Fire Force – Colts Neck Fair http://coltsneckfair.com/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 21:20:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://coltsneckfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-1.png Fire Force – Colts Neck Fair http://coltsneckfair.com/ 32 32 Task force and technical school plan to team up to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters https://coltsneckfair.com/task-force-and-technical-school-plan-to-team-up-to-recruit-and-retain-volunteer-firefighters/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 21:08:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/task-force-and-technical-school-plan-to-team-up-to-recruit-and-retain-volunteer-firefighters/ PLATTSBURGH, NY (WCAX) – The area’s volunteer fire departments are in desperate need of new recruits. A task force in New York is looking for solutions and a local tech school wants to be part of it. It takes a lot to become a firefighter in New York: mental and physical exams in addition to […]]]>

PLATTSBURGH, NY (WCAX) – The area’s volunteer fire departments are in desperate need of new recruits. A task force in New York is looking for solutions and a local tech school wants to be part of it.

It takes a lot to become a firefighter in New York: mental and physical exams in addition to hours of training, both on the job and in the classroom.

Requirements vary by department, but the New York State Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Task Force aims to get future firefighters to start all this work sooner.

“Getting into technical schools and being able to start Firefighter 1 training at an earlier age,” said Art Bill Streicher of the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Task Force.

One of the solutions proposed in the group’s latest call was to team up with all 37 vocational and technical schools in the state, which sparked the interest of CV-TEC in Plattsburgh.

“Absolutely, we all know how crucial these services are, especially in our region,” said Michele Friedman, director of vocational and technical training at CV-TEC.

The school says that creating a brand new program can take some time and that it would need to meet certain requirements set by the state department of education.

Friedman says they could help start the conversation with other community partners to see what options exist to meet the need.

“We know what our strengths and those of our partner agencies are and we sit down together and find a solution,” Friedman said.

She also said they could offer their school as a place to hold information sessions, offer a short course for certain skills, or host different departments to talk to their students.

“Accessing students who have an affinity with human services like that. There may be many students who didn’t realize this opportunity existed and we would be more than willing to help with those connections,” Friedman said.

Firefighters we spoke to say volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and a great opportunity for young people to learn leadership skills.

“It doesn’t have to be your life’s work,” Friedman said, “but it will be a lifelong skill and it can definitely alter your path.”

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Australian police seize $195m worth of cocaine aboard Maersk Boxship https://coltsneckfair.com/australian-police-seize-195m-worth-of-cocaine-aboard-maersk-boxship/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 03:02:15 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/australian-police-seize-195m-worth-of-cocaine-aboard-maersk-boxship/ Courtesy of AFP Posted on August 7, 2022 at 11:02 p.m. by The Maritime Executive Australian authorities have seized 700 kilos of cocaine from a container aboard a Maersk boxship in Sydney, adding to the growing shortage of cocaine in Eastern Australia. Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered the drugs on board on […]]]>

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Posted on August 7, 2022 at 11:02 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

Australian authorities have seized 700 kilos of cocaine from a container aboard a Maersk boxship in Sydney, adding to the growing shortage of cocaine in Eastern Australia.


Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered the drugs on board on July 22, 2022 while inspecting containers aboard the container ship Maersk Inverness, who had docked the day before. The shipment was packed in 28 denim bags inside a shipping container marked “wood products” on the manifest. Each bag contained 25 kilos of cocaine and each brick had a brand name, including “5”, “365” and “Netflix”. The ABF estimates the value of the shipment at approximately $195 million (USD).


After an inspection, the Inverness was allowed to continue her commercial journey. AFP Detective Inspector Luke Wilson said the container ship stopped at ports in Central and South America before heading to Australia.


“The interception of this amount of drugs would be a major blow to a well-resourced syndicate and prevent millions of dollars in drug profits from flowing back into the syndicate to fund their lavish lifestyle or their next criminal enterprise,” Wilson said.


Australia has always had high selling prices for cocaine, but the value has skyrocketed during the pandemic. It has recently hovered between $220 and $280 per gram, well above the $3 to $4 paid in Colombia, or even the $80 to $120 price range in the United States. This is a lucrative opportunity for smuggling syndicates: Australia has more cocaine users per capita than any other country in the world, with the highest concentration centered in Sydney, and they consume approximately 5, 5 tons of drugs.


The profit potential also trickles down to the wholesale market. A one kilo brick of cocaine delivered to Sydney is worth huge amounts of money – up to 75 times more than it is worth on the dock in Central America.


“So the risks that these enablers or these organized crime syndicates in Australia – they are willing to take [them]”Andalous Knoll Soloff, a Mexico City-based reporter, told News Corp.


Australian Federal Police are still searching for the criminal syndicate behind the 700kg cargo seized on board Maersk Inverness.

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Landslide at Kundala in Munnar on Pettimudi’s birthday, no casualties – The New Indian Express https://coltsneckfair.com/landslide-at-kundala-in-munnar-on-pettimudis-birthday-no-casualties-the-new-indian-express/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 07:57:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/landslide-at-kundala-in-munnar-on-pettimudis-birthday-no-casualties-the-new-indian-express/ Express press service IDUKKI: A huge landslide hit Kundala, just 20 km from Munnar, on Saturday, the anniversary of the catastrophic Pettimudi landslide which killed 70 people. Huge boulders and mud started rolling down the hill around 1 a.m. Saturday. The debris flow damaged a temple and two stores located below and blocked a stretch […]]]>

Express press service

IDUKKI: A huge landslide hit Kundala, just 20 km from Munnar, on Saturday, the anniversary of the catastrophic Pettimudi landslide which killed 70 people.

Huge boulders and mud started rolling down the hill around 1 a.m. Saturday. The debris flow damaged a temple and two stores located below and blocked a stretch of about half a km of the Munnar – Vattavada road. A huge water tank with a capacity of 45,000 liters was also destroyed.

Vattavada, a farming village, was completely cut off from the rest of the world due to the landslide. Police firefighters, Kannan Devan Hill Plantations (KHDP) and local residents began clearing the debris to restore vehicular traffic.

The lives of around 450 people residing in the Puthukadi estate workers lane were saved as they were evacuated minutes before the landslide.

The landslide started at a height of 1 km on a hill covered with shola forest near the upper station on the road to Munnar Vattavada. The location falls under the Kundala – Puthukadi division of the Senduvarai domain under KHDP.

Debris that rolled down the hillside spilled into a stream across the road and there was no damage to the estate’s lanes.

Around 11:30 p.m., the villagers heard a sound of thunder and muddy water began to flow down the hill. There were 450 people belonging to 141 families living in 13 working-class lanes in the valley. When the workers saw the heavy flow of muddy water, they immediately notified the residents and the estate authorities evacuated the families.

A huge tragedy was averted as all the families were evacuated in time. Debris that rolled down the hillside spilled into a stream across the road and there was no damage to the estate’s lanes.

“Around 11:30 p.m. we heard a thundering sound coming from the hill and muddy water started flowing. We immediately notified the authorities and all 141 families were evacuated with the help of local residents, housing company staff and fire and rescue,” said Marimuthu, a local resident.

As many as 41 families were moved to the East Division school relief camp while others went to residents of their relatives and friends.

Vattavada panchayat chairman Kavitha Ravikumar said no fatalities were reported in the Puthukadi landslide. Work to restore the electrical connectivity of road traffic is still in progress.

“The timely intervention of alerted residents has averted a great tragedy. Had the incident occurred during the day, it could have resulted in casualties as the highway is a very busy stretch. Sightseeing vehicles were stopping at the spot for sightseeing,” one resident said.

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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine https://coltsneckfair.com/live-updates-russias-war-in-ukraine/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:08:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/live-updates-russias-war-in-ukraine/ Western officials say the situation in and around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is not as dire as it was portrayed after concerns were raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi told the new AP agency that the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was “completely out of […]]]>

Western officials say the situation in and around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is not as dire as it was portrayed after concerns were raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi told the new AP agency that the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was “completely out of control”.

“All nuclear safety principles were violated” at the plant, he said in the exclusive interview published on Tuesday. “What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely serious and dangerous.”

CNN has independently contacted the IAEA for a comment with no response.

Western officials have played down the real danger, saying that while they understand some of the IAEA’s concerns, they “don’t think [the situation] is as serious as it is necessarily portrayed in the media right now.

“We agree that for the IAEA to monitor this plant, it is really difficult and it is difficult for the IAEA to fulfill its mission,” the officials said. “But in fact, in terms of the safety and security of this site at the moment, although it is degraded in terms of normal operating levels, it is still functioning and operating effectively.”

Officials added that Ukraine would be careful not to hit the plant, even if Russia uses it as a launch pad for artillery strikes.

“Russia could use the site as a security zone, from which to carry out defensive operations. Ukraine will consider very carefully how to avoid taking major risks around the site,” the officials said.

“Keep in mind that nuclear power plants are designed to withstand terrorist attacks, including planes hitting reactors, etc.,” the officials added. “So please don’t think we’re looking at a Chernobyl-like situation, we’re not.”

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US Says Russia Is Using ‘Nuclear Shield’ In Ukraine, Signals Huge Risk https://coltsneckfair.com/us-says-russia-is-using-nuclear-shield-in-ukraine-signals-huge-risk/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 04:35:51 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/us-says-russia-is-using-nuclear-shield-in-ukraine-signals-huge-risk/ The Russian-Ukrainian war killed thousands and displaced millions. (Reuters) United Nations/Kyiv: The United States said Russia was using Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant as a “nuclear shield” by stationing troops there, preventing Ukrainian forces from retaliating and risking a terrible nuclear accident. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Washington is ‘deeply concerned’ that the […]]]>

The Russian-Ukrainian war killed thousands and displaced millions. (Reuters)

United Nations/Kyiv:

The United States said Russia was using Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant as a “nuclear shield” by stationing troops there, preventing Ukrainian forces from retaliating and risking a terrible nuclear accident.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Washington is ‘deeply concerned’ that the Zaporizhzhia plant, which Russia was accused of firing dangerously close shells at in March, is now a Russian military base used to fire on nearby Ukrainian forces.

“Of course the Ukrainians cannot retaliate for fear that there will be a terrible accident involving the nuclear power plant,” Blinken told reporters after the nuclear non-proliferation talks at the United Nations in New York on Monday.

Russia’s actions went beyond the use of a “human shield,” Blinken said, calling it a “nuclear shield.”

At the New York talks, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Mykola Tochytskyi said “vigorous joint actions are needed to prevent a nuclear catastrophe” and called on the international community to “close the sky” on power plants Ukrainian nuclear weapons equipped with air defense systems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 sparked the biggest conflict in Europe since World War II, killing thousands, displacing millions and leaving large parts of Ukraine in ruins.

The war also caused a global food crisis, with Russia and Ukraine producing about a third of the world’s wheat, and Western sanctions against Russia, a major energy supplier to Europe, caused a global energy crisis.

FIRST GRAIN SHIPS

The first ship to carry Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea since Russia invaded Ukraine five months ago left the port of Odessa for Lebanon on Monday under a safe passage agreement.

The sailing was made possible after Turkey and the United Nations brokered a grain and fertilizer export deal between Russia and Ukraine last month – a rare diplomatic breakthrough in a dispute that has become a long one. war of attrition.

The Razoni ship, flying the flag of Sierra Leone, will head for the port of Tripoli, Lebanon, after transiting through Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait linking the Russian Navy-dominated Black Sea to the Mediterranean. It carries 26,527 tonnes of corn.

But there are still hurdles to overcome before millions of tonnes of Ukrainian grain leave its Black Sea ports, including clearing sea mines and creating a framework for ships to safely enter the conflict zone and recover the cargoes.

The UN has warned of the risk of multiple famines this year due to the war in Ukraine.

Known as the breadbasket of Europe, Ukraine hopes to export 20 million tonnes of grain stored in silos and 40 million tonnes of the current harvest, initially from Odessa and nearby Pivdennyi and Chornomorsk, to help clean the silos for the new crop.

Moscow called Razoni’s departure “very positive” but denied responsibility for the food crisis, saying Western sanctions have slowed its exports and accusing Ukraine of laying underwater mines at the entrance to its harbors.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of laying the mines that now float around the Black Sea, drifting away from Ukraine’s shores, with Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish military dive teams defusing those that end up in their waters.

RUSSIAN ADVANCEMENT

Russia invaded Ukraine in what it called a “special operation” to demilitarize its neighbor. Ukraine and Western nations dismissed this as a baseless pretext for war.

After failing to capture the capital Kyiv at the start of the war, Russia is now aiming to capture the eastern region of Donbass, made up of Donetsk and Luhansk, partially occupied by Russian-backed separatists before the invasion, and to capture more the south, having already annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in an online interview that about 22,000 Russian troops were preparing to advance on the towns of Kriviy Rih and Mykolaiv, where a “sufficiently large” Ukrainian force was waiting.

In the Kherson region, which is mostly under Russian control, Ukrainian troops have liberated about 50 towns, said Yuri Sobolevsky, deputy head of the deposed Kherson regional council.

“Russian troops in the Kherson region are suffering considerable losses. Now there are more than 300 of them in a military hospital that the Russians have set up in a civilian hospital in the city of Beryslav,” Sobolevsky wrote on Telegram. “About 40 doctors were brought from Russia to equip the hospital.”

Reuters was unable to verify the battlefield report.

Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, which is almost entirely under Russian control, said foreign fighters were arriving.

“We noticed that more and more private military companies were coming to the area — the Wagner Group,” Gaidai told Ukrainian television, adding that these irregular forces were motivated by “money and looting.”

The Russian private military company Wagner has likely been given responsibility for specific frontline sectors in eastern Ukraine, perhaps as Russia faces a severe shortage of combat infantry, the UK Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update on Friday.

Gaidai said partisans were destroying key infrastructure, including gas and water networks, in the battered towns of Luhansk to slow down Russian forces.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Chinese Air Force, referring to Taiwan, says it can safeguard ‘territorial integrity’ https://coltsneckfair.com/chinese-air-force-referring-to-taiwan-says-it-can-safeguard-territorial-integrity/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 06:36:13 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/chinese-air-force-referring-to-taiwan-says-it-can-safeguard-territorial-integrity/ BEIJING (Reuters) – China will “resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity”, an air force spokesman said on Sunday, referring to Taiwan, as tensions mount on the island autonomous. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by state media as saying at a military airshow that the air force has many types of planes capable […]]]>

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will “resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity”, an air force spokesman said on Sunday, referring to Taiwan, as tensions mount on the island autonomous.

Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by state media as saying at a military airshow that the air force has many types of planes capable of encircling “the precious island of our homeland”.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, number three in the presidential line of succession, announced on Friday that she was embarking on a trip to Asia. She did not mention Taiwan, but speculation of a visit there has intensified in recent days, fueling tensions beyond the Taiwan Strait.

Beijing claims to democratically govern Taiwan as a Chinese province.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday warned his US counterpart Joe Biden that Washington should abide by the one-China principle and that “those who play with fire shall perish”.

Shen said on Sunday, “The Air Force has the firm will, full confidence and sufficient capability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said on Friday that the United States had seen no evidence of impending Chinese military activity against Taiwan.

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Vlogger surrenders to police – The Hindu https://coltsneckfair.com/vlogger-surrenders-to-police-the-hindu/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:22:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/vlogger-surrenders-to-police-the-hindu/ Suraj Palakkaran, a vlogger, surrendered to police in Ernakulam Town South on Friday after the High Court rejected his request for early bail. He was booked on the basis of a complaint from a woman who accused him of portraying her in a bad light on his online portal. He was also convicted under the […]]]>

Suraj Palakkaran, a vlogger, surrendered to police in Ernakulam Town South on Friday after the High Court rejected his request for early bail.

He was booked on the basis of a complaint from a woman who accused him of portraying her in a bad light on his online portal. He was also convicted under the relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes Act and the Scheduled Tribes (Atrocity Prevention) Act,

Fire at the service center

A fire broke out at a car service center in Thrikkakara on Friday around 2.30pm.

A car in the center had caught fire supposedly because of a short circuit. The fire then spread causing damage worth around ₹10 lakh, fire officials said.

It took firefighters about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. A unit from Thrikkakara, Eloor and Gandhi Nagar fire stations extinguished the fire.

man held

A man was arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting a migrant. The arrest has been identified as Eldhose Thomas, 24, from Adimali. The incident happened in a bar on Thursday evening. The accused allegedly injured the victim’s hand with a blade.

A man arrested for theft

Ernakulam North police on Friday arrested a man accused of stealing a mobile phone. The arrest was identified as Ashkar, 22, from Kasaragod district. The accused allegedly stole the phone of an employee of a tea stall near Kaloor metro station.

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Police use force in less than 1% of arrests, let alone firearms, new book finds https://coltsneckfair.com/police-use-force-in-less-than-1-of-arrests-let-alone-firearms-new-book-finds/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 19:38:31 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/police-use-force-in-less-than-1-of-arrests-let-alone-firearms-new-book-finds/ The police are being unfairly criticized because heavy and long prison sentences are reserved for hardened criminals, according to a new book which takes aim at liberal calls to empty prisons and defund the police. Author Rafael Mangual says his study, Criminal (In)Justice, debunks “dominant narratives” that “black and brown men” suffer unduly at the […]]]>

The police are being unfairly criticized because heavy and long prison sentences are reserved for hardened criminals, according to a new book which takes aim at liberal calls to empty prisons and defund the police.

Author Rafael Mangual says his study, Criminal (In)Justice, debunks “dominant narratives” that “black and brown men” suffer unduly at the hands of police and a criminal justice system that is stacked against them.

This runs counter to dozens of studies that have found black people suffer disproportionately from police stops, searches and deaths in custody. A recent opinion poll found that 89% of Americans want police reform.

Mangual, however, says he analyzed the numbers and found a “glaring incongruity between what the harshest critics of law enforcement were saying – about jailing and police use of force – and the reality”.

“A serious examination of the data on people who go to prison reveals that long prison sentences are reserved for chronic and violent offenders who have already been given several ‘second chances,'” Mangual said.

Crime researcher Rafael Mangual says police use force and firearms in arrests much less than is appreciated, and the justice system works well to lock up persistent and violent offenders

A police officer records a crime scene after a shooting in Oakland, California.  Researcher Rafael Mangual claims the crime is

A police officer records a crime scene after a shooting in Oakland, California. Researcher Rafael Mangual says crime is ‘hyper-concentrated’ in run-down areas of cities that deserve police attention

The author, who grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, says 60.1% of prisoners in state-run centers were behind bars for violent or weapons offenses – not low-level criminals or non-violent.

They are very often repeat offenders, he added. Some 36% of convicted violent felons were on parole, probation or temporary release at the time of their offences; and 80% of state prisoners commit new crimes within a decade of release.

Rafael Mangual, a member of the Manhattan Institute think tank, says he fights against

Manhattan Institute think tank member Rafael Mangual says he fights ‘calls for mass decarceration and de-policing’

The crime, Mangual says, is “hyper-concentrated” in run-down parts of towns and cities that deserve police attention. In New York City, where rising crime rates are worrying residents, about half of the city’s violent crime is concentrated on just 4% of its streets, he says.

The author, a member of the right-wing Manhattan Institute think tank, said the examples of heavy-handed policing were overblown and that moves to cut funding or lift police immunity wouldn’t do much -thing to reduce the use of force.

He cites data from North Carolina, Louisiana and Arizona that found officers used force in just 0.78% of arrests. Further research from 2018 showed that police only fired weapons in 0.03% of arrests, he added.

The book won plaudits from Republican heavyweights like Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and former Attorney General William Barr, as well as former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Cotton said he opposed the “soft-on-crime policies” of the “jailbreak movement of the left”. Barr called it a “powerful case” against the abandonment of the law and order approach that helped end America’s crime wave in the early 1990s.

The book comes amid widespread criticism of cops using deadly force against unarmed black men, including George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, which has fueled huge Black Lives Matter protests and calls for defunding security forces. police.

Protesters march through downtown Brooklyn, New York, calling for police defunding following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer

Protesters march through downtown Brooklyn, New York, calling for police defunding following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer

Two former Minneapolis police officers — J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — were each sentenced to at least three years in prison on Wednesday, after being found guilty on federal charges of failing to intervene while Floyd was restrained.

Floyd’s death was a “tragedy and a murder”, Mangual told DailyMail.com.

“Lawful use of force by police is extremely rare, unlawful use of force by police is even rarer – that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen and isn’t a problem. But how can we deal with it in a way that doesn’t impose the serious cost of reduced public safety on communities that can’t afford it?

Critics have long slammed the justice system for disproportionately caging minorities — blacks are jailed at nearly five times the rate of whites, while Latinos are jailed at 1.3 times the rate of whites, according to The Sentencing Project.

Half of Americans polled by Gallup earlier this year called for “major changes” in policing, while a further 39% wanted minor changes. Only 11% said there was no need for change.

Black Americans felt more strongly, with 72% wanting sweeping reforms.

Yet there has also been a backlash against soft-on-crime policies as homicide and violent crime rates have risen during the Covid-19 pandemic, stoking fears that Los Angeles, New York and other cities do return to the crime-ridden 1990s.

Last month, voters in San Francisco ousted in a recall election a progressive district attorney who has been charged with a spike in gun violence and other crimes. Similarly, New Yorkers last year elected ex-cop Eric Adams, a tough-on-crime Democrat, as mayor.

Sacramento County prisoners wait to be processed after arriving at the Deuel vocational facility in Tracy, California.  Scholar Rafael Mangual says most prisoners are inside for serious crimes and many re-offend

Sacramento County prisoners wait to be processed after arriving at the Deuel vocational facility in Tracy, California. Scholar Rafael Mangual says most prisoners are inside for serious crimes and many re-offend

George Floyd was seen in a video pleading he couldn't breathe as white officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to his neck for nine and a half minutes

George Floyd was seen in a video pleading he couldn’t breathe as white officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to his neck for nine and a half minutes

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UK climate protesters out in force after record heat wave https://coltsneckfair.com/uk-climate-protesters-out-in-force-after-record-heat-wave/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 12:30:30 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/uk-climate-protesters-out-in-force-after-record-heat-wave/ Protesters took to the streets of London and the Scottish city of Glasgow on Saturday to demand faster action on climate change following record high temperatures that have scorched the UK this week. Activist groups including Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain led protesters in a sit-in in London’s Parliament Square to demand the Conservative […]]]>

Protesters took to the streets of London and the Scottish city of Glasgow on Saturday to demand faster action on climate change following record high temperatures that have scorched the UK this week.

Activist groups including Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain led protesters in a sit-in in London’s Parliament Square to demand the Conservative government stop granting new licenses for oil production and gas, taxes big polluters and helps people install more energy-efficient heating in their homes. houses.

“Tuesday’s extreme heat wave was a warning of what we will face as the climate collapses – thousands dead, homes destroyed by wildfires and emergency services stretched to breaking point. “said Indigo Rumbelow of Just Stop Oil. heat and it will only get worse.

Britain’s Met Office weather agency recorded 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in England on Tuesday, the highest temperature on record in a country ill-prepared for such extreme heat. UK summers are generally quite moderate and few homes, schools or small businesses have air conditioning.

The heat wave paralyzed major rail networks, damaged airport runways and saw 15 fire departments across the country declare major incidents. London firefighters said Tuesday was the busiest day for firefighters since World War II.

In Glasgow, climate activists staged a ‘die-in’ protest to demand urgent action to tackle climate change. Protesters sprawled on the ground in one of the city’s busiest shopping districts, covered in white sheets with ’causes of death’ including heat stress, starvation and water shortage.

“We have been sounding the alarm about the global climate emergency for years,” said 39-year-old Wolf Saanen. “Now that she has arrived on our shores, will those with the power to change things finally listen?”

Some climate groups have warned they will stage more disruptive protests in the fall to bring Westminster – the seat of Parliament – ​​to a standstill.

The groups also want the UK government to cut energy bills amid a crisis in the cost of living which is expected to weigh more on households in the autumn when the weather cools.

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Colombian drug trafficking groups propose ceasefire with new government https://coltsneckfair.com/colombian-drug-trafficking-groups-propose-ceasefire-with-new-government/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 22:51:07 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/colombian-drug-trafficking-groups-propose-ceasefire-with-new-government/ Bogotá – Colombia The Colombian paramilitary group Clan del Golfo and other armed groups have offered a ceasefire to the new government of Gustavo Petro and expressed their desire to start peace talks. In a letter dated July 19, they called on other criminal organizations to join the ceasefire and seek peace now that a […]]]>

Bogotá – Colombia

The Colombian paramilitary group Clan del Golfo and other armed groups have offered a ceasefire to the new government of Gustavo Petro and expressed their desire to start peace talks.

In a letter dated July 19, they called on other criminal organizations to join the ceasefire and seek peace now that a new left-wing government will come to power, which has said it will would strive to end 60 years of armed conflict.

“We cannot be indifferent to the clamor of the Colombian people and the wishes of its democratically elected president in order to achieve the much desired peace in social justice,” reads the letter signed by six illegal armed groups, including the Clan del Golfo, the Caparros and the Rastrojos.

“We are willing to dialogue and reconcile with the goal of stopping the cyclical violence that some of us control,” he said.

New Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva responded to the letter on Thursday, saying the Petro government wanted to seek peace with all illegal groups.

“Of course there will be discussions. Of course there will be. They know that. And I repeat to all the microphones: there will be talks and we will seek total peace,” said Leyva, adding “we will not exclude anyone”.

Although the feared Clan del Golfo became the dominant criminal force in Colombia, a split in its leadership weakened it. Its former leader, Dairo Antonio Usuga, alias Otoniel, was extradited to the United States on May 4 for drug trafficking.​​​​​​​

Usuga, who has pleaded not guilty, was Colombia’s most wanted drug lord before he was captured in October 2021 following a massive military operation. Otoniel shipped “scandalous amounts of cocaine to the United States” while leading the clan from 2003 until his arrest.

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