Peabody’s Missed Tax Payment Puts a Colorado Town in Difficult Straits

first_imgPeabody’s Missed Tax Payment Puts a Colorado Town in Difficult Straits FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bruce Finley for the Denver Post:The collapse of coal mining hit home in rural Oak Creek this week after a bankrupt industry giant missed a tax payment, catapulting a community into turmoil.Peabody Energy’s failure to pay a $1.2 million June installment translated almost instantly to trouble for fire protection, the library, cemetery and school for 325 children.“It’s a huge hit. We definitely need help from the state,” South Routt School District superintendent Darci Mohr said.  “And it is not just our schools struggling to pay bills. It is also our families. We have a lot of Peabody Energy retirees, and we have a lot of current employees who do not know what their future will be.”It is an example of how the shaky status of coal-mining companies — with Colorado operators Peabody and Arch Coal among 50 nationwide in bankruptcy — reverberates around the West. One missed tax payment may amount to a hiccup inside a huge corporation, but industry failure threatens the survival of Colorado communities such as Oak Creek, where residents depend on a century-old extractive energy tradition.State regulators, too, are increasingly wary. Colorado Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday they will take a more cautious approach toward coal companies to make sure they don’t walk away from environmental cleanup obligations.Colorado officials in the past have trusted some companies to “self-bond” — pledging their own assets as collateral, rather than deposit a surety bond, to guarantee that damaged land is restored as laws require. Self-bonding still is allowed, and state officials rely on self-bonding at three mines run by Tri-State Generation and Transmission-New Horizon ($5,300,000), Colowyo ($80,517,829) and New Horizon North ($5,500,000).But “going forward,” state spokesman Todd Hartman said Wednesday, “we’d move very cautiously if one were proposed. … Other bonding approaches better ensure reclamation funds will be available.”Full article: Coal giant’s hiccup causes turmoil in dependent Colorado townslast_img read more

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Triple Crown Bouldering : Hound Ears

first_img Photos by Cirque Productions:Brian Burnham & Leon GodwinThe Hound Ears bouldering competition has been running now for 15 years and I’ve been attending for quite some time, so I notice the subtle changes that take place on a year-to-year basis. First of all the competitors keep getting younger . . . or I keep getting older. But either way there were quite a few teens out there with long lanky builds, ferocious hand strength, and the ability to rack up some huge scores on sends of historically unclimbed problems.Clear skies were a change from previous years and the sun peaking over the mountains in the east accentuated just how absurdly wealthy the people in Hound Ears are; with impeccable golf courses and houses that resemble entire resorts. But the rays of morning light reflecting off the imported Italian marble reminded all of us crammed into school buses that the weather was indeed perfect that day. Can’t beat clear and 70 for a frictionful day of climbing on the sharpest rock in 500 square miles.The other thing I noticed was that swag distribution was of course excessive and often, but this year it was also quite dangerous. At the event kick off, organizers Jim Horton and Chad Wykle assumed their standard perch on the ambulance above the competitors to announce the rules and work the crowd with some free giveaways. The big difference this time was the donations by Red Bull, so the packed crowd was peppered with cans of flying energy drinks. If you were laying out for a free T-shirt you could very likely end your climbing day by wearing a Red Bull in the temple. Much less glorious than busting an ankle on a wicked-high sketchy finish.Somewhere in the distance Kurt Smith yelled Triiiiiple Crowwwwwn and it was on. 450+ climbers descended into the woods to begin what would be some very close competitions in the divisions. Fuc-Yo (V9) attracted an immediate crowd, being one of the top valued boulder problems, and saw a rare female ascent by Women’s Open winner Alex Johnson.The men’s open division was much tighter than in year’s past as well. With Paul Robinson off the scene this year, it left some space for Jon Glassberg and Jimmy Webb to duke it out for a while. These two have obviously been training a bit since en route to racking up an impressive 12,000 plus points, they flashed some big point problems like Stupid Human (V9) and some other soon to be classics in Horton’s new set of boulders ominously named The Dark Area.Local North Carolina up-and-coming Calvin Wagner returned to Hound Ears this year to defend his 2007 Junior title and with hopes of taking the 2008 Triple Crown crown. Calvin added ‘Larry Hitchcock,’ ‘Piss Ripple,’ and a couple other V5’s to his scorecard and it proved to be enough to secure the ‘08 Hound Ears trophy and keep his hopes alive for the Triple Crown.Nothing about a day at Hound Ears drags, and just when we felt like we were getting warmed up, the judges announced that scorecards were due within the hour. This is somewhat of an exaggeration because anyone that has logged a couple hours of bouldering in the orange and red Hound Ears forest has the standard extremity abrasions and an exceptional case of bloodied tips brought on by the onslaught of notorious Hound Ears razor crimps. But a few extra wraps of tape and a few extra dips into the magical pot of chalk and climbers were ready to cram in a few more easy problems and try to fill up the scorecard before Jim Horton romped on the ambulance siren to announce the end of another glorious day in private country club paradise.Once again we all crammed into buses, filled an entire large Penske truck with crashpads, and headed back down to Grandfather Campground for the awards ceremony and afta’ party. After 15 years in the game, the Triple Crown crew has perfected the art of the climbing comp party. Tons of food and five kegs of beer awaited the climbers as they stepped off the bus, the music fired up and everyone settled in for a slideshow of the day’s mayhem and the announcement of who would be the king of The Ear in 2008.Kurt Smith ran the show for the evening and kicked off the festivities with a now expected Triiiiiiple Croooooooowwwwwn 2008. He shook down the crowd for all the cash left in their wallets so the CCC can buy another crag, and when he called someone up on stage they could ‘show him their moves’ for a new Sterling rope, or if they were too self conscious in front of a group of obnoxious and fun loving climbers he gave them a block of chalk and shoved them back into the crowd. As the evening progressed the music from the PA faded and was replaced by guitars and harmonicas at scattered campfires around the mountain. The fog settled in and climbers bid each other goodnight and farewell until the next showdown at HP40 next month.Triple Crown Bouldering: Part IIlast_img read more

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Handstand Training

first_imgWant to strengthen the key paddling muscles on dry land? Try handstand training. Not just for circus freaks anymore, handstands strengthen your arms, shoulders, and core. Check out these simple wall-based handstand exercises from Kevin Yount, professional river boarder, and certified fitness instructor.Side Wall Walks Kick into a handstand against the wall with your hands spread wide on the floor. Move your right hand to match your left hand, then right foot to match your left foot. Then move your left hand and foot to a wide stance again. Continue this process until you walk five feet along the wall to your left, then reverse it.Wall WalkingStart with your feet against the wall near the floor and your hands on the ground, like an elevated push up. Walk your hands toward your feet and your feet up the wall until you’re nearly vertical. Then walk your hands away from the wall until you’re in the inverted push up position again.Handstand HoldKick into a handstand against a wall, so that your body is nearly vertical. Hold it for 30 seconds. Rest and repeat.Head Over Heels: Watch video of handstand training here.last_img read more

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LAST CHANCE: Kentucky Unbridled Adventure Getaway Giveaway

first_imgWin an unbridled adventure in Kentucky!Blue Ridge Outdoors and Kentucky’s tourism partners are offering you a chance to win on of two fantastic getaways in Kentucky.Grand Prize:Two night stay for two in Shepherdsville – Jim Beam countryTickets to tour Jim Beam American StillhousePasses to Bernheim Arboretum and Research ForestFirst Prize:Two night stay for two at one of Kentucky’s State ParksThis contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered and good luck!DON’T FORGET TO ENTER ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on November 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Kentucky Tourism, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before November 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

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Tackling the Maryland Challenge

first_img“I ate 20 bananas today.” My friend Shane Robinson made this proclamation as we were sitting at his dining room table, packing our gear for an adventurous hike we were undertaking the next day. I had questioned his choice of food for the hike, which as far as I could tell consisted of a bag of apricots and a bag of mixed nuts. I stared at him for several seconds as I considered whether or not he was joking. He was not.We were attempting to hike the entire Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail in one day, 41.5 miles from the Mason-Dixon line to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The full AT, as it’s known, is 2,175 miles long and stretches from Georgia to Maine. The trail is marked every few hundred feet with a white blaze on a tree, a boulder, or a post. The Maryland section of the trail is the perfect distance for hardy hikers to do the whole thing in a day. This endeavor even has a name: The Maryland Challenge.Shane is an ultrarunner. He has competed in 50-mile races, trains religiously and tracks his diet like a clinical scientist. He was experimenting with a new raw vegan diet, hence the apricots and nuts being his only provisions.Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 3.11.32 PMI jog a few times a week, eat whatever I want and know nothing about nutrition. I packed energy bars, trail mix, dried mango slices, salami and cheese stuffed in mini-pitas and some chocolate covered goji berries. I wasn’t going to starve on this trip.I had a 32-oz hydration pack and a 32-oz water bottle, and I stored these along with my food in my 9-year old son’s backpack. Shane had a racing vest, something that ultrarunners use that has a small storage compartment on the back and a pocket on the front of each shoulder strap to store a 16-oz water bottle. He fit a third water bottle on the back of the vest.We woke up at 5:30 a.m. and got our gear together. We were both wearing orange shirts. I was sporting a child’s backpack and Shane had a racing vest on. We did not look cool.Shane’s Father-in-law Joe dropped us at Pen-Mar Park at 7:15 a.m. After the dropoff, we headed north for the quarter-mile hike to the Mason-Dixon line and posed for our obligatory selfie, after fiddling with our phones’ camera settings until we got the timers to work. There was a notebook kept next to the sign, and I signed our names with the time and indicated we were doing the Maryland Challenge. Then we headed back south, the official start of our 41.5-mile journey.Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 3.12.22 PMFor some reason, we had set an arbitrary goal of completing the hike in 12 hours. While we intended to run at least some of the trail, we started at a brisk walk. After Pen-Mar Park, the trail weaves through a pretty forest, strewn with boulders and ferns. The trail was wide enough that Shane and I could walk abreast of each other, talking in easy conversation, still excited about the day’s adventure. When we weren’t talking, the only sounds besides our shoes hitting the ground were birds singing, cicadas chirping or woodpeckers pecking.The quiet and solitude were actually surprising to me. It was a beautiful Saturday morning – especially for August – sunny with low humidity. Where was everybody? We had hiked for two full hours until we encountered another person, a teenage boy who nodded a quick, but polite, hello as we passed. “I wonder where he came from,” I thought aloud to Shane, since the boy had no gear other than a walking stick.We crossed a road, then a nice babbling brook. A few miles later, we came to the Ensign Cowall Shelter, one of half a dozen lean-to style shelters on the Maryland section of the AT. Each shelter has an outhouse-style privy and usually a nearby spring. At Cowall we met John, a pleasant fellow who was taking a break on the front step of the shelter. I struck up a conversation with him, and he told us he was finishing up the last leg of a trip from several years ago. On his previous trip, he had gotten to this shelter and abandoned the hike because his boots were falling apart. So today he started at Pen-Mar, like us, hiked to this shelter and now would head back to officially complete the trip. He was at the halfway point of his hike. We were still just getting started.Shane was running low on water, so we stopped at a spring a few hundred feet down the trail from the shelter. I got out my ultra-violet water sterilizer to treat the water. Treating water from streams or springs is recommended to protect against giardia and other intestinal infections. Unfortunately, as I pressed the button to activate the sterilizer, a red warning light flashed, indicating that the batteries were too low. I had forgotten extra batteries. We had our first drama of the trip.I still had a decent amount of water left, but Shane was almost out. I knew we could get water at Washington Monument State Park, but that was 10 miles away. We debated whether we should risk drinking the spring water or try to make it to the water fountain at the state park. I’ve had giardia before – it’s no fun at all. Shane suggested we could drink the spring water and then just go to the doctor and get some antibiotic. A good fallback plan, but we decided we could hold out. We pressed on.Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 3.11.43 PMThe trail generally stayed on top of ridges but under the forest canopy, which meant we didn’t have to worry about sunburn on this sunny summer day. Occasionally, though, we would come to a meadow or clearing, usually a right-of-way for power lines. The open patches sometimes offered a tasty treat – ripe wild blackberries. Pausing for a minute or two to pick some berries and drink some water provided a nice mini-break. Neither Shane nor I wanted to dally, however, since we were running a little behind our projected pace.We took a small side trail to the impressive overlook at Black Rock, about 15 and a half miles into our trip. We were both still feeling good, and snapped a few pictures of each other on a rocky outcrop perched above the expansive valley below us. We had been hiking for about 5 hours. “All we have left is a marathon,” Shane offered cheerily. Regardless, if we wanted to make it to Harpers Ferry before dark, we needed to pick up the pace.The trail from Black Rock to Interstate 70 is mostly downhill, and we decided to jog it. We passed by the side trail to Annapolis Rock, a popular day-hiking destination with a similar view to Black Rock, and came down to the highway. We crossed the footbridge – the din of the cars and trucks beneath us creating quite a contrast to the forest sounds of birds and cicadas we had grown accustomed to.We were both out of water, but I knew the state park was only two miles away. The two miles were largely uneventful, except that Shane mentioned he wasn’t feeling that great. A mild nausea, nothing to be worried about, he said.“Think it has to do with the 20 bananas sitting in your gut?” I asked. “Maybe,” he admitted. “Experimenting with my diet before a 40-mile hike might not have been the best idea.” Regardless, he politely declined my offers to share my food, and stuck with his apricots and nuts.Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 3.11.58 PMWe emerged out of the woods onto a gravel trail that lead to the Washington Monument, a 34-foot stone tower that looks like part of a medieval castle. The structure was built in 1827 and is the first official monument to be dedicated to George Washington. Unfortunately, rope fencing surrounded the tower, and signs declared it temporarily closed. I was disappointed – I had been to the top of the tower years ago, and I remember it being a nice view.We were both more interested in refilling our empty water containers, however, so we continued down the park trail to a convenient spigot in front of a picnic pavilion. We took a ten-minute break to eat, drink and stretch out a bit. We were a little more than halfway done and it was 2:30 p.m.Back into the woods and we came across a Ridge Runner from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. These folks patrol the AT from Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania to the southern end of Shenandoah National Park. He told us the monument was closed because it was hit by lightening. Three hikers were taking shelter in the monument during a recent storm when the lightening hit and they got “blasted out.” One hiker was injured, but not seriously. Experts needed to inspect the structure and repair it before it could be reopened.Shortly after talking to the Ridge Runner, we came to Dahlgren Backpacker Campground, a trailside oasis complete with real restrooms and managed by the state Department of Natural Resources.After Dahlgren we faced one of the steepest and longest uphill stretches of the day – the climb to Lamb’s Knob. It was late afternoon and we had a long way to go. For the first time, I was glad that we had brought our headlamps, even though I was still hopeful we wouldn’t have to use them. I decided to give myself a boost and downed a citrus flavored energy gel packed with caffeine, carbs and electrolytes. Yum. Its effects were almost immediate.Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 3.18.31 PMI picked up the pace, but noticed Shane was falling slightly behind. This was surprising to me, since at the start of the hike I was worried he would leave me in the dust. I was perfectly happy to slow down – after all, we weren’t in a race. We finally reached Gathland State Park, and took a short break on a bench within site of the 50-foot-tall arch honoring Civil War correspondents. We blissfully restocked our water and ate some more food. “Home stretch,” I said. It was 5:30 p.m. and we had ten miles to go.I think Shane and I were both in a bit of a daze for the six miles between Gathland and Weverton Cliff, the last scenic overlook before the trail quickly descends to the C&O Canal Path. My knees and ankles were aching. Not in an acute “ow – that hurts” way, but more like a “this is going to hurt tomorrow” way. Shane gave me a 15-minute long treatise on his experience in Africa as a member of the Peace Corps. We talked about politics, food and I told a few jokes. We passed a group of middle school aged backpackers, some of whom looked like they would rather be anywhere but hiking the AT. Would we ever get to Weverton?Finally we came to the spur trail to the cliff, which overlook the Potomac River just downstream of Harpers Ferry. We were both pretty exhausted, but we couldn’t pass up a good view. We gingerly made our way down the rock-strewn path to the cliffs, where we encountered a young couple setting up camp for the night. I was amazed they were the only ones at this popular spot on a Saturday night. The young woman snapped a picture of us on the cliff, backlit by the low angle of an early evening sun. We wished them a good night, and left them to their cozy solitude.Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 3.12.07 PMThe trail down to the towpath was a series of steep switchbacks. My knees were really starting to rebel, and I was making old man grunts whenever I had to hop over a rock. The trail flattened out and we crossed beneath Interstate 340, the road into Harpers Ferry, and then over some train tracks and spilled out onto the canal path. We were out of the wilderness, but we still had three miles to go.I popped another energy gel, and suggested we jog the last 3 miles. Jogging actually seemed less stressful to my knees, and Shane was game. We set a leisurely pace and headed east. The light was waning but it wasn’t dark yet. We were going to make it.We crossed the Byron Memorial Footbridge over the Potomac River just as the sun was setting. The journey had taken a little over 13 hours. We posed for another selfie in front of a sign, and then walked up Potomac Street to find Shane’s wife Mary who had graciously offered to pick us up. We found her in her minivan, playing a game on her cellphone. “How was it?” she asked.A simple question but surprisingly hard to answer. The day was fun, but also challenging – full of highs and lows. Too physically and emotionally drained to articulate the full experience, I said the first word that came to my mind.“Bananas” I replied.last_img read more

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Nearly 2,000 Militiamen Arrested In Colombia In ’09

first_imgBy Dialogo December 15, 2009 A total of 1,937 suspected members of the new militia groups linked to drug trafficking have been arrested this year, the Colombian National Police said. Some 668 of the suspects belonged to Los Rastrojos, a criminal organization created several years ago by Wilber Varela, who was killed in Venezuela in January 2008. Another 533 suspects belonged to a criminal organization that operates in the strife-torn northwestern region of Uraba, while 464 others were members of Los Paisas, the National Police said. The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, militia federation, accused of committing numerous human rights violations, demobilized more than 31,000 of its fighters between the end of 2003 and mid-2006 as part of the peace process with President Alvaro Uribe’s administration. New paramilitary groups have taken over the smuggling routes and organizations of the defunct AUC militia federation’s leaders, the majority of whom were extradited to the United States to face trial on drug charges. Police seized nearly 1,100 firearms, more than 70,000 rounds of ammunition and 631 grenades from these criminal organizations between Jan. 1 and Dec. 12. Operations targeting the groups yielded 97 tons of cocaine, 168 tons of marijuana and 574 kilos of heroin, and resulted in the destruction of more than 100 illegal drug labs.last_img read more

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Chile’s Defense Minister Holds Various Meetings to Modify the Financing of the Armed Forces

first_img Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand has held meetings with various authorities, including Treasury Minister Felipe Larraín, to analyze the modification of the Secret Act on Copper and the financing of the Armed Forces. On 19 April, Minister Allamand met with legislators from the Socialist, Communist, and Christian Democratic parties in order to reach consensus on the modification proposal sent to the National Congress. The draft bill establishes a twelve-year cycle of strategic planning for the Armed Forces and a four-year cycle of multi-year budgets. Minister Allamand has indicated his satisfaction with the results of each meeting, according to an official statement, noting that “there is unanimity in terms of the Secret Act on Copper having outlived its usefulness and needing to be replaced, and there is also unanimity on the fact that we have to develop a mechanism that will enable a stable budget for our defense institutions.” As a consequence, on the basis of these two principles, “I believe that it is going to be possible to move forward and finish this task that has been pending, one way or another, for the last twenty years,” he remarked. By Dialogo May 04, 2011last_img read more

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Costa Rica Boasts Record Drug Busts in 2011

first_img One statistic officials often cite to highlight the increased presence of the drug trade in Costa Rica is the number of domestic and foreign drug traffickers they’ve arrested. In early December, PCD officers broke up a drug ring in eastern Limón province that was operating from within a regional prison. Eight were arrested on charges of distribution and possession, and it was thought the inmates’ wives and girlfriends were smuggling cocaine into the prison during visits. Ministry: 101 drug organizations eliminated in 2010 In November, the PCD and Security Ministry arrested three Colombians in possession of 1,203 kilograms of cocaine in San José. It was reported that the drugs “showed signs that they had been transported by sea” and were divided into small packages for distribution. The three men were thought to be part of an international drug-trafficking ring. In 2010, the Security Ministry dismantled 101 drug organizations, a record high. From 2006 to 2010, about 400 drug organizations were taken down, including 347 local groups and 53 international ones. “The reality in Central America has varied significantly in that, every year, there is a larger presence of Mexican drug cartels. While there is a larger presence in the northern part of Central America, it is evident that their presence is growing in the southern part of the region and particularly in our country,” Zamora said. “The Sinoloa cartel is the group we consider to be the most active here. Using intelligence and logistical information we have, much of the drugs seized here can be linked to Sinoloa channels.” Zamora added that the presence of the Mexico-based Los Zetas cartel has also increased and is thought to be pairing with “narcofamilies” in Costa Rica to aid regional drug shipments and distribution. While drug seizures are up, so too are crime and murder rates. From 2006 to 2010, the homicide rate in Costa Rica rose from seven per 100,000 citizens to more than 11, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. A country is at risk when the homicide rate surpasses 10 per 100,000 citizens, according to the United Nations. “Costa Rica is still the safest country in Central America, but it is apparent that security in the country has reached a critical level,” said Miguel Gutiérrez, founder and director of the State of the Nation report. “The recent increases in crime are linked almost entirely to the presence of organized crime in the country.” Gutiérrez said that more than 40 percent of homicides in 2010 were related to organized crime, and that the total number of crimes increased 1.7 percent since 2009. In fact, homicides are likely to be down in 2011, said Zamora. The Security Ministry reported 35 fewer killings in the first eight months of this year than during the same period in 2010. “We are carrying out operations in critical points in the country and we aspire that, for 2011, the homicide rate will fall below the 11 per 100,000 mark,” he said. “We attribute this to the increase in patrol cars and firearms that have been provided to security officials this year.” Zamora said that in 2011, nearly 100 patrol cars were added in Limón province, a region known for a heavy drug presence; security was also beefed up along Costa Rica’s borders with Panama and Nicaragua. In 2012, some 400 new police vehicles will be introduced throughout the country. Zamora said that the key initiative for next year will center on “mobility” and increasing the presence of police forces in national streets and areas characterized by drug seizures and violence. “We are already seeing that the mobility strategy we are utilizing is revealing successes,” he said. “The improvements are not yet at the levels we aspired for, but there are clear signs that with more police in the streets, we can reduce the level of crime and murders.” In the last year and a half, roughly 1,500 police have been added to national security forces, bringing the total to around 13,000 nationwide. An additional 1,000 police are expected to begin duty in Costa Rica in 2012. 2012: The Year of Security On the campaign trail and since being elected in May 2010, President Laura Chinchilla has reiterated that improving national security is her administration’s top priority. Chinchilla, who served as public security minister from 1996 to 1998, signed a declaration in November designating 2012 the “year of municipal security, community security, and peace” in Costa Rica. To achieve this goal, Chinchilla said members of municipalities and communities must contribute to the fight against crime. “The only way for local communities to be successful against crime is to create collaborative policies in every municipality, community and neighborhood in the country,” she said. “Crime manifests itself in very different ways in the distinct regions of the country, and within those districts, leaders must involve members of the community and community organizations to work together to reduce crime and the problem of insecurity.” Chinchilla urged community leaders around the country to “generate schemes of community cooperation” and empower members of the community to assist local police forces. “The police have to be present where the citizens need them. Organized citizen groups and organized community leaders can assist to inform police of where crime is the most prevalent,” she said. “Working together is the only way to reduce citizen insecurity.” Chinchilla and Zamora both mentioned that increased investment in security is also mandatory to improve national security. A potential $300 tax on all national businesses is being debated in the Legislative Assembly. If passed, the tax will generate about $72 million a year for security. Additional financial support from the United States and other countries is aiding security capabilities, though both Chinchilla and Zamora said that the job of turning back the clock on delinquency and violence rests on Costa Rica’s shoulders. “The responsibility is ours,” Zamora said. “Assistance from other countries helps, but day in and day out, it is our responsibility to reduce crime in the streets. We are at a critical point, but we have the opportunity to stop crime before it gets out of hand.” SAN JOSÉ — Costa Rican security officials are struggling to determine if the record number of drug seizures reported in 2011 is an indication of improvements in national security — or further evidence that the country is being used as a drug corridor between South and North America. Law enforcement officials confiscated more than 10 tons of narcotics, the highest in the nation’s history in 2011. But that’s only a tiny fraction of the estimated 900 tons of drugs that pass through Central America each year. During the past six months, public security forces, with help from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), reported the seizure of 4,059 kilos of cocaine alone. When asked if the record figures signify improved police vigilance or a sign that more drugs were passing through Costa Rica, Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said the answer was “both.” “Obviously, we’d like to think that the figure is due to a better job by the national police forces, Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ, and Drug Control Police (PCD), but it is hard to say which the reality is,” Zamora told reporters in November. “Are there more drugs entering the country? I’d say it is probable that yes, there are more drugs here than five or 10 years ago. Are we improving our capabilities to capture more drugs and break up more narcotics organizations? I’d like to think that we are, but I can’t necessarily define the relationship between the two factors.” By Dialogo December 19, 2011last_img read more

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Money Counterfeiters Do Business in Peru

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