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President-Elect Otto Pérez Molina Vows Crackdown on Drug Cartels in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo December 05, 2011 Guatemala’s incoming president, former Gen. Otto Pérez Molina, says he won’t waste time fulfilling his campaign promises — and that he intends to emulate Mexican President Felipe Calderón in taking the fight to organized crime, drug cartels and street gangs. In interviews since his Nov. 6 runoff election victory, Pérez has outlined in more detail the war on crime he plans to wage. “We have to fight them head-on, I say,” he told the Mexico City newspaper El Universal, adding that he would consider using special army units to combat Mexican cartels that have been making inroads into Guatemala and their allies among powerful street gangs such as MS-13 and Calle 18. Pérez, 61, obtained 54 percent of the popular vote on the basis of promising a crackdown on corruption and crime — particularly the gang violence that has worsened since the arrival of Mexican drug cartels vying to control trafficking routes. A report released in October by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranked Guatemala seventh in world homicide rates, with 41.4 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010. Skyrocketing crime and violence were key issues in the elections, and Pérez has raised public expectations about confronting crime, said Adrián Zapata, director of the Institute of Research and Analysis on National Problems at the University of San Carlos. “It is essential for the government to seek a national consensus on these priority issues,” said Zapata. Pérez appears likely to heed such advice and to build up cross-party support. Speaking to lawmakers following his electoral win, he urged them to put their differences aside. 

 In the interview with El Universal, the former general and intelligence director said he plans to engage drug cartels in a “full frontal assault” as soon as he takes up his duties next year. He said he will use Guatemala’s elite military forces, known as Los Kaibiles, to combat the cartels and he cited specifically the “war on drugs” strategy adopted by the Mexican government since 2006. “To those groups of drug traffickers, I say they will encounter a president who has made his mind up to take back control of the territory,” he said, vowing to devote 60 to 65 percent of his time on security issues — and that his plan involves not just turning more to the military but also strengthening the police and justice systems. Zapata said that will put pressure on the national budget, and that Pérez “will have to increase state revenue,” which currently is around 11 percent of GDP. Pérez suggested in a post-election press conference that he may need to boost tax collection to 14 percent of GDP. Even so, security consultancy Stratfor concluded in a recent report that a full-fledged confrontation with organized crime “will require significant help, most likely from the United States,” which last summer announced that it would donate more than $300 million in security-related aid to Central American countries to combat the expansion of major Mexican organized crime groups. Los Zetas has been more aggressive than any other drug cartel in expanding to Guatemala and other countries, where their path is made easier by underfunded and ill-equipped armed forces when compared to the Mexican military. The increasing presence of Los Zetas and the rival Sinaloa cartel is so strong that it has triggered alarm across the region. In late June, Central American leaders met in Guatemala City for a two-day conference to develop a coordinated security plan to stem the cartels’ growing influence in Central America. None of the leaders at the conference doubted the challenges they face. Guatemala’s harsh reality was underscored in May when 27 people were massacred — most of them beheaded — on a ranch in the department of El Petén. In an effort to counter the Zetas, Guatemalan authorities took a leaf out of Mexico’s current anti-drug playbook — namely, turning to the military for help. Last December, the government imposed military law in the department of Alta Verapaz for several months and had some success in halting cartel advances. President Álvaro Colom, who hands over power to Pérez on Jan. 14, told The Economist magazine that since then, only drug flights have landed in Alta Verapaz, where “before it was like an international airport.” But in El Petén, which abuts the border with Mexico. It has been more difficult to take back what the Zetas have seized; in short, prevention has better success than dislodging once a foothold has been gained. El Petén, which covers one-third of Guatemala, is difficult terrain for counter-narcotics. It is thinly populated with only 500,000 people and is undeveloped. The northern part of the department has long been home to smugglers, and dense tropical forest cover makes clandestine runways hard to locate. Guatemala’s formal land crossings with Mexico have rudimentary migration controls, and many border crossing are unpatrolled by law-enforcement agencies, making it easy to cross vast tracts of land. In fact, Guatemala has only one helicopter and five pickup trucks to patrol its entire 871-kilometer border with Mexico. Los Zetas has seized on these weaknesses, co-opting domestic criminal groups in the process. “The financial rewards are great and resistance can result in harsh consequences,” said Col. Rony Urizar, a spokesman for Guatemala’s military. Urizar noted that the Zetas have taken a particularly aggressive approach in its expansion into Guatemala, and that it employs the same levels of violence there that it uses in Mexico. The Sinaloa cartel, meanwhile, has been more focused on controlling routes through allies than directly dominating territory. Although Guatemalan officials are aware of links between the interloping cartels and gangs such as MS-13 and Calle 18, they say the ties are murky and are stronger in some localities than others. But firmer alliances are something they work to prevent.last_img read more

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Thurston County to Conduct Annual Homeless Census on January 24

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersOn Thursday, January 24, 2019, Thurston County will conduct the annual Homeless Census to determine who in Thurston County is homeless and why. The Homeless Census is part of a nationwide “Point in Time” (PIT) Count of Homeless People.With the dramatic increase in visible homelessness in the urban hub and other parts of Thurston County, this year’s PIT Homeless Census has taken on a greater sense of urgency. The number of homeless people nearly doubled from 441 in 2016 to 835 in 2018. Results of the PIT Homeless Census will help to guide our public funding and policy making. The final report will also include an assessment of available resources to help people get back to independence.“We have never had this many unsheltered people on our streets and in our woods across the County in cities both big and small,” said Schelli Slaughter, Director of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. “Now more than ever, we need to work together to learn how we can help solve this crisis.”During the PIT Homeless Census, all shelter and transitional housing providers will count people staying with them on the night of the count and volunteers will fan out across the County to find unsheltered homeless residents living out of doors, in vehicles, in abandoned buildings, and other places not intended for human habitation. Homeless guides will also go into homeless camps to survey residents.Other activities will include street outreach and outreach to regular community meals, food banks, and other places that offer survival commodities. Four homeless outreach events include:Single adults:  Providence Community Care Center in OlympiaYouth:  Rosie’s Place – Community Youth Services in OlympiaFamilies:  Family Support Center – Downtown Olympia headquarters (prior their move to the Westside)Rural People:  Rochester Organization of Families – RochesterVolunteers from across Thurston County assist with homeless census activities. Volunteers include residents from local schools and colleges, non-profit organizations, faith communities, businesses, elected officials, and the homeless themselves.Commission Chair John Hutchings, who participates in the PIT Homeless Census each year, said, “While it’s hard to ask the questions and hear the stories of our house-less neighbors, it’s always a deeply moving experience to see people from across the County coming together to help. Without these volunteers, we couldn’t do this important activity.”The results of this census are compiled into the County’s annual “Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons Report”, often referred to as the annual homeless census report, and is used to strengthen a more regional approach to the issue. This report serves to:Accurate Count of Homeless People, the causes of their homelessness and other demographic information;Quantifies Needs based on numbers of homeless people, which in turn brings in federal and state dollars to provide homeless shelter, transitional housing and other services;Assessment of Resources current available resources; andAnalysis of Needs and Resources to serve as the basis for local strategic responses to homelessness.Homelessness is an issue that affects the individuals experiencing homelessness, but it also impacts other parts of our community. “It’s critical for our County to know who the homeless are before we can figure out how to help them get back on their feet,” said Olympia Council Member Jessica Bateman. “This is very important in Olympia, because most of the existing resources are concentrated here. When our homeless safety net fails, it hurts not only our homeless neighbors, but it also impacts our downtown and neighborhoods.”Background on the Thurston County Homeless CensusAnnually, in January, all Washington counties conduct a “Point in Time” count of homeless persons as mandated by the State of Washington’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Act (RCW 43.185C.030). This statute requires each County to “make every effort to count all homeless individuals living outdoors, in shelters, and in transitional housing, coordinated when reasonably feasible, with already existing homeless census projects including those funded in part by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento homeless assistance program”. The County reports census results to the state and federal governments to ensure a proportionate level of public funding for local shelters, transitional housing, and related supportive services. These numbers also help to create the most accurate picture of homelessness throughout the state and across the nation. Locally, census results are shared with all community stakeholders— policy makers, funders, service providers, concerned citizens, and the homeless themselves.Thurston County is the owner of the Homeless Census project but contracts, via Interlocal Agreement, with the City of Olympia to conduct the census.For more information on the 2019 Homeless Census, please contact: Anna Schlecht, Homeless Census Coordinator, [email protected], (360)753-8183, or Whitney Bowerman, Homeless Census Manager, [email protected], (360)570-3746last_img read more

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DISTINCTIV PASSION, HAY DUDE, HOME RUN KITTEN, SWEET SWAP & WINNING PRIZE ALL PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2015)–A wide-open field of eight older horses, including trainer Neil Drysdale’s comebacking Grade I winner Winning Prize, will contest 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes.A winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) three starts back on March 8, 2014, Winning Prize has been idle since running a disappointing sixth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, seven furlong Turf Play King Stakes at Woodbine on Aug. 10. A two-time Group I winner going one mile on turf in his native Argentina, the 6-year-old horse by Pure Prize was a runaway winner of three Argentine turf sprints prior to making his U.S. debut with Drysdale in August, 2013 at Del Mar.Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, Winning Prize will try the hillside turf for the first time. Owned by David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson, he has eight wins from 15 starts and earnings of $612,913.Fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, six furlong Palos Verdes Stakes Jan. 31, trainer Jeff Bonde’s Distinctiv Passion set torrid fractions en route to a gate to wire score in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes Dec. 27. A 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction, he will try the hillside for the first time, but has two wins from three five furlong turf sprint tries at Del Mar. Owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion could be quickest horse early in the Hernandez. He is 14-6-1-4 overall with earnings of $348,180.Trained by David Hofmans, Home Run Kitten has an impressive resume down the hill that includes a nose victory in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes four starts back on Sept. 26. Second, beaten a neck in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, he was a close third in his most recent start, the Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes on Jan. 31. With what appears to be an abundance of speed signed on, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Kitten’s Joy will hope to be rolling late under Gary Stevens.Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Home Run Kitten has two wins from three tries down the hill and is 12-4-2-3 overall with earnings of $281,800.John Sadler’s Sweet Swap has run 11 of his last 13 races down the hill, winning four of them. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old Candy Ride horse hopped at the break and finished third, beaten three quarters of a length in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hillside on Jan. 25. He figures to once again be forwardly placed on Sunday and will be ridden back by Joe Talamo. A winner of the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on April 13, 2014, Sweet Swap is 16-6-3-3 overall with earnings of $351,529.Claimed out of a second place finish down the hill for $62,500 on Feb. 12, trainer Peter Miller’s U S Citizen owns a Hernandez Stakes best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 96 and although he’ll be making his stakes debut on Sunday, he has two wins, three seconds and a third from seven tries over the course. Owned by Rockingham Ranch, U S Citizen has a stalking style and will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Proud Citizen, he is 23-4-7-4 overall with earnings of $216,635.Although winless in four stateside starts, trainer Phil D’Amato’s English-bred Hay Dude comes off a pair of sharp seconds, most recently in the Clockers’ Corner Stakes, where he flew from off the pace when beaten by a half length. A 5-year-old gelding, he’s owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. Hay Dude has an overall mark of 16-3-4-4 and has earnings of $115,249. He’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Kent Desormeaux.Claimed out of a $62,500 claiming win by trainer Gus Headley on Feb. 1, Seeking the Sherif tries turf for the first time and gets a new rider in Kayla Stra. Owned by Kurt Rexius, Seeking the Sherif had a phenomenal 2014, ascending the class ladder following a $12,500 claim on Dec. 28, 2013 en route to five wins from 10 starts while earning $224,700. A 6-year-old gelding by Officer, Seeking the Sherif is 14-8-1-2 overall with earnings of $282,100.Named in honor of the original voice of Santa Anita, the legendary Joe Hernandez called races at The Great Race Place from December, 1934, until his death in February, 1972.The complete field for the Joe Hernandez Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 118; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 118; U S Citizen, Victor Espinoza, 118; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 123; Chief Lion, Martin Pedroza, 116; Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 123; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 118 and Seeking the Sherif, Kayla Stra, 118.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Volleyball Closes 2015 Season At Home This Weekend

first_imgStory Links Drake vs. Bradley Live Stats Drake vs. Bradley (ESPN3) Drake vs. Loyola/Bradley Match Notes The Drake University volleyball team closes its 2015 season this weekend with a homestand against Loyola and Bradley. Friday’s match against Loyola is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with Saturday’s contest versus Bradley beginning at 3 p.m. Both will be broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3.Saturday’s match against Bradley is part of a busy day on campus as the football team hosts Dayton at 1 p.m. while men’s basketball plays UMKC at 7 p.m. The Drake athletic ticket office is offering fans who attend either the football or volleyball matches the opportunity to redeem their ticket stub for a $5 ticket to the men’s basketball game.Prior to the start of Saturday’s season finale against Bradley, the Bulldogs will honor its seniors in Katie Allen, Katie Dulek, Rebecca Brown, Scarlett Howerter, Shelby Daum and Cassie Effken.Those seniors have been instrumental in helping lay the foundation for the rebuilding of the program. Heading into the final weekend of the season, the team has amassed its most wins since the 2010 season with a 14-19 overall record and a 5-11 MVC mark, setting the table for future success.Earlier in the season, the Bulldogs defeated both of this weekend’s opponents on the road. On Aug. 28, the Bulldogs rallied from an early deficit to beat the Ramblers, 3-1. Two weeks later, Drake earned a 3-1 win at Bradley. Freshman Grace Schofield led the Bulldogs in those wins with 26 combined kills.Loyola travels to Des Moines with a 19-10 overall record and an 8-8 conference mark to clinch the final MVC Tournament berth. Bradley is 6-22 this season and like Drake, has been eliminated from the postseason.The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-2 loss to UNI in their last outing. Kyla Inderski led Drake in that outing with 13 kills and 14 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. Drake also matched a season-high with 79 digs. Thirty of those came from Michelle Thommi who matched her career high with 30.While this weekend marks the end of the season and the careers of the team’s seniors, the future looks bright for the Bulldogs as players responsible for 74.4 percent of the team’s kills are slated to return in 2016. Additionally, 54.8 percent of the team’s assists and 80.1 percent of its digs are due back as are the team’s leaders in kills (Makena Schoene), digs (Michelle Thommi) and aces (Chandelle Davidson).Print Friendly Version Drake vs. Loyola (ESPN3) Drake vs. Loyola Live Stats last_img read more

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South African consumer rights and protection

first_imgShoddy service, bad quality products, broken promises and contract foul-ups are just some of the problems consumers face. But South African consumers’ rights are protected by law, which means they can demand redress.By law, South African consumers have the right to be heard, to safety, to redress, to be informed, to choice, to consumer education, to the satisfaction of basic needs, and to a healthy environment. (Image: Caden Crawford, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)There are various pieces of powerful legislation in place to protect consumers, the most important being the Consumer Protection Act (Act 68 of 2008) and the National Credit Act (Act 34 of 2005). Consumers also have the right to information and education.Useful websitesNational Consumer CommissionNational Consumer TribunalNational Credit RegulatorSA Consumer ComplaintsHellopeterConsumer rightsThe Consumer Protection Act outlines key consumer rights, including the right to:Be heard: Consumers have the right to be heard on issues, policies, plans, programmes and decisions which affect them.Safety: Consumers must be protected against flaws or hidden dangers in products or services.Redress: When you are sold an inferior product or service, you have the right to demand a replacement or a refund.Be informed: Consumers have the right to be given all the information they need about a product or service.Choice: Consumers have the right to a variety of products and goods that are competitively priced.Consumer education: Consumers have the right to education that will empower them to make informed choices.Satisfaction of basic needs: Consumers have the right to basic goods and services for survival, such as food, water, education and sanitation.A healthy environment: Consumers have the right to a physical environment that will enhance the quality of life.ComplaintsThere is no need to accept faulty products or shoddy service. First try to settle your complaint directly with the business or service provider. If that fails, you can take it up with your Provincial Consumer Affairs Offices. These offices, in all nine provinces, offer advice, education, information, and protection.There is also a range of statutory, industry and other consumer bodies.Provincial Consumer Affairs OfficesThere are Consumer Affairs Offices, run at provincial level, to provide consumers with protection, information and advice. You can approach a Consumers Affairs Office to intervene in disputes over contracts, quality of products or services.You should first complain to the branch manager or customer care office of the business concerned before asking the Consumer Affairs Office to intervene. These offices have trained staff to advise you on your rights as consumers. You may also want to contact them to find out if a company you intend doing business with has a previous history of complaints against it.Other consumer organisationsNational Consumer CommissionSet up to administer the Consumer Protection Act which came into effect in April 2011, the National Consumer Commission is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry. Responsible for publishing consumer alerts (which warn consumers of scams or unfair business practices) and prohibition notices (business practices declared unfair in terms of the Unfair Business Practices Act, and therefore prohibited by the Minister).Website: www.nccsa.org.zaSouth African National Consumer UnionSancu is a voluntary independent body that represents millions of consumers. Its membership extends from the grassroots organisations, such as the Women’s Agricultural Unions and the National Council of Women of South Africa, to influential bodies such as Democratic Nursing Organisation and the Association of Retired Persons and Pensioners.As an independent consumer organisation, Sancu works with manufacturers, retailers, the agricultural sector, the South African Bureau of Standards and government.The union recommends that consumers make a genuine attempt to solve complaints themselves. If the problem remains, take it up with the relevant Provincial Consumer Affairs office.Website: www.sancu.co.zaAssociation for Savings and Investment South AfricaASISA represents the majority of South Africa’s asset managers, collective investment scheme management companies, linked investment service providers, multi-managers, and life insurance companies.The association aims to promote a culture of savings and investment in South Africa by working with regulators, government and its members. It has a consumer focus, and works to ensure the sustainability of the industries it represents.Website: www.asisa.co.zaFinancial Services BoardThe Financial Services Board (FSB) is an independent institution established by statute to oversee the South African non-banking financial services industry in the public interest.The FSB is committed to promoting and maintaining a sound financial investment environment in South Africa. It regulates insurers, intermediaries, retirement funds, friendly societies, unit trust schemes, management companies, and financial markets.Note that complaints against service providers are primarily dealt with by bodies set up specifically for this purpose, and not by the FSB.Website: www.fsb.co.zaDownload a guide to handling consumer complaints through Provincial Consumer Affairs Offices [PDF]Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and ArbitrationThe CCMA is a dispute resolution body established in terms of the Labour Relations Act (Act 66 of 1995).It is an independent body and is not controlled by any political party, trade union or business. It works to conciliate and arbitrate workplace disputes, as well as facilitate the establishment of workplace forums and statutory councils.Website: www.ccma.org.zaThe Public ProtectorIf you have any complaints about government services or conduct, you might find help from the Public Protector.Website: www.pprotect.orgToll-free number: 0800 11 20 40Brand South Africa reporterReviewed: 10 July 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Google to Launch Server-Side Clipboard for Docs

first_imgOne of the features that Google’s online office program Google Docs lacks is a cloud-based version of Microsoft Office’s “clipboard” feature. Although you can copy and paste when using Docs, it’s a much simpler procedure. The keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + C” copies and “Ctrl + V” pastes, but it’s a one-time process. You can’t accumulate a collection of copied items for later pasting as you can with the Office clipboard. Some may argue that’s by design – Google likes to keep things simple. However, it appears that may not be the case, after all. As spotted by the Google Operating System blog, a new server-side clipboard looks like it may be close to launch.A Real Clipboard! Google Docs Business Users Will Rejoice Considering Google’s continuing advances in the enterprise space, it’s not surprising that the company is interested in implementing a cloud-based clipboard to rival the one in Office. Although this may not be the sort of feature that everyday consumers and users of the free version of Docs care much about, it’s a perfect example of the sort of feature that a business user needs. When crafting long documents, the ability to store a collection of text, images and other media for re-use throughout a particular file is a time-saving feature that many cannot live without. It’s arguably even one of the top reasons why some feel they can’t make a complete switch from their desktop office software, be that Microsoft Office or Open Office or something else, to an online service like Google Docs. Beyond Docs: A Clipboard for YouTube, Picasa and More? According to the blog post that uncovered this feature (still in testing it appears), the Google Docs clipboard looks like an implementation of a service called Google Cloudboard, revealed back in fall of last year via an accidentally publicized internal feedback form. Cloudboard was described as a “server-side clipboard for Google Apps.” Like Cloudboard, the new clipboard works within Google Docs and other Google services including Gmail and Calendar – at least that’s what has been spotted so far. However, when the Cloudboard feature was discovered, it was described as working with services outside of Google Apps, too. For example, copying from Picasa, YouTube, Maps and even Google Image Search were cited as use cases for the Cloudboard. The Cloudboard/clipboard Google has in mind could be handy for heavy Gmail users, especially if it became a feature of the Gmail service itself. It also somewhat brings to mind the Windows Live Mail Quick Add feature which integrates Bing searches, images and video into the online webmail program via a sidebar panel. Google’s clipboard could easily do the same and more. 30-Day Retention Policy: This Clipboard Stays with You In Google’s case, clipboard content wouldn’t just remain in the program while your Docs/Apps session was active – it would actually remain on Google’s Servers for an entire month. According to a now-public Google Help Article: Content you copy to the server clipboard is stored on Google’s servers and remains there until 30 days have passed since you last took action on (for example, copied) a given content selection. Even if a document is deleted, anything you copied from that document to the server clipboard will still exist on Google’s servers for that 30-day period. You can delete all items stored on the server clipboard by clicking the drop-down menu and selecting Clear all items. The article also reveals how the Clipboard content is tied to your Google Account as opposed to one particular computer. “That means you can copy more than one selection and then choose which one to paste later, the page reads. “It also means you can copy something on one computer and then paste it on another.” Although the Google Docs blog hasn’t formally announced this feature (as of the time of writing), we’re confident that it’s more than a rumor at this point. Usually when Google gets around to creating Help documentation, the feature is near launch…sometimes even hours away. We hope that’s the case here, too. Image credit: googlesystem.blogspot.com sarah perez Tags:#Google#web#Web Office Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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New Online Courses To Create Safer Sporting Environments

first_imgTwo new interactive training courses are now available online to help create safer, fairer and more inclusive environments for all people involved in sport. The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) course and Complaint Handling course have been developed through the Play by the Rules partnership and complement the existing ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Discrimination and Harassment’ modules which are also available online.“Member Protection Information Officers are an important resource in sport,” Australian Sports Commission Chief Executive Officer, Simon Hollingsworth said.“They are responsible for providing information and support in regards to a person’s rights, responsibilities and options when a complaint or concern is raised in any sports environment.“This new training package will ensure that the knowledge and expertise required for this role is fully supported and maintained.”The MPIO course features seven online modules: MPIO Introduction, The MPIO Role, Complaint Resolution Procedures, Member Protection and the Law, Child Protection, Harassment and Discrimination and Ethical and Practical Considerations.The course also includes a three-hour face-to-face workshop, which will be delivered through state/territory departments of sport and recreation. The online and face-to-face components of the course are free.The Complaint Handling course features more specific information about the complaints process, including how to mediate and investigate complaints.Play by the Rules Co-chairs, Craig Martin and Helen Szoke, said: “These courses will not only assist sport to manage and resolve member issues and concerns, its greatest value will be in the development of expertise that can promote and create a positive club/sport culture for current and future members.”All of the courses have been developed in consultation with sports experts who work in these areas. They are succinct, user-friendly and feature case studies, practical scenarios and incorporate the latest interactive technology.For more information, please click on the following link to be directed to the Integrity in Sport section of the Australia Sports Commission’s website:http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/integrity_in_sport Related LinksNew Online Courseslast_img read more

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10 months agoEx-West Ham defender Collins rips up Aston Villa deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-West Ham defender Collins rips up Aston Villa dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer West Ham defender James Collins has ripped up his contract at Aston Villa.The Mirror says Collins has ripped up a £50,000 contract at Aston Villa after injuring himself just an hour after signing it.Unattached former Welsh international defender Collins has been training with Championship Villa this term after leaving West Ham.Dean Smith tabled a short-term deal worth around £10,000-a-week until the end of January to secure experience and cover at the back.But Collins went out to train later that morning and promptly injured his calf.The star, frustrated with himself, then trooped back inside Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and tore up the paperwork. last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City midfielder Sterling: Liverpool ideal for Salah

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Sterling: Liverpool ideal for Salahby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling isn’t surprised by the success of Mohamed Salah at Liverpool.Sterling says former club Liverpool is the ideal stage for the Egyptian.Speaking with 360 Sport, Sterling said: “I’m not surprised (by how well Salah’s done).“He’s gone to Liverpool and it’s clicked for him.”Every player has a moment when they are good, very good and then it clicks. He’s been exceptional.”But it’s about how you maintain it – and he’s maintained that perfectly and that’s a credit to him.” last_img read more