W. Africa, Brazilian Airports Link Up to Fight Drugs

first_img The United Nations Office for Drug and Crime launched a project on 14 October to improve communication between police and airports in seven West African countries and Brazil to crack down on drug trafficking. Drug runners are taking advantage of the weak coordination to smuggle cocaine from South America to countries in West Africa, which they use as a springboard for trafficking to the European market. Senegalese senior interior ministry official Cheikhou Cisse said that aim of the project, dubbed Aircop, was “to establish secure communication between airports in West Africa and Latin America”. Brazil, Cape Verde, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo are participating in the programme and Guinea and Morocco have been invited to join. Concretely, Aircop, will “bring together all agencies in charge of fighting trafficking and organised crime at the national level into a unit that can work with regional and trans-regional counterparts”, the head of the EU delegation in Dakar, Gilles Hervio, said. Airports participating in the programme will have units of no more than 20 people operating around the clock, he added. Cisse said that according to UN figures 200 to 300 tonnes of cocaine arrive in Europe each year by airplane. “Part of this traffic comes from West Africa,” he said. Out of 822 drug seizures in Europe in 2009, 122 or 13 percent arrived on flights from West Africa, according to the United Nations drug office’s regional head Alexandre Schmidt. Schmidt said that “West Africa has become a target for drug traffickers because of a crackdown in the United States” and because of the weak coordination between various services and governments in the region. Aircop is expected to cost 2.3 million euros (3.2 million dollars), financed mainly by the European Union. Canada is also contributing 300,000 euros. By Dialogo October 15, 2010last_img read more

Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood Protection

first_img March 01, 2019 Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood Protection Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Williamsport, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders in Lycoming County to highlight the need for additional funding to assist Pennsylvania’s communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery.“Pennsylvania’s communities are struggling to fund massive flood control projects that are critical for keeping residents safe,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance to help protect our communities.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Williamsport, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania could help Lycoming County with flood prevention and disaster recovery. Lycoming County is current facing a levee rehabilitation and recertification project that is expected to cost more than $16 million. The levee currently protects more than 6,000 properties.“Our local communities protected by the second largest levee system in the state have recognized the importance of adopting a regional approach to address the levee recertification process,” said Randy Allison, Williamsport City Council Vice President. “To that end we are grateful for the support and advocacy from our county commissioners, our state legislative team led by Senator Gene Yaw and from Governor Wolf with today’s visit and proposed infrastructure initiative.”“Through the process of updating the Greater Williamsport Alliance Comprehensive Plan we learned the enormous economic impact if we did not all work together and find a solution for the levee,” said Jack McKernan, Chairman Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. “This will require many partners, municipal, county, state, and federal.”Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Monday Local Sports Results

first_imgVolleyballBatesville Varsity defeated Greensburg 25-14, 25-17, 25-12Batesville vs. Greensburg-V (10-7)Batesville JV won 25-21, 14-25, 15-11Batesville vs. Greensburg-JV (10-7)Batesville Freshman won 25-11, 25-20.Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.FootballBatesville JV whitewashed Greensburg 50-0.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Nobbe.last_img

Trojans schedule two fall scrimmages

first_imgFollow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 USC baseball announced Wednesday that the team will be partaking in two fall scrimmages this November with the University of San Diego and Long Beach State.Swinging for the fences · Sophomore outfielder Vahn Bozoian started 27 games for USC last season, hitting .224 with two home runs and 11 RBIs. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe Trojans will welcome USD to Dedeaux Field on Sunday, Nov. 17, and will travel south to play Long Beach State at their home stadium, Blair Field, the following weekend on Saturday, Nov. 23. Last season, USC defeated Long Beach State 4-1, but did not take on the Toreros.USD went 37-25 last season winning the West Coast Conference title and making it all the way to the NCAA Regionals before falling to Cal Poly and UCLA. Long Beach State finished 2013 with a 29-27 mark that gave them their third consecutive winning season under head coach Troy Buckley, who will enter his fourth season with the 49ers in 2014.USC looks to improve on a below .500, 20-36 overall and 10-20 Pac-12 record in 2013, which culminated with USC losing five of its last six games while being swept by crosstown rival and eventual NCAA champion UCLA. The Trojans did not qualify for postseason play.Second-year head coach Dan Hubbs returns 27 players from last year’s team, including the entire 2013 weekend rotation, which boasts senior left hander Bob Wheatley, junior righty Wyatt Strahan and sophomore lefty Kyle Twomey.Junior infielder Dante Flores should be able to improve the Trojans’ offensive output as he returns from injury, while outfielders Timmy Robinson and Vahn Bozoian all look to contribute to the cause in their sophomore seasons after successful freshman campaigns.The team also welcomes 15 new players, including a three-time Team USA alum in freshman Jeremy Martinez, and freshman infielder and pitcher Jeff Paschke, who was named the fifth-best hitting prospect in the 2013 California Collegiate Summer League.last_img read more

Basketball: Great Britain vs. Dragons on TV

first_imgOur senior basketball team will play the first match of the qualifications on Wednesday 13th August against Great Britain. The match will be held at 20:00 o’clock and will be broadcasted by BHT Television.After the BHT’s broadcasting of the match against Italy, held at the International basketball tournament in Sarajevo and a friendly match against Sweden from the Arena in Zenica, this TV will now broadcast the London match as well.We hope our Dragons will play an excellent match and start the qualifications for the European Championship next year successfully.We fly to London tomorrow and all our players are ready for this, probably the most important, match of the qualifications. – was stated at the Basket.ba.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more

Devon Still’s daughter applauded at Bengals game

first_imgLeah Still waves during a ceremony in the first half of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Leah, who is battling cancer, was watching her father, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, play for the first time. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)CINCINNATI (AP) — Defensive tackle Devon Still’s 4-year-old daughter got one of the biggest cheers on a cold, windy night Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.Leah Still was on the field after the first quarter when the Cincinnati Bengals presented Children’s Hospital with a check for more than $1 million to help with cancer research and treatment. The girl is being treated for cancer.She was released from a hospital in Philadelphia and flew to Cincinnati to see her father play for the first time, sitting in an overhead suite for most of the game against Cleveland.“I would describe it as an emotional roller coaster,” Still said after Cleveland dominated in a 24-3 victory. “Seeing my daughter in the pregame with all the excitement and then seeing her on the field receiving the check and just seeing the joy in her face, I was just so proud of the perseverance she showed to raise that money.”Still wrote “Leah Strong” on his eye black strips. Police officers working the game wore his uniform No. 73 on their backs.Still also has supported Lauren Hill, the freshman basketball player from Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati who has an inoperable brain tumor. Hill played her first collegiate game last Sunday and made a pair of baskets.Leah Still got to meet Hill, a moment that was shown on the videoboard.“Seeing her picture on the scoreboard made me emotional, but somehow I was able to play the game,” Still said. “The most emotional I got was when I looked up and saw her and Lauren Hill and saw they got a chance to meet.”Leah Still flies back to Philadelphia on Saturday and will have more radiation treatment next week. She has had a cancerous tumor removed from her abdomen.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Happy Day for Turks and Caicos Southwest Airlines marks first flight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 6, 2017 –  It could easily be described as the happiest moment for the Turks and Caicos, as a country, since hurricanes Irma and Maria when a #SouthwestAirlines 737 touched down at the #ProvidencialesInternationalAirport on Sunday afternoon for the first time.The inaugural flight, with 103 passengers aboard marked a significant milestone and the beginning of a long pursued relationship with America’s biggest airline company.Underscoring the significance of the freshly forged commute between Ft Lauderdale, Florida and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos were three events to mark the milestone.  A welcome reception held Saturday at #iHeartRadio and #SouthwestSoundstage in Miami, Florida where Turks and Caicos, the #DominicanRepublic and #CostaRica were all welcomed to South Florida and introduced as the three newest Caribbean/Latin America flights for the airline.A take off press conference held at the gate of flight 618, the Provo gate within the A terminal, a new Southwest Airlines wing of the #FtLauderdaleHollywoodInternationalAirport.  Conch shells, balloons, interviews, photographs, regional and Turks and Caicos media, and brief remarks punctuated the excitement where the first passenger turning in her boarding pass and entering the flight was Premier, Hon #SharleneRobinson – all smiles, all congratulatory and all thankful. The Premier said Southwest holding to the November 5 start of the flight is a true testament of their commitment and Turks and Caicos’ allure as a destination.  The nation’s leader explained that it would have been understandable had the airline company decided to postponed launch of the route given the seriousness of the September storms, but Southwest is now here and will run daily flights delivering to guests and islanders their no baggage fees and no change fees policies – she called it a happy day for the islands.Tourism Minister, Hon #RalphHiggs said the pursuit of Southwest started some seven years ago, when the airline was flying limited flights only in the US. More seriously, four years ago significant talks began and the deal was inked and now this leading carrier will broaden the options for travelers into the Turks and Caicos.#SteveGoldberg, Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality at #SouthwestAirlines agreed, and said there is a demand for the destination and Southwest is ready to deliver on a unique service; Goldberg also made this first flight in. #JohnSmith, CEO of the Airports Authority attributed the success of securing this airlift to tripartite teamwork; the Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board were all highly instrumental in making the Southwest connection happen. On board, prizes were given away with the help of the Junior Tourism Minister, #ZariahIngham and each passenger has a miniature TCI flag and gift from the tourist board as a keepsake and reminder that they were aboard the very first flight of Southwest airlines to this leading regional destination.And yes, there was water canon salute for the new Southwest flight as it taxied into the PIA. Related Items:#premiersharlenerobin, #providencialesinternationalairport, #southwestairlinesprovidenciales, #southwestairlinesturksandcaicos, #tciopenforbusiness, #tcistrong PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction NEOC UPDATE AFTER MARIA Recommended for you Editorial: Not decimated but badly bruisedlast_img read more

It wouldve been really nice to face Messi – Alvarez

first_imgAhead of Friday’s friendly match between Mexico and Argentina, El Tri defender Edson Alvarez regrets that Argentina star, Lionel Messi won’t feature in the match.Argentina would usually be the top dog against Mexico but for the friendly match on Friday, where Messi will be absent, Mexican defender feels it’s time for Mexican football shine.“It would’ve been really nice to face Messi,” said Alvarez in a press conference Wednesday, before training in Cordoba, according to ESPN.“But his health comes first. Personally, it would’ve great to play against him.”Speaking in comparison of Mexican’s victory against Germany in the 2018 World Cup and their upcoming match against Argentina, Alvarez continued:“We’ve shown that in adversity when we are the underdogs we step up,”“I like these challenges … what better way to show our quality than now, against a great team in front of their fans? We all want to play the game already.”“The quality and potential is there,”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).He also encouraged any new coach coming to focus on improving the mentality of the team and gave a little hint about his future.“We’ve missed out more because of mentality. We block ourselves. We showed the world against Germany that we were better than them. Mexican football can move forward.”“Playing in Europe is every player’s dream, at least it is mine,” said Alvarez when asked by ESPN.“There is interest from certain teams and that is the only thing I can say.”On the other hand, the Argentine federation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia believes Messi will soon be back for the national team.“Having the best player in the world gives you a better possibility of doing well and we all want that,” said Tapia on Monday in a news conference.“Now is the time to stop stewing over what happened in the World Cup and I have no doubt that [Messi] will continue [with Argentina]. I haven’t spoken with him because it isn’t time yet but I know his feelings for the shirt.”last_img read more

Homelessness in San Diego

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Homelessness FacebookTwitter January 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Homelessness in San Diego KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsAlthough many steps have been taken to try and improve the homeless issue in San Diego, it continues to be a topic of concern.KUSI was joined by founder of Homelessness News San Diego, Michael McConnell, with more on the problem the city is facing. Posted: January 9, 2018last_img read more

Zeros world premiere at Kolkata Film Festival

first_imgKolkata: Zero, Shah Rukh Khan’s new film, will have a world premiere show at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) scheduled to be held from November 10 to 17.SRK and Amitabh Bachchan will be staying at a 5-star city hotel. The inaugural function will be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium and its duration will be of an hour. SRK has urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to extend it as he wants to show the trailer of Zero and say a few words on the cinema. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe film will be released in December but SRK wants the Kolkata International Film Festival platform for the world premiere. SRK is a regular at the event and is the brand ambassador of the state government. Apart from King Khan and Big B, Jaya Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Biswajit and Nandita Das are likely to be present at the inaugural session of the KIFF. Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Madhabi Chakraborty, Gautam Ghosh, Ranjit Mullick along with many others from Bollywood will be present at the show. One hundred and seventy-one full-length feature films and 150 short films will be screened in 16 halls. Famous Bengali feature film Antony Firingee featuring Uttam Kumar and Tanuja will be screened at the inaugural session. Last year films were screened in 14 halls. The focus country in KIFF is Australia. Australian cinema will celebrate its centenary in 2018.last_img read more