SCARBOROUGH ACTOR STEPHAN JAMES ON CREATING A BLUEPRINT FOR ACTORS OF COLOUR

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Somewhere across the Greater Toronto Area today, a young kid will be reading this success story about Scarborough-born actor Stephan James, finding inspiration and wishing they could follow in his footsteps.That’s how James, 25, felt growing up on Scarborough’s Bay Mills Blvd., dreaming of a Hollywood film and television career that is now at full throttle for him on screens big and small. He’s the male lead in Barry Jenkins’ newly opened and Oscar-tipped If Beale Street Could Talk and he co-stars opposite Julia Roberts in the hit Amazon series Homecoming, for which he’s Golden Globe-nominated for Best Actor in a TV Drama.If Beale Street Could Talk is one of three films by Black directors garnering major awards buzz — the others being Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, which have also had the effect of creating leading roles for Black actors. Back when James was a kid, this son of Jamaican immigrants didn’t have an abundance of Black role models to follow in the movie industry, especially Canadian ones. He’s happy to see the situation changing and delighted that he’s considered part of this positive development — although he cautions that there’s still much more work to be done.“How crazy is that?” a smiling James said in an interview while visiting family in Toronto for Christmas.“Even if it’s just one kid (who views him as a role model), because where I come from, it’s not typical for kids to have these sorts of dreams. It’s hard to conceptualize the idea when you don’t have any tangible example of it. But to know that you’re a part of creating a blueprint for something that could potentially live for a very long time, it just feels like a special, special thing, and it’s a responsibility that I take pretty seriously.” Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Stephan James, star of the new movie If Beale Street Could Talk, in Toronto on Dec. 20. The Scarborough-born actor spoke to the Star’s Peter Howell about taking roles highlighting racial injustice and his responsibility as a role model. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Los Angeles group buys gay resort in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City hotel that bills itself as the largest gay resort in the Southwest has new out-of-state owners.The Journal Record reports Los Angeles-based Alternatives Resorts has bought the 170-room Habana Inn. Oklahoma County property records show the property sold for $2.4 million.Alternatives Resorts spokesman Arnold Greenspan says the property will be renamed Hotel Habana and that a first phase of renovations will start in the fall.The resort has two nightclubs, a novelty store and a closed restaurant space.The hotel recently celebrated its 50th birthday and is a centerpiece of a string of businesses catering to LGBTQ clientele along a stretch of road that was part of historic Route 66 that connected travellers from Chicago to Los Angeles.___Information from: The Journal Record, http://www.journalrecord.comThe Associated Press read more

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Stocks higher as US economy rebounds strongly in Q2

The Toronto stock market advanced Wednesday amid positive earnings news and data showing much stronger than expected U.S. economic growth.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 62.06 points to 15,508.61 as the U.S. gross domestic product grew by a better-than-expected annual pace of four per cent in the second quarter.The contraction of the economy in the January-March period because of severe winter weather was also revised to 2.1 per cent from 2.9 per cent.The Canadian dollar was off 0.27 of a cent to 91.82 cents US a day before Statistics Canada releases economic growth figures for May.U.S. markets were higher with the Dow Jones industrials up 56.18 points to 16,968.29, the Nasdaq gained 30.1 points to 4,472.8 and the S&P 500  index climbed 7.64 points to 1,977.59.Traders also took in some positive employment news two days before the release of the American government’s employment report for July. Payroll firm ADP reported that 218,000 jobs were created in the private sector during the month.Analysts looked for the U.S. government report to show that about 230,000 jobs were created during July.Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to make its scheduled announcement on interest rates at 2 p.m. EDT.Traders will look for any hint that the central bank could start to hike rates sooner than anticipated. Markets generally expect the Fed to start hiking rates away from near zero in mid-2015.On the earnings front, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) shares gained 98 cents to $33.79 as the company more than tripled its second-quarter net earnings to $615 million or 81 cents per share as it benefited from increased oil production and higher commodity prices.Meanwhile, shares of information technology services company CGI Inc. (TSX:GIB.A) climbed 71 cents to $39.16 after it posted a third-quarter profit of $225.1 million, or 71 cents per share, up 26 per cent. Revenue was up 3.9 per cent to $2.7 billion.Media company Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) reported net income of $19.7 million or 25 cents per share, compared with $18. million, or 23 cents per share a year ago. Consolidated operating revenue fell seven per cent to $225.6 million from $243.6 million a year earlier. Torstar shares dipped nine cents to $8.17.The TSX energy sector was up 0.8 per cent as September crude gained 49 cents to US$101.46.September copper was ahead two cents at US$3.24 a pound and the base metals sector was ahead 0.55 per cent.August bullion was off $2.80 to US$1,295.50 an ounce.The gold sector was the leading decliner, down 0.65 per cent as investors get set to take in earnings later in the day from Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX), Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI) and Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) after the close of trading. read more

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Longawaited medical transition underway

PORT DOVER – The transition of doctors at the Port Dover Medical Centre to a new clinic is underway nearly 10 years after it was first proposed.Three doctors at the clinic — Alison Malo, Rejean Duwyn, and Wahid Pabani – intend to relocate this fall to a 4,400-square-foot medical centre that is being constructed at the rear of the Roulstons Discount Drugs on Main Street in Port Dover.A fourth doctor – Kailey Buller – recently went on maternity leave and her future in Port Dover is uncertain, said Mark Stephens of Roulston’s.“Our goal is this fall – as early as late October,” Stephen’s said Monday. “That’s our goal and everything is full steam ahead to accommodate that.”Also vacating the St. George location is pharmacist Steve Willaert. He will re-open at the No-Frills plaza in the north end of Port Dover this fall as Willaert’s Pharmacy.The physicians at the Port Dover Medical Centre recently posted a notice advising visitors and patients that the medical centre will no longer serve as a walk-in clinic for people seeking immediate medical attention.Willaert said the change has something to do with the physician complement at the medical centre falling to three from four. Willaert said the clinic with its current lineup does not meet the provincial threshold for delivering this level of care.“You have to have four physicians to have a walk-in clinic,” Willaert said. “One is leaving because she is pregnant. Unless they get another doctor they can’t accept walk-in patients. That’s how it was explained to me.”While Roulston’s is aiming to have the physicians situated in their new lodgings by fall, Stephens allowed there could be complications along the way.He said the water and sewer infrastructure along this section of Main Street may not be consistent with Roulston’s expectations heading into construction. A dialogue with the county’s public works department is underway.“We continue to work hand-in-hand with Norfolk County.”Dr. Harold Hynscht used to have an office at the St. George clinic but moved to a new office adjoining the Roulstons building several years ago. On Monday, Hynscht said his Dover Shores Family Practice is a standalone operation not associated with the new medical clinic.About 10 years ago, Norfolk County bought the St. George Street clinic from the doctors who owned it to facilitate their transition to a community-based, community-managed medical centre elsewhere.For a variety of reasons, the project never launched and Norfolk has held the deed ever since. Along the way, there have been tens of thousands of dollars of associated renovation and maintenance costs.Once the St. George clinic is empty, the county could affirm its status as a surplus property and look for a new owner. Or the county could find a new tenant for it or find a municipal use for the building, which is located next door to the Lions Community Centre and the Port Dover and Area Arena.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Teachers call for ban on sale of energy drinks to under 16s

first_imgTeachers are calling for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s, because they contain huge amounts of sugar and caffeine and can cause headaches and palpitations.The NASUWT, one of Britain’s largest teaching unions, described the drinks as ‘readily available legal highs’ which can trigger bad behaviour in the classroom and school yard.It comes after researchers at Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, based at Teesside University, found that energy drinks were being sold to children for less money than water or fizzy drinks.Research by Fuse found one in three young people say that they regularly consume energy drinks, which are often sold in promotions of 4 for £1, meaning young people often pool their money and buy the beverages for just 25p.A single 500ml can of popular brands on the market can contain around 160mg of caffeine, while the European Food Safety Authority recommends an intake of no more than 105mg caffeine per day for an average 11-year-old. Darren Northcott, NASUWT national official for education, said: “Teachers have registered concerns with the NASUWT about the contribution of high energy drinks to poor pupil behaviour as a result of pupils consuming excessive quantities of these drinks. Teachers say the drinks are harmful to students and can disrupt lessons Credit: Fredrick Kippe / Alamy Stock Photo “They are popular among young people who often think they are just another soft drink, and young people and parents are often not aware of the very high levels of stimulants that these drinks contain.“They are readily available legal highs sold in vending machines, supermarkets and corner shops.”On average, young people in the UK consume more energy drinks than those in other European countries.  Sales of energy drinks in the UK increased by 185% between 2006 and 2015, with 672 million litres drunk in 2015 and a total market value of over £2 billion.The British Soft Drinks Association says the drinks have been deemed safe for youngsters.But Dr Amelia Lake, Fuse Associate Director, dietitian and Reader in Public Health Nutrition at Teesside University, said: “What’s interesting is the young people are essentially asking why these drinks are being sold and marketed to them when we know they are not good for them.“They are telling us that energy drinks cost less than water or pop.“They are asking, why aren’t energy drinks age restricted like cigarettes?  Why can they get them so easily?  But they are also well aware there isn’t a simple solution. Teachers say the drinks are harmful to students and can disrupt lessons  “Schools have tried restricting these drinks – now it’s time to try and do something more central.  These drinks are a problem and a government solution is needed.”In a statement, the British Soft Drinks Association, which represents manufacturers, said: “Energy drinks and their ingredients have been deemed safe by regulatory authorities around the world.”In 2010 we introduced a voluntary Code of Practice to support consumers who want to make informed choices. In 2015 this was updated to include more stringent guidelines around marketing and promoting, including reference to in and around schools.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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GRA urges caution against fake Facebook account

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDishonest, bribe-taking GRA officers will be dealt with condignlyOctober 27, 2016In “latest news”Sattaur believes there’s a snitch within GRA; confirms fraud charges for local publisherSeptember 29, 2014In “Politics”LETTER: GRA only responsible for administering the lawOctober 5, 2017In “latest news” The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is advising the general public to be ‘cautious’ over what the Authority says is a fake Facebook account purporting to ‘act officially as the GRA’s Facebook Page’.see their full statement below:  It has been brought to the attention of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), that a fake Facebook page has been created, purporting to act officially as the GRA’s Facebook Page.The said perpetrator(s) has/have so far made comments on the Facebook page of the Department of Public Information.The general public is therefore urged to take caution and disregard any posts, comments or other forms of communication which are linked to this Facebook Page. Persons who have experienced any form of communication from accounts purporting to be that of the GRA, are kindly asked to make contact via grapublicrelations@gmail.comThe general public is once again reminded that the following links represent the official social media outlets of the Guyana Revenue Authority:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guyanarevenue/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/GuyanaRevenueAuthorityTwitter: https://twitter.com/GRAupdates read more

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Geekout episode 11 Lasers smartphone cameras and 3D printers

first_imgIt’s that time of the week again! (Well, technically it’s past that time of the week, but Google had some technical difficulties with Hangouts on Air.) Join us for a little recap of all the things we’ve seen and done on this week’s Geekout.When it comes to smartphone marketing, the features a company decides to tout mark a particularly significant decision. Nokia has released more than a few commercials talking about the low light capabilities in the new Lumia 928, while HTC and Samsung have focused on other strengths with their devices. This week, Geek.com’s very own Sal Cangeloso conducted our low light camera shootout with some of the best phones on the market. He found that the HTC One is the smartphone to beat, but the Lumia 928 is right behind it.In this week’s Geekout, Sal and I also talked about how important the camera is to a smartphone now and whether or not a great camera is enough to sell a phone.If you haven’t picked up Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on iOS, we’ve got a quick breakdown of how this ported game compares to the original. We also talked for a bit about shooting lasers into clouds, and a recent experiment done by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology that showed the beginning signs of weather control as the laser was able to encourage the growth of ice crystals in the clouds.If you’d like to join us on our weekly Geekouts, or if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on next week’s broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.last_img read more

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Astronomie Perséides et rassemblement planétaire dans notre ciel cette semaine

first_imgAstronomie : Perséides et rassemblement planétaire dans notre ciel cette semaineFrance – Après la Nuit des étoiles, cette semaine aura lieu l’apogée de l’essaim météoritique des Perséides, ainsi qu’un rassemblement planétaire entre Vénus, Saturne et Mars.Pas besoin d’être équipé d’un télescope pour pouvoir cette semaine être le témoin d’un impressionnant spectacle céleste. Alors que l’essaim météoritique des Perséides est déjà en activité, il sera à son apogée entre le 12 et le 14 août. Les étoiles filantes seront visibles à l’œil nu.Pour les plus courageux, le crépuscule permettra d’admirer un rassemblement planétaire entre Mars, Vénus et Saturne. Le Cosmographe précise que les Perséides sont souvent connues du grand public comme la fameuse “pluie d’étoiles filantes” estivale. Elles doivent leur nom à leur position dans le ciel, qui les rapproche de la constellation de Persée. De plus cette année, les conditions d’observation seront idéales puisque la Lune ne présentera qu’un fin croissant, évitant toute clarté superflue. Le “pic” d’étoiles filantes est prévu le vendredi 13 août, à 5h20.Le 9 août 2010 à 15:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Kroos certain that Brazil have improved from 2014

first_imgToni Kroos was a part of the Germany national team when they managed to humiliate Brazil in the World Cup semifinals in 2014 as they beat them 7-1 at their own stadium but the midfielder knows that they are a different team now.These two rivals are now about to face in the upcoming friendly game and Toni Kroos knows that it will be a very different match from what he experienced almost four years ago in Brazil.The Real Madrid midfielder spoke about his thoughts ahead of the match, according to This day live:“When I look at the current team in comparison to 2014, they are two grades better.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“They have really good people, my (Real Madrid) teammate Casemiro is doing well – they have come together well. Brazil is definitely one of the World Cup favourites.”However, Kroos was not entirely happy with his team last match’s display against Spain:“Our pressing didn’t work, then they played cat and mouse with us. We wanted to play better from the back, use our chances, pass well, not lose the ball so fast.”“Our counter-attacking game must be better, we were hit three or four times on the counter, you can’t have that. It’s not all bad, but we have a lot of work and we must come together as a team.”last_img read more

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New prime minister India wont look back

first_imgNEW YORK — India’s new prime minister, once shunned by Washington, appeared before an enthusiastic crowd in a famed New York sports arena Sunday where he appealed for help from Indian-Americans to help develop his country’s economy, vowing that under his leadership, the South Asian nation wouldn’t look back.A day after addressing a hushed U.N. General Assembly, where headphone-wearing delegates rarely break into a smile, Narendra Modi received a tumultuous welcome from upward of 18,000 people. He struck a chord by announcing plans to simplify the immigration bureaucracy for Indians living abroad, and called on them to “join hands to serve our mother India.”A dazzling, Bollywood-style show with dancers warmed up the crowd before Modi appeared. About 30 U.S. lawmakers attended — ringing the stage as the Indian leader came into the auditorium under a spotlight like a boxing champion. The event had the feel of a political rally, and the audience periodically broke out into chants of “Modi! Modi!”Modi will meet Monday with President Barack Obama at the White House, a meeting that both sides hope can improve strained relations between the world’s two largest democracies.Being courted by Washington marks a major change since 2005, when the U.S. denied Modi a visa for his alleged complicity in sectarian violence in his home state of Gujarat.last_img read more

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Saipan officials concerned over Imperial Pacific future after 80 construction workers released

first_imgSaipan officials have expressed new concerns over the future of Imperial Pacific International’s (IPI) local IR development following the shock termination of 80 foreign construction workers late last week.Termination of the workers came just six weeks after IPI was granted a two-and-half year extension for completion of Imperial Pacific Resort through to 28 February 2021 after failing to meet its previous 31 August 2018 deadline. According to reports, the workers were taken by surprise on Friday when they were called into the IPI office and served termination letters stating they would be provided seven days’ severance pay before being sent back home. Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Load More RelatedPosts Although IPI’s actions were legal under the terms of the workers’ contracts, officials have questioned the timing amid rumors that another 100 workers are set to be released.“It seems now that IPI got a two-and-a-half-year extension for completing the hotel casino project in Garapan, they have decided to lay off both local and H-2B workers,” Rep. Edwin Propst told local media.“Rather than getting more workers to complete the casino construction, they are now cutting back on labor. Why?“With all of these local and H-2B workers being laid off, are we really supposed to believe that IPI will complete the hotel casino construction project within two-and-a-half years?”“These terminations of local and H-2B workers, the recent multiple resignations of high-ranking executives at IPI and the termination of Pacific Rim are all telltale signs that the casino is having serious problems.”Propst noted that IPI had previously cited a lack of construction workers among the primary reasons for failing to meet its 31 August 2018 deadline, asking, “What’s their excuse going to be now? Do we honestly believe that IPI is going to complete the casino hotel by their construction deadline in 2021 after laying off hundreds of skilled workers?”Responding to criticism over the weekend, IPI said it was in the process of adjusting its construction workforce based on labor demands while prioritizing US workers over foreigners.“The purpose of the reduction is to adjust the level of labor supply based on the demand of the construction project,” the company told the Saipan Tribune.“The adjustment is in line with effective workforce planning and efficiency improvement of the project. IPI plans to hire local construction workers who are released by Pacific Rim (IPI’s former contractor) to ensure their continued employment.”However, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Casino Commission Joe C. Reyes admitted there was growing frustration over IPI’s actions.“All I want IPI to do is pretty much to get its act together and get its casino project done,” he told Marianas Variety, adding that “a commitment is a commitment.”last_img read more

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Schoolgirl stabbed at home

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA young man allegedly knifed a schoolgirl in her home at the city’s Motijheel AGB Colony on Thursday, reports UNB.The injured is Joya Mondal, 15, daughter of Anti-Corruption Commission inspector Gopal Chandra Mondal and a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee from Motijheel Ideal School and College.Omar Faruque, officer-in-charge of Motijheel police station, said the youth, Habib, 30, stormed the girl’s residence of the colony around 3:00pm when she was alone at the house and stabbed her in the head.Hearing her screams, locals rushed in, caught Habib and handed him over to police after giving beating him.The injured youth was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital under custody.However, the reason behind the attack could not be known yet.last_img

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Uncharted 4 delayed once again

first_imgWhat is (probably) inarguably the PlayStation 4’s most anticipated game since its release, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, has just been hit with another delay. This time, you’ll at least only need a small tissue to soak up your tears, as the game has only been pushed back a couple of weeks.Just before Christmas last year, Naughty Dog dropped a lump of coal in everyone’s stocking and announced that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End would be delayed to from its then-slated March 18, 2016 date to April 26, 2016. Now, you can add another two weeks onto that delay, and push back watching what is possibly the end of Nathan Drake to May 10 of this year.A post on the PlayStation blog cites manufacturing logistics as the reason for the delay, as Naughty Dog and Sony need the extra time to make sure that gamers across the globe can play Uncharted 4 on day one of the release. Sony apologizes for the delay — and really, a couple of weeks isn’t so bad. In the blog post, they say the game’s phenomenal, and while that’s probably true given the franchise’s track record, they obviously wouldn’t deem the game to be anything less. This entry in the series also has some added pedigree, considering the new showrunners’ last project was the excellent The Last of Us, a game that many consider to be the first instance of video games as literature.We can’t wait to get our hands on Uncharted 4 — even if it’s Nathan’s last adventure — but it seems like we’ll have to wait another two weeks. Anyone want to hang out between April 26 and May 10? We suddenly don’t have plans.last_img read more

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US urges more cooperation in drug fight

first_imgFrom the print editionWASHINGTON, D.C. – As the presidents of three nations gathered in Antigua, Guatemala, to discuss legalization and regulation of illicit drugs, the chief of the U.S. Defense Department’s Southern Command said the violence-prone isthmus is by far his biggest concern.“That’s where violence is causing the biggest impact to regional stability,” said Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of Miami-based Southern Command, who spoke March 23 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.Fraser did not comment on the debate raging throughout the region on whether to decriminalize illicit drugs. At the Antigua meeting – which was strongly supported by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexican President Felipe Calderón – newly inaugurated Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said, “We have realized that the strategy in the fight against drug trafficking in the past 40 years has failed. We must end the myths, the taboos, and tell people you have to discuss it, debate it.”Joining Pérez Molina at the summit were Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli. Not attending were presidents Mauricio Funes of El Salvador, Porfirio Lobo of Honduras and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. Lobo and Ortega have opposed the idea from the beginning.Fraser estimated the profit gained from organized criminal activity in Central America at $18 billion a year – more than the gross domestic product of the region’s most violent country, Honduras.“This violence permeates entire societies,” Fraser told his audience of nearly 100 people. “If you’re a prosecutor and you’re focused on a high-profile case against drug traffickers, there’s a very good chance you’ll be dismembered and left as a warning. It’s also a very difficult place to be a journalist who writes about corruption and illicit trafficking. That has become a death sentence as well. It even affects students as they walk to school, if they’re at the wrong place at the wrong time.”Last year, he noted, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranked Honduras the most violent nation, with 86 killings per 100,000 inhabitants, and San Pedro Sula – its second-largest city – is today the world’s most dangerous metropolitan area, with 159 homicides per 100,000 people.“The threat I see throughout the region is transnational crime and the impact it’s having on security. I see this as a 21st century threat, a network of networks that doesn’t start and end in one country or sub-region,” Fraser said.“If I look specifically at cocaine, there is a source zone, the northern part of South America. There’s a transit zone that comes primarily through Central America and, to a lesser extent, the Caribbean. And there’s a demand zone, which is the United States. We have to address each part of that landscape,” said Fraser. “However, it’s not just cocaine trafficking. We focus on that a lot because that’s what we know the most about. But in reality, criminal organizations are looking to fund their activities any way they can.” The profits gained from transnational criminal activity have outstripped the ability of Central America’s countries to fund their militaries, he warned.“That is having a destabilizing impact on the region, not only from the illicit trafficking itself but also bribery and coercion,” Fraser said. “And these organizations are very diversified. They work in precursor chemicals, and they move weapons back and forth, from military-grade to commercial. They also traffic in bulk cash, and 90 percent of the cocaine coming into the United States transits through Central America.”He added: “It’s a very lucrative business. These are very smart and capable organizations, and when we put pressure on one location, they look to move to another location.”Fraser, a four-star general who took over the helm of Southcom in 2009, noted the growing tendency of drug traffickers to use semi-submersible vessels – often measuring 30 meters long and built in the jungles of Ecuador or Colombia.“They have a crew of four people who can travel from the coast of South America to Mexico and Guatemala without refueling,” he said. “Our estimates are that it costs $2 million to build one of these vessels. They carry up to 10 tons of cocaine, and the market value of 10 tons is around $250 million. And these vessels are very hard to detect.”Fraser said that’s because they generally have low water lines and are painted in camouflage, quickly submerging as soon as patrol boats come near. “Primarily because there are no roads connecting Colombia with Panama, they work to move around that obstacle, and make landfall wherever it’s most favorable,” he said, naming the northeastern Caribbean coast of Honduras as the hub of such maritime activity. In second place is Panama, followed by Guatemala. “Once they get on land, they can distribute their loads and follow the roads to Mexico and across the U.S. border.”“As a result of this deteriorating situation, countries in the northern triangle have asked their militaries to support law-enforcement capabilities,” said Fraser. “We see enormous challenges as we look across the region. I see us as part of the solution, working within our authority to address these overall problems. My goal is to support this engagement and our partner militaries to the point that this is no longer a regional security problem, but one local law enforcement agencies can handle. Right now, that is not the case.” Fraser freely acknowledged that the drug problem wouldn’t exist if North Americans didn’t consume illicit narcotics.“The U.S. government is spending over $10 billion to reduce demand, to educate and to help support counter-drug efforts,” he said. “Drugs are directly related to the deaths of 37,000 Americans a year; that’s more than get killed on the highways. These organizations all have networks in U.S. cities, so we’re not divorced from the problem. Both domestically and throughout the hemisphere, we need to do our part as well.”   One encouraging sign, he said, is that the price of cocaine has jumped more than 50 percent over the last five years, while the quality has come down. In addition, the use of cocaine in the U.S. has been decreasing over the past five years.To combat illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus, Southcom in late February launched Operation Martillo, a cooperative effort involving 14 nations in the Americas and Europe.“Operation Martillo focuses on traffic as it’s moving back and forth. We’re using the same capacity, just changing the approach to see if we can reduce the impact of these organizations throughout the Caribbean,” he said. “We can force them to move to other places, making their operations more difficult.” Southcom, formally established in 1963, is one of the Pentagon’s nine Unified Combatant Commands. It consists of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing all branches of the U.S. armed forces, as well as a number of federal agencies.“Our programs look to foster professional, civilian-led militaries that respect human rights and the rule of law. We’re also looking to see how we can be creative, and we also conduct exercises and training to help build their militaries,” said Fraser. “One of the reasons militaries are being asked to support law enforcement is that the populace and the government have more confidence in them than they do in other agencies. But we need more surveillance and reconnaissance capacity, and we see that coming in the future.”To that end, Fraser pointed to Colombia as an unparalleled “success story” due to its ability to dramatically reduce murders, kidnappings and other crimes, especially during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe, who took a hard line against the country’s leading rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.But during a question-and-answer period that followed his speech, Fraser singled out Venezuela and Bolivia as two countries that have been particularly uncooperative with the U.S.“On a military-to-military basis, we see no cooperation with Venezuela today, but that has been more their intent than ours. We face common problems, but Venezuela has not stepped up to support these efforts to the level they could,” he said. “There’s an opportunity for them to help address these problems. The coordination between Venezuela and Colombia has improved over the last couple of years. That’s a helpful indication, and I’d like to see that grow.” He added that “our military-to-military engagement with Bolivia has been reduced over the last few years, and from a [U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency] standpoint as well. Again, that’s their desire, not ours.” However, he said, “there is a trilateral agreement formed between Brazil, Bolivia and the United States to help address transnational crime issues, and the U.S. is playing a role in that effort, though not directly.” Fraser concluded: “There is no one solution to this problem. We all have to decide it is our problem, and every one of us has a role, whether it’s here domestically, or supporting governments internationally.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Savio Pereira

first_imgOTM Mumbai is an event where you get a range of travel agents attending. For us the main intention is to do the branding because OTM as a brand is in the market for long time. We have been participating for many years representing our company and I am very happy with what we saw.last_img

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