first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Guatemala November 24, 2020 The United States provided humanitarian assistance to Guatemala in the aftermath of tropical storm Eta, serving approximately 310,000 Guatemalans in 25 communities affected by Tropical Storm Eta in nine departments (Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, Jutiapa, El Progreso, and Santa Rosa). The assistance included 23 rescues, 39 evacuations, more than $363,000 in direct humanitarian aid as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds in food, water, and critical supplies (e.g., protective gear and hygiene kits). This aid was delivered by more than 59 flights by U.S. and Guatemalan helicopters to remote and isolated communities.Below are details of the assistance provided by the U.S. government:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) donated 2,000 pairs of gloves, 2,000 disposable medical gowns, 1,000 protective glasses, 2,850 surgical masks, 1,000 face shields, 350 waterproof aprons, and coordinated the donation of 120 gallons of alcohol gel/hand sanitizer from the University del Valle de Guatemala. CDC also translated and distributed guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation in emergency shelters.United States Agency for International Development The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invested over $363,000 in humanitarian assistance, including food rations, shelters, first aid kits, utensils, and hygiene kits, for affected communities.Department of DefenseThe U.S. Department of Defense sent two helicopters from Joint Task Force Bravo (under U.S. Southern Command): an HH-60 Blackhawk for search and rescue, and a CH-47 Chinook, capable of carrying large volumes of cargo. These aircraft rescued 23 people, transferred six patients, re-located 39 persons, carried 30,900 pounds of USAID-assigned cargo, and carried 147,880 pounds of urgent life-saving rations (water, food, and other supplies).International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the U.S. Department of State provided pilots for UH-1 helicopters, which it donated to the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish) prior to the emergency, and provided technical assistance to Guatemalan National Police helicopters. INL cooperated with Guatemala’s Air Interdiction, Counternarcotics, and Counter-Terrorism Task Force (FIAAT, in Spanish) to fly 59 missions that transported 57,237 pounds of food and cargo to 25 communities.last_img read more

first_imgAn investigation into what is being described as ‘classified information’ to the Daily Observer newspaper in respect to an imminent strike action to be staged by officers protecting the lives and properties of the judicial branch of government began yesterday at the Temple of Justice.The judicial source hinted to this paper that the investigation was ordered by Court Administrator, Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson.The hierarchy of the judicial security is overseeing the investigation into the leak, with help from other court administrators’ offices.They are mandated to investigate how classified information of LRD3000 monthly entertainment benefits found its way into the media.According to the source, the investigation could not take place yesterday because the investigators decided to include all 62 officers, instead of the initial three officers they targeted to probe.Surprisingly, the head of the Judicial Security, Col. Paul Tuazama, who initially confirmed the information regarding LRD3000 entertainment benefits, is the person heading the investigation.“A full investigation has been launched into the purported leak,” a source told this reporter, indicating that the term of reference of the committee is to establish whether or not protocol governing the management of classified information at the judiciary was breached.“It is illegal, in terms of the judicial classification protocols, to disclose information of such a nature and such leaks undermine the credibility of the judiciary,” the source quoted Cllr. Nelson as angrily telling her investigators.She noted with concern media reports about the contents of classified intelligence reports belonging to the judiciary, the source further quoted the former NEC chair as saying.“The leaking of information on operational details of the judiciary’s security entertainment benefits, is condemned in the strongest terms,” she was reported to have said.The Daily Observer last Tuesday reported on an imminent go slow action to be staged by judicial officers at the Temple of Justice allegedly due to the failure of the Judicial Branch of Government to supply them with tea and sugar, especially officers serving on the night shift.The go-slow information along with the 2015 US$19.3m judiciary budget was gathered from an interview held with Col. Paul Tuazama, head of the judicial security.The Daily Observer report said that out of the over US$19million, the lawmakers allocated US$763,279 for the upkeep of the offices of the Chief Justice and US$1,524,625 for the four Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.The night shift officers even alleged that they are exposed to cold and harsh weather conditions and therefore need the supplies requested.The report also named lack of medical aid and the failure of the Justices to include some of their colleagues on the government payroll.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more