Guatemalan Contingent Assists Haiti

first_imgBy Lizeth Hernández/Diálogo October 18, 2016 Strength through unity. After Hurricane Matthew left a trail of destruction in Haiti on October 4th, the Guatemalan Army deployed 52 blue beret soldiers serving the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, per its French acronym) The tasks assigned to the Guatemalan soldiers include helping rebuild and developing public infrastructure. So troops are focusing primarily on removing rubble from the streets of Port-au-Prince and highways in the country’s interior, to reestablish communications and allow aid to reach the places that suffered the most damage. They also provide security support in collaboration with police operations. “It is very satisfying to know that our country provides assistance during natural disasters and especially to the people that need it most. In this case, Haiti is one of the countries hit hardest by Matthew, and we are proud to say that we have 52 soldiers giving their full support,” said Colonel William García Alvarado, press director of the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense. The blue berets are a group of soldiers trained to be part of the military police for peacekeeping missions organized by the United Nations in various countries around the world. The Guatemalan members are stationed in the Congo, and a military contingent was sent to Haiti in February of this year. Col. García explained that this group will help with the rebuilding effort and maintain security in the streets until February 2017. After the one-year tour of duty, a new contingent will be sent to continue providing assistance to the neighboring country. “They are trained to post guards and do rigorous work in the form of providing security. Our brothers and sisters need many kinds of support, but our group will provide security in the streets during this tragedy,” emphasized Col. García. Lieutenant General Ajax Porto Pinheiro, commander of the MINUSTAH Force, informed the media that they mobilized 600 peacekeepers to the hardest hit areas. Among them are Guatemalans representing the military police, as well as soldiers from Chile, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, and Paraguay. A herculean task UN Deputy Special Representative of MINUSTAH, Mourad Wahba, reported by telephone from Port-au-Prince that in the wake of Matthew, the members of the mission sprang into action to help rebuild this nation ravaged by natural disasters. “We focused on opening up these roads in order to allow humanitarian relief to reach these populations. So thanks to the combined efforts of MINUSTAH engineers and the local authorities in Haiti, the roads have been cleared and there is now access from Port-au-Prince,” he said. The Guatemalan Military Police are guarding Haitian police stations. In addition to this task, the soldiers help distribute water and purification systems to prevent the spread of disease. As of October 16th, MINUSTAH have reported approximately 560 deaths, but the number could rise as rescue work continues. Approximately 175,000 people are living in shelters, and more than a million and a half Haitians have been affected. The Guatemalan Army press office reported that despite the magnitude of the disaster, no further contingents of the Humanitarian Rescue Unit have been deployed because the Haitian authorities have not requested them. “We are completely willing to send more assistance and more soldiers if our sister country asks for them. We have every intention to help,” said Lieutenant Colonel Karen Pérez, spokeswoman for the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense.last_img read more

Townsville’s fastest selling suburbs

first_imgClient giving Australian money to property agent for buying house. Property and real estate concept. housing, Australian money, generic propertyLOCATIONS within 5km of the CBD have topped the list of Townsville’s fastest selling suburbs.Newly released CoreLogic figures which analyse sales in the last financial year show that houses in West End, Belgian Gardens and Mysterton sold the quickest.A total of 47 homes sold in the 12-month period in West End with the average time on the market being 59 days followed by Belgian Gardens where homes stayed on the market for 63 days.Mysterton and Hermit Park tied for third place with an average market time of 73 days.Forty-four homes were sold in Hermit Park and 13 in Mysterton.Explore Property Townsville principal Dean Dank said while he was surprised North Ward didn’t make the top three, buyers were becoming increasingly interested in city fringe areas thanks to projects such as the North Queensland Stadium.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Explore Property Townsville director Dean Dank. Picture: Shae Beplate.“Very much the fringe of the city is being taken and I think that comes about from activity from the stadium and people starting to chatter about being close to town and getting the benefit from the city scape changing,” he said.“The public transport hub and the stadium is going to change inner city living so people want to be in walking distance to the city.“I think areas like South Townsville will also lift in the future and it will be a boost for those little pubs that have been forgotten about like the Ross Island Hotel, Victoria Park and Bellevue Hotel.“Those little pubs will be watering holes for people coming out of the stadium like Caxton St in Brisbane.”The CoreLogic figures also revealed Townsville’s top growth suburbs for the financial year.Rosslea topped the list with a year’s median price growth of 13.3 per cent bringing the median value to $363,970.The suburb has seen new, high-quality homes being built, thanks to the Fairways development, which has received strong interest from gold enthusiasts.Jensen came in second with a 3.8 per cent increase in price growth while Pimlico and Hyde Park recorded a yearly price growth of 3.4 per cent.last_img read more

Chivalry is dead and you killed it, ladies.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 31 Views   no discussions Share Sitting in traffic sucks, but it’s the ultimate observation capsule for people-watching. Might as well scrutinize while you’re stuck between a ditzy chick in a monster SUV and a tourist trying to snap pictures of the White House from the driver’s seat.It’s where I spied a young couple out on a date. He cracked a wry joke, she giggled daintily, and they held hands as they strolled up a block in the heart of downtown D.C. How in-the-honeymoon period adorable are they? I thought. But when Cute Couple paused to enter a restaurant, my foot almost slipped off the brake: he all but broke his neck to get in ahead of her and let the door slam—I mean, physically slonk her—on her shoulder.I sent her a telepathic message to turn tail, hail a cab, and end that date immediately. But she didn’t. She grimaced and limped in after him. And that’s one of the reasons why chivalry is dying a slow, brutal death.I’m not shy about telling y’all that I passionately believe manners are the glue of society, the thin line that keeps us all from going ape you-know-what on each other in social settings and public arenas. Not that that line isn’t fraying. If you’ve stood in line at Walmart for any length of time or taken a ride on public transportation, it’s like being on the frontlines of how dismally bad manners have really gotten.For some reason — I don’t know if it’s global warming or residuals from the Bush administration or the pull of the moon or what it is — but people have absolutely abandoned good, sound, traditional act-rightness. And that lack of decorum has bungled the dating scene. Like it wasn’t already like walking through a dog park with no clean-up laws in the first place.I’m as hip and trendy as the next fun-loving gal, but I’m super old-school when it comes to the application of manners. Feminist agenda be darned: I believe that men should walk on the side closest to the street when we’re out on the town, that they should pull out women’s chairs when we sit down at tables, and — for the love of all that’s even remotely cool — that they shouldn’t let the doggone door crush any part of our persons as they scurry in to slosh back their weight in nachos and beer at a local eatery.I believe being a gentleman is still one of the sexiest qualities a guy can possess and because I don’t see it as often as I’d like, it makes the trait all the more valuable when I do.Watching that girl go into her hell date made me want to scream like a scary movie fan watching a character about to get gutted in a slasher flick. But it’s typical of ladies in this day and age to let that kind of madness slide. I guess the pool of eligible, compatible, marry-able guys has been slimmed so close to depletion that we’ve learned how to settle for not having the little niceties like being respected and even a little revered.I mean, even if we’re not vying for a reception of royal proportions, the least us gals can demand is to be given the greenlight to go through a doorway first. But if we don’t insist on that kind of treatment, it’s not just going to magically manifest. We have to set the expectation early on that that’s how we want to be treated.My boyfriend’s gentlemanliness is one of the things I adore about him and his cute self. In fact, it’s something that all of the few guys I’ve dated had in common (I’m more of a commitment girl, so I’ve only been on a handful of outings that would qualify as a casual date). And if I did so happen to be out with a dude who apparently didn’t know better, I’d stop at the restaurant door and wait. And wait. And wait some more until he got the drift. Same thing at the table pausing for a chair to be pulled out. Same thing at the car door.In a way, it’s like doing my part to remind guys — or teach them if they never knew it in the first place (shame on their mamas, by the way) — that some women expect a higher standard of treatment. It’s not being bourgie or bitchy or snotty or snobby. It’s called being a The StirYahoo Shinecenter_img Share Tweet LifestyleRelationships Chivalry is dead and you killed it, ladies. by: – April 14, 2011last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Cubs interested in Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos

first_img MLB trade rumors: Cubs looking to add leadoff hitter, reliever before deadline The Cubs are among the teams showing interest in Nick Castellanos. They probably want to move Jason Heyward to center, add Castellanos RH bat in right. This one has some teeth.— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) July 21, 2019Castellanos is slashing .280/.339/.467 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 92 games this season. He has blasted 103 homers over his seven-year career.Castellanos will be a free agent after the season and said last month he was not expecting to be with the Tigers long term. Related News Theo Epstein explains Cubs’ trade deadline strategy The Tigers appear like they’ll have multiple options if they decide to move Nicholas Castellanos.The Cubs are interested in dealing for the 27-year-old slugger, according to multiple reports, including the Detroit News and “I don’t have a college education,” Castellanos said at the time, via The Athletic. “But I can pick up the pieces and put a puzzle together. I’m not saying that this is 100% what it’s going to be, but if I’m a gambling man, I don’t see (the Tigers) offering me an extension at this point in time.”The Braves have been linked to Castellanos, as well, while Detroit is willing to listen to offers for Matthew Boyd and Shane Greene, along with “virtually any veteran on its roster,” according to an earlier report from MLB Network.“The guys that should be worried are the guys that no one is interested in,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said last month. “So, when people care, and your name is being thrown around, it ought to flatter you. That’s what I throw out there. Just be happy that someone wants you in this game.”The Tigers have been one of the worst teams in MLB this season and entered Sunday well out of playoff contention with a 29-65 record. They’ve lost six in a row and 11 of their last 12 games. MLB trade rumors: Twins eyeing Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, other arms, report says The Cubs, meanwhile, came into the day with a three-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central.“The more good players you have playing well, the better you’re playing as a team, the more you can kind of focus on certain specific needs,” Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told The Athletic last week. “That’s certainly what we’re doing. We’re always trying to look for any area to upgrade that’s realistic while keeping the bigger picture in mind, too.”last_img read more