Central American Countries Study Creation of Counternarcotics Intelligence Center

first_img The countries of Central America are examining the possibility of creating a regional intelligence center in order to exchange the information they gather about drug-trafficking cartels, Honduran Vice Minister of Security Armando Calidoneo announced. “In this effort, the fight against drugs, we’ve debated the need to create a possible Regional Intelligence Center, which is fundamental,” he indicated to the press at the Twenty-Eighth International Drug Enforcement Conference, which is meeting in Cancún, in eastern Mexico. Calidoneo, who participated in a meeting of Central American anti-drug authorities, also said that the countries of the region are seeking to improve their capacity to increase their operational capabilities against drug trafficking. The Honduran vice minister’s statement was made after several officials at the event, which will last until Thursday and in which delegates from more than a hundred countries are participating, warned that Central America is increasingly becoming a field of operations for the cartels. On 5 April, the director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Michele Leonhart, warned that at the same time that they are being confronted in Mexico, the Mexican cartels are increasing their presence in Central American countries. On 6 April, Mexican Security Secretary Genaro García Luna said that the region most affected by the cartels’ shift in location “is Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle, made up of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.” By Dialogo April 08, 2011last_img read more

Erick Thohir to turn SOE-owned hotel into isolation ward for COVID-19 patients

first_imgState-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir plans to transform the Patra Comfort Hotel in Central Jakarta, which is owned by state-owned energy company Pertamina, into an isolation ward for suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.Pertamina Jaya Hospital in Central Jakarta, also owned by the company and located near the hotel, also has rooms for confirmed COVID-19 patients.”There will be an additional of 52 [beds] in the hotel for people under observation [for COVID-19] on top of the 65 [beds in the hospital]. [The hotel] will become a safehouse,” SOE Ministry spokesperson Arya Sinulingga said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. Read also: ‘It was too crowded’: Patients find it hard to get COVID-19 tests, treatmentHe added that an additional 90 beds would be provided for confirmed COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The hospital will also have a laboratory to detect the coronavirus, radiology equipment as well as isolation rooms.”Pertamina Jaya Hospital will use its old buildings near Jl. Cikini Raya [in Central Jakarta] and Jl. Pramuka Raya [in East Jakarta]. There are high-pressure isolation rooms in the building, so the virus won’t be bale to go through its ventilation system,” said Arya.He added that the specialized COVID-19 sections of the hospital and hotel would be operated by 10 specialists, eight general practitioners and three trained nurses.As of Tuesday, Indonesians health authorities had confirmed 172 COVID-19 cases across the country, including in Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. The government claimed that at least five people had died from the disease, while nine others had recovered. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

BMV to open for walk-in customers Monday

first_imgStatewide— The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will soon allow walk-in customers starting June 15.  The branches will be able to assist with all transactions except driving tests.  The expiration date for Hoosiers holding a driver’s license, permit, state identification card, or vehicle registration card that has expired during the public health emergency is effectively extended through June 30. Individuals need to complete their renewal transactions prior to July 1 to avoid paying an administrative penalty fee. Title transactions and new vehicle registration must also be complete prior to July 1.last_img read more

Butland shines as Stoke draw

first_img After both Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan spurned good chances, Butland produced saves out of the top drawer to thwart Nathan Redmond and then Graham Dorrans twice as Stoke held out for a point. The Potters had won just once from the last 10 visits to Carrow Road, but went into the match having recovered from 2-0 down to draw at Tottenham last weekend. Stoke were in front after just nine minutes when Diouf got goalside of marker Alex Tettey to guide a left-wing free-kick from Shaqiri into the far corner with a fine diving header. Norwich – linked with a transfer move for Stoke winger Jonathan Walters – looked for a quick response but lacked ideas in the final third. With temperatures rising, referee Mike Dean allowed the players a brief drinks break at 25 minutes. When play resumed, Norwich, who won at Sunderland last weekend, got themselves level in the 28th minute. Butland pulled off a brilliant reaction save to deny Martin at point-blank range. However, the ball was not cleared and when Redmond knocked it back into the penalty area, the Norwich skipper this time swept a low shot past the keeper and into the bottom corner for his second goal in as many games. Stoke thought they had regained the lead when Ibrahim Afellay robbed Tettey following John Ruddy’s scuffed clearance and played in Diouf to slot home, but the forward was well offside. Press Association England goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a man-of-the-match display to earn Stoke a 1-1 draw at Norwich. The 22-year-old pulled off a string of impressive saves to deny the Canaries during a second-half onslaught. Stoke had taken an early lead through Mame Diouf, heading in a fine free-kick from debutant Xherdan Shaqiri, only for Norwich captain Russell Martin to level following a drinks break in the sweltering Norfolk temperatures. Norwich full-back Robbie Brady, signed from relegated Hull, whipped a 25-yard free-kick over the wall and just wide. The Canaries should have taken the lead at the start of the second half. First, former Stoke forward Jerome stabbed the ball wide after being picked out by Jonny Howson in the penalty area. Brady then floated over another pin-point delivery, which was headed wide from six yards by Hoolahan. Dorrans then charged into the right side of the penalty area, driving in a low shot which Butland pushed behind at full stretch. On 62 minutes, Redmond got behind the Stoke defence but his low shot across goal was tipped away by in-form Stoke keeper Butland. Another drinks break followed with 20 minutes left and Norwich then pressed for a late winner, but Butland saved Stoke again as he pushed away a fierce, low 20-yard effort from Dorrans. From the corner, Jerome’s acrobatic effort at the far post deflected into the chest of the brave Stoke keeper. In stoppage-time, substitute Bradley Johnson fired over from two yards after arriving to a free-kick at the back post, which just about summed up Norwich’s afternoon. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Brilliant 2nd half performance and only an inspired goalkeeping performance stood in the way of 3pts” – Norwich’s Elliott Bennett https://twitter.com/Ebenno88/status/635117781474770945 PLAYER RATINGS Norwich John Ruddy: 6 (out of 10) Steven Whittaker: 6 Russell Martin: 6 Sebastien Bassong: 6 Robbie Brady: 6 Alex Tettey: 5 Graham Dorrans: 7 Jonny Howson: 6 Wes Hoolahan: 5 Nathan Redmond: 7 Cameron Jerome: 5 Subs Bradley Johnson: 5 Gary O’Neil: 5 Stoke Jack Butland: 9 (out of 10) Glen Johnson: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Marc Muniesa: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 6 Xherdan Shaqiri: 7 Ibrahim Afellay: 6 Mame Diouf: 7 Subs Stephen Ireland: 6 Joselu: 6 Charlie Adam: 6 STAR PLAYER Jack Butland. England goalkeeper underlined his qualities with a string of fine saves as Norwich pressed in the second half. Could have done with more protection, but remained composed and showed good delivery to help slow things down. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Xherdan Shaqiri. The £12million Swiss international did not take long to showcase his talents, whipping in a superb free-kick for Stoke’s opening goal. Although he tired as the match went on, there is no doubt the former Inter Milan player will prove a fine addition to the Premier League. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Stoke boss Mark Hughes opted to start with Shaqiri, which proved a sound call as the Swiss midfielder set up the opener. The visitors, though, were forced to defend deep for large parts of the second half, and rely on the counter-attack. Canaries manager Alex Neil had kept faith with the XI which won at Sunderland, but would not have been impressed with poor marking for the Stoke goal or the chances wasted. The Scot later failed to make any telling substitutions and needs some attacking reinforcements. MOAN OF THE MATCH Cameron Jerome. The one-time Stoke striker had a great chance to put Norwich ahead at the start of the second half, but could only stab the ball wide with only the keeper to beat. So influential in helping the Canaries win promotion, but the jury remains out on his Premier League credentials. WHO’S UP NEXT? Rotherham v Norwich (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25) Luton v Stoke (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25) last_img read more