Dash raises funds for charity

first_imgEven though the course looked decorated for Halloween, the participants in Psi Chi’s “Monster Dash” 5K weren’t ghouls and goblins, although some were dressed in costumes. Psi Chi, Saint Mary’s international psychology honor society, held the Halloween-themed race Sunday, complete with decorations along the course and optional costumes. The race included more than 250 participants running and walking Saint Mary’s nature trails. Psi Chi donated all proceeds to A Rosie Place, a center for medically fragile children. “I participated because I really like to do races, especially for a good cause like A Rosie Place,” said sophomore participant Whitney Thiel. “It’s a great chance to become involved in the community. Plus, I love running, and enjoyed sharing the experience with my friends.” Senior Lauren Easton, Psi Chi president, met with other officers at the beginning of the year to decide on service events for the club. Being a cross country runner for Saint Mary’s, she suggested the idea of a 5K race. Another officer, Leanna Perez, recommended A Rosie Place as the fund raising organization. A Rosie Place assists children who require feeding tubes, wheel chairs, walkers or even oxygen, Tieal Bishop, O’Hana Heritage Foundation’s executive director, said. Children are invited to stay in the building, which is set up like a house and is hospital certified. O’Hana Heritage Foundation built this safe haven for children in 2008. “Rosie Place is the first to serve this population of medically fragile children in the state of Indiana,” Bishop said. the Registration fees and donations from Monster Dash have the potential to benefit more than 2,000 children, Bishop said. An exact dollar amount of the total donation to A Rosie Place has not been calculated because donations are still being received. Easton said she estimates a total of more than $1,000 raised for the charity. “I just wanted to extend a tremendous ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped out today — runners, walkers and also the volunteers. Everyone had a part in making this day a sensation,” Easton said after the race. “We look forward to visiting A Rosie Place and presenting them with the final donation. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves out on the course.”last_img read more

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Guatemalan Army Fights Transnational Crime with Renovated Armored Vehicles

first_imgShortly thereafter in mid-2013, Guatemala created its Marine Infantry Brigade and the Tecún Umán IATF. The effort received international support, including backing from the United States, which has donated 82 Jeep J8 armored vehicles, 25 pick-ups and nine trucks for the Tecún Umán and Chortí IATF units. Those vehicles have been continuously deployed in the fight against drug cartels, human smugglers and transnational criminal organizations; their speed and maneuverability on uneven terrain in border areas have made them integral to the Task Forces and the Army’s success, according to Colonel Bartres García. International cooperation In the early 1980s, at the height of the internal conflict, the Armed Forces devised and produced their own Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), a 4×4 reinforced vehicle called the Armadillo, which resembles the American Commando LAV-100. Also known as the Cusuco, the Armadillo was ideal for urban warfare and for flat terrains in certain areas of the country. It could be equipped with .50 manually operated turrets, and, more importantly, could resist the guerrillas’ rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). Since then, on January 23, a Tecún Umán IATF-led operation resulted in the interdiction of 12.7 tons of amphetamines valued at nearly $1.2 billion. Troops found the drugs in a shack in the city of La Blanca, in the department of San Marcos, which borders Mexico. In just a few months after its creation, the Tecún Umán IATF, which has a fleet of 42 J8s, dismantled nine criminal structures in the northern part of the country before dealing several more blows against international smugglers and drug traffickers in 2014. From 1996 — the year the Guatemalan Civil War ended — until 2014, the use of armored vehicles by the Guatemalan Army declined considerably, Colonel Bartres García said. Guatemala’s Marine Infantry Brigade, the Tecún Umán Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), and the Chortí IATF have used a fleet of modified light armored vehicles and Toyota pick-up trucks to strike several major blows against organized crime groups that traffic drugs and humans through the country’s borders with Mexico and Honduras. The Guatemalan Armed Forces armored and modified the trucks. “The monopoly of force that the State has accrued with these vehicles has significantly contributed to our mission,” Colonel Ader Bartres García, Commander of the Armed Forces’ Marine Infantry Brigade, said on July 1 during a presentation at the 4th Annual Latin America Armored Vehicles Conference, in Bogotá, Colombia. Use of armored vehicles declined after civil conflict ended By Dialogo July 23, 2015 What use are armies? To provoke underdevelopment in countries, kill innocent people, now for drug traffickers, how nice, isn’t it. Crime in Latin America is a dangerous reality for those who are healthy and productive. The problem in Venezuela is not related to war, what bothers us is the lack of food. The Guatemalan Army, working together with the Navy, Air Force, and National Police, is using a fleet of renovated armored vehicles to combat transnational crime and guard the country’s borders. Meanwhile in southern Guatemala, the Chortí IATF, whose fleet is made up of 46 J8s, has teamed with their Honduran counterparts as part of the binational Maya-Chortí Task Force. The collaboration reaped success in April 2015, about a month after it was formed, when forces captured 15 suspects and identified 62 drug and human-trafficking routes used by criminal organizations in the border region. The Army used Armadillos until the end of the Civil War, when the government reduced its budget and Troop numbers; it didn’t need armored vehicles again until around 2012, when drug-trafficking organizations, including some Mexican cartels such as Los Zetas and La Familia Michoacana, increased their operations in Guatemala, using the country as a transshipment point for drug loads from South America. The new threats posed by these transnational criminal organizations prompted the government to considerably increase the Army’s size and budget, and to create inter-institutional groups capable of guaranteeing public security in border departments such as Petén, San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Quiché, El Progreso, Chiquimula and Izabal. last_img read more

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Arsenal in talks to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 4:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.5kShares Arsenal in talks to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk Arsenal are said to be in talks to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over the signing of Mykola Matviyenko, according to the defender’s agent.Mikel Arteta is keen to improve his defensive options before the end of the January transfer window following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury.Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano have both been linked with a move to the Gunners this month.But it has now been claimed that Arsenal have begun negotiations with Shakhtar over a potential deal for Matviyenko.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Mykola Matviyenko played against Manchester City in the Champions League earlier this season (Getty Images)‘Recently, my colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of the Arsenal, and have had meetings,’ Matviyenko’s agent, Yuriy Danchenko, told Ukrainian media.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The Gunners’ hierarchy have already contacted [Shakhtar], and we hope that these negotiations will succeed.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 23-year-old came through Shakhtar’s academy and made his first-team debut for the Ukrainian club in 2015.Matviyenko, who has been capped 20 times by Ukraine, has also been linked with a move to Manchester City having played against them in the Champions League earlier this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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Girls on the Run Maine, DEFY programs to begin in September

first_imgELLSWORTH — September is set to be a big month for local fitness efforts in Ellsworth with Girls on the Run Maine and the Down East Family YMCA starting a few annual programs.On Monday, Sept. 2, DEFY will begin its September fitness schedule. Among the Y’s offerings this year are the preschool “Wiggle your Waggles” (open to all Y day cares and just $1 apiece for children ages 3-5) from 10:30-11 a.m. on Mondays and a new cardio kickboxing class from 6:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays.The following Monday, Sept. 9, Girls on the Run Maine will begin its 2019 campaign with its first session of the year at DEFY. The program, which offers lessons “designed to build girls’ self-worth and help them feel greater confidence in who they are,” will be held every Monday and Tuesday through mid-November.Registration for Girls on the Run is available online via the Maine chapter’s website. For more information about the program, contact Kim Formby at [email protected] is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Row over Popular Vote between PNP and PDM

first_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 17, 2017 –  The Elections Office has not yet stepped in to end the row over how the popular vote was officially split in the Turks and Caicos; meanwhile there continues to be contributions by both of the major parties on who the majority of voter support went to despite this having absolutely no bearing on the outcome of a General Election in the Turks and Caicos.National Chairman and PNP Appointed member to the House of Assembly, Royal Robinson in a statement just after the new year pointed out to the General Public and to the PDM Administration that they ought to watch their steps and deliver true change, because most of the voters did not vote for them; Hon Robinson:  “The overall final tally of the votes cast at both the individual district level, as well as that of the All Island District, show that the PDM got 48% of those votes, while those entities that included the PNP, PDA and Independents got 52%.”  Robinson called it a Pyrrhic victory, adding that the way electors voted was not in total repudiation of the PNP.On the opening of the 2017 Legal Year, PDM National Chairman and elected member for Cheshire Hall, Hon Doug Parnell chimed in with comments that say something starkly different.  He spoke to media.   “Not only is Mr. Robinson wrong on his statistics, he is not offering the PNP and his supporters any hope.  What happened is the people overwhelmingly voted for change, and if you look at the numbers in the constituencies, if you add up the constituency votes from ED1 to ED 10, the People’s Democratic Movement secured 51.3 percent I believe of the popular vote, it was a decisive victory.  Where as the PNP, in those constituencies only secured 42 percent,  or a little over 42 percent of the vote.”Magnetic Media has been in touch with the Elections Office on several occasions about this missing information; there has been no clarity offered as yet as a matter of official public record.center_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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SD District Attorneys office forms special unit to prosecute animal cruelty

first_img May 30, 2018 Sasha Foo Posted: May 30, 2018 Sasha Foo, SD District Attorney’s office forms special unit to prosecute animal cruelty 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County District Attorney’s office is launching its first unit dedicated to the prosecution of crimes involving animal cruelty.The new unit, the first of its kind in the county, will work as an arm of the Family Protection Division which also handles crimes involving child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.District Attorney Summer Stephan said that animal abuse cases often serve as an early indicator that a person is developing a pattern of seeking power and control through abusing others.The D.A. said 13% of the office’s animal cruelty cases also involve a defendant with a history of domestic violence.“When animals in a home are abused or neglected, it is a warning sign that others in the household may be in danger,” Stephan said.According to the D.A., 70 percent of animal abusers also have records for other crimes. Veteran prosecutor Karra Reedy will be the head of the new unit.“I tend to see these days a lot more violent cases where people are just outright being violent to animals; stomping them, kicking them and breaking their bones,” Reedy said.When we asked her why this is occurring, she replied, ” I wish I could answer that question. I think if we could answer that question, we’d be able to prevent a lot of animal abuse or violent crime on people, for that matter.”Prosecutors will partner with police, Sheriff’s deputies, the Department of Animal Service, animal control officers and the San Diego Humane Society to hold abusers accountable.The San Diego Humane Society will collaborate with the D.A.’s office on cases of animal cruelty in the city of San Diego, starting July 1. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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