Colombian Police Create Special Unit to Reinforce Security

first_img As part of a package of strategies to improve citizen security that will be announced in the next few weeks, Colombia will set up a special intervention group headed by the director of the National Police, General José Roberto León. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón revealed that this group will be a special corps of uniformed personnel that will have the ability to carry out rapid-intervention processes in cities or municipalities that need it. Minister Pinzón made the announcement on June 15, at a promotion ceremony for National Police commanders held in Bogotá. “This new capability will serve so that in each city in the country where we feel that there’s a deterioration or there are specific security concerns, the director of the police can go in with that force and intervene in order to transform and stabilize that situation,” he specified. He added that specific strategies will also be implemented in order to more effectively confront criminal phenomena such as illegal mining, petty extortion, and petty trafficking. “I exhort you (General León) and your entire agency, let’s step on the gas and create more capabilities and new alternatives that can give citizens confidence that we’re growing in strength to confront not only the major threats, but also the problems in the cities,” the defense minister affirmed. By Dialogo June 21, 2012 It seems to me that the specific planning, especially that of Colombia, should include fighting the illegal smuggling of weapons, especially when the Farcs announce the purchase of land-to-air missiles. Finally, I must congratulate Colombia for its pertinent and constant interest in fighting all manifestations of violence.last_img read more

Noteboom notches Kossuth County lidlifter

first_imgALGONA, Iowa (May 4) – Jay Noteboom was the opening night IMCA Modified winner at Kossuth County Speedway.Noteboom slid past Tad Reutzel for the top spot following a restart and those two cars pulled away. Note­boom took the win with Reutzel right behind him in his yellow no. 5R rig.Tom Berry Jr. ended in third with Jeremy Mills fourth and Tim Ward rounding out the top five.  Justin Sack­ett moved up four spots as the feature’s hard charger while Shane Swanson and Noteboom won the two modified heat races.After taking the lead early, Elijah Zevenbergen never looked back in topping the IMCA Sunoco Stok Car main event.Colby Fett built up a big lead before weaving his way through lapped traffic to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers.Defending champion Shannon Anderson took the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers and Nate Coop­man was fastest in a field of 18 Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Mother Nature had pushed back the opening night event for a week.last_img read more

I am just thankful, says Clive Atwell

first_img… returns home after successful surgeryGUYANESE boxer Clive Atwell has expressed his appreciation to all those who have supported and helped him on his road to recovery.Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion, the boxer lauded the Guyana American Heritage Foundation, who was instrumental in helping him to get his second surgery.The boxer had his first surgery last October after fainting in the ninth round of his title fight against T&T-based Dexter Gonzales at the Giftland Mall. He was rushed to the hospital and doctors found that he had subdural hematomas haemorrhaging or simply put: bleeding in his head.His first successful surgery was done in Trinidad and Tobago but he was told after he needed a second surgery, which would cost G$5M. This prompted the fundraising process for the 27-year-old.A committee was formed to raise the funds for the boxer, who needed his second surgery within six months. His fundraising had taken him out of Guyana to the United States and with help he was able to raise the funds he needed.It was out of Guyana where he met Lady Ira Lewis from Guyana American Heritage Foundation who spearheaded the fundraising for Atwell while he was in New York. The boxer also expressed his thanks to this committee.According to Atwell, going into the second surgery, which he completed on August 18 at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York, the doctor informed him of the risk.“The doctor told me of the complications and risks – that there could be bleeding in the brain, and I would have an increased risk of seizures, since the medical timeline had passed. “I told him ‘doc, you do your part and my God will do the rest’,” he added.Atwell has said he is fully recovered and despite not being able to ever box again, he would be helping others follow their dreams in the sport.The boxer was also a guest speaker at UNESCO’s African Sports Summit where he was able to speak about his journey and everything he endured in an effort to give athletes across the region an inside look at the journey.“I was recently a speaker at UNESCO’s African Sports Summit and I was able to speak to many athletes but as for now I’ll be training persons in boxing, my time has come and gone and this is how I could help. I’ll help anyone, if they would want my help,” he added.The boxer plans to also go back to plumbing, since he was a Guyana Industrial Training Centre best graduating student in plumbing in 2004. Chronicle Sport was able to speak with his wife Altadi, who spoke about the entire progress.“For me, seeing him like this is bittersweet, knowing everything that we went through. Before the surgeries. I was the one who was caring for him round the clock and I gave up my job. I’m now opening my own business in documentation services,” Altadi stated.For the two, life has returned to normalcy and that is a blessing they both believe.last_img read more

Siblings Collect Athletic Footwear for Children in Haiti

first_imgRUMSON – Brother and sister duo, Akash and Priya Verma, started Immortal Soles, a nonprofit organization that brings used athletic footwear to needy children in Haiti.The two Ranney School students, Akash, a freshman, and Priya, a seventh grader, founded Immortal Soles in 2013 after spending a year living in New Delhi, India, teaching impoverished children in the slums the kinds of children who their charity now helps how to play the universal game of tennis.Akash and Priya were so moved by the Indian children’s enthusiasm for sport, their athletic ability and the poor conditions they live in, that they felt that they wanted to help. They couldn’t bear to watch these good kids, some of whom were their own age, playing tennis barefoot or in broken sandals all in effort to keep busy and off the streets of India. All the while in America, children in affluent communities throw out a pair of cleats after their sports season is over and purchase new running shoes every year.“It was really sad to see them without shoes,” Akash said. “We take stuff like that for granted so often here, and it was so hard to see them not have the same opportunities as us.”They decided they needed to bridge this gap, which pushed them to start Immortal Soles when they returned to U.S.“Part of the bigger goal of Immortal Soles is to help the kids learn values taught through sports,” Akash said. “The shoes we send them help them get better, which teaches them that even though they’re in poverty they can make something of themselves.”The brother and sister originally planned for Immortal Soles to send shoes to India, to help the children that Akash and Priya witnessed begging in the streets on their walk to school each day, but India puts high duties on goods entering the country and that made it too expensive. Instead, Immortal Soles partnered with Goals Haiti, a nonprofit organization that teaches soccer to children in Haiti in hopes to better the children’s lives and teach them valuable skills.“Goals Haiti works so well with us, and they have such a huge need for what we can give them,” Monica Logani, Akash’s and Priya’s mother, said.After a child in Haiti receives a pair of cleats, a volunteer at Goals Haiti takes a photo of him or her with his or her new footwear. Goals Haiti sends these images to Immortal Soles, which posts the photo on its Instagram account (@immortalsoles) and tags the person from America that donated the shoes to show them who they are helping.“They can see how they are affecting the kids with their simple, little donation. They’re amazed when they see the kid’s smile in the photo because they probably didn’t realize that they’d actually be doing so much,” Akash said. “It really makes a difference, to the kids in Haiti and the kids here.”In 2014, the first year that Immortal Soles held shoe drives, it collected about 200 pairs of shoes to send to Haiti. The Ranney School, Rumson Fair Haven High School and the Rumson Recreational Program all contributed to this number.This year, Immortal Soles plans to add CBA to the list of schools where they will hold drives and hopes to more than double the number of pairs of shoes to send to Haiti. “It’s been getting bigger and bigger, better and better, but the ultimate goal is to get as many kids involved as possible in the future,” Akash said.last_img read more

Missile may have caused TWA crash

first_imgA documentary set to air next month on the 17th anniversary of the crash that killed 230 people will “prove that the officially proposed fuel-air explosion did not cause the crash,” the filmmaker said in a statement.The six “also provide radar and forensic evidence proving that one or more ordnance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash. They do not speculate about the source or sources of the ordnance explosions.”Numerous witnesses had reported seeing a streak of light and a fireball when the plane exploded, leading some to fear the aircraft had been struck by a rocket or missile before it came down over Long Island shortly after takeoff from John F Kennedy airport.The National Transportation Safety Board ruled out terrorism and said the crash probably resulted from an explosion in the plane’s centre fuel tank due to an electrical short circuit in a fuel gauge wire aboard the Boeing 747.The former investigators “were not allowed to speak to the public or refute any comments made by their superiors and/or NTSB and FBI officials about their work at the time of the official investigation,” the filmmaker said.“They waited until after retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) was falsified and lay out their case in a new original documentary film.”The six are also filing a petition with the NTSB to reopen the probe.The NTSB said in a statement it was aware of the documentary and would consider the request.last_img read more

Ancient toolmakers’ fiery secret

first_imgHeat-treated silcrete (right) anduntreated silcrete (left).(Image: Kyle Brown, SACP4) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynne CableDepartment of Archaeology, UCT+27 21 650 2353• Curtis MareanInstitute of Human Origins, ASU+1 480 727 6580 USEFUL LINKS• SACP4• Science• University of Cape Town• Institute of Human Origins, ArizonaState UniversityJanine ErasmusNew evidence has emerged that 72 000 years ago ancient Southern Africans used pyrotechnology, or the controlled use of fire, to make stone tools.This pushes back the earliest signs of heat treatment by at least 45 000 years and signals a breakthrough in human evolution, researchers say.The results of research carried out by an international team of scientists from the universities of Arizona, Liverpool, New South Wales, Bordeaux, Wollongong, and Cape Town were published in the journal Science in mid-August 2009.Studies were carried out at Pinnacle Point, a sea cave in the cliffs near Mossel Bay on South Africa’s southern Cape coast. Signs of occupation show that the first inhabitants arrived at the site 164 000 years ago.Kyle Brown, an archaeology doctorate student at Cape Town University whose research focuses on experimentally replicating ancient tools, was the study leader and the paper’s chief author.Brown is also a director at the South African Coast Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology Project (SACP4), located at Pinnacle Point.Tool makingOver the course of his research, Brown noticed that many ancient arrowheads and other implements found at the site were made of silcrete, a conglomerate of gravel and sand cemented by silica.Ancient inhabitants of the time used the technique of flaking, or hitting one piece of rock with another to chip off sharp flakes, to make spearheads or meat-cutting implements. The smaller of the two pieces so produced is the flake, while the larger one is the core. The core may be used again to produce more flakes until it is completely reduced.Wishing to reproduce the tools, the researchers tried to locate the silcrete’s source but, said Brown, they could not find any that matched the fine-grained, reddish implements they found at the site.The idea of heat treatment was sparked by their fortunate discovery of a large piece of silcrete, almost 10cm in diameter, embedded in ash.This chunk, said Brown, looked “like it had been accidentally lost in a fire pit”. Then the idea of heat treatment occurred, and the team began to test the silcrete in fires, burying stones in the sand and building a fire on top, keeping it going for hours at a time.After some experimentation, according to the Science report, they were able to make exact replicas of the glossy, reddish implements found in the Pinnacle Point cave.But heat-treated tools were no accident. It took the team a long time to find the right recipe, which called for between 20kg and 40kg of hardwood, and a firing time of around 30 hours with the stone item buried under the coals. It took a lot of planning for ancient people to successfully complete this process, said Brown.Further tests were needed to substantiate the theory. These included archaeomagnetic analysis, which works on the fact that heating changes the stone’s magnetic polarity; optically stimulated luminescence dating, which measures the time since material containing crystalline structures was heated or exposed to sunlight; and maximum gloss, which measures reflectance of the surface.Evolutionary breakthroughThe research team views the development of controlled heat treatment as a breakthrough in human evolution.Heat treatment is a behaviour traditionally associated with the Upper Palaeolithic epoch (45 000 – 10 000 years ago), but Pinnacle Point features only a large Middle Palaeolithic (300 000 – 30 000 years ago) occupation. The Palaeolithic era is distinguished by the development of the first stone tools.Skilfully using heat to modify stone required a cognitive link between improved flaking qualities and other changes in the material, and fire. This could indicate that complex thinking may have developed earlier than previously thought.“These early modern humans commanded fire in a nuanced and sophisticated manner,” said Brown. “This is the beginnings of fire and engineering, the origins of pyrotechnology, and the bridge to more recent ceramic and metal technology.”Even more exciting are indications that heat treatment could have begun at Pinnacle Point at the same time that people moved in – that is, 164 000 years ago.According to the study, the earliest signs of heat treatment of stone were previously seen in Europe, and no later than 25 000 years ago.“We push this back at least 45 000 years,” said project director and co-author Curtis Marean, a paleoanthropologist with Arizona University’s Institute of Human Origins in the US, “and perhaps 139 000 years, and place it on the southern tip of Africa at Pinnacle Point.”Other significant behaviours discovered at Pinnacle Point include the harvesting of shellfish for food, and the use of ochre pigment for personal adornment.The paper concludes that such an early expression of cognitive ability in technology gives further impetus to the theory that the southern tip of Africa is the origin of modern humans’ genetic lineage.Modern humans appeared between 100 000 and 200 000 years ago in Africa, leaving the continent about 50 000 years ago for the cooler climates of Europe and Asia. The Neanderthals living there at the time died out eventually, leaving modern humans to populate the northern and southern continents.Marean said their discovery provides a reasonable explanation for the rapid spread of modern humans over their new domain. “They were masters of fire and heat and stone, a crucial advantage as these tropical people penetrated the cold lands of the Neanderthal.”Marean goes on to describe the Pinnacle Point team as a leader in revealing the process of how humans developed into the species they are today.last_img read more

SA targets 5-million new jobs by 2020

first_imgGuiding principles The new growth path leans on recommendations made in a 2008 growth report by the Commission on Growth and Development, which suggested that policymakers target five areas for long-term economic growth, namely: Ramping up competition policy to create a more equitable marketplace.Creating and implementing an effective rural development policy.Stepping up education and skills development, including a review of the training system.Producing 30 000 more engineers by 2014 and 50 000 more artisans by 2015.Promoting small businesses and entrepreneurship by creating a single agency to consolidate funding from Khula, SAMAF and the Industrial Development Corporation.Revamping black economic empowerment, including incentivising job creation.Developing more focused trade policies in order to identify better export opportunities. 24 November 2010 South Africa’s new economic growth path, which sets an ambitious target of creating five-million jobs and reducing unemployment from 25% to 15% by 2020, will call for “smart government” and better coordination with the private sector and organised labour, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Announcing the framework for the new economic growth path during an address to Parliament’s economic development portfolio committee in Cape Town on Tuesday, Patel acknowledged that plan faced many challenges. “We have too many agencies and too little co-ordination between them.”Skills development The centrepiece of the new growth path, Patel said, was “a massive investment in infrastructure and people through skills development, together with smart government and better coordination with the private sector and organised labour.” The plan will look to the “green” economy, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and tourism industries for most of the employment opportunities. The plan calls for commitments from the government’s social partners, such as ensuring moderate wage increases while capping pay and bonuses for executives earning over R500 000 a year. It also seeks the creation of a comprehensive social security system that fosters an improved savings culture in the country.Steps to be taken The strategy has a series of micro- and macro-economic measures aimed at helping the country reach its growth targets, including: Remaining open to the world economy and new ideas.Maintaining macroeconomic stability.Sustaining high rates of saving and investment (about 20% to 25% of national income versus the current 16%).Allowing the markets to allocate resources.Maintaining committed, credible, and capable government. The report looked at countries which were able to maintain GDP growth of more than seven percent for two decades or longer in recent times, namely Botswana, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Oman, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Thailand. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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UAAP Season 80 Preview: Sablan vows different UST Tigers will show up

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Coach: Boy SablanLast Season: 3-11 (8th Place)Holdovers: Marvin Lee, Jeepy FaundoAdditions: Steve Akomo, Christian Garcia, Jordan Sta. AnaKey Losses: Louie Vigil, Jon Sheriff, Renzo Subido, Mario BonleonCoach Boy Sablan acknowledges that after last year’s disastrous run, the UAAP Season 80 campaign will be make or break for him in University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa But Sablan is willing to take on all comers in his second season at the helm for the Growling Tigers with a squad that he can proudly say is his own.“I built this team unlike last year’s. When I arrived, I had no choice but to run with whatever I had. This time, I’m in control of everything. We had a longer preparation this time and I believe we’re in a better groove,” said Sablan in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutParading a mix of veterans and new recruits, Sablan is confident with the group that is slowly showing signs of maturity after the numerous pocket tournaments it participated in in the run up for this season.We had a longer time to prepare, not like before that we only had two months of preparation. So now, we’re running a bit better. The system I was trying to instill last year is finally happening. The bottomline is we had a longer preparation,” said Sablan. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LATEST STORIES With key figures from last season’s campaign gone, the Growling Tigers will lean on veterans Marvin Lee and Jeepy Faundo to carry the fight.But Sablan believes that UST’s unpredictability makes it dangerous, as he expects several players to step up unlike others who depend largely on only one go-to guy.“You won’t rely on just one person. Everybody can be depended on. There are no main guys. I’m not particular on one, two, or three players. Now, I have more confidence on my players. I trust what they can do on the court.”While he’s not willing to make any promises, he guarantees that UST will be better prepared for the challenges that this season brings.“No promises,” he said. “That the team prepared well and we’ll try do everything we practiced the last eight months during the games. You’ll see the changes in our players. That’s one thing you have to watch out for. You’ll see the difference.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UST Growling Tigers428 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Rio would take Ozil to Man Utd ‘all day’

first_imgTransfers Ozil to Man Utd? Ferdinand would take Arsenal star ‘all day’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:44 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Mesut Özil Arsenal v Manchester United Arsenal Premier League The former Red Devils defender believes the German playmaker would be a perfect addition at Old Trafford as his Gunners contract continues to run down Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is “a technician” and would be a perfect addition at Manchester United, says Rio Ferdinand.Talk of a possible move to Old Trafford for the Germany international has been sparked as he continues to run down his contract at Emirates Stadium.With there no indication that fresh terms will be agreed in north London, the World Cup winner is expected to either be sold in January or released into the free agent pool next summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Whenever he does become available, Ferdinand believes that United should be heading the queue to secure the signature of a proven performer and a man who has previously enjoyed success under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.“Since he signed in the Premier League, he’s had the most assists and the most chances created,” the former Red Devils defender told BT Sport.Rio Ferdinand Mesut Ozil to Manchester United all day“That tells you the standard of the player he is.“When he was at Real Madrid, I played against him. He was a different player at Real Madrid from what I’ve seen here. The pace, he’s deceptively quick, and if you can get that out of him, with that ability… he’s a technician.“I’d take him at Man United all day. Free transfer? No doubts.”While Ozil has displayed his full repertoire of creative talent throughout his time in England, he was unable to help Arsenal past United in his latest outing.An enthralling encounter at the Emirates saw the Gunners dominate for long periods, only to find David de Gea in imperious form.Arsene Wenger’s side also made costly mistakes at the back, allowing United to take advantage and sweep to a 3-1 win – even after seeing Paul Pogba shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Hector Bellerin.last_img read more