Latin American countries and Interpol strengthen cooperation to fight organized crime

first_img International drug trafficking Latin American cooperation By Dialogo November 22, 2013 In 2014, Interpol will be launching a new initiative to fight cyber-crime. In September 2014, Interpol is scheduled to launch the Global Complex of Innovation in Cybersecurity in Singapore. The complex will be equipped with the most recent technology available. It will have three main sections, one for research, one devoted to forensics, and a third which will focus on conducting analyses of emerging threats. Interpol dos not have any estimates on the amount of money that is stolen worldwide because of cyber-crime, according to Noboru Nakatani, the director of the Cybersecurity Complex. However, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) estimates that the figure from this criminal activity is between US$ 300 billion(USD) and $ 1 trillion (USD). While transnational criminal organizations are using technology to commit crimes, Interpol is countering them with their own technological tools, Nakatani said. Drug trafficking remains one of the top global security threats, according to a study released at the conference by the Colombian National Police. Abo 800 tons of cocaine are produced annually worldwide, and most of the production occurs in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, the report said. Drug traffickers generate profits of more than $320 billion (USD) annually, according to the report. In addition to combatting drug smuggling, security forces should try to disrupt the financial structures of transnational criminal organizations, the report advised. The report highlighted the role of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The cartel also engages in arms smuggling and other criminal enterprises. El Chapo has a fortune of close to $1 billion (USD), the report said. El Chapo operates in almost every part of the world, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. El Chapo has alliances with organized crime groups in Guatemala and Ecuador, for example, and the Sinaloa Cartel smuggles cocaine, heroin, and synthetic drugs to European countries and Australia. Drug trafficking affects almost all 190 countries which participate in Interpol. The violence inherent in drug trafficking and the social ills caused by the sale and use of drugs – such as addiction – is a global security threat, according to an Interpol report. “Illicit drugs undermine economic and social development and foster crime, instability and insecurity,” according to the Interpol report. Officials from more than 100 countries who recently attended the 82nd General Assembly of Interpol in Cartagena, Colombia agreed to cooperate in the battle against international drug trafficking, terrorism, and cyber-crime. The conference took place from Oct. 21-24, 2013. More than 1,000 senior staff members from 144 countries and 630 police chiefs, as well as 24 international observers, attended the event. The conference focused on current issues and future security challenges posed by organized crime, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) said on its website. The countries which attended the conference adopted resolutions to increase the number of partnerships with other nations and international law enforcement organizations in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and the proliferation of radiological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. The countries also agreed to strengthen existing cooperation agreements, and join together to fight cybercrime, which Interpol calls one of the “greatest threats to citizens around the world.” he countries which attended the conference also adopted a resolution to work together to fight weapons smuggling and the trafficking of human organs. Cooperation and the sharing of information is also crucial in the fight against international terrorism, officials said. “We want to prevent international terrorism from moving from one country to another,” said Interpol’s Secretary-General, Ronald Noble. Colombia agreed with the U.S. government to improve cooperation when it comes to the extradition of suspected terrorists and drug traffickers. Interpol is considered the third largest international organization in the world, after the United Nations and FIFA (International Federation of Association Football). Its headquarters is located in Lyon, France, and Interpol has six regional offices, in San Salvador, Buenos Aires, Abidjan, Nairobi, Harare and Colombia. The cooperation agreements reached at the conference in Cartagena will help security forces battle international organized crime groups, Noble said. “Now we have an even stronger framework to address the various challenges that transnational crime poses to the global community of law enforcement,” Noble concluded. Colombian police deployed a large security operation to ensure the safety of the conference. A detachment of 2,500 police officers and explosive-detection dogs helped secure the conference. Cooperation between countries is crucial in the battle against international organized crime groups, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said on the last day of the conference. “The exchange of information is and will remain the key success factor in the fight against transnational organized crime,” Pinzon said. Terrorism and drug trafficking will continue to be a priority for all nations, Pinzon said. Close links between terrorists and drug traffickers means security forces must “redouble” their efforts to disrupt transnational criminal organizations, which sometimes provide funding to terrorists, Pinzon said. center_img Cooperation and sharing information Security forces use technology Security forces in Latin America and around the world are continuing to battle traditional organized crime activities, such as drug trafficking, arms smuggling, and kidnapping, while adapting to fight new threats, a security analyst said. “We went from the traditional agenda of drugs, arms and human trafficking, to cooperation in intelligence to fight new criminal threats,” including cyber-crime, said Germán Alberto Sahid, a security analyst at Rosario University in Colombia. ecurity forces are using technology combat organized crime. For example, in recent months Interpol launched a program known as “e-extradition”, a technical platform that will allow faster processing of extradition requests. The program was greeted with enthusiastic support from many of the delegates to the conference. Latin American security forces are also using technology to fight organized crime. For example, in October 2013, the Ecuadorian Navy used an unmanned aircraft to locate a boat that was suspected of smuggling drugs. The Navy transmitted the location of the boat to the Coast Guard, which intercepted the vessel, which was loaded with about 800 kilograms of cocaine. Fighting terrorism Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened the Interpol General Assembly, which took place at the Convention Center of Cartagena, with opening remarks. Colombia is promoting strengthening cooperation between Central American and Caribbean countries in the battle against transnational criminal organizations. In late September 2013, Pinzon, the Colombian defense minister, visited military leaders of seven Central American and Caribbean countries to discuss how security forces throughout the region could cooperate on security matters. Pinzon met with military officials in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. Pinzon and officials from the other countries discussed the possibility of increasing opportunities for the Colombian military and National Police to fight international drug trafficking and other crimes, such as extortion and kidnapping. Such regional cooperation is crucial in the fight against transnational criminal organizations, according to security analyst Sahid. “States are beginning to understand that security is one issue from a broad agenda. For the first time, issues of environmental, economic, social, political, military and human security were discussed. That is important,” Sahid said. “Countries are starting to standardize the legal doctrine against threats and crimes with the same penalties and procedures. It is a breakthrough because it facilitates communication between agencies.” “he actions taken at the summit will be routed to various countries to cooperate on intelligence and security regardless of political ideology,” Sahid said. “Governments have realized that criminal groups are beginning to threaten political, economic, and social stability.” Fighting cyber-crime last_img read more

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Conference RPIs not accurate come March

first_imgFinally, the Super Bowl is in the past. The 82-game NBA regular season is in the present, but that only really matters for Cavaliers, Lakers or masochistic Nets fans. And baseball is still in the future, unless pitchers and catchers coming out of hibernation in two weeks spurs you to check Buster Olney’s tweets on a constant basis.Though college basketball has been playing games for nearly three months, the season will truly start in earnest now — if for no other reason than ESPN has nothing else to fill out SportsCenter with, and their contract with Dick Vitale states he must plug the Jimmy V Foundation once every 36 hours.There is a bubble watch to burst, Final Four dark horse candidates to shine a light on and Roy Williams jokes to be made.Sounds like the perfect time for a notes column.?The Big Ten conference has four schools ranked in the top 15 of the AP poll. The SEC has three teams residing in the top 25, and the ACC finds itself with two programs among the 25 best.So of course in cyborg logic similar to the wildly successful BCS computers, the Big Ten sits in fifth place in conference RPI rankings while the ACC and SEC rank third and fourth, respectively. Making the situation even more perplexing, the Big Ten managed to knock off the ACC earlier in the year during the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.So how to explain the Big Ten’s lowly rating?Basically — and this is going to get complicated so follow along carefully — the Big Ten’s sucky teams suck worse than the other sucky teams in the sucky irrelevant bottom of the ACC and SEC.Whew.Penn State (No. 226), Indiana (No. 219) and Iowa (No. 191) are three of the worst power conference schools in the nation according to realtime RPI rankings. The only other school close to them from the ACC or the SEC is LSU coming in at No. 212 and Auburn at No. 149.So if you are comparing the conferences from the cream of the top to the Brian Zoubek level-bad at the bottom, then yeah, the Big Ten is No. 5 overall. But considering the only time these conferences will face off again is in the NCAA Tournament, it probably makes more sense to compare the upper echelons to one another.When you do that, here is how the only teams that matter anymore stack up against each other:The SEC boasts Kentucky, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, John Calipari’s hair grease and a ton of booster money being funneled in to the player’s aunts’, uncles’ and girlfriends’ bank accounts.While the Wildcats are one of the top Final Four candidates, the Tennessee Firearms should scare no one — on the court at least — and Vanderbilt is too irrelevant to even earn a bad joke.In the ACC, the top two teams have both been beaten by Wisconsin, and Duke appears primed to make its MTV-sponsored Sweet 16-and-done run in the tourney. The conference depth is impressive — no team has a sub-.500 overall record — but the top and bottom of the league are merely separated by a couple of free throws and a turnover here or there.Blue Devil point guard Jon Scheyer is fantastic, but Kyle Singler has had an off year, and any team that gives 15 minutes a game to Brian Zoubek is not to be trusted. And yes, I am trying to set the record for the most gratuitous Brian Zoubek references in one column. Unathletic 7-foot white guys need press clippings too.With Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State all locks for the Dance at this point, it is pretty obvious the Big Ten will be superior come March.The Spartans and Purdue are legit Final Four contenders, while the Buckeyes boast Evan Turner, who should be the National Player of the Year. Alas, since this column has run 660 words long already, that argument will be for another time.And then there is Wisconsin.The science department here at UW has strong evidence that jinxes are real; so let’s just call Wisconsin a good team to be safe.Conference RPI is a fun statistic for fans arguing over those ever-important message boards. The argument will end rather quickly come March however.The previous note is like ones taken by freshmen in Microeconomics. There is depth, research and meticulous attention to detail. The following notes will be similar to a scholarship athlete in a music appreciation class.?North Carolina’s problems — 13-10 record, 2-6 in ACC play and on the outside looking in for March Madness — have been largely attributed to injuries suffered for the Tar Heels this year. Perhaps the problem has been the career bugaboo for head coach Roy Williams — a lack of toughness on the team.Williams has always been able to coach offensive basketball, but it took the crazy Tyler Hansbrough and bruiser Sean May to bring Williams his national championships. The Tar Heels are 1-4 in games decided by four points or less and are 1-4 on the road this season.?For any native or alumnus of Wisconsin, there should always be a good bit of schadenfreude when a Roy Williams coached team struggles. Just ask former Wisconsin — and 2000 Final Four head coach — Dick Bennett what he thinks of good ol’ Roy.?Brian Zoubek is averaging 5.1 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 3.1 awkward stumbles per minute.?As sacrilegious it may seem, Badger fans should be rooting for the likes of Duke and Marquette the rest of the way. The better those non-conference wins look to the selection committee, the stronger chance UW has of grabbing a high seed and playing the first round in the virtual home environment of the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.?If Arizona continues on its current path of mediocrity, only Kansas, Duke and Michigan State will have a longer current NCAA Tournament streak than the Badgers. Neither UCLA nor North Carolina are to be seen on that list.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism. Enjoy his notes when you were supposed to be taking your own in class? Think his RPI rant was off base? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

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Disgust over foul mess at Donegal beach

first_imgUpdate – 17:00: The bins referenced in this report have now been cleared.Beachgoers at a popular Donegal beach have called for a major clean up of overflowing dog waste bins.Visitors to the beautiful Culdaff Beach over the Easter break were met with revolting sights at the entrance and children’s play areas. The dog waste bins were so jammed with foul-filled bags that pet owners had started to pile their waste outside and around them.Children’s Play Area at Culdaff BeachCuldaff Beach Car Park BinA local man who visited the Inishowen beach with his children yesterday said the issue is a ‘disgrace’.“I thought the first bin at the car park was disgusting, but then I walked over the beach to the kids park and it was just as bad,” he said.“This didn’t just happen over the weekend, it’s weeks of dog mess in those bins.” Children’s Play Area at Culdaff BeachThe Culdaff man said that he has contacted a number of local councillors to have the mess cleared.He added that more needs to be done to manage the waste issue: “I always take my wains for a walk on the beach. We have a wee dog ourselves and the first thing we do is pick up the bag and put it in the bin. Obviously people are good enough to use the bins, but there isn’t much point if they are in this state.”Disgust over foul mess at Donegal beach was last modified: April 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:culdaff beachlast_img read more

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Raiders’ Alec Ingold a high school legend in Green Bay

first_imgOtis Chambers had finished three guided tours at one of the most sainted locales in NFL history but conceded his emotions were mixed with the thought of the Raiders playing at Lambeau Field.Chambers is Green Bay, Wisconsin, through and through. The Packers, as well as the local school district where he worked for 34 years, are a big part of his life. As an athletic director at Bay Port High, Chambers saw every game Raiders rookie fullback Alec Ingold ever played before taking his retirement …last_img

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How to Liven Up Dead Geology

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new study shows some carbon compounds from Mars arose from geological processes.  What does life have to do with it?  Ask some science reporters.The facts:  According to a new study by the Carnegie Institution, some carbon compounds in Martian meteorites arose by chemical processes on the red planet, probably volcanism.  The compounds in the famous Martian ALH 84001 meteorite that sparked the birth of the new science of Astrobiology in the 1990s were also found to be non-biological in origin.  This means the compounds have nothing whatsoever to do with life.One might suspect this would be tragic news for those who have devoted their careers to finding life on Mars, but here’s how popular news reports treated the story:Live Science began by saying that organic compounds (by definition, those containing carbon, including cyanide and tailpipe soot) are “linked with life” and used the popular phrase, “building blocks of life” twice.  It quoted a scientist saying, “We now find that Mars has organic chemistry, and on Earth, organic chemistry led to life.”  The article was more “lively” than the dead geology facts indicated.  It even turned the bad news (astrobiologically speaking) into good news: “Now that scientists have a better picture of the foundations of Martian chemistry, they can better look for anomalies that might be signs of life,” reporter Charles Q. Choi said.Science Daily also used the suggestive phrase “building blocks of life” and accentuated how the new knowledge of dead rock “will help aid future quests for evidence of ancient or modern Martian life“.New Scientist called the finding that “Tiny carbon nuggets in meteorites from Mars were formed by cooling magma, not left by ancient alien microbes” to be “good news and bad news for astrobiologists.”  MacGregor Campbell’s headline read, quizzically, “Bottled carbon from Mars bodes well for ancient aliens.”  Campbell quoted a researcher who brought the lava, like Lazarus, from the dead with a word: “The presence of organic carbon at or near the Martian surface provides a potential nutrient source for putative life.”    The ending paragraph, which mentions St. Paul, would probably make the creationist saint roll over in his tomb:“Perhaps the formation of prebiotic chemistry on Mars was as simple as cooling of Martian lavas,” says Marc Hirschmann, a planetary scientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, who was not involved in the research. “It reinforces the idea that early Mars may have been ripe for the development of life.“National Geographic topped off the lava-lamp theory of life (9/17/2003) by suggesting that Earth life came from volcanoes, too.  “Magma Rise Sparked Life as We Know It?” Reporter Ken Croswell  began.  “Shift in planet’s volcanoes flooded Earth with oxygen, study says.”  He even deduced the middle ages: “First, though, the rise of oxygen subjected our planet to a mid-life crisis: Oxygen readily reacts with methane, a greenhouse gas that had been warming the world before the oxidation event,”  he ended.  “With a drop in atmospheric methane, Earth and its inhabitants suffered the planet’s first major ice age.”  Nevertheless, like Campbell agreed, just having the potential molecules, whether carbon or oxygen, makes a planet ripe for putative life.While we’re at the Game of Life, why not just define volcanoes as alive already?  Charles Lineweaver, in an interview for New Scientist, lamented the typical woes of defining life, so he “moved the bar” a little with a provocative definition of his own.  Asked how he would define life, he answered, “To the extent that the question makes sense, as a ‘far-from-equilibrium dissipative system’.”  When confronted with the fact that this makes hurricanes and stars (and presumably volcanoes) alive, he responded, “I’m moving the bar in what I consider to be a reasonable way. People should be disappointed, not at my moving the bar, but in the unrealistic expectation that there should be a bar where we have traditionally placed it.”Unexpectedly, Lineweaver scoffed at the idea that life can be defined as something that undergoes Darwinian evolution.  “We pretend that makes sense, but if you look it makes no sense at all,” he remarked.  “What is the unit of Darwinian evolution? Is it the gene? Is it the cell? Is it a multicellular organism? Is a city evolving? How about Gaia? Is that a life form?”  Perhaps allowing a star, hurricane or volcano to qualify as life forms has the advantage of legitimizing Astrobiology and making the search for life on Mars a lot easier.  Just don’t ask Lineweaver what the unit of a far-from-equilibrium dissipative system is.This is more evidence that evolutionists are really animists and pantheists.  They turn lava lakes into gardens of Eden.  Just add water; just add lava; just add oxygen — all dead things –  and what happens?  Emergence. “Some two billion years later, Earth’s oxygen-rich air allowed animals—including humans—to emerge and thrive,” Croswell wrote.  The universe is brimming with a life force, a potentiality that permeates space and time, filling volcanoes and meteorites with putative possibilities, accumulating building blocks of life so that the Unseen Hand of Evolution, the Tinkerer, Gaia, or whatever (doesn’t need to make any sense at all), can work behind the scenes in some mysterious, unguided way.  But the Unseen Hand is not allowed to act until the Spirit of Charlie, hovering over the surface of the lavas, shouts: “Come forth!  Emerge!  Arise!  Be fruitful and multiply!”Maybe these reporters think the facts would be pretty boring without the L-word tossed in.  Maybe they want to protect funding for Astrobiology (the science in search of a subject) in spite of bad news like this.  Maybe they’re blind to their own biases.  Whatever it is, they’re funny.last_img read more

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Le climat et le temps en Afrique du Sud

first_imgRegion subtropicale, temperee par un ocean sur les trois cotes du pays et par l’altitude du plateau interieur, elle presente des conditions chaudes et temperees si typiques de l’Afrique du Sud et tellement appreciees des visiteurs etrangers.L’Afrique du Sud est reputee pour son soleil. C’est un pays relativement sec, avec une moyenne de precipitations d’environ 464mm (par rapport a une moyenne mondiale d’environ 860mm). Alors que la province de Western Cape reçoit des precipitations principalement en hiver, le reste du pays est plutot une region a precipitations estivales.Parallelement, les temperatures en Afrique du Sud ont tendance a etre moins elevee que dans d’autres pays se trouvant a la meme latitude, comme l’Australie, du fait d’une plus haute elevation par rapport au niveau de la mer.Sur le plateau interieur, l’altitude (Johannesburg se situe a 1694 metres) permet de maintenir des temperatures moyennes en dessous de 30°C. En hiver, pour cette meme raison, les temperatures nocturnes peuvent descendre en dessous de zero, et parfois encore plus bas dans certains endroits.Les regions cotieres d’Afrique du Sud sont donc les plus chaudes en hiver. Il existe cependant un net contraste entre les temperatures des cotes est et ouest du pays, a cause respectivement du courant chaud Agulhas et du courant froid Benguela qui longent les cotes.Nous trouvant dans l’hemisphere sud, nos saisons s’opposent a celles de l’Europe, de l’Amerique du Nord, alors oui, nous passons Noel a la plage.L’etePour une grande partie de l’Afrique du Sud, l’ete (de la mi-octobre a la mi-fevrier) se caracterise par un temps chaud et ensoleille, souvent accompagne d’orages dans l’apres midi qui disparaissent rapidement, laissant une odeur chaude de terre dans l’air typique de l’Afrique.La province de Western Cape, avec son climat mediterraneen, est une exception qui reçoit des precipitations en hiver.L’automneL’automne en Afrique du Sud (de mi-fevrier a avril) offre d’une certaine maniere le meilleur temps. Tres peu de precipitations tombent sur l’ensemble du pays, il fait chaud mais pas trop et on va vers le froid au fur et a mesure que la saison avance.Au Cap, l’automne est fantastique avec des journees d’ete ensoleillees et chaudes, des nuits douces dont profitent de nombreuses personnes pour frequenter les terrasses des cafes.L’hiverL’hiver en Afrique du Sud (de mai a juillet) se caracterise, dans les regions les plus hautes du plateau interieur par des journees seches, ensoleillees et vives et des nuits froides. C’est une bonne idee d’emmener des vetements chauds.La cote chaude et humide du KwaZulu-Natal, ainsi que le Lowveld (regions les plus basses) des provinces de Mpumalanga et Limpopo presente un magnifique temps hivernal avec des journees ensoleillees et chaudes et quasiment ni vent ni precipitation.La province de Western Cape reçoit des precipitations principalement en hiver, avec un certain nombre de journees au climat nuageux et pluvieux. Cependant, elles sont souvent entrecoupees de merveilleuses journees rivalisant avec l’ete anglais.Les hautes montagnes du Cap et le Drakensberg du KwaZulu-Natal reçoivent habituellement de la neige en hiver.Le printempsNulle part ailleurs en Afrique du Sud, vous ne trouverez un printemps (d’aout a mi-octobre) plus spectaculaire que dans les provinces du Cap. Ici l’hiver gris est vite oublie car des centaines de plantes de petite taille, voire insignifiante, recouvrent les plaines d’un tapis de fleurs multicolore.Le voyage pour aller voir les fleurs du Namaqualand dans les provinces de Western et Northern Cape est un pelerinage annuel pour de nombreux sud-africains.Quelle est la meilleure epoque de l’annee pour voyager ?Cela depend de ce que vous voulez faire. Les fleurs sont au meilleur de leur forme en aout et en septembre. La meilleure epoque pour les visites de reserves naturelles est la fin du printemps (septembre et octobre). Les baleines australes passent pres de nos cotes de mi juin a fin octobre.La plongee est possible dans tout le pays en dehors de l’ete (c.-a.-d. d’avril a septembre), tout comme le surf mais cela ne limite pas ces activites a ces saisons.La fin de l’hiver au Cap et le plein ete au KwaZulu-Nata (fin novembre a mi fevrier) sont les meilleures epoques pour le rafting en riviere. Les provinces de Mpumalanga et du Limpopo sont moins dependantes du temps.Les regions intermediaires (le printemps et l’automne) sont les meilleures pour la randonnee car l’ete peut etre tres chaud dans tout le pays. Dans le Drakensberg, les orages d’ete sont dangereux et la neige n’est pas une exception en hiver. Au Cap, les hivers sont humides et la randonnee peut etre penible.Si vous etes un passionne d’oiseaux, les migrateurs palearctiques arrivent vers novembre et les migrateurs internes a l’Afrique le font en general vers la mi octobre.Bien sur, si vous voulez vous prelasser sur les plages, le milieu de l’ete est la meilleure epoque, bien que tout le monde y sera aussi. Et, gros bonus, les plages du nord du KwaZulu-Natal sont chaudes et ensoleillees meme au milieu de l’hiver.SAinfo reporter, incluant des documents de l’Office du Tourisme d’Afrique du Sudlast_img read more

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Quebec boards say they have more classes than teachers as kids return

first_imgMONTREAL — As thousands of Quebec students return to class this week, school boards say they’re short of teachers to educate them.Gina Guillemette, a spokeswoman for the Montreal-area Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board, says the board was still missing about 40 full-time teachers on the first day of school.She says substitutes are being enlisted in the meantime, but the shortage means some classrooms won’t have the same teacher all year long.Guillemette said her board is working hard to hire new teachers and is urging the provincial government to take strong action to help with recruitment and retraining of those who wish to enter the field.Sonia Ethier, the president of one of the province’s largest teachers’ unions, says the number of students is expected to rise by 65,000 in the next five years while the number of teaching school graduates is declining.She told reporters today that poor salaries and working conditions, a higher number of special needs students, retirements and burnout have combined to create what she describes as a looming crisis.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Migrants fearful anxious in aftermath of Tijuana protests

first_img AP November 19, 2018 Updated: 11:47 AM Posted: November 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away. Dems must approve Border Security & Wall NOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018 The Mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, just stated that “the City is ill-prepared to handle this many migrants, the backlog could last 6 months.” Likewise, the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018He followed that tweet by writing: “Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away.”center_img AP, Mexican protestor today in Tijuana on the caravan: “Donald Trump was right, this is an invasion! What Donald Trump said was correct: this is an invasion!”Crowd chants: “Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here. Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here.” pic.twitter.com/IwytIHZnsM— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2018“I was very scared,” Alvarado said.A Tijuana police officer saw them in the crowd and helped them get out and behind police tape marking off the block where the sports complex is located. The protest eventually ended peacefully.Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road — and with many more months likely ahead of them while they seek asylum in the U.S. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000.U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego. Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by the migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.For most of this city of 1.6 million, the arrival of thousands of Central Americans is not noticeable. Most migrants stay within a three-block radius of the sports complex that faces the towering metal walls topped with barbed wire at the U.S.-Mexico border.But many residents fear with the passage of time their presence will take its toll and crime could go up. Since 2016, thousands of Haitians who also tried to get to the U.S. ended up settling here, while at the same time, Tijuana has taken in thousands of Mexicans deported from the United States.Tijuana also has been struggling with drug violence and some say they do not want the caravan bringing more problems.Sandra Lucia Montanez, 28, a Tijuana psychologist, said news reports last month of Central Americans storming Mexico’s southern border fed the fears. But, she said, it’s important that Tijuana not forget it is a city of migrants.“Almost no one here is from Tijuana,” Montanez said. “We have to help the neediest ones. They come from countries with a lot of poverty. Honduras is worse off than Mexico.”The United States has dramatically increased border security in preparation for the caravan’s arrival, closing lanes at ports of entry to place cement barriers topped with razor wire that can be quickly moved to block passage should there be a mass number who try to force their way into the country.But the lane closures have also made it harder for cross-border residents to go back and forth into the U.S. to work and shop. The San Ysidro port of entry is one of the world’s busiest border crossings, with more than 40,000 vehicles and 34,000 pedestrians using it daily.On Monday, U.S. authorities closed off northbound traffic for several hours and closed a pedestrian lane at the crossing to install new security barriers, after a tip that people were gathering in Tijuana to rush the border checkpoints.“Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.Some of the demonstrators at Sunday’s protest complained that some migrants have been aggressive, yelling insults at U.S. Border Patrol agents and climbing walls and getting into fights at Tijuana’s Pacific beach.But Tijuana police officer Victor Coronel, who has overseen security outside the sports complex where the migrants are staying, said those fears are based on the bad behavior of only a handful of migrants.“The problem is that there has been bad information circulating on social media, with videos of two or three migrants acting badly, climbing the wall or grabbing food in stores,” said Coronel, adding that most are poor people simply trying to find work.Coronel said he hopes as time passes, many will opt to go home or find jobs in Mexico and integrate into society.Lesbia Navarro, 36, stayed inside the stadium with her four children ages 3 to 16 as they listened to the shouts and insults from the protesters Sunday.“We only want to be here awhile, until we can get into the United States to work,” said Navarro, of Choloma, Honduras. “We don’t want to cause anybody problems.”The Tijuana protests came amid what may be a hardening of positions in some northern Mexican states against the migrants. In Jalisco state, which the caravan passed through on its way to Tijuana, officials said they would no longer open shelters, citing problems with fights involving migrants last week.Instead, the state will provide water, some food and escorts at nine points along the main highway through the state to help ensure the migrants don’t have to stop.Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants’ arrival an “avalanche” that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims.Gastelum has appealed to the federal government for more assistance to cope with the influx — while more migrants continue to head to the U.S.-Mexico border.Trump used Twitter on Sunday to voice support for the mayor. He wrote that like Tijuana, “the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!” The Fake News is showing old footage of people climbing over our Ocean Area Fence. This is what it really looks like – no climbers anymore under our Administration! pic.twitter.com/CD4ltRePML— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2018___Stevenson contributed from Mexico City. Associated Press writer Marcos Aleman in San Salvador contributed to this report. Migrants fearful, anxious in aftermath of Tijuana protests 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Many Central American migrants camped in Tijuana after crossing Mexico in a caravan said Monday that a protest over the weekend by residents demanding they leave frightened them and left them even more anxious while they try to get into the United States.The angry protests have been fed by concerns raised by President Donald Trump’s month-long warnings that criminals and gang members are in the group and even terrorists.About 500 people demonstrated in an affluent section of Tijuana on Sunday against the caravan. Dozens of protesters then marched to an outdoor sports complex near downtown where 2,500 migrants are staying, sleeping on dirt fields and under bleachers after arriving at the border city a week ago.Dulce Alvarado, 28, from Lempira, Honduras, said she was stepping out of a corner grocery near the stadium carrying her 2-year-old son when she was surrounded by the demonstrators chanting “Get out!” and “We don’t want you here!”last_img read more

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Julian Fire Department standoff

first_img April 9, 2019 Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJULIAN (KUSI) – The Julian Volunteer Fire Department may be dissolved but the volunteers have locked themselves inside the fire house and are refusing to leave.They’ve filed a lawsuit to prevent the County of San Diego from taking over. Posted: April 9, 2019 Dan Plante, Julian Fire Department stand-off Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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