PAGE 2 1 THE MEREDITH HERALD | NOVEMBER 11, 2009 STAFF Editor ' Courtney Angers Assistant Editor . ManamawitTadesse' ^ ‘ ^ '■V Ad Manager ^ ManaGithua Staff Writers - ^ Danielle Beck Elisabeth Lynne B}ork » Jennifer Ca^;. Jillian Curts Amy Hruby : AleighaPage Anna Turner' . Layout Editors Ashley Matthews Anna Perry Sparser Taub -■‘Z Literature Advisor Suzanne Bntt Design Advisor Dana Gay The MemHth HeraW is ■ piiblistied by the College, throughout (he academic year. The paper Is fund^ by the College and through IndepefKlent advertising. All adverUsemenls should be sent to herald@mered'[ TheoplnioiiB ei^ressed in the editorial columt^s do not. necessarily reflect those of. the Cdlege administiatiffli. faculty, or student body. The policy of this paper , requires that submis sions be made by S p.m. the Thursdaybefore publication, allowing time for consultation between staff and contributors; that articles'not exceed 700 words; that letters'to the editor liot exSeed 200 w^s; and.thatconWibu- tors sign all submlsstc^s and provide necemry. contact ir^rmation. lite Mitorand sbrffweicom.' submiMlw meettng 8bOV* DOWNED SHIP OFF AUSTRALIAN COAST Mariamawit Tadesse Assistant Editor On November 1st, 18 people were rescued after a boat sank in remote seas off of Aus tralia's Cocos Islands. The Cocos Islands are about 2,000km northwest of Australia and about 1,300km south of ^ Indonesia. The islands lie roughly halfway from Australia and Sri.Lanka. The boat was carry ing about 40 passengers. It is still not confirmed whether these people were asylum seekers or which way they were actu ally headed. The boat sent a distress signal around 11:15 p.m. A Taiwanese fishing trawler reached tlie boat and rescued around 18 people. “A second rescue came from the merchant ship, the LNG Pio Photo Courtesy http;// 26277-haberi.htmi neer, but it was just a little too late for the boat had already capsized” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief of the Australian Defence Force, told the Australian Associated Press. According to France 24, one person has been con firmed dead and more than 20 people are still missing in rough seas. Stephen Langford, the regional medi cal director for the Royal Flying Doctor Service that sent a plane to assist the injured people, told Al-Jazeera News, “it was a race against time to find sun/ivors. It’s a fairly urgent task because there are still people in the water, and the weather is not fantastic.” Australia is seeing its biggest stream of asylum seekers in seven years. The govern ment blames the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war for the influx of people. As broadcasted on Al-Jazeera News, about 35 boats carrying around 1,770 asylum seek ers have arrived in Australian waters just this year, Currently 328 Sri Lankans are refusing to leave Australian custom boats. Officials told the BBC World News, “The rescued people could be taken to Australia’s immigration detention center on Christmas Island." On Saturday, the government an nounced that more than 2,000 beds will be added in Christmas Island detention center to cope with this great companies have entered the country thus far. The men and women of Watertight Security Services are desperate to find employment in order to escape the poverty they encounter in Uganda. UGANDAN SECURITY GUARDS IN IRAQ Mariamawit Tadesse Assistant Editor Since 2007, Watertight Security Services has sent more than 10,000 Ugandan security guards to Iraq. Watertight Services is a full- service security center that offers highly effec tive security solutions like close body guard protection, K-9 training and handling , first aid, external employment, innovative surveillance and access control systems, and expert secu rity consulting. While troops from the developed countries do not look forward to going to countries such as Iraq, Ugandan security guards compete for this opportunity. Applicants outnumber available places by more than 1,000, For more than three years, Moses Matsiko has worked in Iraq and returned to Uganda to set up Watertight Security Services, Matsiko told the BBC World Sen/ice, “Since we do security, we start by screening the criminal background of people, hand in hand with Interpol and then we do a medical screening to make sure that the people we are sending are medically fit." Like the saying, “practice makes perfect," these men and women receive trainings such as listening to lectures that are essential in learning how to carry out their tasks and doing target practice with their AK47s, To these security guards, Iraq is a land of opportu nity where they can earn great incomes. Seth Katerema Mwesigye, an instructor at Watertight, told the BBC, “I was a,student at Makerere University; but when I left, I did not have land. When I came back, 1 bought land and cows, All that money came from Iraq.” Watertight pays its security guards $700 to $1000 per month which Is very nice pay for Ugandan liv ing standards. Watertight Security Ser vices is facing high competition in the security sector due to the increase in the number of companies recruiting for a lesser price. One such country is Kenya. There are more than 500 Kenyans In Iraq at present, earning about $400 per month. Watertight is looking at sending security guards to Afghanistan because no other competitor Photo courtesy http://www.wtsuganda.eom/wts_gallery.html#

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