USA: NSSC New London Changes Commanders Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NSSC New London Changes Commanders View post tag: Commanders February 25, 2013 Share this article View post tag: changes View post tag: New View post tag: NSSC View post tag: Naval Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) New London changed hands during a ceremony at Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Feb. 22.Cmdr. Wayne Grasdock relieved Cmdr. Tim Kollmer during the time-honored change of command ceremony.“Tim emphasized teamwork and exceptional customer service building strong partnerships across the submarine force and the fleet,” said Capt. David Roberts, commanding officer, Naval Submarine School. “While in command of NSSC, Tim strived for ways to improve the service to the Groton waterfront.”Kollmer, a native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., will soon transfer to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.During the ceremony, he was also praised for providing direct support to 10 forward-deployed submarines, maintaining their manning levels and meeting all material and repair parts requirements to keep them on station.Roberts said Kollmer and his team of more than 3,000 Sailors and civilians maintained the highest levels of mission and personal readiness.In preparing for his remarks, Roberts contacted several of Kollmer’s staff personnel and shared a few of their responses with the ceremony attendees.“He is the finest leader I know,” Roberts conveyed to the crowd. “Cmdr. Kollmer is a servant leader who serves at the pleasure of the junior Sailors in his ranks.”Kollmer reflected on his team’s quality and workmanship that provided direct support to Groton-assigned submarines and their crews.“It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with such a dedicated group of Sailors and civilians,” said Kollmer. “Their focus has remained wholly on the boats and the waterfront staffs that we support, and they have done it superbly.”Kollmer received additional praise for his team’s quality service during his command tour.“Your team provided superior support to the submarine force in our busiest homeport,” said Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic; in a naval message. “Under your leadership NSSC New London focused on achieving the highest levels of personnel and mission readiness while ensuring our submarines deployed on time, ready to conduct missions in support of national tasking.”After relieving Kollmer and assuming command of NSSC New London, Grasdock, a native of Montana, thanked Kollmer for his leadership of NSSC, and discussed the command’s legacy of continued support of the undersea forces.“I am looking forward to working with Sailors and civilians on the waterfront, and being a part of an organization that supports undersea forces for warfighting and operations forward,” said Grasdock.The scope of NSSC’s support includes administrative and personnel; legal; religious; operations; supply; communications; personnel security; information systems; force protection; weapons handling; and, medical.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: London Authorities View post tag: Navy
Oxford University’s Nexus system was hit by a “major incident” this morning following a “significant power outage” to their data centre.Oxford university systems are therefore heavily “degraded”, making Oxford email inaccessible alongside “a wide number of IT services”.At 11.08am, Oxford’s IT services wrote: “The [Nexus] service is only partially available and running ‘at risk’.”WebLearn remains unaffected, despite widespread “partial” services elsewhere.On their Systems Status feed, IT Services commented: “We will review this once the nature and extent of the problems at the SDC [shared data centre] become clearer. We apologise [sic] for this disruption and will endeavour to keep you informed through the day. HFS.”Update: Services are being restored throughout the day. An update marked 12.22 states: “One of the data centres used by IT Services has suffered a significant power outage which has affected the availability of a wide number of IT services including Nexus, HFS and a number of university websites.” Mail services are still maked as “partial”.Update #2: An update marked 14.03 reads: “Power in the Shared Data Centre has now been restored and is stable. Most of the of the affected services have been brought back online. The remaining services will continue to be worked on this afternoon. The Nexus service is working but is currently degraded. The service is only partially available and running ‘at risk’.”Update #3: Mail services are now marked as restored.
Oxford University has consolidated its place at the top of the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings, fending off its historic rival Cambridge.Oxford came first in the rankings for the second year running, with Cambridge rising from fourth to second. It is the first time that two UK institutions have come first and second in the rankings.The two universities were followed by the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Oxford vice-chancellor Louise Richardson said: “I am delighted that Oxford has held its position at the top of these global rankings. Success in our field is never an accident; it is achieved by a relentless pursuit of excellence, creative brilliance and a deep commitment to our enduring values.“To be judged the best university in the world for the second successive year, against the backdrop in which Britain’s role in the world is uncertain, and the place of universities in society open to question, will be a great source of pride for everyone at Oxford, and, I hope, for the whole country.”Further down the list was Imperial College London in eighth, UCL in 16th and LSE in 25th. Overall, the UK saw 31 of its institutions feature in the top 200.THE uses 13 different performance indicators to produce the rankings, grouped into five different areas: teaching, research, citations, internationalism, and industry income.The Top Ten1 – Oxford University2 – Cambridge University3 – California Institute of Technology3 – Stanford University5 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology6 – Harvard University7 – Princeton University8 – Imperial College London9 – University of Chicago10 – ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologySecond-year PPEist Sam Wycherley said: “It’s nice to have Oxford on top, but I wouldn’t put too much faith in the impartiality of a newspaper staffed largely by Oxford grads.”
Magdalen College have introduced new restrictions on alcohol purchases by the JCR, which will mean all alcohol purchases will require the pre-authorisation of the College.In the new Magdalen JCR budget for 2018/19, the Entz budget has been reduced to £2000 in order to accommodate this new rules change. All alcohol purchases must now be made through the Treasurer with the permission of the College.These rule changes will bring Magdalen into line with other colleges’ alcohol policies.When contacted for comment, Toby Morrison, Magdalen JCR’s Treasurer, told Cherwell that the JCR has no official comment on the subject until a meeting of the JCR’s executive can be convened to discuss it.However, the Magdalen JCR Entz team told Cherwell: “This decision was made without our knowledge or input, and was apparently taken for reasons to do with the use of college funds.”Issues had been previously raised with alcohol at Magdalen bops after an incident last term. Though the Entz team described this as “a bit of tomfoolery” in a “light-hearted” bop email, they did subsequently propose and implement a ban on guests from other colleges at Magdalen bops.In addition to the cuts to the Entz’s teams expenditure, the new budget contains money allocated for a Trans Rep and an OKB Rep alongside substantial increases to the welfare and art budgets.This article was updated to reflect the fact that the Magdalen JCR Entz team themselves implemented a ban on guests from other colleges at bops.
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 LAUREN LESLIE EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear confirms a second person has died who was involved in a deadly crash. The accident happened after a suspect fled police around 7PM Wednesday.The suspect identified as, 26-year-old Frederick McFarland, is in police custody. Once released from the hospital McFarland will face multiple charges including felony fleeing.McFarland is accused of leading police on a chase after they tried to stop his vehicle. His car collided with another vehicle and two people died in that crash.Autopsies for the two victims are scheduled Thursday, November 30th at 1 p.m.We will update information as it becomes available.Lauren LeslieLauren Leslie is from Evansville, and has previously worked as a News Producer. Lauren graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television and a Minor in Criminal Justice.
We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHAT”S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Robert Mueller investigation final report cleared President Trump of any wrongdoing?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs. Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes. Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them..If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Natalie Cressman is primarily known for her crazed blasts of trombone fury, but on her new album Etchings In Amber she shows a delicate side that mesmerizes as it entertains. Her collaborator on these offerings, guitarist Mike Bono, plays a lilting, clean, jazz influenced guitar style that serves as a unique breath of fresh air. Though with horn in hand as the loud and proud trombonist of the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB), Cressman’s main instrument on display is her enchanting voice. The combination of her voice and Bono’s guitar lines coalesce into a collection of songs that will leave listeners in a truly beautiful state of mind.Those who have only known Cressman as a brass blasting force will be amazed to find her so incredibly capable of crafting exquisite melodies with her amazing voice. Opening track “Dust,” like the rest of the material on the album, is recorded with an eye on simplicity. You can practically feel Bono’s fingers pressing on the strings. The soft breaths taken in by Cressman are audible, giving a palpable sense of intimacy to each track. The effect effectively captures the sense of a fading light, with stanzas and guitar lines continuously trailing away in a gorgeous repose.The transfixing nature of the music can hide a darker lyrical intent as on “Wind Of Whims.” A meditation on indecision and commitment, the tune finds the protagonist finally deciding to cut ties with a commitment-phobic lover. Taking on such a mature topic shows a fearless songwriting bent that is both impressive and engrossing. “Folds Of Time” and “I Look To You” continue in this vein, as soaring phrases are grounded by a stark guitar. The pairing produces a symbiosis of mathematical progression and raw emotion that resonates on intrinsic human frequencies.Though his tempos stay within a limited range, the emotions that flow from the patterns and progressions put forth by guitarist Mike Bono show a deep understanding of mood creation. Saying so much while displaying such little effort is the mark of a player who understands himself and his intentions on a cellular level. There is no hiding in this album of duets, and Bono seems to savor the chance to let his playing be heard in it’s purest form.Closing the album, Cressman again sings of farewells and endings in “Goodbye Lullaby”. It’s appropriate as not only the final track of the whole, but also a summation of the thoughts and themes of the record. As the narrator learns, the folly of regretting things undone and the moments lost from realization of the freedom gained is powerful. Natalie Cressman has made a mature and haunting album that uses a sparse soundscape to create a connection with the listener. Her soul seems to speak directly to the souls of her audience, and we are all the better for it.Enjoy Etchings in Amber below:Be sure to catch Natalie Cressman with Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Benny Rietveld (Santana), and Samora Pinderhughs (Emily King, Branford Marsalis) at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd. With members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, The Disco Biscuits and more all performing, we can’t wait for this festival! All information about Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
Gonzales’ main concerns are the children of undocumented immigrants in the Trump era. In “Lives in Limbo,” his recent book, Gonzales wrote about how the lack of legal status puts undocumented youth at risk of becoming a “disenfranchised underclass.”“It seems to me that building an actual wall is going to be costly and difficult,” said Gonzales. “DACA is going to be a low-hanging fruit, and canceling it will be a very quick and easy way to satisfy Trump’s base. The questions I have are: Will DACA, as we know it, continue? And what will it happen to those who have it?”Life for immigrants was already trying during the Obama administration, said Gonzales. Obama deported 2.4 million illegal immigrants, more than any other American president, but it could be worse with Trump, he said.“Make no mistake about it,” he said. “It’s going to be a very difficult. We have much work ahead.”As for the United States-Mexico relationship, Trump’s presidency poses a serious risk to the advances made during the Obama years, said David Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, who teaches at Harvard Divinity School, the Department of Anthropology, and Harvard Extension School.“There is fear and anger in Mexico,” said Carrasco. “Although Obama deported many thousands of people, there was a sense in Mexico that Obama was a partner they could work with. And we know that Trump’s motto of ‘Making America Great Again’ has meant, to some people, ‘Making America White Again.’ This message … is what in part propelled Trump to victory. Looking at this, as a Mexican-American, as a person of mixed race who identifies with the Obama years of inclusion, this looks like a big step back. I think Mexico will see it also as a step back.”As part of his campaign, Trump promised to build an “impenetrable, physical wall” on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it, an endeavor that Carrasco decries as doing more harm than good.“I think this is going to be ‘Fortress America’ rather than ‘America, the Beautiful,” Carrasco said. “I hope I’m wrong. The wall will end up dividing America within itself, and it will create divisions within the United States even more deep than they are now, and that would be terrible.” When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, he placed the prickly issue of immigration at the forefront of his campaign. He disparaged Mexican immigrants, calling some criminals and “rapists,” and swore he would build a wall on the United States-Mexico border.During the long campaign, Trump announced a hardline immigration plan that included deporting undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, ending the catch-and-release policy by which immigrants who cross the border illegally are free until their hearings before immigration judges, and the end of “sanctuary cities,” which protect undocumented immigrants from being detained by law-enforcement agencies.Trump also targeted two of President Obama’s executive orders: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferral Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), programs intended to protect both children and their parents from deportation.As the next president, Trump is expected to follow up on his campaign promises, a prospect that is already sending shockwaves through the 11 million illegal immigrants who live in the United States.“This morning, many immigrants and children of immigrants woke up fearful, defeated, and worried about their place in this country,” said Roberto Gonzales, sociologist and assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who has studied the quandary of undocumented young adults who were brought here by their parents.“For immigrants who live here, this election has been largely around the question of who are we as a country,” he said Wednesday. “Trump certainly rallied the masses on an anti-immigrant and an anti-Latino platform, and the fear of the country’s changing demographics played a central role in the campaign. There is a lot of uncertainty and fear.” Harvard analysts ponder changes across the American and global landscapes For President Trump, the road ahead Related
MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County health officials say as of noon Monday there remain no confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus in the county, although four people are in precautionary quarantine.The newly formed Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response team is meeting daily to evaluate and respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. The team is made up of local public health and emergency response professionals.The COVID-19 Response team expects to provide updates to local media at approximately 4 p.m. daily. WNYNewsNow will provide coverage.The team says the best ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to: Wash your hands often with soap and waterCough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and throw it awayPractice social distancing – try to keep at least 6 feet between you and another personStay home and avoid others if you are illIf residents have symptoms including fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing call your healthcare provider, and they will give you appropriate guidance.Only call 911 if you are having a medical emergency.The best ways to keep yourself healthy are to:ExerciseEat healthyGet enough sleepQuit smokingGet a flu shotGet a pneumonia shotChautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel also requests that if the public needs to conduct business at any Chautauqua County Government offices that they please call beforehand to see if their transaction can be handled over the phone, online, or by mail to help with social distancing to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
In the coastal town of Punta Gorda, a white, twin-engine airplane — larger than the planes usually used for domestic flights in Belize — landed right in the middle of Southern Highway. Authorities discovered a nearby truck with about 500 gallons of jet fuel. The plane had stopped in Belize to refuel, but since its wings were slightly damaged upon landing, the Beechcraft Super King Air wasn’t able to take off and the crew abandoned it, police said. The crew left behind a cargo of 2,600 kilograms of Colombian cocaine. Local police said it was the biggest drug bust in Belize’s history. That was back in November. Since then, things have only gotten worse for Belize, which once enjoyed fame as the world’s top diving spot. Homicide rates are skyrocketing, and Los Zetas is making Belize its smuggling route of choice, police said. “The open waterways pose many challenges for Belize’s small population and meager resources,” said Police and Public Safety Minister Dough Singh. With barely 330,000 people inhabiting a country larger than El Salvador, Belize has a chronic need for aerial support and radio detection equipment, he said. “The result is that large amounts of drugs may be traversing Belize en route to the United States.” The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in a recent study on murder rates, noted that “Mexico’s struggle has attracted a lot of attention, with much less falling on an area far more threatened: Central America. As maritime interdiction has increased and Mexico itself has become far more contested, a growing share of cocaine headed northward is passing through northern Central America, including El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize.” Last year, the country reported a homicide rate of 41.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the UNODC study. Singh said police and the Belize Defense Force are planning to establish a Joint Operation Center and an Intelligence Fusion Center to better coordinate their activities and the flow of intelligence. Another initiative consists of opening forward operating bases near the country’s border with Mexico. By Dialogo November 07, 2011 Belize, a hub for meth Belize not only has seen increases in cocaine trafficking, but also in marijuana and in precursor chemicals en route to Mexico as well. In 2010, Belize seized 97 metric tons of marijuana, in comparison to the 291 kilos confiscated the year before. Noteworthy, said Sánchez, are the recurring attempts to introduce loads of pseudoephedrine in the country. “It was relatively unknown until 2008,” he said. From that point on, port authorities regularly found shipments coming from China and other Asian countries via Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain. In Belize, it is illegal to import any medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, which can be chemically combined with other substances to produce methamphetamine or crystal meth. “We recognize that we face a regional challenge,” Singh said. “As such, we must engage with our regional partners in finding a regional solution.” Los Zetas operates in Belize Recent drug and weapons seizures near Belize’s northern border with Mexico show that Los Zetas and other Mexican and Colombian drug-trafficking organizations are drawing new smuggling routes through the sparsely populated nation. In November 2010, Guatemalan drug lord Otoneil Turcios Marroquín, with alleged links to Los Zetas, was captured in Belize and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He had been sought by the United States since 2003 for allegedly smuggling 1,600 kilos of cocaine, which were subsequently distributed on the streets of New York. After Los Zetas perpetrated a massacre in a farmhouse in Petén, Guatemala, earlier this year, Guatemalan authorities reported that a four-wheel-drive vehicle with Belize license plates had been used by its members and found in the ranch. Police said the diplomatic vehicle had been stolen from a Guatemalan driver assigned to an outpost of the Organization of American States along Guatemala’s border with Belize. Stories of drug-toting tourists are not uncommon in Belize. More than a few backpackers have been found with packs of cannabis in their pants pockets. “Many have been arrested for openly smoking marijuana on the keys such as San Pedro and Caye Caulker,” said Belize News 5 analyst José Sánchez. “They think it’s OK.” The biggest concern, of course, is for the larger amounts of hard drugs that are passing by undetected. Belize has 450 keys, most of them uninhabited. Several loads of pseudoephedrine have disappeared from the port in Belize City. All attempts to hold somebody accountable for the theft have failed, said Sánchez. In early October, three Customs officers were acquitted of two counts of forgery in relation to the disappearance of a container of pseudoephedrine tablets in September 2008. The Comptroller of Customs also has been under attack for cracking down on drug trafficking. In March 2009, a live grenade was thrown onto the third-floor balcony of the home of Gregory Gibson, who had earlier received several death threats. “It is widely speculated that because the Customs Department was determined to halt pseudoephedrine shipments, neighboring cartels hired local thugs to throw a grenade at the Comptroller of Customs as a warning,” Sánchez said. The influx of illicit substances has meant an increase in the country’s crime rate. “Murder is at an all-time high,” said Singh. “Drug activities have certainly contributed to this increase.” The UNODC report corroborates Singh’s statement, noting that “the murder rates in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize are three to five times higher than in Mexico, and both the economy and the state are far less robust and resilient.” no coment unfortunate news, but right on time since I plan to visit your country very soon. is not suitable for tourism to arrest backpackers that keep on smoking marihuana. THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS IS NOT SURPRISING BECAUSE WE ARE CLOSE TO DIFFICULT AND VERY COMPLICATED TIMES, BELIZE IS VERY NICE AND QUIET, BUT WITH THIS I THINK IT WILL LOSE A BIT OF FAME; THAT IS UNFORTUNATE…HOPEFULLY IT WILL OVERCOME THIS AND BE ALL RIGHT. los zetas are motherfâ€¦s of vegas and I am fredy from chiantla EVERY PROBLEM OF THE BIGGEST DRUG CONSUMER COUNTRY REACHES OUR BROTHER COUNTRIES; I REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND, IF THEY ARE COMING OUT OF A ECONOMIC RECESSION, WHY DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY ON DRUGS, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. see this is really good article It is not uncommon what is happening in Belize since it borders with Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, it is affected by the same ills, and as in a Greek tragedy, our countries put the dead and the addicts in North America continue taking drugs crazily. We would like to see the Obama Administration fighting in these territories with more decision; and this takes me to the question why Americans (USA) do not install radio detection in Central America to reduce the transfer of drugs to the region as a transit point to the North. I feel sorry for these countries where only the settlers are the ones affected. Many countries want to eradicate the drug but it is only a matter of time and then they are back again. Those agencies that are in the country are only a faÃ§ade, because they do nothing for the citizens. As a Guatemalan I think that it was time that the Government of Guatemala demanded from the U.S. Government a better compensation for the confiscating drugs flowing through our territory.The little help they give us does not compensate Guatemala’s effort in resolving a problem that is not ours. los zetas are a scourge that governments don’t want to exterminate and it is not difficult to eliminate them What we feel as citizens of any country dominated by gangs, who have excelled with drug trafficking, is sadness and the help of the USA, is to some extent ridiculous, but this happens to us because we have had so many many previous corrupt governments. They allow everything if it favors their well being. We hope that the current Government will be different if not we no longer bear it. We pray for our Guatemala so that not only bad things continue happening to us. Drug traffickers are damaging property. Formerly, the landlords ere feared, with their capital they bought the land humiliating their inhabitants. Then, the internal wars that faced to the army with the guerrillas, and none of that was as nefarious as now with the narcos grabbing what the capitalists bought and because of their weapons and their violence it seems that there is little power to cope with them. Plus all that, our ecological heritage is also threatened. We must support every proposal that can contribute to eradicating the narcos. Expressing our refusal is something already. Saying nothing is allowing… IT IS TRUE THAT THEY ARE USING OUR COUNTRY AS A CORRIDOR FOR DRUGS BUT THANK GOD WE HAVE NOT BEEN VERY AFFECTED YET AS CITIZENS HERE IN BELIZE. AS A BELIZE CITIZEN, I HOPE THAT THE SITUATION WILL IMPROVE WITH THE HELP OF THE AUTHORITIES Of course that in the United States there must be major drug distributors, however I would like to see in the news that foe once one of them is arrested. It is fine that the President of Guatemala Otto PÃ©rez Molina has brought into the debate alternative ways of combating this scourge. Unfortunately, this was handed to the OAS, which as everyone knows, is only able to respond to special interests and not precisely to the interests of the Member States. It is a sad institution. The day this institution truly responds to our interests, the matter will change. It is necessary to put pressure on U. S.policy so they can allocate sufficient resources for the fight against the worst scourge that humanity has had in recent times: drug trafficking, murder, and terrorism. It is an unequal war with the bandits, so technology, a lot of equipment and training is needed. It is necessary to put pressure on the U.S. politics in order for them to allocate sufficient resources for the fight against the worst scourge that humanity has had in recent times: drug trafficking, murder, and terrorism. It is an unequal war with the bandits, technology, a lot of equipment and training is needed.. We need that the President holds firm control of the country because they are invading Guatemala Those who love our land always strive to keep it clean. I am sure that the Belizeans will do the same thing. This is the land of my grandpa, GermÃ¡n Paz. I have always wanted to visit this beautiful country of dreams and charms of islands and clear water. Los zetas have taken over the municipality of Ixcan, because the guys have the people selling smuggled fuel, they are the zeta’s ears. Also there are two men who are lenders that make money-laundering with most of the sellers of the municipality of Ixcan Quiche. Where are the authorities if the police are accomplices THERE IS NO NEED TO burn it, just charge a tax for the corresponding passing and that’s it. Well it is time for all the countries of the area in an integrated fashion combat this practice of taking the life of the people of the so-called small countries. England and the United States now have the opportunity to join with Mexico and the entire area of C.A.to exterminate this scourge of drug trafficking, wherever it comes from. No more individual struggles, we must deal with it as a region and support the process of decriminalization that is just being discussed. See, itÂ´s pure shit, during more than 10 years tons of drugs are passing through Belize, and the Government looks the other way, all the guys that go to Belize say the same thing, then Belize is very poor, only has a population equal to jalapa and then they willingly cover the zetas, and give them a lot of money, plus Belizeans do not work, they are lazy and like easy money THE TRUTH IS THAT ALL LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN INVADED BY THIS DRUG TRAFFICKING…. BUT ALSO SOME FROM THE GUERRILLAS…. WHAT CAN WE DO Berro damaged them the little route, okay. Belize is very nice to have it as a route… The U.S. route that directly reaches the United States. Unfortunately this business is like this thanks to senior authorities that are bribed or that take part in the shipments to earn more money as long as they can. I trust God that some day the consumption of drugs ends. It is a huge damage to the people. Guatemala and Belize have to walk together towards development. Belize is not to blame, I am a Salvadoran and here we are very badly, but if those dogs believe that smuggling drugs is beautiful, that they are going to come and make our lives worse. Stop it. WHY DO YOU TORMENT DECENT PEOPLE? I know the city of Belize and elsewhere, and the truth that they are very nice, not only to visit, but to live. I liked their laws and at the moment I do not know if they still have the gallows as death penalty. If it is still so, what are they waiting to hang them in public square to both crime narco promoters and other crimes. Send the Inhuman Rights defenders in a tube and keep the tranquility of their people, which is the most important thing They should not chase the backpackers, but to the petty drug traffickers of the sayache cartel who are responsible for the sponsorship of the trafficking that the zetas have in that area. In Belize city marijuana has been smoked during many years without censorship, even in central park. the U.S. must INCULCATE in schools information programmes to the children to avoid potential consumers and not only focus on hunting fortunes of the drug barons. This is a complex problem which must be resolved immediately because this diabolical vice is killing many young people and children and it is seriously affecting the economy of the people that do want to work and are blackmailed by those vandals. I do not understand if the authorities of the United States are not corrupt, how drugs are distributed in the United States. Maybe they don’t realize the movements of these business magnates. Latin America is undergoing the same process of the employees of soft drinks factories, either pepsi coca, or coca cola. The employees are fighting for market positioning and the owners are the same ones. I consider that when drugs enter the U.S., among us there are some little gringos that are in power that support this business. They donâ€™t allow those people to work without complications, just charge them a tax for that business to flow better and avoid so many massacres. Central America should adopt the free drug transit law, and let it cross to Mexico and that country must decide what to do with it. Mexico sends assassins and thugs to train youth gangs of Central America,it would be better if they stay to fight in Mexico. We can understand drug addiction as a disease which consists of addiction or dependence on certain toxic substances to our body, which affect in varying degrees our central nervous system, the judgment capacity and the perception of the environment that surrounds us, but what we do not understand is what our authorities do about it… AND WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF BELIZE BECOMES A GUATEMALAN TERRITORY… OK, I THINK THAT THE PROBLEM WOULD BE THE SAME BECAUSE IT DOES NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO COMBAT SUCH ATROCITY But if in Belize there has always been drugs, just take a stroll through Orange Street or George Street to see the precarious condition of the people there. I have lived in Belize, not everyone is an idler as the above comment states. There are exceptions as in every country. The truth is that if the U.S.were not the largest consumer there wouldn’t be such a huge demand seen in the drug market. It is time to unite efforts and put ideological or political differences aside and strive to make our country a better place to live. I REALLY DON’T KNOW IF IN THE U.S. THEY CAPTURE LOCAL DRUG DEALERS, SINCE I IMAGINE THAT AS IN LATIN AMERICA, THERE HAS TO BE LOCAL CAPOS IN THE VARIOUS COUNTIES, RESIDENTIAL COLONIES, LOCATIONS, ETC. THAT THE DEA HAS LOCATED… BUT THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE CAUGHT, ARE THEY TRIED AND CONVICTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING? Hello, the drug trafficking issue is delicate and covers many social levels, which makes it difficult to control. The first thing I consider ridiculous is to criminalize certain substances and not others, such as tobacco and alcohol, which kill far more people than other drugs. The degree of culture is also important to determine the use of the drug and not the abuse. I want to say with this that the drug itself is not bad, but the problem is the bad use that man makes of it, as with almost everything else. And let’s not talk about the widespread corruption that extends from the citizen that sees an opportunity to grow by connecting with the narcos to politicians, police and other social actors who accept money foe looking the other way. It is a sad and very complex issue and as they say, the United States should make a mea culpa because if it were not for the consumption of their society, the narcos would not have nowhere near the power and money they handle today. This is everybody’s problem, and we need everyone’s commitment to succeed! Greetings from Montevideo, Uruguay!! The drug business is the result of the same wrong criminal policies of the people, because earlier in South America transfers were made without intermediaries. By increasingly controlling through repressions, they now ship from their doors, in order that the ones that make the movements, tbe Central Americans, Mexicans and others, transforming them in armed groups with great power to corrupt authorities of each country; after being corrupted, authorities become part of the problem. This creates an arms industry, technology of international companies that their business is that there are these criminal groups, so it is a circle, that if it is not broken, it will be impossible to finish with this. It is estimated that the drug is the third industry of the world. Why is? Because it is a business. It is important to eliminate the prices of this product, and this only can be made through the legalization or regulation. This way it will affect the economy of these people and there won’t exist large utilities, so it will break the interest and criminal circle, the risks will not be taken into account. We must think of what strategies to follow. Let us not have generations of apathy without doing anything. Wake up both Latin America and United States. Where can I contact los zetas, because they are giving work to many people and in El Salvador there is no work, and if you begin a business you are blackmailed by the gang members. Please, this is my twitter. I have a good knowledge of weapons because I belonged to the army, and now I am a war veteran. Once in a digital media Hillary Clinton was asked why USA did not legalize drugs, and as a good kingpin, the director of the foreign policy of the Empire answered that it could not be legalized because there was a lot of money at stake… draw you the consequences. It is suspected that insofar as USA increases its military presence in the region, drug trafficking in the region increases… and in Afghanistan, what happened to opium cultivation, it soared to unsuspected levels since the increase of the gringo military presence in that part of Asia. We do not trust the gringos at all. seeing the situation that Belize is going through, the aid of other neighbor countries or countries with more experience is necessary to deal with drug trafficking