Japan’s Coast Guard Arrests Captain of Chinese Fishing Boat

first_img View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Boat November 7, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Arrests View post tag: Captain View post tag: coast View post tag: Navy Share this article Japan’s Coast Guard Arrests Captain of Chinese Fishing Boat Back to overview,Home naval-today Japan’s Coast Guard Arrests Captain of Chinese Fishing Boat View post tag: Naval Japan’s coast guard has arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat after his vessel strayed into Japan’s waters…(bbc)[mappress]Source: bbc, November 07, 2011; View post tag: of View post tag: fishing View post tag: Guard View post tag: Japan’slast_img

Official: Oxford Union Trinity Termcard

first_imgKISSFormed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, KISS is an American hard-rock band famous for their on-stage personas and makeup.Celia Imrie First cousin to reigning monarch Elizabeth II, HRH Princess Michael is also an interior designer and author.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11501%%[/mm-hide-text] Ella WoodwardBlogger who started writing about healthy foods after she was diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, Ella Woodward is a considerable online presence and advocate of whole foods and plant-based diets.Eric WhitacreWhitacre is an American conductor and composer who won a Grammy in 2012 for his album Light & Gold. Whitacre has created several ‘virtual choirs’ formed of people from around the world performing together over the internet. Brian LaraLara is a former West Indian batsmen who holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, having hit 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham.Alexandra ShulmanKeeping a fashion industry presence in the termcard, editor-in-chief of the British edition of Vogue will be speaking at the Union in Trinity. Alongside her role as editor, Shulman has written columns for both The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11500%%[/mm-hide-text] HRH Princess Michael of Kent His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical PatriarchHis All Holiness Bartholomew I is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world. He has had a large international presence, including helping to rebuild Eastern Orthodox Churches in the Eastern Bloc after the collapse of Communism in 1990.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11506%%[/mm-hide-text] Zac GoldsmithZac Goldsmith is the Conservative MP for Richmond and former editor of The Ecologist. Goldsmith faced an investigation into his election expenses by Channel 4 in 2010.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11504%%[/mm-hide-text] Lord Michael DobbsLord Dobbs is a Conservative politician, author and alumnus of Christ Church. Before working for the Conservative Party, Lord Dobbs attained a PhD in nuclear defense studies from Tufts University, Massachusetts. Alongside his political career, Lord Dobbs is most famous for writing the novel House of Cards.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11503%%[/mm-hide-text] Warwick DavisHaving played the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars and Professor Flitwick in Harry Potter, Warwick Davis has starred in a number of television shows and films. In 2011, he played himself in Life’s Too Short, a comedy series written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and is due to appear in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. HBO chat show host Maher is famed for his satirical views and opinions on topics such as political correctness and religion. Famously in 2007 Maher confronted 9/11 conspiracy theorists in his audience and demanded they be ejected from his show.Rebiya KadeerKadeer is an ethnic Uyghur businesswoman who became a millionaire through her real estate holdings. She was arrested in 1999 by the Chinese government and since her release in 2005 has campaigned for Uyghur separatist organisations. Jacqueline GoldGold is the Group Chief Executive of lingerie chains Ann Summers and Knickerbox, and is the 16th richest woman in Britain.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11502%%[/mm-hide-text] Rodrigo y GabrielaMexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have produced several albums, performed for Barack Obama and collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides soundtrack. Piers MorganJournalist, chat show host, and all round TV personality, Piers Morgan is currently editor-at-large at Mail Online. But who can forget his interview with Alex Jones?Hilary SwankHilary Swank came to fame for her role in Boys Don’t Cry, winning herself an Oscar in the process. As if that wasn’t enough, five years later Swank won her second Academy Award for Million Dollar Baby. Alex Miller (VICE Global Editor)Miller was promoted to global head of content and editor-in-chief of Vice magazine in February 2015. Before working for Vice, Miller began his career working at NME. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11499%%[/mm-hide-text]The Union’s termcard will feature 40 percent female speakers, which equals the highest ever proportion of women speaking at the Oxford Union (matching Michaelmas 2014’s termcard).For the first time in over two years, every debate will feature a female guest speaker. Five debates will include BME speakers, and three will have as many or more women speaking than men.Warwick Davis has been confirmed to speak on 8th June, as part of a partnership with disabilities charity Scope which last term saw Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte speak at the Union.Piers Morgan has also confirmed that the title of his talk will be ‘Piers vs Oxford Brats, No Holds Barred’.center_img Simon Armitage CBEPoet, playwright and novellist, Armitage has a string of awards to his name including the Ivor Novello Award and the Hay Medal for Poetry.Ivan MassowFinancial services entrepreneur and gay rights campaigner, Massow was the first candidate to declare his candidacy for the 2016 London Mayoral Election, in November 2014. Jenkins is the Group Chief Executive of banking group Barclays, and an almunus of Oxford University having studied PPE here.Dynamo (Steven Frayne)Magician who (as our video shows) apparently walked on water across the Thames. He currently stars in his own TV show, Dynamo: Magician Impossible. Peter ThielEntrepreneur, hedgefund manager and founder of PayPal, Thiel is a leading voice in the technology sector. Alongside other philanthropic pursuits, his foundation supports research into anti-ageing and longevity.Mark WebberEx-Formula One driver who retired from the sport in 2013. In the latter years of his F1 career, he drew media attention for his feisty relationship with team mate and four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11505%%[/mm-hide-text] Antony Jenkins Cherwell brings you the official Oxford Union speaker list for Trinity Term. Here’s the full termcard, including debates, and information on each speaker to whet your appetite.DebatesWeek 1 – This House Would Never Be An MPWeek 2 – This House Embraces Sex Work as a Career ChoiceWeek 3 – This House Believes that the Tobacco Industry is Morally ReprehensibleWeek 4 – This House Would End the State’s Preferential Treatment of ReligionWeek 5 – This House Believes Britain Owes Reparations to her Former ColoniesWeek 6 – This House Believes the European Union Should Do More to Further World PeaceWeek 7 – This House Would Rather Be Witty Than PrettySpeakersNicola BenedettiScottish classical violinist and former winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, Benedetti has released several albums, toured extensively and even played at the Last Night of the Proms. Diane KrugerHaving modelled for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton, Kruger turned to acting where she played Helen in the 2004 epic Troy.Bill Maher Celia Imrie is an English actress who has starred in Bridget Jones’ Diary, Calendar Girls, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. She also won the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in Acorn Antiques: The Musical.D’banjOladapo Daniel Oyebanjo is a Nigerian singer-songwriter best known for his 2012 hit ‘Oliver Twist’ which reached the top ten in the UK singles chart.last_img read more

HOT JOBS IN EVANSVILLE AREA

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A monumental task

first_imgReality has not been kind to the large Chinese statue in Harvard Yard, but maybe virtual reality will be.A group of Harvard digital preservation experts dedicated their evenings last month capturing a three-dimensional scan of the marble monument, a gift of Harvard’s Chinese alumni on Harvard’s 300th birthday in 1936.The statue, on the west side of Widener Library, is of a tortoise-dragon figure bearing a large rectangular stele on its back. Though faded with time, the monument’s inscription extolls the virtues of culture and of learning, and praises Harvard for its role in educating the 1,000 Chinese alumni in whose name the statue was donated.The statue, called the Tercentenary Stele, has been damaged by the elements and by acid rain. Its inscription, which originally stood out against a black painted background, is barely legible.Jeffrey R. Williams, executive director of the Harvard Center Shanghai and one of the scanning project’s organizers, said concerns about the 17-foot-high gift’s condition have been growing for years. In the 1980s, Henry Lie of the Fogg Museum Conservation Department raised an alarm, saying the monument had suffered more damage in its 50 years in Cambridge than during many more years in Beijing. After his warning, the statue was covered each winter. Discussions are ongoing about further conservation measures, such as replacing the statute’s lost sign and repairing its cracked base. There have also been discussions about moving it indoors to avoid further natural damage, though its 27-ton weight would present a structural challenge for any building.Barbara Fash, director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions program at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Alexandre Tokovinine (pictured), a Peabody researcher and lecturer on anthropology, have worked for years to master the 3-D scanning technology.“The major risk is to the inscription, which is already quite faint compared to 1936, but so far still legible,” Williams said.The scanning project, Williams said, preserves the historical record of the monument as it is now. The resulting 3-D models act much like molded and cast replicas, only preserving much greater detail in a virtual format. From the data, two-dimensional screenshots and three-dimensional physical copies can be made.To do the job, Williams contacted Barbara Fash, director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions program at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, who conceived a 3-D scanning initiative to preserve hieroglyphic writing on Maya monuments. Fash and Alexandre Tokovinine, a Peabody researcher and lecturer on anthropology, have worked for years to master the 3-D scanning technology. Tokovinine recently completed scanning the large hieroglyphic stairway at Maya ruins in Copan, Honduras, and has traveled around Central America for other scanning projects. Although the Chinese stele project falls outside their normal Maya focus, the Corpus team was pleased to put their 3-D technology to use to preserve an eroding Harvard inscription, Fash said.“The marble is eroding. [Acid rain] has softened all the edges,” Fash said. “It’s very lightly incised. The fear is that it would continue to erode away.”The Tercentenary Stele project, paid for by the Harvard China Fund, began last month with the placement of a large white tent over the monument. The scanning is best done at night to minimize interference with the scanner’s optical light system, so Fash, who directed the project, arranged for Tokovinine and two student assistants to spend evenings over two weeks conducting scans of the monument. Each scan, captured by the scanner’s high-tech cameras while attached a long boom, covered just a portion of the statue, creating approximately 700 overlapping images that were knit together by a powerful computer program into the final, complete 3-D model.The final file, Tokovinine said, is enormous, some three to four gigabytes. Tokovinine said the project is the largest monument they’ve scanned.“It’s a way for us to see how far we can push, how large an item we can scan,” Tokovinine said.The monument dates to the early 1800s and stood in the Old Summer Palace, Yuan Ming Yuan, that was razed in 1860 by French and British troops during the Second Opium War. The statue was purchased by Chinese alumni and reinscribed to mark the University’s 300th anniversary.“My hope is [that] this scanning project will lead more people to think about how we care for and honor this important piece,” Williams said. “The earliest test scans I saw before returning to Shanghai were terrific, so I am excited to see the final result.”The 3-D digital scanner project preserves the historical record of the monument as it is now, said Jeffrey R. Williams, executive director of the Harvard Center Shanghai and one of the scanning project’s organizers.last_img read more

Alumnus finds ways to harness solar power

first_imgPatrick McCullough, CEO of Amonix, the world leader in solar system efficiency, spoke on renewable energy and entrepreneurship Tuesday in the Montgomery Auditorium in LaFortune. McCullough graduated from Notre Dame in 1995 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and was one of the first two engineers to unite the MBA program with an engineering degree. Amonix is the industry leader in the design and manufacturing of utility-scale solar power systems, McCullough said. The company strives to be on the cutting edge of semiconductors and optics, while staying connected with the business side of energy, he said. McCullough said Vahan Garboushian, the founder and CTO of Amonix, pioneered concentrating photovoltaics (CPV),  which is why Amonix’s main advantage is incorporating optics with leading semiconductor solutions, while optimizing power path and dual access tracking accuracy. McCullough said even with this technological breakthrough Amonix is still restrained by the limits of the overall energy market and the solar energy industry within it. “Even if you have the most efficient solar equipment, great innovation cannot happen without the macroeconomics of energy,” McCullough said. McCullough said solar energy is one of the fastest growing industry in the world, but it has slow, steady, returns compared to other sectors. While coal, oil and gas fuels two-thirds of the world’s demand for energy, solar power only comprises a fraction of one percent. “Solar’s penetration is a joke compared to other forms of energy,” he said. “It hasn’t had significant traction to date.” In terms of growth from 2005 to 2010, however, solar power has seen a 52.7 percent increase, he said. Solar power will see more jobs over the next four years, especially in CPV. “But a solar company’s success has nothing to do with these numbers,” McCullough said. “It has more to do with the market that’s made in specific locations throughout the world.” The lowest cost of energy wins, McCullough said. In order to lower their cost of energy, companies must reduce both the cost of ownership and improve energy production, he said. Amonix had to respond to a dynamic market over the past five years, McCullough said. The company scaled up in 2011 to implement their solar system technology, but when Chinese government subsidies increased, the market price fell through the floor, “killing a lot of solar companies.” Forced to cut back drastically to survive, Amonix closed its plants and laid off employees in an effort to restructure. “This is the hardest stuff that a startup has to do: to commercialize in a dynamic marketplace, invest in research and development, make and sell our own equipment,” he said. “The fact that we are alive is impressive.” McCullough said activist groups such as Greenpeace risk life and limb to prevent large oil companies from damaging the environment, but there are other ways to make the world a better place. “If you invent the technology to disrupt the oil and gas business, that will fundamentally change things,” he said. McCullough said he worked at Ford Motor Company and Berkshire Hathaway before entering the energy industry. When he graduated from Notre Dame, he said his top career goal centered on salary, but eventually he asked himself about the greater meaning of his work. “Whether you’re doing technical or commercial work, you can do something you’re proud of,” he said. “You can make a difference.” Contact Meghan Thomassen at [email protected]last_img read more

Smart phone apps

first_imgIs there an unwanted insect or plant on your farm or in your garden that you don’t recognize? The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has an app for that.Invasive species trackers at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health have developed a suite of apps to help farmers, forestry personnel and home gardeners identify strange unwanted pests. They can now identify their problem pests in the field, rather breaking away to sit down at a computer and look it up.Apps developed by the center’s technology director Chuck Bargeron and his co-workers provide direct links to different databases specializing in informing and educating the public about invasive species, those not native to an area that has been introduced and causing damage to agriculture and forestry. Such species include the kudzu bug that munches on soybeans and the spotted wing drosophila which affects blueberry crops.“For the IOS platform, we’ve had more than 25,000 downloads of apps. The most successful one was the first one we did which was for Florida, which was focused primarily on pythons in south Florida. It’s probably been the most successful because it had the most press coverage when it first came out,” Bargeron said. The University of Florida partnered in this app becoming available.The app is one of 17 the center has developed. It provides different apps for different parts of the country because, for example, farmers in the Western United States aren’t concerned with the same species that growers in the Southeast are concerned with. Working a regional perspective allows users to focus on species in their geographic area.The latest app developed was a collaborative project between Bargeron and Michael Toews, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologist on the Tifton campus. It’s an app that Toews’ research technicians use in the field as they study stinkbugs. The technicians can count the number of stinkbugs they see, record it in the app, save it and then export the information as an Excel spreadsheet. According to Bargeron, the days of Toews transcribing all handwritten sheets are a thing of the past.Bargeron and members of the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health have had great success with database web-based resources of information, especially after the pictures image archive were added to the website in 2001. When Keith Douce and David Moorhead, — co-directors of the center formally known as Bugwood Network, — launched the website in 2001 they added pictures from 35mm slides. Approximately 3,500 pictures were available. As more and more people began using the website and recognizing its value, they started sharing their own pictures. The database of pictures increased greatly in the 12 years since the website was started. Now, more than 200,000 pictures from more than 2,000 photographers are in the systems database.These resources have also changed the way forestry and agriculture classes are taught. An entomology professor at Texas A&M told Douce the resources caused him to completely restructure how he teaches his classes.According to Douce, the center website generated 9.3 million users last year and 260 million hits.For more information, visit the website at bugwood.org.last_img read more

Uribe Ready To Talk Cease Fire With Rebels

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2009 President Alvaro Uribe Tuesday said he was ready to hold peace talks with the leftist FARC rebel group if they declare a cease fire that can be verified. “We believe in peace,” Uribe told an anti-terrorism conference, “but we won’t allow new tricks. “Peace has its demands. The moment a new process begins there must be a clear sign, a halt to all criminal activities by the groups who want to engage in the process, with verification,” he said. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — or FARC — the country’s oldest and strongest rebel group, has demanded a demilitarized zone for peace talks and a swap of 22 prominent hostages for hundreds of jailed rebels. On Sunday, the FARC dropped their demand after Uribe angrily refused to negotiate with them following a bloody rebel attack that killed 20 police and one soldier on the first anniversary of FARC founder Manuel Marulanda’s death. Uribe Tuesday said ceasefire verification was paramount to the negotiating process. Without it, he said, “we risk talking peace in a language that obfuscate terrorism.” He reiterated his government’s resolve to fight terrorism “in an all out effort and in full respect of democratic values.”last_img read more

FUSINA troops capture series of Honduran drug traffickers

first_imgJust two days before Don H’s arrest, Los Tigres commandos assigned to FUSINA captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, as well as $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. The two brothers, alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, were caught inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. FUSINA is reducing drug trafficking into Honduras Los Valles has in recent years trafficked thousands of kilos of cocaine into Guatemala and then into the United States, according to allegations by the U.S. Treasury. That department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed the organization on its list of major international drug trafficking groups in August. It works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which is one of the top drug trafficking groups in the world. “His detention is only a matter of time,” said director of the Honduran National Police Ramón Sabillón. “The Valle band is one of the largest criminal organizations in Honduras. Their history links them with murders for hire, drug trafficking and illegal distribution of weapons.” “I think there was excellent coordination work and information sharing. This allowed us, I think, to conduct a remarkably coordinated effort,” said Gen. Fredy Díaz Zelaya, chief of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff. Cooperation between Honduran security forces and government agencies is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, said President Hernández during a press conference following the arrests of Miguel and Luis Valle. It was just the latest in a series of arrests of alleged drug traffickers by Honduran and U.S. security forces – seven in recent months. Just two days before Don H’s arrest, Los Tigres commandos assigned to FUSINA captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, as well as $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. The two brothers, alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, were caught inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. FUSINA’s efforts on land, in the air, and at sea have reduced drug trafficking into Honduras. “Traffickers have had to find new spaces to take the drug to their intended final destination,” said Army Col. Gustavo Paz Escalante. “His detention is only a matter of time,” said director of the Honduran National Police Ramón Sabillón. “The Valle band is one of the largest criminal organizations in Honduras. Their history links them with murders for hire, drug trafficking and illegal distribution of weapons.” A series of arrests FUSINA was created by President Juan Orlando Hernández in February 2014, one month after he was sworn into office, in an effort to aggressively confront international drug traffickers and violent organized crime groups. It’s comprised of 4,400 men and women of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Direction of Migration and the State’s General Intelligence Direction. The group operates throughout the country, with task forces in each of the country’s 18 departments. FUSINA carries out operations every day, on land, in the air, and at sea. “I think there was excellent coordination work and information sharing. This allowed us, I think, to conduct a remarkably coordinated effort,” said Gen. Fredy Díaz Zelaya, chief of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff. In its first eight months of operation, FUSINA has had a dramatic and positive impact. Its troops have seized about 15,000 kilos of cocaine, thousands of firearms, and millions of dollars in cash; additionally, they’ve seized nearly 400 properties that allegedly belonged to criminals. For instance, they’ve seized 52 businesses and homes, including luxury haciendas, which allegedly belong to Los Valles. The suspect, also known as “Don H,” was in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa when he was caught on October 7. Now that he’s in custody, the United States is seeking his extradition. And three days before that, Los Tigres troops captured another Valle brother, José Inocente Valle, 34, in the same department, near the Guatemalan border. They found him inside a house in the town of El Porvenir, and also detained his wife, Marlen Griselda Amaya Argueta. The troops also confiscated a gold-plated AK-47 rifle, 10 passports, a substantial amount of cash, and more than 20 handguns . “Traffickers have had to find new spaces to take the drug to their intended final destination,” said Army Col. Gustavo Paz Escalante. An elite force to fight organized crime and drug trafficking FUSINA’s efforts on land, in the air, and at sea have reduced drug trafficking into Honduras. It was just the latest in a series of arrests of alleged drug traffickers by Honduran and U.S. security forces – seven in recent months. Some people had voiced skepticism about using the Armed Forces to improve public safety by fighting drug trafficking and organized crime, he noted, “but time has proven us right.” The capture of José Valle was historic because it was the first time a member of the Valle criminal family had been arrested in Honduras. Cooperation between Honduran security forces and government agencies is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, said President Hernández during a press conference following the arrests of Miguel and Luis Valle. In its first eight months of operation, FUSINA has had a dramatic and positive impact. Its troops have seized about 15,000 kilos of cocaine, thousands of firearms, and millions of dollars in cash; additionally, they’ve seized nearly 400 properties that allegedly belonged to criminals. For instance, they’ve seized 52 businesses and homes, including luxury haciendas, which allegedly belong to Los Valles. And three days before that, Los Tigres troops captured another Valle brother, José Inocente Valle, 34, in the same department, near the Guatemalan border. They found him inside a house in the town of El Porvenir, and also detained his wife, Marlen Griselda Amaya Argueta. The troops also confiscated a gold-plated AK-47 rifle, 10 passports, a substantial amount of cash, and more than 20 handguns . The suspect, also known as “Don H,” was in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa when he was caught on October 7. Now that he’s in custody, the United States is seeking his extradition. Los Valles has in recent years trafficked thousands of kilos of cocaine into Guatemala and then into the United States, according to allegations by the U.S. Treasury. That department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed the organization on its list of major international drug trafficking groups in August. It works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which is one of the top drug trafficking groups in the world. A series of arrests By Dialogo October 16, 2014 In September, before the flurry of arrests, President Hernández lauded the efforts of security forces in a press release. FUSINA is reducing drug trafficking into Honduras International cooperation is another key part of FUSINA’s operations. FUSINA shares information with other Central American countries and the United States. “The system is working,” he said, pledging to continue the battle against drug traffickers and organized crime. “This is only the beginning.” Congratulations to all the members of this elite force and to Honduras for combating such slander in the country. Congratulations, Fusina. It was about time to start getting rid of that cancer that is drowning our society. As a consequence of the series of arrests, only one Valle sibling, José Reynerio Valle, 40, remains at large. Honduran law enforcement authorities are confident they will capture him as well. “All institutions have understood that they must complement each other; share actions and information,” he said. “That’s the reason we have achieved so much in this ongoing battle to recover our peace.” Some people had voiced skepticism about using the Armed Forces to improve public safety by fighting drug trafficking and organized crime, he noted, “but time has proven us right.” An elite force to fight organized crime and drug trafficking Various FUSINA task forces have captured more than 1,500 criminal suspects who are wanted for a wide array of crimes, including homicide, extortion, and drug trafficking. In total, they’ve dismantled at least 41 criminal bands which engaged in extortion and 16 others which commit assassinations for hire. In September, before the flurry of arrests, President Hernández lauded the efforts of security forces in a press release. The capture of José Valle was historic because it was the first time a member of the Valle criminal family had been arrested in Honduras. International cooperation is another key part of FUSINA’s operations. FUSINA shares information with other Central American countries and the United States. Troops with FUSINA, an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army soldiers and National Police agents, recently captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. FUSINA was created by President Juan Orlando Hernández in February 2014, one month after he was sworn into office, in an effort to aggressively confront international drug traffickers and violent organized crime groups. It’s comprised of 4,400 men and women of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Direction of Migration and the State’s General Intelligence Direction. The group operates throughout the country, with task forces in each of the country’s 18 departments. FUSINA carries out operations every day, on land, in the air, and at sea. “All institutions have understood that they must complement each other; share actions and information,” he said. “That’s the reason we have achieved so much in this ongoing battle to recover our peace.” Various FUSINA task forces have captured more than 1,500 criminal suspects who are wanted for a wide array of crimes, including homicide, extortion, and drug trafficking. In total, they’ve dismantled at least 41 criminal bands which engaged in extortion and 16 others which commit assassinations for hire. “The system is working,” he said, pledging to continue the battle against drug traffickers and organized crime. “This is only the beginning.” Troops with FUSINA, an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army soldiers and National Police agents, recently captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. As a consequence of the series of arrests, only one Valle sibling, José Reynerio Valle, 40, remains at large. Honduran law enforcement authorities are confident they will capture him as well. last_img read more

Mulvaney bill calls for GAO study of NCUA budget

first_imgRep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., on Friday introduced NAFCU-backed legislation that would require the Government Accountability Office to study almost every aspect of NCUA’s budgeting and expenditure practices.H.R. 1176, the “NCUA Budget Transparency Act,” Mulvaney’s bill would require GAO to undertake an in-depth review of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund, Central Liquidity Facility and NCUA’s annual operating budget. GAO would include in its final report any recommendations it had for improving transparency at the agency.NAFCU, noting credit unions fund the lion’s share of NCUA’s operations, has been leading a longstanding effort to get the agency to rein in its budget growth and to be fully transparent on its budget and expenditures.Lawmakers are taking note of this issue. NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters has also emphasized the need for budget transparency, pressing the agency to go beyond what has been provided to date.NAFCU Director of Legislative Affairs Jillian Pevo said Mulvaney’s bill would be a key step toward ensuring real transparency at NCUA. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Croatia Airlines canceled numerous departures on international routes

first_imgDue to weak demand, certain departures on many routes were canceled, and Croatia Airlines made certain changes in its flight schedule for the first half of October this year, they report from the portal Croatian Aviation. Certain departures were canceled on the following lines: The Croatian national airline has made operational changes on international routes departing from Zagreb. Photo: FB Croatia Airlines The company will continue to operate almost three times a day towards Frankfurt, allowing passengers to continue their journey to a number of destinations in Europe and the world with a single stop in Frankfurt. line Zagreb – Amsterdam: flights on October 07, 08 and 11 were canceled,line Zagreb – Brussels: flights 01., 03., 06. – 08., 10th, 14th and 15th October were canceled,line Zagreb – Dublin, the last flight on October 04, as we announced earlier,Zagreb – Munich route: flights on October 07, 12 and 14 were canceled,line Zagreb – Paris: announced two flights – October 03rd and 16th,line Zagreb – Sarajevo: announced two flights – October 02nd and 16th,line Zagreb – Skopje: announced four flights – 02, 09, 12 and 16 October,line Zagreb – Zurich: flights 02, 06, 07, 09, 12 – 14 and 16 October were canceled,route Zagreb – Copenhagen: flights were canceled on October 02, 06, 07, 10, 12 – 14. Line Zagreb – London will operate more frequently than in September. The company will offer two flights a week through the first half of October, every Monday and Friday.last_img read more