RelatedPM Outlines Three-Pronged Approach for National Security FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has said that the Government is pursuing a three-pronged approach to national security and the safety of the Jamaican people.She identified the strategies as: institutional improvements; targeting organized crime; and engendering trust.“We have been building the human resource capacity, increasing training, improving skills and the technology available to the police force,” the Prime Minister outlined.Mrs. Simpson Miller was speaking at the official opening of the newly constructed Falmouth Police Station, in Trelawny, on March 6.The Prime Minister pointed out that the policy of the Government is to transform the Police Force into a modern, more effective, responsive and responsible police service.“The transformation is required if we are to achieve our national development goal of creating a Jamaican society that is safe, cohesive and just,” she emphasized.She noted that over the last year the Government spent some $500 million to upgrade police facilities islandwide, despite the funding constraints being experienced in all departments. The Prime Minister said this was done so that the police can be more comfortable, and the public can receive better service. “My administration believes in strengthening partnerships between the police and the community, and placing the interest of the community and residents at the centre of national security policy,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller called for unity, peace and love to be practised in the communities across the island, noting that the lack thereof forms part of the challenges being experienced by the country. She emphasized that strong united communities will lead to strong parishes, and ultimately a strong nation.She argued that crime fighting strategies will only succeed in strong united communities with a resolve to stand up against criminal activities.Construction of the Falmouth Police Station was implemented by the Engineering Regiment of the Jamaica Defence Force, with assistance from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. It was built at a cost of approximately $270 million by the government, through the Urban Development Corporation, with support from the Petro Caribe Development Fund.The complex has several buildings, with living accommodation for up to 200 police officers, cells for up to 50 prisoners, and several other facilities. RelatedPM Outlines Three-Pronged Approach for National Security Advertisements PM Outlines Three-Pronged Approach for National Security National SecurityMarch 7, 2013 RelatedPM Outlines Three-Pronged Approach for National Security
The Red Ryder BB gun, fishnet leg lamp and the adventures of Ralphie Parker and his friends in the classic film A Christmas Story will transform into a musical this holiday season at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts.With only three weeks of rehearsal from audition to opening night, more than 40 kids and 10 adults will take the stage on Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21.After doing the Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol every year for four years, Artistic Director Brach Thomson realized he needed to keep things fresh and switch up the performances every season. Last year the Bigfork Playhouse Children’s Theatre performed A Christmas Carol, and in years past, Thomson wrote his own 80s version of the Scrooge. A Christmas Story was last performed in 2014.“My audience gets fickle,” he said.Thomson says this year’s script is slightly different from the previous performance five years ago, with parts of it filtered out. Thomson said he tries to keep the show to 90 minutes, which makes families happy to come and go. A few lines were cut and some music was tweaked, but is otherwise very similar to the last show in 2014.While the film isn’t a musical, he says the performance has a jingly Christmas tune and embodies a standard Broadway show tune.“I think the music is outstanding in the show,” he said.Thomson says out of the all the Children’s Theatre’s shows, this is the only one where he allows adults to perform.“I want those kids to get that time to shine,” he said.This year’s performance will see some repeat cast members from the 2014 show who have moved up to different parts. The actor who played Ralphie in the last show has grown into the dad’s role, and the young actor who played Randy is now playing bully Scut Farkus’ role.Thomson prides his theater on being audition only, and he typically turns 20 to 40 kids away. He wants the roles to mean something to the kids, and he hopes those who don’t make the cut strive to make the next show.While he wants the children to have fun, Thomson also strives to put on a great show for his audience.“Children’s theater has a bad stigma,” he said.He says people have a pre-conceived notion that children’s theater performances inevitably don’t have a high-quality production. But his shows have full costumes and full lights. He ensures the kids sing in two- and three-part harmony, and he doesn’t settle for mediocrity. He says his audiences always leave pleasantly surprised.“Nothing makes me happier than when you see people leave and say that was not what they expected,” he said.A Christmas Story will be at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14, Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.For more information and tickets, visit [email protected] Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
Cecily Aguilar is seen in this undated booking photo. – (Bell County Sheriff’s Office)By CHRISTINA CARREGA and MIKE REPPLIER, ABC News(BELL COUNTY, Texas) — A married Texas woman who allegedly assisted her lover with dismembering the body of missing Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Vanessa Guillen will remain in federal custody.Cecily Ann Aguilar is described by military officials as the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier and the girlfriend of Specialist Aaron David Robinson — the suspected killer of Vanessa Guillen who later died by suicide.Aguilar, 22, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for one charge of conspiracy to tamper with documents or proceedings and two charges of tampering with documents or proceedings.Defense attorney Lewis Berray Gainor entered not guilty pleas on Aguilar’s behalf during her bail hearing Tuesday afternoon.“She clearly and unequivocally denies the allegations. She had nothing to do with the murder of Vanessa Guillen,” said Gainor.However, advocates for Guillen say the charges should be upgraded.“Our Soldier was not given any options, we need to be Vanessa’s voice for justice … The appropriate charges should be murder, she needs to be charged with the maximum sentence as allowed by the law,” said the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Herencia Council No. 4297 in a statement.LULAC held a peaceful protest outside the federal courthouse in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday morning denouncing Aguilar’s bond hearing.“We need to demand the maximum sentence with denial of bond, no less,” said LULAC, adding, “The female perpetrator’s admission to be an accomplice of this horrendous crime committed, she needs to be subject to the same degree of punishment as the male principal perpetrator.”Guillen, 20, was last seen at work on the grounds of the base on April 22 and was reported missing by her captain.Guillen’s family and their attorney, Natalie Khawam, said the missing soldier was the victim of sexual harassment by her superior but that she did not report the allegations out of fear of retaliation.Army officials have launched an internal review of the command climate and culture at Fort Hood. After months of saying Guillen’s allegations were unfounded, officials said on July 10 that they found evidence that Guillen was harassed, but that it was not sexual harassment and it did not involve her alleged killer, Robinson.Investigators with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) honed in on Robinson as a suspect after Guillen’s phone records showed that he was the last person she was in contact with, according to court documents.Robinson, 20, told police that he was with Aguilar the day Guillen went missing, court documents say.After investigators conducted two interviews with Aguilar, she allegedly admitted to assisting Robinson with using a “hatchet or machete type knife” to dismember Guillen’s body and bury pieces of it in three separate holes alongside the Leon River, according to court documents.Aguilar told investigators that after they left the river she deleted the Google accounts connected to herself and Robinson, U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier said at Aguilar’s bail hearing Tuesday.When police took Aguilar into custody, she allegedly made phone calls from Bell County Jail in which she asked the person she called to delete her Facebook account “because the CID was monitoring it” and also told the person that she had $5,000 to get out of the country, Frazier said.“That’s not what I said,” responded Aguilar, who appeared at the hearing remotely from a holding cell, wearing a large orange face mask that matched her dyed orange hair.Gainor argued that Aguilar is not a risk to flee the country and that she has the support of her husband, who “has not left her side.”“She wants to fight these charges to clear her name,” Gainor added as Aguilar nodded in agreement.However Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Mansake denied bond for Aguilar because of her phone conversations where she expressed a desire to leave the country. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Special to the PRESSEditor,We support the proposed Rio Grande LNG project because people in the Rio Grande Valley need the good-paying jobs that this proposed project will bring. An economic study by the Perryman Group shows that the project would bring thousands of jobs during construction and add a few hundred permanent jobs when the facility is operating.A project like this will make a huge, positive difference in one of the poorest areas of Texas. These good-paying jobs will provide a better quality of life for families and create more business for many small businesses, such as for our restaurant, Mariscos De La Rosa.We believe that the Rio Grande LNG project is safe for the community or we would not be supporting it.We urge everyone to get behind this project as we have so that more Brownsville residents and businesses can benefit from the economic opportunities that Rio Grande LNG will provide for many years. Too much is at stake when it comes to our families, employees, customers, the community and our economy.Rodolfo De La RosaAnahi De La RosaMariscos De La Rosa RestaurantBrownsvilleWant the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLetters to the Editor for Nov. 9, 2017Special to the PRESS Editor, It’s no secret that Port Isabel has had its fair share of turmoil in recent years, but it’s a relief to see our city finally moving forward. As reported in this paper, the city has been working to upgrade its finances, its infrastructure and its…November 10, 2017In “News”Letter to the Editor for August 16, 2018Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, As the owner of South Texas Covert Security Investigations Company in Brownsville, I can’t begin to express how much of a blessing it will be to have the LNG industry in our south Texas community. In particular Rio Grande LNG who will be the…August 17, 2018In “News”Letter to the Editor for August 31, 2017Special to the PRESS Editor, Liquefied natural gas will bring job diversity and investment to the RGV. It is an exciting time to be living in the Rio Grande Valley. Our tremendous economic growth and resources will bring life-changing opportunities to our region. This is great news for the Valley,…September 1, 2017In “News” Share