first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed actor Danny Glover joined children for a friendly game of dodge ball in Sarajevo today in a show of active support of the “It’s About Ability” campaign to promote inclusion for children with disabilities.A special guest of this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, Glover took to the field to support the campaign launched in early July by UNICEF, the European Union delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and USAID, to raise awareness and change attitudes and actions around children with disabilities and their families.The actor was joined by UNICEF’s Representative Florence Bauer, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Renzo Daviddi, and USAID acting Mission Director, Steven Majors along with children living with and without disabilities as a part of Youth Sports Games finals in Sarajevo.The “It’s About Ability” campaign aims to get people to sign a pledge to commit to supporting children with disabilities by: Encouraging the participation of children with disabilities into society; Involving children with disabilities and their families in decision making; Promoting the early identification of disabilities; Ensuring access of children with disabilities to essential services; Promoting day-care services for children with disabilities; Expanding opportunities for children with disabilities to reach their full potential; Mainstreaming the rights of children with disabilities into all policies and programmes.Children with disabilities are too often left invisible in Bosnia and Herzegovina and therefore outside the reach of social services. They are often confined to their homes or placed in large-scale institutions. As a result, they have less access to health services and education and are more likely to experience neglect and abuse.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

The video shows women attending a public concert in Saudi Arabia, a scene unimaginable in the country only a few months ago.“Some women even took of their head scarves, allowing their hair to hang loose.”In this concert venue, women and men are separated as required by law, but the fact that women are able to attend is a revolution in the conservative kingdom. The young Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman introduced a lot of major social changes, deemed progressive, in his country.After introducing many reforms in favor of the Saudi women, they are now officially allowed to legally start their own businesses without the consent of male guardians. read more

by Ian Campbell Posted Aug 4, 2015 3:41 pm MDT Finance Minister Joe Ceci seeks input from Calgary business community on budget AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s Finance Minister is calling a roundtable he had earlier with Calgary’s business community as productive.Joe Ceci, who is currently trying to craft the NDP provincial government’s first-ever budget, listened as members of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce provided their input.“The meeting was a wonderful opportunity for me and my staff to gain significant input from small business, medium-sized business around the importance of government and business working lock-step with each other,” Ceci said.“Certainly that’s been our plan as a government, to be clear about the changes we believe need to happen and to bring those forward in a timed and measured way so everybody understands what those are and how they adjust and adapt to them.”Ceci said he got a number of cues from people and appreciated the one of the meeting, calling it productive, cordial and constructive.“Global oil prices are obviously a major concern not only for me and the work I’m doing, but Albertans in general. We have a significant focus on that every day. The forecasts going forward are changing and when I get back to Edmonton to sit down with my Deputy Minister and finance officials we’ll be looking at new forecasts to bring forward.”The Finance Minister says they are still looking at roughly a $5-Billion dollar deficit in the fall.“The direction to all ministers was to ensure that they’re being as efficient and effective with the budget monies they have, with the interim supply monies they have been allotted. To ensure we meet our targets, they will have to constrain spending; we haven’t set absolute targets yet for departments and ministers. We know there is a challenge we have to address.”“Ministers have to come to me with their budgets and that will be a discussion (additional savings) we have when they sit down with me,” Ceci explained.“My perspective is long-term for Alberta, we have a report coming to us from Mr. Dodge and that will talk about the capital side and the potential investments that will stimulate our economy long-term.”Politicians return to Edmonton on October 26th, one week after the election.Calgary Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Adam Legge told reporters participants talked about a number of issues including tax credits, minimum wage, access to labour, markets and capital overall.Legge believes there were lots of interesting perspectives shared that the Minister will be able to take back, to be a part of the budget.“It was about making sure that we protect the quality of life here in Alberta, business did want to communicate to the Minister in these consultations is that the tax measures that have happened should be done in a phased approach. They have to be minding the ship, no one is suggesting any massive cuts need to be made but to live within our means, just as business does,” he said.“I think the challenge is this is a very short budget window; the reality is we don’t expect any of these major significant efficiencies to be found over the next few months. The reality is I think this is going to be something we encourage the government to do over the course of its mandate.”Anyone who didn’t get a chance to weigh in can still have their say but participating online at budget.alberta.ca or participate in a telephone town hall which will be taking place in September. read more

The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. Nalcor Energy says around 50 protesters have broken into the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site in Labrador. Nalcor spokeswoman Karen O’Neill says protesters and several vehicles breached the main gate Saturday afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Protesters broke into the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site in Labrador and formed a blockade around it, Nalcor Energy confirmed Saturday.Nalcor spokeswoman Karen O’Neill said protesters and vehicles entered the work site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay Saturday afternoon, and a blockade of around 150 people formed outside the main entrance.Mayor of Cartwright Dwight Lethbridge said demonstrators gained access to the site by cutting a chain off one of the gates. Lethbridge said he drove a “truckload” of people onto the site, but some protesters asked to be taken back as the situation grew “tense.”“There was the threat of RCMP coming to arrest people and there was a helicopter flying very low over our heads,” he said. “It was a heart-pounding kind of moment.”Lethbridge described the demonstration as “extremely peaceful.” Police were concerned that “things might escalate” between protesters and workers on the site, he said in an interview, but that has not been the case.Protesters blocked access to the site over the last week, despite a court injunction that led to nine arrests Monday. The actions were in response to Nalcor’s confirmation methylmercury levels are expected to rise in the reservoir created by construction of the project.The provincial government has ordered Nalcor to remove forest cover from the land that will be flooded to create the 41-square-kilometre reservoir. Critics of the project say the water will be contaminated with toxic levels of methylmercury if too many trees are left to rot at the bottom of the reservoir, raising health concerns.Nalcor says flooding is scheduled to begin later this month, though the company tweeted Saturday it won’t happen this weekend.A statement from Premier Dwight Ball said Nalcor would do nothing to increase water levels until a meeting with community leaders in the area that is set for Tuesday.“We urge protesters to remain peaceful and be respectful in their actions for the safety of both themselves and workers onsite,” Ball said in the statement issued Saturday.O’Neill said earlier Saturday that Nalcor is working to secure the site and protect the safety of “people, facilities and equipment.”The RCMP said the main highway to Muskrat Falls was closed. Police confirmed the closure was linked to the protests and cited public safety concerns.Lethbridge says the protesters include environmentalists, members of three aboriginal groups and nearby residents and they all have a long and varied list of demands.“There are people here who want the project shut down no matter what,” Lethbridge said. “Personally, I think the government is a bit too far in for that … (The project) is officially a boondoggle, but they have the opportunity to make it righter than it has been.” Protesters break into Muskrat Falls site, more form blockade outside by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2016 1:52 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Civilians continue to bear the brunt of this conflict,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told the Security Council this afternoon during a briefing on the situation in Syria. “The inability of this Council and countries with influence over the different parties at war in Syria to agree on the elements for a political solution in the country means that the humanitarian consequences will continue to be dire for millions of Syrians.” The conflict, which began in March 2011, has already claimed more than 220,000 lives, according to UN estimates. Meanwhile, more than 12.2 million people continue to require life-saving aid. The fighting has also provoked massive displacement with more than 4 million people having sought refuge in neighbouring countries, while a further 7.6 million are displaced within Syria.At the same time, over 2 million people in Aleppo and Dar’a Governorates have been affected by wilful denial of water and electricity by parties to the conflict this month. Of the 212,000 people who are besieged, in conditions that deteriorate every day, only 304 were reached with food in January.In other areas where conditions deteriorate every day, parties to the conflict severely restrict access to those in need. In Raqqa and Deir ez Zor, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has closed down the offices of several aid organizations, including the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.In addition, Ms. Amos observed that children were “particularly badly affected” by the hostilities with 5.6 million children now in need of assistance and well over 2 million children out of school. “Basic services continue to be deliberately attacked at cut,” she continued. “As needs grow humanitarian organizations need to reach more people, but we are facing increasing difficulties in reaching the 4.8 million people who live in areas which are hard to reach. And as the violence escalates and conflict lines continue to shift, I fear that these numbers will rise. Access continues to be constrained by insecurity and active fighting but the parties to the conflict are increasingly, deliberately obstructing the delivery of life-saving aid.”In a recent briefing of the Security Council, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos heads, already cautioned that it could not keep up with the needs of Syria’s people because there is simply not enough funding. By the end of last year, the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan for 2014 was just 48 per cent funded.Lack of funding has already forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce rations by 30 per cent. And for every million dollars that WHO cannot raise in Syria, some 227,000 people lose vital health services. And unless urgent funding is received before May 2015, a million children will not be able to access education.Pointing to the upcoming Kuwait Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, to be held on 31 March, Ms. Amos explained that the international community once again had “an opportunity to raise some of the resources required to maintain our life saving work” and encouraged Member States to “give generously.”For its part, the Security Council also highlighted the lack of funding which, it said, had “forced humanitarian agencies to reduce food rations” by 30 per cent.In a press statement released following the briefing, the 15 member Council warned that unless urgent funding is received before May 2015, one million Syrian children who are not attending school will not be able to access alternative education options. The UN body added that it welcomed the upcoming pledging conference as an opportunity “to respond with generous pledges of new humanitarian and development funding.”“Day after day, month after month, year after year, the death, destruction and violence in Syria grows,” Valerie Amos declared. “As Council members have said many times, there is no humanitarian solution to the crisis. The international community must demonstrate greater determination to reach a long overdue political solution.” read more

first_imgThis shocking footage shows the moment a man drove at 100mph along a bridge before veering into a crash barrier – leaving his car a mangled wreck.Jonathan Dent’s pick-up truck was catapulted over the barriers and landed on the adjacent footpath – very narrowly avoiding falling into the water below.The 32-year-old’s suicide attempt came after he “had enough” of problems at home, a court heard.He had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of his car – as seen in the photo – and suffered injuries including a broken arm.Recorder Bryan Cox QC acknowledged that a prison sentence – while justified – was not appropriate in this case and told Dent that his actions had “put other members of the public at severe risk”.Dent, of Grimsby, North East Lincs., admitted dangerous driving.When he swerved into the barriers of the Humber Bridge, near Hull, East Yorks., late in the evening of July 3, he caused £11,000 of damage, Grimsby Crown Court heard.Prosecutor Stephen Welch said a road user who witnessed the event estimated Dent was driving at around 100mph, and an accident investigator said the truck was travelling at between 95 and 104mph at the time of the collision.Mr Welch said: “He said he was at home and had been having issues with the Child Support Agency an ex-girlfriend and his partner.”His lorry was parked in Immingham and he intended to go there and sleep in the cab.”But he said the defendant had instead headed towards the Humber Bridge thinking a drive would calm him down.When asked by police why he had driven into the barriers, Dent said: “I don’t know, I had probably just had enough.”Dent was taken to hospital following the incident with injuries including a broken arm.Paul Genney, mitigating, said: “He has never been in trouble in his life before.”He has taken steps to sort out the problems that overcame him.”I don’t suppose the defendant gave any thought to it at the time.”There could have been people on the walk way and there were other cars there that had to witness the incident.”He wanted to kill himself, he was desperate.”It opened his eyes to problems he was not aware of then and he has made steps to address that.” Sentencing, Recorder Cox said a prison sentence was “justified” but also “not appropriate”, and told Dent: “You will appreciate I am sure that what you did put other members of the public at severe risk.”Dent was given a sentence of three months in prison for dangerous driving, suspended for two years, and was disqualified from driving for three years.If you are suffering problems in your personal life and need somebody to talk to, call the Samaritans on 116 123. Lines are open 24/7.ap video hub Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgOntario Mining Association member Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine has received the 2010 Passport to Prosperity Employer Champion Award in recognition of its initiatives to provide innovative learning programs for high school students in the community. For the past 25 years, the mine has provided local area teenagers with the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, mentoring and career development programs at the mine site. These activities have given high school students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the mining industry and the broad range of career options it provides through learning beyond the classroom.The Employer Champion Award is presented to employers in Ontario for their contributions to, and support for, high school co-op programs. Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine received this honour for providing experimental learning opportunities for numerous students from the Red Lake District High School over many years. The award was created 10 years ago to recognise employers who make significant contributions to fostering the next generation of skilled and talented workers.“We are pleased to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Mike Lalonde, Mine General Manager at Goldcorp’s Red Lake gold mine. “We have supported the co-operative education placements with the local high school for many years and the commitment from our staff and the local high school to make these placements a learning experience for students has paid off. Co-operative placements are a win-win for both the company and the students and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Red Lake District High School in the future.”More than 26,000 employers are involved in the Passport to Prosperity program. The Passport to Prosperity is led by the Provincial Partnership Council. It works with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the Ontario Business Education Partnership, which represents business-education councils and local training boards.Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine has about 900 employees and 300 contractors at its operations. Red Lake, Ontario, is located near the Manitoba border 535 km northwest of Thunder Bay. The population of Red Lake and neigbouring communities is about 5,000.Miners and mining companies are responsible, solution-providing partners in society. They do more than find, extract and process minerals essential to our modern lifestyle. These companies are economic enterprises operated by men and women who are members of society and community builders. As volunteers and donors, they add great value to the quality of life in their communities and beyond.last_img read more

Struga handball tournament ← Previous Story Jan Grebenc to Skjern Handbold Next Story → Bertus Servaas about Kielce’s future: Club isn’t in danger! One of the summer tournament with the longest tradition in Europe, Struga tournament in Macedonia, announced list of participants for the 46th edition which will be held between August 15 and 19 on open-roof court near Ohrid Lake. During the tournament will be played also Macedonian Super Cup Final between RK Vardar and RK Metalurg (August 18)Group 1: RK Celje PL (Slovenia), Besiktas (Turkey), Fenix Toulouse (France), Eurofarm RabotnikGroup 2: RK Zeleznicar Nis (Serbia), HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta (Romania), Alingsas (Sweden), StrugaSCHEDULE:15.08.201817.30 Železničar – Struga19.15 HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta – Alingsas21.00 Celje – Eurofarm Rabotnik16.08.201817.30 Besiktas – Eurofarm Rabotnik19.15 Železničar – Alingsas21.00 Celje – Fenix Toulouse17.08.201817.30 Struga – Alingsas19.15 Železničar – HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta21.00 Fenix Toulouse – Besiktas18.08.201810.00 Struga – HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta17.30 Eurofarm Rabotnik – Fenix Toulouse19.15 Celje – Besiktas21.00 Vardar – Metalurg19.08.201810.00 7th place match17.30 5th place match19.15 Bronze medal match21.00 FINAL read more

first_imgVictorian Premier Ted Baillieu praised Hellenism and highlighted its impact on him as a young architect, at the official launch of Neos Kosmos Saturday edition on Wednesday. He spoke of how he and Multicultural Affairs Minister Nicholas Kotsiras were able to wrangle a rare opportunity, leveraging on Mr Baillieu’s architectural credentials, to be allowed in the Parthenon. “I still get goose-bumps when I remember the Greek flag snapping to the right as I stared out onto Athens through those columns,” the Premier said. Over 140 guests, including business leaders; state and federal politicians; community representatives; artists, writers and other prominent members of the Greek Australian community, came together at the Victorian Arts Centre to celebrate the new Saturday edition of Neos Kosmos.The launch opened with a moving performance by Paul Capsis singing Angela’s Sea, a song about the voyage of his maternal grandmother to Australia in the late 1940s on a ship full of migrants. Australian veteran rocker Ross Wilson closed the proceedings with the iconic Eagle Rock only this time with George Spirou on bouzouki.Following Paul Capsis, English Editor Fotis Kapetopoulos spoke and acknowledged that while the Saturday edition of Neos Kosmos has been in circulation since last July, attention to detail has been the reason the official launch was prolonged until now. “All of us tried to get it right, or right as possible,” Mr Kapetopoulos said. “At the end it’s about journalism of the highest order; independent, fearless and exciting.” The English Editor emphasised Neos Kosmos’ diverse readership, saying: “You do not need to be Greek, you don’t need to be able to read Greek, all you need is to have a Hellenic perspective.” Mr Kapetopoulos differentiated between “Greekness” which is “problematic” and Hellenism which is “universal”. He spoke of the “unique multicultural Australia” and pointed to the “majestic Paul Capsis” as an example of “creative excellence based on a hybrid culture” which make us all Australians. “I think of my nine-year-old son, who has Hellenic and Spanish heritage, as an Australian who will also read Neos Kosmos in years to come,” Mr Kapetopoulos said. Publisher Chris Gogos thanked the hundreds of thousands of readers who have supported Neos Kosmos for 54 years and said the paper would not be here today, or have been able to survive, if not for the way Melbourne embraces all cultures. The development of the English Edition dates back over 30 years. “In 1976 my father took the very bold step of introducing an English page in Neos Kosmos, a decision he was criticised for at the time,” the publisher said. “Over the last several years it’s been my vision to be where we are today.”The new Saturday English edition is a reflection of today’s Hellenic Australian community, Mr Gogos said. “It maintains the values of our parent publication, it’s the voice of the new generation of Greeks and, most importantly, it’s here to listen and express a voice for our readers, a voice that comes from a Hellenic perspective.” Premier Ted Baillieu recognised Neos Kosmos as a “wonderful constant” in the Greek Australian community. “For more than five decades it [Neos Kosmos] has offered its readers assurance that while the world outside may change and shift, you could find some comfort in the familiarity of this printed page,” Mr Baillieu said. Addressing the room Mr Baillieu joked “because it is the English language edition I am going to suppress what is otherwise my natural instinct to speak Greek to you.”Mr Baillieu said the official launch was symbolic of Victoria’s place in multicultural media referring to last weekend’s Neos Kosmos by pointing to the front page.The headline ‘The M-word is back’ hailed the move by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen in rubber-stamping a reborn multiculturalism policy. The page came with a banner thundering ‘Shame on you’ signalling an editorial inside that tore strips off Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison about the Christmas Island mourners.In closing, the Premier also announced a new grant under the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s “community strengthening” category where media outlets can apply for grants to support young aspiring journalists to gain work experience. Mr Baillieu awarded the first grant of $5000 to Neos Kosmos English Edition to go towards the mentoring of an emerging Greek Australian journalist. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has tipped Lionel Messi and Argentina for World Cup glory in 2022 but claimed the team needs an overhaul.Messi is currently taking time away from the national team after a tough campaign in Russia, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the international scene.Sampaoli left his post after last summer’s tournament but says Messi and Argentina could be crowned world champions in Qatar.“Of course yes, but this needs a process, for everything that has happened up to now and you don’t break the process; you correct it.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“For the next World Cup or Copa America, you need organisation, unlimited confidence and knowing that everything requires a process.“If you don’t win the Copa America, you have to keep the process, not break it. Enough of this madness that if you do not ‘win’, ‘you’ are a loser. It’s not like that: if you believe, you can win even later. But you have to believe.”Messi will be 35 when the next World Cup begins and has declined to comment on his international future.last_img read more

first_imgThe Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks.In its second release allegedly from the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple’s supply and distribution network.The release follows the initial publication on March 9 by the anti-secrecy group of thousands of pages of instructions and code from what it called the entire CIA arsenal of hacking tools.The documents are generally believed to be genuine although the CIA has not acknowledged this.The publication of the documents sparked a US counterintelligence investigation into how the documents leaked out from the CIA and made their way to WikiLeaks, with some people pointing fingers at the agency’s use of private subcontractors as a likely source.The newest documents focus on how the CIA targets Apple’s popular personal electronics to spy on users.They show the CIA developed a tool in 2012 called “Sonic Screwdriver” that can hijack an Apple computer’s password-protected boot process from peripheral devices like adapters and USB drives.By doing so, they can inject a undetectable bug deep into the computer’s essential firmware that will not be erased even when the computer is reformatted.The manual for the “NightSkies” bug shows that the CIA developed it in 2008 to be implanted physically in brand new iPhones.”While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target, it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization’s supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments,” WikiLeaks said.The documents provide a glimpse into the workings of the CIA. One showed the agency urgently trying to adapt NightSkies to a certain Apple laptop.The agency “has the opportunity to gift a MacBook Air to a target that will be implanted with this tool,” one 2009 document said.”The tool will be a beacon/implant that runs in the background of a MacBook Air that provides us with command and control capabilities.”last_img read more

first_imgChildhood emotional experiences of individuals can have long lasting consequences in adulthood while they perform a task, a study revealed. In a the study published in the online journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the researchers stated that emotional bond shared with parents in early childhood generates our ability to regulate emotions as adults.“But not everyone’s actions are impacted by emotions to the same extent. Some of us had emotionally responsive caregivers or parents in childhood, while others didn’t,” said Christine Heinisch, researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the attachment theory in Psychology, childhood experiences influences the ability to regulate emotions as adults. “We expected those having problems with emotional regulation to make more errors in performing a task – and one significant variable influencing this is our attachment experience,” Heinisch added. To test this theory, they conducted a study on adults with different childhood experiences and performed a task of identifying a target letter from among a series of flashing letters.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis task was administered under conditions that evoked a positive, neutral or negative emotional state. The researchers then assessed task performance and analysed electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings of brain function in their subjects.Subjects who did not have emotionally responsive caregivers in childhood (insecure-attached) had more trouble performing under emotionally negative conditions than the others (secure-attached). They also had lower brain activity in response to the target letter under negative conditions than secure-attached subjects. The lower task performance correlated with inefficient strategies for emotional regulation seen in insecure-attached adults. This could mean that a greater share of cognitive resources was allocated for regulating emotions, and consequently, less was available for performing the task.last_img read more

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first_imgSOMOTO, Nicaragua — Somoto appears to be a vulnerable place, an economically depressed border town, just 20 kilometers from gang-ridden Honduras. There isn’t much work here, so many people migrate to Spain in hopes of finding jobs. Children get left behind to live with grandparents or alone.This close to the border, the town regularly sees people come through from Honduras and El Salvador for business or to visit family. Many locals fear that among them, there might be gang members looking to recruit young people in Somoto.But Somoto, like other Nicaraguan towns, hasn’t had to face the high murder rates and criminality that towns in Central American countries to the north have. Nicaragua does a good job of keeping transnational gangs out, thanks, in part, to a police force that interacts closely with the population. But they still must deal with local gangs.Enoc Gurdian, a 23-year-old tour guide, says the people of Somoto keep a close watch on their town, and are especially on guard when a new migrant turns up.“Everybody knows everybody, so when someone has an inkling that a gang member from outside is trying to recruit people here, they will immediately call the police,” he said. “Nobody wants that craziness here.”Last year Gurdian experienced how serious the police will take such a phone call. There was a boy from El Salvador who came to live in Somoto with his uncle. The boy was friendly, easy going and funny, so Gurdian and his friends hung out with him.But one day, while walking with the newcomer down the street, they suddenly found themselves surrounded by heavily-armed police. The boy was forced against a wall with his hands cuffed behind his back. The police pulled up his shirt so everybody could see the gang tattoos on his body.Someone had tipped off the police. The boy was hiding in Somoto after killing two rival gang members in San Salvador. He was immediately deported.Though foreign gang members are closely monitored, the real risk for Nicaragua is homegrown gangs, called grupos juveniles. These groups imitate the gang life they see in the so-called Northern Triangle countries – Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Boys bike past gang graffiti on a wall in Somoto, April 2015. Local leaders say the graffiti comes from homegrown gangs imitating their more powerful and violent counterparts in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Eline van NesOne former gang member explained how neighborhood groups are formed, imitating the Mara Salvatrucha or Barrio 18. He said most Nicaraguan gang members are involved in petty theft and small-time drug dealing. They mainly fight each other. Extortion of regular citizens is uncommon, unlike in the Northern Triangle countries.“There are not many guns here, so they fight with knives and stones,” the former gang member said. He declined to give his name because he fears for his personal security.Despite the relative lack of guns, the former gang member was shot two years ago, and it almost cost him his life. It was a wake-up call: he realized he had to change his life if he wanted to be a father to his now nine-year-old child. He stopped smoking crack and started a course in agriculture with the local nonprofit organization, Inphru.He left the gang and became an active Christian. Fortunately for him, Nicaraguan gangs don’t kill members for leaving the gang, as they often do in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.National Police spokesman Fernando Borge Aguilar explained how the Nicaraguan police work with at-risk youth. The police have career training programs for young people, and they work with the government to create job opportunities following training.“We don’t just fight the gangsters with a strong hand,” Borge said. “We try to use an intelligent approach.”The Nicaraguan police also have a special department dedicated to making sure officers don’t take bribes from gangs.Nonprofit groups like Inphru in Somoto also work to create opportunities for Nicaraguan youth.Luis Alberto Álvarez Alvarado, a field worker with Inphru, drives around town to show the different places Inphru has helped set up to teach people about horticulture, honey and seed collection. Inphru doesn’t solely target vulnerable youngsters, but it has helped some turn their lives around.Still, Álvarez said he worries about Somoto’s homegrown gangs, which have strengthened in recent decades. At least once a year, fighting between neighborhood gangs results in a death.“The most important thing is that they need someone who listens to them,” Álvarez said while visiting a group of young people sorting red beans. “When we see someone who becomes the (gang) leader of their neighborhood, we try to give him that same role in a positive way. We take him seriously as part of the society.”For Álvarez it’s usually a case of lost boys in search of a father figure, a role he readily provides. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican held in ‘deplorable’ conditions in Nicaragua granted house arrest  Dueling stories behind shooter at Nicaragua protest reveal sharp divide over Sandinista government Guatemalan president spars with US over Chixoy Dam reparations Costa Rica’s ‘Macho Coca’: A fishmonger accused of being a drug lordlast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Health Ministry expands list of liquor brands suspected of causing methanol poisoning Adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica: What you need to know today Costa Rica issues sanitary alert over adulterated alcohol Updates: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol Costa Rica’s Health Ministry on Wednesday expanded to nine the list of liquor brands that may contain dangerous amounts of methanol.Translated from Spanish, the Health Ministry’s update reads, in part, as follows:The Ministry of Health … informs the general population about the extension of the Health Alert issued regarding the sale of products packaged in bottles labeled “Guaro Chonete”, “Guaro Guerazo”, “Guaro Sacheto”, “Guaro Gran Apache”, “Aguardiente Estrella Roja”, “Guaro Montano”, “Aguardiente Barón Rojo”, “Aguardiente Timbuka” and “Aguardiente Molotov”, which according laboratory results, are adulterated with methanol.“Guaro Chonete” is the newest addition to the list.Do not consume any of the liquor brands named in the alert, and report to authorities if you suspect an establishment of selling adulterated liquor. A criminal complaint can be filed via email at: denuncias.drpis@misalud.go.cr.People or companies selling adulterated alcoholic beverages are subject to various administrative and criminal penalties. The Health Ministry said Wednesday it shut down two establishments in Upala, Alajuela this week “due to the commercialization of alcohol brands adulterated with methanol indicated in the health alerts.”The Health Ministry says at least 55 people were treated for methanol poisoning in June and July. As of July 30, 23 people have died.The last death was reported on July 24, according to the Health Ministry.The U.S. Embassy has said it is “not aware of any U.S. citizen illness or death due to consuming adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica.”In an effort to reduce the risk of additional poisonings, more than 38,000 bottles of liquor have been seized by authorities, according to the Health Ministry. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals coach Steve Wilks hadn’t heard that cornerback Patrick Peterson was unhappy and seeking a trade from Arizona.But minutes before Wilks spoke with the media Monday at Cardinals headquarters, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peterson was “desperate” for a trade before the Oct. 30 trade deadline and that the team had so far refused to consider such a move.Wilks seemed to reaffirm the latter when asked if, regardless of how Peterson feels, the franchise would consider dealing one of the NFL’s top shutdown cornerbacks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Oh, no,” Wilks said. “We’re not trading Patrick. That’s out of the question.” Asked how he would go about managing unhappy players, Wilks said he wouldn’t indulge in any speculation.“I’m going to sit down and talk to Patrick,” he added. “Patrick is a captain. He’s well-respected around here, he’s well-respected throughout the league. Are we in a difficult situation? Yes, we are.“It’s about trying to turn the corner and make things happen so we can make sure we get this thing on track.”Two weeks earlier, Peterson echoed that sentiment.“We have to continue trusting in the process, continue trusting in one another. It will eventually turn for us,” Peterson said.“It’s been extremely tough. Obviously you want to win. I don’t care how you cut it — there’s nothing like winning. Especially when you have a new head coach, have so much going against you, you already have the outside world counting you out. It’s a rebuilding stage. But at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We want to go out there and prepare to win each and every Sunday. And we have been doing that. Just the ball hasn’t been falling our way. I believe, truly, we should at the worst, be 2-and-2.” Patrick Peterson will not be traded— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) October 22, 2018Peterson and his head coach, a defensive backs coach by trade, will sit down to discuss the reported feelings of discontentment, Wilks said.So as of Monday afternoon, Wilks would move forward with a status quo.That said, the status quo is that Arizona is 1-6, having fired its offensive coordinator Mike McCoy three days prior. The defense ranks 11th in the NFL having allowed 233.9 total yards per game and 23rd by allowing 26.3 points per game.Related LinksReport: Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson asks for a tradeS Eddie Pleasant signs with Cardinals, Deatrick Nichols releasedThe Cardinals are coming off their worst loss of the year, a 45-10 defeat against the Denver Broncos that saw turnovers on offense and broken plays on defense turn into a first-half rout.Now, with the San Francisco 49ers on deck Sunday, Arizona must deal with another distraction as one of its stars has reportedly asked out as the team rebuffs any such trade talk.“Patrick was here today — he hasn’t spoken to me about it at all. Had a pretty good practice. No concerns whatsoever,” Wilks said. “I don’t know whether or not he’s really requested that. He hasn’t expressed that to me but we will talk at some point in time.” 16 Comments   Share   center_img Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling INJURY UPDATES— Quarterback Josh Rosen didn’t practice Monday but will ditch a practice boot. He is expected to be able to participate in some capacity on Wednesday after spraining his toe last Thursday in the loss to Denver.— Guard Mike Iupati (back) and safety Treu Boston (ribs) sat out of practice.— Right guard Justin Pugh (hand) was limited. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgHagerty Insurance Announces its Hagerty Hot List: Top 10 Future Collector CarsTRAVERSE CITY,Mich.Could you have tomorrow’s collector cars sitting in your garage?To help consumers answer that question, McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance Agency and a respected collector car valuation expert, has compiled his choices for Hagerty’s Hot List: Top 10 Future Collector Cars.With hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts flocking to the world-renowned Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and six other auction houses in Scottsdale , Ariz. , to ring in the collector car auction season – some may wonder:Who can afford a collector car?With Hagerty’s Hot List, you just might already have that car sitting in your garage.All you have to do is wait…“Many consumers could be driving a future collector car right now.” says Hagerty. “Our goal was to find cars that are currently on the road but may be considered nostalgic in 15 to 20 years. Each car on Hagerty’s Hot List possesses a ‘buzz,’ a Wow Factor that resonates with consumers of all ages, many cars being daily drivers that turn heads already.”In determining the Hagerty Hot List, Hagerty analyzed the reasons today’s collector cars are such hot commodities: pop-culture popularity, limited production numbers and the style of the next generation of collectors. The company included a wide range of models that span market segments and price ranges: cars that are more affordable, fun to drive and still enticing for future generations.Hagerty’s Hot List:·Cadillac XLR-V Roadster:Under the hood sits a hand-built 4.4-liter V8 that’s been supercharged and puts out 443 horsepower.This is a serious domestic roadster that competes with the Mercedes SL-Class, Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Jaguar XKR, as well as the four-seat BMW M6 convertible.·Lotus Exige S:Most practical people will find the Lotus Exige is a miserable little car—that is if you are shopping for a grocery getter!Research uncovered one anonymous review stating “Bottom Line…my heart beats faster when I think about this car…it is that rewarding.”·Audi S5:A slick coupe with solid credentials.We chose this because it provides good looks, impressive all-wheel-drive handling, and an affordable price tag for this segment.·Mustang Shelby GT 500 KR:The new GT500 KR (King of the Road) takes the bare bones of a GT500 and turns it into a 540 horse power muscle car that pays tribute to the legendary Carroll Shelby.Production is expected to be around 1000.·Chevrolet Corvette Z06:The ferocious Z06 is a fixed-roof coupe with a 7.0-liter V8 that produces 505 horsepower.The past 50 years has proven that most Corvettes eventually become collectible…the Z06 will stand out at the top of the crowd as far as collectability.·Smart:At first look, the Smart seems too small to be practical. It’s not. Rather, it is a marvel of packaging efficiency.We chose the Smart car because it is the inaugural year where they will be available to the mass US population.·Subaru Impreza WRX STi:Some Subaru enthusiasts may not like the idea of being spotted in a hatchback, but we think this will make it more collectible down the road.It has 305 horsepower and all-wheel drive…·Honda S2000 CR:Less than 2000 of the “CR” editions will be built…this is a high-performance version of the stock S2000 that is regarded as Honda’s only true sports car.·Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky:This pair of roadsters from GM have a ll the necessary ingredients: rear-wheel drive, a powerful engine, independent suspension and an impressive weight balance.We chose this because it is the first new and exciting sports car for Saturn and the first for Pontiac in many years.·Dodge Charger Super Bee:It has a 6.1 liter HEMI V8 with 425 horsepower and 420 ft. lbs. of torque…need we say more for a family sedan?“In a time when all the major manufacturers are fiercely competing for market share we wanted to pick some modern day driving machines that grab driver’s attention now and will continue to do so down the road,” says Hagerty.“The cars on this list have all the right ingredients to be looked upon by the next generation of enthusiasts as cool cars to collect.”Hagerty is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles and boats in the nation and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers collector car insurance, financing and roadside assistance, as well as a variety of useful information resources. The company works proactively on hobby legislation and supports the Collectors Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation of the hobby. For more information, call 800-922-4050 or visit www.hagerty.comlast_img read more

first_imgRAY Woolley is aiming to complete his 39th dive during his 93rd year “39@93” on Sunday in Latchi in Paphos.The hugely likeable nonagenarian, who is one of the world’s oldest divers, has previously completed 29 dives in his 92nd year. The ex-serviceman is an active diver with the BSAC – British sub aqua club-at RAF Akrotiri.“I am looking forward to completing this dive as it will signify the 39th dive this year and I already have something else planned involving diving for later in the summer, but it’s a secret at the moment,” he told the Sunday Mail.His 90th birthday in September 2013, was celebrated by diving 90ft -“90 @ 90”- on the sunken Zenobia roll-on-roll off ferry in Larnaca.Originally from Port Sunlight in Wirral, Ray now lives in Ayios Tychonas close to Limassol. He was born in 1923 and first started diving with the Portland and Weymouth British Sub Aqua Club in 1960.The World War II veteran, has completed a number of his dives this year with Latchi Watersports, covering depths between 10.3 and 37.4 metres. He has also chosen them to help him complete his 39th dive.“I love water and I feel very privileged to be so active and able to dive, and it’s so surprising but veryRay served in the Royal Navy Radio Branch during WWII. He worked on shipping convoys in 1943-44 before a secondment to ‘SBS Special Force 281’ in the Dodecanese. He was among the first Allied forces to land on Rhodes as the Germans retreated in May 1945.After taking up diving in 1960, Ray was posted to Cyprus in 1964 and was a regular diver with BSAC during and attained further qualifications during three tours. In 1999 he retired and returned to Cyprus to live permanently after diving in locations all around the world.One of his daughters will be with him when he completes his dive 39th dive in Latchi.“I’m really looking forward to it as she has seen me go off to dive before, but this is the first time that she will come and with me in the boat and see me actually dive,” he said. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgPolice will on Monday begin a week-long clampdown on the use of mobile phones and other kinds of ‘distracted driving’ by motorists, they said on Sunday.“Distraction is one of the most important factors contributing to the increase in the likelihood of road traffic collisions,” the police said in an announcement.At European level, surveys show that 10-30 per cent of all road accidents is attributable to distractions, it added.You May LikeFashionWeeker.comThe Key Hair Trends for 2018FashionWeeker.comUndoEternalLifeStyleAncient Tomb Dating 3,400 Years Discovered As Ground CollapsesEternalLifeStyleUndoSUVs | Search AdsPeople in United States Are Searching for SUV Options HereSUVs | Search AdsUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img Categories: Featured news,Inman News,News The Michigan Department of Corrections today announced it will close Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley as a cost-cutting measure. State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement:“I am disappointed with the Department of Corrections’ decision to close the Pugsley Correctional Facility, which will cause over 230 employees to lose their jobs and leave the area to find other employment with the Department of Corrections. “The closure of the prison will have a substantial negative impact on Grand Traverse County’s economy. I am deeply concerned about the disruption to many families as they deal with possible relocation issues.  Although the state Department of Corrections is downsizing, I am still very concerned that we will lose critical jobs in Grand Traverse County. “The closure of the prison will hurt not only those who work at Pugsley, but will cause a chain reaction for all families who live, work and/or attend schools in our community.“The employees at the Pugsley Correctional Facility have done an outstanding job rehabilitating prisoners and keeping our community safe for the last six decades.  I will personally meet with the Department of Corrections to ensure that all employees, officers and families currently supported by the prison are given every connection for other employment locally or granted immediate transfers to nearest correctional facilities.”###### Tags: #SB, Grand Traverse County economy, Inman, Kingsley, Pugsley prison closure center_img 31May Rep. Inman issues statement on decision to close Pugsley prisonlast_img read more