first_imgPeopleOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Paul Appleyard has been appointed equality and diversity manager, specialisingin disability issues, at Barclays Bank’s global headquarters in London. He overcame visual problems to gain the CIPD Postgraduate Diploma atDoncaster College’s Dearne Valley Business School (DVBS). Appleyard is registered as blind due to macular degeneration, a conditionwhich reduces all but his peripheral vision. “I can just about make outthe top letter on a typical eye chart,” he says. He went into banking when he was 18 and became an HR adviser, but herealised to progress any further he’d have to become a graduate member of theCIPD. Barclay’s gave him the time off to study and subsequently, he completed aone-year Certificate in Personnel Practice, followed by the two-yearpostgraduate diploma. The CIPD, DVBS and Appleyard himself, all had to climb a steep learningcurve to adapt the course to his additional needs, but were helped by fundingfrom the college’s student support scheme. “At first I got little more than enlarged photocopies. But over time,things got much better and the additional help I received was reflected in verygood grades during the final year. It became clear that a little more help forme was also going to benefit the staff and future disabled students in the longrun,” he says. “I use a voice input system to operate my computer and closed circuitTV to produce an enlarged image on the monitor of anything I need to read athome,” he explains. “I regard my job now as focusing on people’s abilities, and promotingthe concept of the ‘differently able’. You have to concentrate on what you cando, and when you meet a barrier, either climb it, bypass it or break itdown.” CV2001 Equality and diversity manager, Barclays Bank1997 HR adviser, Barclays Bank1993 Business banker, Barclays BankOn the moveSarah Fisher has joined car manufacturer Toyota as the new personnel andtraining director. She replaces Gary Birney who left the firm after eight years.Fisher joins the group from Siemens Business Services, where she was HRdirector. Prior to this, she held a variety of personnel management trainingand development roles within ICL (now Fujitsu).  Reporting to managing director Graham Smith, she will beresponsible for personnel, training and development strategy. Mike Russell has joined business process firm Vertex to lead on recruitmentactivities for all senior roles. He joins the group after a varied career as asenior HR professional at ICL (now Fujitsu). Russell will be responsible forall aspects of senior recruitment, including creating new techniques, enhancingexisting systems and building stronger external relationships for futurerecruitment activities. Morgan Cole has promoted employment law specialist Wendy Leydon to becomethe eighth partner at the legal firm. Leydon joined the company in 1988,qualifying as a solicitor the following year and specialising indiscrimination, collectives and strategic HR issues. She moves from being headof the law firm’s employment team in Reading and will be based at thepractice’s Oxford office. Following three other promotions, Morgan Cole now hasa total of 82 partners. last_img read more

Haulage workforce set to influence new fleet design

first_imgHaulage workforce set to influence new fleet designOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Staff at haulage firm Christian Salvesen are involved in choosing its nextfleet of lorries and influencing truck design, thanks to a new initiative. The company organised a fleet evaluation day in Stoke, where 50 workers from17 of its depots talked directly with officials from seven manufacturers abouthow they would like to see truck design evolve. Ray Barnes, HR director at Christian Salvesen, said the idea came aboutafter an internal communications survey last year. “They [the drivers] were really keen to know about the vehicles we werepurchasing,” he said. Barnes said the fleet evaluation day was developed to include drivers,trainers and warehouse workers. He added that the manufacturers were eager to hear what the staff atChristian Salvesen had to say. The evaluations will directly determine the purchase of 200 vehicles overthe next year. “There are good commercial reasons for doing this. If people feelinvolved they get more satisfaction, which leads to better customer service andimproved profitability,” Barnes said. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

first_imgBaylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:Baylor ( ) isrecognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health sciencecenters and is known for excellence in education, research, andhealthcare and community service. Located in the heart of theworld’s largest medical center ( Texas MedicalCenter ), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational,healthcare and research affiliates ( Baylor Affiliates).SummaryThis faculty position with the Department of Family & CommunityMedicine will provide patient care at various practices as afloater as needed on a part-time hourly basis. The physician willbe expected to cover a minimum of 32 hours per month to continueemployment.Job DutiesDuties include direct patient care and occasional participation inthe teaching of medical students. It is essential for the facultymember to practice evidence-based medicine with emphasis onoutcomes. Rank is commensurate with experience.Meet or exceed all quality indicators as developed and assigned bythe department and community health program performance improvementcommittee.Minimum QualificationsFor further information or questions, please contact Roger Zoorob,MD at [email protected] College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.3539CA; CHlast_img read more

Adjunct Instructor – PEH Adjunct- First Aid

first_imgPosition Details Posting NumberADJ00066PU Master’s Degree with concentration in physical education, thehealth sciences or a closely related field.Must be able to demonstrate the Morton College core values ofcompassion, fairness, respect, responsibility, tolerance andtruth. Position End Date (if temporary) Preferred Qualifications Desired Start Date01/14/2019 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeOptional DocumentsCover LetterTranscriptsLetters of RecommendationCurriculum VitaeEvaluations (for Faculty)Other The adjunct instructor will teach¬ First Aid to a diverse studentpopulation. These courses will be offered during the day andevening. The responsibilities and duties of the instructor maychange as the needs of the college arise. Job Summary Salary RangeDetermined by the CBA * What is the highest degree completed?H.S. DiplomaAssociatesBachelorsMastersPhD Open Until FilledNo * How did you learn about this employment opportunity?Morton ‘careers’ websiteInternal postingMonsterCareerbuilderInside Higher EdHigher Ed jobsHACUnewspaper/trade journalLinkedIn Reports To and Evaluated byAssociate Dean of Arts and Sciences * Do you have a certificate to teach First Aid?YesNo Posting Details Close Date Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Specific Job Duties Required Qualifications Open Date12/04/2018 3 years or more of previous community college or universityteaching experience. Job TitleAdjunct Instructor – PEH Adjunct- First Aid • Utilize departmental syllabus template, approved textbooks, andsupplemental course materials.• Submit personalized course syllabus to Deans’ Office inelectronic format one (1) week prior to course start date.• Distribute and review comprehensive course syllabus to studentsno later than the first week of the course.• Receive, understand, and follow Course Data Form as distributedby Deans’ Office.• Adhere to printed course schedule meeting times andlocations.• Obtain prior approval for any substitute teachers or guestspeakers from Deans’ Office.• Maintain grade book in electronic or hard copy format.• Take and record student Attendance each day.• Submit accurate and certified Tenth (10th) Day AttendanceVerification and Mid-Semester Class Roster or other report toDeans’ Office• Give final exam at the time and date indicated on the college’sFinal Exam Schedule.• Respond to e-mails from students, staff, and collegeadministrators in a timely manner while classes are in sessionusing assigned college designated e-mail.• Check assigned college mailbox regularly.• Perform other duties and special projects as assigned Special Instructions to Applicantslast_img read more

Ellis Park update: Crews Still Working On Water Main Break

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Crews continue to work on the water main break that occurred at Ellis Park late Saturday afternoon and forced the track to close Sunday. The break has disrupted water flow to the grandstand and clubhouse areas.Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork said the stable area has access to water, with water trucks filled from a different pump. That allowed the track surface to be properly watered and maintained for Sunday training and to provide for the horses’ care, he said.“The leak is being worked on by professional crews,” Bork said. “Hopefully we’ll have a solution by end of the day. The plan is to resume live racing on Friday.”Simulcast wagering and the historical horse racing gaming operation is closed until further notice, he said.Ellis Park will provide updates as information becomes available.Ellis Park has three remaining race dates: Friday Aug. 31, Sunday Sept. 2 and Labor Day, Sept. 3. There is no live racing on Saturday Sept. 1 to accommodate the opening of Kentucky Downs’ race meet.last_img read more

Vanderburgh Democrats August 2019 Newsletter

first_img Women’s Equality Day LuncheonFriday, August 2311:30amOld National Events Plaza715 Locust St., Evansville, IN 47708This luncheon commemorates the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote in America!Our two esteemed keynote speakers are Republican State SenatorVaneta Becker, and Democratic State Senator Jean Breaux. The ladies will speak about how they have crossed party lines to work together in the Indiana Legislature.Vaneta Becker has represented Hoosiers from southwest Indiana since her election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1981. Becker served in the House until elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2005, where she serves Senate District 50, which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. Becker serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Public Policy and is a member of the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services.Jean Breaux was elected to the State Senate in December of 2006 and elected Assistant Democratic Leader by the Senate Democratic Caucus in 2012. Breaux formerly served as Assistant Democratic Caucus Chair. Breaux is a member of the Indiana Recycling Market Development Board and the State Workforce Innovation Council. She is appointed to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.Sponsorship levels begin at $500 for a table.Individual tickets are $50.Additional Sponsorship opportunities and ticket information can be found at awards will be presented this year to celebrate individuals who have shown exemplary service and motivational leadership.The Unsung Hero Award recognizes an individual for tireless service. The Inspirational Leadership Award recognizes an individual for being a change agent.Nominations are being accepted for these awards at special event is open to all; we look forwarding to seeing you! Please share with your friends. Want one of these?You, yes,YOU can become a Card-Carrying Member of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party by contributing $20 through ActBlue. Help support local Democratic candidates and build the Party. Mon, August 194:30 – 5:30pmLegislative Town Hall TourSheet Metal Workers Local 20, 1301 W. Franklin St., Evansville Tues, August 273:00pmVanderburgh County Commissioners MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville This is an opportunity to meet with the new Chair and leadership team of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party to share thoughts and ideas on how we can make our party stronger together. Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Central CommitteeChair: Edie HardcastleVice Chair: Nick IaccarinoTreasurer: Cheryl SchultzSecretary: Melissa Moore Mon, August 125:30pmEvansville City Council MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville Mon, August 265:30pmEvansville City Council MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville Meet the Candidates: Warrick County Tuesday, August 205:30 – 7:00pmThe Tin Fish707 State StreetNewburghJoin us for a reception supporting Councilwoman Allyson Claybourn and introducing candidates running in Newburgh this fall! Meet Nannette Angel, Newburgh Clerk-Treasurer; Steve Shoemaker (candidate for District 1); and John Mattingly (candidate for District 4), and hear about their vision for Newburgh. Suggested contributions are $50, but all donations are welcome. We will have complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. This is a kid friendly event, so feel free to bring your little ones! Tues, August 136:00pmChat with the ChairRed Bank Branch Library New Vanderburgh County Democratic Central Committee officers are, from left: Secretary Melissa Moore, Treasurer Cheryl Schultz, Chair Edie Hardcastle, and Vice Chair Nick Iaccarino A FundraiserforBen TrockmanAlex BurtonZac HeronemusandKaitlin Moore Morley!Thursday, August 85:30 – 8:00pmKevin’s Backstage Bar and Grill524 Main St., EvansvilleCome out and support 4 passionate and community-minded candidates for Evansville City Council!★ Host: $500★ Cohost: $250★ Attend: $50Food included. Cash bar.Contributions shall be split equally between the four candidates.Contact [email protected] for sponsorship info.Checks should be written to “Victory Fund” with the memo of “4 under 40” and can be sent to: Victory Fund PAC, P.O. Box 3034, Evansville, Indiana 47735. Fri, August 912:00pmMissy Mosby’s Day at the RacesEllis Park Racetrack, 3300 US-41, Henderson, KY Join Hoosier Democrats at the 139th annual IDEA Convention in French Lick, IN from August 22-24, 2019!Visit for more details.See you on the porch!center_img August 22 – 24139th Annual IDEA ConventionFrench Lick, IN Thurs, August 84:30pmEvansville Public Library BoardCentral Library Board Room, 3rd floor ***Attention Candidates***Catch up on the Indiana Democrats’ series of webinars on a variety of topics. This series is dedicated to training candidates to get them ready to run in the 2019 municipal elections. covered include:How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar)Campaign Finance (Anna Foster)Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas)Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle)Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle)Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson)Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson)Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb)Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster)How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard) AUGUST 2019 EVENTS OF INTEREST DATETIMEEVENTLOCATION Tues, August 63:00pmVanderburgh County Commissioners MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville Thurs, August 85:30 – 8:00pm 4 Under 40, a fundraiser for Ben Trockman, Alex Burton, Zac Heronemus, and Kaitlin Moore MorleyKevin’s Backstage Bar and Grill, 524 Main St., Evansville Vanderburgh County Democratic Party–  Newsletter  –August 2019 Tues, August 133:00pmVanderburgh County Commissioners MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Missy Mosby’s Day at the RacesEllis Park Raceway3300 US-41, Henderson, KYFriday, August 912:00pm$100 Exacta Package1 admission to the Skybox Theatre (includes ticket & buffet)$250 Trifecta Package3 admissions to the Skybox Theatre (includes 3 tickets & buffet)$500 Superfecta Package6 admissions to the Skybox Theatre (includes 6 tickets & buffet)Please come out to show your support for Missy Mosby’s re-election to the Second Ward and enjoy a great day at Ellis Park Race Course! Buffet will be served from noon to 2pm and this is included in your price of admission. Blanket race will be held in memory of Missy’s uncle, Red Mosby. Together, we will continue to make great things happen in our 2nd Ward!Missy appreciates your continued support and as a team, we can continue to accomplish great things in Evansville!Missy Mosby works for YOU!#TeamSecondWardPlease make checks payable to:Committee to Re-Elect Missy Mosby2722 Pollack AvenueEvansville, IN47714 Tues, August 136:00 – 7:00pmYoung Democrats Monthly MeetingEvansville Central Library Large Group Room A Letter From The Chair:I am excited to announce the new leadership team for the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party.  On Wednesday July 24, Precinct Committeepersons gathered to elect new officers.  I am honored to succeed our previous Chair, Scott Danks. I want to extend to him my sincere thanks for his hard work and dedication to the Democratic Party. Our new Vice Chair is Nick Iaccarino who is a native of Evansville and has been an active participant in party politics. Nick brings with him a skillset that includes fundraising and candidate recruitment. Cheryl Schultz will transition from Secretary to Treasurer. In addition to campaign finance experience, Cheryl has expertise in event planning and staffing elections. Melissa Moore will join us as Secretary.  Melissa is a veteran, an author and a radio host. She will bring her talents to bear on communications and outreach.  And Alex Burton, candidate for City Council Ward 4, has taken the role of Political Director, responsible for developing and communicating our political messaging as well as building relationships between the Party, our elected officials and allied organizations. Our team will be spearheading working groups focused on electing our slate of Democratic candidates in municipal elections this fall. We can’t do it alone, so we invite you to participate. There is something for everyone to do. I look forward to working with you and hearing your input on shaping the future of our party.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime to talk or to meet for coffee.Edie Hardcastle, ChairVanderburgh County Democratic [email protected] Tues, August 205:30 – 7:00pmMeet the Candidates: Warrick CountyThe Tin Fish, 707 State Street, Newburgh This is a Public Event hosted by Indiana AFL-CIOMonday, August 194:30 – 5:30pmSheet Metal Workers Local 201301 W. Franklin St., EvansvilleJoin the Indiana State AFL-CIO leadership as they recap the 2019 Indiana legislative session with State Senator David Niezgodski (UA), State Representative Lisa Beck (USW Household) and State Representative John Bartlett (UAW).RSVP here: Fri, August 2311:30amWomen’s Equality Day LuncheonOld National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St., Evansville Southwest Indiana Young Democrats: Regular Meeting – Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 – 7:00pmJoin us to talk about local political events, volunteer opportunities, and ways for SWINYD members to help our community. Meetings are held in the Large Group Room at EVPL Central from 6-7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. We look forward to seeing you there! Wed, August 218:30 – 9:00amVanderburgh County Council MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansvillelast_img read more

Press release: Rare seventeenth century poetry manuscript at risk of export

first_imgManuscript of works by the poet John Donne is at risk of being lost abroad unless a UK buyer can step in to save it Donne was a contemporary of Shakespeare and one of the best known poets of the Stuart period John Donne is one of the greatest English poets of all time, and this recently-discovered volume contains one of the largest and earliest surviving groups of his verse – all lovingly transcribed by hand. The volume also contains the work of later poets with at least one hitherto unknown poem: making it a testimony to British literary taste over 200 years. It is crying out for detailed investigation, not least because it also contains clues to the identity of its original, possibly female, compiler who would have been a contemporary of Donne. So further research might perhaps shed fresh light on Donne himself and his world. I do hope that the volume can be kept in this country so that its potential can be realised. The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest is an independent body, serviced by The Arts Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on whether a cultural object, intended for export, is of national importance under specified criteria.The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Provenance: This manuscript is one of the five most significant and largest collections of Donne’s works ever to be identified and the most important to emerge in almost half a century. The manuscript includes a range of Donne’s works, including his famous works, ‘The Storm’, ‘The Calm’, ‘The Breake of Daye’ and ‘Sunn Risinge’. Only one poem in Donne’s own hand survives and is today held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Evidence of manuscript copies of Donne’s work are crucial for understanding of his works and his literary reputation.The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) made its recommendation on the grounds of the manuscript’s outstanding significance for the study of John Donne’s poetry, for the story of collectors and literary tastes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and for the study of the dissemination of poetic manuscripts in the period.The decision on the export licence applications for the manuscript will be deferred until 23 August 2019. This may be extended until 23 November 2019 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase the item is made at the recommended price of £466,000.Offers from public bodies for less than the recommended price through the private treaty sale arrangements, where appropriate, may also be considered. Such purchases frequently offer substantial financial benefits to a public institution wishing to acquire.ENDSNotes to editorsOrganisations or individuals interested in purchasing the manuscript should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.Details of the manuscript are as follows:The item is a bound quarto volume containing 139 poems by John Donne and a few additional poems by his contemporaries, possibly in more than one italic hand of c. 1625-35, with corrections and revisions in another hand. The volume also contains 10 lyrics of the mid 17th century and later prose and songs of the 18th century.The volume is 250 x 190mm, comprising 365 pages, some blank and the binding is contemporary gilt panelled calf. Cropped pages in the manuscript indicate that it was bound after the Donne sequence was completed.The hands are unidentified. The majority of the poems, written in one sequence, are by John Donne (1572-1631). The Donne sequence may be in one hand throughout, but subtle differences in instances of the non-professional script might suggest a collaborative domestic production.The date of compilation of the Donne poems is likely, on the evidence of content, the binding and watermarks, to be 1625-35, with the volume continuing to be used until the mid 18th century.The manuscript is unknown to scholars and the wider public and recently resurfaced at Melford Hall in Suffolk. Its earlier history is obscure, although the binding and watermarking suggests a possible Oxford connection. Sir William Parker of Melford Hall, 7th Bt. (1769-1830), (armorial bookplate dating from before his accession to the baronetcy in 1812); thence by family descent. An incredibly rare Stuart manuscript of works by the poet John Donne is at risk of leaving the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the £466,000 asking price.The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today announced a temporary export bar on the work in a bid to save it for the nation.John Donne (1572 – 1631) was an English poet and cleric whose works were widely appreciated and circulated among his contemporaries in manuscript form. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, Donne was one of the best known poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.Donne was ordained in 1615 and became the royal chaplain to King James I. During his lifetime, Donne did not want to be thought of as a poet or author and was said to regret allowing his longer poems to be printed in 1611 and 1612 making this manuscript, a rare early surviving copy of his works.His preference for publishing poems in manuscript form make it difficult to date Donne’s works, however experts believe this copy dates to around 1625. His first full collection of poems was not printed until 1633.At the time of his death in 1631, Donne’s works were highly sought after by his contemporaries, however, by the end of the 17th century, his poems were judged to be undecorous and Donne fell out of favour until the late 19th century when his works were rediscovered. Today he is celebrated as one of the leading Renaissance poets.Committee Member Peter Barber said:last_img read more

Global health leaders advocate for expanding cancer care in developing countries

first_imgOnce thought to be a problem primarily in the developed world, cancer is now a leading cause of death and disability in poorer countries. Almost two-thirds of the 7.6 million cancer deaths in the world occur in low- and middle-income countries.A paper published in the Lancet asserts that the international community must now discard the notion that cancer is a disease of the rich and instead approach it as a global health priority. This call to action paper is authored by Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH); Felicia Knaul, director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) and HMS associate professor of social medicine; Paul Farmer, chair of the HMS department of global health and social medicine; and Lawrence Shulman, chief medical officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and HMS associate professor of medicine at DFCI.Additional authors comprise 19 other leaders from the global health and cancer communities representing the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC), including honorary co-Presidents Lance Armstrong and HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan. GTF.CCC was launched in November of 2009 by HMS, HSPH, HGEI and DFCI.Link to Lancet abstractlast_img read more

Vermont GOP elects officers, McDonald re-elected

first_imgPat McDonald was re-elected to the post of Party Chair, as the Vermont Republican Party held its annual organizational meeting Saturday in Montpelier. The Vermont Republican State Committee members also chose the following Vermonters to serve as VT GOP officers:Paul Carroccio, Vice-ChairMark Snelling, TreasurerSteve Webster, Assistant TreasurerRob Roper, SecretarySenator Randy Brock, At-Large Delegate to the Executive CommitteeMary Daly, At-Large Delegate to the Executive Committee”The Vermont Republican Party is quietly building strength with a solid message of Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity,” said McDonald.  “We are collectively focusing on the upcoming legislative session and the elections of 2012, and we are going to work hard each and every day to return balance and common sense to Montpelier.”Prior to voting, delegates were energized by remarks from Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, Auditor Tom Salmon, Senator Bill Doyle, Representative Don Turner, and McDonald.  National Committeewoman Susie Hudson and National Committeeman George Schiavone gave an update on the national political scene.VT GOP’s new Executive Director Mike Bertrand also addressed the crowd.  Bertrand indicated that a key message for the party in 2012 will be returning balance to the State House and ending one-party rule.”We have got to return some sense of balance to Montpelier,” said Bertrand.  “The simple truth is that Vermonters want elected leaders to act in the best interests of all Vermonters, and to develop sound policy solutions to our shared problems.  One party rule is not what Vermont needs at this critical time.”Vermont Republican Party. 11.21.2011last_img read more

Guatemala: Operation Martillo targets narcotics on Pacific Coast

first_img The impact Operation Martillo is coordinated through operation centers at the Pacific Naval Base at the San José harbor in the department of Escuintla; at the Paratroopers Base at the Quetzal harbor in Escuintla; and at a base in Retalhuleu in the department of Guatemala. Brenda Muñoz, who is Quetzaltenango’s regional prosecutor against drug-trafficking activity, said Operation Martillo has curtailed narco-trafficking along the Pacific Coast, which connects Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico. “Retalhuleu has become a strategic spot for drug traffickers,” Muñoz said. “Operation Martillo is preventing the smuggling of more narcotics.” Security experts and residents trumpeted Operation Martillo’s results. Alejandro Balcárcel, a Quetzaltenango-based businessman, said he hopes Operation Martillo continues to make it more difficult for traffickers to exploit Guatemala. “It’s important for the Guatemalan Army to continue these operations and help fight drug trafficking, because it’s an affliction that poses an increasing threat to entire populations,” he added. Fernando Castellanos, a law student at the Universidad de San Carlos in Quetzaltenango, said regular seizures of narcotics make it more difficult for traffickers to sell their product locally. “[The government must fight] drug trafficking and prevent narcotics from reaching young Guatemalans,” he said. “The army should assist with that task.” Gerson López, executive secretary for the Guatemalan National Association of Municipalities (ANAM) and security expert, said large-scale counter-narcotics operations are important for the country because they prevent drug-related crimes, especially those that take place in international waters – Guatemala’s most vulnerable area. “Guatemala must take advantage of knowing where the country is most vulnerable, as well as the expertise of the United States, which has experience in this fight,” he added. Mexico-based drug cartels – namely the Sinaloa and Los Zetas – have expanded into Guatemala in recent years, causing the government to bolster its narcotics fight. In August, 171 U.S. Marines were deployed to the country’s Pacific coast, as the U.S is teaming with the Guatemalan military in an aggressive approach in which the U.S Navy, Coast Guard, and federal agents are assisting Guatemalan troops in shutting down narco-trafficking routes exploited by cartels. The U.S. military can’t use its weapons unless it is under fire, so it’s focusing on spotting suspicious boats, submarines and individuals and relaying their locations to Guatemalans forces, which handle all confiscations and arrests. The U.S. is keeping a close eye on Guatemala’s coastlines and rivers. Working alongside the Guatemalans represents a major change in philosophy for the U.S. military, which for years had only assisted in exercises, which included training Guatemalans and helping them build public buildings and improve roads. But Operation Martillo has made fighting drug trafficking a top priority among the 14 participating nations. Guatemalan Minister of Defense Ulises Anzueto listed the cities of Jutiapa, Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, and San Marcos as narco-trafficking hotbeds, where drugs are transported via air, land and sea. Former Guatemalan Vice Minister of the Interior Mario Mérida agreed, saying the Central America’s entire Pacific Coast is vulnerable to narco-trafficking. He pointed out the area’s large swaths of land, vast marshlands and abundance of rural and desolate roads from Jutiapa to San Marcos make for ideal smuggling routes. “Improving our monitoring in that area is important,” Mérida said. “It’s clear that because we don’t have [adequate] technology, drug trafficking is taking place.” Operation Martillo is focusing on counter-narcotics operations along the coastline with the intent of taking down drug-toting vessels. Meantime, agents also are trying to dismantle organized crime groups and cartels. center_img By Dialogo November 06, 2012 QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala – Operation Martillo has been successful in Guatemala, as 10 narcotics shipments collectively valued at US$2.15 billion and 70 vessels used for drug trafficking have been confiscated since the mission launched in February in this Central American nation. Security forces have also extradited 14 suspects to the United States and destroyed 10 clandestine landing strips nationwide in a country that has become a transshipment point for South American narcotics headed north to Mexico and the United States, said Guatemalan Army spokesman Col. Erick Escobedo. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Operation Martillo is an international mission that gathers Western Hemisphere and European nations in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. Guatemalan security forces have carried out 598 operations since Operation Martillo was launched along the country’s Pacific Coast, resulting in the seizure of US$15 million in marijuana and US$2 billion in cocaine, according to the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). last_img read more