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Honduran military prepared to intercept, shoot down narco-planes

first_img The Honduran Defense Ministry has identified hundreds of clandestine airstrips which are used by drug traffickers. Among the international drug trafficking organizations which operate in Honduras are Los Cachiros, a Honduran organized crime group, and the Sinaloa Cartel, the world’s largest transnational criminal organization. The Sinaloa Cartel, based in Mexico, is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. In 2012, Honduran security forces launched a campaign to find and destroy clandestine landing strips. Authorities have destroyed more than 100 such airstrips as of December 2013. The illicit airstrips are typically between 800 and 1,600 meters long. They are scattered throughout the country, primarily in remote jungle regions in the northern and eastern parts of the country, close to the Caribbean. Authorities have found large numbers of illicit airstrips in the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colón and Olancho. Initially, the tough new air space law was only going to apply to those three departments. But after further analysis and discussions, members of Congress decided to expand the law to the entire country. Lawmakers realized that drug traffickers could simply begin operating in other departments if their traditional smuggling routes were cut off. By Dialogo February 21, 2014 Clandestine airstrips The new law allows authorities to take a series of steps to deal with unidentified aircraft. Unidentified aircraft will be shot down only as a final resort, after other options have been exhausted, and only with the final approval of the Minister of Defense, according to Gen. Díaz. The law establishes that when an unidentified plane is detected, authorities will attempt to contact the pilot. Pilots and crews wich refuse to answer when contacted by Honduran authorities will be considered suspicious. So will all planes which fly during non-authorized hours, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day. The law was authored and presented by Congressman Oscar Alvarez, who is a former security minister. The law is necessary to deal with the threats posed by international drug traffickers, Alvarez said. “Drug trafficking results in the high levels of violence we observe in the country,” Alvarez said. The new measure will be an “air shield’ which will force narco-traffickers to find other drug smuggling routes, the congressman said. “The protocol we will follow is the one observed in other countries that have air exclusion areas,” Alvarez said. “Traffic control will attempt to contact the flight crew, if they don’t respond an Air Force plane will take off to intercept the aircraft. If they don’t obey, they will be taken down.” The new law does not violate international flight agreements Honduras has previously agreed to, Vice President Samuel Reyes told La Prensa. Honduran lawmakers based their decision to pass the new law based on the International Civil Aviation Treaty, otherwise known as the Chicago Treaty. The treaty states that every country has complete exclusive sovereignty on the airspace over its land as well as on its adjacent seas, and that each country can, for military or public safety reasons, restrict or prohibit flights over certain zones of its territory. “This is a legal instrument that shows that we are serious in our mission,” Reyes said. “Fighting drug trafficking is a priority for this government.” Shooting down aircraft will be a ‘last resort’ Positive outcomes are expected: Analyst center_img The Honduran Congress recently approved a law to protect the country’s air space, which is sometimes used by drug traffickers to transport cocaine and other illegal substances. Congress passed the law in January 2014. The law authorizes the Honduran Air Force to shoot down suspicious aircraft which do not comply with official orders. The airspace protection law is pending publication in the state’s official newspaper La Gaceta, to take effect. The new law will help security forces fight drug traffickers, who in recent years have been making incursions into Honduran airspace with increasing frequency, said Army Gen. Fredy Santiago Díaz. “Honduras needs this law to be in effect urgently,” Santiago Díaz said. “The importance of this law is that it serves a preventive instrument. Any country of the world makes planes respect their airspace. Permissions have to be granted to fly over them. Drug traffickers knew that we didn’t have that protection, so they’ve kept entering our territory.” Drug traffickers have used Honduras as an important bridge as they transport drugs from Mexico to the United States. Nearly 80 percent of all illicit flights to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico and the U.S. make stops in Honduras, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. State Department. Zero tolerance for drug trafficking Juan Orlando Hernández was inaugurated as the new president of Honduras in January 2014. Hernández vowed during his inauguration speech to do whatever is necessary to reduce narco-trafficking in Honduras and restore security and tranquility throughout the country. “Whichever policy Honduras establishes to fight insecurity must have at its fundamental axis the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering,” Hernández said. “Consequently there will be zero tolerance. Just like you hear. Zero tolerance. Period.” Honduras recently purchased three radar devices from Israel, which will help security forces detect narco-flights. Authorities said they expect the devices to be operating by April 2014. The Honduran Air Force is also revamping its fleet of A-37 and F-5 airplanes, as well as Toucan aircraft. Honduras is going through one of its most difficult moments in history, with drug trafficking “leaving a trail of death, impunity and pain that is intolerable,” Hernández said In recent years, Honduras had a homicide rate of 85 per 100,000 residents. In 2013, the homicide rate declined, to 79 per 100,000 residents. Most of the killings – 70 percent – are connected to drug trafficking, authorities have said. The tough new law protecting the country’s air space, the renovation of its Air Force fleet, and the ongoing efforts to destroy illegal landing strips, should produce positive results, said Germán Leitzelar, Honduran security analyst. “It has been positive in other nations that have implemented similar measures. The Dominican Republic is the best example,” Leitzelar said. “When they purchased new planes and closed their airspace in 2010, narco flights decreased significantly. In fact, it was afterwards when they started to come here.” The airspace protection law is pending publication in the state’s official newspaper La Gaceta, to take effect. President warns gangs President Hernández recently warned gangs and other criminal groups that they have run out of friends and have three options. “Gang members, extortionists, people involved in organized crime have very few friends remaining. The dark party that has caused so much harm to this country is over,” Hernández said. “Either shape up your behavior, seek peace in your souls, dedicate yourselves to your families and work decently, or you have the option of leaving the country, and if not, you will end up in prison.” For criminals, “the party is over,” President Hernández said in his inauguration speech.”last_img read more

OVI for July 2018: Significant slowdown in demand for work – in the Adriatic, as many as 32 percent fewer waiters are in demand

first_imgAlthough OVI recorded a growth of 2018 percent in July 10,8 compared to the same month last year, this is the smallest increase in the last three years, which indicates a significant slowdown in labor demand, according to OVI data in July, and prepared by the Zagreb Institute of Economics.Seasonally adjusted index values ​​offer the same conclusion as the seasonally adjusted index fell 11,8 percent in July, the biggest drop on a monthly basis in 16 months. The slowdown may come from the tourism sector, given that, according to initial data, the July season did not meet all expectations.Thus, the demand for the traditionally most sought-after service occupations in the Adriatic counties in July 2018 compared to July 2017 fell or stagnated: the demand for vendors is almost identical, the demand for chefs fell by 6,6 percent, while the demand for waiters fell by as much as 32 percent. In contrast, central Croatia, which includes the City of Zagreb and Zagreb, Varaždin, Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje, Sisak-Moslavina and Karlovac counties, recorded a 13 percent increase in labor demand compared to the same month last year, primarily for workers’ occupations. in manufacturing, computer scientists, hairdressers and nurses.The Online Vacancy Index (OVI) is a monthly index of online job vacancies developed at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in cooperation with the MojPosao portal. The purpose of the index is to provide timely information on the current state of labor demand. The OVI index is created by simply counting the number of unique new ads whose application deadlines end in the month for which the index is calculated. Since ads published through only one portal are taken, the number of ads is expressed as an index (base year is 2015).The index is interpreted as meaning that values ​​greater than 100 represent an increase compared to 2015, and values ​​less than 100 decrease compared to the base year. The index was seasonally adjusted by the X-12-ARIMA method.last_img read more

BFD seeking Fulltime Firefighter/ EMT or Paramedic

first_imgBatesville, IN—If you dreamed as a child that you would grow up to be a fireman or firewoman, here is your opportunity to make that happen. The Batesville Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Firefighter / EMT or Paramedic.Applications are available on the City of Batesville website or in person at the fire department located at 115 E. Catherine Street. During the hiring process, applicants will be required to subject themselves to various forms of background checks, physical fitness testing, written aptitude testing, an interview process, and other testing that may be deemed appropriate.Resumes will be accepted only if accompanied by an application. The deadline for all applications and resumes is Thursday, October 31 at 12:00 PM.Requirements:Must be a resident citizen of the United States.Must be 21 years old to apply and not have reached age 36 by date of appointment.Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.Cannot have a felony conviction.Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence.Must possess a valid driver’s license.Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military.Must be Indiana Certified Firefighter I/II and EMT-B or Paramedic.Must pass a mandatory drug screening test. The City of Batesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.last_img read more