Independent expert selected to look into police checks in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – The crime-fighting potential of police street checks must be weighed against the possible negative impact on racialized communities, says an independent expert examining the practice in Halifax.“It might be a double-edged sword,” Scot Wortley told a board of police commissioners meeting Monday. “Street checks have potentially very detrimental impacts on certain populations and we’ve got to weigh those consequences with the possible crime-fighting potential.”The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has hired Wortley, a University of Toronto criminology professor and author on race and crime, to review street checks in Halifax after data showed black men were three times more likely than whites to be subjected to the controversial practice.Advocates of police street checks say it helps law enforcement gather intelligence and improve public safety, while opponents say it targets black people and violates human rights.Halifax police say street checks are used to record suspicious activity. Although police stop and question people, the checks can also be “passive” with information recorded based on observations rather than interactions.“This is by no means a problem that is isolated to Halifax,” Wortley said. “The issue of policing and how different minority communities are policed is probably one of the most contentious and controversial issues in law enforcement.”Wortley will conduct a detailed analysis of street check data, hold town hall-style meetings in the community, identify gaps in the data, evaluate the potential for racial bias and make recommendations.He said a final report should be ready in about two months.“I think the issue is determining what proportion of that overrepresentation (of black people in street check data) is potentially due to bias and what proportion is due to what might be called legitimate police activities,” Wortley said.He said he first became aware of racially-biased policing in Nova Scotia after a human rights inquiry in 2003 found police discriminated against Kirk Johnson.The former professional boxer claimed during the inquiry that Halifax police stopped his car dozens of times over a five-year period because of racial profiling.“The issue of racially-biased policing has existed for a long time,” Wortley said. “We’ve historically had a lot of denial … we go through a crisis cycle where the issue will disappear for a few years and then there will be a shooting or an event captured on video that creates the entire crisis again.”However, he said that it’s starting to change as provinces like Ontario become more open to collecting race-based data.“For many years in Ontario, the mantra from law enforcement was this is not a problem, this is not an issue, these are unfounded allegations,” said Wortley, who has worked with the Ontario government’s Anti-Racism Directorate to develop standards for the collection and dissemination of race-based data within the public sector.“The release of data now has made a difference at the policy level because it’s harder to ignore the realities.”Earlier this year, Ontario banned police carding, a controversial practice also known as street checks.However, Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais said the street checks conducted in Halifax differ from carding.“Carding is a totally different thing. It’s based on a geographical area,” he said. “Carding is something that really we just don’t do.”Still, Blais acknowledged that “there are community members who view the interactions with police as being less than optimal.”last_img read more

Wales To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses

first_imgThe Welsh Government will ban the use of wild animals in circuses, the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will announce today in a move congratulated by Animal Defenders International (ADI) who, for more than 20 years, have been documenting and campaigning to end the suffering of animals in UK circuses.A statement released this morning from the Welsh Government states “The way animals are treated is an important reflection of society and over the next 12 months, a bill will be introduced to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses on welfare grounds”.Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International, said: “We congratulate the Welsh Government for taking a stand to stop circus suffering in Wales and bringing a UK-wide ban one step closer.”“ADI has documented suffering and abuse in UK circuses for many years. Knowing that only a ban can protect them, we are delighted an end to the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales is finally within sight.”Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy. Welfare is inevitably compromised.The Welsh Government committed to ban wild animals in circuses back in 2013, stating it would seek an extension to draft legislation published for England by the UK Government. The bill however was left to gather dust for five years, the UK Government finally committing, in February, to act by January 2020. Around the world, 45 countries have already introduced prohibitions on animals in circuses including Scotland and Ireland.With a Welsh Government-commissioned report, published in 2016, finding that “Life for wild animals in travelling circuses…does not appear to constitute either a ‘good life’ or a ‘life worth living’” and in support of a ban, it was expected legislation would soon follow. ADI was disappointed when instead there was talk of regulation, which cannot ensure animal welfare and is unlikely to detect husbandry problems or physical abuse.Consulting the public on the broader issue of mobile animal exhibits last year, the Welsh Government also asked if a ban on wild animals in circuses should be considered. The response from the public, including ADI and Welsh supporters, was unsurprisingly overwhelming, with the Welsh Government stating that there was “strong support for a ban”.Most recently, during a debate in the Senedd in March, Assembly Members unanimously called for urgent action to bring in the ban, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths responding that she was “exploring opportunities to bring forward legislation”.Changing attitudes and awareness of animal suffering have seen the number of circuses with wild animals in Britain plummet. Only two remain: Circus Mondao and Peter Jolly’s Circus which are licensed in England and tour Wales. A third circus with big cats also performed in Wales when owner Thomas Chipperfield was unable to obtain a licence in England; it has remained off the road since.ADI revealed the miserable lives of Chipperfield’s lions and now one tiger. Living caged on the back of a truck, the animals are shut behind metal shutters at night, with restricted access to an outdoor exercise area during the day. ADI has also documented appalling overcrowding, fighting between animals, a worker tormenting a camel, animals kept inside for days on end, and failure to comply with government regulations at the winter quarters of Peter Jolly’s Circus.In support of ADI’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign in Wales, Hollywood star and Welsh actor Rhys Ifans slammed the use of wild animals in circuses saying, “Like bear baiting, witch burning and the ‘Welsh not’, this cruel practice belongs in the past”.last_img read more

CONGRATULATIONS TO BLAKE JOHNSTON – TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM WINNER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement CONGRATULATIONS TO BLAKE JOHNSTON – TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM WINNEREach and every month, Toronto’s hottest up and coming actors deliver intimate and electrifying performances as they battle for the title of Toronto’s best Actor! Judged by an expert panel of the industry’s top agents, teachers, directors, casting directors, producers and actors. The winner receives $100 cash, prizes and the honor of defending their title at the next TMS! Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: For additional information about The Toronto Monologue Slam – CLICK HERE Twitterlast_img read more

EC manipulated polling diaries in South Delhi, alleges AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that the Election Commission got the polling diaries manipulated by presiding officers in the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat. The returning officer of the South Delhi constituency, however, said it is “misinformation” and no officers were called in this regard to the EC office.AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged about 200-250 presiding officers have been called to the EC office in the last two days and they have been asked to “change sensitive information in the polling diaries”. Polling diaries are used to note hourly activity at a booth on the polling day. “These diaries contain sensitive information and we want to know why the Election Commission asked presiding officers to modify the information,” Bhardwaj claimed. An election commission official, requesting anonymity, said the officials were called for clarification over new entries in the polling diaries. Raghav Chadha, the AAP candidate from South Delhi, asked why documents are being “recreated”. “Have learnt through reliable sources that EC has summoned presiding officers of South Delhi Parliamentary Constituency’s polling stations to re-create and re-sign EVM related documents. This is shocking. What is going on? Why are docs being recreated? Are EVMs being replaced too?” Chadha tweeted.last_img read more

Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Jailed in Paris Over Rape Accusations

Rabat – Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan is facing charges and is being formally investigated since being taken into police custody by police in Paris as “part of a preliminary inquiry” into rape and assault allegations. The 55-year-old theologian has firmly denied wrongdoing and accusations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2009 and 2012, claiming that these allegations are part of a “campaign of lies launched by [his] adversaries.”According to The Times, the preliminary inquiry turned into an extensive investigation after one of his alleged victims, a disabled woman named Christelle, provided information about an intimate part of his anatomy. Ramadan, however, denied ever having made contact with her. The spokesman said that the prosecutor’s office has requested that he remains under arrest because of fears that he might leave the country. Despite the full investigation, Ramadan’s fate is still uncertain, as the French magistrates’ goal in this preliminary investigation is to decide whether the accused will face trial or not. If charges are confirmed, the renowned scholar will likely face up to 15 years in prison on the charge of rape, and up to 20 years on the separate charge of rape of a vulnerable person. Ramadan, who is the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder, was accused of rape by author and former Salafi Henda Ayari, who accused him of raping her in 2012 on the sidelines of a congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France. She was the first woman to attempt to bring Mr. Ramadan to justice, saying she was adamant to “carry this fight till the end, whatever the cost.” She was later joined by Christelle, who stepped forward and claimed she was also raped by the Swiss scholar in a French hotel in 2009.According to Ayari’s lawyer, Eric Morain, many other women were considering suing Ramadan for sexual harassment or assault.In late October, the French news daily Le Parisien reported that a third women, under the alias of Yasmina, came forward to accuse the Islamist scholar of “sexual harassment and threats.”Soon after the rape accusations surfaced, Oxford University, where he has been teaching since 2009, issued a statement that “by mutual agreement and with immediate effect,” Ramadan would take a leave of absence from his position as Professor of Contemporary Islamic studies. Online Backlash The news did not take long to stir reactions on social media. Si Tariq Ramadan a été placé en garde à vue, déféré au Parquet en vue de sa mise en examen et que son placement en détention a été requis, ce n’est pas parce qu’il est visé par deux plaintes pour viol c’est juste parce qu’il est victime d’un complot fomenté par “li siounistes” ?— Sébastien JALLAMION (@SJallamion) February 2, 2018[If Tariq Ramadan was taken into custody, referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for his indictment and his detention was not required, it is not because he is the target of two rape just because he is the victim of a conspiracy fomented by “li Siounistes” (Zionists)][<[Why Tariq Ramadan of Swiss nationality is not expelled with a ban on staying in France!Why keeping the s …. at home? #policy #TariqRamadan #viol #DomesticViolence]span>After the news of Ramadan’s arrest broke out, Queen Mary University in London faced an online backlash for hosting an event, scheduled for March 3, during which the muslim scholar is expected to take part in as a speaker.“@QMUL why are you allowing Tariq Ramadan to speak at your university when there are allegations of sexual violence against him, currently going through the criminal justice system in France?” one Twitter user said. Aliya Zaidi, a young feminist, argued that it was “only appropriate to cancel the lecture given the nature of the allegations and to keep students safe”..@QMUL why are you allowing Tariq Ramadan to speak at your university when there are allegations of sexual violence against him, currently going through the criminal justice system in France? pic.twitter.com/6LGO9DdDQ6— Akeela Ahmed (@AkeelaAhmed) January 31, 2018Pourquoi #TariqRamadan de nationalité #Suisse n’est pas expulsé avec 1 interdiction de séjour en #France ! ?Pourquoi garder la m…. chez nous ? ??#politique #TarikRamadan #viol#ViolencesConjugaleshttps://t.co/GFAlC8DumX— Gutenberg (@Gutenberg_P15) February 3, 2018“Agree with due process but at the same time it’s not appropriate to allow him to speak given that he (allegedly) uses lectures to pick up (multiple) women,” she added. I do not see anything wrong with that statement. As it is about her actions about cancelling events, when there is good that can be taken from them.— Zbigniew EG (@EG_Zbigniew) January 31, 2018After many calls for cancellation and boycott of the event, Queen Mary quickly reacted to tweets, claiming that the event was organized by a UK-based Islamic group at the Islamic Institute for Development and Research. “Please note that this event has not been organised by Queen Mary and is not taking place on our campus,” the university wrote on Twitter. “The event seems to be organised by @IIDR_Live.” You might have just answered your own question… “Allegations”, “currently going”. Should we apply a sentence before any verdict?— Ludovic Garcia (@Gorcyn) January 31, 2018 read more

Company pulls out of running to take over damaged northern Manitoba rail

WINNIPEG — A company that announced a surprise bid earlier this month to revive a troubled rail line in northern Manitoba has pulled out.iChurchill accuses the federal government of not taking its bid seriously and of focusing on a competing bid that includes many of the communities in the region.Severe flooding a year ago washed out the rail line to Churchill, Man., which is the only land link to the subarctic community of 900 on the shore of Hudson Bay.Since then, prices for food and other items have risen and the tourism industry of Churchill, a community known for polar bears, has been hit hard.The railway’s owner, Denver-based Omnitrax, has said it cannot afford to repair the rail line and wants, with government help, to transfer ownership to local communities.Omnitrax has been in negotiations with One North, a consortium of northern Manitoba communities.The federal government filed a lawsuit last year against Omnitrax, that says the company is obligated to maintain the rail line.Ottawa has also announced millions of dollars in economic diversification and research money to help the Churchill region’s economy.“We finally met last week with the government of Canada’s negotiator on the file, Mr. Wayne Wouters, and he made it clear that the government is willing to deal only with one specific company,” iChurchill CEO Louis Dufresne said in a written statement Tuesday.“We can’t understand why this is, given that our partnership meets all of the government’s stated criteria to support the restoration of rail service to Churchill.” read more

Security Council members call for intensified talks on Cyprus

In a statement to the press read out by Council President Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia, Council members commended Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the initiative he took in recent months to bridge the gap between the two sides and to enable them to reach an agreement. The members expressed the view that the proposal he put forward on 11 November, as revised on 10 December, provided a “unique opportunity to reach a settlement in the coming weeks.”Council members also voiced “regret that the Turkish Cypriot leadership has not responded in a timely way” to Mr. Annan’s initiatives, and called for “its constructive efforts to reach a settlement in conformity with the timetable proposed by the Secretary-General.”Welcoming the willingness of both sides to continue the negotiations in the period ahead, the statement underlined the importance of intensifying the talks so that full agreement will be reached before 28 February 2003, in conformity with the timetable proposed by the Secretary-General.Council members urged both sides to work on the basis of the Secretary-General’s revised proposal, drawing attention to the “unique opportunities that existed for the settlement of this long-running problem and to the benefits for all concerned from so doing, so that all Cypriots can benefit from Cyprus’ accession to the European Union,” the President said.All concerned were urged to seize “the historic opportunity to bring a peaceful, just and lasting settlement to the Cyprus problem for the benefit of all these people and the wider region,” he said, adding that Council members gave their full backing to the continuation of the Secretary-General’s mission of good offices and his effort to bring about a settlement in the first two months of 2003.The press statement followed a closed-door briefing by Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus. “There’s a lot of work to be done in the 10 weeks ahead, and it will be done,” he told reporters following the consultations. “My colleagues are on the island and we hope that we achieve success in the time remaining.”The envoy reported that the Secretary-General “has written to the two leaders today, as well as to the leaders of Greece and Turkey, setting out the road ahead as he sees it, and the work that needs to be done, and drawing their attention to the need to move fairly quickly on a number of issues that are pending.”Mr. de Soto voiced hope that “at least some preliminary work” could begin “even this week.” read more

Annan welcomes Israeli acceptance of Middle East peace plan

“He expects the parties to embark swiftly on implementing the Road Map by taking parallel and reciprocal steps in the security, humanitarian, economic and political fields,” said a statement issued in New York by a spokesman for Mr. Annan. “The Secretary-General reiterates his firmly held belief that only such steps can put an end to terror and violence, provide security and peace, and fulfil the vision of two states living side by side: a secure and prosperous Israel and a viable, democratic and sovereign Palestine.”The statement added: “The Secretary-General underscores the commitment of the United Nations along with the other Quartet partners to helping the Israelis and Palestinians to proceed along the road of peace and reconciliation as operationalized through the Road Map.”Meanwhile earlier Tuesday, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, who has been in Beirut for the last two days and had met with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, said the Road Map is a more radical and far-reaching document than any previous peace plan in the Middle East.”I think all these elements…are good reasons to have hope that we will have a peace process back on track again and also that it is more realistic now than in a very long time that we will achieve these goals of a lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East,” Mr. Roed-Larsen told reporters after the meeting. read more

As Trump claims to have saved Carrier jobs details are hazy

WASHINGTON – In persuading Carrier to keep hundreds of jobs in Indiana, President-elect Donald Trump is claiming victory on behalf of factory workers whose positions were bound for Mexico. But the scant details that have emerged so far raise doubts about the extent of the victory.By enabling Carrier’s Indianapolis plant to stay open, the deal spares about 800 union workers whose jobs were going to be outsourced to Mexico, according to federal officials who were briefed by the heating and air conditioning company. This suggests that hundreds will still lose their jobs at the factory, where roughly 1,400 workers were slated to be laid off.Also, neither Trump nor Carrier has yet to say what the workers might have to give up or precisely what threats or incentives were used to get the manufacturer to change its mind.“There’s excitement with most people, but there’s a lot of skepticism and worry because we don’t know the details,” said TJ Bray, 32, who has worked for Carrier for 14 years and installs insulation in furnaces.“There’s a few that are worried. And there’s still a few that don’t even believe this is real. They think it’s a play, a set-up or a scam.”Sen. Joe Donnelly, an Indiana Democrat, said he, too, has lingering questions about what the announcement could mean for the workers.“Who is going to be retained? What is the structure there will be for the retention? What is going to be put in place?” Donnelly said. “Are these the same jobs at the same wage? I would sure like to know as soon as I can.”Fuller answers could emerge Thursday, when Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, who is ending his tenure as Indiana governor, are to appear with Carrier officials in Indiana.On the campaign trail, Trump threatened to impose sharp tariffs on any company that shifted its factories to Mexico. And his advisers have since promoted lower corporate tax rates as a means of keeping jobs in the U.S.Trump may have had some leverage because United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, also owns Pratt & Whitney, a big supplier of fighter jet engines that relies in part on U.S. military contracts.Carrier said in a statement that more than 1,000 jobs were saved, though that figure includes headquarters and engineering staff that were likely to stay in Indiana.The company attributed its decision to the incoming Trump administration and financial incentives provided by Indiana, which is something of a reversal, since earlier offers from the state had failed to sway Carrier from decamping to Mexico.“Today’s announcement is possible because the incoming Trump-Pence administration has emphasized to us its commitment to support the business community and create an improved, more competitive U.S. business climate,” the company said.In February, United Technologies said it would close its Carrier air conditioning and heating plant in Indianapolis and move its manufacturing to Mexico. The plant’s workers would have been laid off over three years starting in 2017.Whatever deal Trump struck with Carrier does not appear to have salvaged jobs at a separate branch of United Technologies in Huntington, Indiana, that makes microprocessor-based controls for the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. That branch will move manufacturing operations to a new plant in Mexico, costing the city 700 jobs by 2018.Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters suggested that local officials lack the political clout to preserve those jobs.“At a local level, there was not much that anybody was going to do to make global, publicly traded companies make a decision other than what they made for the benefit of their shareholders,” Fetters said.Donnelly said he worries about other factory job losses threatening his state. Bearing maker Rexnord, which has a factory near the Carrier plant in Indianapolis, plans to lay off about 350 workers. And electronics manufacturer CTS plans to eliminate more than 200 jobs at its Elkhart plant, he said.Union leaders who represent the Carrier workers were not involved in the negotiations that the Trump team had with their employer.Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents Carrier workers, said of Tuesday’s news: “I’m optimistic, but I don’t know what the situation is. I guess it’s a good sign. … You would think they would keep us in the loop. But we know nothing.”Trump’s deal with Carrier may be a public relations success for the incoming president. It also suggests that he has unveiled a new presidential economic approach: actively choosing individual corporate winners and losers — or at least winners.To critics who see other Indiana factories on the verge of closing, deals like the one at Carrier are unlikely to stem the job losses caused by automation and cheap foreign competition.The prospect that the White House might directly intervene is also a concern to some economists. The incentives needed to keep jobs from moving often come at the public’s expense. They note that Trump’s activism might encourage companies to threaten to move jobs overseas in hopes of receiving tax breaks or contracts with the government.“It sets up a race to the bottom,” said Diane Lim, chief economist at the non-profit Committee for Economic Development.Carrier’s parent company indicated that moving production to Mexico would save the company $65 million annually. Because of pressures like that, states routinely give manufacturers incentives, and “economists who recoil at the thought of this are living in a dream world,” said Scott Paul, president of the American Alliance for Manufacturing.For Trump, a challenge will be trying to duplicate the Carrier feat many times over to retain and increase the nation’s 12.3 million manufacturing jobs.Since the start of 2015, the Labor Department has issued over 1,600 approvals for layoffs or plant closings as a result of shifts of production overseas or competition from imports, the American Alliance of Manufacturing noted.But other forces, such as consumer demand and the value of the dollar, also determine whether assembly lines keep humming.Payroll services provider ADP said Wednesday that manufacturers shed 10,000 jobs in November. U.S. manufacturers have struggled in the past year as a stronger dollar has cut into exports and domestic businesses have spent less on machinery and other equipment.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Trump would have to replicate the Carrier deal 804 times to meet President Barack Obama’s record. He said that Obama created 805,000 jobs in manufacturing and that the figure is much higher if existing jobs that have been protected are included.Trump acknowledged the extent of the problem on the campaign trail this year.“So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this,” he said. “We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States.”Carrier wasn’t the only company Trump assailed during the campaign. He pledged to give up Oreos after Nabisco’s parent, Mondelez International, said it would replace nine production lines in Chicago with four in Mexico. He criticized Ford after the company said it planned to invest $2.5 billion in engine and transmission plants in Mexico.___Boak and Pace reported from Washington, Slodysko from Indianapolis. AP writers Christopher S. Rugaber in Washington and Tom Davies in Indianapolis also contributed to this report. by Josh Boak, Brian Slodysko And Julie Pace, The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 6:26 am MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email As Trump claims to have saved Carrier jobs, details are hazy read more

Ramnarine lauds foiling of robbery attempt

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Top Cop indicates that gunned down bandits were targeting safeJuly 24, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop lashes out at Judiciary for its ‘careless, insensitive’ granting of bailOctober 24, 2016In “latest news”Alleged Assassination Plot not properly investigated- RamnarineJuly 29, 2017In “Crime” …resulting in bandit’s deathDavid RamnarineActing Top Cops, David Ramnarine, says that the action taken by a businessman yesterday in Belvior Court, Georgetown, resulting in the death of a bandit and foiling a possible robbery attempt, is commendable and he encourages other citizens to act in a similar manner. Ramnarine was at the time responding to media operatives who asked for a comment on the matter, earlier today.“I believe that based on the initial reports I received, [it was] a commendable, brave, courageous… piece of action by the occupants of that car to deter the efforts of someone…to commit some crime and more citizens need to do just that,” he said.Inews had previously reported that one bandit was shot dead following a shootout at the above mentioned location, during the wee hours of Sunday morning, while another man was hospitalized for a wound to his elbow. Based on reports received, the incident occurred sometime after mid-night while a businessman and his two friends were returning home from a movie night out. This online publication understands that the three men stopped their car in Belvior to purchase something to eat. However, as they proceeded along their way, they found that the street had been blocked off by a car. After honking at the motor vehicle, several men reportedly exited the same vehicle, all armed. The alleged perpetrators then began to fire at the motor vehicle in which the businessman and his friends were in, however they were unaware that one of the men (the businessman) was armed as well.As the exchange of fire between the two sides continued for several minutes, the business man’s friend who was in the driver’s seat sustained a gunshot wound to his elbow. Subsequently, as the businessman continued to return fire (he was in the back seat of the motorcar), he managed to shoot and kill one of the bandits, identified as Ray Goulding, 32 of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. Ray GouldingAfter his accomplices noticed that Goulding was dead, they quickly scurried away leaving his body at the location.The police were informed and upon arriving at the scene, a .32pistol used by the dead man was found near him. The post mortem on the body is expected to be conducted sometime during this week. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Lastminute Darren Bent goal earns point for Fulham at Old Trafford

first_imgYouTube credit: FootballGoalsHDYouTube credit: FootballGoalsHDAdditional reporting by Paul FennessyFirst published at 15.42© AFP, 2014Spurs steal ahead in top-four pursuit thanks to classy Adebayor strike>Lennon takes players to task as Celtic lose hold on Cup> Updated at 18.12DARREN BENT SCORED a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser as the Premier League’s bottom club Fulham undermined Manchester United’s Champions League hopes in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.Fulham had taken a shock lead through Steve Sidwell in the 19th minute, but quick-fire goals from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick in the final 12 minutes appeared to have set United on course for victory.There was one final twist in the tale, however, as deep into stoppage time David de Gea could only push a Kieran Richardson shot into the air and Bent nodded in the rebound to earn Fulham a vital point.The draw left United nine points adrift of Liverpool, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League place, while Fulham inched to within four points of safety at the foot of the table.Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen, a former United coach, had seen his side eliminated by third-tier Sheffield United in the FA Cup in mid-week, but after weathering early pressure, his side took a shock lead.As Fulham attacked down the left, Sidwell drifted into the box undetected and when Lewis Holtby picked him out with a lofted pass, the former Chelsea midfielder slid in to tuck a side-foot volley past De Gea.United were not slow to react, Van Persie, Ashley Young and Carrick going close, but Richardson should have doubled Fulham’s lead in the 37th minute when he shot over with only De Gea to beat.United resumed control, with Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saving from Carrick and Nemanja Vidic before producing a stunning reflex stop to thwart Wayne Rooney early in the second half.United manager David Moyes introduced Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez asUnited laid siege to the visitors’ goal and the pressure finally told in the 78th minute when Van Persie tucked in a volleyed cross from Juan Mata.Less than two minutes later the turnaround was complete as Carrick beat Stekelenburg with a deflected shot from the edge of the box.Moyes celebrated with scarcely disguised relief, but in the penultimate minute of stoppage time Bent scored to complete another day of despair for the champions.United now find themselves six points behind fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur, who stole a march on Everton with a 1-0 victory over their Champions League qualification rivals at White Hart Lane.YouTube credit: FootballGoalsHDYouTube credit: Foot Goalslast_img read more

Dont Miss the Opportunity to Protect Your Familys Legacy Register Now for

first_imgIf you didn’t make it to the Succession Planning Workshop in Sioux Falls this week, there’s no need to worry—you can still register for this important multi-generational business continuity planning session coming to a city near you.As you look to retire and pass along the farm to your kids, do you have a plan to successfully transition and maintain profitability? Ask yourself these questions: Who do I want to make the decisions? What if that person doesn’t want to continue farming? What role will I have on the farm in the future? How do I communicate my intentions to my kids? These are all important questions that any business operator needs to ask and answer.You can find answers by attending one of ASA’s Succession Planning Regional Workshops. ASA in partnership with eLegacyConnect is conducting a series of six regional succession planning educational workshops in 2014. The Succession Planning Workshops titled “Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning,” are sponsored by Farm Credit and AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Kentucky Soybean Association, Michigan Soybean Association and Ohio Soybean Association. The remaining workshop dates and locations are: Aug. 4, Memphis, Tenn., AgriCenter InternationalAug. 6, Paducah, Ky,, Julian Carroll Convention CenterAug.19, Columbus, Ohio, Renaissance Columbus DowntownAug. 21, Fort Wayne, Ind., The Landmark CentreThe workshops are open to all soybean producers and have a registration fee for ASA members of $50 for the first person in a family and $30 for each additional family member. For non ASA members, the registration fee for the first person in a family is $90 and a $70 fee is charged for each additional person. To register, click here and choose which session you want to attend. Walk-ins are welcome.The workshops are taught by Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design. Legacy by Design is a firm dedicated to succession planning for farm families and agribusiness owners. Over the last 10 years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.For more information about these workshops, visit ASA’s website. For more information about eLegacyConnect, click here.last_img read more

BSO deputy arrested for shoplifting in uniform at Walmart

first_imgSpeaking with 7News Monday afternoon, Israel praised the agency’s investigators for their work.“Our public corruption deputies received this information, they followed it diligently, and at the end of the trail, they had to arrest one of their own,” he said. “Not an easy thing to do, but they did their job, because they know no one is above the law.”Guzman was charged with three misdemeanor counts of petty theft. He was taken to the Broward County Jail but has since bonded out.The deputy is not the only local law enforcer accused of stealing from a Walmart while at work. In 2016, BSO Deputy Dean Korenic was arrested for allegedly shoplifting during multiple trips to Walmarts in Coral Springs. He was accused of swiping items ranging from cologne to coffee before he was slapped with a felony charge of scheme to defraud/obtain property under $20,000.Monday evening, 7News knocked on the front door of Guzman’s Pembroke Pines home, but no one answered.Guzman has been suspended with pay but is expected to be suspended without pay after the State Attorney’s Office formally files charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has arrested one of their own after a deputy was accused of shoplifting at a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes– all while still in uniform.Investigators arrested Deputy Henry Guzman on Monday morning. Guzman is a 13-year veteran of the department.According to BSO, their agency’s Public Corruption Unit teamed up with Walmart after they received information that Guzman was stealing from the large retailer.Investigators said over the course of three days, Guzman entered the Walmart located along State Road 7 and stole DVDs and “Star Wars” action figures.“He did it in full uniform,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.Walmart said the total for the loss was about $200.Guzman reported to BSO’s internal affairs division before he was taken into custody. last_img read more

Brush fire sparks along Alligator Alley in West Broward no homes threatened

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are monitoring a brush fire that broke out on Friday along Alligator Alley in West Broward.A 7News viewer sent in video of the blaze that has consumed several acres.Officials believe lightning sparked the flames and said the fire will burn itself out eventually.The blaze is not burning near any homes. Firefighters are not expected to respond.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons World Travel Holdings Named One Of The 50 Most

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — World Travel Holdings announces being named as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplace in North America. This annual award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.“The companies we honor as the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces have made the employee experience, engagement and recognition the highest priority. They understand how critical employee engagement is to company performance, and what a competitive advantage it provides,” said Aris Zakinthinos, Achievers General Manager. “The companies on this list serve as role models for other businesses by creating an engagement strategy that cultivates a high-performing workplace.”Engagement has always been and always will be a cornerstone of World Travel Holdings’ employee outreach. However, this year in particular, the company saw its commitment to engagement pay off right before its eyes. In the fall of 2017 hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc on the Southeastern U.S., personally impacting more than 40 percent of its workforce. Employees from around the country stepped in to help affected colleagues through the company’s Employee Emergency Assistance Fund. Our employees came together and raised $20,000, which included a $10,000 corporate donation match and helped 30 employees rebuild their homes and lives.“It was truly heartwarming to see our engaged workforce come together and show such support and reassurance for coworkers whom they had never even met before,” said Loren Kennedy, vice president of human resources. “This year, we named our Achievers entry ‘Engaging the Remarkable Way’ because we want to engage our employees the way that they engage our customers and each other — by standing by and embracing our mission to ‘Deliver a Remarkable Experience.’The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed judges comprised of employee engagement academics, industry analysts, thought leaders, journalists and influencers. Applicants were evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.World Travel Holdings will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Award at the awards gala on October 22, 2018, at The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada before the opening of this year’s Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference.About AchieversThe Achievers Employee Engagement Platform combines an award-winning employee recognition and rewards solution with an active listening interface to accelerate employee engagement. Designed for today’s workplace, Achievers’ innovative cloud-based platform can increase and align employee engagement to business objectives and success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Achievers connects with employees directly. It’s an always-on, open channel to hear and understand what matters to the individual, and then it closes the loop, delivering bite-sized, personalized actions for both employees and managers, so everyone is empowered to impact engagement right away. The Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement, and performance. To learn more about Achievers, visit us at http://www.achievers.com. Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.About World Travel HoldingsWorld Travel Holdings is the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company with a portfolio of more than 40 diverse brands. In addition to owning some of the largest brands distributing cruises, villas, hotels, resort vacations, cars and luxury travel services, World Travel Holdings has a vast portfolio of licensed private label partnerships comprised of top leisure travel providers, including almost every U.S. airline, leading hotel brands and prominent corporations. The company also operates a top-rated travel agency franchise and the country’s original host agency, and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in work-at-home employment. Its global presence includes operating multiple cruise and vacation brands in the United Kingdom. World Travel Holdings has offices in Wilmington, Mass.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Virginia Beach, Va.; New York, NY; and Chorley, England. For more information, visit WorldTravelHoldings.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from World Travel Holdings.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s World Travel Holdings Named 1 Of 50 Most Engaged Workplaces In North AmericaIn “Business”Wilmington’s World Travel Holdings Selected As 1 Of 50 Most Engaged Workplaces In North AmericaIn “Business”Wilmington’s World Travel Holdings Awarded For Innovative Employee Engagement ProgramsIn “Business”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 20 Toilet Paper Lit On Fire At High

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, September 20, 2018:Stephanie N. Tenters (29, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended or Revoked License and Failure To Notify RMV of Name/Address Change. (1:38pm)Police received report that a small piece of toilet paper was lit on fire in the high school bathroom near the event entrance, causing an odor. No need for fire alarm activation. Toilet paper is out and fire department is aware. (1:54pm)Fire Department responded to rig fire at Benevento Sand & Stone on Salem Street. No injuries noted. (3:19pm)Police placed a 51-year-old Wilmington man in protective custody. He was staggering in the roadway at Main Street and Kirk Street, appearing intoxicated. (6:41pm)Police received report of an erratic operator who almost caused a head-on collision by driving in the wrong lane on Ballardvale Street. Police spoke with operator and gave him a verbal warning for a marked lanes violation. (10:17pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 17: Parking & Traffic Issues; Lost Wallet; Brush FireIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 1: Man Arrested For OUI (Drugs); Resident Taps Into & Damages Fire HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Bethel City Council imposes 6month hold on marijuana operations

first_img(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Bethel City Council unanimously passed a six-month moratorium on marijuana license applications on Tuesday. The moratorium places a hold on the city processing any land use, zoning, or licensing approvals for marijuana operations in Bethel.Council Member Zach Fansler serves on the City Marijuana Advisory Committee and introduced the measure to buy the city time to work out its regulations.“There’s a lot of question marks out there,” Fansler said. “This moratorium is looking to provide the committee time to do its job properly, provide us time to get clarification on things that others may be doing around the state, see what’s working and what isn’t and how these guidelines are being interpreted on a state level, and how it will affect us here since we are in a unique situation here compared to those on the road system.”Zoning and “public places” are two areas to examine, Fansler said. He also wants to pull community advisers into the devising process— experts like the Planning Committee, emergency responders, and legal counsel.“What we need is six months to do the work as a committee and do the research and communicate the entities who would be involved in something of this nature,” he said.He wants the committee to submit recommendations to council within four months.Also at the meeting, the council discussed writing a letter to the Army Corp of Engineers, asking the group to extend the public comment period on the Donlin Creek draft environmental impact statement from six months to a year. Council member Nikki Hoffman suggested the letter as a way to give the city and region more time to absorb the about 5,000-page document. (For a visual, KYUK’s printed copy stands over a foot high.)“I don’t think a year is too generous,” Hoffman said. “I that’s almost minimal to the fact that this is going to be a 27-year mining project.”Fansler suggested reaching out to regional partners and governments to create a unified response.“AVCP, BNC, ONC come to mind to see if they were interested in fashioning similar letters of support, the communities who are up and down the Kuskokwim River,” he said.Hoffman said the extension would also allow the city time to plan for how to integrate an influx of people into a city already struggling with housing and infrastructure.“They’re going to need to be living somewhere. They’re going to be needing to flush their toilets and get some water. These are things that are already impacting our community as is, without Donlin being here,” she said.Mayor Rick Robb opposed the letter, saying a delay could be seen as resistance to a project that could provide hundreds of local jobs and an economic base to start a borough.The motion to write the letter failed unanimously since the resolution did not appear on the meeting agenda. The council discussed revisiting the motion at its next session.The EIS six-month comment period ends in April. A Bethel community meeting to gather public comment on the document will occur at the Cultural Center on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. The region-wide meeting schedule can be found here.In further council news, the body unanimously voted to donate around $5,000 worth of furniture to the ONC Senior Center Program.And for the second meeting in a row, the council postponed discussing a proposed ordinance mandating GPS and surveillance cameras in cabs. Council Member Chuck Herman said the Public Safety and Transportation Commission unanimously voted to oppose the measure for the second time.“No one has really proposed a clear reason they want it,” Herman said, “and continually it seems that everyone is grasping at new things that are what they’re trying to solve with this without giving a substantive reason why we should impose this cost and this burden on a private burden and have this new thing that takes over privacy.”The council next meets Feb. 9.last_img read more

Flipkart Plans to Phase Out Desktop Ads Move to Mobile

first_imgA 10-fold increase in mobile traffic in less than 18 months has prompted Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart to gradually shift advertisements from its desktop website to its mobile platform.”A year ago, 6% of our traffic was coming from mobile. In less than 18 months, that traffic is 10-fold. That shows the significance of what a mobile phone is doing for the consumers and consequently doing for us,” Michael Adnani, Flipkart’s vice president, retail and head of brand alliances, told The Economic Times.The company has also probably factored in the fact that many of India’s 240 million Internet users prefer mobile phones to access the web.Flipkart sees nearly 75 percent of its traffic coming from mobile app, while Myntra generates 90 percent from mobile platform. By shifting to app-only format, these companies expect the costs to come down, gain more exclusive customers and limit dependence on technology giants such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for marketing purposes.The e-tailer is fast developing its mobile ad platform and will begin rolling out ads on its mobile within three months, Livemint said, quoting sources privy to the development. The company will persuade its ad clients to move their marketing initiatives to the mobile after it begins publishing ads on its app, the sources said.However, Flipkart will not put an end to publishing desktop ads immediately but aims to discontinue it gradually over the next year, the sources added.After Myntra announced that it would shut down its online website and move to app-only from 1 May, Flipkart also decided to go follow suit. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, Internet users in the country are expected to go up to 580 million by 2018, with 70-80 percent of them using mobile phones to access the web.India is currently the third-largest Internet market globally with more than 243 million users.”As a mobile company, we at Cleartrip are always looking for quality mobile inventory, and Flipkart’s mobile app serves as a great platform for us to advertise,” Cleartrip chief marketing officer Subramanya Sharma said.Flipkart is witnessing about 8 million shipments per month, with users in small cities and towns accounting for two-thirds of its online traffic.Flipkart’s move to migrate to app-only format acquires more importance in these places as many do not possess desktop computers and have poor broadband access.”Brands will go where customers are going and it’s clear that Indian shoppers have taken to apps like nowhere else in the world. If Flipkart is getting such heavy traffic from the mobile app, it makes sense for them to show ads there,” said Dippak Khurana, chief executive mobile ad tech firm Vserv Digital Services Pvt. Ltd.last_img read more

ATT Confirms DirecTV Now Price Hikes Launches New Slimmer Bundles With HBO

first_img Popular on Variety For DirecTV Now customers on the older packages, the new prices effective April 12 will be: Live a Little (65+ channels) for $50/month; Just Right (85+ channels) for $65/month; Go Big (105+ channels) for $75/month; Gotta Have It (125+ channels) for $85/month; and Todo y Más (90+ channels) for $55/month.Word of the price hikes for legacy DirecTV Now packages and the two new bundles leaked out this past weekend, after AT&T posted preliminary info on its website.While AT&T’s DirecTV Now shakeup stands to make the over-the-top service more profitable on a per-subscriber basis, the higher prices are bound to cause many users to bail — and switch to rival OTT live TV packages like YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV or Dish Network’s Sling TV. In the fourth quarter of 2018, DirecTV Now lost 267,000 net subscribers after the company ended virtually all promotional pricing, and ended 2018 with about 1.6 million DirecTV Now subscribers.Meanwhile, AT&T’s WarnerMedia is gearing up to launch a suite of subscription VOD services, centered on HBO, Turner and Warner Bros., targeted for a Q4 2019 launch. AT&T is overhauling its DirecTV Now pricing and packaging strategy — including hiking prices for existing customers by $10 across the board — a move that could lead to more subscriber losses for the company’s flagging pay-TV business.At the same time, AT&T is launching two new DirecTV Now packages: Plus, at $50 per month for up to 46 channels; and Max, $70 per month for up to 59 channels. Both include AT&T-owned HBO, HBO Family and HBO Latino along with networks from WarnerMedia (Turner), NBCUniversal, Disney and Fox, and exclude channels from A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery and Viacom.The previous DirecTV packages are no longer available to new customers.In a notice to customers posted Wednesday, AT&T confirmed that the prices of all DirecTV Now base packages will increase by $10 per month effective April 12, 2019. It’s the second price increase for DirecTV Now in less than a year, after the telco jacked up the prices by $5 per month last summer. Customers with those packages — Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, and the Spanish-language Todo y Más — will retain their current lineups as long as they continue to keep the service. Also, starting March 13, 2019, DirecTV Now legacy customers will pay $15 per month for HBO and $11 monthly for Cinemax (both previously offered for $5) while Starz will cost $11 per month (previously $8). The Brazilian package is increasing to $30 per month and the Deportes add-on is increasing to $15 a month.The new DirecTV Now Plus $50 entry-level package includes HBO, HBO Family and HBO Latino and local ABC, CBS, Fox, CW and MyNetworkTV stations (though broadcast nets are not available in all markets). Cable networks in the bundle are AccuWeather, AT&T’s Audience, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Freeform, FX, FX Movie Channel, FXX, Hallmark Channel, HLN, MSNBC, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Channel, NBCSN, Ovation, Oxygen, Pop, Revolt, Syfy, TBS, TCM, TNT, TruTV, Universal Kids and USA Network.DirecTV Now Max ($70 per month) includes all those channels as well as Cinemax and sports networks ESPNews, ESPNU, BTN, CBS Sports Network, FS2, Golf Channel, Longhorn Network, MSG, MSG+, Olympic Channel, SEC Network and YES Network (with regional sports networks available only in certain markets).“Both new packages provide slimmer, quality-driven content lineups at competitive prices and with no annual contract,” AT&T said in announcing DirecTV Now Plus and DirecTV Now Max. Customers who take the $50 Plus package can add Cinemax for $11 extra per month; Starz and Showtime are also available for an additional $11 per month each.AT&T had argued that its takeover of Time Warner “will enable the merged company to reduce prices, offer innovative video products, and compete more effectively” against tech giants Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google. The telco made those claims in a court challenge by the Justice Department, which sought to block the merger on antitrust grounds. Last month, a U.S. Appeals Court upheld a previous ruling approving the AT&T/Time Warner deal. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Gangweary Salvadorans elect Nayib Bukele as new president

first_imgSalvadorans on Sunday elected Nayib Bukele, the popular former mayor of San Salvador, as the Central American country’s new president — a result that ends the near 30-year grip on power of its two largest parties.The country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) awarded him 53.78 percent of votes with 87.67 percent counted — a lead it considered “irreversible.”The 37-year-old president-elect, of the conservative Grand Alliance for National Unity (GANA) party, wore jeans and a leather jacket as he celebrated with supporters — thousands chanting his name and waving flags in the capital’s central Plaza Morazan.“It’s a victory for the Salvadoran people, today we won in the first round and we have made history,” said Bukele, who despite being a firm favorite was expected to face a second round of voting.He has promised to increase investment in education and fight corruption — but his main task will be to confront insecurity in a country ravaged by gang violence.He will also have to form an alliance with the rightwing opposition, which dominates congress, and govern with them until at least 2021 when the next legislative elections are held.Bukele’s opponents — Carlos Calleja of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), and Hugo Martinez of the leftist Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN) — quickly recognized the win. For nearly three decades, their parties have had a firm hold on Salvadoran politics.“We recognize the results of these elections. We are going to call the president-elect to wish him luck in facing the challenges in this country,” said Calleja, the runner-up with 31.62 percent of votes. The FMLN’s Martinez took third place with 13.77 percent.Meanwhile, Organization of American States (OAS) secretary general Luis Almagro congratulated Bukele on Twitter.“We congratulate @nayibbukele for his historic victory in the first round. We celebrate his proposal for a new chapter for El Salvador. And we salute the political matuirty of the contending candidates in accepting his victory,” Almagro said.– Long lines –Some 5.2 million people participated in the election, according to the elections authority chief Julio Olivo.Voters formed long lines outside polling stations in parts of San Salvador, where gang violence and insecurity are endemic. El Salvador is among the world’s most violent countries with a murder rate of 51 per 100,000 citizens.“It’s honestly scary to go out alone in the street, you never know what can happen you,” first-time voter Gabriela Solorzano, 19, said at a polling station in the gang stronghold of Mejicanos in the capital’s north, her brother holding her hand.In nearby streets, where graffiti on the walls testify to the presence of criminal gangs, many voters arrived aboard buses laid on by the political parties.But outgoing President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, of the FMLN, said voting proceeded “very calmly and very normally.”Some 23,000 police officers and 15,000 soldiers were deployed to protect the sixth presidential election since democracy was restored in 1992 — after 12 years of bloody civil war between state security forces and leftist guerrillas.– ‘Daring security solutions’ –For analyst Roberto Canas, Salvadorans “buried” the bipartisanship that “could not read the needs of the people, such as the insecurity experienced daily on the streets.”Confronting insecurity will certainly be a key challenge for Bukele, who Canas said “personified the population’s tiredness.”According to authorities, gang violence was the source of most of last year’s 3,340 reported murders — and gangs are said to have 70,000 members, with 17,000 behind bars.“The new president must offer daring security solutions,” Carlos Carcach, an analyst and professor at the Higher School of Economy and Business in El Salvador, told AFP.In the past, rightwing governments opted for repression or secret negotiations with gangs. Meanwhile under the FMLN’s Mauricio Funes (2009- 2014), there was a truce between the country’s two main gangs which temporarily reduced homicides.Another task will be to reduce illegal immigration to the United States — as President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off aid if the flow of Central American migrants is not stemmed.During the last few months of 2018, more than 3,000 Salvadorans joined caravans marching towards the United States, fleeing gangs and a lack of jobs.The other main worry for Salvadorans is the economy. Although it grew by 2.6 percent in 2018, its biggest rise in five years, that is considered insufficient to cover the demand for new employment.Bukele will have to juggle the need to raise taxes to cover an external debt of more than $9.5 billion while trying to maintain social programs in a country where the minimum wage of $300 a month is barely enough to buy food.Just over 30 percent of El Salvador’s 6.6 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:El Salvador court freezes ex-president’s bank accounts US puts heads of El Salvador MS-13 gang on sanctions list Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica El Salvador acquits woman charged with murder over premature birthlast_img read more