To the Editor:It has been some time since I have submitted something to the Bayonne Community News. A lot of my writings are online but, with the recent activity over the last week or so, I felt the need to once again reach out via print. The POTUS is not the president of one specific person or group. The president is the president of all citizens. His constituency is good people, bad people, white people, people of color, religious people, nonreligious people, hateful people non hateful people, criminals and non criminals.The president and the elected officials do not get to decide who they represent. They, by the very nature of their position, represent all American citizens. To ask the POTUS or any elected official to take sides is an unconstitutional idea. If he should act on your unconstitutional suggestion he is violating his oath to defend the Constitution of these United States. Those who continue to ask the elected officials and or demand them to denounce any speech are willingly taking part in asking the elected representatives to violate the Constitution of the United States.You may ask a person to violate the Constitution but you have no argument to expect that any elected official will and or should violate their solemn oath to protect the Constitution from all domestic and foreign enemies. The real question is that if you support and believe in the Constitution why would you ever ask someone to violate it? Speech alone does not make someone an enemy of the Constitution.Actions do and there are local laws and federal laws in place to handle those who take action against the Constitution. So the next time you ask an elected official to condemn speech of any kind, ask yourself why do you expect anyone to violate the Constitution. The mere stance you take is a violation of the Constitution and maybe you are the domestic enemy we should be looking at more closely. SHAWN JARYNO
HOBOKEN – Construction will begin on Court Street on Wednesday, July 18 and will be completed in the fall, according to an announcement from the city. Court Street is one of the city’s last remaining cobblestone streets, found between Washington Street and Hudson Street from Newark Street north to Seventh Street.The construction will replace the street’s aprons, the intersections where Court Street hits each numbered street, making it safer for pedestrians to walk.During construction, sections of Court Street between First and Seventh streets will close periodically and traffic will be diverted to Washington Street and Hudson Street.They are not uprooting the cobblestones.
The Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) Directions 2019 sets out the legal framework under which enhanced services must be provided nationally.The General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Amendment) Directions 2019 underpins the changes made in the 2019 to 2020 GP contract and sets out payments made to practices.The General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Payment in Respect of Indemnity Fees) Direction 2019 covers the payment to practices to cover the inflationary cost of indemnity.
Wintersession 2018 gave Harvard students some much-welcomed time to explore new fields and experiences.The optional Wintersession program, which spanned Jan. 12‒22, offered both creative and practical classes. Many students returned to campus to take part in student- or faculty-led activities that included scores of arts intensives, health and wellness seminars, sports and recreation activities, and career-related programming.From training in life-saving to exploring gemology to relaxing at an ice-skating party, students indulged in opportunities they otherwise may not have been able to pursue.This year’s programming included a new focus on encouraging students to use the break to grow personally and academically as they move through their College careers and become citizens of the world.The sessions also included professional-development opportunities, from advice on writing resumes to interviewing skills. A few sessions connected students with alumni, including prominent television producers and industry professionals.
“We are incredibly grateful to our dental patients, past and present, who have trusted us with their care for over 50 years, and we are thrilled that HSDM will continue to provide exemplary services to our community,” said Giang T. Nguyen, executive director of HUHS.The practice will offer HSDM residents — dentists in Advanced Graduate Education programs — additional opportunities for patient care and specialty training in Cambridge under faculty supervision.“With a proud history of more than 150 years of excellence in dental education, I’m confident that we are well-positioned to bring a high level of care and expertise that has always been associated with our School and its mission. Our faculty, staff and residents have shown great dedication in providing care in our practices throughout the pandemic, and we look forward to this exciting new endeavor,” Giannobile said. New dean for School of Dental Medicine In September, Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) announced that its dental service would close at the end of the year due to financial pressures amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) announced today that it will reopen the dental practice in February.HSDM is the only Harvard graduate school to offer direct patient care and already offers dental services at the Harvard Dental Center in the Longwood Medical Area.The Harvard Dental Center-Cambridge, located at 114 Mount Auburn St., will serve dental patients of the former HUHS practice and also welcome new patients from the community. A number of providers and staff previously employed by the HUHS Dental Service are expected to continue working in the practice.“The HUHS Dental Service was well-regarded by its patients and served many members of the Harvard community, including employees, students, and retirees, for more than 50 years. I am delighted that we will be able to offer oral health care to these patients and welcome new patients in Cambridge and the surrounding communities,” said School of Dental Medicine Dean William V. Giannobile. “This is a unique opportunity for us to fill a critical gap in care at a time when continuity of oral health care and maintaining overall health is so vital. It is also very much at the heart of HSDM’s clinical and educational mission.”The scope of dental services offered at the Mount Auburn location will offer specialties such as oral surgery, implant dentistry, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and other specialties not previously available at the HUHS clinic. The clinic will also accept additional insurance plans, broadening access to the greater Cambridge community. “This is a unique opportunity for us to fill a critical gap in care at a time when continuity of oral health care and maintaining overall health is so vital.” — William V. Giannobile, dean of HSDM Dental School students take lessons to heart and into the field in Costa Rica Making global health a collaborative effort Alumnus William Giannobile coming from University of Michigan School of Dentistry Health Services director Giang Nguyen talks about adding remote services and new resources for Harvard community By phone and online, the care continues Related
Four Saint Mary’s seniors were honored with C.S.C. Awards for service in different disciplines. These awards are given by the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) to students who are dedicated to community-based learning and volunteering.Senior biology major Sarah Lucas received the Sister Maria Concepta McDermott, C.S.C. Award for Service in Education.Lucas said she began volunteering at the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) her freshman year because she wanted to take a break from academics and work with kids.“I love children, so I thought it would be a great way to spend some time and give back,” Lucas said. “It’s kind of like a stress-relief on top of everything else.”Kari Alford, program director of the ECDC, said she nominated Lucas for this award because of her ongoing commitment to helping children.“She’s given freely of her time for so many semesters,” Alford said. “When I think of service, I truly think of the volunteering and consistency that we see from Sarah.”Saint Mary’s promotes an attitude of service that encourages students to sacrifice their time and help others, Lucas said.“At the college level, people are trying to figure out what they’re going to do,” Lucas said. “By giving back and just being part of the community, it really helps you focus on what’s important and find what you’re passionate about.”Volunteering at the ECDC helped her uncover some ambitions and realize her potential, Lucas said.“I knew that I liked kids, but I didn’t realize that I could probably pursue education, which is a possibility for me now,” Lucas said. “Being there to rub someone’s back doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but for a kid, it is. No matter how small what you’re doing is, you are contributing to a bigger picture.”Senior nursing major Anna Cronin received the Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson, C.S.C. Award for Service in the Health Field. Cronin is the Vice President of the Student Nurse Association on campus, she said.Associate professors for nursing science Annette Peacock-Johnson and Patricia Keresztes nominated Cronin for the award. Both are members of the nursing department’s Student/Faculty Affairs Committee, and Cronin stood out after the committee reviewed the extracurricular, leadership and service activities of the senior nursing students, Johnson said.“Anna rose to the top of the list because of her multiple and varied service activities, which all related to health care,” Johnson said. “She consistently engaged in health-care service activities throughout her four years at Saint Mary’s and these activities were not only on campus, but in her home community, as well as her global service experience in Uganda.”Cronin said she served her home community when providing first aid services to a summer camp after her first year of college. After her second year, she volunteered as a patient aide at a children’s hospital, she said.She spent six weeks of the summer after junior year staying with the Sisters of the Holy Cross and working at a clinic in Uganda, she said, and would love to go back one day.“I didn’t really think of it as service,” she said. “My parents instilled in me at a young age that service is a responsibility. Everyone should do some kind of service. I thought of it as something I wanted to do — I wanted to help.”Cronin admires the spirit of service in her fellow nursing classmates, and loves working with people who have a desire to use their craft to help others, she said.“I would not be the kind of nurse I am without Saint Mary’s,” Cronin said. “Going through clinicals and this small of a nursing program, where you have the individualized attention and you can ask your professors anything, is great. They know you by name, they know what you’re capable of and they’re not afraid to push you.”Cronin intends to apply for jobs in either pediatric or nursing fields after graduation, she said.Senior Eleanor Jones, a global studies major with concentrations in international development, and gender and women’s studies, received the Sister Olivette Whalen, C.S.C. Award for General Service.Professors of modern languages and intercultural studies Julie Storme and Mana Derakhshani nominated Jones for the award.“She’s a remarkable young women in many ways,” Storme said. “Her level of social justice is so deep and broad.”One reason behind the nomination is Jones’ involvement with the Food Recovery Program, Storme said.“We take the leftover food from the dining hall every Monday and Wednesday evening and we drive it over to the Center for the Homeless,” Storme said. “We’ve done that for two years and we’ve had over 5,000 pounds [of food] saved.”Through the program, Jones has expanded the circle of social justice at Saint Mary’s by linking sustainability to human dignity, Storme said.“She’s managed to create enough commitment to the program that it will outlast her,” Storme said. “Eleanor created something that wasn’t being done, and, through sheer grit, made sure it happened by individual action.”Derakshani said she was impressed with the way Jones lives her life according to her convictions.“Sustainability and care for the earth is one of the missions that the Sisters of the Holy Cross have taken up as a contemporary issue, so it is fitting that Eleanor receive an award named after a Sister,” she said.Jones said she was surprised and excited to receive the award, since she sees herself as surrounded by many people who do great service work at Saint Mary’s. Another social justice initiative of Jones’s was inspired by an experience with SUSI (Study of the United States Institute), which hosts women from the Middle East and North Africa for five weeks, she said.One thing the women do is come together with a project idea to implement in their home country, Jones said.“Two years ago, the Jordanian team won the idea for SheCab, which is a taxi company that will be female drivers for female passengers,” she said. “So I got to go to Jordan last year, and when I came back with my friend Emily, we decided to start a fundraiser for the company.”By selling ‘Blinkie’s Belles’ t-shirts and hosting events such as yoga on the Le Mans lawn, the fundraiser raised over $2,000, she said.Jones said she spent her sophomore year abroad in South Africa, and will be returning there after graduation to volunteer for a year at a children’s home founded by a Notre Dame graduate.Emily Milnamow, who is a communications major, received the Patricia Arch Green Award. This is awarded to a student who has taken on a leadership role.Samira Payne, assistant director for the OCSE, nominated Milnamow because of the work she has done with the College Academy of Tutoring Program (CAT) — a program that goes into local Title 1 schools and provides tutors and teacher assistants to students.In her nomination statement, Payne said Milnamow has taken on a leadership role by putting in extra time with the CAT Program during her senior year.“Her calm and quiet leadership style has earned the respect of her peers, and even more impressively, the respect of 26 middle school students at Navarre Intermediate Center,” Payne said. “She has devoted many hours to planning and preparing for tutoring, and is always willing to jump in when needed. Her passion and commitment is evident in all her work with the CAT Program.”Receiving this award helped Milnamow realize her passions, she said.“What I love doing is what I’m good at, and other people see that, too,” she said. “This is what I love doing, and I would love it if this could be my job some day. It’s really cool that I was able to get [this award] and it’s affirmation that I’m on the right path.”Milnamow said her time at Saint Mary’s helped shape her into a leader.“The fact that Saint Mary’s is so dedicated to going out into the community and helping the community has really made the CAT Program what it is,” she said. “It’s given me the confidence to be able to lead, whereas before I would have been more of a follower. … I think that through my major — which is a lot about connecting with people and learning how to be an interpersonal leader — a lot of that has helped me figure out how to lead in a way that people actually listen rather than just being a boss.”Tags: Commencement 2016, CSC awards, Office of Civic and Social Engagement, saint mary’s
Max Lander | The Observer Student protesters marching from the LaFortune Student Center to the Main Building on Friday as part of a protest against proposed new residential policies.Protesters gathered in the Sorin Room of LaFortune Student Center to organize and distribute posters Friday afternoon. At 2:30 p.m., hundreds of protesters exited the building and began walking towards the Main Building. In front of the Main Building, students waved flags representing their dorm communities and chanted phrases including, “We want Erin,” in reference to the vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, and, “Erin lives off-campus.”Junior Joey Oswald said he attended the protest out of curiosity as well as frustration with the administration’s new policies.“Part of me just wanted to see the protest, to see what would happen, and part of it was I definitely think the administration made an explicit attempt to exclude off-campus seniors,” Oswald said. “I think they have to attempt to include off-campus seniors, so they should reverse the decision to exclude seniors from dances and interhall sports teams and stuff like that. One thing that I think that they might have missed is that they’re focusing on seniors being leaders in the community, and I think that off-campus seniors can still be a very valuable part of a dorm community. I know that in my dorm in Morrissey, there are seniors that come from off-campus every Sunday to Mass or are at a lot of dorm events, and I always enjoy talking to them.”While various students appeared in front of the crowd to speak through a megaphone, groups of students began questioning whether they should go inside the building. The event’s organizers had announced through the Facebook event that an agreement had been made with the University administration and Notre Dame Police Department that no protesters would enter the building. However, small groups began to try and enter the building through doors beneath the main steps of the building. These groups were turned away by Notre Dame employees.At 2:50 p.m., a group of protesters rushed up the steps and entered the Main Building while the event’s organizers tried to dissuade them. When inside the building, a group of approximately 25 students sat down in front of the Office of Student Affairs, located on the second floor. Thomas Murphy | The Observer Students gathered in front of Main Building on Thursday to protest a new residential life policy that stipulates on-campus residents and off-campus students will now enjoy different privileges relating to residential life.Freshman Brian Donahoe said the new policies conflict with the principles of community emphasized to students by the University before they first arrive on campus.“Me and my roommate have hosted three [prospective students] in the last three weeks, and every single time, we really promote how inclusive Notre Dame is and how much community there is, and we say that once you accept the letter of admission, once you’re in, you’re a part of the Notre Dame family for the rest of your life,” Donahoe said. “It feels like they’re already kicking Notre Dame seniors out of the family before they’ve even graduated, going against pretty much all of their propaganda that they have for everyone looking to come to Notre Dame.”At 3 p.m., protesters began entering the Main Building in larger numbers and eventually over 100 students had gathered outside the Office of Student Affairs’ doors. The doors were locked, but administrators were visible inside watching the students and making phone calls. Protesters began slipping papers and protest signs beneath the doors of the office and chanting that the office places “money first, students last.”Junior Connor Polk, one of the first protesters to enter the building, said he did so in order to bring greater attention to the demonstration.“Everybody’s saying, ‘Let us in, let us in,’ and there was no one really stopping us from going in, and in the original protest online it said we were going in the Main Building,” Polk said. “It seemed like no one was coming out, and we were just talking to ourselves. We thought we’d go in and actually see if we can get some people to notice.”Though he will have graduated by the time the new policies go into effect, Polk said he felt obligated to defend the rights of off-campus students.“It won’t affect me because I’m graduating in 2020, but I know how important it is to have the seniors included and the off-campus juniors included — I disagree with the three year rule as well — so I think it’s kind of ridiculous that they tack this on to an otherwise-good, informative email,” Polk said. “ … I hope they repeal the rule. I hope they tell everybody, ‘We understand, we listen, we see the petition, we see your protests and we understand this was wrong.’ The logic behind it does not make sense to me — I can’t fathom how anyone in the administration thought it’d be a good idea to exclude our students from community building activities.”Junior Savanna Morgan said the new residential policies are particularly damaging to members of marginalized communities.“Students of color and queer people are disproportionately affected by dorm communities and the toxic environments that they’re forced to stay in, and by penalizing them for moving off-campus, [the administration is] aligning [itself] with a white supremacist agenda … a white supremacist and heteronormative agenda,” Morgan said.As the clock moved toward 3:30 p.m., the time at which organizers had agreed with the administration that the demonstration would end, protesters began sifting out of the Main Building. At 3:20 p.m., organizers of the protest — including former student body president Gates McGavick, former vice president Corey Gayheart and former chief of staff Briana Tucker — entered the building for the first time during the protest to encourage students to leave before 3:30 p.m. In an email sent to the student body early Thursday morning, the Office of Residential Life and the Division of Student Affairs announced changes in residential policies as a means of improving the dorm experience for students now required to stay on campus for six semesters and to incentivize seniors to stay on campus for their final year. The policies were met with an outcry from students and alumni who argued that the policies designed to “differentiate on-campus and off-campus experiences” are inherently exclusionary and discriminatory.By noon Thursday, a group of students — including members of the outgoing student government executive cabinet — created a Facebook event titled “Sit-In Against the Senior Exclusion Policy” planned for Friday afternoon. Close to 2,000 people marked themselves as “going” or “interested” in the event. Thomas Murphy | The Observer Students collect outside of the Office of Student Affairs on Friday in protest of the new residential policies.Even as the demonstration came to an end, Gayheart told the protesters they should continue fighting the University’s policies.“For you underclassmen that are here, don’t let this go — that’s what [the administration is] expecting us to do,” Gayheart said. “They are expecting us to forget about this this summer, and it will just be rolled out in three years, and nobody will know and we’ll all go on with our lives. Don’t let it go, and keep working and keep using your voice.”Tucker said that though the majority of protesters stayed outside, she understood what compelled others to enter the building.“We came in here toward the end, but we all saw students sitting down peacefully, not obstructing any doorways, so even though they didn’t necessarily follow the rules, they did come in here, and they were respectful,” Tucker said. “It can be frustrating when we’re literally on the exterior trying to speak to someone inside, and so I think for some people, taking that step and being a little more active in their protest was important.”Though an agreement had been made not to enter the building, McGavick said if the administration doesn’t want students protesting in the building, they should avoid giving them cause to do so.“It illustrates how offended people have been by this policy,” McGavick said. “I understand that administrators might be upset people came in the building, but they have to realize that just indicates just how hurtful this policy is. At the end of the day, it’s on them to make policies that don’t hurt students … and that’s what happened.”Outside the building, toward the end of the demonstration, protesters wrapped their arms over each other’s shoulders and sung the Alma Mater. No University representative addressed the crowd throughout the course of the day.Tags: division of student affairs, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Main Building, off-campus housing, Office of Residential Life, Protests, residential life, student activism
Georgia’s Pork Industry Continues to Weaken (January 4, 2001) – This year, odds are most pork products you buy at the grocery store will not be made from hogs raised in Georgia.On-farm Facility Adds Value to Veggie Crop (January 22, 2001) – Until last year, as much as half of Bill Lee’s jalapeño pepper crop was wasted. Peppers that didn’t meet the peak-quality demands of the fresh-produce market were thrown away or never picked. But not anymore.Farmers Struggling to Feed Georgia Cattle (January 23, 2001) – From a distance, you’d think the cows in Wesley Fiveash’s Crisp County pasture have plenty of green grass to eat. You’d be wrong. A closer look shows a serious problem that could get worse.Georgia Farmers Could See Historic Prices (February 22, 2001) – A historic event that could happen in farm commodity prices this year would be good tidings for some Georgia farmers and devastating news for many others.Farmers Might Have Chance to Act Against Drought (February 28, 2001) – By March 1, the Department of Natural Resources will predict whether or not Georgia faces another year of severe drought. If a severe drought is predicted, the Flint River Drought Protection Act will be initiated for the 2001 growing season.Georgia Corn Growers’ Outlook Brighter (March 13, 2001) – Georgia farmers face another year of severe drought, and the prices of many major commodities remain low. But the long rows ahead look a little better for corn growers, says a University of Georgia expert.No ‘Business as Usual’ for Tobacco Farmers (March 21, 2001) – With the coming of spring, Georgia tobacco farmers are preparing to plant the state’s third most valuable crop. But it won’t be business as usual. Experts say ongoing changes will continue to affect farmers and the rural economies that surround them.Peachy Outlook for Georgia Peach Crop (March 23, 2001) – Not since the early 1990s have Georgians had such promise for an abundant crop of sweet Georgia peaches. University of Georgia experts say this may indeed be a very good year.Foot-and-mouth a Threat to U.S. Livestock (March 28, 2001) – Foot-and-mouth disease poses a threat to the United States because of the high volume of traffic between Europe and the United States, says a University of Georgia expert.Vidalia Onions Late, Small, in Short Supply (April 10, 2001) – Cold, unstable weather through December and January has taken a toll on the state’s valuable Vidalia onion crop. Experts say the crop will be late, possibly smaller than normal and in short supply.New Disease Threatens Georgia Day Lilies (April 17, 2001) – A new plant disease threatens to blemish the reputation of Georgia day lilies. Timely identification and strict regulatory efforts, though, have stopped the disease for now.Georgia Farmers Eye Peanut Program Change (May 4, 2001) – A federal program that anchors a major part of Georgia’s farm economy is currently under fire as the United States prepares its future farm policy to comply with freer trade in the world.Korean Ag Delegation Visits UGA CAES (May 17, 2001) – Five representatives of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Academy of Agricultural Sciences have spent the past two weeks learning about farm research from University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences specialists in Athens, Griffin and Tifton.Where are the True Vidalias? (May 31, 2001) – When is a Vidalia onion not a Vidalia onion? University of Georgia researchers are searching for a definitive answer.’Downsizing’ Georgia Farmer Raising Quail (July 11, 2001) – A decline in certain natural habitats has severely decreased the wild population of one of Georgia’s primary game birds: the bobwhite quail.Forage Test Can Be Lifesaver for Cattle (July 20, 2001) – A new kit enables county agents to go to a field, test a forage sample and get a reasonably accurate assessment of its nitrate content. That’s important, because at very high levels, nitrate can kill cattle.Rain Mixed Blessing for Georgia Peach Crop (July 23, 2001) – This summer, timely rains have helped Georgia farmers recover from three years of severe drought. Peach growers, however, know too much of a good thing can bring a whole new set of problems.Ag Secretary Gets Crash Course in Georgia Farming (August 1, 2001) – Georgia farmers and officials gave U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman a crash course in farm practices, crops and farm issues particular to area agriculture here July 30.Scientists Find EASY Way to Monitor Water Use (August 4, 2001) – What do you get when you combine a washtub, chicken wire, a toilet bowl float and a few things from your local hardware store? You get a precise monitoring device that can save time, save money and help conserve water, say experts with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Veneman: Farmers Need Freer Foreign Trade (August 17, 2001) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman told farmers and farm policy makers here that the United States must embrace freer trade with foreign countries “or our farmers will be left behind.”Editorial: Globalization Challenges Farmers (September 5, 2001) – This guest editorial by Georgia farmer Murray Campbell offers a compelling argument for less government regulation on U.S. farmers to help them compete in the new global marketplace.Groups Partner to Build Farm, Ecology Tourism (September 10, 2001) – Pick your own apples or grapes. Dump a load of cotton. Pack some peaches or peppers. Herd some calves. Go shrimping. Or just walk in a peanut field.Rains Boost Crop Yields, Prod Diseases (September 17, 2001) – In most cases, the weather has helped Georgia farmers’ crops this year. But it’s also helped plant-threatening diseases thrive in many Georgia fields, says a University of Georgia expert.Study Finds Georgia Muscadines Chock-Full of Nutrients (December 5, 2001) – UGA study helps Georgia muscadine growers sell their grapes to the supplement market.Market Shift Threatens U.S. Cotton Growers (December 13, 2001) – The worldwide demand for cotton shirts and breeches has never been better. The U.S. industry that turns cotton into products like these, however, is in major economic trouble. And their stress means U.S. growers are having to depend more than ever on foreign buyers.New Product Offers Farmers Market for Kenaf (December 19, 2001) – Kenaf, a plant related to cotton and okra, is usually grown either as a forage crop for animals or for its fiber. But a middle Georgia businessman wants farmers to grow it for use in building materials.Barnes: Farms, Schools Key to Rural Economy (December 18, 2001) – TIFTON – Rural communities and agriculture depend on each other, said Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes here at the Symposium on Value-added Agriculture Dec. 14.
By Dialogo May 05, 2010 Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras want to create a common body to work against insecurity and impunity, according to an initiative presented Monday by Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom during his meeting with the chief U.S. diplomat for Latin America. “We talked about a common effort among Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to create a body, a kind of Cicig, in order to be able to make progress on the issue of justice and regional security,” Colom specified at a press conference with the U.S. official, Arturo Valenzuela. The idea is to implement a body similar to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), backed by the United Nations, Colom explained. He specified that the he is working out the details of the initiative together with his counterparts in El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, and Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, with support from Spanish jurist Carlos Castresana, the head of the Cicig. The Cicig, the only commission of its kind, has been operating in Guatemala since September 2007, and its mission is to dismantle clandestine groups entrenched within the state apparatus, as well as to reduce the high rate of impunity, which is the result in more than 98% of cases. At the same time, Valenzuela expressed his country’s interest in contributing to the initiative, although neither its functioning nor the timeframe, costs, or financing mechanisms were specified. “The Cicig has been a very valuable experience in Guatemala; it’s had a very favorable impact,” according to the chief U.S. diplomat for the Americas. “The issue of citizen security is extremely important; it concerns us. In the United States we know that we have a great deal of responsibility for the issue of drug trafficking, and in this regard, we see the importance of better planning of our efforts to combat the plagues that affect our populations,” he specified. Guatemala, like the other Central American countries, is a transit point and marketplace for South American drug cartels transporting narcotics to the U.S. market.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU announced on Tuesday that its Board of Directors unanimously voted to amend NAFCU’s Articles of Incorporation to give federally-insured, state-chartered credit unions full membership.The vote opens to NAFCU’s membership today and will close on Sept. 9.If approved, state-chartered NAFCU members would have full voting rights and be eligible to vote on all NAFCU matters, including elections. In addition, full membership would allow state-chartered members to run for and serve on the NAFCU Board of Directors.“This announcement is a natural evolution of NAFCU’s mission and supports our goal to help all federally-insured credit unions with federal issues by becoming a stronger, more impactful organization,” said NAFCU Board Chairman Richard L. Harris. “This unanimous decision included enthusiastic support from our board and staff. NAFCU will remain focused on representing our members at the federal level.“As NAFCU continues to grow, state-chartered members should have an equal vote and seat at the table, for the benefit of our membership and the industry,” Harris continued. “One member – one vote.” continue reading »