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.
The draft guidance describes the capabilities and limitations of each type of protection and lists a range of respirator options, including pros and cons for each type. For example, OSHA advises employers who plan on supplying employees with respiratory protection throughout a pandemic to consider reusable respirators. Ideally, employees’ exposure risk should be estimated as part of a workplace pandemic flu plan, OHSA recommends. Employers also should estimate the number of employees who fall into each risk level. The proposed guidance lists stockpiling estimates for individual employees in a range of medium- to high-risk jobs, listing numbers of masks or respirators by work shift and a theoretical pandemic duration (about 120 work days). For example, a retail-store employee might need two masks per shift and 240 for the duration of a pandemic, whereas a nurse in an outpatient clinic might need four N95 respirators per shift and 480 to cover the whole pandemic. The proposed stockpiling recommendations use the same four-level workplace risk pyramid that appears in the broader pandemic planning recommendations. For example, healthcare employees who perform aerosol-generating procedures would be classified as having a “very high” risk, while an office employee who has little contact with the public would fall into the “lower exposure” risk category. (OSHA does not recommend masks and respirators for lower-exposure work environments.) OSHA includes rough cost estimates for each type of equipment, which range from up to 20 cents per mask to as much as $1,200 for a powered air-purifying respirator. For healthcare workers who have a very high exposure risk, OSHA recommends that in setting stockpiling goals, employers consider the number of daily aerosol-generating procedures each employee might assist with. In February 2007, the DOL and the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance on preparing workplaces for an influenza pandemic. The DOL, in its report yesterday, said it would publish a final version of its stockpiling guidance as an appendix to the earlier recommendations. Request for comments instructions and link Receiving a pandemic vaccine would not modify an employee’s need for a mask or respirator. Community mitigation efforts would reduce illness rates in communities to about 15%. Finally, OSHA advises healthcare employers to factor masks for patients with flu-like illnesses into stockpiling plans to contain the virus and protect employees. The document, issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), offers tips on estimating the needed quantity and resulting costs of the equipment on the basis of employees’ exposure risks. The DOL said it is seeking public comment on the proposed guidance. Instructions for submitting comments appeared in the Federal Register on May 9; the deadline is July 8, 2008. May 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) The US Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday released proposed guidance on stockpiling respirators and facemasks in the workplace, which encourages employers to stockpile the items because of the likelihood that they will run short during an influenza pandemic. The equipment will be used only during local pandemic waves and during work tasks that might expose employees to people who might be ill. Surgical face masks protect wearers from hazards such as splashes of large droplets of blood or bodily fluids and also trap large respiratory droplets expelled by the wearer, the OSHA document notes. They are inexpensive and typically fit fairly loosely. In contrast, respirators are thicker masks that are designed to fit tightly to the face and block small airborne particles. They must be specially fitted for the wearer. Recognizing that uncertainty about the pandemic severity is a challenge for pandemic planners, OSHA recommends using a few assumptions to ease the setting of stockpiling goals: OSHA’s proposed guidance on workplace stockpiling of respirators and facemasks See also: Feb 8, 2007, CIDRAP News story “New OSHA guidance targets pandemic flu”
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The No. 7 pick in the 2006 MLB draft got the first 21 outs Thursday night. The No. 5 pick came in, got the next two.The No 7 pick has three Cy Young Awards and an MVP and never has suffered a serious arm problem.The No. 5 pick is on his fourth major league franchise and is playing his third role. He also has been betrayed by multiple body parts, like most of those who defy God’s intentions and try to throw baseballs as hard as they can.Brandon Morrow, the No 5, is far more typical than Clayton Kershaw, the No. 7. He is also pitching his way toward a major speaking part in this 2017 Dodger story.He has retired 35 batters, given up four hits, walked one and hit one, and he has struck out 14. No earned runs or any other kind, going into Saturday.Morrow and Pedro Baez are the lead-ins for Kenley Jansen, the closer. He came to camp hat-in-hand, knowing that the Dodgers have the largest welcome mat in baseball.“I could have opted out at a certain date,” Morrow said. “The vibe was good, everybody was welcoming. This team has a chance to get to the playoffs. I haven’t been there yet. It’s kind of a big goal for me.”Nor has Morrow thrown 200 innings in a season, and he is three career wins short of 50, at age 32. “I think I’ve always known I’d be OK after each thing I’ve gone through,” he said, “even though I’ve had every piece of my arm hurt.”When given a chance, he has done extraordinary things.In his first-ever major start, for Seattle, he took a no-hitter two outs deep into the eighth inning against the Yankees. No one had done that since Boston’s Billy Rohr in 1967, 41 years prior.In 2010 with Toronto, Morrow pitched three shutouts, held left-hand batters to a .188 average and, on Aug. 8, became the fourth pitcher since 1954 to strike out 17 in a complete game one-hitter. Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria singled, two out in the ninth.““People were going crazy but I felt a weird emotion at the end,” Morrow said. “I was just gassed. I’d thrown 137 pitches. It was the best game of my life. Then somebody hit me with a Gatorade cooler and nearly knocked me to the ground.”Morrow struck out 12 Yankees in his next start.The next year he led the American League with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.“Elite stuff,” said Alex Anthopoulos, a Dodgers’ assistant general manager who was Toronto’s GM when Morrow was there. “Every time he had a setback, he managed to get back to that.”But in 2009 there was bicep tendinitis. In 2012 there was an oblique strain. In 2013 Morrow suffered an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm.In 2014 there was a torn tendon sheath in a finger. In 2015 came the big one, a right shoulder impingement that required surgery, while he was with San Diego..Although Morrow says he doesn’t always have a “cheery disposition” when the bumps arrive, he got through it with a certain detachment. And, occasionally, amusement. He said the finger rehab was the strangest.“I was stuck in really boring rehab for four months,” he said, “sitting there with a surgeon and a veterinarian. One of the things we did was manipulating a clothespin.“Then right in the middle of rehab from the shoulder, I got valley fever, this fungal pneumonia. I’d lost 10 pounds from the surgery, and now 15 more. Last year was devoted to rehabbing and building myself up. When I got to the Dodgers I was feeling pretty good.”Beyond that, Morrow was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18 and has worn an insulin pump.At the moment he is another example of the Dodgers’ 30-team radar, their sense of when to rescue someone’s career. The Angels are doing much the same thing with 6-foot-9 Alex Meyer, once Minnesota’s top minor league pitcher. Meyer is getting his moving parts together. He gave up one hit in six innings against the Dodgers, although he struggled with control. He could become a rotation fixture, a blue-light special in a game where development is complicated.“Teams draft players and put so much into them, want them to succeed so much,” Anthopoulos said. “Sometimes the pressure builds up. The player goes somewhere else and there’s a clean slate, the expectations are lower.”Gratitude replaces ambition. Morrow seems to savor every loud fastball pop into the mitts of his catchers. “I just like pitching, man,” he said, unnecessarily.
He’s got some talent, but if the Pacers bring back Young and make no moves on Sabonis or Turner, it’ll be tough for Leaf to find a consistent role with this team.Wait till next year: The Pacers will get Oladipo back, and it might take some time for him to get comfortable trusting his body. But once he returns to full capacity, this will again be an exciting team that belongs with, or at least near, the top contenders in the East.How seriously they can be taken as contenders depends largely on how their free-agency situations turn out this summer. Indiana has difficult decisions ahead, but if the Pacers fill the roles around Oladipo wisely, they can be a 50-win team next season. Big issue 1: Whatever happens with the Pacers in terms of personnel changes, the near future hinges on Victor Oladipo recovering from the torn quad tendon he suffered in January. He’s been making progress and posted an Instagram video in late March showing him walking without a brace. There is some confidence he can return to the floor in time for the start of next season.That’s a necessity. Oladipo suffered with a sore knee early in the season and played only 36 games this season, never quite getting into his usual groove, averaging 18.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting (down from 23.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting). Even with that reduced production, the Pacers were 25-11 when he played and 23-23 without him. In clutch situations, without Oladipo, the Pacers simply had no shot creation. Before his injury, Indiana was the top NBA team in clutch-situation efficiency (score within five points with five minutes or fewer to play), with a net rating of plus-29.5. After his injury, they were 21st, at minus-7.3.That showed up in the playoff sweep to the Celtics, with three games featuring clutch situations. The Pacers lost all three, with a net rating of minus-74.4. Godspeed, Victor.OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | MavericksBig issue 2: The Pacers’ two most promising players beyond Oladipo are center Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, who also happens to be a center. At an NBA moment when small lineups are must-haves, having your No. 2 and 3 players both occupy the 5-spot is tricky business.The Pacers got around that by using Sabonis as a sixth man, limiting the time he spent on the floor with Turner. But Sabonis was excellent this year, averaging 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 59.0 percent from the field.Turner (13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, a league-best 2.7 blocks) was very good as well and has developed into a top-tier rim protector while making 38.8 percent of his 3-point shots. Turner signed a contract extension last year that will pay him $72 million over four years, starting next season.Sabonis is eligible for a similar extension this summer, and if a deal is not reached, he could be a restricted free agent next year.The Pacers have a few choices, then. They can anticipate the problem and trade either Turner or Sabonis this summer. They could give the two a chance at coexisting next season and, if the experiment fails, look to make a trade — of either Turner or Sabonis — at the deadline. Or they could keep Sabonis in his sixth-man role.Each choice has its benefits and risks. But the Pacers have two very talented young players and need to figure out how to maximize them.Free-agent outlook: Four of the players in the starting five for the Pacers in the playoffs will be free agents this summer — Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison and Oladipo’s fill-in, Wes Matthews. Their seventh and eighth men, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans, are also free agents.That’s six major free agents on the market for Indiana. Oladipo, Turner and Sabonis are the only regulars under contract for next year.That’s a pretty good trio, and it would make sense for the Pacers to seek out a max-level free agent to lure to Indiana. But for guys like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, the Pacers just do not figure to be major players.So which players will we be back? The Pacers could keep one of Matthews or Evans at a reasonable price. Neither was exceptional in Indiana, but they’re decent veteran pieces. Certainly, the Pacers don’t need both and could look to fill the bench-scorer’s role with someone else entirely.The Pacers will also have decisions to make at point guard. There was a sense that Aaron Holiday would take over the starting role by the end of the season, but he was not ready for the job, and Collison played very well. Cory Joseph is a so-so backup option.Collison turns 32 this summer, but his performance warrants a decent contract, and perhaps even a starting role somewhere. How much would Indiana be willing to commit to him, knowing that the team wants to transition to Holiday? And would Collison be willing to accept a role that is built around that transition? NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | Picks from first round to FinalsOr do the Pacers take a swing at a local guy who will be on the move this summer — Memphis’ Mike Conley? Conley started at Lawrence North High School and could be had for minimal return. But the Pacers would have to take on the remaining two years and $67 million of his contract, a tough pill to swallow for a guy who has had injury issues.The two forward spots will present the Pacers with their biggest challenge. Both Young and Bogdanovic have been critical parts of the Pacers’ rise the past two seasons, with Young as the gritty glue guy and Bogdanovic as the X-factor wing scorer who complements Oladipo.But both are 30. Young can probably be had at a reasonable price, and it would be a surprise if the Pacers let him walk. Even if starting Sabonis means moving Young to the bench, he is still a terrific role player.Bogdanovic, though, had a career year, averaging 18.0 points on 49.7 percent shooting, making 42.5 percent of his 3s. He will be a commodity on the market this summer, especially for those teams flush with cap space who miss out on the top free agents.He could get an overpay offer in the three-year, $70 million range, and it’s hard to imagine the Pacers doling out that kind of money for a 30-year-old whose best season happened to come ahead of free agency.Much will depend on the market, of course. The Pacers won’t bring back all six free agents. Two or three should return, which might give some opportunities to the team’s younger guys.The young folks: We’ve covered the Sabonis-Turner dilemma, and both will be 23 to start next season. There’s some youth to be excited about there.Holiday averaged 5.9 points and 1.7 assists in 12.9 minutes this season, getting erratic playing time. His name came up in trade rumors in February, and though the Pacers were never close to moving him, the rumors were a reflection on how other teams valued him.But coach Nate McMillan was trying to maximize this season for the Pacers, and that meant Holiday just didn’t see the floor much. He played 20-plus minutes only 14 times this year. It’s an open question as to whether that was just McMillan being typically tough on a rookie or if he saw something he didn’t like from Holiday.MORE: McMillan says Pacers could “look different next season”It’s a safe bet Holliday will get a chance at the starting job next season, unless the team does pursue a top-line point guard like Conley.The Pacers also got some decent signs from second-year forward T.J. Leaf, though it’s difficult to say what, exactly, Leaf will be as an NBA player. He entered the league as a stretch-4, having made 46.6 percent of his 3s in one year at UCLA, but here in his second NBA year, the Pacers wanted him to focus on his post-up game — 31 percent of his shots were 3s as a rookie, but only 17 percent in Year 2.
Joanna said she’ll be attending KentState University in the fall and is focused onfeeding all of her interests. Students who attended the workshop were broken up into small groups; they began the day interviewing such political leaders as assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-11) and Serena DiMaso (R-13), Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and a number of municipal mayors, council and committeewomen and school board members. Neptune Township High School studentJoanna Georges said the program has playedan integral role in her college planning. “I don’t want to be defined by anyone or pigeonhole myself. I have a dream, I have my interests and I have a goal to use whatever business platform I have to make an impact. But I am interested in politics, too. Who knows? Maybe I will run for office one day. But I don’t have to know right now. I can still be a leader in my community,” Joanna added. That was the sentiment expressed by a group of leading political women from the municipal, county and state levels who gathered at Monmouth Regional High School April 4 for the 13th annual Running & Winning event, a workshop for female high school juniors from around Monmouth County led by the League of Women Voters. “I never thought I would be a mayor someday,” Le Grice added. “I changed my mind about the path I was on halfway through my life. It’s never too late to experience everything you want to pursue.” “These young women are 16 years old.No one knows what they want to be whenthey’re 16. Don’t limit yourself. It’s okay tochange your mind and pursue everythingyou want in this life,” Le Grice said. “Youdon’t know who you want to be at 16 or 18 oreven 20. Heck, I’m still waiting to grow up.” Some of the students who attend the program may be motivated to follow a political path, but the program’s co-founder Sherri Harris said the program is intended to inspire participants to be impactful in whatever they choose to do. Fair Haven councilwoman Susan Sorensen said she never intended to toss her hat into the political ring. Sixty junior girls from high schools around Monmouth County gathered at Monmouth Regional High School for the 13th annual Running & Winning event. The League of Women Voters’ initiative brought a number of elected women to speak to the students and inspire them to lead impactful lives.Courtesy Aimee Humphreys A successful businesswoman in the telecommunications industry, Sorensen moved to the Two River area in 1998 with her husband Peter Maher – former head of the borough’s zoning board – and said a greater sense of community service led her to run for the council. Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice said she hopes a byproduct of the day-long workshop is that the young women in attendance will be empowered to follow their dreams – all of them. TINTON FALLS – Don’t limit yourself. “One of the things we recognize is thatnot every young woman who comes to usis going to run for political office. But whatwe hope it will do is show them they have avoice. They have the ability to collaborate.And they have an opportunity to impact theworld in a meaningful way,” Harris said. “Wehope they develop an awareness that theyare part of a bigger community. And theydon’t have to sacrifice any one experience.” “After work I started going to meetings. I began volunteering on a committee here and committee there. I was always involved, but I was never a political person. Politics are not for me,” Sorensen said. “But if you’re the right person for the job, you’re the right person. And when the opportunity presented itself for me to try and make a difference, I couldn’t let it pass.” Next the groups selected an issue ranging from mental health to global warming and worked alongside their group members on a public presentation for their peers about how to facilitate positive change in a school community. “I’m a very business-oriented person and I love fashion a lot. My goal is to be a fashion entrepreneur, but I still want to positively impact the people around me,” said Joanna, a senior who went through the workshop last year and returned last week in a mentoring role. After graduating from Elmira College in New York, Le Grice became a flight attendant for American Airlines, a position she held for 32 years, and was an active member of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “It was an empowering feeling to be working through these issues with so many great girls and to see what we could achieve someday by speaking to these powerful women,” Communications High School junior Tess Rempel said. “It was comforting to know that politics may not have been their interest to begin with. Not all of these women thought they’d be where they are today. But somewhere along the way their paths diverged and they saw an opportunity to make a bigger difference.”
Second place went to David Jamieson with a 16.5 pound Rainbow with Rick Carlson finishing third.Bruce McIntosh from Genelle placed first, winning $2,000 in the Dolly competition. McIntosh landed a 14-pound Dolly.Second place went to Kirk Daley with John York taking home third.Once again this derby was a tremendous success say derby officials, far surpassing even their own high expectations. Hector Sandoval of Creston is $10-grand richer after walking away with the top prize at the Kootenay Lake BC Family Day Fishing Derby Monday.The event, hosted by Canadian Training Resources, by not only tossing out $30,000 in prizes but also donated 80 pounds of fresh fish to the local food bank in Creston.Sandoval won the top prize by landing an 18-pound (34-5/8 inches) Rainbow Trout. This year derby organizers asked fishermen to donate the fish they entered in the derby to the local food bank. Bonus prizes were given throughout the weekend including a fishing trip for two to the West Coast, a fishing trip to northern Saskatchewan, and an outboard motor as well as many smaller prizes of gift cards donated by local sponsors.To see all the prize winners go to http://www.ctrcanadaderby.com/
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, on Thursday, felicitated the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) achievers in the fields of academics, sports and science.According to a press release, meritorious students along with their parents were invited for a three-day event involving a heritage walk, preparation of an e-book and participation in the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort. The group included 0.1 per cent students from every subject with declared parental income less than Rs 50, 000 per annum (877 students); top students who were part of 24 teams of science exhibition – 2013 (48 students) and students who excelled in CBSE sports competitions-2013 (149 students).A personally signed message by the prime minister was given to the awardees that had arrived from 20 states and belonged to various disciplines such as Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Carom, Football, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kho-Kho, Rope Skipping, Skating, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, and Aerobics.A total of 1, 074 students were invited. Due to the candidates’ pre-planned academic schedule, the board received confirmation from 515 students including 404 from academics, 95 from sports and 16 from science exhibition.Recently, the HRD Ministry has also announced an increase of 40 per cent in the stipend for student apprentices.
Noting that the programme is working, he urged citizens to continue to provide information to the police. He said there should be “no space left in communities for criminals to operate”. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that 21 of the island’s most wanted persons have been apprehended under the Fugitive Apprehension Programme since July 2017. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that 21 of the island’s most wanted persons have been apprehended under the Fugitive Apprehension Programme since July 2017.The programme provides a reward of $1 million to individuals who supply information that leads to the capture of wanted persons.Noting that the programme is working, he urged citizens to continue to provide information to the police. He said there should be “no space left in communities for criminals to operate”.Minister Montague was speaking at the opening of the Green Acres police post in St. Catherine on Thursday (March 15). The facility is located in the Green Acres Commercial Car Park.Health Minister and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, where Green Acres is located, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the facility fills an important gap that exists in the area.He told the gathering that the design plan for a new 20-man station is advanced and is before the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation.He argued that the station is necessary, given the expansion in population in the area and further development that is slated for the community.Dr. Tufton pledged to provide resources from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF), among other means, to support the project.“We are going to make these parts safer against deviants; we have no place for that in this community,” he said.Earlier, head of the Police Area 5, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Derrick Knight, said the community has been experiencing stability in the last few months.He reported that there have been frequent police patrols and arrests of suspects. Minister Montague was speaking at the opening of the Green Acres police post in St. Catherine on Thursday (March 15). The facility is located in the Green Acres Commercial Car Park. Story Highlights
Major Rohingya refugee camp populations in Bangladesh. AFPA plan to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar is premature and the refugees are “terrified” about leaving Bangladesh where they sought refuge, dozens of aid agencies working in the region said Friday.More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state after a heavyhanded army crackdown in August last year that survivors say involved mass rape and extrajudicial killings.UN officials say the country’s military leaders should be investigated for genocide but Myanmar has rebuffed the calls, arguing it was only defending itself against Rohingya militants who attacked police posts.Both Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation agreement in November last year to allow Rohingya to return but many fear going back without guarantees of citizenship, freedom of movement and safety.However the governments confirmed in recent weeks that they were pushing ahead with the first large-scale repatriation set for mid-November, prompting an outcry from activists who say conditions on the ground in Rakhine are not adequate to take the refugees back.Rohingya Camp”They are terrified about what will happen to them if they are returned to Myanmar now, and distressed by the lack of information they have received,” the group of 42 aid agencies and civil society groups said in a statement that referred to the push as “dangerous.””They fled to Bangladesh to seek safety and they are very grateful to the Government of Bangladesh for giving them a safe haven.”Oxfam, World Vision and Save the Children were among the groups working in Myanmar and Bangladesh that signed the statement.They said refugees fear living in enclosed settlements like the one in central Rakhine state, where more than 120,000 Rohingya have been confined to camps for six years since intercommunal violence erupted in the region in 2012.Myint Khaing, the Maungdaw township administrator in northern Rakhine, told AFP that November 15 is the estimated repatriation start date and that the plan is to receive more than 2,200 people in total at a rate of 150 per day.But he seemed unsure if it would go ahead.”We can confirm only on the 15th whether the people from our given list are coming or not,” he said.Northern Rakhine has been largely sealed off since the crackdown except for tightly organised government trips for media and senior visiting diplomats.The UN has been granted access to the area to assess conditions on the ground but the approvals have been slow and the amount of territory accessible has been limited.Authorities in Bangladesh worry that Rohingya may once again risk travelling to other parts of Southeast Asia by boat, a route previously popular with those seeking economic opportunities outside the grim camps.This week Bangladesh’s coast guard rescued 33 Rohingyas and detained six alleged human traffickers from a fishing trawler headed for Malaysia in the Bay of Bengal.