Military and Police Cooperate to Improve Public Safety in Guatemala

first_img“We have received support from friendly nations, cooperation that includes non-lethal equipment and special training for Military operations other than war. The plan we have followed for the last few years, on the orders of President Otto Pérez Molina, has been to recover capabilities in security, use those capabilities to complement law enforcement efforts, and to support the safety of civilians,” Minister of Defense Manuel López Ambrocio said on June 30, 2014. And their joint cooperative efforts are having a positive impact. For example, as of December 15, there were 4,748 killings in the country in 2014, compared to 5,155 in 2013. The security force was launched in 2000, and its 4,500 Military service members and 3,000 PNC officers concentrate their efforts in Guatemala City as well as the Departments of Zacapa, Escuintla and Huehuetenango. Ongoing cooperation The Army will continue to cooperate with the PNC to improve public safety while the police force trains the number of officers it needs to ensure security throughout the country, according to Defense Minister Ambrocio. Army Soldiers are supporting police efforts to improve security in a variety of ways. In 2014, the Army participated in 115,154 civilian security operations, which included more than 42,600 foot patrols; 26,620 security and search checkpoints; 20,040 vehicle patrols; 5,700 searches and seizures; and more than 2,000 security operations at bus stops. In addition to their Military training, Soldiers who are assigned to the Joint Security Force receive additional education on how to protect human rights and the best ways to deal with the civilian population, according to Army Colonel Manuel Pineda, Chief of the Army’s Sixth Squad. Army Soldiers are supporting police efforts to improve security in a variety of ways. In 2014, the Army participated in 115,154 civilian security operations, which included more than 42,600 foot patrols; 26,620 security and search checkpoints; 20,040 vehicle patrols; 5,700 searches and seizures; and more than 2,000 security operations at bus stops. The security force was launched in 2000, and its 4,500 Military service members and 3,000 PNC officers concentrate their efforts in Guatemala City as well as the Departments of Zacapa, Escuintla and Huehuetenango. And their joint cooperative efforts are having a positive impact. For example, as of December 15, there were 4,748 killings in the country in 2014, compared to 5,155 in 2013. But by the end of 2015, the PNC will have 35,000 officers, and the Joint Security Force might be disbanded, according to Minister of Internal Affairs Mauricio López Bonilla. “We have received support from friendly nations, cooperation that includes non-lethal equipment and special training for Military operations other than war. The plan we have followed for the last few years, on the orders of President Otto Pérez Molina, has been to recover capabilities in security, use those capabilities to complement law enforcement efforts, and to support the safety of civilians,” Minister of Defense Manuel López Ambrocio said on June 30, 2014. In 2013, law enforcement authorities recorded 4,226 homicides that were committed with firearms. That number was reduced to 3,932 in 2014. In 2013, there were 566 killings committed with knives and other bladed weapons. The number of such homicides went down to 484 in 2014. The goal is not to replace the civilian law enforcement forces, but to support them until those forces reach the quantitative and qualitative levels set forth in the government’s plan, Ambrocio said. International cooperation is an important component of the initiative. In addition to their Military training, Soldiers who are assigned to the Joint Security Force receive additional education on how to protect human rights and the best ways to deal with the civilian population, according to Army Colonel Manuel Pineda, Chief of the Army’s Sixth Squad. Soldiers trained to work with civilian population In 2013, law enforcement authorities recorded 4,226 homicides that were committed with firearms. That number was reduced to 3,932 in 2014. In 2013, there were 566 killings committed with knives and other bladed weapons. The number of such homicides went down to 484 in 2014. The goal is not to replace the civilian law enforcement forces, but to support them until those forces reach the quantitative and qualitative levels set forth in the government’s plan, Ambrocio said. Military service members who work alongside police officers are divided into nine squads; six of these are assigned to Guatemala City, with the other three conducting operations in various departments. There are 10 task forces within the squads, each of which combats a particular type of crime, such as robbery or extortion. Soldiers trained to work with civilian population Military service members who work alongside police officers are divided into nine squads; six of these are assigned to Guatemala City, with the other three conducting operations in various departments. There are 10 task forces within the squads, each of which combats a particular type of crime, such as robbery or extortion. “Once we arrive at that point, we are prepared to withdraw from the scene and focus on increasing our abilities in our own areas, and therefore we are beginning modernization processes within the military’s scope, for example, recovery of mobility; special, individual equipment; tactical communications; and weaponry,” he explained. Guatemala’s Joint Security Force, which consists of Army Soldiers and National Civil Police (PNC) officers, improves public safety by conducting patrols and vehicle searches and capturing dangerous suspects. The Army will continue to cooperate with the PNC to improve public safety while the police force trains the number of officers it needs to ensure security throughout the country, according to Defense Minister Ambrocio. By Dialogo February 05, 2015 Guatemala’s Joint Security Force, which consists of Army Soldiers and National Civil Police (PNC) officers, improves public safety by conducting patrols and vehicle searches and capturing dangerous suspects. When conducting patrols, Troops and police officers typically work in teams which consist of two Soldiers and one police officer. Checkpoints, where Troops and police officers verify that vehicles have not been stolen and are not transporting contraband, such as illegal weapons, ammunition, or drugs, are comprised of two Military members and two police officers. International cooperation is an important component of the initiative. When conducting patrols, Troops and police officers typically work in teams which consist of two Soldiers and one police officer. Checkpoints, where Troops and police officers verify that vehicles have not been stolen and are not transporting contraband, such as illegal weapons, ammunition, or drugs, are comprised of two Military members and two police officers. But by the end of 2015, the PNC will have 35,000 officers, and the Joint Security Force might be disbanded, according to Minister of Internal Affairs Mauricio López Bonilla. Ongoing cooperation “Once we arrive at that point, we are prepared to withdraw from the scene and focus on increasing our abilities in our own areas, and therefore we are beginning modernization processes within the military’s scope, for example, recovery of mobility; special, individual equipment; tactical communications; and weaponry,” he explained.last_img read more

NCUA Board votes on RBC2 today

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board will vote on its final risk-based capital rule during its open meeting today. If approved as proposed, the rule is expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2019.NAFCU has consistently opposed this rulemaking and urged withdrawal, and it has strongly urged the agency to consider the impact the rulemaking will have on the credit union industry – in particular the regulatory burden and costs it will impose on an already extremely well-capitalized industry.NAFCU continues to work in support of H.R. 2769, a bill that would require NCUA to review RBC2 and report back to Congress on the agency’s authority to issue a two-tier, risk-based-capital rule and the impact it would have on credit unions and their members.Earlier this month, that bill cleared the House Financial Services Committee in a bipartisan vote of 50-9. Its sponsors, Reps. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., Bill Posey, R-Fla., and Denny Heck, D-Wash., urged NCUA last week to voluntarily undertake the study before moving forward on RBC2. NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said in a letter Thursday that the agency will submit a report on RBC2 issues “shortly after” the board meeting today. This week, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, wrote NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz noting the committee vote and urging again that the agency not move forward with a final rule before further study can be done. continue reading »last_img read more

Increased purchase of ‘Pill 72’ worries pharmacist

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Increased purchase of ‘Pill 72’ worries pharmacist by: – July 3, 2013 A local pharmacist has expressed concern about the increased purchase of emergency contraceptives among the youth.Pharmacist Carlton Lanquedoc said in an interview with members of the media on Wednesday, 3rd July, that he is concerned about the purchase of morning after pills on a daily basis. Morning after pill or Pill 72 is an emergency contraceptive which can be bought without a prescription. It can be used to prevent pregnancy up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.Pharmacist Carlton Lanquedoc said while morning after pill is ideal, persons should also guard against sexual transmitted diseases, as the increased purchase of the pill means that these people are engaging in unprotected sex. “It’s not that we have a problem in selling the morning after pill, but basically what it is saying to us is that lots of people are having unprotected sex and that’s of concern for us as medical professionals,” Mr Lanquedoc said.Morning after pill or Pill 72 is an emergency contraceptive which can be bought without a prescription.He noted that one of the things people tend to concentrate more on is the risk of pregnancy, however they should know that they are at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s).Mr Lanquedoc said further that several persons have been coming forward to treat sexual transmitted infections cases. “Not only HIV/AIDS as pronounced on the media, but also the Chlamydia, the Syphilis, the Human papillomavirus (HPV), we are seeing cases of bacterial cystitis, Gonorrhea; all of this we are seeing cases of frequently,” he said. Mr Lanquedoc, who is employed at a local pharmacy, said on a daily basis between 6-10 morning after pills are sold his establishment. “I’m sure if we were to tabulate with our two stores it might increase a bit more. It’s generally young people; most of these young people are slightly below the age of forty which is usually the same catchment age that you would see with HIV/AIDS in terms of the prevalence. So it is a concern from a health perspective,” he said. Mr Lanquedoc has called on the general public to be more conscious of their health and protect themselves against diseases. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img 137 Views   8 comments Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Edo, Oyo Qualify for Etisalat U-15 National Finals

first_imgAsegun Comprehensive Secondary School, Ibadan, Oyo State, and Niger College Junior School, Benin City, Edo State, have qualified for the Etisalat U-15 School Cup football competition after emerging champions at the Ibadan Centre.The Edo and Oyo team outclassed schools from Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos, Ogun and Osun states at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba and Wesley College playing ground,  Elekuro to win the tickets to the National Finals billed for Lagos in November.Oyo defeated Osun State with the a solitary strike from Abdul Rasheed Qudus in their first game before walloping Ogun State 5-1 in their second game with Qudus again scoring a brace and providing two assists before edging Lagos team 1-0 in their last game.Similarly, Edo maintained an unbeaten run throughout the qualifiers after successive victories over Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states, scoring a total of eight goals and conceding just one. Meanwhile, schools from Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, FCT, Benue and Cross River states will battle for the two slots available at the Ilorin regional qualifiers starting today at the Ilorin Township Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The Bottom Line: Duke and Zion will dominate in March

first_imgThe East appears to be No. 1 Duke’s. The bottom half of the region features the three teams that could upset Duke in No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 LSU and No. 7 Louisville. Ultimately, Michigan State will probably claw its way into the Elite Eight after getting past Bradley, Louisville and then LSU, but will run out of steam against Duke. In particular, the Midwest appears to be the toughest region in this year’s tournament. North Carolina headlines the division as the one seed, but it also features major college basketball powerhouses in Kentucky and Kansas, as well as sleeper teams like fifth seed Auburn. The match between Virginia and Auburn is a harder one to pick. While Auburn has been doing well recently, Virginia is still recovering from a disappointing ACC Championship Tournament. However, Auburn has a tough run just to get into the Final Four and is by no means a lock to get out of the Midwest. In recent years, Virginia has had an elite team, but it has failed to deliver in the tournament. This year is its time to change people’s minds. The South Region also has a good mixture of some top-seeded teams and sleepers, including Virginia, which headlines the group as the top seed. It recently lost to Florida State by 10 points in the ACC tournament, but it has had a strong season, only losing three times this season. It’s dangerous to pick a team from the east as the winner of the tournament because there are many capable of coming out of it. This region is just too good, and will be a total grind for whoever wins it. While North Carolina has had an impressive season with major victories and an elite coach, I opted for Auburn to win out of this region. It easily beat Tennessee in the SEC final — momentum I think they will carry forward. Robby Aronson is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Bottom Line,” runs every other Wednesday. On the other side, Tennessee can definitely make a run as the No. 2 seed. The team lost to Auburn by 20 points in the SEC finals, but defeated Kentucky the day before. Experience is an important factor in the tournament. Its starting lineup against Auburn consisted of three juniors and two seniors. One of the hottest teams in the country, Auburn is now in the spotlight after winning the SEC Tournament. In the past, teams coming into March with momentum generally continue to ride the wave in the tournament. Moreover, Seton Hall, a No. 10 seed, narrowly lost to defending champion Villanova in the Big East tournament. That leaves a Final Four of Duke vs. Michigan and Virginia vs. Auburn. Duke’s easy run in the West Region makes them the favorite against Michigan. Ultimately the team has more stars on the court in RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson, and they should beat the Wolverines comfortably in that game. Barring an upset, these two teams in Tennessee and Virginia are likely to face off in the Elite Eight. While the game might end up being close, Virginia has been one of the best teams all season and are desperate to make amends for its loss last year in the first round of the tournament as the No. 1 team in the country. The West Region also contains last season’s runner-up in the tournament, No. 2 Michigan. Many Michigan players have good tournament experience, and the program has an elite tournament pedigree. While potential matchups between No. 7 Nevada and No. 3 Texas Tech may be tricky, Michigan’s experience from last year should give the team an edge and help it reach the  Final Four again. This year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament has some intriguing matchups that will determine who will participate in the Final Four. Some regions on paper will be tougher than others. Whenever I make my bracket for March Madness, I typically over-analyze every statistic to determine the winning team. In the past, I’ve looked at factors like the team’s free-throw percentage, rebounding and age to settle on my winning pick. But this year is different. The ACC tournament showed that Zion Williamson transcends college basketball. Duke will win. The bottom line? Stars win championships. My final prediction is that Duke and Virginia will face each other in the final round. Both teams have played each other twice this year and have split the series with one win a piece. However, on the big stage in the ACC tournament with everyone watching, Zion Williamson came up big and put up tremendous numbers on both sides of the floor. True stars shine the brightest in the biggest games, and ultimately, Zion Williamson will carry Duke to yet another championship. As the weakest link, the West is up for grabs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga recently lost to St. Mary’s in the West Conference Tournament finals by scoring just 46 points. While they beat Duke earlier in the season, the Bulldogs have upset potential written all over them. In the second round, Gonzaga will potentially face Syracuse, which also defeated the Blue Devils this season, and I predict a Syracuse win.last_img read more