Nicaraguan Police, Military Battle Organized Crime Along Caribbean Coast

first_img Zalaquett warned that the informal black market in these coastal areas gives unemployed youth “undesirable but viable options, like a young man from Puerto Cabezas who recently asked me whether or not he should take up an offer as a hitman for a gang in Guatemala.” Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador agree to share intelligence Adm. Marvin Corrales, commander of the Nicaraguan Naval Forces, warned local media in July 2012 that Colombian crime groups were sending “specialized military equipment” to bolster their partners on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. The regional reach of these gangs and organized crime groups is partly why Nicaraguan police have begun cooperating with their partners across Central and North America. Presidents Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, Mauricio Funes of El Salvador and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua signed an agreement in March 2012 to increase intelligence-sharing networks among their police and naval forces to combat kidnappings and trafficking along their shared borders. Nicaragua also participates in the U.S.-led Operation Martillo, launched in early 2012, to disrupt drugtrafficking operations and limit their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine reaching the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Boanerge Fornos, a state prosecutor in the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), told Diálogo that while the Caribbean coastal city of Bluefields remains a regional hub for the cocaine trade and organized crime operations, for the moment Nicaraguan “transporters” appear to be scaling down their involvement, managing shorter routes and smaller quantities of drugs. ‘Subcontractors’ keep cocaine moving north “At the local level, these groups appear to be diversifying their operations and a number of cases we investigated late last year started to involve high-caliber weapons such as Kalashnikovs, M-16s and AK-47s coupled with rising numbers of human trafficking and money laundering activities,” Fornos said. James Bosworth, an analyst at the Latin American risk analysis firm Southern Pulse, described the phenomenon as a chain that moves cocaine north through a variety of subcontracted groups. “The Urabeños [a Colombian organized crime group] and the Mexican cartels have their networks, pass it along, pay each other or kill each other when payments aren’t made,” Bosworth said. “If there is a gap, it’s local Central American transport groups that are handling the stuff. While there are certainly links between the Sinaloa cartel and some criminal organizations in Nicaragua, it would be a stretch to say the Mexicans control them. It’s more of a contracting relationship.” Bosworth added: “For the moment, Mexican and Colombian groups haven’t fought each other over Nicaraguan territory and routes and they seem happy to share, as long as product moves and profits flow. However, if any group were to make a strategic determination that they wanted to fight for control of the plaza [drug trade routes], it could turn ugly.” By Dialogo September 03, 2013 Nicaragua’s national police, with backing from the military, is ratcheting up the fight against violent organized crime groups that use the country’s sparsely populated Atlantic coast to ferry drugs to Honduras and Mexico. National Police Chief Aminta Granera unveiled on Aug. 1 a “Special Security Plan in the Mining Triangle” of Nicaragua’s Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN in Spanish). Since then, the police have captured 23 people wanted for murder, femicide, aggravated robberies and drug trafficking. The plan focuses on the‘mining triangle’ of Siuna, Bonanza and Rosita, where authorities have opened seven new police stations and have provided 142 officers to increase security at area schools. Since the launch, police have seized 56 illegal firearms, including AK-47s, revolvers, shotguns, rifles and pistols. Gen. Julio César Aviles Castillo, commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces, told local media that 500 soldiers will support the police in the execution of this special security plan. “The mobilization of our security forces around the current wave of violence in the ‘mining triangle’ is actually a knock-on from issues that began two years ago,” said Francisco Bautista Lara, Nicaragua’s former police commissioner. Pandillas prey on vulnerable communities In 2011, local street gangs known as pandillas received a boost when transnational organized crime groups hired them to traffic drugs and weapons from Colombia through to Honduras and on to Mexico. “Since then, both the RAAN and the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) have been exploited by these groups who prey on communities split by internal conflicts, high unemployment, poor education, inequality as well as increasing indigenous land and border disputes with Honduras,” Lara told Diálogo. The official homicide rate in this ‘mining triangle’ was 49 per 100,000 people two years ago — which exceeds the homicide rates of both El Salvador and Guatemala, Lara said. “Organized crime is a huge regional problem contributing to a massive rise in homicides this year, not only in Nicaragua but also in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras,” said Monica Zalaquett, director of the Managua-based Violence Prevention Center (known by its Spanish acronym CEPREV). “These heavily armed groups [from Mexico and Colombia] operating on our northeastern and southeastern coastline are now more and more involved in a mix of drugs and arms trafficking, money laundering and gold mining,” Zalaquett added. Zalaquett: Police must work with local communities Police Chief Granera told local community groups in Siuna last month that authorities know the whereabouts and sizes of the five key criminal groups operating on the northern coast, and are building intelligence to capture them. Gilberto Fernández, known as “El Gallo Rojo” and Estanislao Jarquín Montoya, known as “El Coral,” are leaders of two of the five criminal groups identified by the National Police, but none of them have as yet been arrested. “This eastern coastline area is a free-for-all atmosphere where the state has little presence,” said Steven Dudley, director of Insight Crime, an independent research outfit in Medellín, Colombia. “They’ve started police prevention programs in these areas, but these are long-term projects.” Zalaquett added: “It’s vital that the police work closer with local community groups developing both counter-intelligence strategies and using prevention strategies that were so successful in the late 1990s.” Ex-Commissioner Lara isn’t convinced this is the solution. “Sending in more police and more soldiers won’t solve the problem. We must address the underlying problems breaking up local communities and making them easy targets for organized crime groups,” he said. last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool’s past results against Crystal Palace count for nothing

first_imgJurgen Klopp insists Crystal Palace’s recent hold over Liverpool will count for nothing when the sides meet on Sunday. Palace proved something of a bogey side for Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, denting their title charge with an improbable 3-3 draw late in the 2013/14 campaign then doing the league double last season. The 3-1 win at Anfield in Steven Gerrard’s last home appearance was particularly chastening. Klopp refuses to countenance that as an excuse, though, and demands his team go about their task with the correct frame of mind. “It’s better you don’t play midweek, it’s an advantage for Crystal Palace, but only if we are not prepared to fight,” he said. “If we wait for easy game, no chance. If we are waiting for a difficult game then we try to think solutions for these difficulties. “We are fit, we are healthy, we are young – not all of us, but the players at least! “They all feel good, they all want to play.” Klopp took a full-strength squad to Kazan but rested Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel, Adam Lallana and Lucas Leiva from the starting side, meaning he is able to freshen up his XI. “The good thing is everybody wants to play the next game. We all feel good, we all want to play, want to train,” he added. “It’s a challenge of course, but we have pre-match and post-match analysts who work pretty well. We always feel prepared for the next opponent. “We cannot train so much but we can work as long as we want. We have long meetings. “We know everything we have to know about Crystal Palace.” But Klopp has a clean slate heading into the fixture. “It’s good to be new,” said the former Borussia Dortmund coach. “Somebody told me about the special history with Crystal Palace but I feel nothing when I hear it. “It’s only football. In life, like sport, you can lose big but have to react in the right way…strike back, whatever. “If we can use this experience then we should do it but nobody has to be afraid because of this opponent, it’s not impossible to have a result against Crystal Palace. “We have a good chance to win, that’s what we will start to believe. Let’s do it tomorrow.” Klopp’s preparation time has been disrupted somewhat by the Europa League trip to Rubin Kazan. A 1-0 win in Russia extended the club’s winning streak to three games but an arrival into Liverpool at 4am on Friday morning was not ideal. Press Associationlast_img read more

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New KFC Goodwill football champions to be crowned tonight

first_imgWHEN the dust settles this evening, new KFC Goodwill football champions will be crowned. From 19:00hrs, Lodge Secondary, champions of the GUYOIL Tradewind Tankers Football tournament will have a chance to double their money when they clash with Annai in the final.The venue is the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.Defending champions Shiva Hindu Boys College can only hope for third place as they battle Waramadong from 17:00hrs.But for the finalists, glory awaits.Lodge are riding high, having done something no other local team have done by beating the touring Trinidad Shiva team.Albeit that a goal wasn’t scored in regulation or extra time, the Lodge side will be comfortable knowing that they held off the attacks of the Trinidad side, who ran so many teams ragged over the duration of the tournament.Lodge won the semi-final 3-0 on penalties thanks to some expert goal-keeping.No doubt this staunch bit of defending will be Lodge’s game plan heading into tonight’s final, but don’t think for a second that they aren’t good offensively.Dorwin George has four goals in the three games played thus far and will be looking to increase that tally.On the other side, Annai have been known to produce some high-scoring games heavily favouring the offensive side of the game. With players like Amir Robertson, Junior Rodrigues and Italo Benjamin among others, they have the attacking prowess to get the job done.Their 2-1 win over Waramadong DC Caesar Fox (Waramadong) Secondary was a thrilling encounter for those in attendanceVito Cambridge opened things up for the eventual winners just as the whistle went to start the half, setting the tone early.Ovid Andrews responded in the ninth minute to bring things level and from there, the match was on.It wouldn’t be until Raul Sway’s 65th minute goal that a decider was found.Still, today’s third-place playoff means that Waramadong have a chance at redemption when that match gets going at 19:00hrs.last_img read more

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F-M soccer teams charge into sectional playoffs

first_imgWhether it’s a girls team defending a championship, or a boys team out to reclaim one, Fayetteville-Manlius has plenty of reason to feel excited about what its soccer teams could accomplish in the upcoming Section III Class AA playoffs.The girls Hornets moved up to no. 12 in the state AA rankings after it knocked off Baldwinsville and West Genesee in back-to-back games, and two more wins were added during the last week of the regular season.At Liverpool on a rain-soaked Wednesday evening, F-M was relatively quiet early, but turned a modest one-goal margin into something more comfortable in the second half of a 4-0 victory over the Warriors. Meanwhile, F-M had just as many opportunities, and finally put one past Rams goalie Katie Cappelletti in the second half when Clark scored off a feed from Knych.All of this ultimately put F-M into the top seed in the six-team sectional Class AA bracket. The Hornets, along with no. 2 seed B’ville, are off until the Oct. 30 semifinals at Central Square, with the Hornets awaiting Auburn or Cicero-North Syracuse and the Bees to face West Genesee or Rome Free Academy.As for the F-M boys, it was no. 7 in the state Class AA poll as West Genesee paid a visit to Swan Pond last Tuesday night, and once again the Hornets proved quite productive in a 4-1 win over the Wildcats.This was a night that belonged to Nino Pagano. Often in the shadow of his brother, Cheech, Nino did assist on Cheech’s goal to get F-M on the board in the 23rd minute, but from there he put in two goals of his own.Over a 26-minute span, the Hornets produced all of its offense, with Yousef Kamel joining the Pagano brothers in the goal-scoring column and assists going to Ziad Abdul-Malak, Corey Gallagher and Riley Warren-Nichols.F-M would host Nottingham on Saturday afternoon in its regular-season finale and unloaded in a way it had not done all season, getting to double digits on the scoreboard while blanking the Bulldogs 10-0.Slotted into the no. 2 seed in its eight-team sectional Class AA bracket, the Hornets will host no. 7 seed Liverpool Thursday night in the quarterfinals, the winner to get Utica Proctor or Henninger in the Oct. 30 semifinal at Jamesville-DeWitt.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Hannah Knych, with one goal and one assist, led a well-balanced Hornets attack as Lauren Clark, Anna Hartzheim and Ryann Dauksza also earned goals. Assists were credited to Sophia TenEyck and Victoria Horton.Then F-M had a high-profile regular-season finale on Saturday, challenging state Class A no. 2-ranked Jamesville-DeWitt and winning that challenge in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Red Rams.Neither side scored in the first half. And the Hornets’ defense remained stingy in the second half as Sydney Mahr stopped all six shots she faced and the back line of Laura Bonomo, Ryann Dauksza and Alora Miller frustrated J-D’s potent group of attackers.center_img Tags: F-Msoccerlast_img read more

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Black Friday Football Rivalry Bigger Than The Game

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |Thanksgiving may be about friends, family and feasting.But for those in the Two River area who like to get out and throw around a football, the day after Thanksgiving is all about “the Rivalry.”For the past six years, the Rivalry Series flag football knockout tournament has pitted town against town in a good-natured Black Friday competition that also raises serious money for Lunch Break of Red Bank.This year, the 2018 edition will include an even larger field of participants. Joining Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven and Rumson will be squads from Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and Red Bank.“The past couple of years we’ve started to include more and more people from different communities and the word continues to spread, and the interest grows,” said Rivalry Series organizer Rick Brandt of Little Silver.The games will kick off Friday, Nov. 23 at Count Basie Field in Red Bank and run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children from different towns will play each other at grade level. There is also a division for women and another for men 18-34 and over 35.The first games will pit Little Silver against Shrewsbury, Red Bank against Middletown, Rumson against Fair Haven and Oceanport against Monmouth Beach.In the beginning, it was just a group of Little Silver friends who took to the turf for some post-holiday pickup football. The opposing team was from neighboring Shrewsbury.“When we first started playing as 12-year-olds back in 2002, I’m not sure we ever thought it would get to this point,” Brandt said. “Bragging rights were all we were worried about back then. But it’s come a long way.”Brandt learned early on about Little Silver’s deeply embedded, but friendly, rivalry with Shrewsbury.“When you’re growing up in those towns, the rivalry is seen and felt everywhere,” Brandt said. “It’s in your recreational sports. It’s in the schools. It’s everywhere you look.”“The funny thing about it is, you play against those guys for so long in so many different organized sports and pickup games that you actually start to like them,” Brandt said with a laugh. “Then you get to high school and your sharing classes with them and you can’t figure out why you were ever rivals in the first place.”Brandt said as the friendships grew, so did the traditional game itself. In their high school years, friends and family began attending, some to tailgate, other to mingle, and all to lend voice to their respective cheering sections.In college, though the distance between them increased, it was the game that helped maintain the bond between the friends. And each year the audience continued to grow.In 2013, Athlete’s Alley of Shrewsbury starting equipping players with personalized team jerseys, giving the day its own uniform. Inspired by the all the participation, Brandt formed a partnership with Lunch Break and over the next two years raised nearly $2,000 for the organization though small donations from those who played in and attended the game.“It was a nice start, but I thought we could do more,” said Brandt.Between 2015 and 2017 the series’ organizers pledged $10,000 donations to Lunch Break and hit their mark each time.In 2016, the traditional game was expanded, offering games for men, women and children from Little Silver and Shrewsbury.Last year, players who participated in the RIvalry Series raised $10,000 for Lunch Break of Red Bank. Photo courtesy Rick BrandtThis year donations are pouring in and Brandt expects the Rivalry Series will have raised $50,000 for Lunch Break by week’s end.One day, Brandt, working with his brother Rob Brandt, would like to see Rivalry Series expand even more and include teams from every part of Monmouth County.“We’re calling it the Rivalry Series, and we did that on purpose, because I’m not sure I want to limit this to just football,” Brandt said.“Down the line, I have no doubt that we can run basketball and softball events and have them be successful. There are so many different sporting events we can launch and then you’re really talking about a lot of money being raised and a lot of good being done in our community.”Rivalry Series Schedule of EventsFriday, Nov. 23The GamesBoys & Girls (3rd & 4th grade), 9 a.m.Boys & Girls (5th & 6th grade), 9 a.m.Boys & Girls (7th & 8th grade), 9 a.m.Men 35 & older, 11 a.m.Women 18 & older, 1 p.m.Men 18-34 years old, 3 p.m.After PartyVal’s in Rumson, 7-10 p.m.For more information or to register for competition visit therivalryseries.com.This article was first published in the Nov. 22-27, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Designing a Multifamily Building That Approaches Passive House Performance

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Jesse Thompson is a Maine architect whose company (Kaplan Thompson Architects) has been involved in three recent high-performance multifamily projects. At the Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, on February 6, Thompson shared what he’s learned with an attentive audience of designers and builders.Thompson has encountered plenty of owners who shy away from the Passive House approach out of fears that meeting the stringent standard will lead to high construction costs. When that happens, Thompson sometimes manages to slip high-performance targets into the project specs without explicitly notifying the owners. The happy result is that the project ends up performing almost as well as a Passive House project. Thompson calls this approach “stealth Passive House.”For me, the important takeaway from Thompson’s presentation was this: With multifamily projects, airtightness and ventilation system efficiency matter more than insulation R-values.The first multifamily project that Thompas discussed, Bayside Anchor, was a Passive House project certified by PHIUS. The second, Blackstone Apartments, was a high-performance project that wasn’t explicitly aiming for Passive House, but got most of the way to Passive House performance.The third, Parris Terraces, is a project spearheaded by a for-profit developer who was unwilling to make a full commitment to the air sealing details required to achieve high performance.Located in Portland, Maine, Bayside Anchor is an affordable housing project funded by the low-income housing tax credit program. The four-story 40,000 square foot building has 45 apartments. The budget came in at $170,000 per unit, including land costs and site developments costs. That’s $142 per square foot.Bayside AnchorThe architects promised the owners that the new building would meet the Passive House standard. According to Thompson, achieving that goal required many “long, intense team meetings that each lasted three hours.”Here’s what the team ended up… last_img read more

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Messi hat-trick inspires rout

first_imgArgentina 4 Haiti 0: Lionel Messi hat-trick inspires rout Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:07 5/30/18 Messi-cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi’s hat-trick saw World Cup-bound Argentina to a comfortable victory against Caribbean minnows Haiti in Buenos Aires. It was the Lionel Messi show as his hat-trick guided Argentina to a routine 4-0 friendly win over Haiti with the World Cup looming.With the World Cup set to get underway in Russia next month, two-time champions Argentina stepped up their preparations thanks to captain Messi’s three-goal haul in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.Messi took his international tally to 64 goals in 124 appearances – the Barcelona star’s penalty breaking the deadlock in the 17th minute before he completed his hat-trick in eight second-half minutes against the Caribbean minnows. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then set up substitute and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero with 21 minutes remaining at La Bombonera, where Haiti did not register a shot.#SomosArgentina De esta manera, Lionel Messi firmó su triplete. Antes, buena jugada de Cristian Pavón para habilitar al capitán. pic.twitter.com/uI8BArYh7S— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) May 30, 2018Javier Mascherano joined Javier Zanetti as Argentina’s most-capped player in his 143rd international appearance and the former Barcelona utility was honoured pre-game.Mascherano was one of five survivors from the starting XI that faced Spain in March’s 6-1 humiliation – Gonzalo Higuain, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico and Giovani Lo Celso retained by Jorge Sampaoli as Messi returned alongside Angel Di Maria.The gulf in class was obvious in Buenos Aires, where 103 spots separated fifth-ranked Argentina and Haiti.Haiti struggled to contain Argentina from the outset and the 2014 World Cup finalists – who fill face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D in Russia – showed their superiority on the scoreboard when Lo Celso was brought down in the penalty area under a rash challenge from Ricardo Ade.Messi stepped up and converted the spot-kick but only just after Haiti goalkeeper Johny Placide got a glove to the ball.It was almost 2-0 five minutes later but Placide dived low to deny Juventus’ Higuain, who engineered enough space to get a shot on target.Argentina continued to control proceedings as Haiti offered nothing going forward and the South American giants went so close to a stunning goal approaching the half-hour mark when Lo Celso picked out Di Maria with an inch-perfect lofted ball over the visitors’ defence, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s volley sailed just wide of the post.It was a relatively subdued start to the second half amid a couple of substitutions but Messi brought the match back to life in the 58th minute.Lo Celso’s close-range header was saved by Placide after Higuain rode a challenge to pick out the PSG midfielder, however, Messi was on hand to side-foot the rebound home.Messi was on hand to collect the match ball in the 66th minute when he controlled a cutback from substitute Cristian Pavon and fired powerfully past Placide.Argentina showed no mercy as Messi turned provider, playing through Aguero to make it 4-0 two minutes later.#SomosArgentina Pase de Messi y definición de @aguerosergiokun para el cuarto gol argentino pic.twitter.com/3Dpl8COJLx— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) May 30, 2018There could have been more goals but Argentina were wasteful during the closing stages as attention turned to June 9’s friendly against Israel. read morelast_img read more

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Eight Medical Students Awarded Cuban Scholarships

first_img Seven young Jamaican students will have the opportunity to pursue studies in Cuba under the Jamaica/Cuba Bilateral Medical Scholarship Programme, beginning in September. Another student, Marianne Binta Konate Hernandez, a Jamaican resident of Cuban heritage, was also awarded a scholarship to study medicine in the neighbouring island. Amanda Bradley, Dominique Whitely, Deanroy Clarke, Donorio Hartley, Satasha Hutchinson, Kerrylee Jones and Naifa Murray are this year’s awardees. They were selected from some 200 students who applied. Story Highlights Seven young Jamaican students will have the opportunity to pursue studies in Cuba under the Jamaica/Cuba Bilateral Medical Scholarship Programme, beginning in September.Amanda Bradley, Dominique Whitely, Deanroy Clarke, Donorio Hartley, Satasha Hutchinson, Kerrylee Jones and Naifa Murray are this year’s awardees. They were selected from some 200 students who applied.Another student, Marianne Binta Konate Hernandez, a Jamaican resident of Cuban heritage, was also awarded a scholarship to study medicine in the neighbouring island.Each year, the government of Cuba awards scholarships to Cuban descendants living abroad.The awards were formally presented to the students during a ceremony at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Kingston on May 31.Under-Secretary in the Multilateral Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Ann Scott, who spoke at the function, thanked the government of Cuba for the tremendous effort over the years to support and sustain the programme.“The government of Cuba has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing these well-needed scholarships for which we are deeply grateful,” she said.Ambassador Scott noted that the provisions are consistent with the country’s strategic long-term National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica, and Government’s resolve “to build human capital so as to increase social development, particularly in rural communities across the island”.“Undoubtedly, health and wellness are two critical objectives if we are to successfully attain the Sustainable Development Goals that constitute the globally agreed [United Nations] Agenda 2030. Cuba’s support, in this regard, is deeply valued,” she added.Ambassador Scott pointed out that the scholarship programme is one of several mutually beneficial cooperation initiatives that exist between Jamaica and Cuba, adding that it reflects the strong diplomatic and fraternal ties both countries have shared since 1972.In her remarks, Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Ines Fors Fernandez, said her country’s government has been able to continue on its path for social achievement despite “complex external challenges”.She said Cuba’s medical achievements include: training more than 10,800 family doctors and nurses; and establishing 450 neighbourhood polyclinics, 150 hospitals, 12 research institutions, 287 community centres for older citizens, and 13 universities of medical sciences, among other institutions.Ambassador Fernandez said that the motto of the medical school, which the 2019 scholars will attend, highlights the focus on providing free medical training to bright students who are passionate about becoming doctors, but lack the financial resources to do so.She said provision of the scholarships “will drive them to return to serve in communities like their own”.Meanwhile, the Ambassador urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity to pursue their careers.“Become respected professionals… save lives and help humble people. Do not look on which side of your life is better but on which side is the duty. That will be the best way to give back to Cuba,” she added.last_img read more

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Amazon plans to open new distribution centre in Edmonton area hire 600

first_imgNISKU, Alta. — Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. is opening a new distribution centre in Leduc County, just south of Edmonton, with plans to create 600 full-time jobs by 2020.The e-commerce company says the approximately 92,900-square-metre (one-million-square-foot) centre in Nisku, Alta., will be the company’s 11th distribution facility in Canada, and its second in Alberta.It already operates a similar facility in Rocky View County in southern Alberta, where it employs more than 1,500 full-time workers.Amazon’s other fulfillment facilities are located in British Columbia and Ontario.The Seattle-based company says workers at the new centre will be responsible for picking, packing and shipping larger items such as outdoor equipment, patio furniture and bicycles.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Netflix criticized for yanking Patriot Act episode in Saudi

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s crown prince.Minhaj used his second episode to lambast the prince over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.The Financial Times first reported that Netflix yanked the episode from streaming in Saudi Arabia last week after Saudi officials informed the streaming service that its content violated cyber-crime laws in the kingdom.Rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia’s censorship of Netflix is “further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression.”Netflix told the FT it strongly supports artistic freedom worldwide and only removed the episode after it received a legal request and to comply with local law.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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