New 2020-21 school year plan proposed for South Bend Community Schools

first_img WhatsApp New 2020-21 school year plan proposed for South Bend Community Schools By Brooklyne Beatty – July 21, 2020 4 681 Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest TAGS20/202021coronaviruscorporationCOVID-19planreopeningschoolsouth bend community schoolsyear (Photo supplied/South Bend Community School Corporation) There’s a new plan in the works for South Bend Community Schools students.Dr. Todd Cummings, Superintendent for the South Bend Community School Corporation, proposed Monday that all students begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning. This would stretch from August 12th through the 28th.At the end of August, students choosing to return to in-person learning will be gradually phased back into school buildings.ABC 57 News reports a counter-proposal was also introduced at Monday’s virtual work session by the South Bend National Education Association, which called to extend the eLearning period to a total of nine weeks.The original plan was to have students physically back in classrooms on September 1.RELATED: South Bend Schools releases COVID-19 classroom plans, optionscenter_img Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana Dunes begins coronavirus safety campaignNext articlePortillo’s launching new delivery service, hiring drivers Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Beanstalk Festival Announces Initial Lineup With Theo Katzman, Electric Beethoven & More

first_imgThe Colorado-based Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival announced last week that it will be returning to the beautiful Rancho Del Rio site from June 22nd-25th, 2017. Today, festival organizers announced its phase one artist lineup, which will once again feature hometown hosts The Magic Beans, performing three out of the four nights.Joining the Beans will be The Disco Biscuits side-project Moshi Fameus (ft. Aron Magner & Allen Aucoin), Vulfpeck’s own Theo Katzman, Beethoven-inspired classical dance music project Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Montana-based bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies (w/ Aron Magner), Cycles (two nights), Pho, Yak Attack, Malai Llama and Lady & The Gentlemen, who will play a tribute to the Allman Brothers and Doobie Brothers.Outside of the music, Beanstalk features a bevy of activities outside of what is sure to another top-notch lineup, including swimming, tubing, whitewater rafting, hot springs, and miles of hiking/biking trails. There is nothing quite like a Colorado music festival.The festival has already sold out of its Early-Bird allotment, with Tier 1 currently on-sale. For additional information and tickets to this year’s Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival, click here.Check out The Magic Beans perform two late-night shows in NYC on Dec. 30th and 31st post-Phish at American Beauty, with fellow up and comers Spafford (get tix for the 30th here, and 31st here).last_img read more

Stream The Trippy, New Flaming Lips “Live” Album That Dropped On Record Store Day

first_imgRecord Store Day has come and gone, with a bunch of exclusive special releases specifically for the day. One such release was The Flaming Lips’ Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace—a more-or-less live album with seven tracks from Oczy Mlody. Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace is a dramatized and fictionalized Flaming Lips performance that supposed to be recorded on the International Space Station, making for quite a far-out listen for fans. The release on Record Store Day was fairly small, being limited to only 2,700 copies, so many fans struggled to get a hold of the limited release when it dropped on April 22nd.Mac DeMarco And The Flaming Lips To Co-Headline September Tour TogetherHowever, fans who did not get a chance to grab the Flaming Lips’ latest album need not fret any longer. The psychedelic band has just made Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music. You can take a listen to the trippy, space-themed “live” album below. [H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more

Tenacious D Announces 2019 Fall Tour Dates

first_imgTenacious D has announced a new batch of 2019 fall tour dates. The comedic rock titans, fronted by Jack Black and Kyle Gass, will hit the Southwest and Pacific Coast throughout the month of October.Black and Gass will open up their October run of shows with a performance in New Orleans, LA on the 15th, followed by stops in Houston, TX (10/16); Austin, TX (10/17); Dallas, TX (10/19); Oklahoma City, OK (10/20); Tulsa, OK (10/21); Phoenix, AZ (10/23); San Francisco, CA (10/25); Reno, NV (10/26); Santa Barbara, CA (10/27); and a tour-closing performance in Los Angeles, CA on October 29th.The tour will feature nightly support from Wynchester, the country outfit fronted by Kyle Gass Band vocalist Mike Bray and Tenacious D electric guitarist John Konesky.Related: Tenacious D Crashes Kimmel With A Burrito Cannon To Hype New Animated Series, ‘Post-Apocalypto’ [Watch]The 2019 Post-Apocalypto Tour comes in continuing support of Tenacious D’s 2018 album/animated web series, Post-Apocalypto. You can watch the full Post-Apocalypto “movie”—featuring cartoon J-Bles and KG navigating a post-apocalyptic world—below:Tenacious D – Post-Apocalypto – Full Movie[Video: Tenacious D]Tickets for Tenacious D’s October run, minus the Austin performance, go on sale this Friday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the Austin show go on sale next Friday, May 10th at 10 a.m. (CST).Fans can head to Tenacious D’s website for more information.last_img read more

‘She took advantage of every day’: Friends, Notre Dame community members remember Valeria Espinel

first_imgTo Valeria Espinel’s friends, it seemed like she had an unlimited amount of time. That she could do everything productive for school and more and still have time to be there for her friends. Almost like she was working with an extra few hours more than anyone else.People say freshman year of college is hard. That it’s hard to find a balance between meeting new friends, doing school work and adjusting to a new environment — adding in a pandemic can’t make it any easier.  Courtesy of Lorena Colon Valeria Espinel celebrated her birthday on campus with a gathering planned by her best friend Olivia Laura Rojas.But somehow it seemed as if Valeria found the time to “meet everyone” in the Latino community within just two months of starting college, get ahead in school and plan for internships as just a freshman. Her friends say she made more friends than they ever thought possible in two months.A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Valeria lived in Badin Hall until she was killed in a car accident in October, along with her best friend Olivia Laura Rojas.According to Badin Hall rector Sr. Susan Sisko, Valeria always “bounced down the hallways.”Valeria’s Badin Hall resident assistant, Grace Kaiser, said she “had an effortless confidence and liveliness” that anyone could sense after meeting her.“Val used to give me and everyone in our section these sweets called Dulces de Leche that she brought for us from Ecuador. She would leave a whole stack of them in the candy bowl outside of my room for all to share. Before the campus-wide prayer service, we as a Badin community had a short service for Valeria at the Grotto. Pretty much our entire dorm community and even some off-campus Bullfrogs showed up, which I think is a testament to how loved Valeria is and how much she will be missed,” Kaiser said in an email.Through Zoom calls, GroupMe messages and Facebook groups, Valeria made friends with fellow first years as soon as she could. Many of her friends she hung out with every day throughout the semester she made before stepping foot onto Notre Dame’s campus in the fall. Courtesy of Carlos Fabrega Valeria, left, and Olivia.Once she got to campus, Valeria and her friends she’d met in the Notre Dame Latino community would hang out every day.“We studied a lot together and [did] basically everything [together],” first-year Augusto Simons said. “We were always together with her. She was very close to all of us. She was a great friend. … She had a lot of friends.”Although her friends said the Latino community at Notre Dame is a very welcoming one, they noted Valeria had a special ability to make friends quicker than anyone else.First-year Nico Lopez counts Valeria as his first friend at Notre Dame.“She was friends with everyone. I mean, it’s kind of impressive,” Lopez said. “I was a little bit jealous because she would become best friends with everybody. … Every single day I would meet another person who would say, ‘Oh, yeah, you’re friends with Valeria.’”According to her friends, Valeria put as much work as she did making friends into school as well.“You can define her, basically, as a work hard, play hard type of person. She was always in every plan she could go to, and she would always seek out to hang out with people and to meet new people and to build new friendships,” Simons said. “But she was also extremely responsible with school. She was always on top of every class, she would help us with our classes we were having trouble with, she was very responsible with all her homework. She was like the perfect student, basically, because she was a very all-around person.”With that seemingly unlimited resource of time, Valeria pushed everyone around her to be better.“She was one of the most well-rounded people I’ve ever known. It was like she had an unlimited resource or resource of time, … like she had so much time, but she had the same time as us. She got so much done in the same time as we did. And she helped us catch that pace and become better versions of ourselves,” Lopez said. First-year Lorena Colon, who became friends with Valeria before they arrived on campus, echoed Lopez’s sentiments.“She just made everyone feel good. And she would never bring anyone down. She really cared about all her friends, and finding that balance between studies and having fun. I think she didn’t want to sacrifice like one for the other,” Colon, her roommate, added. “She would always push you to be a better version of yourself.”One of her friends, first-year Juan Alvaro, remembers when Valeria would go out of her way to remind him to do his work.“Something really special she used to do for me is that I’m very prone to falling behind in classes, especially Moreau. So after she found out [that] I started to fall behind in Moreau for the second time, she would always remind me even though her Moreau wasn’t the same day as mine,” he said. “She would always text me Monday nights and be like, ‘Hey, do your Moreau.’”Valeria met her best friend Olivia prior to arriving at Notre Dame, and by all accounts, they were inseparable.“They were always together,” Simons said. “It was very common to hear in the sentence, ‘Valeria and Olivia.’ They came together, basically. Like they were always together.”“Every single picture, it was Valeria and Olivia. Everything they did, they did together. It was very impressive for us how they became so close through Zoom and how they really made such a strong friendship,” Lopez added.Many of Valeria’s Notre Dame friends were able to meet her friends and family from home in Ecuador through video chats, and Valeria remained extremely close with her parents and three younger brothers while at school.“I think we could all agree that she brought up part of Ecuador with her, and we all got to live a little bit of it through her,” Alvaro said.After Valeria’s death, friends from Ecuador wrote and sang an original song for her called “Little Miss Perfect” that now has over 8,000 views in an Instagram post. The song professes Valeria “always cared for everyone else,” and she “never let life bring [her] down, those were the things she lived by.”According to the song, Valeria was called “little miss perfect” growing up.Although she only was enrolled at Notre Dame for a short time, Valeria made it clear to her friends that she loved Notre Dame.“I remember that she talked to me about her decision making, and she was accepted into a large number of selective institutions. But she never flinched about choosing Notre Dame because she felt like it was going to be the place where she will not only become a better student, which she already was, but she would become a better person,” Lopez said. “I think that she was striving more to become a better person more than a better student because she was already an amazing student. She was pushing her academics even farther. But Notre Dame does a very good job of forming you as a person. And I think that she really felt connected to that.”Her friends remember her as always taking advantage of every opportunity in life and for her quirks, some of the things that made Valeria, Valeria — an obsession with tuna, her baking business she began in quarantine and being a self-admitted easy crier are just a few. But above all, they remember Valeria as being so happy with the life she’d made for herself in the Notre Dame community.“She was the happiest here that she’s been in her life. She was constantly telling us that she was very happy here and that Notre Dame was everything that she ever wanted and more. And her parents knew that, her friends knew that,” Lopez said. “I think that we all thank the Notre Dame community as a whole for having given Valeria such an amazing place to be, even if it was not for the longest of times.”Following Valeria’s death, her friends found agreement in one specific thing about her life, something they want to emulate going forward in their own lives.“When I was talking about this with our friends,” Colon said. “The one thing we agreed on is that she definitely enjoyed her time here and lived as fully as she could, even though it was a very short amount of time. That’s what we were talking about. We were like, ‘We should try to live as fully as she did.’ Because she really did make the most out of her time here.”Tags: obituary, Olivia Laura Rojas, Valeria Espinellast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Chris Hipgrave Sets A New Ocoee Race Record

first_imgA cold, wet morning in Ducktown couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 125 paddlers participating in the 7th annual Ocoee Race hosted by the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club. This incredible volunteer run event allows athletes to test themselves against one of the nations most iconic pieces of whitewater and raise money for a great cause, the Chattanooga chapter of Team River Runner.Racers start at 1 minute intervals, only delayed by the arrival of commercial raft traffic or groups of private boaters. Allowing paddlers to race in multiple classes meant there would be 168 scheduled starts that the TVCC volunteers would be releasing at 1 minute intervals over the next 3 hours. Speaking of volunteers, every major rapid had safety volunteers in place to pick up the pieces in the event of a spill and the finish line was well manned too. TVCC’s incredible volunteer activation for this event underlines the clubs strength and leadership.Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 3.52.43 PMI’ve had a frustrating history competing in this event. In 2013 I thought I knew the Ocoee River well enough but I didn’t and ended up 2nd. I managed to put the pieces together over the next year thanks to local legends, Terry Smith and Dave Levitt who graciously shared their extensive river knowledge with me, despite knowing I’d be competing against them. In 2014 it all came together with a narrow victory over Levitt, so it was with some pressure I came into this year in defense of my title.The wet weather had added a little additional flow which would help in the shallows but also change the configuration of many of the wave trains. Right from the start I found myself having to slightly modify my plan and slide out wider to the shoulders of the wave trains. Despite a little too much water breaking over the bow of my Dagger Greenboat, I made it the “Doldrums” in good time and hammered across the flats as hard as I could. At “Surprise” rapid I had some significant raft traffic that took me off line and later I was so thankful to get to Tablesaw where I would be able to take a break for a few seconds. I was pretty tanked and the push to the finish line hurt. But the result was good … a new course record time of 28’58” and the overall race win just ahead of Terry Smith.But now to do it all over again. I had signed up to race short boat too, so jumped in the new Pyranha 9RL and hammered again although it really didn’t feel particularly good, finishing in 31’ 25” and 2nd place in the class, behind my competitor, friend and mentor Dave Levitt.This race is incredibly well run and I’m deeply thankful to the TVCC and their team of volunteers that host this race and fund raiser. It takes a huge effort to put on an event of this scale, especially on the nations busiest commercial river. Congratulations TVCC and see you next year.last_img read more

Respect Your Elder: Unearthing the Secrets of Grandfather Mountain

first_imgThere’s far more to the history and mystery of Grandfather Mountain than the fact that one of the East’s major mountains remained in private hands into the 21st century. Most of Grandfather is a state park now, but Hugh Morton’s Mile-High Swinging Bridge tourist attraction, immortalized in millions of vacation photos, is still privately owned and for many people, the landmark that defines the mountain’s identity.Morton may have made an entire mountain synonymous with a swinging bridge, but Grandfather is a far bigger landmass and far bigger topic than people imagine. That’s why I decided to write a new book just published by the University of North Carolina Press, Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon.My own history with Grandfather goes back to the 1970s when I set out to find the South’s most spectacular mountain—and found Grandfather. On one day hike, I was greeted by “No Trespassing” signs. A hiker had died of hypothermia and Hugh Morton had closed the dangerous, overgrown trails. If the peaks remained off limits to the public, I knew almost anything could happen to my favorite mountain. That wasn’t the future I had in mind, so I met Morton and persuaded him to let me manage the backcountry and reopen the trails.I’ve been hiking the mountain and writing about it ever since and after spending the last four solid years completing the “definitive book” on Grandfather, I am more impressed than ever with this singular summit.The mountain was an attraction centuries before the swinging bridge. Native Americans hunting below the peaks thought they saw rocky, human-like faces peering back at them. Early white explorers followed, and so did some of the most iconic incidents of Appalachian exploration. Even Daniel Boone was lured west tracing the mountain’s tempting summits on the skyline. Long before New Hampshire’s now fallen Old Man of the Mountain was noticed and named, Grandfather’s snowy profile face had already made it “the Grandfather” of the Appalachians.Hikers were the first tourists. Then in the 1930s, the MacRae family, who’d bought the mountain and founded Linville, cleared a rough road to a craggy view. Called Observation Point, the first commercial attraction offered a great vista and tempting trail access higher up to Linville Peak, a spectacular summit that in 1952 would anchor Hugh Morton’s swinging bridge. People still stop at that viewpoint today, and if you know where to look, a long forgotten time-warp trail still leads into the past.I’ve been following trails like that on Grandfather most of my life, and they’ve led me to a conclusion: This monumental mountain—the most ecologically significant summit in Eastern America—is more than a swinging bridge or a highland games. If you delve into the mountain’s past as far as I have, it’s hard not to conclude that our Grandfather is the most iconic peak in the entire Appalachian range.I can only scratch the surface here, but let’s visit a few places to sense some of that symbolism.Secrets in the AtticFrom the mountain’s three highest peaks, MacRae Peak, Attic Window Peak, and Calloway Peak (the highest at 5,946 feet), there’s a dramatic, almost vertical mile drop-off to the Piedmont. That Rocky Mountain-like relief has inspired some climbers to song, including Andre Michaux in 1794. John Muir, the future “father of the national parks,” sang out on the summit in 1898. A man so inspired by Yosemite had one of his most moving wilderness experiences in North Carolina.Attic Window offers an awesome view, but in this attic, there’s a secret window. Halfway up the hand-over-hand climb of the peak’s cloven face on the Grandfather Trail, there’s a crack off to the side that leads to a ledge-top seat on a cliff face looking west. It’s not easy to find, and tricky to explore, but it’s been an adventure for generations.This entire area around the mountain’s middle summit, Attic Window, is awesomely alpine and attractive to campers for two of the mountain’s best designated campsites. Neither see as much use as some. Attic Window’s tent platform perches atop a sheer dome hundreds of feet high with a spectacular nighttime view of cities sparkling across lowland North Carolina. This campsite is easiest to reach from the Black Rock trailhead in the swinging bridge attraction, especially if you take the Underwood Trail and bypass climbing over MacRae Peak. But with no overnight parking permitted inside the gate, you’ll need to get dropped off and picked up to camp. You could also just get dropped up top and hike down to a car spotted at one of two valley trailheads. The bottom of the Profile Trail is on NC 105 near Banner Elk, in the west. The Daniel Boone Scout Trail leaves the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the east.Neither hike from the valley is an easy amble. Luckily, from either trail, there’s another great campsite before you get to Attic Window. Caught between two whaleback clifftops, Alpine Meadow campsite is a breezy treeline-like gap with crags perfectly placed for sipping tea at sunset. The site was recently designated for group camping and is reservable on the state park’s website. If there’s not a Boy Scout troop headed there—and it was a Scout troop that built the Grandfather and Boone trails during World War II—you might have it to yourself.Even if you gain a lot elevation by car and start at the swinging bridge as many people do, Attic Window and beyond can be an ambitious day hike. If you’re crunched for time, at least take the mountain’s classic loop hike over MacRae Peak, the first summit that towers over the attraction. From the Black Rock Parking Area, reach the Grandfather Trail and scale the famous ladders up MacRae’s sheer faces, then circle back on the Underwood Trail. Rock climbers won’t flinch, but even experienced hikers will get sweaty palms making many a tricky traverse from ladder rungs and cables to rock. That’s especially true at the summit boulder teetering on the skyline. As you sit on top and survey the endless scene, be glad you weren’t sitting there in a 1980 cloud bank when an airplane smashed into that very rock.Before tackling Grandfather’s upper elevations, search the websites for the state park and the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation that runs the private attraction. Be sure you’re not one of many people who confuse the rules and policies of these two very different entities. A few caveats. Even if you start at the attraction to hike into the state park, you still need to pay the entry fee to drive up the road. If you hike from the state park’s valley trailheads, no hiking fee is charged. And if you reach the attraction, that’s OK; you won’t be charged to cross the swinging bridge. But hiking there, and especially hiking back, is an arduous enterprise that many underestimate. If you can’t hike back, anyone you call to drive to the top and rescue you will also need to buy a ticket.ObsPoint.HughMacRaeIICollect_FIXBowled AwayThere are precious few spots in the Southern Appalachians where virgin forest still holds sway. Early 20th century federal records maintain that Grandfather’s towering virgin spruce and fir forest was quite arguably the most scenic, significant tract of virgin timber in the entire South. Sadly, it fell to the loggers’ saws. Post-timbering, the foothills were such a wasteland they became the first national forest in the East. Only later did loggers swarm Grandfather’s peaks.A great place to sense that past is beside the Blue Ridge Parkway in what I dubbed the Boone Fork Bowl on 1970s trail maps. The spectacular valley below Calloway Peak was the only place on the mountain where a railroad ever gouged out a grade. Hike the gradual Nuwati Trail and you’re following the long-ago, still visible path of the train tracks. The sharp-eyed may spot some stray logging cables on the way. At the end of the trail, Storyteller’s Rock offers a great view of this wild area. A few tent platforms are clustered nearby.Unlike the rugged terrain at the top of the ridge, the valley of Boone Fork offers easier access, so day hikers heading to the view have an easy walk. To add more distance and spectacular scenery, include a side loop up the Daniel Boone Scout Trail and down the alpine vistas of the Cragway Trail. That opens up other camping spots that are rarely occupied on weekdays.The highest peaks of Grandfather were eventually logged. In 1902, Teddy Roosevelt’s administration lamented that virgin timber in the Southern Appalachians was “only saved from entire destruction by the generally scattered distribution of the merchantable timber.” Grandfather was a poster child for that point. So much timber was compromised by the harsh climate or protected by cliffs and crags that trees were left to reseed the slopes. Hints of the virgin past still hide in rugged out-of-the-way parcels.Many times, finding my way to these secret spots, I stumbled upon the remains of old logging camps. Over years of maintaining the mountain’s trails in my youth, I used many of the same tools as loggers long before me. Standing alone in the woods in wet wool, beaten up and defeated by the power of the mountain, I often went home to wood heat fearing for Grandfather’s future. After enduring a disastrous “haircut” in the 1920s (only to grow back a new crown of evergreens), and a “swinging bridge” strung between summits in the 1950s (mercifully placed between lower peaks), resort developments were still being proposed for Grandfather’s backcountry as recently as the 1990s. Thankfully, state park status in 2009 means that Grandfather has likely outlasted the worst of past challenges.Margaret Morley, one of the great early chroniclers of the Appalachians, begged the loggers to be merciful in her 1913 book The Carolina Mountains. She urged leaving trees to “preserve those picturesque skylines,” for who, she asked, “can wait a hundred years for the trees to grow again?” Morley’s gone, those years have flown, and all across my favorite mountain the rich ecosystems of the ancient past reassert themselves.As Grandfather faces a bright future of preservation in perpetuity, I decided to write an homage to the old man. Now is the perfect time to gaze back on, and out from, a mountain whose very name makes it a patriarch of our collective family. It’s time to visit your Grandfather.Randy Johnson serves on the Grandfather Mountain State Park Advisory Committee. He’s also task force leader for the Grandfather Mountain to Blowing Rock portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.last_img read more

Uruguay Makes Decisive Move towards Marihuana Legalization

first_img Uruguay made a significant move towards the legalization of marihuana on July 31, after Congress passed a bill that might turn Uruguay, pending Senate approval, into the first country to assume control of the whole production and sale process of cannabis worldwide. Currently, marihuana consumption is punishable in Uruguay, but it is commercialized. The bill passed with 50 out of 96 votes, after nearly 14 hours of debate, with only the support of the leftist governing party, Frente Amplio (FA), which also holds the majority at the Senate. “It is the first step,” Martín Collazo told AFP, spokesman for “Responsible Regulation”, an organization that has promoted the project through public campaigns. “We are convinced that the model will work, and it will be beneficial for the population.” The bill launched in June 2012 with a series of measures to combat the increase of violence, and anticipates the State to take control and regulate its import, planting, cultivation, harvest, production, acquisition, storage, commercialization and distribution of cannabis and its derivatives. After users are registered, they could buy up to 40 grams of cannabis per month in pharmacies, although cultivation at home and at membership clubs might also be possible. center_img A recent survey by Cifra showed that 63% of the population does not support the controversial project, promoted by José Mujica’s government, showing their apprehension about it. The National Board of Narcotics (JND) estimates that about 22 tons of marihuana are commercialized in the country annually, which means an illegal business turning over between 30 to 40 million dollars. By Dialogo August 02, 2013 The ballot was welcomed with a round of applause by over 100 supporters of the cannabis legalization who witnessed the session. last_img read more

Nicaragua builds prisons with money seized from drug traffickers

first_imgAbout $1.8 million (USD) of the money seized in Operation Televisa was used to build the women’s prison, and $2.1 million (USD) was spent on the maximum-security prison. The federal government is also planning on using seized drug money to build another new prison for $2.1 million (USD) and a detention center for prisoners serving their sentences in the municipality of Bluefields in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) at a cost of $974,000 (USD). The Nicaraguan government is using money seized from drug traffickers during Operation Televisa to finance the construction of new prisons, which will help reduce overcrowding. Operation Televisa Nicaragua’s Center for Violence Prevention (CEPREV) director Mónica Zalaquett agreed with the approach. Operation Televisa was conducted by the National Civil Police (PNC) on August 20, 2012 along Nicaragua’s border with Honduras, a region known as Las Manos. There, PNC agents seized $9.2 million (USD) in cash they found hidden inside the compartments of six television production trucks that 18 Mexican nationals were attempting to bring to Costa Rica – all under the guise of being journalists for the Televisa de México network. “It’s good that there are better prison conditions for women, who are the major victims of organized crime, given that there are a lot of single mothers who sell drugs at the retail level,” Zalaquett said. “We also need to invest in non-violent forms of masculinity, which is a very important issue for preventing crime.” Nicaragua’s current prison population totals 10,569 inmates, of which 575 are women and 306 foreigners, according to the federal government. “It’s good that there are better prison conditions for women, who are the major victims of organized crime, given that there are a lot of single mothers who sell drugs at the retail level,” Zalaquett said. “We also need to invest in non-violent forms of masculinity, which is a very important issue for preventing crime.” New incarceration model It will be largely self-sufficient and will provide inmates the opportunity to learn skills, such as cosmetology, that they can use to reintegrate into civil society when they are released. The facility is equipped with production areas where inmates can make clothing and baked goods, and it also has pig and poultry farms for subsistence food production. By Dialogo October 15, 2014 Nicaragua’s current prison population totals 10,569 inmates, of which 575 are women and 306 foreigners, according to the federal government. Just to clarify, it’s not federal it’s national government and Las Manos is not a region. It is a community that borders with sister country Honduras, Region 1 of Nicaragua is comprised of the departments of Estelí, Somoto and Nuevo Segovia. Within the N.S. department is the municipality of Dipilto and within this municipality is the community of Las Manos. It’s good so that the prisoners in La Modelo and La Granja when Tipitapa was moved be better off in the prison system. That is my opinion Everything is very good so that the Nicaraguan people realize what all the money seized from the drug traffickers is being invested in, and also investment in programs to reintroduce the male and female prisoners into society again. It’s important, since this way, assassinations stop in the jails of prevention. Federal government?? It’s national government or Nicaraguan government. Many women, fall into selling drugs because they have no work, others because they are ignorant and others because it is the easiest way to get money to support their family. And the latter women, because they are lazy, don’t like to work and they are the ones who should be arrested. And I think what you are doing is good, but it would be good to find work for them when they get out because society is very cruel, and does not give them work, and they go back to the same thing. Give them enough follow-up while they are adapting. I congratulate you for the good you are doing. The Nicaraguan government is using money seized from drug traffickers during Operation Televisa to finance the construction of new prisons, which will help reduce overcrowding. “We’re investing in the provision of care and education so that they can reintegrate into society after serving their terms,” said Marcia Ramírez, a family minister at the prison. “The investment is being made with the same money that’s being seized from the drug trade and it’s being applied towards quality of life, human care and spaces for the social reintegration of women.” “Now we can see how the inmates will be able to live, which is nothing like the overcrowding they faced at La Esperanza prison,” said Minister of the Interior Ana Isabel Morales, speaking on the new women’s prison. center_img Prison officials inaugurated the first two detention centers funded with money seized from drug traffickers on September 8 in the municipality of Tipitapa, located 22 kilometers east of the capital of Managua. One is a comprehensive women’s prison, which has a capacity of 250 inmates, the other is a maximum-security facility, which can hold 400 prisoners. It will be largely self-sufficient and will provide inmates the opportunity to learn skills, such as cosmetology, that they can use to reintegrate into civil society when they are released. The facility is equipped with production areas where inmates can make clothing and baked goods, and it also has pig and poultry farms for subsistence food production. Prison officials inaugurated the first two detention centers funded with money seized from drug traffickers on September 8 in the municipality of Tipitapa, located 22 kilometers east of the capital of Managua. One is a comprehensive women’s prison, which has a capacity of 250 inmates, the other is a maximum-security facility, which can hold 400 prisoners. Operation Televisa “Now we can see how the inmates will be able to live, which is nothing like the overcrowding they faced at La Esperanza prison,” said Minister of the Interior Ana Isabel Morales, speaking on the new women’s prison. About $1.8 million (USD) of the money seized in Operation Televisa was used to build the women’s prison, and $2.1 million (USD) was spent on the maximum-security prison. The federal government is also planning on using seized drug money to build another new prison for $2.1 million (USD) and a detention center for prisoners serving their sentences in the municipality of Bluefields in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) at a cost of $974,000 (USD). In January 2013, a Nicaraguan judge sentenced the 18 Mexicans – 17 men and one woman – to 30 years in prison for money laundering for drug traffickers. An appeals court reduced those sentences to 17 and 18 years in prison, which allows the prisoners to serve their sentences in Mexico. Operation Televisa was conducted by the National Civil Police (PNC) on August 20, 2012 along Nicaragua’s border with Honduras, a region known as Las Manos. There, PNC agents seized $9.2 million (USD) in cash they found hidden inside the compartments of six television production trucks that 18 Mexican nationals were attempting to bring to Costa Rica – all under the guise of being journalists for the Televisa de México network. In January 2013, a Nicaraguan judge sentenced the 18 Mexicans – 17 men and one woman – to 30 years in prison for money laundering for drug traffickers. An appeals court reduced those sentences to 17 and 18 years in prison, which allows the prisoners to serve their sentences in Mexico. “We’re investing in the provision of care and education so that they can reintegrate into society after serving their terms,” said Marcia Ramírez, a family minister at the prison. “The investment is being made with the same money that’s being seized from the drug trade and it’s being applied towards quality of life, human care and spaces for the social reintegration of women.” New incarceration model Nicaragua’s Center for Violence Prevention (CEPREV) director Mónica Zalaquett agreed with the approach. And And just to clarify for Omar Flores that Somoto is not a department in Region 1, the department is called Madriz. Somoto is the capital of the department. Because they’re not going to build a rehabilitation center with that money in the RAAN in Nicaragua because it’s full of drug users here from children to adults. The police do nothing to those who sell drugs. My comment is that private as well as state universities should give careers to the women who are incarcerated, whose sentences are 5 years or more so they can chose high school or elementary school instruction as needed. It can be paid for out of the money seized from the narcos. It shouldn’t be just to build more jails, review the legal code regarding children and adolescents, which gives them a free pass to commit crimes. That is the best that can be done. The prisoners deserve to be in decent places, not in subhuman conditions. May God bless them. IT’S NOT NATIONAL CIVIL POLICE, IT’S JUST NATIONAL POLICE I think this is a very good initiative. Work should also be done on the psychological aspects of these women and men to reduce anger and improve the relationships and communication between members of the family. I don’t see the Family Ministry taking on these tasks which also fall to it. All the work and all the achievement garnered against any crime is laudable, but let’s not lose focus and keep our eyes on the target, people. As long as true criminals are who end up in those jails and not those criminals who escape or never step foot in them and who like magic their cocaine turns into talcum powder. Mr. Omar Cabeza, more oversight in the police cells there is a lot of inhumane abuse against those people just for having made a mistake or not. It’s an outrage what’s going on in there. There are innocent people who just because they are poor they’re treated like dogs as if they have no childrenlast_img read more

Will mobile banking and EMV-chip cards boost check fraud?

first_imgEvery year for the past decade or so, fewer checks are written as consumers switch to cards and, lately, mobile apps. Total losses from check fraud have also dropped. So, thwarting check fraudsters can be crossed off your financial institution’s to-do list in 2016, right?Not so fast.According to a white paper just released by Bluepoint Solutions, Cheating With Checks: An Update on the Shifting Check Fraudscape, stemming losses from checks continues to merit serious executive attention.For one thing, checks are still a leading source of attempted fraud, according to the Federal Reserve. For another thing, the dollar value of each check transaction averages significantly more than the average card transaction. This means that each check poses a relatively larger risk than card transaction, and in fact, the average loss per fraudulent check is actually rising.It also means that check fraud losses are not falling off nearly as quickly as the drop in volume might imply. Check losses are still near three-quarters of a billion dollars a year, and they affect almost all financial institutions. Are these losses within “tolerable” limits? What about the total cost impact of fraud, which affects shareholders and account holders alike?Looking ahead, the boom in mobile deposits may make checks once again a more attractive target for counterfeiters, kiters and other cheaters. Virtually all banks and credit unions either offer or plan to offer mobile check deposits, despite the belief that they are riskier.They have little choice. Account holders, at first mostly the millennial generation, but now all demographic groups, are demanding the convenience of more mobile self-service features. A current study by Celent, for example, shows that about a third of the entire U.S. population across all age groups will use mobile banking to some extent in 2016. A huge amount of this market remains to be tapped, leaving the threat of fraud largely undiscovered.Fraudsters, who are nothing if not adaptable, may also be attracted to checks as a better alternative to attacking EMV-chip cards, which are being deployed rapidly and are more difficult to abuse.The good news is that financial institutions are actively pushing back the proportion of successful attempts at check fraud, largely through the implementation of collaborative data bases that help identify potential fraud right at the point of presentment. With the right technology in place, duplicate detection and other validation steps can be applied equally to in-branch and remote deposits, including mobile capture. And moving from an environment with multiple legacy vendors and systems, toward today’s affordable, fully-integrated systems has become one of the most effective prevention loss prevention strategies available.Checks will be with us for many years yet. And taking into account the explosive growth of mobile banking, to say nothing of the general unpredictability of the financial environment, check fraud could even be on the rise again. Continued vigilance and extended early detection are the keys to a successful future-facing risk mitigation strategy. It’s not time yet to check this off our lists.The new white paper from Bluepoint Solutions is the third in a series of biennial surveys of check fraud.Updated information from the most recent Federal Reserve payments study, the ABA Deposit Account Fraud Survey Report, the AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, and other industry sources.Examination of trends in the changing sources of fraud, total vs. successful attempts, volumes vs. losses.Impact analysis of mobile deposits and other recent developments in the payment realm.Click here to view the white paper summary and download the full report. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alissa Fry-Harris Alissa Fry-Harris is the director of marketing for Bluepoint Solutions, which provides integrated, end-to-end payment processing and content management technology solutions that help credit unions achieve the strategic goals of … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more