Army soldiers and officers of the National Police helped earthquake victims in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo July 31, 2014 A quick response from the Army and the National Police Guatemalan Army troops and National Police officers coordinated efforts to assist victims of the July 7 earthquake which killed one person and injured 274 people, authorities said. The major earthquake damaged more than 9,000 living quarters in western Guatemala, leaving nearly 2,900 of those homes uninhabitable, according to a July 14 press release from the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). Security forces assisted in the evacuations of 6,341 people. The earthquake registered 6.4 on the Richter scale, according to Gerardo Dávila, the spokesman for the municipality of San Marcos. The quake caused damage in the departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Totonicapán, Sololá, Retalhuleu and Suchitepéquez. The earthquake inflicted the worst damage in San Marcos. center_img About 200 highly trained Army officers responded quickly to San Marcos to assist in the cleanup and remove debris from homes and roads, according to Dávila. “Army soldiers have been under the command of the national emergency committee at the department and municipal levels,” Dávila said. “The soldiers have been focusing on the emergency from the beginning to avoid any mishaps; the response was immediate.” According to Dávila, dozens of officers of the National Civil Police (PNC) provided security to the people of San Marcos and municipalities affected by the quake. In addition, damage was reported to the electric utility network in several municipalities in San Marcos, a situation in the early hours that left more than 127,000 users without electricity. Over the course of the days, work was performed to restore the service, authorities said. Soldiers of the Alta Montaña Operations Brigade of San Marcos helped evacuate people at risk and in the assessment of damage caused by the quake. The Brigade has been working directly with those affected; people trust them, Dávila said. The quake’s epicenter was located eight kilometers from the coastal town of Puerto Madero, on the Mexican Pacific, and about 200 kilometers east of the capital of Guatemala. On July 9, President Otto Pérez Molina declared a state of calamity in the quake-hit area. The measure is a legal tool that allows authorities to assist people quickly in an orderly manner and quickly rebuild damaged infrastructure, mainly housing. This measure allowed the government to save up to 70 million quetzals (US$ 9 million) in the reconstruction process after the earthquake registering 7.1 on the Richter scale occurred on November 7, 2012. This earthquake devastated the same region, 44 people were killed and more than 7,000 homes were destroyed, according to Teleprensa. “Any tremor should be classified by the damage caused,” said the CONRED coordinator, Alejandro Maldonado, in the first block of the television program “De Frente con el Presidente”, which aired on July 8 from the central courtyard of the National Palace, the government of Guatemala reported. “An earthquake above 6.0 on the Richter scale is 32 times more powerful than a magnitude 5.” “The immediate action by relief agencies, police, and the Army prevented more casualties in the country,” Maldonado said. During the television program, Pérez Molina lamented the death of a baby at National Hospital in San Marcos. The quake caused the suspended ceiling of the hospital to break off and fall on the newborn. Pérez Molina also reiterated that the quake “is considered serious, but cannot be classified as a major earthquake.” He added that the government is more than willing to work to carry out reconstruction efforts, which is still in the process after the earthquake in 2012. Total reconstruction is a lengthy process because it is carried out through a subsidy, and many times the funds are not there, said Amanda Moran Mérida, researcher at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CEUR) at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC). “The subsidy granted by the government to rebuild a home is approximately 35,000 quetzals (US$ 4,500).” “Forty percent of homes in the rural areas of Guatemala are built with adobe material” (brick made with clay or sand, mixed with straw), Moran Mérida said. The lack of budget is the main obstacle in rebuilding homes and schools damaged by the recent earthquake, where the population demands quality reconstruction in the shortest time possible, Pérez Molina told Guatevision television network on July 17. The Guatemalan government has more than US$ 5 million (40 million quetzals) to begin rebuilding homes. The reconstruction of homes will be the responsibility of the Army Corps of Engineers, staff of the Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing, and the Social Development Fund, authorities said. The rebuilding plan will take place in three phases. The first phase will be the cleanup, the second, assessment, followed by demolition and reconstruction, while in the third phase, material and personnel data will be obtained that the authorities require. “The fear of an earthquake is general; it is inevitable.” San Marcos is working normally. The population came together immediately to continue with daily activities. Unfortunately, some schools have not restarted activities; their buildings were damaged, Dávila said. “This earthquake took us by surprise. We are not prepared for a catastrophe; we have a lot to do. The authorities must continue to promote more training at all levels of government and communities. Residents should not wait for security forces to come. They must act and work immediately. It is a task for everyone,” Dávila said. In each of the departments concerned, authorities continue with various actions in response to those affected. The Army of Guatemala will carry out recovery actions in the departments affected by the quake.last_img read more

Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Mikel Arteta after failed Arsenal move

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 1:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Mikel Arteta after failed Arsenal move Arsenal target Gabriel has talked up a move to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Gabriel Magalhaes admits he would ‘love’ to play in the Premier League and has refused to rule out a move to Arsenal in the summer.Mikel Arteta was desperate to bring in a central defender in January after Calum Chambers suffered a season-ending knee injury and Lille star Gabriel was identified as a realistic target at the start of the window.Lille reportedly rejected several ‘firm offers’ from Arsenal for Gabriel and the north London club went on to complete a six-month loan deal for Flamengo’s Pablo Mari.But the Gunners have maintained an interest in Gabriel and are expected to return with another bid for the Brazilian at the end of the campaign.ADVERTISEMENT The defender was asked about Arsenal’s interest in French television (Picture: Telefoot)It’s understood Lille have slapped a £30million price tag on the player they signed for just £1.5m back in 2016.AdvertisementAdvertisementGabriel’s performances this season have caught Everton’s attention, as well as Arsenal, and it’s clear the centre-back has one eye on a potential switch to England.Asked whether joining Arsenal is a possibility in the future, Gabriel told Telefoot: ‘Maybe, I don’t know.‘But I would love to play in the Premier League.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta has satisfied with Arsenal’s business this winter after Mari and Cedric Soares arrived through the doors at the Emirates.On Mari, Arteta said: ‘He is a player who has big experience, he’s played in this country and in different leagues.‘He knows what it means. He has been very willing to go to another top club. He has that desire and that commitment.‘I followed him a few seasons ago and I really like what he can bring and it was the right conditions for us as well to try and improve the squad.’MORE: N’Golo Kante delivers top four prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

Rushing the Floor

first_imgA lot has been made of the fans rushing the floor after Kansas State upset Kansas at a recent basketball game.  The mob-like scene on the floor almost crushed an older gentlemen who fell to the floor, and it is reported that some over enthusiastic fans tried to assault a Kansas ball player caught in the melee.What should the college and high school athletic departments do to stop the practice of rushing the floor after a big win by the home team?  I think the easiest solution is to train the crowd control personnel to form some type of line to funnel the fans into a central location on the floor.  This allows the opposing team to exit and keeps the fans from pushing people into the sideline tables.  The Kansas State Athletic Department admitted that their personnel were slow in reacting and could not get the funnel formed in time.  It is reported by them that this was the first time the crowd control people failed to stop the crowd.The above incident is unfortunate, but what I don’t want to see is the threat of forfeiture for the winning team if the crowd gets out of control.  Fans have to be allowed to show their enthusiasm, but we don’t want to see anyone get hurt.last_img read more

Caribbean actors and actresses dominate new play in New York

first_imgJamaican Co-Producer of Leonora, David Heron. Several actors with Caribbean heritage have prominent roles in Leonora, a play by American David Stallings which has a staged reading at the Williams CME Institutional Church in Harlem, New York on June 3.The reading is co-produced by New York Classical Theatre, Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Jamaican David Heron’s Sure Thing Productions. It is part of New York Classical’s “Diversifying the Classics” series.Antonio Miniño is director for the reading.Leonora is a Jamaican take on A Doll’s House, a 19th Century play by Henrik Ebsen of Denmark. Set in Kingston, Jamaica in 1951, the play focuses on Leonora Hartell, a black woman from working-class roots who is married to a white, well-to-do Englishman.Their relationship is challenged when secrets from her past emerge.Nehassaiu deGannes, who is of Dominican descent, plays Leonora. Her credits include the Off Broadway play Is God Is and The Balcony.Heron, who has written plays such as Against His Will and Love and Marriage and New York, is Dr Mike Newell, a friend of the Hartells. He has previously worked with New York Classical in The Winter’s Tale.Grenada-born Oneika Philips is Kalisa Williams, Leonora’s childhood friend. She has appeared on Broadway in SpongeBob SquarePants-The Musical.Lisa Tharps, of Barbadian descent, is Vinisha, caregiver to the Hartell children. Her Broadway credits include in King Hedley 11 and Romeo andJuliet.Aya Spence, who has Jamaican heritage, portrays Emma Hartell, Leonora’s daughter. She has appeared in the television series A Crime To Remember and modeled for Target, J.Crew and Little Marc Jacobs.Brad Frazier, who is best known for his role in the television series, Luke Cage, plays Leonora’s husband Tristan Hartell. He also starred in The Winter’s Tale.The New York Classical Theatre is celebrating its 20th year of free productions of classic works in indoor and outdoor locations in New York City. Voza Rivers is a respected figure in American theater, having produced a number of Broadway hits including the Tony and Grammy-nominated musical Sarafina!Artistic director of New York Classical, Stephen Burdman, expects great things from Leonora.“We are extremely pleased and very excited to have this entire cast onboard, to bring to life this incredible script by playwright David Stallings,” he saidlast_img read more