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BAE, Irving Shipbuilding form JV for Canadian AJISS program

first_img View post tag: JSS Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems, Irving Shipbuilding form JV to bid on Canadian ship-support program Authorities View post tag: Irving Shipbuilding November 14, 2016 View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: AOPS BAE Systems, Irving Shipbuilding form JV to bid on Canadian ship-support program BAE Systems and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have formed a joint venture in order to bid on the in-service support program for the Canadian Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ship (JSS).The in-service support program is abbreviated to AJISS.Both companies hope that Canadian Naval Support Limited (CNS), as the joint venture is called, will be successful in winning the CAD$5 billion ship-maintenance contract.AOPS and JSS ships were initially supposed to be maintained by different contractors, but in July this year, the government of Canada announced a decision to combine fleet support contracts for the two new ship classes.“CNS has the ability to give the Royal Canadian Navy the confidence it needs as it deploys ships to some of the toughest environments on earth. We take great pride in ensuring that the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy can rely on their ships and equipment to keep them safe and bring them back home,” a BAE Systems press release said.The new Queenston-class support ships are based on the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Berlin-class AOR and will be built by Seaspan in Vancouver.Harry DeWolf-class Arctic offshore patrol vessels are currently under construction by Irving Shipbuilding with the lead ship in the class, HMCS Harry DeWolf, scheduled for delivery in 2018. View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

May 4, 2021 0


first_imgDefinition:Under general supervisor, substitute employees perform a variety ofwork in support of a college or district program or office.Non-academic, non-classified substitute: vacancy employeesare appointed temporarily when recruiting to fill apermanent position. Non-academic, non-classified substitute: novacancy employees replace classified employees who aretemporarily absent from duty.Non-academic, non-classified substitute employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified substituteemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District. Substitute employment shall not result inthe displacement of Classified personnel.Substitute non classified employees who are appointedtemporarily while the District is recruiting for the permanentposition may not exceed 130 working days within a fiscal year (July1 – June 30).Substitute non classified employees who are temporarilyreplacing a classified employee may not exceed 160 working dayswithin a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).*Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:The duties and responsibilities will vary and is dependent on thespecific Division/Department job assignment.Qualifications and Physical DemandsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education and Experience:The education and experience will vary depending on the nature ofthe assignment.Knowledge of:The knowledge required will vary depending on the nature of theassignment.Ability to:The abilities required will vary depending on the nature of theassignment.Conditions of EmploymentCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Non-academic, non-classified substitute: vacancy employeesare appointed temporarily when recruiting to fill apermanent position. Non-academic, non-classified substitute: novacancy employees replace classified employees who aretemporarily absent from duty.Non-academic, non-classified substitute employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified substituteemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District. Substitute employment shall not result inthe displacement of Classified personnel.Substitute non classified employees who are appointedtemporarily while the District is recruiting for the permanentposition may not exceed 130 working days within a fiscal year (July1 – June 30).Substitute non classified employees who are temporarilyreplacing a classified employee may not exceed 160 working dayswithin a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).*Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. Short term/temporaryassignments do not offer fringe benefits or pay for holidays ortime not worked. The hours of work and effective date of employmentwill be arranged with the supervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individual’s interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTSTo be considered for employment you must submit a completeapplication packet. A complete application packet includes:A complete Coast Community College District OnlineEmployment Application.Answers to ALL Supplemental Questions, if any (pleaseprovide clear and detailed responses, where applicable, as theywill be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualifiedcandidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not pasteyour resume, put ‘see resume’ or ‘N/A’, or leave blank). DefinitionCURRENT SUBSTITUTE OPTIONS:Child Care SubstitutePublic Safety Officer SubstituteAccompanist SubstituteCustodian SubstituteRegistered Nurse SubstituteAthletic TrainerAdministrative Assistant I Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENTThe physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request.The Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since it’s founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation.last_img read more

May 3, 2021 0

Forbes Names Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union In Inaugural Best-In-State List

first_imgForbes Names Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union In Inaugural Best-In-State ListEvansville Teachers Federal Credit Union has been acknowledged on the inaugural Forbes list of Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions released on Thursday. The list ranks financial institutions nationwide based on survey results of overall satisfaction, as well as other areas such as digital services, branch services, and financial advice.Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to produce the list, which recognized only 2.4% of U.S. financial institutions. ETFCU was recognized in Indiana as Best-In-State. It is the only locally headquartered bank or credit union on the list.“We are proud to receive this acknowledgment. The entire Evansville Teachers organization is focused on returning value to our membership in every way we can. We believe this recognition is a testament to our commitment to service excellence for our members,” said Bill Schirmer, ETFCU President, and CEO.Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union has gained industry attention for its successes in recent years. The credit union has led the Evansville area in mortgage market share since 2015. In 2017, ETFCU’s credit card growth rate ranked third nationally among the largest credit unions. Most significantly, ETFCU continues to attract increased local interest in its popular Vertical Checking account, the credit union’s flagship deposit product. Vertical Checking offers members a high rate of 3.00% APY, as well as the reimbursement of fees charged at any ATM worldwide.ETFCU currently operates 14 full-service retail offices, including six in Evansville. The organization has plans to add seven new offices in the area and throughout the region within the coming year.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

May 3, 2021 0

Teen Drivers Sharpen their Skills at this Year’s Rule the Road

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) conducted a teen driver safety event called “Rule the Road” on Thursday, April 28, 2016 .  The event will be held at the Sgt. James W. Harlan Reserve Center located at 2900 E. Division Street. Although registration for this event is now closed, the news media is invited to attend.Taught by certified emergency vehicle operators from the Sheriff’s Office and the Evansville Police Department, Rule the Road provides teen drivers with exposure to experiences not traditionally covered in driver education courses. These valuable hands-on driving lessons offer teens the chance to practice lifesaving skills on a series of closed courses set up at Roberts Park. Skills and topics covered will include: controlled skidding, controlled braking, collision avoidance, the dangers of texting behind the wheel, and the seriousness of impaired driving. Two computerized driving simulators will allow students to practice crash avoidance skills. A representative from AT&T will be on hand with “It Can Wait” virtual reality goggles for the students to wear.“Nationally, traffic fatalities claim more teenage lives each year than any other cause of death,” Sheriff Dave Wedding stated. “Young drivers are simply not as experienced and are less able to cope with the unexpected. Add to the mix a smart phone, loud stereo and a car load of friends and it’s not hard to imagine why crash statistics for underage drivers are so dismal,” Sheriff Wedding added, “Driver training like ‘Rule the Road’ is a great way for us to make a potentially lifesaving impression on young drivers.”The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the full-time staff and soldiers assigned to the Sgt. James W. Harlan Reserve Center for making their facility available to us. The center is the home of the 380th Quartermaster Battalion, along with several other Army Reserve Units.The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank our local sponsor who helped made this event possible through a generous monetary contribution:Pictures from event are shown below.Pictured above: Students react to a live demonstration of a vehicle airbag deployment, courtesy of Lefler Collision Center.Pictured above: Mr. Mark Hartman (who retired as a Major from the Indiana State Police) with ICJI discusses some of his experiences at crash scenes involving drivers who did not buckle up.Pictured above: Ms. Jamie Humphries (who is the Driver’s Education program coordinator for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles) explains how to operate one the of driving simulators at Rule the Road.Pictured above: Evan Bolkelman from Reitz Memorial High School tries out the ATT&T “It Can Wait” VR Goggles.Pictured above: Deputy Rodney Miller from VCSO guides a student wearing Fatal Vision goggles around a course set up by Indiana SADD. The golf cart was provided by Eagle Valley Golf Course.last_img read more

May 3, 2021 0

Our 12 Favorite Shows That Phish Has Played At Madison Square Garden

first_imgPhish just announced a Baker’s Dozen thirteen night residency at Madison Square Garden, revealing plans to hit the famed New York, NY venue from July 21st through August 6th. As we approached the band’s previous run at MSG at the end of 2016, we compiled some our favorite Phish shows at the historic venue for a 12 Days Of Phishmas series. With 13 shows coming up soon, we give you our favorites from years past in this exciting list. Enjoy! — Update 1/31/17 —For the past twelve days, as we inched closer to Phish’s New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, we brought you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day. Well, today is the day, and we have just a few more short hours before we head over to see Phish at the Garden. With so much excitement surrounding the band’s four night run, we wanted to put all of our favorite Phish MSG memories in one convenient place for you to enjoy.Phish has played the Garden a total of 35 times in their career, from their debut in 1994 through the first days of 2016. With NYE celebrations in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015, not to mention great shows surrounding each New Year’s performance, it wasn’t easy narrowing down to 12 shows. We think you’ll enjoy the ones we selected, but be sure to let us know which are your favorites!Without further ado, let’s sing it!On the twelfth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me… 12 Drummer (Boys) Drumming (12/28/12) – The “Twist” with “Little Drummer Boy” teases it all!Eleven’s January First-ing! (1/1/11) – The proverbial “blunt after the stunt.”Ten Sally’s Sneakin’ (12/30/97) – The dream show, from song choice to song voice.Nine Ladies Dancing (12/31/10) – The multi-cultural “Meatstick” extravaganza.Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15) – The suspended hourglass of timelessness.Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11) – A steam-filled celebration to blow out the New Year.Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02) – The return from hiatus with three new, staple songs.Five Song Second Set (12/29/97) – Disease > Bowie > Possum > Tube > YEM. What?!Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98) – An incredible “2001” Space Odyssey included “Crosseyed and Painless” and “Manteca” teases.Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13) – The famed JEMP truck set celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary.Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96)  – “Freakapaug” Groove; Buddy Miles and Merl Saunders join for rocking encore.and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95) – The show that has everything you’d want, from big jams to silly hijinks to Trey narrations and more!last_img read more

March 2, 2021 0

Using business skills to propel ‘big impact’ health improvements

first_img Read Full Story Five years ago, Shane Kiernan was an investment banker for a private equity real estate fund, helping evaluate potential acquisitions. In 2008, he established, and subsequently sold, a Dublin-based business called DealHunter that enabled consumers in Southern Ireland to buy products from Northern Ireland more cheaply. Today he’s studying at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on a Fulbright Scholarship, on track to earn a master of science in health policy and management in 2014. His goal? To bring his business expertise to bear on health care improvements that have a transformational impact.Why the switch? One reason is that Kiernan came from a family of health professionals—his father is a primary care doctor in Navan, County Meath, in Northeast Ireland. His mother is a nurse, his older brother is a doctor, and his sister is a neuropsychologist—so, even though Kiernan didn’t want to be a doctor himself, caring about people’s health was ingrained.Another reason was rather serendipitous: in the spring of 2010, Kiernan happened to attend a lecture at his alma mater, University College Dublin, where he learned about the work of the Clinton Foundation, which fosters public-private partnerships to improve health, the environment, and economies around the world. It helped him realize that he could use his financial expertise not just in the world of business, but also in the developing world to make a difference in the lives of others. “For me, it kind of clicked,” he said.last_img read more

March 1, 2021 0

Smarter People Do Better Things for Their Business

first_imgBusiness executives have been hearing for quite some time about the business advantages of cloud and IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS), and more recently about Data Science and Big Data Analytics. However, implementing cloud or Big Data strategies is not just about the technology. New roles, skills and business models are required for these strategies to succeed.There has been a fair amount of press coverage and industry buzz about the significant skills gap for technical skills related to cloud and Big Data analytics, and how the shortage of skilled IT professionals is a key impediment to successful cloud and Big Data implementations. But, the skills gap goes beyond technical professionals. Many of those who completed EMC’s Cloud Architect or Data Science and Big Data Analytics training and certification programs told us that they wished there was similar training designed for their business management team. In fact, in a recent EMC survey1 of over 1000 IT professionals in 600 companies worldwide, overall, only 18% of respondents felt that their management had strong skills in cloud and ITaaS, and only 16% believed their management had strong skills in data science and Big Data analytics.So how do business leaders get smarter about these topics?To help business executives develop the skills they need to undertake one of the biggest transformations in the history of IT, EMC is excited to introduce two new courses: Cloud and IT as a Service for Business Transformation and Data Science and Big Data Analytics for Business Transformation.Offered as one-day courses as well as 90+ minute Executive Modules, the courses provide business leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to successfully implement cloud or Big Data analytics strategies within their organizations.Education and skills development are critical to the success of business transformation, and those at the top must be part of the solution. Smarter, educated people do better things for their business. They make better decisions, increase productivity, improve operations, and have faster implementations. Cloud, ITaaS, Data Science and Big Data Analytics all hold enormous promise for business advantage, but unless you invest in developing the right skills across the organization, your implementations will not be as successful as they could be.1 “Managing Information Storage: Trends, Challenges and Options-2013-2014” to be published May 7, 2013last_img read more

February 27, 2021 0

Lessons of the Week! Josh Groban, Shanice Williams & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, and we’ve had a lot of Christmas cookies! Wait, no. That’s not what we wanted to say. It’s Friday, and it’s time for Lessons of the Week! We learned all sorts of things from our Broadway faves this week, so sit down, put down that cookie (just for a minute) and take it all in.Josh Groban Is a Man of His WordConfirmed: Josh Groban is indeed not poultry. Earlier this year, the crooner teased that if he doesn’t come to Broadway next year, he’s “just a chicken.” Well, he’s officially bound for the Great White Way in the New York return of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Sadly, this probably means that our all-chicken revival of Chess is out of the running.Shanice Williams Takes RequestsShanice Williams slayed as she served us a world full of love and belt on The Wiz Live!. But the fun didn’t stop there. When the 19-year-old visited HQ for #LiveatFive, she treated us to quickie renditions of both “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls and Sister Act’s “Fabulous, Baby.” Don’t wear your voice out, Shanice. We’re still commissioning that mother/daughter musical with Audra.Alex Brightman Is a Broadway BaristaThere’s nothing we like more after rocking out than a cup of coffee (or, if we’re with Sierra Boggess, tea). Fortunately, we have the hookup with Alex Brightman. The School of Rock vlogger revealed that every week, he invites his cast to a coffee shop located in his dressing room named Cup of Jaybe (you have to see it ot get it). There are even branded coasters! Now that’s some hardcore caffeinating.You’re Allowed to Be In Grease: LiveNow you can hand-jive with Aaron Tveit from your couch…or directly at the studio! Grease: Live director Thomas Kail confirmed that the January 31 telecast will feature an audience on the set, including in bleachers in the Rydell High gymnasium. So please, Tveitertots, if you find yourselves on set, be on your best behavior. A live broadcast is not a great time to ask him to autograph your stolen street sign.Tyler Perry Has a New Passion ProjectMedia mogul Tyler Perry will soon bring a live musical to the small screen. No, not Tyler Perry Presents Madea’s My Fair Lady. Next year, he’ll present a live musical telling of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ set in modern-day New Orleans. Think Streetcar meets Superstar. Yes, after breathing life into Madea On the Run, Tyler Perry is telling the other greatest story ever told.Samantha Massell Is Ready to Play TevyeSamantha Massell is making a splash in Fiddler on the Roof, and she’s well-equipped to play the role of Hodel. Or Chava. Or Tzeitel. Or Golde. Or Tevye, frankly. The Fresh Face revealed that she grew up performing one-woman versions of Fiddler for anyone who would listen. We love this concept. Is it too soon for another revival of Fiddler? Or a one-woman Chess? If that chicken one falls through…Wanna Be a Star? Sing More SmashSee?! All those Smash YouTube spirals paid off. New York newcomer Melody Betts blows the roof off of Second Stage in Invisible Thread’s show-stopping “Bela Musana.” So where did she come from? Creators Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould found a YouTube video of her singing “Let Me Be Your Star.” Hey, Craig and Neil, we’ve found your new Marilyn. You’re welcome.#FiyeroTime Has a New BeatWhat time is it? Fiyero Time (hashtag #FiyeroTime)! This week, Jonah Platt rounded up his Wicked co-stars to come up with a customized theme song for his vlog. So many citizens of Oz had tuneful suggestions, that there are simply too many to choose from at this point…it’s like the Q&A song all over again! Just make sure you get everyone on Twitter to sing it for you.Norm Lewis Should Learn to Play GinNorm Lewis revealed that while he’s crossed many items off his bucket list (playing the Phantom, kissing Kerry Washington, etc.), there are two stars he’s eager to work with: James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson. Conveniently, they’re starring opposite each other in The Gin Game! It’s a two-hander—and Gin is a two-person game—but surely there’s room for a little “Music of the Night,” right?Dick Socks & Anal Covers Are Super FunForget schnitzel with noodles, Hamilton fave Jonathan Groff’s favorite things seem to include San Francisco, dick socks and anal covers. At least that’s our takeaway from this kooky interview with the Looking star, who also noted that shooting sex scenes is “fun and enjoyable.” Noted! Meanwhile, Beyoncé covets his moves. You have a weird life, Jonathan. A weird, wonderful life. Josh Groban Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

January 18, 2021 0

El Salvador police crackdown on extortion by Mara Salvatrucha

first_img Gang members use the threat of violence to force their victims to pay extortion money. Criminals threaten to harm or kill their victims and the families of their victims. “It is the beginning of a relationship in which if you pay, I will not harm you. Also, it is usually committed with other types of crimes,” said Marco Lara, a journalist who covers extortion in Latin America. On Oct. 18, 2013, Cristian Esnal, a center-back for the State University soccer team, suddenly left El Salvador with his family. Esnal took his family to Uruguay, where his parents live. In Uruguay, he announced to the press that he had left El Salvador because strangers had targeted him for extortion. On Oct. 14, a group of extortionists demanded that he pay them $2,000 USD, or his family would be harmed, Esnal told reporters. Salvadoran authorities said they would investigate Esnal’s allegations. By Dialogo November 13, 2013 There are 11,730 businesses registered with the National Council for Small Businesses Conapes). About 70 percent of these businesses reported that gangs had targeted them for extortion, according to published reports. Between January and May 2013, before the anti-extortion unit was launched, an average of two businesses a week throughout the county were shutting down because of extortion. Anti-extortion unit Families are targeted Salvadoran security forces are making progress against organized crime groups which engage in extortion, authorities said. Extortion has been a growing crime in El Salvador since the mid-2000s. By May 2006, extortion was one of the most common crimes in El Salvador, according to authorities. Organized crime groups, including street gangs like Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) and Barrio 18 target owners of small businesses, taxi drivers, and street vendors for extortion. Between January and June 2013, businesses in El Salvador lost $7.8 million USD because of extortion, authorities said. The National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) formed a partnership with the PNC to resist extortion efforts. The program is called “Crime Stoppers.” “We are training companies how to handle extortion so that employees and workers who are approached at bus stops know how to respond and who to call,” said Arnoldo Jiménez, executive director of ANEP. The anti-extortion unit needs cooperation from the civilian population to fight the gangs and organized crime groups which engage in extortion, authorities said. The MJSP is asking mayors, business owners, and social organizations to report incidents of extortion and any information that could lead to extortionists. A soccer player is a victim Cooperating with the civilian population Me da nauseas ver como los delincuentes caminan libres en El Salvador mientras que las autoridades a sabiendas no hacen nada. El Salvador se ha convertido en un país donde los funcionarios públicos corruptos y los narcotraficantes pueden continuar viviendo como reyes mientras la población sufre por sus acciones. ¿Qué debe ocurrir para ver un cambio? ¿Cuándo controlarán a las pandillas? ¿Por cuánto tiempo permitirán que estos grupos del crimen organizado perjudiquen la estabilidad del país? Con razón cada vez más familias se van al extranjero debido a que son privados de sus derechos más fundamentales. Los derechos que garantizan que cada ciudadano tenga una vida pacífica y próspera. Ya es hora de hondear la bandera del valor para luchar contra el terror que esclaviza a la nación en un estado de miedo y desesperación. “Libre al viento tu hermosa bandera que a vencer o a morir llamara, que tu pueblo con ánima fiera, antes muerto que esclavo será”. While gang members usually target small business owners, taxi drivers, and street vendors for extortion, they also at times try to force families and even children to hand over money or risk violence. “My organization has confirmed that children in public parks, as well as families in some neighbourhoods have been charged dues, under the false premise of ‘cooperating for security,’” Nájera said. Widespread extortion Other crimes In June 2013, El Salvador’s National Civil Police (PNC) launched an anti-extortion unit. Since the anti-extortion unit began operating, the number of reported extortions has dropped by 11 percent compared to the same months (June through October) in 2012, authorities said. Extortion remains a serious problem, and police must remain vigilant, according to Beatriz Nájera, a security analyst at José Matías Delgado University in San Salvador. “ In 2007, there were a total of 3,578 denouncements made,” Beatriz said. During the first four months of 2011, “the number of denouncements made totalled 16,765. This is an alarming figure,” Nájera said. last_img read more

December 20, 2020 0

Comfort Mission Arrives in Honduras

first_imgA team of more than 900 medical personnel, including military, non-governmental organization volunteers and members from partner nations, began screening surgical patients, December 6th. The opening ceremony signified the commencement of the medical sites’ full operability, which will treat patients for five days. Carlos Ramon Aguilar, governor of Colón, Honduras; Honduran Army Brigadier General Orlando Francisco Garcia Maradiaga, director of the Armed Forces Plans, Policy, Programs, and Civil Affairs division; and U.S. Army Colonel Hector Paz III, senior defense official and defense attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Honduras, were among the distinguished guests and speakers at the ceremony. “The presence of the ship in the Port of Trujillo represents the continued support of the U.S. military and their solidarity with Honduras,” said Aguilar. “We want to express our appreciation from the Honduran government as well as the Honduran people.” Comfort’s past missions—in North America, Central America, South America, and the Middle East—have provided medical treatment to more than 390,000 patients, including 6,000 surgeries. The 2018 Enduring Promise mission already benefitted over 25,000 people with free medical attention, before arriving in the Port of Trujillo, Honduras. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. “The medical team aboard the USNS Comfort works alongside the government of Honduras to provide top-quality medical care to people in need,” said Capt. Shafley. “This is Comfort’s second visit to Honduras and her sixth mission to South and Central America.” For more information, visit,, and By By U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson, edited by Diálogo December 11, 2018 Senior leadership and personnel embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) attended an opening ceremony at a land-based medical site in Trujillo, Honduras, December 7, 2018. The opening ceremony marked the beginning of the fifth and final stop of Comfort’s Enduring Promise 2018 mission in Central and South America. “The foundation of every long-term, successful cooperation is trust and shared values,” said U.S. Navy Captain William Shafley, commander of Task Force 49. “We build trust as we work with one another to provide care to those in need. We are successful when we are working together.” last_img read more

December 20, 2020 0