Freshman founds website

first_imgA Notre Dame freshman recently founded a news and opinion website that publishes content daily from universities across the country. NextGen Journal, the site that is geared toward college students, launched last week. Freshman Connor Toohill manages the site and currently serves as editor-in-chief. Toohill said he was inspired to start the news site for college students in 2009 when the national budget debate sparked interest in many of his classmates at his high school. “There were a lot of things being talked about that had a lot of impact on the next generation,” Toohill said, “but our voices were never really in the conversation.” Toohill said he wanted to create a forum for the opinions of the younger generation. NextGen Journal currently staffs over 50 college students from universities around the country, Toohill said. Students from universities such as Stanford, Georgetown, and Harvard, in addition to Notre Dame students, contribute pieces that submitted to a core group of editors. Freshman Brendan Moran is one of a core group of editors for the journal. “We went through about 75 college newspapers, picked out their best writers, and asked them to join our staff,” Moran said. According to Moran, this diversity gives NextGen Journal an edge over a single-campus publication. “We have that national focus,” Moran said, “not just only focusing on Notre Dame students and Notre Dame writers but branching out and trying to hear what’s going on and how people in other parts of the country interpret and perceive this content that is very pertinent to college students.” NextGen Journal publishes articles covering topics from international and domestic politics to music, sports and celebrities. “There’s a void out there in the national media lately for analysis and insightful content for college students,” Toohill said. “There is nothing for our generation other than the specific campus by campus content of college papers. So we’re trying to do something national with it.” Creating and developing the site was a long process for Toohill. He spent months laying the groundwork for the launch by contacting possible staff and finalizing the objectives and format of NextGen Journal. Toohill said much of the success of the recent launch to technical director and freshman Chas Jhin, who designed the website’s layout. Now that NextGen Journal has officially launched, Toohill and Moran said they are concentrating on publicizing and growing their venture. “We definitely want to expand as much as we can and focus on expanding it nationally and getting as many people aware of it as possible nationwide,” Moran said. Toohill said he shares this aspiration. “We want to become the foremost site for news and opinion by students for students,” he said. Toohill said students interested in contributing to NextGen Journal can visit the and click on the “Join NextGen” page. “More than anything, [NextGen Journal] is interesting to the reader,” Toohill said. “There’s a lot of really great, interesting, cool, practical content.”last_img read more

Costa Rica Adds Interceptor Patrol Boat to Fight Organized Crime

first_imgCosta Rica participates in Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. The operation, which authorities launched in January 2012, combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the U.S. – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. The nations’ security forces work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Eduardoño 450 patrol boat will help protect the country against organized crime and narcotrafficking groups. Transnational criminal organizations exploit the country’s geographical location by using it as a hub to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Interdictions at sea are highly coordinated, with the security forces of the participating countries partnering to identify, stop, and search suspicious vessels. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report. “Costa Rica is aware that it should provide greater security within its territorial sea, and greater surveillance within the Exclusive Economic Zone,” said José Miguel Madrigal López, Deputy Director of the National Coast Guard Service within Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry. “Costa Rica is committed in the short term with this goal. By not having ocean-going vessels nor the necessary budget to buy or build them, we opted for this type of vessels to improve presence in these areas.” “We have strategic alliances with the governments of Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. With Colombia and Mexico it is basically [about] information, with the U.S. it is about patrolling together and exchanging information, which has resulted in the success of operations,” Madrigal López explained. “We are making efforts to acquire more ships of this type in the short and medium term and to improve staff training and strengthen relations in this area with the aforementioned governments.” Costa Rica’s National Coast Guard Service (SNGC, for its Spanish acronym) recently continued to bolster its investment in the counter-narcotics fight by adding an Eduardoño 450-model Patrol boat to the fleet that the country uses to protect its territorial waters from transnational criminal enterprises. By Dialogo February 02, 2016 The investments have paid off, as the SNGC seized 16,433 kilograms of drugs in 2015, with 11,432 kilograms confiscated in the Pacific and the other 5,001 during operations in the Caribbean, according to Madrigal López. In 2014, Costa Rica seized more than 26 metric tons of cocaine – a record amount for one year and up from 21.8 metric tons seized in 2013. During the year, Costa Rican law enforcement authorities confiscated $13 million from narcotraffickers and broke up 124 national and international criminal organizations. In 2011, Costa Rica purchased four interceptor ships for drug enforcement operations for the first time. Before the country procured these vessels, security forces used ships that were donated or seized from criminals for drug interdiction operations. Also in 2011, the SNGC spent $600,000 to repair a 65-foot long patrol boat that was assigned to the Moin terminal in Puerto Limón, on the Atlantic coast. The SNGC also spent $200,000 to repair a 36-foot Interceptor boat and another $700,000 to outfit two other Interceptors with new equipment. In 2012, Costa Rica used $160,000 provided by the Ministry of Public Security to rebuild the SNGC base in Barra del Colorado. The new facility includes new dormitory buildings and additional storage and office space, according to a report in Nosotros, a Military magazine produced by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948, leaving the SNGC to lead the country’s counter-narcotics fight on water, while the Drug Control Police has been at the forefront in the fight on land. The nation has also relied on its international cooperation as part of its strategy to prevent narcotrafficking or organized crime groups from exploiting Costa Rica’s land and close to 590 square kilometers of territorial waters.” Costa Rica purchased the boat a few months after it built a Coast Guard bridge in late 2015 in Barra de Colorado, on the Caribbean’s extreme northeastern coast. Acquiring the boat was the latest in a series of investments by Costa Rica into equipment and infrastructure that supports security services. New equipment and infrastructure International partnerships The 14 nations have combined to seize more than 71,000 kilograms of cocaine as part of Operation MARTILLO in the Eastern Pacific’s drug-trafficking zone in fiscal year 2015, which surpassed the totals of the previous years combined. The operation has led to more than 400 metric tons of cocaine being disrupted as of March 2015, denying narcotraffickers $8 billion in potential revenue, according to U.S. Southern Command. last_img read more

Villarreal complete €8m deal for Valencia pair

first_imgLa Liga side Villarreal have completed the signings of Valencia midfield pair Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin for a combined fee of €8m in an eye-catching double swoop. A report in Marca claims the overall fee for former Arsenal midfielder Coquelin stands at a total of €8m, with €6.5m of that upfront, while the same media outlet also reports how Los Che captain Parejo has joined the Yellow Submarine as a free agent. Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women28 Awesome Shower Curtains To Make Your Bathroom Less BoringThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap OperasFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art Read Also: UCL: Choupo-Moting seals PSG comeback against Atalanta Coquelin has made 89 first-team appearances for Los Che since his January 2018 switch from the Gunners and established himself as a fans favourite. The arrivals follow the arrival of new boss Unai Emery, while the club have also secured the loan signing of Takefusa Kubo from Real Madrid. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Both deals will come as a huge surprise to observers of Spanish football due to the regional rivalry between the two clubs, with these swap deals likely to have been enticing to players as they would not have had to change their location or lower their salaries to complete the moves. Parejo’s exit as a free agent is particularly surprising, as the experienced midfielder is seen as one of the top midfield performers in the top-flight of Spanish football and netted 65 goals across 381 official games at the Mestalla, after joining from Getafe in 2011.last_img read more