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  • Bolivia and Brazil Will Increase Monitoring of Border in Order to Combat Drug Trafficking

    first_img The Bolivian and Brazilian governments will intensify their efforts to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking along the extensive border shared by the two countries, an effort that will include joint military exercises that could begin next year, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles and the use of radars. “We’ve made available (to Bolivia) the knowledge that we have and that we’re continuing to develop, especially on the side of air defense, because much of the (drug) trafficking and smuggling is done through illicit flights,” Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim said after signing a memorandum of understanding with his Bolivian counterpart, Rubén Saavedra. The Brazilian official stressed the importance of this agreement for Dilma Rousseff’s administration, specifying that his visit to Bolivia was taking place within his first 90 days in the defense post. “Representatives of the three branches of the armed services (Army, Navy, and Air Force) will hold binational technical meetings (starting in 2012) to define operational plans with regard to conducting military exercises in order to achieve greater efficiency in the Armed Forces in monitoring the extensive border between the two countries,” Saavedra explained. Bolivia and Brazil share a border of 3,100 kilometers (approximately 1,927 miles), and the Brazilian Government has on multiple occasions expressed its concern about the increase in criminal activities (drug trafficking, smuggling, and weapons trafficking) in the border area. Asked about his perceptions with regard to the increase in crime along the Bolivian border, Amorim stated that “in that terrible activity, there is always a search for new routes, and if there is pressure on one side, it moves to another; for this reason, surveillance has to increase.” In March of this year, the two countries signed an agreement for surveillance operations with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and signature is pending on an agreement to monitor and destroy excess coca crops. Amorim confirmed his country’s readiness to work on the surveillance issue and specified that there exists an “offer by a Brazilian firm, with support from a Brazilian credit,” for the acquisition of radars for the border area, but that the decision in this regard “will be made by the Bolivian Government.” By Dialogo November 02, 2011last_img read more

  • CELAC-EU Summit Concludes amidst Tragedy in Brazil

    first_imgBy Dialogo January 29, 2013 The first CELAC-EU summit concluded in Chile on January 27, with an agreement to boost bilateral commerce, although it was overshadowed by the tragedy that hit a night club in southern Brazil, killing at least 231, and prompting President Dilma Rousseff’s early departure from the event. “This is a tragedy for all. I cannot stay in the summit, because my priority right now is to be with the Brazilian people,” Rousseff said to her Chilean counterpart. Latin American and European countries expressed their condolences to her government. When Chilean President Sebastián Piñera was closing the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) meeting, he asked for a moment of silence to commemorate the dead in Brazil, before referring to the results of the two-day meetings held behind closed doors. Piñera stated that “the new strategic alliance” between CELAC and the EU will move towards “a more symmetrical relationship,” benefiting not only one but all parties involved. “If half of the world is in recession, the other half will not be able to advance towards development,” he said, and called on the countries of both continents to “join forces” for a better future. Leaders from 60 countries on both sides of the Atlantic sealed a “new strategic alliance” in a declaration that highlighted the shared commitment to provide legal security to “high quality” investments. This had been one of the controversial issues raised at the summit, after the expropriations enforced in Venezuela, Argentina and Bolivia during recent years, which also affected European companies. The decision to strengthen the relationship between CELAC and the EU comes during a period in which Europe, the main world economic block, is suffering from the worst crisis in its history, and Latin America, by contrast, is going through a great moment, with constant average growth rates of 4.5% in the last two years. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos considered that “the main conclusion of this summit (…) is that we are seeing Europe getting out of its crisis, with a better future.” Europe showed a strong interest for the momentum which is evident in Colombian, Chilean, Peruvian and Mexican economies. On January 27 it was officially announced that the four member countries of the Pacific Alliance created in 2012, agreed to create a free trade zone for commerce, for which an agreement regarding tariffs will be reached before March 31, 2013, affecting at least 90 percent of products. “The remaining 10 percent will have a schedule until they reach the 100 percent free trade goal in our countries,” informed President Piñera, along with his counterparts Juan Manuel Santos, from Colombia; Ollanta Humala, from Peru; and Enrique Peña Nieto from México. “The integrated relationship within the Pacific Alliance will reinforce the position of this group on regional and international levels, making them more attractive stakeholders to European countries,” Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, had said earlier. Furthermore, the CELAC-EU summit reflected Europe’s interest in re-launching negotiations for a free trade agreement with Mercosur, as well as in reviving difficult relationships. “It would be positive to have a free trade agreement with the EU-Mercosur. Partners should not fear that one may be better than the other, because we can only improve in joint efforts,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. The EU-Celac summit was followed by the first CELAC summit on the afternoon of January 27, founded in Caracas at the request of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in December 2011, with strong Brazilian support. Cuba assumed an unprecedented leading role in the region, when it took over the temporary annual presidency for CELAC starting on January 28. Chávez was notably absent from the summit, since his hospitalization for the past month-and-a-half in Havana. Also absent were Rafael Correa of Ecuador, due to his re-election campaign, and Paraguayan President Federico Franco, whose government was impeded by a sanction imposed by Mercosur and UNASUR after former President Fernando Lugo was overthrown.last_img read more

  • Peppi Marchello of The Good Rats Dies

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Peppi Marchello, the founding singer and songwriter of Long Island-based rock band, The Good Rats—local legends that garnered a cult following since the 1960s—died on Wednesday, according to the band. He was 68.Peppi Marchello, lead singer of The Good Rats, died Wednesday.Marchello was the last of the original members still active in the band that formed in ‘64, released their self-titled debut album five years later and rode a wave of commercial success to national tours in the ‘70s before breaking up in the ’80s.“The world’s most famous unknown band,” as Rolling Stone magazine once called The Good Rats, continued to tour locally and record albums when Marchello later reformed the act with his sons, Stefan and Gene.He released last year the band’s final album, Blue Collar Rats: The Lost Archives, a collection of unreleased tracks from the original lineup plus one new song, on the label he founded, Uncle Rat Records.The Good Rats were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008 alongside other LI music stars such as Mariah Carey, Louis Armstrong and Public Enemy.The band cancelled a show scheduled for Sunday on LI after Marchello’s passing. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.last_img read more

  • 4 ways employees can improve employee engagement

    first_imgOrganizations wrack their collective brains to find the best employee engagement strategy. But what if the answer is simple?Let the employees decide.Recently my company, Quantum Workplace, released its annual State of Employee Feedback report. It found that 62.5 percent of organizations that that have engaged employees, believe employees are largely responsible for their own engagement.Before you breathe a sigh of relief and think you never have to work on employee engagement again, understand it’s a team effort. To increase their engagement, employees have to be given the tools and the power to do so. And that may mean making a few changes.Here’s how to give employees more control over their engagement:Ask for More FeedbackIf your organization doesn’t conduct employee feedback surveys, chances are, it’s currently disengaged. Our study found 55 percent of disengaged companies don’t use annual engagement surveys. continue reading » 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Brentwood Hit-and-run Driver Kills Woman, 81

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed an 81-year-old pedestrian in Brentwood on Thursday morning, Suffolk County police said.Maria Carmelina Arroba Gavilanez was walking on Ferris Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene near the corner of O’Rourke Street at 7:15 a.m., police said.The vehicle, which investigators believe is light in color, was last seen fleeing eastbound on O’Rourke Street.Gavilanez, who is from Ecuador and visiting family in Brentwood, was pronounced dead at the scene.Major Case Unit detectives ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img

  • Walmart resumes metering customers in its stores

    first_imgWalmart beginning Saturday is resuming monitoring and counting the number of customers entering its stores, to make sure it doesn’t exceed capacity limits, as coronavirus cases surge at record rates across the country. Dating back to April, Walmart has been restricting the number of people in its big-box stores to not exceed five customers per every roughly 1,000 square feet, or about 20% of a store’s capacity. Those levels can also vary based on local mandates, the company said. For a period of time, however, the biggest retailer in the United States had stopped physically counting people as they came inside and left. – Advertisement – “We know from months of metering data in our stores that the vast majority of the time our stores didn’t reach our self-imposed 20% metering capacity,” a Walmart spokesman told CNBC in an emailed statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have resumed counting the number of people entering and leaving our stores.” The move comes as America continues to push new Covid records. More than 68,500 are hospitalized with Covid-19 across the country, more than at any other point during the pandemic, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic. And cases continue to rise. Over the past seven days, the U.S. has reported an average of over 139,900 cases per day, up more than 35% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of daily new cases has hit a fresh record everyday for at least the past ten days, Hopkins data shows. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Customers shop at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart reported a 74% increase in U.S. online sales for the quarter that ended April 30, and a 10% increase in same store sales for the same period as the effects of the coronavirus helped to boost sales.Scott Olson | Getty Imagescenter_img Major grocery chains have now started reinstating purchasing limits on certain items, such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. In the spring, when the pandemic arrived in the U.S., frantic consumers flocked to stores, stockpiled, and left shelves barren of grocery staples like canned beans and frozen veggies. The industry referred to the reaction as “panic buying.” Many retailers were unprepared for the surge in spending on necessities. Kroger and Florida-based Publix Super Markets earlier this month reinstated buying limits on bath tissue and paper towels. Giant Food, an American supermarket chain that operates locations across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, is again limiting purchases of toilet paper and paper towels. Wegmans has placed limits on paper towels, household cleaners and disinfecting wipes. —CNBC’s Will Feuer contributed to this story. – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Coyotes need to be kept under control

    first_imgMost significantly, the eastern coyote is no longer a pure coyote. East of the Mississippi, coyotes generally have some level of domestic dog in their genetics, and all have some level of wolf.The increasing predominance of those with more wolf genetics has given us a larger, stronger, smarter and bolder coyote.I had observed one coyote in open daylight over many decades of hunting, but have now seen four in the last two seasons. One of these followed my footprints to within 25 yards of me.The current coyote lives more on beavers, turkeys and deer (especially fawns in summer), and less on the smaller rodents that were coyote staples in the past. They also suppress smaller predators that live on rodents.Since rodents provide a step in tick life cycles, the “new” coyote is a factor in the spread of tick-borne illnesses. I agree with The Gazette article that we won’t (and shouldn’t try to) wipe out coyotes.However, when facing a passive human community, coyotes are known to become increasingly bold in asserting their dominance and exploiting food sources. I’m not a wildlife biologist, but have been interested in the development of the eastern coyote for some time. I believe that the Dec. 26 Gazette article on coyotes was missing some essential facts.  This starts with killing pets and livestock out alone at night; it can graduate to attacking pets on leashes in daylight. Human deaths are rare, but injuries have occurred. Only some level of hunting and/or trapping keeps coyotes shy of humans. I hope that landowners will consider this if someone asks for permission to hunt or trap. The article didn’t discuss safety. I urge all hunters to fully understand and rigorously comply with all legal (e.g. setback distances) and safety requirements.Norman PerazzoGlenvilleThe writer is a licensed hunter safety instructor.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristscenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

  • Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Tokyo governor says

    first_imgTopics : Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as a future Japanese premier, said on Monday the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus, even as her city grapples with stubborn spikes in cases.Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places but a recent increase in cases in Tokyo, which accounts for more than a third of its more than 20,000 total, has fanned worries about a second wave of infections.The 2020 Olympics were scheduled to start this month but were postponed because of the coronavirus. Koike has pledged to win public support for the Games, although a media survey showed a majority think they should be cancelled or postponed again. “I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind,” Koike told Reuters in an online interview.She declined to specify a deadline for deciding if the Games could go ahead.A media-savvy former television announcer who speaks English and Arabic, Koike is to many a paradox: a global thinker with a nationalist tinge; a political outsider who advanced with help from old-boy mentors, and a risk-taker who shied away from the big gamble of running for parliament in 2017 as head of her upstart “Party of Hope”.The party floundered after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election.center_img Instead, Koike stayed on as Tokyo governor and has won plaudits for her straight-talking handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in contrast to what critics called Abe’s clumsy response.She was re-elected by a landslide last week, reigniting talk she has a shot at becoming Japan’s first woman prime minister.On Monday, she sought to brush such speculation aside.”I’m happy that people have hopes for me but I received support for a second term as governor,” she said.”I want to protect the lives and health of the people of Tokyo by addressing the immediate issue of policies for the coronavirus. That is my greatest mission.”Political machine?Tokyo’s jump in COVID-19 cases comes as Abe’s government prepares to launch a campaign to promote domestic tourism, but that has raised concern about spreading the virus outside the capital.Koike said it was important both to contain the virus and revive the slumping economy.”At present, a tough situation continues but … by taking a proper response in Tokyo, I want to advance both the prevention of infections and social and economic activity,” she said.Tokyo accounts for about 20% of Japan’s economy.Koike, who clashed with Abe’s administration over the timing of a state of emergency, and over which businesses to target for shutdowns, said she wanted greater clarity on local governments’ authority during the crisis.A veteran member of parliament before defying Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to make her 2016 bid for governor, Koike also wants to make the metropolis a global financial center by luring foreign talent.Still, speculation persists that she could yet aim for Japan’s top job.She has already broken several glass ceilings: first female governor of Tokyo, Japan’s first female defense minister and the first woman to run for LDP president.But creating a new political machine to vault her to the top would be tough, political analysts said.”Does she have what it takes to be prime minister? Absolutely. But she doesn’t have the political machine that can make it happen,” said a source who has advised Koike for years.A return to the LDP fold would also face obstacles, given that mutual antagonism runs deep. last_img read more

  • Arsenal set to complete deadline-day deal for Nikolaj Moller as striker signs four-year contract

    first_img Video Settings Comment Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Top articles Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected deadline day move to West Ham Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Oct 2020 5:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.9kShares / Skip Meanwhile, Arsenal are still pursuing a deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has a £45m buy-out clause.‘I think he’s a top player,’ Arsenal legend Paul Merson said of Partey on transfer deadline day.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I nearly fell off my chair, £45million, I don’t think that’s a lot of money, at all for the quality of player you are getting here.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The one thing he brings as well. Discipline. He has played at Atletico Madrid, who are one of the most disciplined teams in Europe and he would do that.‘He’s not a midfield player who goes running all over the place and you are thinking ‘where has he gone?’. He is very disciplined. I think he would be a great signing.’Arsenal continued their encouraging run of form on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey agrees £250,000-a-week deal with Arsenal ahead of £45m transferMORE: Piers Morgan fumes at Arsenal after club sack long-serving mascot Gunnersaurus Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Arsenal set to complete deadline-day deal for Nikolaj Moller as striker signs four-year contract Read Morecenter_img Read More 1/1 by Metro PLAY Advertisement Full Screen SPONSORED Arsenal have completed a deadline-day deal for the teenage striker (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have wrapped up a deadline-day deal for Malmo forward Nikolaj Moller, according to reports.Moller, 18, completed his Arsenal medical on Monday and the deal should be finalised before the summer transfer window closes at 11pm.Goal say the teenage striker has signed a four-year deal at the Emirates in a move costing the Gunners around £450,000.The Sweden U19 international will initially link up with Steve Bould’s U23 squad at Arsenal rather than Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad.ADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Skip Ad 1 min. story Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

  • This Brisbane home is a godsend for large families

    first_imgKitchen is old school but with potential. Great spot for teenagers or a man cave.The kitchen opens into a 100sq m under cover, insulated deck which looks out over the pool, the listing said.Downstairs was “not quite regulation height” according to the agency, but there was potential for a teenage retreat, home based business or guest wing.According to CoreLogic records, the current owners paid $825,000 for the property last year. The 100sq m deck that comes off the kitchen. There is an inground swimming pool.“Revealing 4.8m vaulted ceilings as you walk from the foyer through the wide open hallway providing access to three of the four bedrooms upstairs, everything looks oversized, with so much open space that plays host to the generous lounge and dining room, four very large bedrooms, two with air conditioning, a large central bathroom with claw foot bath, vintage pedestal basin and separate shower.” 100 Franklin Street, Annerley Qld 4103IF you’re on the hunt for a bit of divine intervention in your housing search, this may be one to consider: A former church with ceilings up to 15 feet high.The four bedroom, two bathroom, double driveway, two kitchen home at 100 Franklin Street, Annerley, was formerly owned by the Grace Bible Church.The 741sq m Brisbane property has been built to cater for big groups and was being marketed in the high $800,000 mark by agent Darren Cosgrove of Place Annerley.“This former church makes an ideal home for the large or extended family or an ideal investment for the room by room investor,” was how he described it. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThat’s a long way up. Downstairs is “not quite regulation height”.last_img read more