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In this file photo,
smugglers cross the
Tachira River carrying
into Colombia, in
Cucuta, at the
Colombian border with
Nicolas Maduro has
ordered the closure of
a major border
Colombia after three
soldiers were attacked
while looking for
CARACAS---Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
has ordered the closure of a major border crossing
with Colombia after three soldiers were attacked
while looking for smugglers.
Maduro late Wednesday said the normally busy
border in western Tachira state would remain closed
for 72 hours. He also vowed to mount a special mis-
sion to boost protection for Venezuelans living along
the 1,400 mile border, an area long plagued by vio-
lence stemming from Colombia s long-running con-
flict and the presence of drug-trafficking gangs.
Maduro said that the assailants, who haven t been
identified, shot the officers from behind before fleeing
Maduro regularly blames smugglers and paramil-
itaries allegedly linked to former Colombian President
Alvaro Uribe for violence that has spilled over the
border in recent years.
As part of a government crackdown against the
flow of contraband, the government this year has
closed the border in Tachira at night, deployed more
troops and toughened jail sentences for smuggling.
It s also rolled out a fingerprint-scanning system to
restrict the amount of any single product shoppers
In total, the government says more than 6,000
people have been arrested for smuggling in the past
year and it says more than 28,000 tons of food were
seized last year in anti-smuggling operations. (AP)
Mexico finds 54 children
working in vegetable
MEXICO CITY---Authorities in northern Mexico
say they have found 54 children between the
ages of 8 and 17 working long hours in miserable
conditions at a vegetable packing company.
The government of the northern state of
Coahuila says three men have been detained and
the children have been taken to a government
Mexican law generally allows children between
14 and 16 to work in some jobs, but not in many
agricultural tasks. However, child labor is wide-
The state government said Wednesday the
minors told authorities they had only a half-day
off per week. They were paid 100 pesos (about
$6) a day, somewhat above the daily minimum
wage of about 70 pesos (about $4).
They were given two meals per day and slept
on thin mats on the floor. (AP)
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Before the flood:
Keep a portable radio, flashlight, emergency supplies and a
first aid kit on hand.
Monitor the radio for weather updates and evacuate immedi-
ately if you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your
home or place them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside, like garbage cans and
yard furniture for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch and other utilities.
Place important documents and valuables in plastic and store
them in a safe place.
During the flood:
Do not walk through flowing water. Just six inches of moving
water can knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen stream, river or gully by
foot or vehicle. The force of these waterways can have deadly
If your vehicle stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately
and climb to higher ground. A mere two feet of water can
float a large vehicle, even a bus.
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-soaked.
Check appliances and motors for damage and do not use them
until they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals, snakes and centipedes.
Have your electrical wiring checked before turning on the
Purify water before using. Use chlorine bleach or water puri-
fying tablets. Boil tap water for ten minutes.
Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Floods are the leading cause of disaster-related death
in the Caribbean, but since most can be forecasted,
You should have time to prepare. Your Red Cross
urges You to get ready. There are simple steps You
can take to help protect Your family from a flood.
T&T Red Cross Society
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