Press conference celebrates new legal opportunities for Mumia

first_imgAn air of celebration energized the press conference held by supporters of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on April 18. The day before, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced that he was withdrawing his appeal of the Dec. 27 decision by Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker granting Abu-Jamal new appellate rights.Youth in support of Mumia in Philadelphia, April 18The decision opens the way for four Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) appeals, involving more than 20 separate complaints, to be reheard before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.The April 18 press conference was held outside City Hall next to a statue honoring 19th-century African-American educator, writer and fearless civil rights activist Octavius V. Catto, who was murdered by a racist mob in 1871. Installed in September 2017, it is Philadelphia’s only monument to a historic Black leader and stands on the opposite side of City Hall from the much maligned statue of racist former Police Commissioner and Mayor Frank Rizzo.The outdoor location also offered the opportunity to do outreach for an April 27 rally for Mumia to people passing by, many of whom stayed to listen to speakers.Pam Africa, MOVE member and Minister of Confrontation of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, chaired the noontime event, which brought out more than 75 people from community, political and religious organizations. While applauding Krasner for bowing to public demands to drop his appeal, speaker after speaker raised that Abu-Jamal, unjustly imprisoned since 1981 because of police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct, should be released now!Supporters are reinvigorated to demand that charges against Abu-Jamal be dropped and that he be freed because he is factually innocent. Mumia has always maintained his innocence.While noting that DA Krasner’s Apr. 17 decision contained distortions about Tucker’s filings, Rachel Wolkenstein, a former attorney for Abu-Jamal, nonetheless called the reversal “historic.” She noted it was “the first time there has been a direct legal push-back against the Fraternal Order of Police” in Philadelphia since the case began in 1981. Wolkenstein cautioned however, that “It can’t be seen that Krasner is on our side. The boxes of hidden evidence ‘suddenly discovered’ by Krasner in the DA’s office [one day after Tucker’s initial ruling] are proof of everything we say and more about this frame-up.”Professor Johanna Fernandez, with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, challenged the corporate media for historically carrying the FOP line vilifying Abu-Jamal. “Mumia was an award-winning journalist and president of the Association of Black Journalists. Had Mumia been a white journalist, would we be having this conversation today?“Mumia was part of the Black Power movement fighting for justice in the 1970s. He was the only journalist in Philadelphia who humanized members of the MOVE organization,“ she asserted.Fernandez put the case in historic context, noting that within months of Abu-Jamal’s 1982 conviction, 15 of the 35 officers who collected evidence in his case were tried and convicted of corruption, evidence tampering and falsifying evidence to obtain convictions in several other cases.Fernandez noted that Albert Sabo, the judge in Abu-Jamal’s initial 1982 trial who was brought back from retirement to hear his first PCRA appeal in 1995-96, was known as the “hanging judge.” She recounted some of the key issues that will be addressed when Abu-Jamal’s PCRA appeals are reheard. “Exculpatory evidence [evidence that could exonerate a defendant in a criminal trial] was withheld during Abu-Jamal’s initial hearing. There was proof [a driver’s license found in slain police officer Daniel Faulkner’s pocket] that Kenneth Freeman, a trained sharpshooter, was present and matched eyewitness descriptions of a man seen fleeing the scene. This evidence was not provided to Mumia’s attorney. “When Mumia comes home,” Fernandez concluded, “the entire establishment of Philadelphia will be on trial. As Judge Tucker noted in his decision, this case is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, trial in the world.Major march to Free Mumia set to take place in Philadelphia on April 27‘Either Krasner lets Mumia out or he should get out of office’Megan Malachi with Philly for REAL Justice spoke as one of a generation of younger people for whom Mumia has been imprisoned their entire lives. “I grew up in Philadelphia with the background of the attacks on MOVE and Rizzo’s impact on how, as a Black person, you think about yourself and about racism in this city. My father was beaten by cops under Rizzo’s command.“They freed [rapper] Meek Mill, but without freedom for Mumia that means nothing. We didn’t vote for Krasner to make things better — that’s our job. We put him in office to do the right thing. Either Krasner lets Mumia out or he should get out of office. The movement around mass incarceration in this city is about Mumia. Let’s get on point!”Mike Africa Jr., whose mother and father, MOVE 9 members Debbie and Mike Africa Sr., were released in 2018 after 40 years in prison, challenged the crowd to never give up on our political prisoners. “The judges are not going to do the right thing on their own. We have to keep up the pressure.”American Postal Workers (APWU) Local 10 activist Bill Bachmann from New York City called on the national AFL-CIO, Change to Win and other major union formations to mobilize members in defense of and for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal: “This would put a big dent in the overall armor of the so-called criminal justice system set out to terrorize Black and Brown people. Justice for Mumia is justice for us all.”Brother Gregory Muhammad of the Nation of Islam Mosque #12 recounted how Abu-Jamal’s successful challenge to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections won hepatitis C treatment for all prisoners in the state: “The power of the people will not be denied.”Other speakers included Imam Al-Hajj Talib, Muslim Alliance of North America/ National Jericho Movement; Matt Myers, War Resisters League; Betsey Piette, Workers World Party; and Ant Smith, REAL Justice. After a short march to the DA’s office, a youth speakout wrapped up the event there. Documents listing the PCRA claims to be filed on Abu-Jamal’s behalf, a timeline of his struggle for freedom and his biography can be found at Mobilization4Mumia.com/resources.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Website editor’s release welcomed, but call for repeal of 1967 press law still stands

first_img Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Receive email alerts April 15, 2021 Find out more News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of José de Arimatéia Azevedo, the editor and columnist of the Portal AZ website in Teresina (in the northeastern state Piauí), who was freed on the night of 28 October, 48 hours after a judge ordered his arrest on charges of insult, libel and trying to influence the course of justice.But the press freedom organisation continued to call for the repeal of a press law dating back to the 1964-1985 military regime, under which Arimatéia was arrested.“The decision of the Piauí state authorities to free Arimatéia is a victory for press freedom and civil liberties in general, and runs counter to the 1967 federal law making press offences punishable by prison terms,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Although this repressive law is rarely used, it led to Arimatéia being arrested arbitrarily, and we hope this case will encourage the federal parliament to repeal it,” the organisation added.The decision by Teresina criminal court judge José Bonifácio Júnior to place Arimatéia in custody was overturned on 28 October by judge Edson Vigidal, the president of the Piauí state higher court, who ruled that: “Freedom is the rule in a democracy and the restriction of freedom is the exception, and it must be absolutely exceptional.”Vigidal said in his ruling that, to issue an order for pretrial custody, “there must be concrete evidence that the accused would seriously disrupt social peace, a criminal investigation or the implementation of a legal restraint if he or she were to remain at large.”The ruling concluded: “Arresting a journalist, censoring news media, seizing newspapers, books or magazines, or preventing radio or TV stations or websites from disseminating news constitute a violation of society’s right to information. Society has a right to be informed. If this information is of poor quality, it is up to society to reject, challenge or condemn it.”______________________________________________________________28.10.05 – Call for press law repeal after arrest of website editorReporters Without Borders called today on Brazil to repeal its press offences law, which enabled the arrest on 26 October of editor and commentator José de Arimatéia Azevedo, of the Internet website Portal AZ (www.portalaz.com.br), which was shut down by a judge in Teresina (capital of the northern state of Piauí). “He was arrested even though his lawyers said he had no intention of fleeing or avoiding a future court summons,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The Brazilian parliament should repeal the 1967 press law, passed during the 1964-85 military dictatorship and giving judges the right to imprison journalists for their public comments or writings.” Police arrested the editor in a raid on the Teresina offices of Portal AZ using a warrant issued a few hours earlier by Judge José Bonifácio Júnior at the request of lawyer Audrey Magalhães, who had been criticised in an editorial on the site.Arimatéia Azevedo, who has long specialised in investigating organised crime, criticised online (under the pseudonym of Xico Pitomba) Antonio Rivanildo Feitosa da Silva, of regional TV station Meio Norte (his former employers), who was suing him for defamation and insults. Arimatéia Azevedo responded on 6 October by criticising Magalhães, Meio Norte’s lawyer, and Feitosa da Silva. Magalhães then applied for his arrest for “insults” and for trying to “influence an ongoing legal action.” The warrant issued said Arimatéia Azevedo’s comments were obscene and “macho.” The Portal AZ editor, who has heart problems, is being held at the Piauí public security offices in Teresina. He told the online daily O Dia that a conciliation meeting between him and Feitosa da Silva had been set for 8 November. Justice officials are expected to rule on a request by his lawyers for a writ of habeas corpus early next week. Piauí state secretary for public security Roberto Ríos Magalhães called the shutdown of Portal AZ “illegal” on 27 October. The FENAJ national journalists’ federation also criticised Arimatéia Azevedo’s arrest as “an attack on press freedom, democracy and the national constitution.” BrazilAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further October 31, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor’s release welcomed, but call for repeal of 1967 press law still stands RSF_en Reporters Without Borders hails the release of José de Arimatéia Azevedo (photo), editor and columnist of the Portal AZ website on 28 October, 48 hours after his arrest on charges of insult, libel and trying to influence the course of justice. The organisation continues to call for the repeal of a 1967 law on press offences. Organisation Help by sharing this information Reports BrazilAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more News May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Brazillast_img read more

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN LARGE ANIMAL SURGERY

first_imgDepartment(s): Job no: 226919-FAWork type: Faculty-Full TimeDepartment: VET M/SURGICAL SCIENCESLocation: MadisonCategories: Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/ Principal Duties: License or Certificate: JANUARY 01, 2021 Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: A875100-SCHOOL OF VET MEDICINE/SURGICAL SCIENCES Full Time: 100% Work Type: The UW-Madison campus and the surrounding area have many enrichingopportunities. Madison has been named the most bike-friendly city;the Dane County Farmer’s Market is one of the largest in thenation; Madison has the most restaurants per capita of any U.S.city; Madison consistently ranks as a top community in which tolive, work, and play; and the University is nationally recognizedfor academics, research, and athletics. Please see the followinglink for more information:http://greatermadisonchamber.com/about-madison/visitor-info.The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunityemployer that embraces diversity and seeks candidates who willcreate a climate that attracts people from all races,nationalities, disabilities and genders. We strongly encourageunderrepresented minorities to apply.This position is available currently and applications will beaccepted until the position is filled.School of Veterinary Medicine home page:http://www.vetmed.wisc.eduUW Veterinary Care home page:http://uwveterinarycare.wisc.eduThis position is being announced simultaneously with PVL 226702;please note only one vacancy exists. Having two position vacancylistings allows the School of Veterinary Medicine to considercandidates with both tenure-track credentials and non-tenure trackcredentials for this position. Clinical service within the Section of Large Animal Surgery at UWVeterinary Care including day time and emergency duty, and back-upon call support to Large Animal Surgery residents and technicians.Participation in clinical and didactic teaching of veterinarystudents and residents in Large Animal Surgery.Up to 12 weeks of clinical duty per year. Will cover an equitableportion of lecture and laboratory teaching shared with the section(most recently averaging 10-15 lectures and 10-15 laboratories peryear). Required to be capable of lifting up to 40 pounds, standingor walking for prolonged periods, able to reach and/or climb aladder, kneel or sit on the floor, bending, squatting, and/ortwisting.Distribution of time is expected to be approximately Clinicalpractice 30%, Other services 70% (Teaching, Research andService) Salary: Position Summary: DVM or equivalent Faculty Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion 226919-FA Lori [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) NegotiableANNUAL (12 months)center_img The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties andresponsibilities will remain the same. For more information pleasevisit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/.Employment will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment . Anticipated Begin Date: Additional Information: Must be licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in the State ofWisconsin Appointment Type, Duration: Degree and Area of Specialization: Instructions to Applicants: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR(C30NN) or ASSISTANT PROFESSOR(C40NN) Employment Class: Contact: Institutional Statement on Diversity: American College of Veterinary Surgeons Board Certified or BoardEligible as a result of advanced training in Large Animal Surgery.Applicants with experience in surgery in species such as largeruminants, camelids, etc. are encouraged to apply. To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter, resume,and a document listing three professional references. If you havequestions, please contact Lori Chamberlain [email protected], 608-263-5633.Specific questions about the position can be directed to Dr.Sabrina Brounts [email protected] or Dr. Samantha Morello [email protected] Job Number: Ongoing/Renewable The Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin,School of Veterinary Medicine is soliciting applications for 1full-time Assistant/Associate Professor in Large Animal Surgery.The successful candidate will join the Large Animal SurgerySection, which is comprised 3 full-time ACVS Diplomates (including1 ACVSMR double boarded surgeon), 3 residents/interns, and adynamic group of certified veterinary technicians. Official Title: Applications Open: Sep 22 2020 Central Daylight TimeApplications Close:last_img read more

Psychologist Faculty Opportunity-

first_imgUMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race,color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteranstatus, age, or any other characteristic protected by law orpolicy.Qualifications :Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD/PsyDfrom an APA-accredited clinical, school, or counseling psychologyprogram or provide documentation that they are on track to completeall doctoral requirements for the Ph.D./Psy.D. prior to Summer2021. The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Universityof Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) invites applicationsfor a full-time faculty position in child and adolescent mentalhealth at the level of Assistant Professor, starting in Summer2021.The selected candidate will be expected to work with currentfaculty and a multidisciplinary team to advance skills in research,training, policy, and practice related to child and adolescentmental health services, with an emphasis on school-based services.The position will support the work of the National Center forSchool Mental Health ( http://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/) and will be supported initially by federal and state grants andcontracts, including two grants focused on building school,district and state capacity for high quality, trauma-responsiveComprehensive School Mental Health Systems, with the expectationthat the new faculty member move towards independent funding infuture years . In addition to collaborating on school mental healthresearch and policy activities, the new position may include theopportunity for clinical practice in schools, depending oncandidates’ interests and experience. Competitive salary andbenefits will be provided.Expected rank is Assistant Professor or higher, however, rank andtenure status is dependent on candidate’s qualifications.Candidates should have:· interest in collaborating on research pertaining to local, stateand national school mental health systems for children andadolescents· evidence of research and academic productivity (peer-reviewedpublications, grants, awards)· excellent communication skills, and the ability and desire torepresent the National Center for School Mental Health and theUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine· interest in developing an independent but compatible researchagendaApplicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD/PsyDfrom an APA-accredited clinical, school, or counseling psychologyprogram or provide documentation that they are on track to completeall doctoral requirements for the Ph.D./Psy.D. prior to Summer2021. Applications can be initiated by sending a CV and a statementof interest to Dr. Sarah Edwards, Division Director, [email protected] applying online. Faculty OpportunityDivision of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School ofMedicinelast_img read more

Analysts see no end in sight to low U.S. natural gas prices despite rising demand

first_imgAnalysts see no end in sight to low U.S. natural gas prices despite rising demand FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. natural gas demand is at an all-time high and expected to keep rising – and yet, prices are falling.U.S. gas futures this week collapsed to a three-year low, while spot prices were on track to post their weakest summer in over 20 years. In other markets, such lackluster pricing would cause investment to retrench and supply to contract. But gas production is at a record high and expected to keep growing. Demand is rising as power generators shut coal plants and burn more gas for electricity and as rapidly expanding liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals turn more of the fuel into super-cooled liquid for export.Analysts believe the natural gas market is not trading on demand fundamentals because supply growth continues to far outpace rising consumption. Energy firms are pulling record amounts of oil from shale formations and with that oil comes associated gas that needs either to be shipped or burned off.On the New York Mercantile Exchange, gas futures NGc1 this week dropped to $2.03 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), the lowest since May 2016. For the summer, spot gas prices at the Henry Hub NG-W-HH-SNL benchmark in Louisiana were on track to fall to their lowest since 1998.So much associated gas is coming out of the ground that gas prices in the Permian basin in Texas and New Mexico, the biggest U.S. shale oil formation, have turned negative on multiple occasions this year.The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects gas production will rise 10% to 91 billion cubic feet per day in 2019 after soaring 12% to a record 83.4 bcfd in 2018, its biggest annual percentage increase since 1951.More: U.S. natural gas demand is at a record – and prices keep droppinglast_img read more

Another Spill at TVA Coal Plant

first_img A dam ruptured this morning at the TVA coal fired power plant in northeast Alabama—the second spill at a coal-fired power plant in less than a month. At 6am, a waste pond at the Widows Creek facility burst. TVA claims the spill is contained, and they are currently investigating the cause.Just 17 days ago, a TVA coal ash pond spilled nearly one billion gallons of toxic ash into the Emory River, the drinking water supply for Chattanooga and millions of Tennesseeans.The Widows Creek spill leaked calcium sulfate and residues from scrubbers into Widows Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River.last_img read more

Interview with CP’11 Mission Commander, Captain Brian C. Nickerson, U.S. Navy

first_img DIÁLOGO: Why was the Comfort sent to Colombia? DIÁLOGO: The ship’s mission was very clear during the days following the earthquake that devastated Haiti, that is, the Comfort was used in a strictly humanitarian mission. In what other instances is the ship used? DIÁLOGO: Who determines these missions and how? CAPT. NICKERSON: USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) came to Colombia as part of Continuing Promise 2011 mission. Continuing Promise is an annual Humanitarian Civic Assistance deployment to the Caribbean and Central and South America. COMFORT will visit nine ports throughout the region working hand in hand with host nation representatives, partner nations, and a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies to train in civil-military operations while conducting subject matter expert exchange, medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering activities with host nation citizens and professionals. Missions such as this also help foster cooperation, collaboration, and interoperability. The very first step in why was the COMFORT sent to Colombia is that the Colombian government requested we visit. We think of ourselves as invited guests of Colombian people and we were honored to be able to visit Colombia. From our experience in the Haitian earthquake disaster, we learned that the response to a natural disaster in another country is enhanced from the partnerships formed during a Humanitarian Assistance mission. By Dialogo July 11, 2011 DIÁLOGO: Is the Comfort subordinated to any Command specifically? DIÁLOGO: Are there any Latin American nationals as part of the crew? CAPT. NICKERSON: We find this particular aspect of the mission very important. Although we have a portion of the crew who speak Spanish, we have devoted a large portion of our underway time to Spanish classes and cultural awareness education since departing Norfolk, Virginia in April. We believe that one of the first principles of care is to be able to speak common courtesies in the host nation’s language. We have also learned that while a large number of countries in Central and South America speak the same language, it is their culture that makes them different. We believe that understanding that culture is a prerequisite to building relationships and providing proper care. We also invite our partner nation officers from the countries we are visiting to share their country with us through their eyes so that we may know and understand the local citizens before arriving. CAPT. NICKERSON: In each country we conduct a series of subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE). Topics are chosen by the host nation and span a variety of areas including medical, dental, biomedical repair, veterinary, nutrition, construction, sanitation, water purification, search and rescue, security and force protection. This list is not all inclusive but will give you a sense of the types of areas that are usually requested. SMEEs are intended to encourage a two-way exchange of information and provide opportunities to learn and exchange best practices between countries. DIÁLOGO: How important is it that the ship’s crew understand the language and culture of the region? CAPT. NICKERSON: Continuing Promise 2011 is the sixth Continuing Promise deployment to the Caribbean and Central and South America since its inception in 2007. This annual deployment is only one of a variety of ways the United States demonstrates its commitment to the region. CAPT. NICKERSON: COMFORT’s primary mission is first and foremost to provide combat casualty care for United States Department of Defense missions throughout the world. We also have Partner Nation representatives who embarked COMFORT as part of the Continuing Promise mission team from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru. center_img The U.S. Navy’s hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) anchored in Colombia from 2-12 July in support of the humanitarian civic assistance mission Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11). During its visit, Diálogo had the opportunity to talk to Mission Commander Captain Brian C. Nickerson, U.S. Navy. DIÁLOGO: Is there any exchange of information, technologies and techniques between the crew members and the countries visited? DIÁLOGO: Is there something you want to share with the military of the countries in the region? CAPT. NICKERSON: Ship visits for Continuing Promise deployments are coordinated beginning in the very early stages of the planning phase with Host Nation government officials from regional countries, who nominate locations for the mission through the military assistance and advisory groups at local U.S. Embassies. In this instance, the Government of Colombia requested that we visit. A variety of factors are taken into account but all requests are given careful consideration in planning the ship’s deployment. If the ship is unable to support a nominated location during a Continuous Promise deployment, other options are explored with the requesting country. CAPT. NICKERSON: USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) is one of two hospital ships operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. The Military Sealift Command is headquartered in Washington DC. For the Continuing Promise 2011 deployment, USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) is assigned to Commander, United States Naval Forces Southern Command/Commander, United States FOURTH Fleet, who is the naval component of United States Southern Command. CAPT. NICKERSON: Although Continuing Promise is primarily a humanitarian assistance mission, we still look for and welcome the opportunity to exchange information, cooperate, collaborate, and build relationships with each country’s military. We have had the distinct privilege of working with the militaries/police in Jamaica, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. The importance of these relationships and interoperability cannot be over emphasized. What we build and practice during times of calm will be tested during times of regional crisis. A great example of this is the search and rescue training that COMFORT conducted one day with the Colombia National Police (CNP), and which was put to use the very next day during the medical evacuation of four injured Colombian citizens. We also conduct exchanges where a specific discipline, medical, dental, veterinary will spend the day together either aboard the COMFORT or in a host nation facility or educational institution. When time permits we do both. COMFORT’s secondary mission is humanitarian assistance such as Continuing Promise; and disaster relief response such as Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE in Haiti. COMFORT has also deployed in times of a U.S. crisis such as Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001. DIÁLOGO: What is the importance for the U.S. to make the Comfort available for missions in the partner nations? Additionally, we have Partner Nations from Canada and as far away as the Netherlands. CAPT. NICKERSON: We have a number of crew members who can trace their heritage and cultural background to the Caribbean and Central and South America. Great photos!last_img read more

Central Islip Gang Member Gets Life for Murdering Tot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An MS-13 street gang member was sentenced Thursday to multiple life terms in federal prison plus 35 years for his role in killing a mother and her 2-year-old son in Central Islip.Adalberto Ariel “Gringo” Guzman had been convicted last year at Central Islip federal court of murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murders in aid of racketeering and firearms offenses. Authorities have said he was caught on wiretap joking about the murders and even stole the toddler’s Dora the Explorer ball.“Even for the MS-13, the execution-style murders of a young mother and an innocent child, carried out by Guzman and his fellow gang members, were particularly senseless and cold-blooded crimes,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 22-year-old Central Islip man and three others worked together to fatally shoot 19-year-old Vanessa Argueta of Baldwin and her two-year-old son Diego Torres in Central Islip on Feb. 4, 2010.Guzman shot the toddler twice in the head at point-blank range after he and his co-conspirators lured the boy and his mother to an industrial park under the guise of taking Argueta out to dinner, authorities said.The motive, according to investigators, stemmed from fellow reputed MS-13 member Juan “Cruzito” Garcia, 21, who authorities said Argueta had asked friends in rival gangs to jump after the two had dated and broke up.Garcia, who nearly set a record for being the shortest time spent on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, had surrendered to authorities Nicaragua earlier this year and is awaiting trial on Long Island for his role in the slayings.Of the other two gang members involved, Heriberto “Boxer” Martinez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison plus 60 years and Rene Mendez “Zorro” Mejia pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.Guzman was arrested at Miami International Airport three months after the murders on a return flight from El Salvador, where Garcia and Mejia also fled. His attorney reportedly said Guzman plans to appeal his conviction.last_img read more

How to evaluate a fintech start-up company

first_imgThe demand for innovative financial solutions is rapidly evolving. Credit unions looking to stay competitive in the market will need to adopt a culture of innovation. However, building or buying capabilities is an expensive proposition. Partnering with fintech startups can open the door to best-in-class products and services that meet the growing expectations of members. Fintechs can bring needed capabilities that fall outside of a credit union’s core expertise. A partnership allows credit unions to bring solutions to market significantly faster than building internally while managing limited internal resources for core capabilities. The following are high-level considerations to be used when evaluating fintech start-up companies as potential partners:1. Determine your credit union’s risk appetiteThe word “start-up” covers a wide range of companies. Early-stage startups, for instance, are likely testing rapidly in search of product-market fit for their solutions. For these companies, there is a high likelihood that the business will pivot its product significantly, switch its go-to-market approach away from a partnership model, or potentially run out of capital. As start-up companies mature, these risks decrease. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gamekeeper turned poacher

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