) party – the candidates with the highest percentage of first-round votes – will square off on October 25, with the winner scheduled to be inaugurated on January 14, 2016. “Their mission is to install checkpoints, ensure the safety of the principal means of communication, and secure critical infrastructure and other areas of strategic value in their jurisdiction,” Brig. Gen. Rodriguez said. “This is especially crucial to those 11 municipalities where elections will be repeated.” By Dialogo October 23, 2015 I like the news of the day Security plan The closure of voting centers and the counting, storage, and transmission of ballots, which will be secured and stored by authorities. During the first round of elections, the PNC provided security personnel at more than 17,000 voting centers around the country, according to former PNC Director René Vásquez Cerón. Guatemala’s Ministry of National Defense and Armed Forces are working with the National Civil Police (PNC) to provide security for the second round of the country’s presidential elections, scheduled for October 25. Ongoing security efforts Security forces were deployed to town halls, Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) facilities, and vehicles that transport electoral supplies. The electoral phase, which will be carried out in voting centers beginning at 3 a.m. on election day, October 25, calls for an increased number of security personnel, including Troops, at polling places, including in the 11 municipalities that will have mayoral elections, according to PNC Director Nery Ramos; The PNC’s security plan, developed with the Military’s support, consists of three phases: Guarding against criminal activity The security plan calls for an increased number of Military personnel in 11 municipalities, with additional Troops stationed in the areas where criminal activity was reported during the first round last September. “We do not downplay (the threat) of common delinquents or organized crime,” said Vásquez Cerón, who in September presented the security plan for the first round of elections. “It is because of this that we greatly appreciate the collaboration with the Military and see them as a friendly force.” last_img read more

Senate makes progress to avoid shutdown; House preps vote on revised relief package

first_imgThe Senate Tuesday invoked cloture on the continuing resolution to extend federal funding to Dec. 11, setting the chamber up to pass the legislation today. The president is expected to sign the measure and prevent a federal government shutdown before funding expires at midnight tonight. In addition, the House could begin the process as early as today to advance a revised coronavirus relief package.The short-term funding deal includes an administration-sought provision to provide assistance to farmers, as well as $8 billion for pandemic-related nutrition assistance. It also extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Sept. 30, 2021. Congress is expected to continue spending discussions after the November election; while the House has passed its fiscal year 2021 spending package, the Senate has yet to do so.In the House, Democrats Monday evening released a revised version of the HEROES Act, which addresses “needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier iteration and reflecting negotiations between Democrats and Republicans,” a press release stated.The revised package includes: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more