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Honduran Security Initiatives Result in Marked Homicide Drop

first_imgBy Dialogo February 27, 2015 The efforts of Honduran security forces improved public safety in 2014, which ended with a 13.4 percent decrease in the number of homicides in the country during the first 10 months of the year, according to a report by the Ministry of Security. “Coordination during investigations is one of the most important tools, together with intelligence,” Rodríguez Luna said. “The operational part comes later, and involves the participation of public security agencies and the Armed Forces” Security forces use information derived from civilian intelligence as well as law enforcement investigations to locate organized crime leaders and root out their methods of transporting drugs and other contraband, such as illegal firearms. Since Honduras is located in a strategic geographic location on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, some drug trafficking groups operating in Honduras transport narcotics on ships bound for Mexico, the United States, and Canada. “Coordination during investigations is one of the most important tools, together with intelligence,” Rodríguez Luna said. “The operational part comes later, and involves the participation of public security agencies and the Armed Forces” International cooperation in criminal investigations Coordinating with neighboring countries is essential in the fight against organized crime, because many drug traffickers which operate in Honduras conduct their illegal activities across national borders, according to security analyst Armando Rodríguez Luna, from Mexico’s National Autonomous University. “We have begun to overthrow the criminal organizations and drug traffickers that were trying to take control of our country,” President Juan Orlando Hernández told the legislature in reference to the security report, adding that “much remains to be done.” Coordinating with neighboring countries is essential in the fight against organized crime, because many drug traffickers which operate in Honduras conduct their illegal activities across national borders, according to security analyst Armando Rodríguez Luna, from Mexico’s National Autonomous University. Working with the civilian population is an important component of the battle against organized crime. San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Honduras’s largest cities, recorded the highest number of killings, 592 and 533, respectively. Together, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala form the so-called Northern Triangle, a region where violent drug traffickers, including Mexican drug cartels, operate, according to the United Nations. International cooperation in criminal investigations “Mexican criminal groups started to provide significant support to Honduran gangs in order to become involved in transporting the drugs and creating local markets, which leads to disputes over territory,” Rodríguez Luna said. San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Honduras’s largest cities, recorded the highest number of killings, 592 and 533, respectively. Together, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala form the so-called Northern Triangle, a region where violent drug traffickers, including Mexican drug cartels, operate, according to the United Nations. From January to October 2014, there were 740 fewer killings compared to the same period of time in 2013. Overall, Honduras recorded 4,778 homicides during the first 10 months of last year, compared to 5,518 the previous year. From January to October 2014, there were 740 fewer killings compared to the same period of time in 2013. Overall, Honduras recorded 4,778 homicides during the first 10 months of last year, compared to 5,518 the previous year. “Mexican criminal groups started to provide significant support to Honduran gangs in order to become involved in transporting the drugs and creating local markets, which leads to disputes over territory,” Rodríguez Luna said. Security forces use information derived from civilian intelligence as well as law enforcement investigations to locate organized crime leaders and root out their methods of transporting drugs and other contraband, such as illegal firearms. Honduran security forces improved public safety by making progress in the battle against these drug traffickers and violent street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18). Working with the civilian population is an important component of the battle against organized crime. “We have begun to overthrow the criminal organizations and drug traffickers that were trying to take control of our country,” President Juan Orlando Hernández told the legislature in reference to the security report, adding that “much remains to be done.” Honduran security forces improved public safety by making progress in the battle against these drug traffickers and violent street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18). Since Honduras is located in a strategic geographic location on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, some drug trafficking groups operating in Honduras transport narcotics on ships bound for Mexico, the United States, and Canada. In mid-February, Hernández spoke of the importance of international cooperation in the fight against violent crime. “We are also pursuing significant cooperation with Colombia and the United States, and that is going to be one of the most important tools,” the president said. “We have seen in different countries – including in Latin America, in Asia, and in some cases in Africa – that coordination and cooperation with society are key to moving forward with prevention and citizen participation programs starting with the local areas, while the public security agencies help to consolidate territorial control,” Rodríguez Luna said. “We are also pursuing significant cooperation with Colombia and the United States, and that is going to be one of the most important tools,” the president said. The efforts of Honduran security forces improved public safety in 2014, which ended with a 13.4 percent decrease in the number of homicides in the country during the first 10 months of the year, according to a report by the Ministry of Security. In mid-February, Hernández spoke of the importance of international cooperation in the fight against violent crime. “We have seen in different countries – including in Latin America, in Asia, and in some cases in Africa – that coordination and cooperation with society are key to moving forward with prevention and citizen participation programs starting with the local areas, while the public security agencies help to consolidate territorial control,” Rodríguez Luna said.last_img read more

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Lori Anne Russell, 49, Wellington: June 27, 1965 – April 10, 2015

first_imgLori RussellLori Anne Russell  Friday, April 10, 2015 at her home in Wellington at the age of 49.Lori was born the daughter of Janet Kay Rader and Dennis Horsch on Sunday, June 27, 1965 in Wellington.Survivors include her son, Mathias Wagoner (Andrea Fox) of Moore, Oklahoma, daughter, Lacey (Wagoner) Haslouer and her husband Rick of Wellington, daughter, Miranda Gandy (Jonathan Krzinowek) of Wichita, father, Dennis Horsch and his wife Cathy of Wellington, sisters: Stacy Migues of Wellington and Gina Brown and her husband Charlie of Wellington, brothers: Jacob Dickinson and his wife Jill of Wellington and Derrick Dickinson (Erienne Cranmer) of Wellington, grandchildren: Skylar and Shyanne Yearout and Keela and Savannah Haslouer, nieces: Katelyn and Tasha Migues, nephews: Richard and Michael Grizzle and Jonathan Migues and her dear companion and friend, Roy Duncan.She was preceded in death by her mother, Janet Kay Rader.Those that knew Lori and her family are invited to gather at the Day Funeral Home for an evening of remembering and visiting on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 5 p.m to 7 p.m.A private interment will be held at a later date in Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington.In lieu of flowers, her family requests contributions be given to the Lori Anne Russell Memorial Fund. All contributions will be used to assist with the funeral.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

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Nelson/Kaslo Midget Reps off to great start, winners of six of seven games

first_imgLast season it was a Nelson/Castlegar mix.This season Nelson Minor Hockey decided to affiliate with Kaslo to form its Midget Rep squad and the decision appears to be paying dividends on the ice.Nelson/Kaslo Leafs won its sixth game of the young minor hockey season Sunday in Nakusp, defeating the host club 4-1 thanks to a two-goal performance of Colton Dawson.”The boys are playing pretty well,”  said head coach Tony Maida, doing his best to keep the kids focused on hockey.For most of these players the dream of junior may be a bit of a stretch as local Kootenay International and B.C. Junior League coaches generally fill their respective rosters with Major Midget players.However, each season and each coaches’ need is different, meaning playing second fiddle to Major Midget is not necessarily the end of the line.Sunday, Dawson, who got more than just a passing look at the Nelson Leafs camp, sparked the visiting team to the rebound victory after the Nakusp posted a 3-0 win in the opening tilt.John Katountas and Ross Jacob also scored for Nelson/Kaslo.James Tucker went the distance in the nets for Nelson/Kaslo.”We were missing four kids to sickness for the two games in Nakusp,” Maida, pleased with the play of the remainder of the roster, admitted.Nelson/Kaslo opened the four-game weekend Friday at the NDCC Arena by defeating Castlegar 5-2.Dawson led the attack with three points as five different players shared in the scoring.Matt MacDonald, Sam Webber, Dylan Whiffen and Katountas scored for Nelson/Kaslo. Tyler Maida finished the game with three assists.Nelson/Kaslo continued its torrid start to the season by outlasting Grand Forks 9-5 Saturday. Webber scored twice while Peter Reimer, Zach Grimshaw, Liam Butterfield, Dawson and McLain Sandeveland added singles.For Butterfield and Sandeveland, it was their first goals in rep hockey.Tyler Maida continued his Wayne Gretzky-like play, setting up there goals for Nelson/Kaslo.Tucker played most of the weekend as teammate Brayden Pompu suffered an injury during Friday’s game against Castlegar.Nelson/Kaslo entered the weekend with three consecutive road wins over Grand Forks (4-1) and Castlegar (5-4 and 5-2).Nelson/Kaslo Midget Reps take to the road Friday for a tournament in [email protected]last_img read more

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BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC PURSE RAISED TO $6 MILLION AND LONGINES TURF RAISED TO $4 MILLION

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced purse increases for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, starting with this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on November 4-5. The Classic, run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track for 3-year-olds and older, will now carry a total guaranteed purse of $6 million and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, run at 1 ½ miles for 3-year-olds and up, will  now have a purse of $4 million.Total purses and awards for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, which includes 13 grade one races held over two days, will be a record $28 million.This will be the first purse increases on any of the Breeders’ Cup races since 2006. From 2006 through 2015 the Breeders’ Cup Classic was contested for a purse of $5 million and the Turf carried a $3 million purse.  In 2007, the Breeders’ Cup expanded to a two-day event and added three races to the card but purses for the existing Championship races remained the same.First place prize for this year’s Classic will be $3,300,000, and the first place prize for the Turf will be $2,200,000.The purse increases to both races were approved by the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors in February.In addition to the increase in purses, Breeders’ Cup will now pay down to the 8th finish position on every Championship race, increasing the number of horses who receive purse distributions from 40% of starters to 65%.  Every international starter will receive $40,000 as a shipping stipend, and North American starters stabled outside of California will receive $10,000.In January, the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) published its Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings of the top 100 group1/grade 1 races based upon ratings averages over the past three years (2013-2015). The Breeders’ Cup Classic (124.33) was rated the world’s second highest race, trailing only the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (125.75) for the top spot. The Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (122.50) was rated the world’s fourth highest race, just slightly behind the No. 3 slotted Juddmonte International Stakes (122.67).Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., was won by the brilliant American Pharoah, who became North America’s first Grand Slam winner, taking the three Triple Crown races of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, and the Classic in the same year. The 2015 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf featured a thrilling international duel, as the determined filly Found (IRE), upset Golden Horn (GB), the European Horse of the Year, by a half-length.“In our efforts  to provide our horsemen and fans with the best product in international racing, we are pleased to announce purse increases for both the Classic and the Longines Turf beginning with this year’s event at Santa Anita,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “Since our inception, one of the founding principles of the Breeders’ Cup has been to offer unprecedented purses on our races as incentive to keep the stars of our sport on the track and extend their racing careers. While the Classic and the Turf mark our first purse increases to individual races since 2006, our goal is to continue to find ways to raise purse levels on our races in the future.”Following Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup Challenge season gets into full swing for the second half of the year with a bevy of stars pointing to the $6 million Classic. Among them are the three Triple Crown race winners Nyquist (Kentucky Derby), Exaggerator (Preakness) and Creator (Belmont). The older runners are led by California Chrome, the 2014 Kentucky Derby and 2016 Dubai World Cup winner; Beholder, the two-time Breeders’ Cup champion and three-time Eclipse Award winning mare, and Frosted, who was a dominant  winner of Saturday’s Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont.The first of seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge series automatic qualifying races for the Classic begins this Saturday at Churchill Downs with the Stephen Foster Handicap. Effinex, runner-up to last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner to American Pharoah, is among those expected to start.On June 25, the NBC Sports Group “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series, presented by Lanes’ End Farm and America’s Best Racing” continues its season of nine telecasts from the nation’s premier tracks with the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (NBCSN, 8-9 p.m. ET) for the second “Win and You’re In” berth into the Classic.Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512 $28 Million in Purses and Awards for 2016 World Championships at Santa Anitalast_img read more

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How Bruce Bochy established a winning legacy with a losing record as a manager

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s not a matter of if Bruce Bochy will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s a matter of when.As Bochy wraps up his 25th consecutive season as a major league manager, the San Francisco Giants are preparing an emotional celebration and a tribute to his historic tenure. The only ceremony that will top Bochy’s de-facto retirement party on Sunday at Oracle Park is the gathering that will … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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NEAT offices and thrift store will be moving under one roof

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The offices of the Northern Environmental Action Team, as well as its NEAT Finds Thrift Store, will be moving all under on roof at the end of the month.NEAT’s executive director Karen Mason-Bennett explained that the organization has decided to bring all of its operations to a single location since it is both larger than its current spaces and will put the NEAT Finds store in a more central location in the city.Mason-Bennett said that NEAT will be relocating to the former Maximum Fitness building on 95th Avenue, next to the new home of the North Peace Gymnastics Association. The plan is to have the thrift store located on the lower floor where the old weight pit used to be, while NEAT’s office space will be on the floor above.Mason-Bennett said that the organizations will also be building a classroom space inside its new home, which will allow NEAT to host its own programming instead of having to travel around the region.NEAT’s offices will be closed September 24th-28th to get everything packed and moved, while the NEAT Finds store will be closing on September 27th.Mason-Bennett said that the goal is to have everything reopened by the beginning of October.last_img read more

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COAI seeks roadmap to resolve issues plaguing telecom sector

first_imgNew Delhi: Industry body COAI on Tuesday said the new government post elections should set out a clear roadmap to ease the burden of levies on the telecom sector, and issues including cut in licence fee and spectrum charges should be taken up at the earliest, preferably in 6-9 months’ timeframe. COAI rued that revenue continues to remain under pressure for the industry saddled with high debt, and for most players the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization or EBITDA generated “is not enough to meet the interest expenses”. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) should be reviewed to include revenue from licensed activities only … Telecom Department should adopt the recommendations given by the regulator on the issue of determination of AGR,” Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) Director General Rajan S Mathews told reporters here. COAI said that income from interest, dividend, capital gains from sale of fixed assets, gains from forex fluctuation, income from rent, insurance claims, and distributors margin should not be included in the revenue of the telecom operators for the purpose of computation of licence fee and spectrum usage charges. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAlso, revenue from sale of handsets and other subscriber terminals like routers should also be not included in the AGR, it said. “Once you address the AGR definition issue, it has cascading benefits.. that is the first thing they (the new Government) should look at. Second, the issue of double taxation…you have got payment for spectrum up-front why are you continuing to tax the industry for the spectrum usage charge and licence…TRAI already recommended that SUC should come down to 1 per cent and licence fee should come down too,” he said. He added that if these outstanding issues are dealt with in the first 6-9 months by the new government post elections, it would yield “sizable benefits” for the industry. “It would also send a clear signal to both industry and investors that the government is serious about getting the sector back on its feet,” Mathews said. Some of the major demands of the industry include reforms in AGR finalization, allowing deductions of lease line/bandwidth charges and the charges paid by one telecom operator to another as `pass through charges’, alignment of the bank guarantees with the licence fee and SUC payouts of telecom operators, and refund of accumulated unutilised input tax credit, among others. Under the Unified License Agreement, the licence fee currently is 8 per cent of the AGR. Further, in case the operator obtains spectrum, they also pay spectrum related charges, including payment for allotment and use of such radiowaves. Over the past few years, India’s telecom market had become cut-throat where nearly a dozen players jostled for market share, pummelling the call rates to among the lowest in the world. Competition has only intensified since 2016, when Reliance Jio Infocomm, owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, stormed into the market and offered free calls and dirt cheap data. This triggered massive consolidation in the industry the most prominent being that of Vodafone and Idea.last_img
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Suicide attack in Pakistan’s Quetta leaves 21 dead, 50 hurt

first_imgKarachi: At least 21 people were killed and 50 others injured in a suicide bombing at a crowded market in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Friday, in an attack believed to be targeting the Shiite Hazara ethnic minority community. Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack and ordered an inquiry. The explosion at around 7:35 AM took place in the busy wholesale market area of Hazarganj in Quetta where Hazaras and other traders come daily to buy fruits and vegetables to later sell at their shops in other parts of the city. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDeputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that the blast, which occurred when the vegetable and fruit sacks were being loaded onto trucks by the traders, targeted the Hazara ethnic community. However, Home Minister Ziaullah Langove, in a press conference, said that the blast was not targeting “a specific community”. “Our guess is that no specific community was targeted. Marri Baloch and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were among those killed as well. The numbers of the Hazara community were just greater,” Langove said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe also described the blast as a suicide attack. Officials said that 21 people have been killed and 50 others injured in the blast. An Edhi welfare trust rescue official at the scene of the blast said he had counted around 21 bodies being taken to hospitals. At least eight of those killed in the bomb blast are from the Hazara community, Cheema said. The security forces fear the death toll may rise, GEO News reported. Buildings located nearby were also damaged in the blast, police said. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Cheema said that due to the blast, security has been provided to shopkeepers and traders at the market. “Traders who come from other parts of the city to buy fruits and vegetables at the market are escorted by police and Frontier Corp personnel,” the officer said. Cheema said around 70 traders had come to the market in different vehicles and were escorted by the FC and Police. He said that the police and FC personnel had put up blocks at the entrance and exit of the market. “The security forces are here, police are here. What more can we do? We secure them (the community) and travel back and forth with them. If something is hidden in a shop, then the shopkeepers will need to be probed,” the officer said. Hazaras make up a significant minority group in Pakistan and most of them live in Quetta. This is not the first time that the Hazara community has been targeted by militants in the province.last_img read more

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Arsenal agree Bernd Leno deal with Bayer Leverkusen

first_imgArsenal have just concurred to sign a deal with Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to ESPN.The 26-year-old will seal up a five-year deal while his move shall be finalized later this week as German newspaper Bild reports the transfer fee was in the region of €25 million.New Arsenal boss Unai Emery who identified Leno and made him the club’s long-term replacement for Petr Cech,  have been locked in talks with Leverkusen over a deal for Leno for several weeks and the goalkeeper is poised to make the switch to the Emirates.Club Atletico de Madrid v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First LegUEFA Champions League Group D – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 7, 2019 Three teams from Europe’s major four leagues will compete in Group D, with two of them as big favorites to progress into the knockout stage.Leno made six appearances for Germany but was not named in their World Cup squad, enabling him to hold talks with Arsenal. As a product of Stuttgart’s youth system, Leno is one of the more highly regarded goalkeepers in Europe after impressing at Leverkusen for the last seven seasons.Leno will become Emery’s second signing as Arsenal boss after the addition of Switzerland full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus.last_img read more

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Deputy Premier attends state recognized funeral service for Dr Myles Munroe

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2014 (TCIG PRESS RELEASE) – Hon. Akierra Missick, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Youth & Library Services travelled to Nassau, Bahamas last week to attend the funeral of Dr. Myles Munroe. Mary Lightbourne Head of Secretariat, Deputy Premiers Office, joined Hon. Missick.A commemoration service for Dr. Myles & Pastor Ruth Ann Munroe took place on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.The result of a tragic plane crash on 9th November 2014, Dr. Munroe and eight others passed away while trying to land at the Grand Bahamas International Airport. He is survived by his son Chairo and daughter Charissa.Hon Missick said; “The world has lost a giant of a man and we mourn and celebrate with the people of the Bahamas today. “I was proud to be able to share the people of Turks & Caicos Islands condolences with our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas including the Prime Minister, Hon. Perry Christie.”ENDS Related Items:akierra missick, Dr. Myles Munroe, funeral, mary lightbourne, nassau Bahamas gives State funeral to noted choir director Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Another Murder in Nassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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