martes, 2 de julio de 2013

Residents of Colombia's Bucaramanga to separate trash, recyclables

Authorities in Bucaramanga, a city of more than 500,000 residents in north-eastern Colombia, instructed residents of the city and its suburbs to separate recyclables from household waste from 1 July or pay a fine after September, the dailies El Espectador and Vanguardia Liberal reported on 1 July. The decree, applicable from that day, appeared innovative and Colombian media commented on it in preceding days; recyclables like plastic, paper and glass were to be prepared in separate bags for municipal collection once a week, either on Wednesday or Thursday depending on the municipal trash collection routine, the dailies reported. Residents failing to separate would initially be admonished and face fines after 1 September. El Espectador cited the city official Consuelo Ordóñez as saying that the Bucaramanga district produced 58 per cent of all the rubbish in the Bucaramanga Metropolitan Area, followed by Floridablanca with 20 per cent and Girón with 11 per cent, though no figures were given of trash volumes. Sustainability was one of the 10 components of the current mayor's policy plan for 2012-15.

Over 35 killed, found dead around Honduras

Twelve people shot dead in different incidents in Honduras on 1-2 July were the latest victims of crimes that killed over 35 in the country in recent days including children and teenagers. The 12 killed on 1-2 July included four cousins - three of them aged 19 - forced out of their homes then shot in an alley in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, and three shot in the district of Santa Bárbara south of San Pedro, the daily El Heraldo reported. Three were said to have been killed in a brawl between families in the district of Guaimaca north of the capital, El Heraldo reported, while a former policeman and a 13-year-old schoolboy were shot separately in San Pedro Sula, El Heraldo reported. The 32-year-old former policeman was killed at a bus stop while holding his eight-month-old baby, according to La Prensa; it appears the baby, the victim's wife and a six-year-old child standing by him were unharmed. A squad executed the pupil as he arrived home from school in the district of Chamelecón outside San Pedro Sula. Twenty one people were reported killed in violent incidents on 29-30 June in four departments. These included three members of a Protestant congregation including a 12-year-old, shot inside a church on 29 June, in an attack that injured 10 others. Furious members of the congregation armed with machetes chased and caught one of the gunmen who was cut down, El Heraldo reported on 30 June. The 21 also included six men and a woman killed in two or three shooting incidents soon after midnight on 29-30 June in the northern department of Colón, El Heraldo reported, observing that the army believed the killings were for a vendetta between families. The 21 apparently excluded two women whose bodies were found floating in a stream outside San Pedro Sula on 30 June; La Prensa cited local residents as saying that the stream in question in the city's Rivera Hernández sector had become a "body dump" of presumed crime victims. On 26 June, the passenger of a bus travelling north-west from Tegucicalpa to Siguatepeque shot dead two presumed bandits as they sought to rob the bus, El Heraldo reported. Passengers abandoned the bus, which took the two bodies to a nearby police post.