Nicaragua: Tourism Police allows sector to grow

first_img MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Here’s how effective the country’s Tourism Police have been: The Central American nation welcomed 1,060,031 visitors who generated US$377 million in revenue in 2011, a year after 1,011,251 tourists brought in US$308 million, according to the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR). And it could be an even better in 2012 for the tourism industry, as 300,000 visited the country in the first three months, an increase of 15.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to INTUR. “Tourists prefer Nicaragua over other countries in the region because of its safety, its economy and its peacefulness,” said Martín Soto, a tourism guide for Ecole Travel, an agency that promotes the country. “There are no gangs and the threat of muggings and killings is lower than in the rest of Central America. This is an important advantage when vacationers are choosing a destination and now it represents a large opportunity for the country.” Nicaragua is the second-safest country in the region, with 13.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, much lower than Honduras (82.1), El Salvador (66), Guatemala (41.4) and Belize (41). The safest country in the region is Costa Rica, with 11.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the 2011 Global Homicide Study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The key to Nicaragua’s blossoming tourism is the work of the Tourism Police, an institution created by the National Police in 2001 that works to guarantee the safety of tourists nationwide. The Tourism Police was formed after the Central American Integration System (SICA) launched its 1997 Central American and Caribbean Strategic Plan for Tourist Safety, which mandated all law enforcement agents specializing in tourism safety wear a uniform distinct from other police institutions. The Tourism Police’s 450 officers work closely with the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR), as both institutions train agents in stopping organized crime, drug and human trafficking, child prostitution and other types of exploitation of girls, boys and adolescents. The officers also receive training in human relations. “With support from the tourism industry’s private sector, we at INTUR have established a solid alliance with the Tourism Police and we are seeing the results,” said Aurora Castillo, director of INTUR’s Services and Tourist Protection. In addition, the Tourism Police supports, disseminates and carries out all of INTUR’s tourism safety plans and has hosted workshops for National Police Officers. “The Tourism Police is a special force created to offer better attention to national and international tourists who require their services,” said Commissioner Jeannette Largaespada, chief of the Tourism Police. “The Tourism Police also seek to control the levels of crime that could be provoked by the development of tourism in the country, like theft, narco-trafficking, child prostitution, human trafficking and fraud.” Nicaraguan authorities do not want the increase in the number of tourists in the country to lead to opportunities for criminals, Largaespada said. “It is important for the country to grow in terms of tourism, but while this sector brings economic growth, it also brings negative aspects. We’re faced with new kinds of crimes because not everyone who comes into the country does so with good intentions,” she said. “That forces us to look for new means to maintain the national safety level we are recognized for today.” In Nicaragua, the main crime suffered by tourists is stolen cameras, followed by theft through intimidation. There were a total of 251 crimes against tourists last year, which represent 0.56% of the 71,000 crimes committed nationally. In 2010, 886 crimes against tourists were reported, according to the National Police. “High seasons for tourism are when the most crimes occur, especially in the most visited sites in the country, when tourists go into places beyond the security perimeter,” said Tourism Police Capt. Johana Delgado. The most popular tourist destinations in the country are Granada, León, Managua, Rivas, Chinandega, Río San Juan and Corn Island. Soon, INTUR and the Tourism Police, in coordination with the Nicaraguan Chambers of Tourism, will set up a free telephone line for tourists who become victims of crime, which will help them receive medical attention or transportation to embassies or consulates, Largaespada said. By Dialogo May 14, 2012last_img read more

UPL Update

first_imgUPL Update January 1, 2004 Janet Morgan Regular News What can nonlawyer form preparation services do? Bar UPL Counsel, Ft. Lauderdale Nonlawyers are allowed to provide certain limited services to the public but cannot give legal advice or do anything which constitutes the practice of law. Generally speaking, they can sell blank legal forms and act as a secretarial service, copying a customer’s information into the blanks of the form. They must copy or type in the information exactly as the customer gives it. Nonlawyers may also sell or provide general preprinted information describing legal procedures. They may provide simple administrative information (number of copies required to file, filing fees, etc.), and may offer a courier service to file papers at the courthouse.They cannot answer questions concerning a customer’s legal matters. They cannot hold themselves out as attorneys, or as someone capable of providing legal services. They cannot take the information to complete the form from the customer verbally, unless the customer is using a Supreme Court Approved Simplified Form in the area of family law or landlord/tenant law. The nonlawyer cannot select the type of form or course of action the customer needs, nor direct the customer in what supporting materials should accompany a legal document. They cannot correct errors or omissions made by the customer. They cannot create, modify, or tailor a form to meet a particular customer’s needs. Under the law, they are to act as a secretarial service only.So how should this work in practice? Joe wants to add his son to the title of his house. He walks into the nonlawyer form preparer’s office. Joe — “I need a deed.” Nonlawyer — “What kind of form would you like?” Joe — “Hmm. I’m not sure. What do you have?” Nonlawyer — “I cannot select a form for you. Here is a list of all the deed forms we have available.” Joe — “Ok, I’m still not completely sure.” Nonlawyer — “Well, here is a preprinted sheet for you to read which describes the various types of deeds and methods of transfer.” Joe — “Looks like what I want is a quit claim deed.” Nonlawyer — “Here is the quit claim deed form that we sell. You need to put the information into the blanks in writing, and give it back to me. I will type it for you. But be careful, I cannot correct any errors or omissions you make.”Now, is a quit claim deed what Joe really needs? Could Joe be doing something detrimental to his interests? That is Joe’s decision to make, right or wrong. The intent of the court in allowing nonlawyers to sell legal forms was to increase access to the court system. However, the purchaser of the form must represent himself. Knowing the proper legal form to use, filling out the form correctly, and understanding the legal ramifications of a document are wholly the customer’s responsibility.The next column will discuss how the Bar investigates complaints against nonlawyer form preparation services.last_img read more

Food industry can weather global economic shock: BKPM

first_imgThe food industry is considered stable enough to weather the global economic shock, backed by strong domestic investment, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) says.The industry recorded the highest investment realization figure in the secondary sector compared to other industries in the past five years, until as recent as the first quarter of 2020, totaling Rp 293.2 trillion, BKPM data show. The figure is higher than the base metals industry and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.Domestic investment dominates the industry, with Rp 7.3 trillion (US$494.6 million) from January to March this year, compared to $298 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the same period. She said Indonesia also had the potential to be a manufacturing hub in the ASEAN region as it has a strategic geographic location and a big domestic market.Investment realization for the food industry in the past five years has grown 3 percent per annum and remains in the top rank of total investment realization in the secondary sector.Meanwhile, investment in the base metals industry over the same period has an average growth of 11 percent per year.“Investment growth in the basic metals industry also signals that industrial development in the country is proceeding rapidly as both domestic and foreign investors continue to invest in Indonesia,” Farah said.In the first three months this year, Indonesia’s total investment figure grew 8 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 210.7 trillion. The figure represents 23.8 percent of the agency’s 2020 investment target of Rp 886 trillion.The agency’s head Bahlil Lahadalia said earlier in May that the BKPM did not rule out the option of revising the target down if the pandemic dragged on to July. (eyc)Topics : “Compared to the two other sectors, only the food industry records higher domestic investment than foreign investment. We are sure that this industry will be quite stable from the shocks of the world economy,” the agency’s deputy director for investment climate development Farah Indriani said in a statement on Tuesday.However, domestic direct investment (DDI) in the food industry for the first quarter this year still shows an 18 percent decline from the same period last year at Rp 8.9 trillion, while FDI also fell 20.6 percent as the global economy begun to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.BKPM data also show that since the first quarter of 2015 to date, investment in manufacturing has reached Rp 1.3 quadrillion.”These figures show that the Indonesian domestic market is an investment magnet, especially the food and beverage industry,” Sarah said.last_img read more

Parents must be free to chastise and smack

first_imgFrank Furedi – Express.co.uk 31 January 2012Tottenham MP David Lammy should be commended for stating that parents need to have the right to smack their children in order to restrain them from anti-social behaviour. Well done too Boris Johnson, who echoed Lammy’s plea and called for a change in the law to underline the right of parents to smack children. Campaigns against smacking have put many parents on the defensive about exercising any form of restraint. Politicians often complain that parents do not take enough responsibility for the behaviour of their children. But at the same time parents are told that they should not smack their children. This point is reinforced by an army of so-called experts who claim that discipline is repressive and results in dysfunctional children. The term “discipline” now implies an abuse of power. And a well-deserved smack on the wrist or backside is portrayed as a crime against humanity. For far too long British parents have faced criticism and been threatened with intervention by social services if they physically discipline their child. The real target of these agencies is not smacking but parental authority. Punishment has become a dirty word, smacking has become stigmatised and parents who raise their voice at children are denounced for “emotional abuse……..So what do we actually know about the consequences of smacking? Opponents claim that research conclusively shows it has long-term negative effects on behaviour. There may be good arguments for opposing smacking but they are not to be found in the realm of scientific research. Despite dozens of studies on the subject, nobody has established a causal relationship between smacking and long-term negative consequences. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that in certain circumstances smacking can be an effective disciplinary tool. However, it is difficult to have a sensible discussion on smacking. Campaigners define smacking as violence against children. They assert that violence can only lead to more violence. Such an argument is superficially plausible. However the equation of smacking with violence is a trick designed to associate it with abuse. Parents who occasionally spank their children are not being violent. Violence is physical force intended to cause injury. Caring parents who administer a smack in response to a child’s act of wilful defiance or unacceptable behaviour are actually behaving responsibly. The erosion of parental authority is one of the greatest challenges facing our country. Experience shows that the diminishing of parental authority leads to a deterioration in relations between the generations. In such circumstances adult authority itself becomes negotiable. The reluctance to restrain children really means ducking the job of socialising younger generations.http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/299028last_img read more

Police Blotter 02-07-2020

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Canyon back in business

first_imgNichols Canyon bounced back after unseating his rider at Leopardstown over Christmas with a convincing all-the-way win in the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at the Dublin track. Press Association Windsor Park came from last to claim second place, three and a half lengths behind the winner, with 11-10 favourite Alvisio Ville third. “He did what he does on the Flat – stays. He jumped and stayed and he’s improving all the time,” said Mullins. “He was disappointing at Christmas, to do what he did. I thought he might not beat the grey horse (Alvisio Ville) but I’d say the grey horse lacked experience and beat himself. Remember the winner is a professional racehorse. “I’m very pleased with him. I imagine he would be a Neptune type, but I wouldn’t rule out the Supreme. It will depend on what way the ball bounces with other horses. He’s in the three races, but I think it’ll be the Supreme or Neptune as we have plenty of horses for the Albert Bartlett. “The way he jumped I wouldn’t be afraid to go back to two miles. He was gaining half a length or a length at his hurdles there. He did it the hard way from the front and that’s the way you could win at Cheltenham.” Walsh said: “He was keen enough in front. He jumped reasonably well. On his Flat form I thought he was more of a stayer. He’s gone a good gallop in front and took a good grip with me all the way, but he stays and he’s a high-class horse.” Delighted owner Graham Wylie said: “I’m delighted for Ruby and the horse and well done to Willie as well. As always, I will leave the Cheltenham decisions to Willie – on that performance today, it could be the Neptune, but I really don’t know. “He’s got bags of stamina. I had a very, very good horse some years ago called Inglis Drever who had bags of stamina and I’m just hoping that maybe – he’s a tough act to follow – but maybe he is up there with him.” On Alvisio Ville, Mullins said: “He’ll learn an awful lot from that. He was very keen and we’ll maybe change a couple of things for his next run. You might get away with running a maiden hurdle winner in a Grade One in the autumn but he’s facing handicappers there. “He’s probably a chaser in the making and has a lot to learn about racing. Tony said we could bring him back to two miles as he was too keen but I’d probably rather go out in trip and change tactics.” center_img The five-year-old, completing a Grade One double for trainer Willie Mullins after the success of Petite Parisienne earlier on the card, pulled clear of the opposition in the straight to score in great style. Stablemate Alvisio Ville tried to keep tabs on him but was well held from two out under Tony McCoy and faded once Ruby Walsh pressed the button on Nichols Canyon (9-2). last_img read more

Molby: Reds strong without Sterling

first_img “It was different in my day, we were at the best club in the country then but we have been used to players dictating terms over the last five or six years. “The club retains its status but as a team they don’t and if players want to be guaranteed Champions League every season, history over the last five years tells you maybe it isn’t Liverpool.” Liverpool’s Champions League-winning midfielder Dietmar Hamann also agreed that if Sterling did not want to stay he should be sold. “I think Liverpool needs players who are committed now and if he feels his future is elsewhere then good luck to him,” said the former Germany international. “If he gets offered more money, Champions League football or a better opportunity to win trophies then that is his right to do that. “All you can do is put a price on him and if someone pays it you sell and you get other players in.” Hamann understood the fans who booed Sterling but does not feel the situation is irretrievable should the England star stay on. “It should have been handled behind closed doors because there is a lot of anger in the city now concerning Raheem Sterling for no need,” he added. “I think he has been badly advised. He is a young kid and sometimes you can be led astray when people say the wrong things in your ear. “I hope he does stay but I think the fans will be the big issue. “Not many people have been too complementary about him in recent days and that is for a reason. “There are bridges to build but it has been done before. If he starts next season and scores a few goals, things would be forgotten.” The 20-year-old’s future is up in the air after contract talks were put on hold in January with a meeting between his agent Aidy Ward and chief executive Ian Ayre scheduled for later this week. It has been claimed the youngster will tell the club he will not sign a new deal – subsequently played down by Ward – but Molby feels there is no point keeping an unsettled player. And the Dane insists any sale would pale into insignificance compared to Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona last season. “If Raheem feels Liverpool is no longer the best place to be then I guess you have to bite the bullet and move him on,” said Molby. “It is not like the sale of Suarez. You knew the impact that sale would have on the team – I am not convinced if you sell Sterling it will have the same negative impact. “In my mind it might be the right time to sell because the club is in transition and maybe we could just do with that money. “I think we need to move away from buying potential and buy off the top-shelf, ready-made players, who can go in and improve the team.” Molby believes supporters are still trying to come to terms with the talent drain out of Anfield over the last decade. Fans booed Sterling when he collected his young player of the year trophy at Tuesday’s annual awards night but the former Reds midfielder insists it was a sign of the times. “A lot of fans of Liverpool, steeped in the history, are not used to players wanting to leave so it has come as a bit of a shock,” he added. Press Association Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby believes the club should sell Raheem Sterling if the forward does not want to stay as he believes they can cope with his departure.last_img read more

Presbyterian looks to end streak vs UNC-Asheville

first_imgFEARLESS FRESHMEN: Presbyterian’s Cory Hightower, Michael Isler and Zeb Graham have collectively scored 38 percent of the team’s points this season, including 38 percent of all Blue Hose scoring over the last five games.CLUTCH CORY: Hightower has connected on 26.7 percent of the 86 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 19 over the last five games. He’s also converted 68.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Bulldogs are 0-8 when they score 70 points or fewer and 12-6 when they exceed 70 points. The Blue Hose are 0-12 when they fail to score more than 64 points and 9-7 on the season, otherwise.TWO STREAKS: Presbyterian has dropped its last six road games, scoring 67.8 points and allowing 79.2 points during those contests. UNC-Asheville has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 78.7 points while giving up 72.3.DID YOU KNOW: The UNC-Asheville defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.9 percent of all possessions, which is the 18th-highest rate in the country. Presbyterian has turned the ball over on 21.7 percent of its possessions (ranked 316th among Division I teams).___ Presbyterian looks to end streak vs UNC-Asheville Associated Press February 21, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPresbyterian (9-19, 6-9) vs. UNC-Asheville (12-14, 6-9)Kimmel Arena, Asheville, North Carolina; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UNC-Asheville looks to extend Presbyterian’s conference losing streak to five games. Presbyterian’s last Big South win came against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 65-61 on Feb. 6. UNC-Asheville lost 79-64 to Radford in its most recent game. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

T&T tumble following World Cup qualifying failure

first_img… Guyana rise to eighth in CFU rankingsST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago have taken a tumble in the latest FIFA rankings following their poor form in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and are on the brink of slipping out of the top 100 in the world.In the rankings released yesterday, the Caribbean powerhouses slipped 16 places to 99th, fourth in the Caribbean Football Union rankings led by French nation Haiti.T&T have endured a recent tough run of results in their World Cup qualifying campaign. Earlier this month, they lost 2-1 to Honduras in Port of Spain before also going down 3-0 to Panama in Panama City, to suffer elimination from the competition.They lie bottom of the six-team standings on three points with seven defeats and a single win, with two matches remaining in the tournament.Meanwhile, Haiti jumped seven places to be 48th in the FIFA rankings, and continue at the top in CFU. They widened their gap on Jamaica who remained second in CFU but slipped four places in the world rankings to 61st.Curacao were unmoved, remaining third in CFU and 86th in the FIFA rankings.St Kitts enjoyed a healthy bounce, leaping 11 places to 114th in the world rankings to be sixth in CFU. Suriname, fifth in CFU, slipped four places overall to 111th in the world rankings.Guyana also experienced positive movement, rising seven places to 156th to be eighth in CFU while Dominica also rose six spots to be 171st and 13th in the regional rankings.Latest Caribbean Football Union rankings*FIFA rankings are in brackets.1. Haiti (48)2. Jamaica (61)3. Curacao (86)4. Trinidad and Tobago (99)5. Suriname (111)6. St Kitts and Nevis (114)7. Antigua and Barbuda (117)8. Guyana (156)9. Grenada (159)10. Dominican Republic (160)11. Puerto Rico (163)12. Barbados (170)13. Dominica (171)14. St Vincent and the Grenadines (173)15. St Lucia (178)16. Aruba (179)17. Cuba (180)18. Bermuda (182)19. US Virgin Islands (199)20. Montserrat (200)21.=Cayman Islands (202)21=Turks and Caicos Islands (202)23. British Virgin Islands (205)24.=Anguilla (206)24.=Bahamas (206)last_img read more