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Guatemala Revamps National Civilian Police in Face of Rising Crime Rates

first_img New uniforms, patrol cars, police academies By Dialogo August 21, 2013 The initiatives are modeled on Colombia’s police force following a meeting last year between Colombian officers and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina to discuss police reforms in both countries. Local press reports have described Guatemala’s police force as “underfunded, poorly trained and often outgunned” in the past — adding urgency to measures such as these aimed at instilling trust in the PNC and strengthening law enforcement in Guatemala. The PNC set up a new high-security task force in early August to tackle crime in the most dangerous parts of Guatemala City. Each unit consists of two officers, a driver and a trained sniper onboard a motorcycle that patrols areas of the capital known to be rife with assaults and vehicle thefts. “This is a special force against hitmen and thieves,” Bonilla said during the inauguration ceremony. Panamanian specialists will train a total of 108 officers using techniques that have proved effective at reducing crime in the most dangerous cities of Colombia. Another group of police officers is working on improving transport safety by accompanying buses around the capital to minimize assaults against passengers and drivers. The country has updated its police uniforms, equipped patrol cars with new technology, and added two new police academies in the past few months. “All police officers used to be trained in Zone 6 [of Guatemala City] but now there’s an academy in Huehuetenango and another in Santa Rosa,” said police inspector and PNC spokesman Jorge Aguilar Chinchilla. “The same thing is happening with the police networks. Workshops were all held here in the capital, but now each regional precinct has its own workshops and supplies, and they don’t have to travel to [the capital] to repair a unit. It’s a decentralization procedure that has sped up the process for a lot of Guatemalans.” This means that all officers will have access to firearms, as well as the authority to use them. A shortage of guns prevented agents from confronting armed criminals in the past. Guatemala is also acquiring cameras that capture license plate numbers and send signals to police alerting officers of stolen vehicles. “These changes are taking place to improve and dignify the work of the police. It will put them at the forefront and help them do their jobs better,” said Aguilar Chinchilla. Reforms follow meeting with Colombian counterparts The Guatemalan government is hiring 10,000 new agents and earmarking $30 million to arm officers with weapons in an effort to reduce violent crime and revamp its National Civilian Police (PNC). The increase will bring the total number of police officers in Guatemala to 35,000 – one agent for every 400 residents. Guatemala has one of Latin America’s highest crime rates, and the current government is committed to reducing it, said Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla. Homicides grew 20 percent during the first four months of 2013 compared with the same period a year ago, according to police statistics. Last year, Guatemala had 5,681 homicides or 38.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Guatemala’s police force must be on the same level as the army – not below it – Bonilla recently told reporters. last_img read more

Think Spring With Alure Home Improvements’ Guide to Choosing Colors Just Right For You

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsIt’s spring and it’s natural to want to color your world when outside the flowers are finally blooming, first the daffodils and then the forsythias. All of a sudden you see yellow where before there was nothing but drab, dull shades of muddy brown. You feel the surge and you want to take it back inside.But then you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the choices. There are more colors than tints on a rainbow. Before you know it, the weekend is over, and you’re still stuck with the same-old same-old in the rooms you wanted to change. Repainting indoors is easier done while the weather outside is still too rainy for a weekend project. You can open your windows to let out the paint fumes, but you don’t have to worry about your DIY plans being washed out by a sudden thunderstorm.Here, we’ll encourage you to express yourself but do it reasonably. Remember that the colors you choose to repaint your room or refurnish your décor have to last for more than one season. They’ve got to have a relatively long life span unless you’re able to change your interior design on a whim, like a Hollywood star from the golden age of Technicolor. Smart people in the suburbs don’t have money to burn whenever their tastes change. We recommend you take the time to get it right.If you want to go bold, consider floral drapes in shades of pink or bring a touch of green into your room with a new picture frame or a painted chiffonier. We encourage you to step back and reflect. What’s the furniture look like? What’s the lighting? What’s the view outside the window? What’s the existing color scheme? You can use sample paint color boards to match what’s already there before you make your picks. All these things should be taken into consideration long before you open the paint can and pick up your brush or dip your roller.You should be aware that the wrong paint color alters the appearance of someone who enters the room. Most common offenders are green and gray, especially if those are the colors on a bathroom wall behind you when you stand and look at yourself in the mirror. Warmer undertones are more conducive to a good impression. This concept works for a living room or a bedroom, too. Pink, peach and clear blue colors can definitely be flattering.But remember: You don’t want to apply a color just because it matches your new sofa or your cabinets. You should pay attention to the neutral colors: beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray and white. Decorating with neutrals is never as easy as it looks on the surface because they have subtle undertones. A bad choice can still lead to an interior decorating disaster. Your friends at Alure Home Improvements don’t want that to happen to you. If you have any concerns, please consult us first.Color experts say that a warm, neutral beige that trends toward taupe can enhance your indoor space while adding a stylistic touch that’s not too overstated. Warm beiges and taupe colors can work with cool color accents like blue but only if they’re free of gray, the experts say. An alternative is a gray beige combo, a pewter hue, which blurs the distinction between warm and cool. It’s a gray color warmed by soft brown undertones. But be forewarned because it can appear darker on the walls than its color swatch might lead you to believe. Diana Hathaway Timmons, a well-known color expert, said, “Its luminous quality makes it suitable for a variety of rooms. It looks its best with crisp white trim and dark woods.”Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsHere’s another rule. There is no perfect white paint. That’s why it can be so difficult to choose the right shade. A white can have hints of gray, yellow or even pink. On the other hand, a warm white can be a perfect backdrop for warm colors in most cases, advise the experts. It can also go with cool colors if they’re saturated and not too gray. Improving overall color harmony and warmth is the goal.What’s the furniture look like? What’s the lighting? What’s the view outside the window? What’s the existing color scheme?Baby blue used to be very popular but the color trend for blues has apparently been shifting to slightly green and gray undertones. What blues you choose depends on several factors, like the lighting and the other surfaces in your home. You may want a blue that is rich with gray or a blue that is subtle with green. A good neutral blue can look great with dark or medium woods.Another neutral color that has been drawing raves is an ethereal tan that has just enough warmth to banish the cold from a room but not so much that it heats up the space or clashes with the décor. The advantage of a neutral tan with a hint of beige in it is that it politely recedes into the background and lets your furnishings and décor speak for themselves. It pairs well with most woods and trims, and is compatible with a range of styles from Modern, to Mid-Century or French Provincial. A color called greige is a subtle blend of gray and beige that is neither too warm nor too cool. It’s inviting enough to be welcome in a room with all shades of wood from light to dark, and it is versatile enough to flow gracefully from room to room whether there are deep chocolate browns, black or deep gray with warm undertones as complementary colors. This hybrid also works well with yellow, orange and some other warmer colors.The point is that you need to recognize the underlying tone that makes your neutral color either warm or cool and then go with it, depending on the feel you’re trying to achieve. But you don’t have to limit neutral colors to the broad surface of your walls. You can use them as accents, backdrops or even build an entire color scheme around them.When you go for a spring fling, sometimes the less said the better.And if you have more questions, come to Alure Home Improvements where our colorful characters won’t tell you anything off color.last_img read more

Robin van Persie slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for smiling during interview after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer smiled as he saw Arsenal’s goals being replayed during his post-match interview (BT Sport) More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I would like to see him a bit more edgy, a bit more mean at times.‘[Angry] yeah, sometimes, it’s part of his job as well. Just be angry.‘I see him smiling now, after a game like that, you know.‘This is not the moment to smile.’ Robin van Persie slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for smiling during interview after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal Advertisement Robin van Persie hit out at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal (BT Sport)Robin van Persie has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for smiling during his post-match interview after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal on New Year’s Day.United delivered a woeful performance at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday as first-half goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos secured a 2-0 victory for Mikel Arteta’s side.During his post-match interview with BT Sport, Solskjaer caught a replay of Arsenal’s two goals in his eyeline and briefly laughed before putting his head in his hand.And former Arsenal and United striker Van Persie was not happy with the Norwegian’s reaction.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy,’ Van Persie told BT Sport. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jan 2020 11:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kSharescenter_img Van Persie says Solskjaer picked the wrong time to smile following United’s defeat to Arsenal (BT Sport)Asked if there’s a lack of fear from United’s players towards Solskjaer, Van Persie replied: ‘Probably, by the looks of it I think so.’However, Rio Ferdinand insisted that Solskjaer does have a nastier side which the public do not see in the dressing room.‘I understand what he’s saying and you what a reaction in the changing room,’ Ferdinand said.‘The difference is there might be a different Ole in the changing room, and that’s what you’re hoping probably.‘There’s a different side to Ole, I know he can be very cutthroat, very cold, things he said to players can be very cutting when he was a player, and I’m sure he’ll be similar like that as a manager.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Categories for the Flood & Coast 2018 Awards

first_imgCategories for the Project Excellence Awards at the Environment Agency convened Flood & Coast 2018 conference have recently been announced at the Teams, partnerships and all people from across the flood and coastal risk management sectors are invited to nominate their project to be considered for one of the EA’s Awards.Submissions need to be in by 5th January 2018 with categories including Asset Management, Innovation and Sustainability and including new categories this year for International Excellence and Inspirational Graduate of the Last Decade.Award categoriesProgram and Project DeliveryWorking in PartnershipAsset ManagementLeading InnovationEfficiencySustainabilityCommunity LeadershipInternational ExcellenceInspirational Graduate of the Last Decadelast_img read more

The secrets to a happy marriage

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 27 January 2012Research among 2,000 happily married couples has identified the main ingredients for a successful union. It shows that couples benefit from taking a short break away together twice a year and eating out in restaurants at least three times a month. And it pays to be affectionate, as wedded folk tend to share a lingering kiss six times a week, have sex twice a week and say “I love you” up to nine times a fortnight. But it doesn’t need to be sweetness and light the whole time – as the average happy couple has at least one healthy argument a week. Catherine Crone, spokeswoman for walking holiday specialist, said: “The research indicates that marriage is all about give and take, and making time for one another. read more

LIAT pilots apologise for inconvenience, outline new agreement

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – The President of the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIAPLA), Captain Carl Burke, has apologised to the travelling public in the Caribbean after pilots refused to fly the ATR72 aircraft operated by the regional carrier, LIAT, over salary increases.“Well first of all, with the most recent situation which took place last week, I want to apologise to any persons that were inconvenienced and I want to give them all reassurance that the pilots normally, usually exhaust all means of negotiations with LIAT….,” Burke told WINN FM radio station.He told radio listeners the LIAPLA had brought in an attorney to assist it with the negotiations and that “there was a deal that was brokered in the Attorney General Labour Minister’s office on the 24th of May and we thought that would have put the matter of negotiations to bed.“Unfortunately the company did not follow through, or wrote us on the second of June indicating that they could not meet to some of the terms and conditions which were agreed to, but in general before any action is considered we always try to exhaust all means of negotiations that are arriving at.“We just don’t take action like that and in this case the pilots had no alternative than to stop flying the ATR 72, I think that they could be viewed as being reasonable that they were negotiating a rate of pay for an aircraft that is not covered under your contract for four years, I think four years is a long time,” Burke said.According to LIAT, it operates 10 ATR aircraft with the ATR72 capable of carrying 68 passengers, “by refusing to fly the ATR72 on the morning of June 7th, several aircraft and passengers were delayed at points of departure, including Trinidad, St Vincent, Tortola and Guyana”.The airline which denied reports that it had abandoned its pilots, said that “in this situation, the company’s priority remains to transport our loyal and paying passengers”.Burke said that under the new the agreement that ended the three-day industrial action, “the pilots will start receiving the wage package or the new ATR salary from July 19th 2017”.He said the retroactive payments will be in three tranches paid from August.“So I guess August, September, October, and then there’s a gap and then there’s another schedule which will commence I think December for six payments. This was an agreement that was reached, it was formalised by way of a consent order which was filed in the Industrial Court on Saturday,” he said, adding “this has basically brought a close to the negotiations with LIAT as it pertains to wage packages with the pilots”.Asked by his radio host as to whether the agreement will work given that the airline and its pilots have had a series of disputes over the years linked to pay and work conditions,’ Burke told listeners he was confident it would succeed.“Well it should because as I said it is now a legal obligation on the part of the company, the mere fact that it is filed in the Industrial Court, any breach of the agreement, any party will be charged with contempt of court, we are hoping that everything stays on schedule, that we can have this matter behind us and we can move forward.”LIAT’s main shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Efforts to get other regional governments to become shareholders have so far proven futile. 130 Views   2 comments Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT pilots apologise for inconvenience, outline new agreement by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 13, 2017 Share Sharelast_img read more

Area Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Basketball Scores.Tuesday (12-16)Girls Scores.Batesville  68     Franklin County  64  (OT)Batesville JV won 43-26Jac-Cen-Del  53     North Decatur  27Switzerland County  42    South Ripley  25Conner  58     Lawrenceburg  41Connersville  48     Muncie Central  37Rushville  47     Greenwood  44Hauser 57     Edinburgh  33Waldron  58     Indy Arlington  32Lapel  63     Eastern Hancock  47Boys Scores.Shawe Memorial  73     South Decatur  62last_img read more

Saints pile pressure on Palace

first_img Press Association Three years to the day after facing Yeovil in League One, Saints’ impressive rise was highlighted by the fact seven of the starting line-up at Selhurst Park were away on international duty during the week. Rodriguez was one of four called up for England’s friendly against Denmark and struck the decisive blow on his return to club duty, with his first-half goal enough to secure the win. The hosts had a flurry of corners in quick succession, but the third ended with them falling behind. With the set-piece hoofed away, Puncheon’s attempted header back to Dean Moxey was weak and intercepted by Rodriguez, who won a challenge with Speroni and managed to slot into the empty goal as he fell on his rear. It was an unorthodox goal and a mistake Puncheon attempted to immediately atone for, only for his fine cross to be met by a wayward Bolasie effort. The pacy winger did better by stinging the palms of Artur Boruc in first-half stoppage time, but it was Southampton that went in at the break on top. Davis threatened and Luke Shaw – fresh from his England debut – stung the palms of Speroni either side of a fine effort from Lambert, who made the most of Palace’s inability to clear an Adam Lallana cross and flicked the ball with the outside of his right foot onto the post. Palace attempted to make amends for the visitors’ missed opportunities as they returned for the second half rejuvenated. Bolasie was proving a handful and, having darted past two Saints players, was brought down by a poor Lovren tackle when through on goal. The Palace fans called for the Croatia international to be sent off, but Howard Webb did not deem him the last man so only produced a yellow card. Lovren joined fellow centre-back Jose Fonte in the referee’s notebook, which soon also included Davis and Palace captain Mile Jedinak as tempers began to fray. The latter’s foul allowed Lambert to come close with a 25-yard free-kick, which came shortly after Murray saw penalty appeals waved away at the other end. Morgan Schneiderlin was booked for a lunge on Jedinak as the visitors looked to maintain their lead, with Nathaniel Clyne, making his first appearance at Selhurst Park since leaving Palace, clearing a dangerous cross from substitute Cameron Jerome. Lovren hacked away a Joe Ledley cross as Jerome loitered with intent and Shaw tested Speroni as the match entered the final 15 minutes. Palace desperately searched for a leveller but, aside from Boruc gathering a looping header from the offside Jerome and Clyne being booked, there was little to report as Saints held firm. The 24-year-old, restricted to a watching brief at Wembley, brought a dull match to life in the 37th minute, latching onto a weak header by former Southampton winger Jason Puncheon and then beating Julian Speroni in a 50-50 challenge to finish into an open goal. Saints came close to adding to Rodriguez’s eighth away league goal of the season as half-time approached, with fellow England international Rickie Lambert hitting the base of the post. Palace felt aggrieved that Dejan Lovren avoided a red card for what some deemed a last-man challenge on Yannick Bolasie early in the second half. The match began slowly with Rodriguez and a weak Glenn Murray penalty appeal the only moments of note until the ninth minute, when Speroni produced a wonderful save to deny Steven Davis – unaware the offside flag had been raised. It was one of few clear-cut chances created by Southampton in a frustrating opening 30 minutes, with diligent Palace defending meaning their possession counted for nothing. Murray and Rodriguez had efforts blocked in that period, before Jack Cork’s match was ended prematurely. The midfielder landed awkwardly on his ankle when clearing the ball, leading to Victor Wanyama’s 34th-minute introduction. Perhaps destabilised by the enforced change, Saints were forced onto the back foot as Palace enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy. Southampton’s international players showed no ill-effects as they returned to the day job at Crystal Palace, helping Saints secure a 1-0 victory as Jay Rodriguez’s strike ended a three-game losing streak. last_img read more

The Latest: Sports teams in Russia face funding cuts

first_img Associated Press The Latest: Sports teams in Russia face funding cuts Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___ The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 1, 2020last_img read more

Nomination for NSA Awards Closes on Sunday

first_imgThe ornanisers of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award, Unmissable Incentives Limited has announced that the nominations of Sports men and women for the various categories of awards for the 2018 edition would close on Sunday, October 7, 2018.Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Kayode Idowu disclosed this while briefing the media on developments on the 2018 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award.Idowu also commended all sports lovers as well as stakeholders in the sports community in Nigeria for participating in the nominations process thus far.“Although Nomination would close this Sunday, the quality of nominations we have gotten so far for this year’s edition of the award have been very impressive and this does not come as a surprise as our sports athletes have performed commendably at the different major sporting activities throughout the year,” Idowu said Idowu then reiterated the call for all sports loving Nigerians who has not been involved to seize the opportunity of the remaining few days to nominate their favourite Nigerian athletes who have recorded excellence performance in the various sports during the course of the year for the 2018 award programme.He urged Nigerian sports enthusiasts to visit the website of the award using the link – or nominate on Facebook, Instagram &Twitter.The nomination phase of the 2018 edition of the award opened on May 23rd, 2018. There are 21 categories of the award open for nominations this year including; Racket Sports Person of the Year (tennis, table tennis, badminton squash) Team Sports Person of the Year, Coach of the Year, Combat Sports Personality of the Year (karate, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, boxing), Wrestler of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men), Athletics Star of the Year, School Sports Award, Sports Administrator of the Year,  Sports Governor of the Year and Para Sports Person of the Year.Entry verification by Nomination Auditors would hold between October 8th and 9thwhile the announcement of final shortlist would be made public on October 10th, 2018. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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