Rape reported

first_imgA sexual assault was reported to the University’s deputy Title IX coordinator, according to Wednesday’s Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log.The alleged rape occurred in a North Quad men’s dorm early Sunday morning, according to an email from NDSP sent to students Tuesday evening.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Updated Wednesday at 11:36 a.m.Tags: committee on sexual assault prevention, NDSP, sexual assaltlast_img read more

Colombia, Central America Record Huge Drug Seizures

first_imgBy Dialogo October 03, 2011 Colombian authorities have scored notable successes against one of the country’s most powerful drug traffickers, Daniel “El Loco” Barrera. The latest victory came in mid-September, when four different networks were targeted in Bogotá, Cali, Barranquilla and Villavicencio. Those coordinated operations netted 36 suspects, including “four big shots,” said the head of Colombia’s National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo. Police also seized 21 light aircraft and submarines used to transport drugs to Central America. Police spokesmen acknowledged that they got help from an informant, but some independent analysts — noting the scale and reach of the police successes — suggest that either the informant is highly placed or that the intelligence penetration is broader than just one informant. El Loco, who remains at large, is the most notorious of a new generation of Colombian traffickers vying to replace the North of Valle and Cali cartels, both of which were successfully dismantled by authorities. The heart of El Loco’s organization is in Colombia’s eastern plains, but his networks are spread nationwide and he transports cocaine along both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the Colombian police said. El Loco’s cartel has been one of the most aggressive in using semi- and fully submersible drug submarines to move loads of drugs by sea. Without sonar radar, the subs are hard to detect. Naranjo exuded confidence when talking to reporters about the September operations and claimed that the capture of El Loco — who he said was working with Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel — was all but inevitable. Panama busts major cocaine operation Colombia isn’t the only country that’s seen recent success in fighting transnational drug cartels. In neighboring Panama, that country’s drug prosecutor, Javier Carabello, announced that a major cocaine trafficking organization had been broken up, resulting in the arrests of 80 Panamanians and Colombians across the country. Carabello said the group was led by alleged Colombian drug trafficker Jorge Indalecio Marmolejo and reportedly moved more than 18 tons of drugs in the past year and a half through the Caribbean. But even though Central American governments are making inroads against drug traffickers, the challenges remain overwhelming. Those challenges were outlined by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, who — in a recent interview with BBC — warned about the expansion of Mexican drug cartels into his country. Colom said Los Zetas controls “seven or eight provinces — 35 to 40 percent of our territory.” Independent observers agree. Samuel Logan, a regional security analyst, said Los Zetas and other cartels control the northern third of Guatemala. One of the biggest concerns are the alliances that are forming between transnational drug cartels and the street gangs, or “maras”, that sell drugs at the retail level as well as carry out robberies, kidnappings and extortion. Carlos Menocal, Guatemala’s interior minister, said the cartels are supplying the maras with more modern weapons. In September, he was quoted in a report by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as saying that “two and a half years ago, we could tell that the maras were still using makeshift rifles. Now they use AK-47s, Galils, AR-15s, machine guns with laser visors, plus 9mm and .40-caliber brand new guns.” Authorities estimate that 1.2 million to 1.8 million weapons are in use in Guatemala, according to the report. In opinion polls ahead of the Sep. 12 presidential election, Guatemalans indicated that they too are worried about crime and violence. That’s not surprising, given that 41 percent of the more than 6,000 killings last year were linked to drug trafficking, said Colom. The homicide rate is about 41 per 100,000 inhabitants, though the World Bank reported this summer that in the northern region of Petén, the rate is between 80 and 90 per 100,000. Homicide rates are also skyrocketing in neighboring countries. Honduras is on track to end 2011 with a murder rate of 86 per 100,000 inhabitants, while El Salvador is heading for a rate of 72 per 100,000, according to new studies. The National Commission for Human Rights in Honduras reported in September that in the first half of 2011, the country had an average 20 homicides a day. Many are related to drugs. Ramón Custodio López, the country’s national commissioner for human rights, said the 2011 estimate represents a significant rise in homicides over 2010, when the rate was 77 per 100,000. The homicide rate also is rising in El Salvador, which reported nearly 2,900 murders in the first eight months of 2011. August was especially brutal, with Salvadoran police recording 391 killings that month. On top of the worsening news about crime and violence, regional governments are also examining a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which warns that the use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATSs) such as meth and ecstasy is surging around the world — but particularly in Southeast Asia, West Africa and the Americas. The report warned that the growing trade in such drugs and the high profits they bring will add more threats to health and security. It said that ATSs now rank as the world’s second-most widely used type of drug after cannabis — surpassing even heroin and cocaine. While the use of cannabis, heroin and cannabis remained largely stable between 2005 and 2009, seizures of ATS drugs and the discovery of clandestine laboratories indicate a rapid increase in these narcotics around the world, according to the UNODC report.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Acquires Most Modern Science Ship in its Fleet

first_img“For example, if there were an oil spill, we would be able to better understand the behavior of the waters in that area, in what direction the waves would travel, etc.,” Vice Adm. Pontes Lima explained. “What the country manages to demonstrate becomes part of its sovereign territory,” Vice Adm. Pontes Lima said. ”Research conducted by the Vital de Oliveira will undoubtedly contribute to expanding the zone of Brazil’s sovereignty at sea.” Testing sophisticated technology The seabed sampling tool operates at a depth of up to 8,000 meters (4,000 meters more than the ROV) and differs from the underwater robot because it’s launched at sea, from where it drops straight to the ocean floor, while the ROV navigates underwater. Still, the sampling tool has the advantage of penetrating up to 12 meters into the seabed subsoil, a capability that’s important in searching for petroleum or other mineral resources. Delivered to the Navy on July 23, the vessel is undergoing its final phase of testing and crew training in August and September before it’s ready to fulfill its mission: monitoring and preparing physical, chemical, biological, and environmental descriptions of ocean areas of strategic importance for the exploration of natural resources. The Vital de Oliveira’s technological capabilities will help maximize maritime economic opportunities. The ship has two other two laboratories – a “dry lab,” which has computers and data-processing resources, and a “wet lab,” which is equipped to analyze samples of sea water from the seabed and subsoil. The ninth ship in the Brazilian Navy’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation fleet, the Vital de Oliveira is noteworthy for its size – it’s 78 meters long with room for 90 crew members and 40 researchers – and for its equipment, as it has 28 devices or systems, well above the four-to-nine on most of the fleet’s other ships. Boosting the economy Naval authorities and scientists have great expectations for the ROV, an underwater robot that can reach a depth of 4,000 meters and features a video camera, sonar, and pincers, which enable it to collect materials from the seabed with great precision. The Vital de Oliveira is also outfitted with a laboratory exclusively for the robot, the space of which serves as a command module where the robot is controlled and where service members can view images it captures in real time. The Vital de Oliveira’s management committee, responsible for drafting the vessel’s plan of work, hasn’t determined the priority studies for the ship’s first scientific mission, which is scheduled for October. The committee will be comprised of four participants from the agencies in the agreement authorizing the ship’s acquisition: the Ministry of Defense; the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation; state oil company Petrobras; and Brazilian mining company Vale. center_img This collection of marine data will be important for civilian purposes – such as searching for oil – and for Military use, like “creating more complete nautical maps used to improve navigational security and to support Naval operations,” said Vice Admiral Antonio Reginaldo Pontes Lima, Jr., director of the Navy’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation. Researchers have already used the plankton net to collect phytoplankton and zooplankton – organisms analyzed in oceanographic biological research to help authorities identify the richest areas for fishing. The wave measurement devices calculate the height, periods, and direction of waves and will be used to identify water behaviors. Before the Vital de Oliveira becomes active, Naval officials must complete testing on four technologically advanced devices: the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV); a seabed sampling tool; a sound velocity in-water profiler; and a satellite communications system. Everything will be tested by the crew through the end of September while the Vital de Oliveira navigates Rio de Janeiro’s coast. Boosting the Navy’s scientific capacity By Dialogo September 07, 2015 LET’S ADVANCE AGAINST THE WIND AND SEA. BRAZIL IS THE BEST SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY AND THEIR ARMED FORCES ARE EXCELLENT, THE BEST IN SOUTH AMERICA. According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, all coastal states have rights over an exclusive economic zone, which encompasses the waters superjacent (lying above or upon) to the seabed and its subsoil up to 200 nautical miles (approximately 370 kilometers). The convention also allows states the right to exploit the seabed and its subsoil along the extent of the area, provided the nation uses data to prove its continental shelf extends more than 200 nautical miles. Almost half of the equipment on the new ship – like the underwater robot, the seabed sampling tool, the plankton net, and the wave measurement device – are rare in the Navy’s science fleet because they aren’t routinely used by the Hydrography and Navigation Directorate, or were never before available. Underwater robots, a plankton net, and a deep-sea scanner are some of the equipment that make the Hydro-Oceanographic Research Ship, Vital de Oliveira, the most modern of Brazil’s science ships. The name Vital de Oliveira was chosen to christen the science ship in honor of Cmdr. Manuel Antônio Vital de Oliveira, who perished in the Paraguayan War in 1867. However, his feats in hydrography were recognized with awards such as the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, the Portuguese Military Order of Christ, and the Italian Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus.last_img read more

Colombia Reports Destruction of Drug Labs and Capture of Criminals

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 23, 2020 In the first two weeks of August 2020, Colombian authorities reported several operations resulting in considerable losses to criminals and to the finances of organized crime.During a joint operation on August 15, between the Colombian Navy and the National Police, authorities captured 18 members of the criminal group Clan del Golfo, including alias Jhorman, accused of being the main leader of this criminal group. Alias Bebeto, in charge of coordinating extortion and hired killings, was neutralized as he tried to escape, said the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command (CGFM, in Spanish).In southern Bolívar, Colombia, authorities captured 17 ELN guerrillas, who were brought to the Office of the Attorney General to begin judiciary proceedings. (Photo: Colombian Army)During another operation on August 6, the CGFM reported the destruction of six labs used to process coca paste base. The labs were located in different areas of the Guaviare and Meta departments, an enclave of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Authorities destroyed 1,031 kg of solid and 3,467 liters of liquid chemical materials, enough to produce close to 310 kg of coca base paste monthly.During a large operation on July 29, Colombian security forces captured 17 National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) guerrillas who operated in Bolívar department. The National Police, the Army’s First Division, and the Office of the Attorney General executed the operation, which included more than 30 simultaneous raids in three municipalities, the police reported in a press release.These criminals are accused of extortion, forced displacement, homicide, illicit trade of war materials, and drug trafficking and possession, the police said.With these results, the ELN has lost key elements. The Colombian forces highlighted the importance of the operation since this group, already engaged in turf wars in the region with the Clan del Golfo, is accused of perpetrating the assassination of social leaders in the area.last_img read more

Keep your eye on the white board

first_imgSo went the wisdom from the Chair of one of the nation’s largest credit unions. The other Chairs in the room, all from large credit unions, agreed. As their credit unions grew, they realized they weren’t able to elaborate on every aspect of the financial or operational details, nor should they. Their emphasis – and one not reserved for only the largest credit unions – was to focus on long-term strategy (the “white board,” where ideas are considered and developed) and oversee subsequent results on the balance sheet. Here’s how your Board can do the same as it partners with the CEO and some questions to help your Board along the way.Concentrate on constant motion in the direction you’re headed. What are your top three strategic priorities for the next several years? How is your business model changing to match your priorities?  How will your footprint serve current and future members, and must it change? What markets do you serve, and what markets present opportunity? What new lines of business are you introducing to serve members and expand your reach in local financial services? Leave a legacy. Your strategic plans often highlight several years; however, uber-strategic foci centers on decades. What significant trends will shape your credit union ten years from now? What scenarios could occur (growth, contraction, demographic, disaster) and how might your credit union respond? What organizational and legal changes might, will, or should occur that affect your credit union’s ability to evolve in financial services?Seek confirmation of value. The true tests of success for any business are new, repeat, and referred sales. Strategy has a lot to do with those realities. With reasonable, CEO-designed plans in place, are new members joining your credit union? Are they using its products, services, and features? Over time, are members’ relationships with your credit union maturing and becoming more profitable?Expect sound, tangible, and predictable results. Fiduciary responsibility is part of serving on your credit union’s Board. How stable and sustainable are profit margins? How is accumulated capital supporting planned growth? And, is your Board regularly updated with audits confirming that the credit union is in compliance with applicable, laws, rules, and regulations?Every monthly Board meeting needs an update of financial status and noteworthy operational matters. It’s part of looking after the members’ credit union. Equally significant, your Board can help the CEO work “on” the business, rather than be “in” the business. By investing more time on “white board” items of direction, legacy, and value, your Board helps your CEO lead a credit union that delivers the kind of results that keep your credit union relevant for years – decades – to come. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Detailslast_img read more

Local kindergarten teachers add coronavirus health practices to curriculum

first_imgStudents will read materials and work on projects that teach them ways to stay safe during the pandemic. “We’ll talk about how it’s important to stay healthy and one of the ways we’re doing that they have been doing already; wearing a mask not getting too close to people staying their distance and washing our hands properly,” said Maine Memorial Kindergarten teacher Alissa Vanluvender. The teachers said they put students at their own tables in the classroom and when students do have to share tables there are plexiglass dividers. At Maine Memorial Elementary, kindergarten teachers are inlcuding social distancing, masks, and safe hygiene practices as part of the curriculum. The school said with young children, it’s important to establish keeping their hands to themselves and all of the new rules that come with going to school. The school said it informed parents ahead of time of the changes to help prepare students for the new normal. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — As kids head back to school, kindergarten teachers are making sure their students understand the new normal while in the classroom. last_img read more

China foreign minister slams US ‘reckless provocation’ after consulate closures

first_img‘Ghost of McCarthyism’ Chinese officials took over the premises of the US consulate in Chengdu on Monday, while the last Chinese diplomats left the consulate in Houston on Friday, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security, in the latest tit-for-tat blows exchanged by the rivals.Trump’s administration has ramped up pressure on China on a wide range of issues, imposing sanctions over policies in Tibet and Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are believed to have been rounded up and held in re-education camps. The United States has also downgraded relations with Hong Kong after China implemented a new security law which Washington says is in violation of Beijing’s promises of autonomy for the territory.Disputes between the two sides over a host of other issues ranging from blame for the COVID-19 pandemic to state-run media have resulted in the expulsions of journalists from both countries as well as sanctions against top officials. The US has also in recent weeks declared China’s geopolitical claims in the South China Sea fundamentally illegal, and sent two aircraft carriers to that region to underscore the point.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Thursday for the “free world” to triumph over what he said was a “new tyranny” from China, implying that former US President Richard Nixon’s move to normalize relations with China in the 1970s was a mistake.Wang in turn said on Tuesday that the US had become “the biggest perpetrator to destroy the current international order,” and called Pompeo’s remarks a sign of “the ghost of McCarthyism coming back from the ashes.” China’s foreign minister on Tuesday slammed the US for “reckless provocation of confrontation” after both sides ordered tit-for-tat closures of each other’s consulates, but called for “rational communication” between the two powers.Wang Yi warned in a call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian that China-US relations could “fall into the abyss of confrontation”, according to a transcript published by the Chinese foreign ministry.He also called for the international community to resist “any unilateral or hegemonic act”, it said. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks in an intensifying standoff between Washington and Beijing, with the US mission in Chengdu ordered to shut on Monday in retaliation for the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.”The US reckless provocation of confrontation and division is so out of touch with the reality that the interests of China and the United States are deeply integrated,” Wang said.But the two sides should “engage in rational communication” and “never allow a few anti-China elements to overturn decades of successful exchanges and cooperation”, he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

29 soldiers to be arrested over attack on Ciracas Police Station

first_imgThe private, who is a member of the Army Law Directorate unit, is now being treated at Ridwan Meuraksa Hospital in East Jakarta.Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa has apologized for the actions committed by the military personnel.“We apologize to the victims, and we are sorry for the damage suffered by both civilians and members of the National Police,” Andika said during a press conference on Sunday.“We will make sure that we follow up on the matter, including by covering the costs of hospital care and providing compensation for the damage caused by the perpetrators,” he added. (syk)Topics : Authorities have named 29 Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel suspects over an attack on the Ciracas Police Station in East Jakarta and the destruction of public property on Saturday morning.Military police commander Lt. Gen. Dodik Wijonarko said the 29 soldiers would be arrested to account for their actions.“Their status has been upgraded to that of suspects, and we have filed for their detention,” Dodik said in a press conference on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com. The military police investigated 51 TNI members of 19 units from last Saturday to Wednesday.“We are still examining the [possible] involvement of 21 of them, while one has been released because he was only a witness,” Dodik said.The suspects reportedly admitted in the investigation that they had attacked the police station and damaged public property, arguing that they had been enraged by information about an alleged attack against a fellow serviceman.They said a TNI member, identified as Second Pvt. MI, had been beaten up in Arundina, Ciracas. The Ciracas Police has denied this and said the soldier had been injured in a traffic accident.last_img read more

Governor DeSantis Announces Plans to Re-open Florida with Trump

first_imgPresident Trump is applauding Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ handling of the coronavirus in the sunshine state. During an Oval Office meeting, Trump said the Republican governor is doing a “spectacular job.” DeSantis argued that Florida’s death rate has been lower than people would have expected. He also claimed the state’s ability to test for the coronavirus is now exceeding demand. DeSantis was widely criticized for not taking steps to shut down spring break activities in beach communities. DeSantis was pressed about why he closed his state with a “safer at home” policy later than others. He said Florida took a more tailored approach to the coronavirus and accused some other states of implementing “draconian” measures. Trump noted Florida, his new place of residence, has been taking advantage of stay-at-home orders by having construction crews repair roads and bridges. The Lt. Govenor Jeanette Nunez talked with the South Florida Morning Show about the Governor’s plans to reopen the state.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Lt-Gov-Nunez-interview-4-29-20.mp3last_img read more

PRIZE EXHIBIT GAME LATE & WINS GRADE II, $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES BY A NOSE UNDER GONZALEZ; CASSIDY TRAINEE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:12.96

first_imgTWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $378,187 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $1.5 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2016)–In her first-ever try down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course, English-bred Prize Exhibit proved gamest late, as she prevailed by a nose over Shrinking Violet to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes under Santiago Gonzalez. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, Prize Exhibit got the 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:12.96.“She’s a superior horse,” said Gonzalez. “She runs better races than these other horses regularly and she showed her class today. She has a lot of speed. I can wait, and wait with her and I know she can still get there with her speed.”A close fourth after the first half mile, the winner hit the front crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and wouldn’t be denied late as she battled head and head with the runner-up the final eighth. Off at 7-1 in a field of 11 older fillies and mares, she paid $17.80, $7.60 and $4.20.A 4-year-old filly by Showcasing, Prize Exhibit was most recently sixth, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29. The Monrovia is her third graded stakes win and her sixth overall victory from 20 starts. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she improved her earnings to $530,800.“I didn’t think she’d have any problem (coming down the hillside turf) unless she started idling, trying to figure out what the heck this is all about, which she has a tendency to do,” said Cassidy. “I was a little upset we were that close, but when it opened up for her, he rode her perfect and she’s a hard horse to ride. You could see down the lane she was out there in the clear and kind of looking around, so she can be difficult, but she got it done.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Shrinking Violet was well back in eighth position after a half and rallied inside the winner turning for home, but was just outrun late. Off at 6-1, she finished a half length in front of favored Ageless and paid $7.40 and $4.00.“She’s not fond of soft ground,” said Desormeaux. “I think she ran her eyeballs out, but she got beat a nose in a situation she doesn’t care to be in. Not to mention, she’s been of a while (Sept. 14) so I don’t think it would have mattered as much if she was racing with one (race) under her belt.”Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ageless came off a pair of turf sprint stakes wins at Woodbine and Keeneland and was making a steady late gain wide-out but never threatened the winner. Off at 6-5, she paid $2.60 to show.“No real excuses,” said Leparoux. “The course is the same for everybody. She had a little layoff (Oct. 9) but she ran her race. It looks like she came back good and hopefully, she’ll be good for the rest of the year.”Fractions on the race were 21.33, 43.52 and 1:06.64.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, and there is a hefty two-day Pick Six carryover of $378,187. Thursday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $1.5 million. First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more