18 Jan
2021

Virtual 9/11 Ceremony Set For Friday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via SSG Richard Colletta / U.S. Navy.MAYVILLE – The local American Legion and the Chautauqua County Veterans Council will hold a virtual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony this year because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases.The event will take place at noon on Friday and will be live streamed on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page.The program is to honor and remember the more than 3,000 Americans killed Sept. 11, 2001, when members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and crashed them in the World Trade Center in New York City, the pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C., and a field in Western Pennsylvania.“Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the County, this year’s ceremony will not be an in-person event for the public to attend, but I am glad we could partner with our local veterans organizations to offer this ceremony virtually for our residents,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “I encourage all residents to tune in or pause and take a moment on September 11th to honor and remember those who tragically lost their lives on this horrific day in 2001.” The program will feature words from local dignitaries including Jacqueline Phelps, representative for U.S. Congressman Tom Reed; George Borrello, New York State Senator; Wendel; Greg Carlson, Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency Director; James Quattrone, Chautauqua County Sheriff; and Susan Rowley, President of the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie Chapter.For more information, contact Al Crick, at (716) 488-9861.last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

Guatemala Pushes for Reforms to Current Mining Law

first_imgBy Dialogo June 17, 2013 GUATEMALA CITY — Several Guatemalan congressmen are pushing to reform their country’s controversial mining law in a bid to prevent further clashes between mining companies and local residents. The move comes after the government declared a state of emergency in four townships east of Guatemala City in May, following several days of violent protests at a silver mine, which left two people dead. The current mining law was approved in 1997, but some politicians and academics say it’s outdated. Even though various attempts have been made to modify it, the law still remains in its original form. Last October, the Ministry of Energy and Mines presented Guatemala’s Congress with a proposal of 34 modifications to the current law, which included social, economic and environmental reforms. However, Congress has not yet approved the proposal, and the conflict between mining companies and local residents continues to intensify. “The current mining law is not considered efficient, and reforms have always been necessary,” said José Miguel de la Vega, Guatemala’s vice-minister of mining and hydrocarbons. “The proposal will not only allow for technical mining and reasoning from the point of environmental protection, but it will also strengthen the control mechanisms and taxation by the state towards the mining companies.” Mining has become big business in Guatemala in recent years, now accounting for 2 percent of GDP. However, the country’s current mining law states that companies only need to pay 1 percent of their profits to local communities, which has led to clashes with municipalities and heavy criticism from international pressure groups. In January 2012, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Erick Archila, implemented a Voluntary Royalties Agreement where mining companies were encouraged to boost the percentage of profits they pay to both the surrounding communities and the state. Goldcorp, Guatemala’s largest gold mine, produced 382,400 ounces of gold in 2011, earning it $607 million. The company voluntarily signed the agreement, which meant that it paid an extra 5 percent in royalties. “This is important progress, as other nations like Peru and Mexico receive less or no royalties [from mining]. With the proposed reform, giving royalties will no longer be a voluntary agreement, it will be the law,” de la Vega said. The proposed reforms include providing communities with more information about projects before mining licenses are approved, granting the government the power to suspend or impose fines for illegal exploration, and increasing taxation on mining companies. “It is very important the royalties are distributed directly to cover drinking water, environmental cleanup, health services, education and community infrastructure,” said de la Vega. Guatemala currently receives 200 million quetzales ($25.5 million) from the mining industry. However, that number is projected to nearly double in the future. “Goldcorp continues to support the government’s efforts to enact a new mining law, which we believe will create a rational and transparent framework for doing business in the country,” said a Goldcorp spokeswoman. Even though Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina presented the reforms again this year, it’s not yet clear when they’ll actually be made. Constitutional changes require a two-thirds vote in the 158-member Congress where the president’s Partido Patriota holds 63 seats. “Congress has its own work schedule,” said de la Vega. meanwhile, la golden will continue to get rich and cause serious harm to the environment and to the health of neighbors and workers. and from those meager royalties very little goes to the people, the corrupt politicians pocket most of it.last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

The Fight Against Drug-Trafficking in the Jungles of Rio de Janeiro

first_imgRio de Janeiro’s megalopolis has more than 10 million inhabitants and more than 1,000 slums. The region’s terrain is extremely rugged and covered with forests. Some of the mountainsides that make up this panorama were used by the neediest inhabitants to build disorderly clusters of houses that became known as “favelas.” In 2015, however, the agreement between the Jungle Warfare Instructional Center and BOPE was re-established, and one Sergeant has already successfully completed the course. We hope the partnership will continue. However, a considerable portion of these tropical forests remain very well preserved. Taken together, the mountains of Tijuca Forest, Pedra Branca State Park, and Nova Iguaçu Municipal Park account for a huge area covering approximately 180 square kilometers. There are also kilometers of trails connecting the hundreds of favelas and neighborhoods that run along these mountains. It is an extremely beautiful landscape that was regularly frequented by hikers and ecotourism enthusiasts until just a few years ago. Jungle training program The equipment, training, and, particularly, the logistics of law enforcement agencies operating in Rio de Janeiro are extremely limited and, in most cases, incompatible with forest areas. Most police officers have little or no experience operating in the jungle. * Colonel Fernando Montenegro commanded the pacification of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro (2011-2012); served in the Special Forces of the Brazilian Army; served as the Chief Instructor at the Jungle Warfare Training Center (2009-2010); and holds a Master’s Degree in Military Sciences. In conclusion, it is essential that the public security entities in the state of Rio de Janeiro devote attention to drug traffickers’ utilization of Rio de Janeiro’s forests, which presents an increasing risk to public safety and is transforming an area of environmental preservation into a refuge for armed criminals. Similarly, the Armed Forces must adopt procedures to prevent the recruitment of Soldiers, with special attention to the members of the elite forces. Organized crime groups persistently try to recruit Soldiers and former Military members, such as Paratroopers and Marines, to join the ranks of the drug trade by offering them tempting offers of high pay. In the 1990s, Non-commissioned officers and enlisted Commandos were among the main targets for recruitment. This was one of the main reasons that authorities transferred the 1st Special Forces Battalion’s headquarters to Goiânia, the state capital of Goiás, in 2003. center_img It comes as no surprise that drug traffickers have been using these routes for quite some time. In the 1990s, the Brazilian Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion was based in Rio de Janeiro and carried out some training in those areas. Authorities routinely found cartridges for different calibers of firearms and traces of campsites, but there is no record of clashes with the Army because the Military did not carry out operations to fight narco-trafficking. When armed groups detected the Army approaching, they simply fled. There has been a significant increase in the circulation of groups made up of more than 40 armed criminals. Organized crime members use the trails to escape from police operations and/or to carry out attacks on areas controlled by rival gangs in the struggle for control over drug-dealing regions. Criminals also dump bodies in the forest, where drug traffickers now engage in behaviors similar to guerrilla groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Increase in criminal activity Brilliant reflection on behalf of the writer, and certainly based upon deep background knowledge. Criminality lives in constant metamorphosis, and security forces must be aware of such changes, which, in turn, will promote proper measures to confront these threats. An analysis that considered the local geography and that brought very enlightening elements from a reality that, for most citizens and even authorities, is difficult to visualize. I liked the article! It talks about the Brazilian reality! The author has experience and lived through the situation! Congratulations! Selva! It is clear that there is no coordination in the operations that combate crime and possible external threats. Because of this, trafficking grows. We have to change our modus operandi. I believe that CIOPESP – which is also in Rio de Janeiro – has all the conditions to train BOPE’s military personnel, including the Command Action techniques that would be more efficient that just having knowledge of combat in jungle terrain. However, I can’t say if the Center referred to would have the physical, personnel, or spatial conditions necessary for the administration of a course more specific to BOPE, having a reduced duration. Other positive factors would be the logistics and the cost of the course at CIOPESP. Actions belonging to the Armed Forces are and will always be welcome – be they with the PM, PC, and PF of the State of Rio de Janeiro, particularly if in the spirit of protection, prevention, and education against the evils, the use, and the activities of crime in strategic areas involving important parks, thickets, hillsides, and forests in the city of Rio de Janeiro. I even believe that more attention could be given to carrying out these actions alongside Communities and Neighborhoods surrounding and within such areas and jurisdictions. I congratulate all those involved in these Operations. Respectfully, Colonel Montenegro is one of the leading authorities in national security! In addition to his gifted technical knowledge, his professional experience allows him to speak about the topic with authority. Until 1995, the Army allowed Military police officers from the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE, for its Portuguese acronym) to enroll in the Jungle Warfare Course, at the Jungle Warfare Instructional Center (CIGS). The last to complete the course was the former General Commander of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State, Colonel Pinheiro Neto. As of 1996, enrollment was no longer permitted and BOPE started to look for alternatives, such as Military training centers in Colombia and other countries. By Dialogo January 18, 2016last_img read more

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8 Dec
2020

Police chase ends with felony arrest in Chenango County

first_imgTOWN OF PLYMOUTH, N.Y. (WBNG) — Authorities say a suspect has been charged with multiple felonies following a burglary in the town of Plymouth. State Police noted that a male suspect was also taken into custody with charges pending. The investigation is still underway. They say Gray is also facing the charges of menacing in the 2nd degree and reckless endangerment in the second degree. Both are misdemeanors.center_img New York State Police say 31-year-old Tami L. Gray of Oneida, N.Y. was arrested and charged with burglary in the 1st degree, robbery in the 2nd degree and attempted robbery in the 2nd degree. All are felonies. The police say Gray was arrested following the burglary and two vehicle pursuits. They say the chase ended in the town of Willet after a “tire deflation device” was used.last_img read more

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8 Dec
2020

Binghamton University professor offers advice on how school nurses. parents should sort out flu, COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — With the flu season around the corner, a Binghamton University infectious disease professor is sharing how to deal with the flu and COVID-19 in schools. Kufel says there’s still a lot to be learned about COVID-19.  Since both flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms,  BU says it’s going to be a challenging to decipher the two.  The university says to look for unique symptoms that aren’t common in both like lost of taste or smell. “We’ve been dealing with this for a litter under year now,” Kufel said. “Where are influenza has been around much longer so we are much more familiar. We know a lot more about influenza.”center_img “To make sure they’re being proactive in monitoring if any signs or symptoms develop,” Kufel said. “And if so, seeking out appropriate testing measures.” Wesley Kufel, a SUNY infectious disease pharmacy professor, says since children are back in school, parents should ask their child if they are showing any signs of the flu or COVID-19. Kufel also mentioned there is testing available that tests both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.last_img read more

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20 Nov
2020

Facing runoffs, Georgia’s Republican senators ask the state’s top elections official, also a Republican, to step down.

first_imgMr. Raffensperger responded quickly in a statement of his own. “Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” he said. – Advertisement – Mr. Trump has continued to falsely insist the election was being stolen from him. The move by the senators, who have both been closely aligned with the president, also underscores the infighting taking place among Republicans even as the party braces for a bitter showdown during the January runoffs. Some conservatives fear that impugning the electoral process will depress the vote among Republican voters, who may not turn out if they do not trust the legitimacy of the electoral process. “We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party,” the senators said in their statement, which did not offer any specific allegations or explain how they believed Mr. Raffensperger had fallen short. “Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy,” they said. “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.” “Trump is gonna cost the GOP the Senate,” Erick Erickson, a Georgia-based conservative commentator, wrote on Twitter. “His supporters are internalizing that the election in Georgia was stolen so why bother even trying.”In a briefing before the statement was issued on Monday, Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for Mr. Raffensperger’s office, sought to debunk the various allegations that had circulated and said the election had run smoothly, despite long lines at times during early voting. He noted that the average wait time to vote on Election Day was two minutes — “that’s unheard of in this state, ever.”“The facts are the facts, regardless of outcomes,” he said, adding, “In this state, this time, this election on Election Day was an amazing success.” – Advertisement – Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia on Monday called for the resignation of the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, as they accused his office of failing to oversee an honest and transparent election without evidence or citing specific concerns. Their extraordinary joint statement on Monday came as a rift among Republicans in Georgia has intensified as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lead over President Trump has steadily grown, pushing the president’s supporters to lash out against Mr. Raffensperger, who is a Republican. – Advertisement – “I know emotions are running high,” he added. “Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our president.”Mr. Raffensperger said that the process of reporting results had been orderly and followed the law.The results in Georgia have drawn widespread notice and alarmed Republicans, as Mr. Biden is outperforming Mr. Trump by more than 10,000 votes in a state Mr. Trump won in 2016. Both senators have been forced into runoff races against Democrats, contests that could determine control of the Senate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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24 Sep
2020

Neville warns Man Utd against Ighalo deal

first_img Reports have linked United with signing him permanently for nearly £20 million. But Neville thinks it is a mistake. read also:Blow for Man Utd as Shanghai want Ighalo back by July “Is ighalo worth £20m?” said Neville, per Metro. “Probably not in this market. “He may have been if he continued before scoring goals but you probably don’t need now to spend £20m.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United great, Gary Neville, has warned the English club against overpricing the deal of Nigeria’s  Odion Ighalo. Loading… Neville is of the opinion that  Ighalo should be let go when the season ends. The Nigerian has impressed in a handful of games following his January loan move from Shanghai Shenhua.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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21 Sep
2020

New deal for Nugent

first_img The 29-year-old, who has one senior England cap, notched 20 goals in the Sky Bet Championship for the Foxes last season to help the club claim the title. He becomes the latest key player from that promotion campaign to put pen to paper on a new Leicester contract this summer, following the likes of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, defender and captain Wes Morgan and midfielder Danny Drinkwater. Nugent told lcfc.com: “I’m delighted to have signed for two years and I’m really looking forward to testing myself with the rest of the squad in the best league in the world. “Last season was the best of my career in terms of goals and assists, but I wouldn’t have managed it without the lads around me so I’m really pleased the squad has been kept together. I think we’ve got a great chance of doing well in the Premier League.” Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said: “David’s contribution to the squad goes a lot further than the goals he scores or the assists he provides. “He’s a striker that works incredibly hard for the team and helps us to set a tempo that other teams found difficult to cope with last season. “He’s a hugely popular, infectious character in the dressing room and a really important part of this group, so I’m delighted that he’ll be staying with us in the Premier League.” Nugent has been Leicester’s leading scorer in all three seasons since he joined them in 2011 following a four-year spell with Portsmouth, accruing a total of 54 goals in 148 appearances for the Foxes. He has Premier League experience from his time with Portsmouth and Burnley, who he played for on loan from Pompey. Leicester striker David Nugent has signed a new two-year deal at the King Power Stadium, the Barclays Premier League outfit have announced.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Arsenal taking cautious approach with Alexis Sanchez injury

first_img In his absence, Arsenal have opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League and open the defence of their FA Cup trophy against strugglers Sunderland. Wenger is not ready to rush Sanchez back into his side with crucial league fixtures to come and a Champions League tie against the Chile international’s former club Barcelona on the horizon. “The bad news of the week is that Alexis is not quite ready,” the Gunners boss told arsenal.com. “It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He’s not bad but he’s not ready. “The thinking is to give absolutely everything to qualify. We are the holders of the cup and I know as well by experience that it is very important that you get in the competition and that you have a successful third round. It’s a tricky one, always, the third round.” There is better news on Mikel Arteta’s recovery from a calf injury while Wenger also offered an update on Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin – all of whom are sidelined with knee issues. “Tomas Rosicky is not far, he’s back in full training next week, so should be available soon. Mikel is available,” he added. “Nothing has changed (from the original timescale) with Santi. It could be a bit shorter with him because he’s often quicker (at recovering) than you expect him to be. Cazorla and Coquelin are doing well.” The 27-year-old missed the entire festive fixture list having suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw at Norwich in November. Sanchez was expected to make his comeback for the win over title rivals Manchester City before Christmas but suffered a setback in his recovery. Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez will not be risked in Arsenal’s FA Cup third round clash with Sunderland on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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