Venezuela Dismantles 21 Drug Labs on Colombian Border

first_img The minister did not provide any details of the operation itself, nor did he specify if any arrests were made. In 2012, Venezuelan authorities seized 45 tons of drugs, half of which were cocaine cargos, according to official sources. The authorities were “able to dismantle 21 labs that processed cocaine hydrochloride in the municipality of Jesús María Semprún, exactly 150 meters from the Colombian border,” Reverol said in a phone call with public station VTV. By Dialogo March 25, 2013center_img Twenty one drug production labs were dismantled by Venezuelan authorities, and over 4 tons of cocaine were seized in an area of Zulia state, near the Colombian border, Minister of Interior and Justice Néstor Reverol said. “A large quantity of chemicals were also seized, as well as 4,190 kilograms of cocaine, cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine paste,” the official said, specifying that 189 members of the militarized National Guard took part in the operation. last_img read more

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Peruvian organized crime groups exploit children to mine gold illegally

first_imgBy Dialogo February 24, 2014 Some children, teenagers, and adults begin working for illegal mining enterprises voluntarily, in the hopes of escaping poverty. Organized crime operatives require these workers to sign a contract, saying they will work for 90 days without pay, supposedly to cover the costs of “recruitment fees” and travel expenses. But once they are the mining camp, the workers, young and old, are not allowed to leave and are not paid even after 90 days. Some teenagers were forced to work for six years for food and a place to sleep, but were never paid, according to the Verité report. Organized crime operatives have killed some young workers who reached adulthood and demanded payment. Organized crime groups recruit children, teenagers, and adults to work in a variety of jobs at the the gold mines. Some of the workers are ordered to use machetes to cut trees, some shovel and move rocks and dirt, and some operate pumps which are used to separate gold particles. The work is dangerous and unhealthy. Workers often contract tropical diseases, such as malaria after being bitten by mosquitos. Some workers are injured in accidents. Human rights abuses Trying to escape poverty Sexual exploitation Not all of the workers are exploited in the gold mines. Organized crime groups also force thousands of girls, teenagers, and young women to work as prostitutes in mining regions. Much of this activity occurs in the department of Madre de Dios. Organized crime operatives trick teenagers and young women, promising them jobs as waitresses, cooks, or babysitters, Zevallos said. Instead, they are forced to work in bars, “attending to miners who want sex,” Zevallos said. There are about 150 bars in Madre de Dios. The bars are open 24 hours a day. Girls and young women from Andean peasant communities are forced to work in some bars, while girls an women from cities are forced to work in other bars. In 2010, there were about 2,000 girls, teenagers, and women laboring as sex workers in 100 bars, according to the Huarayo Association. About 60 percent of these sex workers were minors, the association estimated. Organized crime groups use violence to enforce their illegal gold mining enterprises, Zevallos said. For example, in February 2014, a group of organized crime gunmen fatally shot the owner of a bar in Puerto Maldonado. The killing was probably connected to a dispute involving an illegal gold mining enterprise, Zevallos said. Peruvian police have managed to rescue some girls from sexual exploitation in Madre de Dios, Zevallos said. It is crucial that security forces and civilians work together to fight organized crime, Zevallos said. Using information provided by people who have escaped illegal mining operations, security forces have identified and destroyed dozens of illicit mining camps in recent years. center_img The incursion by organized crime groups into the gold mining business has led to “forced child labor, the loss of human lives, human trafficking and sexual exploitation,” according to the report. “The issue is alarming. Family clans and criminal gangs have accumulated great fortunes by obtaining gold with the sweat and tears of children and adolescents,” said Guadalupe Oscar Zevallos, director of Huarayo Association an organization located in the department of Madre de Dios. The group provides shelter for children and adults who were forced to work for criminal organizations but escaped. Organized crime groups which force children and teenagers to work for them control much of the gold mining in the departments of Madre de Dios, Cusco , Puno and Arequipa, according to the report. Overall, organized crime groups operated illegal gold mining operations in 21 of the country’s 25 regions in 2013, according to the report. Special teams of police and prosecutors to fight illegal mining Organized crime groups in Peru are forcing children and teenagers to work for them in illegal gold mining enterprises, according to authorities and human rights advocates. Many of these children and teenagers are also sexually exploited by their organized crime captors, according to a recent report, “Risk Analysis Indicators of Forced Labor and Trafficking in illegal gold mining in Peru,” by Verité, a human rights group which is based in the United States. The Sinaloa Cartel, Los Urbenos, and Los Rastrojos are among the organized crime groups which conduct illegal mining operations. Each of these are transnational criminal organizations which traffic drugs and engage in other criminal enterprises. Organized crime groups are taking advantage of one of Peru’s most valuable natural resources. Peru is the largest gold producer in Latin America and sixth largest worldwide. Honest miners have received competition from violent organized crime groups in recent years. Organized crime groups employ 100,000 people directly in illegal gold mining enterprises and 400,000 people indirectly, according to the Verité report. Approximately 50,000 children and teenagers were working in illegal gold mining enterprises in 2010, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). Illegal organized crime enterprises produce between 15 and 22 percent of the country’s gold, which is worth about $3 billion (USD) every year, according to the report. Since 2008, illegal mining production has increased fivefold in Peru, according to published reports. In February 204, Peruvian authorities placed special teams of police agents and prosecutors at airports in Lima , Arequipa, Cusco , Juliaca and Madre de Dios to curb illegal exports of gold. On January 25, 2014, 900 members of the National Police of Peru, supported by two helicopters and 18 prosecutors, evicted more than a thousand laborers of an illegal mining camp in the Tambopata area. Security forces destroyed eight pumps. Law enforcement officials remain in the area to prevent miners from returning.last_img read more

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Brett Culp: Honor everyday heroes

first_img continue reading » Brett Culp believes in the power of video and film to inspire and empower.“As I started to fall in love with filmmaking and improved as a storyteller, I realized my gift was to find light in dark spaces—to see the power and the goodness in people and in their life stories even when they could not see it for themselves,” he says.Culp is the personal cinematographer for Hollywood stars, music icons, and famous athletes. His 2013 documentary, “Legends of the Knight,” which tells true stories of people who become real-life heroes through their love of the comic book character Batman, is a prime example of that gift.One of those heroes is Lenny Robinson, who became internet famous for getting pulled over by the police while driving down an interstate in Baltimore in a replica of the Batmobile while wearing a full Batman costume.“There is this video from the dash cam of the police car where you can hear the police officers talking, where you see Batman get pulled over by the police, and it is hilarious,” Culp says. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Attract young professionals to your board

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “I can explain and provide examples of what other members like me need. I can even provide some ideas to decrease some of these gaps,” says Cabrera-Tello, coordinator of an English language learning center at Indian Hills Community College.In an interview with CUNA News, Cabrera-Tello shares her insights on attracting young professionals to credit union boards. continue reading »center_img Every generation has a different point of view, says Edith Cabrera-Tello, one of the younger members of Community 1st Credit Union’s board of directors.And her voice on the board provides the $614 million asset credit union in Ottumwa, Iowa, a better understanding of her generation’s point of view.last_img read more

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Enact term limits to keep officials in line

first_imgCome November, remember this before it’s too late.No incumbent should get re-elected and somebody in power should stand up and demand limits on the amount of time any politician can serve — local, state and country.If there had been term limits, there wouldn’t be allegations of sexual misconduct of 20 to 30 or 40 years ago.Get the picture?Anne FringoMiddleburghMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe the people have the right and option to change the face of Washington, D.C.last_img read more

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Indonesian churches call for online worship, sermons amid concerns over COVID-19

first_imgIn an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has developed online services to help its followers worship at home.PGI chairman Gomar Gultom said the measure was taken after President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo asked people to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday. “We support the President’s instruction to limit activities in public places, including in churches,” Gomar said as quoted by the PGI official website, pgi.or.id.”Since yesterday, I’ve distributed letters of advice to our members, urging them to reduce unnecessary travel and meetings. I have also suggested that they consider online fellowship as an alternative by using an e-church,” Gomar said.He explained that several churches had implemented e-church procedures, such as GKI Pondok Indah and JPCC. Both churches have canceled services but they provide online sermons through radio and video streaming.”We don’t have many churches that are ready [for e-church] because of limited infrastructure, but we’ll be more prepared in the future so members can worship from home,” he said. He urged churches that still provide services to prepare hand sanitizers for their members and to check visitor temperatures before entering. He also advised them to clean public spaces with disinfectant prior to services.West Java Synod Assembly Workers’ Board of the Indonesian Christian Church (BPMSW GKI) has adopted a similar approach by advising all churches to perform online Sunday services on March 22 and 29.BPMSW GKI general secretary Cordelia Gunawan said the board would temporarily halt clergy rotations.Cordelia asked pastors to reduce out-of-town services and limit church activities.”We advise [all churches] to cancel all activities besides Sunday services, weddings and funerals,” he said.He also advised all members to avoid physical contact to prevent COVID-19 infection. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Discusses Workforce Development and Safe Staffing with Pittsburgh-area Nurses

first_imgGovernor Wolf Discusses Workforce Development and Safe Staffing with Pittsburgh-area Nurses May 24, 2018 Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined a group of nurses for a roundtable discussion on workforce development, nursing careers and safe staffing ratios. The event was held at Community College of Allegheny County.“Nursing careers can be incredibly rewarding and caring for people is a job that requires a mix of toughness and love,” Gov. Wolf said. “I want to ensure that our nurses are supported in their careers so that they find fulfillment and so patients receive the most appropriate levels of care across the commonwealth.”According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, there are more than 250,000 nurses in Pennsylvania, the largest single group of health care workers in the state. With an average salary for registered nurses at more than $69,000 and licensed practical nurses at just over $47,000, nursing can be rewarding both professionally and personally.The governor was joined by nurses from Washington and Beaver counties, Pittsburgh and Erie. Participants shared stories about their careers and expressed concerns on safe staff-to-patient ratios, an issue the governor supports.“We must ensure that patients are receiving the level of care their conditions require for the best care outcomes,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need to support our nurses, too, by making sure these ratios allow them to provide the best possible care without sacrificing their own health and well-being.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Family living in Idalia

first_img23 Somerville Pl, IdaliaTHIS well appointed two-storey house in the heart of Idalia would make the perfect home for a large family.23 Somerville Place is on the market for $698,000 and has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.The spacious home has 389sq m of under-roof space and is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Selling agent Janice Gallagher said the home would suit a large family. 23 Somerville Pl, IdaliaOwner Mary Connor said the home had plenty of room for a family to spread out and was also great for entertaining.“It’s a big home and we had a wonderful Christmas celebration there,” she said.“I love the downstairs level of the home because you have a huge living room which leads out to the patio and the pool, which is great for entertaining.“Idalia is also a lovely, family-friendly suburb and it has wonderful walking tracks.” 23 Somerville Place will be open for inspection on Sunday from 1pm-1.45pm. For more information call Ms Gallagher on 0418 778 333. 23 Somerville Pl, Idalia“It has a large veranda upstairs which would be perfect for entertaining,” she said.“The home is immaculate, so you wouldn’t have to do anything to it and you could move straight in. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The suburb of Idalia is also really popular with families and there is plenty of things to do with the kids.“Most of the interest we have received for this property has been from families.”The home also has a separate kitchenette downstairs and outside there is an in-ground swimming pool, three-car garage and garden shed.The house is on a low-maintenance 568sq m block with landscaped gardens and an automated sprinkler system.last_img read more

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Wartsila Retrofits North Sea Giant’s Energy Storage Solution

first_imgWärtsilä has agreed to retrofit the energy storage solution on board the North Sea Giant subsea construction vessel.The vessel will be fitted with an energy storage system that reduces the vessel’s energy consumption, operating costs and exhaust emissions.The retrofit energy storage system improves the operational efficiency and environmental footprint of the North Sea Giant, responding to key requirements of Norwegian North Sea Shipping, the owner of the vessel.In addition to the hybrid/battery solution, the agreement includes transformers, filters, switchboard, shore connection equipment, upgrades of existing components and commissioning.“For us is it important to reduce environmental emissions and modernize the vessel to make it more competitive. In addition, with a more efficient vessel, we will save fuel expenses. The estimated reduction in emissions is 5.5 million kg CO2, 30 tons of NOx and 1,200 kg SOx per year,” said CEO Hallvard Klepsvik, North Sea Shipping.last_img read more

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Tornado May Have Hit Osgood Thursday, Forecasters Say

first_imgPreliminary reports indicate that a tornado may have touched down in Osgood Thursday.The National Weather Service (NWS) might be close to confirming that a tornado did in fact touch down in Ripley County Thursday night.Ripley County EMA and officials from the NWS have been in the Osgood area on North Finks Road on Friday assessing storm damage.A home was damaged with multiple windows blown out and knocked off of its foundation.Ken Haydu, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, Ohio, indicated that the windows were blown out on each side of the trailer, and installation blown in to the home by an east wind. He said wind was blowing to the south and southwest on Thursday night.“The only way they could have had that east wind is a tornado,” Haydu added.“Right now everything is preliminary but the one thing we’re pretty sure of is that we had a tornado down here last night,” said Ken Haydu. “What were trying to judge is how strong it was, an EF-0 or EF-1, were the winds 70-80 mile an hour or were they 100 mile an hour.”Inside that home last night, the homeowner and her granddaughter took shelter in an interior room of the residence.“I think that is what saved them from injury or possibly worse,” Haydu said. “When we put out those tornado warning’s we always tell people to go to an interior room, that’s the safest place to be.”“I think Ripley County now has a classic example that it does work,” Haydu explained.Less than a mile from the house, a barn was damaged as well as power lines were knocked down. Haydu is assessing the location on Friday afternoon.WRBI will keep you up-to-date on this developing story.last_img read more

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