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Ecuador Seizes Submarine, Speedboat, Airplane Belonging to ‘El Chapo’

first_img The transnational criminal organization led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has suffered a series of losses in Ecuador in recent months. In June, Ecuadorean authorities seized a submarine that was under construction, a light airplane, a speedboat and two tons of cocaine. The sea vessels, the airplane and the drugs probably belonged to El Chapo, said local security analyst Ricardo Camacho Zeas, who noted that El Chapo has been operating in Ecuador for years. “There is no doubt” the vessels were used in drug trafficking, he said, and that they “would be directly related to a Mexican drug cartel which would operate with Ecuadorean and Mexican nationals,” he noted — since it’s El Chapo’s pattern to form alliances with organized crime in whatever country outside Mexico he’s operating in. For example, in April, Ecuador’s National Police arrested El Chapo’s primary enforcer in the country, César Demar Vernaza Quiñonez, known as “The Entrepreneur.” He led a gang of criminal operatives known as “The Courageous.” The gang transported and guarded drug shipments for El Chapo that went through Ecuador, authorities said. El Chapo’s long list of activities The recent seizures of vessels, aircraft and cocaine all appear to be connected to El Chapo: • On June 24, Ecuador’s Coast Guard discovered a submarine hidden beneath mud and shrubs on an islet between the Verdes and Escalante islands, in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The sub was 15 meters long and four meters wide, with the capacity to haul up to 15 tons of drugs. The sub was under construction and was 70 percent complete, authorities said. • On June 23, the Ecuadorian Navy intercepted a speedboat 12 miles from the coast of Canoa, in Manabí province. The boat was powered by three outboard engines of 350-horsepower each and carried 2,000 gallons of fuel. The vessel, which left Chiapas on June 7, was equipped with modern communications equipment, a high-frequency transmitter and food for several days. Three Mexican nationals were detained. • On June 22, the Ecuadorian Navy found a ton of cocaine the rocks at San Clemente Beach, a few miles from where the speedboat was captured. The cocaine was probably supposed to be picked up by the men on the captured speedboat, authorities said. • On June 5, police found a light aircraft with a Mexican license plate abandoned inside a hangar in San Pablo, in the coastal province of Santa Elena. The aircraft was probably used for drug trafficking, authorities said. There have been other indications El Chapo is operating extensively in Ecuador. On May 13, a light plane crashed in Manabí. Authorities found $1.4 million in cash on the plane, which was from Mexico. The pilot and co-pilot, who both died in the crash, were from El Chapo’s stronghold of Sinaloa. Drug vessels popping up everywhere In recent years, Ecuadorian authorities have discovered several seafaring vessels that were used for drug trafficking. In June 2010, authorities captured a speedboat in El Guabo, in the province of El Oro. The boat was going to be used to transport four tons of cocaine to Mexico. The following month, soldiers found a submarine in San Lorenzo, in Esmeraldas province, near the Colombian border. The fiberglass vessel was empty but operational. And in January 2012, a submarine was spotted in the Gulf of Guayaquil. It was sunk by its crew before Coast Guard boats could arrive to seize it; the Coast Guard helped rescue its crewmen. In 2011, Ecuador’s military warned that drug trafficking posed a threat to national security, pointing out that Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and other transnational criminal groups operate in Ecuador because of its proximity to Colombia and other coca-producing countries. Ecuador is also considered a good location from which to ship large loads of drugs north toward Mexico and the United States, or northeast toward Europe. Both Mexico and the United States are cooperating in the battle against organized crime groups. The two countries share information about the operations of El Chapo and other violent cartels, such as Los Zetas, which is led by Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “The Executioner,” and the Gulf cartel, led by Jorge Eduardo Castillo Sanchez, known as “El Coss.” That kind of alliance is also crucial in the fight against organized crime groups in Ecuador and throughout Latin America, a security analyst said. “Regional cooperation can always be broadened so organized crime can be faced in a more efficient manner,” said Sonja Wolf of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “Since it is a transnational threat, it is obvious that (nations) have to cooperate.” It is better to be a known as poor than a hidden mobster. It is necessary to capture many more criminals. By Dialogo July 30, 2012last_img read more

WHS vocational teacher Ryan Elder receives grant for 3D carver

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +23 Vote up Vote down Bobby WIlson · 229 weeks ago Hats off to Mr. Elder. He is a tremendous asset to the Wellington High School. I know that my son loves his class and has learned some life long skills. Thank you again Mr. Elder for your dedication to the students of USD#353. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 229 weeks ago I know media tends to get better ratings by reporting more negative news in the world, but it’s so refreshing to hear about what’s going RIGHT in the world. That’s doubly true for news involving local teachers and youth. Well done, Mr. Elder! Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jodie · 229 weeks ago Congrats. Thanks for your extra effort! Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 229 weeks ago It’s great to hear about an aspect of schooling that is often overlooked. The “forget the 4+ year degree that amounts to a B.S. degree that isn’t in demand and learn to work with your damn hands” area. lol. Kids need to realize that there are good paying jobs (with excellent benefits) in this type of field. Minimal higher education needs, and only a desire and ability to LEARN to do it. Any chance of getting the video clip they submitted posted? I would love to see it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Ryan Elder passed a three-round process to make sure that his vocational students at Wellington High School received a 3D carver, called and X-Carve, of their choice for the classroom.Inventables, Inc., who customizes 3D carving machines, has made it their goal to put a 3D carver in every school. The project kick started when they developed a grant to award one school per state a 3D carver of their choice.The X-Carve is a multi-axis milling carving machine which is capable of creating precision parts from plastic, wood, metal and other materials. It is created for a workshop setting, and is both customizable and expandable.Participants had to pass a three-round process in order to receive the grant. The first round included an application process that involved surveys, an essay, and questionnaire. Contestants who made it to the second round had to submit a lesson plan/unit on how the 3D carver would be used in their classroom.After reviewing this round, the contestants who made it to the final round had to submit a demonstration by using media on how the carver would be used. Elder and some of his high school students prepared a video clip to explain how the 3D carver would help in their construction class.Elder was successful in all three rounds and was determined the winner of the Inventables grant. This award will allow him to choose a 3D carver that will be used in the Industrial Arts and construction classes.Since educational funding is always limited, especially in those areas, Elder submitted this grant request to enhance his program at Wellington High School.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

President’s comments contradict Education Ministry’s actions – teachers

first_imgBetter wages strike Teachers are now confused at the position of Government on their strike action, since, according to them, President David Granger’s position on the issue is different from the Education Ministry’s action.According to teachers, the call by President David Granger for full mediation and possibly arbitration is completely different from what his Education Ministry is attempting to do in relation to their salary and other benefits’ negotiations.On Friday, the President hosted his third press conference since taking office in 2015, and called Guyana Teachers Union’s strike action “extreme…premature” and urged that there be full mediation and possibly arbitration before such extreme measure is taken.However, when contacted, GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald told the Guyana Times that they have listened keenly to the President’s comments and they are still ready to go to the bargaining table, provided that their conditions are assented to.Additionally, she explained that the actions of the Education Ministry are quite contradictory, since the Union is yet to be contacted since meeting with the Education Ministry on Thursday. McDonald said the GTU are still going ahead with the strike action, and noted that they are ready to provide relief to teachers if Government decides to cut salaries.This publication spoke to a number of teachers on Saturday, and they related that they are being forced to strike due to non-consideration by the Education Ministry.Education Minister Nicolette Henry“The Ministry is not doing anything. They are trying to strong-arm the teachers into accepting what is on the table, and that is it. We have been waiting on debauching money for so long, and now they want to give you a small sum. Then we have the President saying something else. The Government needs to get their act together and get on the same page,” a teacher who gave her name only as Ms Persaud said.Persaud has been in the teaching profession for over 20 years, and she said it is time that the teachers take a collective stance because their rights would be trampled upon. She said that all the teachers at her school, on the West Bank of Demerara, would be supporting the strike.Another teacher noted that teachers need to understand that they have to band together in order to have their demands met.Meanwhile, there is a growing level of anxiety cause by the uncertainty of the quality of education to be delivered when school reopens tomorrow (Monday). Parents are questioning the Education Ministry’s contingency plan, since that plan seemingly does not have all in place to cushion the effect of the teachers’ absence.“We now seeing that the Ministry sending out notice for trainee teachers and retired ones, when they saying that they have it under control. How can we rest when it seems like the Ministry don’t know what they are doing?” questioned Johnathan Persaud.The man said his son is now a third form student at Patentia Secondary School, WBD, and he is concerned about the quality of teaching his son will receive, since he has to prepare for the National Grade Nine Assessment.Contingency PlanEducation Minister Nicolette Henry and her officers have been saying that a contingency plan is in place. The plan would see trainee teachers, substitute teachers, parents and retired teachers taking over classrooms. However, it is unclear whether the Teaching Service Commission is on board with this plan. Additionally, former CPCE lecturer Tamashwar Boodhoo has said that trainee teachers cannot take school registers since registers are legal documents and could be used in a court of law.Like many parents, even President Granger said he does not find favour with trainee teachers taking over the classrooms, come September 3.The Education Ministry has issued a notice to Education officials, detailing the responsibilities of the CPCE teachers on attachment, parents and substitute teachers it intends to deploy to cushion the effects of the strike.The notice said they are to follow the regular lesson plan, scheme of work and other curricular documents; record tasks/assignments; record daily attendance in the Attendance registers; keep an up-to-date record of the content completed; and maintain a relationship with parents, among other requirements.However, teachers and the GTU are questioning where the substitutes would access lesson plans and schemes of work, since those are usually completed during the pre-term activity period, and the strike commenced during that period.Teachers are seeking increases of 40 per cent under a multi-year arrangement up to 2020. However, Government has maintained that it just cannot afford this proposal, offering a 2018-2019 pay off.Additionally, Granger said they are currently looking to source additional funds to meet the teachers’ demands, but explained that Government is not going to commit to a multi-year agreement.last_img read more