Guatemala to Create Battalion against Crime along Mexican Border

first_img The military battalion will operate in San Marcos, one of the four Guatemalan departments located along the 900-km border with Mexico. “We’re trying to aim for what could be called a mobilized unit, a kind of mobilized battalion, and right now, we’re looking at the elements that could be drawn on to make up this unit, but we would expect that this would get off the ground before July,” stated president Pérez. According to the Guatemalan president, each of the vehicles will transport around four or five troops with “considerable firepower and immediate response” in the event of attacks by organized-crime groups. The measure comes in response to a request by the mayors of San Marcos to declare a state of emergency in that area, in view of the boom in drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal immigration, and weapons trafficking, among other things. “This is a joint task that we would be doing with the United States. They would be providing the vehicles, some armored, others not, but mobilized in three or four units in order to be able to keep an eye on all the routes and areas along the border” with Mexico, the president explained at a press conference. center_img President Otto Pérez announced on 10 April, Guatemala will create an elite military battalion with U.S. support and supplies of armored vehicles, to combat drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime along its shared border with Mexico. The unit will also have to patrol along Guatemala’s Pacific Coast near the border with Mexico, he specified. By Dialogo April 12, 2012last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, NY deaths, first case in Singapore, Australia’s brisk rise, sham products

first_imgMay 27, 2009Global novel H1N1 cases pass 13,000The global count of confirmed novel H1N1 cases grew to 13,398, including 95 fatalities, from 48 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Bahrain and Singapore are the two new countries reporting new cases since yesterday. The total included 4,541 cases and 83 deaths in Mexico, 6,764 cases and 10 deaths in the United States (as of May 25), 921 cases and 1 death in Canada, and 33 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica.[WHO update 40]US cases approach 8,000The nation’s tally of confirmed and probable novel H5N1 flu cases climbed to 7,927, up 1,163 cases since May 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. A CDC official said yesterday in a media briefing that the case total would likely show a big spike because of reporting delays over the recent holiday weekend. One more death is included in the total, that of a New York woman. The number of states reporting cases remained at 47, plus the District of Columbia.[Current CDC numbers]New York reports two more flu deathsOfficials from the New York City’s health department announced two more deaths from the novel flu virus, a 41-year-old woman from Queens and a 34-year-old man from Brooklyn, the New York Post reported today. Both reportedly had underlying medical conditions but had not been hospitalized before they died, and neither worked at a school. The deaths raise the city’s death toll to four and the US toll to 14.[May 27 New York Post story]Singapore confirms first novel H1N1 caseSingapore reported its first novel H1N1 case, in a 22-year-old woman who had recently traveled in the United States, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. She came down with a cough on her flight into Singapore yesterday and sought medical care upon her return home. Officials are locating the woman’s close contacts, who will be quarantined and given antiviral medication. The health ministry is also trying to contact airline passengers who sat near the woman.Australia sees brisk rise in novel flu casesAustralia’s health ministry has confirmed 61 novel H1N1 cases, up from 39 yesterday, and expects a steady increase over the next 2 days, Bloomberg News reported today. Five of the nation’s six states have reported cases, along with one of Australia’s two territories. About half of the cases (33) are in the southeastern state of Victoria, where authorities say they will open clinics to provide antiviral drugs to anyone with influenza symptoms.[May 27 Bloomberg News story]Two of China’s 12 imported cases detected at airportsIn an overview of 12 novel flu cases reported in China, posted yesterday by ProMED, epidemiologist Ji-Ming Chen, PhD, of China’s Animal Health and Epidemiology Center wrote that all the cases were imported, including one from Australia. Only two of the cases were detected at airport thermal scanners. Only two patients felt sick during their flights; the rest reported symptoms after reaching their destination. None have become severely ill.[May 26 ProMed post]FDA lists fraudulent flu-related productsSince May 1, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vowed to aggressively pursue businesses that promote unapproved or unauthorized products related to the novel H1N1 flu, the agency has added 72 items to its list of fraudulent H1N-related products. The products range from air filtration systems to protective equipment to nutrition supplements. The companies have received warning letters from the FDA, which urged consumers to be cautious about novel flu marketing pitches.[FDA fraudulent H1N1 product list]last_img read more

OPT Teams Up with Acteon

first_imgOcean Power Technologies (OPT) and Acteon Field Life Service, a subsidiary of Acteon have entered into a non-exclusive memorandum of understanding to develop, explore and exploit mutual opportunities in the global oil and gas and renewable markets.George H. Kirby, president and CEO of OPT, said: “We see a strong potential in this collaboration, where OPT’s PowerBuoy® products and services and Acteon’s integrated subsea services and solutions, coupled with its global network of facilities, personnel and market positioning, can provide significant value to our customers.”OPT is currently collaborating with Acteon Field Life Service on an Exclusion Zone Monitoring project for Premier Oil in the Central North Sea.The project will include the deployment of OPT’s PowerBuoy system, and surveillance and monitoring technology and a turnkey mooring and deployment solution provided respectively by Acteon operating companies, Pulse Structural Monitoring and InterMoor.Tim Martin, vice president, Decommissioning at Acteon, stated: “Our goal is to enable customers to reduce the lifetime costs of owning and operating their subsea infrastructure. By using our own deep domain expertise in the subsea decommissioning sector and collaborating with carefully selected partners such as OPT, we can significantly reduce end-of-field-life costs for subsea oil and gas operators, while maintaining robust and safe operations for the benefit of all stakeholders. We look forward to working with OPT in this new collaboration in support of our wider strategy.”last_img read more

9 alleged ISIL recruiters arrested in Morocco

first_imgMorocco’s Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ) on Wednesday arrested a terrorist cell operating in several cities of the North African country and arrested nine alleged Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) recruiters, the interior ministry said in a statement.“According to accurate data, the terrorist cell members made secret contacts with leaders of IS to coordinate operations of sending Moroccan volunteer fighters to this hot spot and providing them with necessary financial support,” the interior ministry said in a statement.Those arrested made secret contacts with ISIL leaders “to coordinate operations of sending Moroccan volunteer fighters to this hot spot and the necessary financial support”, the ministry statement said.Among the cell members is a former convict who was sued under the anti-terror law and belonged to a terrorist network linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq, dismantled in 2008.Wednesday’s operation was part of Morocco’s proactive approach to counter terror threats.“The cell’s dismantling confirms IS’s determination to create terrorist sleeper cells in Morocco, including Moroccan fighters, who had military training in IS camps in order to carry out dangerous terrorist operations in the kingdom,” the ministry said.The accused will be brought to justice once the investigation is completed under the supervision of the public prosecutor, the Moroccan authorities said.last_img read more

Freezing rain advisory issued for Tuesday morning

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory which in effect from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday.Forecasters predict light freezing rain moving across the region Tuesday morning which will cause some roads and sidewalks to become slipperyDrivers are urged to use caution as areas that look wet may be icy.A freezing rain advisory means that freezing rain could lead to travel difficulties.last_img

Sr. Patricia Bietsch O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Patricia Bietsch, formerly Sr. Mary Martha, age 74 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Indiana, died suddenly Sunday, November 17, 2019 in Tohatchi, New Mexico due to complications with cancer. Born Patricia Ann on April 26, 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is the daughter of Audrey (Nee: Kramer) and Russell Bietsch.A teacher, she taught at schools and missions in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Montana and most recently in the Tohatchi, New Mexico area.  She was passionate about ensuring every student be given the opportunity to learn.  Sr. Pat also was active in caring for the environment.She is survived by her brother Tom (Vicki) Bietsch and sister Peggy Schuckman.  She is preceded in death by her parents.  Visitation is Monday, November 25th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel.  Funeral services follow with Rev. Robert Ross S.J. officiating and burial will be in the convent cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (  For complete notice and online condolences to read more

Olaitan Wins Ikeja Golf Club Championship

first_imgMuyideen Olaitan shone like the stars once again on Sunday winning his Eighth Ikeja Golf Club Championship title after a two-day battle with over 100-others who took part in the competition.Playing one-shot off the pace going to the final and lying behind Jimoh Ogundare on count back, Olaitan grossed a score 80, beating Chris Obije and Ogundare to the second and third position respectively, leaving first round leader, Gbenga Ayodele in the fourth position. While Olaitan grossed a two-day score of 160, the duo of Ogundare and Obije tied on 161, while Ayodele was further back at 164-gross.One of the highlights of the event was Gen. Olayinka Sule (rtd), a former Captain and Trustee of the Club who at 81, played well enough to make the cut and played in the final round. He won in the Super Veteran category.Other winners in the week long competition include Ayo Akande, Bode Shittu, runner-up, while former Captain Kunle Ogunleye came third.Zed Jituboh, Clement Onyeyiri, Austin Aigbotsua, Esimaje Yomi-Egbe, Rasaq Murtala, Seyi Siwoku, Clement Olowokande, Jolomi Ideh, Awa Ibraheem, Femi Faseru, Femi Ajala, Frank Igbene are some other golfers who were honoured the tournament.Expressing his appreciation at the end of the competition, the Club Captain Niyi Latinwo thank the sponsors and participants for their support urged his members“I am immensely grateful for the turnout of golfers for this event. I will like to also say a special thank you to our sponsors”, he said.While thanking every member of the Club for making the event a success, the Club’s Competition Secretary Jolomi Ideh said he will continue to do all he can to make the tournament attractive to sponsors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LAFD fire truck catches on fire near USC Village

first_imgResidents of the Cowlings and Ilium residential colleges evacuated Building 9 at USC Village Wednesday morning after smoke from a burning fire truck set off fire alarms in the building. The truck was inside Los Angeles Fire Department Station 15, which is adjacent to USC Village, said David Carlisle, assistant chief of the Department of Public Safety. “There was a fire truck on fire inside Station 15, and the smoke from the fire drifted over to USC Village and triggered a fire alarm, which necessitated the evacuation,”  Carlisle said. Firefighters extinguished the flame shortly after the truck caught fire at 5:29 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The cause of the fire is under active investigation, and no injuries were reported. Some students said they could smell the burning diesel in the building as they evacuated and while they waited outside the building. “I think it was just the fact that you could smell smoke,” said Justin Fu, a Building 9 resident. “It was like, OK, this might not be a drill. It wasn’t very thick, but you could definitely smell it.”After it was determined that the building wasn’t in danger, students were let back in, but only after what USC Housing senior associate director Daniel Moran called “an unacceptable delay in the re-entry process” in an email sent to residents Wednesday morning.Once the building was cleared for entry, some students had to wait 45 minutes or more to get in because they were required to scan their fingerprints before they were let back in. Cowlings and Ilium currently house 714 residents, Moran said in an email to the Daily Trojan.In an email sent to Building 9 residents Wednesday evening, Moran announced new emergency protocols for building re-entry in response to the evacuation. Instead of scanning their fingerprints, student residents will be able to get back to their rooms by displaying their student IDs to a resident advisor or residential college coordinator. The new protocols will apply to all five USC Village buildings that house students. “It was cold outside and we were already tired, so everyone just wanted to go back in,” Fu said.  “It was annoying to have to wait outside and wait for everyone to scan themselves. I’m glad to see that they actually addressed that.”last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 1st back-to-back nonconference loss since 1975

first_img Published on December 19, 2018 at 12:09 am Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (7-4) dropped its second-straight nonconference game to No. 14 Buffalo (11-0), 71-59. The loss is the first time since 1975 that the Orange fell in back-to-back nonconference games. SU and Buffalo remained close throughout the game, but the Bulls pulled away with hot shooting toward the end of the game.See what our beat writers had to say after the game.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant says ‘he feels good’

first_imgSomething looked remarkably different on the Lakers’ practice floor Tuesday, and it didn’t just involve Kobe Bryant’s presence.It also involved the way he played the game.In the 20 minutes of practice open to the media, Bryant didn’t take a single outside shot. His lone basket was a fast-break dunk following a steal, but other than that Bryant mostly passed the ball.“Get that on tape will you? That won’t happen a lot,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni joked. “He does that in practice sometimes. He goes back and forth. He can get a shot when he wants to.” Whether Bryant wanted to stay cautious on his left Achilles tendon remains unclear. He didn’t speak to reporters after practice, but later Tuesday at a Turkish Airline event at a Manhattan Beach hotel Bryant provided little clarity on his progress.“I feel good,” Bryant said. “I feel good.”Will that be enough for him to return when the Lakers (9-9) play the Sacramento Kings (4-11) on Friday at Sleep Train Arena?“We don’t want to jump the gun,” D’Antoni said. “We don’t know. Obviously we have to see how he feels tomorrow and if he practices tomorrow. Obviously we have to see how he feels Thursday and practice Thursday.“We’ll see if he’s able, but today he looked good.” Lakers guard Steve Nash called it “unlikely” and “very doubtful” he would play Friday against the Kings. After spending the last week in Vancouver with his personal trainer, Rick Celebrine, to heal nerve issues in his back Nash practiced Tuesday in full-court five-on-five drills for only 10 minutes. He left the floor by the time the Lakers opened practiced to the media.D’Antoni said he limited Nash’s time as a precaution and plans to increase his workload today and Thursday. But even with Lakers backup guard Jordan Farmar sidelined for about a month because of a strained left hamstring, Nash said he won’t expedite his return. He had averaged only 6.7 points on 26.1 percent shooting and 4.8 assists in 22.5 minutes before sitting out the past 10 games. The Lakers have an open roster spot, but they don’t plan to add another point guard because they hope Nash will return soon and Steve Blake’s hyperextended right elbow won’t be an issue.“I don’t know about a quick comeback, but I was encouraged to practice today some and feel OK,” Nash said. “I have no doubt I’ll get back on the court. With all the issues with my spine and condition, it’s a matter of how sustainable it is. I’m working every day to try to build that quality, endurance and movement so I don’t decline and I’m not susceptible to all the demands of the game.”Meanwhile, there was plenty of attention paid to Bryant’s every move.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, trainer Gary Vitti and team doctor Steve Lombardo watched the team’s practice. Bryant’s return to practice also sparked a large media contingent, including reporters from Chinese Central Television (CCTV). Bryant scrimmaged with Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson and Blake. Guard Jodie Meeks mostly guarded Bryant, who struck a good balance between aggressiveness and cautiousness with his movement. Meanwhile, Bryant’s passing accuracy featured hits and misses.Some of Bryant’s passes were either deflected or sailed wide. But he also threw a no-look pass to Shawne Williams for a baseline jumper and connected with Johnson on a three-pointer. Bryant also set up Gasol on the elbows, something they’ve mostly run well during their past 5 1/2 seasons together with the Lakers. Bryant exchanged high-fives with Gasol after a few made jumpers.“He looked pretty good, real good actually,” Gasol said. “You can tell he’s been working a lot on his own and is in a really good rhythm and he knows what he’s doing out there.”Still, challenges likely await for whenever Bryant ultimately plays in his first game since shattering his Achilles seven months ago.“We want Kobe to be Kobe,” D’Antoni said. “He won’t change his game up for us.“We’ll adjust where we have to, and he’ll figure out what needs to be done.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more