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OAS member nations strengthen cooperation in fight against organized crime

Cooperation crucial in the fight against organized crime The criminal activities of organized crime groups, such as drug smuggling, extortion, kidnapping, and human trafficking, have led to increased levels of violence in several OAS countries in recent years. For example, from 2000 to 2011, the homicide rate in El Salvador jumped from 60 to 69 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). During that time, the number of killings in Honduras rose from 51 to 92 per 100,000 residents. In Guatemala, the number of killings ncreased from 26 to 39 for every 100,000 inhabitants. The violent street gangs Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and Barrio 18, or 18th Street, operate in each of those countries, where they engage in domestic drug dealing, extortion, and firearms trafficking. Those gangs are responsible for much of the violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. These gangs also have alliances with Mexican drug trafficking organizations, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and Los Zetas. Strengthening joint actions Security officials in Latin America need reliable equipment, technological tools, and sound tactical and strategic plans to succeed in their battle against organized crime, officials from more than 30 countries agreed following a recent conference. These were the main conclusions reached during the IV meeting of the Ministers of Security in the Americas (MISPA) in Medellin, Colombia. Officials from the 35 countries which comprise the Organization of American States (OAS) participated in the conference, which took place Nov. 21-22 2013. Security officials at the conference also determined that regional cooperation between OAS countries is crucial in the fight against transnational criminal threats. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, and United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. were among the officials who attended the conference. The two-day meeting strengthened ties between OAS countries which battle transnational criminal organizations, Pinzón said. “The summit is an instrument that strengthens and reinforces joint actions against transnational crime and criminal behaviors that are common in these countries,” Pinzón said. Many OAS members face the shared threat posed by transnational criminal organizations, Pinzón explained. Transnational criminal organizations are “a global challenge that prevents the development of countries and violates human rights,” the defense minister said. Gangs in Colombia An international commission Colombian security forces are battling several organized crime groups, including the drug trafficking gangs “Los Rastrojos” and “Los Urabeños.” Both of these gangs have alliances with Mexican drug cartels. ”, both linked to drug trafficking in collusion with Mexican drug cartels, especially the Sinaloa Cartel, led by the fugitive of justice, Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán. Colombian officials are negotiating with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has been fighting the government for 50 years. The ongoing negotiations are taking place in Havana. Organized crime activity increases violence By Dialogo December 19, 2013 At the end of the meeting, MISPA defined strategies for regional cooperation in the fight against transnational criminal organizations. The strategy calls for joint investigation protocols and improving the lines of communication for police forces from different countries to share information. Several OAS member countries are already cooperating in the fight against organized crime. For example, on Nov. 14, 2013 in Piura, Peru, the presidents of Peru and Ecuador agreed to strengthen cooperation on security in the fight against human trafficking and the illegal sale of fuel. The agreement President Ollanta Humala of Peru and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador marked the closing of the VII Binational Ministerial Cabinet. On Nov. 23, 2013, President Correa met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss the progress of the agreements reached during the first Binational Cabinet meeting between the two countries. This meeting was held in December 2012, in Tulcán, Ecuador, where eight agreements were signed on issues of security, transportation, education, tourism, and petroleum. During the MISPA meeting, Insulza urged officials from OAS nations to support the idea of forming an international commission to fight transnational crime. “I hope that the proposal for an Inter-American Commission against organized transnational crime is considered and realized, because even today, in the second decade of the 21st century, we do not have a technical-political agency dedicated to organizing and coordinating collective efforts to address the growing threat of transnational organized crime,” the OAS Secretary General said. “In the five years that have passed since our first meeting in Mexico City, the issue of public security has become a cornerstone for OAS actions. MISPA has been institutionalized and response capabilities of the various agencies have increased,” Insulza said. read more

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first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Wednesday, Feb. 15.View Roundup 02-17 in a larger mapCrimes against a personAt 2:11 p.m. on Feb. 15, an unidentified bicyclist collided with a staff member’s vehicle while he was driving near Exposition Boulevard and Watt Way, breaking off the passenger-side-view mirror. The bicyclist rode away without stopping to exchange information.at 10:35 p.m. on Feb. 14, DPS officers on routine patrol observed a non-USC male grab hold of a non-USC female’s arm and forcibly prevent her from walking away during an argument near Hoffman Contracts Research Building. The officers detained the subjects for questioning and determined that they were husband and wife. The female assured the officers that she was in no danger from her husband, and they were subsequently released.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 3:13 p.m. on Feb. 14, DPS officers responded to a report of a non-USC male causing a disturbance at the Healthcare Consultation Center. A doctor, who was treating the subject’s wife, requested that he leave the premises and he complied without further incident before the officers arrived.At 2:56 p.m. on Feb. 14, DPS officers responded to a student complaining of difficulty breathing and chest pains at the Pertusati University Bookstore. An LAFD R.A. unit was requested and Unit #10 responded. The R.A. unit examined the student and offered transportation for medical treatment, but she declined and was released at the scene.at 2:34 p.m. on Feb. 14, DPS officers responded to a report of three people trapped in an elevator at the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation and requested LAFD for assistance. LAFD unit #2 responded and freed the subjects without incident.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Prom tickets go on sale Monday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, April 8, 2016:Friday•Almost Maine production, 7 p.m.Saturday•JV tennis at Chaparral.•ACT Test.*Regional solo at Andover Central.•Almost Maine production, 7 p.m.Today’s lunch — Pancakes with Syrup, Sausage Links, Tri Tater, Juice, Mixed Fruit and MilkMonday’s lunch — Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garden Spinach Salad, Garlic Bread Stick, Chilled Pears, Peas and Milk.Today’s News: *Prom Tickets will be for sale by the student entrance before and after school starting on Monday. Cost is $30 unless you sold 5 magazines your Junior year. Out of town dates are $30, unless you earned your ticket- then they are $15.*Crusader Creators- We will have our meeting next week on Monday, not Tuesday as previously planned.*Any sophomore interested in serving the Prom dinner on Saturday, April 23rd, please sign up in the office.  TODAY is the last day to sign-up.*Prom RSVPs were due on April 4th. If you plan to attend prom and do not turn in your RSVP,  you will have no dinner. If you’re lucky, we might find extra salad crackers for you to eat. Turn in your RSVP pronto to Ms. Ford if you plan to attend prom! Also, if you are interested in participating in the entertainment portion of prom, please pick up a  prom entertainment application from Ms. Ford.* The 4th Annual WHS Career Fair will be held in the auxiliary gym from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.  The event will feature approximately 30 local business professionals, post-secondary education representatives, military personnel, and adult service representatives who will set up informational booths and speak informally with students about options after high school.  Students who complete evaluations forms will have their names entered to win four random prize drawings at the end of the day.   *Girls Basketball team can turn in uniforms this week to Mrs. Brown. Also, don’t forget that the team dinner is tonight 6:30-8:00. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church.*Seniors: If you are needing  extra graduation announcements, we do have a few in the counselor’s office. They are $1.25 each.*Crusaders of the Stage presents Almost Maine on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. You can purchase advanced tickets from a cast member or from Mrs. Kelly.  Students- $4 or $6 at the door. Adults- $5 or $7 at the door.*Sophomores: If you ordered a class ring or class tag from Jostens, they will be delivered on Monday, April 18th during the three lunches in the commons.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.*Seniors: The Kansas All-Star scholarship application is now available on their website which is www.ksallstarsholarships.com. Those who qualify will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted now through April 15th.Guidance news:Wednesday, April 20 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National All is Ours DayNational Empanada DayNational Zoo Lovers DayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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