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

Governor Wolf, PennDOT Announce $200 million in Roadway Improvements

first_imgGovernor Wolf, PennDOT Announce $200 million in Roadway Improvements May 05, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Hollidaysburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today that over $200 million in highway and bridge improvements that will take place across PennDOT’s six-county District 9 region during the 2017 construction season.“Many improvements will be made across this six-county region and this mirrors what we’re seeing across the state,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These needed improvements will not only help Pennsylvanians get from A to B, but allow them to do so in the safest most efficient manner possible.”Overall highlights in the 2017 construction season for District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties) include:approximately 164 miles of paving;approximately 70 bridges will be repaired or replaced; andapproximately 324 miles of roadway will be seal coated to extend pavement life.District 9 Executive Thomas Prestash said, “This is the 19th consecutive year that PennDOT’s Engineering District 9 has conducted outreach meetings for legislators, municipal officials, planning and economic development agencies and community leaders in each of our six counties. With over $200 million worth of construction projects slated for area roadways this year, we’ve had good news to share.”Notable projects that have been bid include:the Route 403 Moxham Stonycreek bridge replacement project in the City of Johnstown for $7.4 million;the continuation of the Route 22 Frankstown Intersection Safety Improvement Project in Blair County for $7.4 million;the continuation of the Route 219 Meyersdale to Somerset Corridor Project which will consist of approximately 11 miles of new four-lane limited access highway estimated at $265 million;the 17th Street Safety Improvement Project in the City of Altoona for $4.1 million;the Route 36 Corridor Improvement Project in Bedford County for $4.8 million; andthe Route 281 Gilmour to Welsh resurfacing project in Somerset County for $8.2 million.Notable projects that are expected to be bid this year include:the Interstate 99 17th Street to Grazierville Resurfacing Project in Blair County; andthe Route 219 Jack Murtha Highway Rehabilitation Project in Cambria County.The investments complement the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, program, which Governor Wolf recently announced will invest $2.1 billion in maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years. Of the investments, $1 billion will go to roadway maintenance and $1.1 billion will go to highway and bridge capital projects. Of the capital projects, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department’s district and regional planning efforts.More information on Road MaP is available at www.penndot.gov on the “Act 89 Transportation Plan” page.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAltoona.last_img read more

As long as he stays focused, the future is extraordinarily bright for Gervonta Davis

first_imgA trip to Britain in May 2017 brought a win over the unheralded Liam Walsh, and although the transatlantic exercise perhaps raised Davis’ profile in the thriving English market, it was levels below the Pedraza win and something of a sign of things to come. Uninspired on the Floyd Mayweather/Connor McGregor undercard opposing Francisco Fonseca, Davis was reckless with his attacks and this created a messy spectacle on the most-viewed show of the year. Seven months after establishing himself as a potential future face of boxing, Davis was heavily criticized for his labored win over Fonseca, and his personal life was also under intense scrutiny.Assault charges outside the ring in both 2017 and the following year overshadowed Davis’ sole outing of last year where he stopped Jesus Cuellar for the WBA strap, and it appeared that there was a possibility of a promising boxing career spiraling out of control. Bloated and boisterous at the Shawn Porter/Danny Garcia event with Adrien Broner as his sidekick, Davis looked every bit the poster boy of a young rich man living the good life. Boxing has so far provided the 24-year-old with just enough fame and fortune to walk an all too familiar path of destruction like many before him, but second chances in boxing are like fish in the ocean, and Davis has to grab one immediately starting this Saturday against Hugo Ruiz.Davis’ remarkable rise from care home product to world champion suggests the Maryland man is a winner regardless of what direction his career takes next. A series of wins and global honors have seemingly taken Davis off course, so one has to ponder what a succession of losses would do to the big smiled youngster. If this year can begin in a similar manner to one 2017 did then Davis has to take the platform and use it to his advantage. His showing against Pedraza remains his greatest moment, it would be an awful shame for Davis if we were still saying that 12 months down the line. A fighter can see his stock fall or inflate when having a night off.Bernard Hopkins’ matador performance against Kelly Pavlik at the backend of 2008 drew mainstream plaudits, but just a few months before, the Philadelphian wizard was narrowly outhustled by Joe Calzaghe via split decision. Some within the trade hinted at Hopkins’ age, he was 43 at the time, as a contributory factor versus the Welshman, but that logic was decimated six months later when “The Executioner” handed out a painful lesson to the bald puncher from Youngstown. Join DAZN to watch Machado vs. Cancio plus more than 100 fight nights a yearLast December, Jose Pedraza provided Vasyl Lomachenko with enough problems to give the magical Ukrainian a decent test. Lomachenko was a handy winner, but the vast majority of rounds were competitive and the wide scorecards that greeted the former star amateur contained a substantial amount of generosity. One man who had no such issues with Pedraza, a proud and gutsy Puerto Rican, was Gervonta Davis, and somewhere in America on December 8th, the Baltimore man probably forced a smile at watching his former victim take rounds off the so-called finest boxer on the planet.Make no mistake, Davis, on his day, is a daunting test for anyone in his own weight division, or those operating either side of super-featherweight. His 2017 stoppage of Pedraza is everything a breakout performance should be as he destroyed the previously undefeated star in a one-sided bout inside a congested Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. The large crowd in attendance may have been there to witness super-middleweight supremacy between James DeGale and Badou Jack, but there was no doubt who the evening’s star performer was as Davis, just 22 and with only 16 bouts to his name, bludgeoned Pedraza for his first world title. That victory still remains the high point of Davis’ career, but time is on his side in ensuring the result doesn’t stay that way.last_img read more