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Colombia’s Military, National Police, and Judiciary Improve Public Safety

first_imgThe government’s new strategy to decrease the number of killings and assaults, as well as lesser offenses, calls on the Military and police to concentrate on combating micro-extortion, illegal mining, theft, and firearms trafficking, as well as battling violent criminal groups, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In 2014, the Colombian Armed Forces and National Police neutralized six high-ranking FARC leaders and persuaded 1,175 former terrorists to demobilize. This approach calls on the Military and police to tailor their approaches to specific regions. Fighting criminal groups The high rate of demobilization reflects not only the success of the campaigns and the strong performance of the Armed Forces, but “it also shows the dissatisfaction, the mistreatment, and the violence perpetrated against the members of these organizations,” Pinzón said. These were two of the government campaign highlights against terrorist groups in 2014, which were released recently by Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. A bold new approach The new crime-fighting policy contributed to a reduced homicide rate of 27.8 per 100,000 inhabitants – the lowest rate in 34 years. In 2014, there were 10 mass killings, the lowest number since 2011. It was also a 58 percent reduction from the number of mass killings committed in 2013, according to the Office of the President. In all, 1,175 former members of the FARC and 170 ex-ELN operatives demobilized in 2014. The new crime-fighting policy contributed to a reduced homicide rate of 27.8 per 100,000 inhabitants – the lowest rate in 34 years. In 2014, there were 10 mass killings, the lowest number since 2011. It was also a 58 percent reduction from the number of mass killings committed in 2013, according to the Office of the President. “We’re working against all of the forms of financing criminal activities and delinquency: drug trafficking, criminal mining, smuggling, extortion,” Pinzón said. This approach calls on the Military and police to tailor their approaches to specific regions. Large cocaine seizures As a consequence of the Emergency Plan to combat urban crime, introduced by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in October 2014, there was also a reduction in non-violent common crime in 2014. Security forces also made strong progress against FARC leaders, neutralizing six of them. Of these, three were killed, two were captured, and one demobilized, according to the Ministry of Defense. Security forces also captured 2,329 FARC members and killed another 250 in various operations. “I would like this year [2015] to be one of reconciliation,” Santos said in an official statement released January 16. “Differences must not be settled with bullets and fists, but through dialogue. This will also allow us to significantly decrease the homicides caused by intolerance among our fellow citizens.” Very good news Please mention when this happened. When it happened is neither admitted nor verified. thanks to these men and women who belong to our honorific army the country has a different face now what’s lacking is more decision making by the government This is what we need in our Colombian territory, peace, security and tranquility.And I hope that whoever wants to sleep in the parks, gardens and terraced land as we did as children when we played house in our beautiful villages of that period and watch the sunsets when we’d fall asleep looking at the starsAn observation for our government, don’t destroy what’s seized from the guerrilla fighters criminal gangs or illegal miners, leave it the way it’s done with asset seizures for the country’s use. I’m making this comment because of the articles issued by the Ministry of Defense today, March 5, in the morning The soldiers and police should be collaborators when the military action is reduced in all the activities required by the communities in the country for the well being of the country The new strategy helped the Military and police make inroads against illegal groups, such as the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN), and criminal gangs (BACRIM). Consequently, Santos decided to make the Emergency Plan a permanent policy in 2015. The government will continue to do all it can in 2015 to improve public safety throughout Colombia. “It’s about driving work that is based on planning a differentiated service that responds to the particular problems of each area,” according to comments by Patricia Bulla, a Security and Defense coordinator with nongovernmental organization Fundación Ideas para la Paz. Colombian security forces made important strides against drug trafficking in 2014, seizing 166 tons of cocaine, 349 kilograms of heroin, and 300 tons of marijuana. Law enforcement authorities also sprayed 55,500 hectares of illegal coca crops and eradicated 11,700 hectares that were used for illegal coca cultivation. The Emergency Plan was in effect for 90 days and was implemented by the Judiciary, together with the country’s security forces, in 111 cities that account for 82 percent of the country’s crimes: Medellín, Pereira, Ibagué, Pasto, Cali, Barranquilla, Cúcuta, Bucaramanga, Bogotá, Villavicencio and Neiva. “We’re working against all of the forms of financing criminal activities and delinquency: drug trafficking, criminal mining, smuggling, extortion,” Pinzón said. Large cocaine seizures “The year 2014 became a year of actions and results in relation to security in Colombia,” Defense Minister Pinzón said during a January 8 press conference. Security forces also confiscated 71.8 tons of explosives and disarmed 2,148 explosive devices. Fighting criminal groups In all, 1,175 former members of the FARC and 170 ex-ELN operatives demobilized in 2014. “I would like this year [2015] to be one of reconciliation,” Santos said in an official statement released January 16. “Differences must not be settled with bullets and fists, but through dialogue. This will also allow us to significantly decrease the homicides caused by intolerance among our fellow citizens.” In 2014, the Colombian Armed Forces and National Police neutralized six high-ranking FARC leaders and persuaded 1,175 former terrorists to demobilize. These were two of the government campaign highlights against terrorist groups in 2014, which were released recently by Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. For example, 82 percent of the 1,101 municipalities in the country did not register an effective presence by the FARC, compared to 77 percent in 2012. The effective presence of the ELN is even lower, with only four percent of the nation’s municipalities reporting significant ELN operations. As for BACRIM, 86 percent of the country’s municipalities reported they are free of gangs. Colombian security forces made important strides against drug trafficking in 2014, seizing 166 tons of cocaine, 349 kilograms of heroin, and 300 tons of marijuana. Law enforcement authorities also sprayed 55,500 hectares of illegal coca crops and eradicated 11,700 hectares that were used for illegal coca cultivation. Security forces also confiscated 71.8 tons of explosives and disarmed 2,148 explosive devices. The new strategy helped the Military and police make inroads against illegal groups, such as the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN), and criminal gangs (BACRIM). Cutting off the revenue streams that the FARC and other illegal groups rely on is a key component of the government’s strategy to improve public safety. For example, 82 percent of the 1,101 municipalities in the country did not register an effective presence by the FARC, compared to 77 percent in 2012. The effective presence of the ELN is even lower, with only four percent of the nation’s municipalities reporting significant ELN operations. As for BACRIM, 86 percent of the country’s municipalities reported they are free of gangs. “It’s about driving work that is based on planning a differentiated service that responds to the particular problems of each area,” according to comments by Patricia Bulla, a Security and Defense coordinator with nongovernmental organization Fundación Ideas para la Paz. Understanding the “real causes” of delinquency is an important component of improving security, Bulla said. Law enforcement authorities also scored important victories against illegal mining enterprises, seizing 739 kilograms of illegally mined gold and destroying 90 backhoes used by criminal groups. The government’s new strategy to decrease the number of killings and assaults, as well as lesser offenses, calls on the Military and police to concentrate on combating micro-extortion, illegal mining, theft, and firearms trafficking, as well as battling violent criminal groups, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Thanks to cooperative joint operations involving the Colombian Armed Forces, the National Police and the Judiciary, the country accomplished these and several other significant victories in the fight against violence in 2014, hence improving overall public safety in Colombia. Law enforcement authorities also scored important victories against illegal mining enterprises, seizing 739 kilograms of illegally mined gold and destroying 90 backhoes used by criminal groups. “The year 2014 became a year of actions and results in relation to security in Colombia,” Defense Minister Pinzón said during a January 8 press conference. The high rate of demobilization reflects not only the success of the campaigns and the strong performance of the Armed Forces, but “it also shows the dissatisfaction, the mistreatment, and the violence perpetrated against the members of these organizations,” Pinzón said. Security forces also made strong progress against FARC leaders, neutralizing six of them. Of these, three were killed, two were captured, and one demobilized, according to the Ministry of Defense. Security forces also captured 2,329 FARC members and killed another 250 in various operations. Though the Military and police have been successful in weakening the FARC in recent years, security forces also made good progress against the ELN in 2014, neutralizing four of its leaders, capturing 537 — an increase of 46 percent over the number arrested in 2013 — and killing 46. Though the Military and police have been successful in weakening the FARC in recent years, security forces also made good progress against the ELN in 2014, neutralizing four of its leaders, capturing 537 — an increase of 46 percent over the number arrested in 2013 — and killing 46. By Dialogo February 04, 2015 Thanks to cooperative joint operations involving the Colombian Armed Forces, the National Police and the Judiciary, the country accomplished these and several other significant victories in the fight against violence in 2014, hence improving overall public safety in Colombia. Understanding the “real causes” of delinquency is an important component of improving security, Bulla said. As a consequence of the Emergency Plan to combat urban crime, introduced by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in October 2014, there was also a reduction in non-violent common crime in 2014. The Emergency Plan was in effect for 90 days and was implemented by the Judiciary, together with the country’s security forces, in 111 cities that account for 82 percent of the country’s crimes: Medellín, Pereira, Ibagué, Pasto, Cali, Barranquilla, Cúcuta, Bucaramanga, Bogotá, Villavicencio and Neiva. Cutting off the revenue streams that the FARC and other illegal groups rely on is a key component of the government’s strategy to improve public safety. A bold new approach Consequently, Santos decided to make the Emergency Plan a permanent policy in 2015. The government will continue to do all it can in 2015 to improve public safety throughout Colombia. last_img read more

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Credit Union CFO Focus: Liability-driven investing

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Liability-driven investing (LDI) is a strategy employers use to reduce variations in the surplus of their pension plans and required employer contributions.Almost a third (32 percent) of corporate pension plan sponsors are in the process of implementing or have implemented an LDI strategy, while another 18 percent are very likely to implement an LDI strategy, according to Clear Path Analysis’ report Pension Plan De-risking, North America 2015.However, LDI is not as prevalent in the credit union space as in the corporate pension world. By following the corporate pension world’s lead, credit unions can reduce the volatility in their defined benefit plan.Surplus is the difference between the assets and liabilities in an employer’s pension plan. For example, if a pension plan has assets of $1 million and liabilities of $800,000, it has a surplus of $200,000. The goal of a liability-driven investing strategy is to reduce the volatility or variation of a plan’s surplus and, consequently, improve the predictability of pension expense and required employer contributions. continue reading »last_img read more

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Amityville Man Charged With Killing Man Found Dead in Manorville

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect has been arrested for allegedly killing a 36-year-old Amityville man whose body was found on fire in Manorville last week, Suffolk County police said.Bryan RosalesMejia, 21, also of Amityville, was charged with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the suspect killed German Guzman, whose burning remains were found within the Otis Pike Preserve off Wading River-Manor Road on Thursday.RosalesMejia was ordered held without bail Saturday. He is due back in court Friday.last_img read more

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One Billion Rising invites you to dance on Valentine’s Day in campaign against violence

first_img2. Create equal pay and work opportunities and safe workplaces; eradicate outsourcing;3. Provide welfare for poor people living in urban areas;4. End child marriage;5. End discrimination against minorities;6. Stop commercialization of health;7. Keep in place requirements for construction permits and environmental analysis;8. Stop military operations in Papua;9. Stop criminalization of activists;10. Stop acts of intolerance;11. Pass the protection of domestic workers bill;12. Stop land-grabbing and forest fires;13. Stop criminalizing sex workers;14. Realize women’s rights for sexual reproduction.Through the campaign, Dinda said, OBR hopes to increase public awareness that “social injustice is a real issue” that everyone — not only activists, victims and survivors — should speak up against.“Our purpose is to achieve equality for everyone,” she said. Beginning on Feb. 14, 2012, the OBR movement was launched in response to statistics published by the United Nations that one in three women – or around 1 billion women – experience sexual or physical abuse during their lifetime. Prior to the event planned for Friday, OBR started online and offline campaigns on Jan. 17 and Feb. 8, respectively, including a zine workshop, movie screenings and discussions.Topics : “Hopefully this event will serve as a platform for Indonesian women to speak up against the injustice they have been subjected to,” OBR 2020 coordinator Dinda Deselia said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Read also: ’Don’t let us fight by ourselves’: The women who fight to make Indonesia a safer placeThe campaign calls on the government and other stakeholders in the country to fulfil 14 demands, namely:1. Put an end to gender-based violence; Global solidarity movement One Billion Rising (OBR) has invited people worldwide — including in Indonesia — to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day by joining its call for an end to violence against women.Similar to campaign events held in previous years, OBR Indonesia will take to the streets of the country’s cities this year to deliver its message by dancing together in flash mobs.This year, OBR Indonesia is set to organize the campaign under the theme “Raise The Vibration, Rise To Revolution” in a bid to encourage women, victims and activists alike to speak up and take action against violence against women as well as other kinds of violence happening in the country.last_img read more

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UK fiduciary management survey shows increase in full delegation

first_imgFull delegation of UK pension fund investment management continues to grow strongly, showing a 20% increase over last year, according to KPMG’s 2013 survey of the UK fiduciary management (FM) market.The survey covers the period from 30 June 2012 to 30 June 2013.KPMG said asset under management (AUM) growth was slightly lower than in the previous year, which was consistent with its expectation that FM would continue to grow over the medium term, though at a more normal growth rate.Assets run by fiduciary managers on a fully delegated basis currently stand at £29bn (€34.7bn), about 2.6% of the UK market, run across 211 UK pension scheme mandates. Alongside this there remains a large partial delegation FM market covering an additional £30bn of AUM across 135 mandates.The survey of 11 core providers also showed that 91% of full delegation mandates have AUM of less than £250m, compared with 88% in 2012, highlighting an increasing interest in fiduciary management from smaller UK schemes.Implemented consultants continue to hold most of both the mandates (75%) and market AUM (69%), but their market share has fallen from previous years.A review of the overseas presence of UK FM providers found that the global experience was significantly different, with asset managers and specialist providers having materially more overseas AUM than implemented consultants.For schemes engaged in FM, the use of independent advice to monitor and challenge a fiduciary manager has increased significantly – 53% of mandates now operate with independent advice, compared with only 30% in 2012.Calum Brunton Smith, head of fiduciary manager research at KPMG Investment Advisory, said: “We think it’s best practice to have an independent adviser.“The number of schemes using independent advice is growing because they have greater awareness of the market.“And the market has become increasingly competitive, so trustees are not considering just one provider.”But Brunton Smith said there was still an important gap in terms of FM transparency.“There is a compelling argument for some clients for using fiduciary managers, as they can provide increased efficiency and expertise in negotiating volatile investment markets.“But we don’t have the proof to say this has added value to the fund.“You would never appoint an asset manager without knowing their track record, but trustees are actually in this position when selecting a fiduciary manager.”He suggested possible indicators fiduciary managers might publish, for a basket of clients, could include how growth assets had performed compared with their value when the mandate started, and changes in funding levels.Brunton Smith also said it was still difficult for trustees to ascertain what the fee scale was.The survey also showed that specialist FM providers account for the largest relative market share increase (34%) when compared with other FM models.Patrick Disney, managing director at SEI Institutional Group for the EMEA region, said: “The survey reflects a clear recognition among pension schemes of the benefits of partnering with a specialist provider that can promise an exclusive focus on delivering customised FM solutions.”SEI has secured 11 new FM mandates during the survey period.Meanwhile, KPMG is planning a survey of pension fund trustees engaged in FM, to be published next spring.last_img read more

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KSE continues awards for IMCA Modifieds, Late Models, Sprints

first_imgWHITE HOUSE, Tenn. – KSE Racing Products continues an awards program that pays off for drivers in three IMCA divisions.The company that ‘steers the best from east to west,’ a 22-year sponsor, gives product and product certificates to IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model and IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car competitors.“KSE is excited for 2018 as it marks our 40th year in business and our focus along with dedication to developing high performance circle track products is stronger than ever. We’re grateful for being able to work in this sport with such great people and are very proud to continue our long-standing partnership with IMCA and their racing divisions,” said Dan Korrect, vice president and product engineer at KSE. “We feel that grassroots racing in America is in a great place and we look forward to this season.”IMCA’s national Modified champion receives a TandemX power steering/fuel pump from the White House, Tenn., high performance parts manufacturer. Second through fifth place finishers in the national standings each get $200 product certificates while sixth through 10th place driv­ers re­ceive $100 product certificates.Rookies of the year in each of the five Modified regions get a 700 series steering box.The national Sprint Car champion earns a Gen2 power steering gear for his or her efforts. Second through 10th place drivers in national standings for the RaceSaver division receive $100 product certificates.And designated place finishers at 50 special events for Modifieds, Late Models and Sprint Cars each receive $100 product certificates.All KSE awards will be presented during the national IMCA awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Product information is available at the www.kse-racing.com website, by calling 615 672-5117 or by follow­ing the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.“KSE has steadfastly supported IMCA racing in excess of two decades and during that time has continually developed new and improved products for IMCA racers,” noted Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for the sanctioning body. “We are grateful for their commitment to IMCA racing nationwide.”last_img read more

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West Florida Opens GSC Tournament with Victory

first_img Share West Florida Opens GSC Tournament with Victory May 5, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – All-Gulf South Conference First Team pitcher Brett McCullough (Cantonment, Fla./ Lipscomb University) went the distance and the West Florida (37-17) offense pounded out eight hits en route to a 6-1 win over Southern Arkansas (40-16) in their opening game of the GSC Tournament at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. The Argonauts came into the tournament seeded third in the GSC East and upset the second-seeded Mule Riders, who are ranked 16th in the nation.West Florida jumped on the score board quickly in the first inning with three-runs in their first at bat. With bases loaded, Jacob Whisenhunt ( Mobile , Ala. / LB Wallace CC) hit a sacrifice fly to center field, driving in Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township , Ohio / St. Edwards HS) who started things off for the Argonauts with a single to left field. The final two run of the inning score on a Mule Riders error.The Argonauts added to their lead with one run in the fifth inning due to a couple of Mule Rider defensive mishaps. A two-out error extended the inning placing runners on the corners and West Florida took advantage when Antoske score on a wild pitch giving the Argonauts a 4-0 lead.West Florida extended their lead to six with a two-run seventh inning. Kyle Andrews (Fort Walton Beach , Fla. / Fort Walton Beach HS) lead off the inning with a single, and following a walk Jason Kohl (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Pensacola Junior College) laid down a sacrifice bunt to place runners on second and third. Andrew would score on an RBI single by Bo Williams ( Ocala , Fla. / Pensacola Junior College ) though left side of the infield. Antoske would score the second run of the inning for the Argonauts when Williams was caught in a run down between first and second.Southern Arkansas cracked the score board for the first time in the bottom of the seventh inning. John Long led off the inning with a double to right center and would score following a pair of ground outs by the Mule Riders.McCullough (10-1) proved he deserved his selection to the All-GSC first team allowing only one run in his complete game performance. He struck out three batters, surrendered five hits and walked six.West Florida improved their recorded to 5-1 against Gulf South Conference West Division team this season and the win marks their first victory over Southern Arkansas in GSC tournament play.With the victory, West Florida remains in the winner bracket and will face the topped-seed team from the East Division, Wet Alabama, tomorrow night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Tigers beat the Argonauts twice earlier this season at Pelican Park in a three game series. Follow the action with “Live Stats” or listen to the live broadcast of the game all at goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Swansea manager Garry Monk expresses concern after Norwich edge victory

first_img “Why? I haven’t got any sympathy,” he said. “Not at all. We’ve had a lot of possession and talked about how well we played and not been winning, So what we’ve done is we went for the opposite. “We conceded possession but looked much more threatening and had a lot more chances than Swansea. “The bottom line is who scored and who didn’t score, that’s who deserves to win the game because they’ve done enough. It’s not about possession.” Jonny Howson’s second-half header left them with only one win since August, meaning that after a promising start to the season they will join the battle against relegation unless they swiftly improve. Monk has in recent months been described as a potential future England manager so his recent inability to inspire Swansea comes as a surprise, but he dismissed suggestions his team are lacking in ideas and remained adamant that they will recover. “Of course I’m concerned,” the Swansea manager said. “We’re here to win games and get points. In my time as manager we’ve done that very well. These difficult periods are part of it and part of management. I understand what needs to be done, but of course it’s a concern. “It’s not the lowest (I’ve felt). It’s not a good moment for myself, but I’m a fighter. I’ve been at the core of that (at Swansea as a club) for a long, long time and I understand that. “We had total control up until their goal, albeit we weren’t sharp enough in that final third up to that point, which is disappointing, but we had total control. “We get caught with a lack of concentration which is costing us dearly at the moment, dearly. We end up losing the game from that one lapse of concentration, which is frustrating. “Any set-piece is a soft goal, bitterly disappointed. Ultimately it’s cost us the game. “No (we don’t lack a Plan B), we just didn’t do enough with the ball in the final third. To come here and have total domination of them was part of our plan and we executed that well. “The key to it all is (the players are) good enough. It’s that little bit of extra that’s needed right now and it’s for me to drag that out of the players and for themselves to focus on that as well.” Norwich manager Alex Neil, who played alongside Monk at Barnsley 11 years ago, insisted that his side deserved victory and said that, regardless of his friendship with the Swansea manager, he had no sympathy for his present plight. Garry Monk has revealed his “concern” after Swansea’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at Norwich extended their disappointing run. Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Russians won’t be cleared for track amid virus

first_imgThe French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates.The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31.___ April 2, 2020 Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes.Brescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says “this season doesn’t make sense anymore.”He says “returning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who aren’t here anymore.”Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___World Athletics says it won’t clear any Russian athletes to compete internationally amid the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s because of the coronavirus outbreak.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event in July. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.Slumbers says “we are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can.”The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.___ The governing body of track requires Russians to apply for “authorized neutral athlete” status each year to compete outside their home country. Russia has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 for widespread doping.World Athletics spokeswoman Nicole Jeffery says in e-mailed comments that “the ANA system only applies to international competition, so until there is competition there is no need for any athlete to apply.”She adds that “for the next two months, at least, there is no competition, so the system does not need to be active until we know when the competition schedule can resume.”World Athletics hasn’t decided how far in advance to open applications once competitions resume. High jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene and pole vault world champion Anzhelika Sidorova are among those who need their status renewed from last year.___ Cellino says “I don’t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.”___Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament. World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.World Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics.___ The Latest: Russians won’t be cleared for track amid virus China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament.The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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DPS opens art show at Galen Center

first_imgOfficers from the Department of Public Safety opened their weeklong art exhibit, “Beyond the Badge,” in the Galen Center on Tuesday afternoon.Hidden talent · Sergeant Rick Gonzales poses next to his painting, “The Mexican,” at the art exhibit “Beyond the Badge” in the Galen Center. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThis is the first year DPS has thrown an art show, and it displays work from DPS officers and staff, including paintings, drawings and poetry.Sergeant Rick Gonzalez came up with the idea about a year ago and approached Elaine Ray, executive assistant to DPS Chief Thomas, about starting the show after Ray had mentioned that she had taken art classes over the years.“[Sergeant Gonzalez] asked me to help him out and maybe get an art show going, so it’s been about a year and a half, and it was largely his idea,” Ray said.DPS Chief John Thomas was surprised by the talent shown in the officers’ paintings and its effect on how the officers are viewed by the campus community.“I think it’s a great opportunity for the university campus community to see DPS officers in a nontraditional light and for them to showcase their talent,” Thomas said.Ray had several works included in the display, in one of which using skateboards as the canvas and creates a painting that counters around the theme of punk rock.“I have always been into punk rock and skateboarding, because all my guy friends were skateboarders,” she said.Her skateboard work displays the band Bad Brains, pioneers of hard core punk, since she thought skateboard and punk rock would go well together. Ray decided to display this part of her childhood in her paintings.Though she had not painted in 10 years prior to this display, she had the chance to teach in an art class for the DPS cadet program.“I swear, every kid in that class had some sort of skill, and there were probably about five true, natural artists,” she said.After seeing the positive effects of art classes on the cadet program, the officers wanted to put together more art classes and expand to areas such as painting and poetry.Through the art exhibit, DPS is trying to better connect to student life, Ray said. These connections can be made by showing the various interests that these officers have, behind the uniforms and badges.“It represents [that] we all have our own lives,” she said. “Unless someone really just sat me down and asked me about how I grew up, they wouldn’t know what I was into.”The exhibition also included poetry, particularly from community service officer Anette Jacobs. Jacobs attended the School of Dramatic Arts at USC. One of her poems, “Ancestors in the Wind,” was inspired by her grandmother’s battle with Alzeimer’s disease. A second poem was written on the morning of the memorial service for deceased DPS Officer Keith Lawrence and his fiancee, Monica Quan.Ray said DPS wants to organize different ways to collaborate with the students, both through crime prevention and through the Greek community. An art show is one of the ways in which the department aims to do this.“We try to think of ways to create more of a bond, rather than a fight,” Ray said.After having worked in police enforcement for many years, Thomas says one of the biggest challenges is finding a way to humanize officers.“In my 30 years in law enforcement, that’s always been one of the challenges, is how do you humanize [the officers] and make people understand that people that choose these professions in police work — they’re humans,” Thomas said.Editors note: This post has been updated.last_img read more

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