High Murder Rate in Guatemala Linked to Drug Trafficking

first_img Violence shot up in Guatemala during the recently concluded administration of Álvaro Colom, with more than 24,000 homicides during his four-year term, the highest figure in the last three administrations, according to a report released by a humanitarian organization on January 23. “Upon comparing the three previous administrations, it can be seen that the one with the highest number of fatalities” is Colom’s, the document by the Mutual Support Group indicates. According to that independent humanitarian organization, there were around 14,000 homicides during former president Alfonso Portillo’s four-year term (2000-2004), 21,511 during Óscar Berger’s administration (2004-2008), and 24,021 during Colom’s (2008-2012). Guatemala is suffering an escalation of violence chiefly due to the penetration of drug cartels such as the Mexican Los Zetas, as well as the proliferation of the feared youth gangs (“maras”) that control marginal neighborhoods in the country. In 2011, “massacres (…) were among the most prominent crimes, with a total of 122 cases, in which 466 people died and 152 were injured, reported over the course of the year,” the report specified. On January 21 alone, eight people died in an armed attack in a nightclub in a town south of the Guatemalan capital. Five M-16 rifles were found at the scene of the slaughter, according to the National Civil Police, which is investigating the motives. Otto Pérez, who took office as president of Guatemala only ten days ago, stated that the attack might have taken place due to clashes between cartels, since drugs were being distributed at the club, he said. By Dialogo January 25, 2012last_img read more

NAFCU’s 50th: Berger touts credit unions’ vision, focus on members

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said a bright future lies ahead for America’s credit unions as they work to “accomplish extraordinary things” on behalf of their members during opening remarks Wednesday at NAFCU’s 50th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii.Berger hailed NAFCU’s founders as visionaries for creating an association that has never been afraid to stand up and fight for credit unions. “We have worked tirelessly for advances that have dramatically improved the way credit unions do business and serve their members,” said.Berger noted NAFCU’s achievements over the past 50 years, including leading the way for federal share insurance, an independent federal regulator, expanded credit union powers, passage of the Credit Union Membership Access Act and protecting the federal income tax exemption.He described how credit unions are there for their members at every stage of their lives, providing needed loans, financial counseling and other services designed to help members achieve their financial goals and realize their dreams. continue reading »last_img read more

Qatar Airways adds new destinations to global network | News

first_imgQatar Airways Group, chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to continue rebuilding our network, resuming routes and adding new destinations. “We have made it our priority to not only restart most of our existing destinations as soon as possible but also to launch new routes. “With more than 700 weekly flights currently to just over 100 destinations, and plans to increase our network to more than 125 destinations by the end of the IATA winter season, our passengers will enjoy more options to travel when they want across the globe, safely and reliably.” Qatar Airways resume flights and increase services to several destinations in the coming weeks, the carrier has announced. The Middle Eastern airline will fly to Algiers twice a week from November 13th, with Chicago to follow, with nine flights a week starting from November 15th. – Advertisement – In between, on November 14th, a twice weekly service to Miami will resume, while there will also be 14 flights a week to New York. Next month, Kiev will welcome three flights a week from December 18th, two flights a week will depart for Phuket from December 4th, with three flights a week for Seychelles and Warsaw from December 15th and December 16th, respectively. The national carrier of the Qatar will also launch two new destinations in December with one weekly flight to Luanda, Angola starting from December 14th and four weekly flights to San Francisco from December 15th.- Advertisement – OlderABTA issues new plea for government support- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Racist talk should stop in Trinidad and Tobago, says coalition leader

first_img Sharing is caring! 20 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Mr. Makandal Daaga. Photo credit: Triniview.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — If racist talk continues in Trinidad and Tobago, there will be trouble, Makandal Daaga, leader of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC), has warned.Daaga is one of the five coalition leaders of the People’s Partnership government.He is also the man who led the 1970 Black Power movement, when he fought for equality for Afro-Trinidadians.The Trinidad Express reported that Thursday marked the 41st anniversary of the 1970 uprising. The revolution was led by Black Power activists and trade unionists, including Daaga, Khafra Kambon of NJAC, to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago. During that time, a portion of the Trinidad Defence Force led by Raffique Shah and Rex Lasalle, also mutinied in support of the movement.Daaga, a CARICOM cultural ambassador, said since the 1970s equality and unity have been achieved among the people and today, race debates can only lead to division.“The society has become concerned about race and race divisions and not about racial unity, we are playing with trouble if this continues,” said Daaga.He said this was discussed at length at a meeting of the five leaders — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar; Congress of the People leader, Winston Dookeran; Movement for Social Justice chairman, David Abdulah; Tobago Opposition for the People leader Ashworth Jack and himself.The meeting took place on Wednesday at the Prime Minister’s Office. It was also the first anniversary since the five parties officially came together.Daaga accused the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) of fuelling racial politics.Caribbean News Now NewsPoliticsRegional Racist talk should stop in Trinidad and Tobago, says coalition leader by: – April 25, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Video: Can you name 3 Syracuse football players?

first_img Published on September 25, 2015 at 9:52 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img The Daily Orange walked around the Syracuse University campus and asked students to name three football players, and what they had to say is below. The Orange (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) is hosting No. 8 Louisiana State (2-0) in the Carrier Dome at noon on Saturday.last_img

Ahly and Zamalek set dates for upcoming African home clashes

first_imgAhly have informed Morocco’s Moghreb Tetouan that the second leg of the CAF Champions League round of 16 will be held on 2 May at PetroSport stadium in Cairo.The record holders of eight African trophies have received confirmation from the security authorities despite safety concerns.The first leg will be held on 19 April in Tetouan.Their arch-rivals, Zamalek, will also host Moroccan team FUS Rabat in the round of 16 of the continent’s secondary tournament, the CAF Cup, on 19 April.”Security disapproved hosting the game in Cairo,” Zamalek official Ismail Yusuf told Ahram Sports and “the game will be held at Suez stadium instead.”Egyptian football is highly influenced by the security situation after 20 Zamalek fans died in February when police used teargas to prevent them from attending a league game against ENPPI.last_img read more

A younger Neptune team dives back into water

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports It was bound to happen. After years of dominating the Kootenay Summer Swim Association, the Nelson Neptunes are finally enter a rebuilding phase — which the rest of the region is probably thankful that it’s happening. “I expect we will have a good season but we may not win as many meets,” admitted Neptune skipper Michelle Lorusso on the eve of the start of the 2011 season Saturday at the NDCC Pool. “(That’s due to) a low enrollment this year with only 45 kids and most of them younger swimmers.” Gone is the likes of Rebecca and Melissa Afford. However, the dynamic duo has not left the scene. The pair, along with another Neptune stalwart, Kiandra McLaren, has simply moved up to the coaching ranks to join Lorusso on the pool deck. The coaching quartet, which can still swim in the senior divisions, will be put to the test right away as the Neptunes play host to the season opener this weekend. “It is a great advantage (for us) to start at home,” explained Lorusso, who has been coaching for the past eight seasons. “The swimmers can get back into the competitive swim meet season in there own home pool and that takes some stress off since they swim in (NDCC Pool) almost every day.” Still Lorusso & Company needs the support of the few senior swimmers the club has. Which is why it’s so important for provincial medalist Sam Matthew to step up once again. “Sam (Matthew) was the only Nelson Neptunes swimmer to get a medal at provincials last year in Kamloops in the 50 breaststroke when he placed second,” said Lorusso. “I expect a great season from all of our senior swimmers as they are all dedicated and hard-working.” The Neptunes are part of the Kootenay Association that includes Grand Forks, Trail, Creston, Colville, Wash., Castlegar and Kimberley. The season shifts to Grand Forks for a B-meet next week before teams travel to Trail June 18-19. Of course all the teams are pushing for the Kootenay Regional Finals August 6-7 in Castlegar. The top swimmers at Regionals advance to the B.C. Summer Speed Swim Association Championships August 15-21 in Richmond.
“The goals this season are to have fun and win a few meets,” said Lorusso. “For the swimmers many of their goals are to get best times and make it to the provincials.” For more information on the Nelson Neptunes visit http://www.bcssa.bc.ca/ko/nel/Site_2/[email protected]last_img read more