By Dialogo December 22, 2010 A police and military crackdown on drug crime spilling across the border from Mexico has yielded 10 arrests in Guatemala’s northern Alta Verapaz department, Defense Minister Abraham Valenzuela said. The anti-crime drive launched by order of President Alvaro Colom suspends some civil liberties, including the right to protest and urges people to report crimes. The campaign is to last 30 days, but Colom said it will go on “as long as necessary.” Valenzuela told a press conference 10 people have been arrested so far in Alta Verapaz, “including one woman” and two people for carrying a weapon without a permit. Eight other people arrested are suspected of belonging to drug trafficking organizations, he said, adding that all those apprehended claim to be Guatemalans. Weapons, ammunition and four vehicles, “some armor plated and with characteristics used by drug traffickers,” were also seized during the anti-crime offensive, he said. The combined military-police sweep focused in and around Alta Verapaz capital Coban, 220 kilometers (137 miles) north of Guatemala City, Valenzuela said. The minister said Colom launched the crackdown because he “is very concerned over the growing level of crime and insecurity across Guatemala, and because Alta Verapaz is being hit hard by violence and organized crime.” Authorities acknowledge that the Zetas organized crime gang — formerly the armed wing of Mexico’s Gulf drug cartel — control a large area of Alta Verapaz as part of their route protection operations.
Young men point at an electoral college map at an event at Lulu Bar on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand hosted by the United States Embassy and the NZ U.S Council to watch the results of the 2020 U.S election come through. on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.Lynn Grieveson | Newsroom | Getty Images It looks like the Blue Wall held this time.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will carry Michigan and Wisconsin, two of the states that propelled President Donald Trump to the White House four years ago, according to NBC News projections.Those expected wins leave Biden with 253 electoral votes, just shy of the 270 he needs to win the 2020 presidential election. All eyes have turned to the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, a state too close to call as it tallies its final ballots.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Democrats saw reclaiming the Midwest as their clearest path to denying Trump a second term. Fueled by a strong performance in rural areas, Trump carried both Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016 in the first wins there for a Republican since 1988.Preliminary, unofficial results show Biden could flip as many as four counties across the two states that Trump won in 2016. His success in turning narrow Democratic losses four years ago into close wins this week came from running ahead of Hillary Clinton in key counties. – Advertisement – In Michigan, Biden leads by roughly 147,000 votes, or 2.6 percentage points. Trump carried the state by just under 11,000 votes in 2016.- Advertisement – Wisconsin looks like a closer race than Michigan. Biden leads by about 20,000 votes there, compared with Trump’s roughly 23,000-vote margin of victory in 2016.The state’s most populous city of Milwaukee gave Biden a major boost. He picked up about 69% of the vote in Milwaukee County versus Clinton’s 66%, and gained roughly 20,000 net votes.Biden saw major gains in Dane, the home of the state capital Madison and the University of Wisconsin. He improved on Clinton’s margin there by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 35,000 votes.Biden also saw about a 5 percentage point, or more than 7,000-vote, improvement in crucial Waukesha County west of Milwaukee.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. Success for Democrats in Michigan starts with the state’s most populous city of Detroit. Biden’s margin of about 37 percentage points in Wayne County, where Detroit sits, is about the same as Clinton’s was in 2016. Still, he saw margin of victory of more than 320,000 votes in the county.Measured by how much he improved on Clinton’s 2016 margins, Biden fared better elsewhere. In Oakland County in Detroit’s suburbs, he performed 6 percentage points better — good for about a 55,000-vote swing.In Washtenaw County, which includes the college town of Ann Arbor, he outperformed Clinton by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 23,000 votes. In both Ingham — which includes the state capital of Lansing and another college town in East Lansing — and Kalamazoo Counties, Biden saw a shift of more than 5 percentage points or 10,000 votes.
An 18-year-old from Tangerang, Banten, has been named a suspect by the Tangerang Police for allegedly vandalizing a mushola (Muslim prayer room).The suspect, identified only as S, has confessed to the police, who have seized several pieces of evidence from his residence. “We will charge the suspect under Article 156 of the Criminal Code for committing an act that could spark tension between religions, as well as inciting hate toward certain religious groups,” Tangerang Police chief Sr. Comr. Ade Ary Syam Indardi said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. Ade went on to say that the police were currently investigating the suspect. The investigators will invite several experts ranging from linguists and psychologists to religion experts to support the investigation.Read also: Vandalized building in North Sulawesi not mosque, authorities sayAccording to Ade, S confessed willingly because he thought his actions were justified.“We are still trying to find out [his motive]. We are still investigating websites and content that he accessed through his mobile phone,” Ade said. Previously, residents of Villa Tangerang Elok housing complex in Pasar Kemis district, Tangerang, exposed the vandalism at the Darussalam Mushola on Tuesday evening on social media, which later went viral.The culprit has painted over the mushola’s floor and wall with spray paint, as well as tearing a Quran apart. (dpk)Topics :
Edith Carol Peck, age 93, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and lifelong resident of the Belle Plaine area, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 31, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington. Â Edith was a homemaker.Edith Carol (Blankenship) Peck was born on April 22, 1920 in rural Belle Plaine, KS to Felix C. Blankenship and Maude A. (Bender) Blankenship.She married John A. Peck on December 31, 1947 in Wichita, KS.She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Patricia Ingram.Survivors include her husband of 65 years, John of Belle Plaine; children, David Peck and his wife Kathy of Wellington, Jeanette Oâ€™Hair and her husband Carl of Coldwater, KS, Janice Yoder and her husband Fred of Wellington, and Julie Peck of Belle Plaine; grandchildren, Craig and Aaron Oâ€™Hair, and Sara and Brian Peck, step-grandchildren, Mike, David, Curt, and Phil Yoder.Funeral Services will be held at Frank Funeral Home on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. Â Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with Futures Unlimited and the Belle Plaine Alumni Association.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net