Brazil Combats Drug Trafficking on the Border

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo October 20, 2020 The Brazilian government has increased patrol and surveillance on its border to stop the entry of drugs from neighboring countries.A-29 Super Tucano aircraft intercepted two aircraft carrying more than 1 ton of cocaine on the Brazilian border, on August 2, 2020. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)One of these operations took place on September 1, 2020, when the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) seized 423 kilograms of cocaine inside an aircraft that made a forced landing in the rural region of Cacoal, Rondônia state, near the Bolivian border. According to the Military Police of Rondônia, the aircraft likely departed Bolivia with the drug.Other seized aircraft Two more suspicious aircraft were seized in different areas of the Brazilian border. The PF, with the support of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), seized more than 1 ton of cocaine on August 2, as part of Operation Ostium.During the first operation, authorities intercepted an aircraft carrying 487 kg of cocaine northeast of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul state, on the border with Bolivia.During the second operation, another aircraft was intercepted southeast of Campo Grande with some 700 kg of cocaine on board. According to the PF, which oversees ground interdiction, the regional partnership withThe Brazilian Federal Police seized 423 kg of cocaine inside an aircraft in the rural area of Cacoal, Rondônia state, near the Bolivian border, on September 1, 2020. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)FAB enabled the identification and interception of aircraft used by drug traffickers, resulting in many seizures.Aerospace Operations Command (COMAE, in Portuguese) is the unit that oversees the planning and execution of FAB’s operational missions. FAB General Jeferson Domingues de Freitas, COMAE commander, highlighted the success of the early August interception: “We proved that we can handle multiple interceptions, and the result could not be better. We showed that our Brazilian Aerospace Defense System can launch simultaneous air defense operations wherever needed,” the officer told the Air Force Press Office.Around the clock surveillance According to information from COMAE, since early 2020, a total of 75 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have been activated to identify suspicious aircraft in the region. The E-99 radar aircraft was activated 29 times in the same period for air defense missions, as part of Operation Ostium. “The operations resulted in 39 interceptions with six seizures,” COMAE informed Diálogo.COMAE added that it is possible to activate aircraft from any part of the country. “The response also includes monitoring air traffic to send intelligence or to remotely track suspicious aircraft to collaborate with law enforcement,” it concluded.last_img read more

‘It got dumped in the manure pit’: Owego dairy farmer speaks out on COVID-19 struggles

first_imgThose dollars aren’t just vital for him and his farm operations, but also for business partners. OWEGO (WBNG) — Jim Moore has been involved in dairy farming for most of his life, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, he says his industry and the ones he serves have been affected. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Many restaurants and bars have either closed or moved to solely delivery and pick-up options as part of New York’s fight against COVID-19. “I can’t give up yet,” Moore said. “These banks are going to have to help the farmers out, not just shut the door in your face.” “I’m scared for all the small farms. The restaurant and food industry has slowed down, they take a third of the milk products in this country,” Moore said. “From one month to the month before, I lost $2000. $2000 goes a long way to pay my fuel bill.” But despite the frustration he has at the economy, he’s not ready to quit, but is asking for some help. “The people I do business with count on my money to put product back in their line to sell to me,” Moore said. Moore told 12 News the milk produced from his 80 cows at the Moore-Stream Farm is picked up every other day, but on Sunday, he found it wasn’t going where he thought it was. But Moore says that business for restaurants and the food industry is also key for dairy farmers, and has hit his wallet hard. “The milk truck driver couldn’t look me in the eye because he told me it’s going in a manure pit today,” Moore said, “Didn’t go to a processor, it got dumped in the manure pit.”last_img read more

35 Years After MOVE Bombing That Killed 11, Philadelphia Apologizes

first_img“It was always striking to me that we did this, that our city did this and that no one ever was held accountable,” she added. “I thought that was unconscionable.”- Advertisement – In an op-ed published by The Guardian on May 10, Mr. Goode, the former mayor, called on the city to issue a formal apology for the attack. “I apologize and encourage others do the same,” Mr. Goode wrote. “We will be a better city for it.” MOVE, a group described by members as a “a back-to-nature movement” that would return the United States to Native Americans and do away with all government, was deemed an “authoritarian, violence-threatening cult” by city officials, who said that the group used threats, abuse and intimidation to terrify their neighbors and to bring about confrontation. At the time of the attack, the police were acting to clear the group out of a rowhouse at 6221 Osage Avenue in response to neighbors’ complaints of filthy conditions in the house and nightlong amplified lectures from MOVE members. Ms. Gauthier recalled watching the aftermath of the bombing on television as a child, and said that the neighborhood was only now starting to fully recover from the devastation.“There have been divisions in our city between police and community for decades, and I think if we had done the true work of acknowledging what happened with MOVE and with other acts of police violence, and we had really worked on not only the acknowledgment but building better relationships and working towards reconciliation, we wouldn’t find ourselves in the place we are now,” she said in an interview on Friday. At 6 a.m. on May 13, 1985, the Philadelphia police came under gunfire from people inside the home, which led to a daylong standoff. Throughout the day, the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission later found, the police fired more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition in less than 90 minutes at the rowhouse, which was occupied by men, women and children. Calling the police officers’ actions “clearly excessive and unreasonable,” the commission’s report acknowledged that the police were unable to fully suppress the gunfire coming from the home and that efforts to negotiate with the people inside had been haphazard and fruitless. Ms. Gautier began circulating a draft resolution before the May 13 anniversary of the MOVE attack, but the effort stalled and then was delayed because of coronavirus restrictions. The May 25 killing of George Floyd gave renewed energy to the resolution, she said, and the need to recognize the effects that police killings of Black people have had on the community grew even more with the Oct. 26 killing of Walter Wallace Jr., who was fatally shot by the police during an encounter in the same neighborhood where the MOVE home once stood.In a statement, Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia acknowledged the resolution’s importance. “In an effort to learn from our past and do better by our residents in the future, this annual day of observation is a positive step in the healing process our city desperately needs,” he said. “This year we saw the pain and trauma caused by the MOVE bombing are still alive in West Philadelphia, so I commend Council for taking this step toward healing.”The mayor acknowledged missteps in the city’s attempts to rebuild the neighborhood in the years immediately following the attack, but said a recent public-private partnership had succeeded in reconstructing homes in the affected area.- Advertisement – Police bomb squad members fashioned an improvised bomb out of plastic explosives, and an officer dropped the charge from a helicopter onto the roof of the MOVE rowhouse in an effort to destroy a fortified bunker the group had built there. At 5:27 p.m. the bomb detonated, which started a fire that the police ordered firefighters to let burn. The blaze spread, ultimately destroying 60 other nearby homes.“The plan to bomb the MOVE house was reckless, ill-conceived and hastily approved,” the commission’s report said in 1986. “Dropping a bomb on an occupied rowhouse was unconscionable and should have been rejected out-of-hand.”“The hasty, reckless and irresponsible decision by the police commissioner and the fire commissioner to use the fire as a tactical weapon was unconscionable,” the report added.The deaths of 11 people, six adults and five children, in the police action were classified as “unjustified homicides.”Police Commissioner Gregore J. Sambor, who directed the aerial bombing, resigned in November 1985. A grand jury in 1988 cleared Mayor W. Wilson Goode and other top city officials of criminal liability for death and destruction resulting from the operation. The Philadelphia City Council this week formally apologized for the decision in 1985 to drop an improvised bomb on a rowhouse occupied by the MOVE separatist group, a desperate action that resulted in a fire that killed 11 people and destroyed 61 homes.The resolution, approved on Thursday, marked the first time that the city had formally apologized for the action. The measure, which also calls for an annual day of remembrance on May 13, the anniversary of the bombing, was sponsored by Jamie Gauthier, a city councilwoman who grew up near the West Philadelphia neighborhood where the bombing happened.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Grosvenor branches out with two new joint ventures

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Regional outlook: Midlands still overcast

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Si Juki lands in Spain, explores La Liga in new comic to promote social distancing

first_imgLa Liga is now also considering translating the comic book into English to net a wider readership.“We are thinking to have half the comic version in English and [also] probably in Spanish,” Gallego said. “It is always important to keep innovating. It’s interesting to create this project as it gives us a different perspective. We will keep trying to innovate through new outlets.”Starting as a comic strip on Facebook some nine years ago, Si Juki has appeared in comic books, merchandise, toys, a YouTube animation series, a mobile game app and an animated film.Read also: ‘Si Juki The Movie’: Big budget animation at workThe comic’s author Faza Ibnu, famously known as Faza Meonk, said he did not find any difficulties in creating the new comic book. In 2018, Faza flew to Spain for two weeks to carry out research for Si Juki’s adventure in the land of the matadors.“I put a new character called Hugo in the comic who helped Juki while he was in Spain,” he said. “In the comic, I also included statues resembling those found in Spain.”During his research trip, Faza said he was quite impressed with soccer culture in Spain, as good soccer facilities could easily be found across the country.He also recalled his experience of seeing the Spaniards’ love of soccer, including when soccer matches were about to start, many families flocked to the stadiums.The collaboration between La Liga and Si Juki is also a part of La Liga’s efforts to encourage soccer fans to stay at home and practice social distancing during the pandemic to slow the spread of the virus.As of Monday, the number of COVID-19 infections in Spain had reached 169,496, with 17,489 deaths according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Indonesia, meanwhile, had recorded 4,557 confirmed cases with 399 deaths as of Monday.Read also: La Liga, BOLA promote values of soccer to marginalized children of IndonesiaRodrigo said his organization was adamant about its social commitment in Indonesia through ongoing and past cooperation, such as a project with nonprofit group BOLA to raise awareness about the values of soccer and promote equality for marginalized children in Indonesia.BOLA is a collaboration between Sahabat Anak, a nonprofit organization focusing on marginalized children, and the Kampus Diakoneia Modern (KDM) foundation.With the league postponed as a result of the pandemic, La Liga’s managing director for Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Australia Ivan Codina said the league was working closely with the broadcasters, knowing the distribution of the television rights was their main business.Topics : The league is now setting its eyes on its international fans, including those in Indonesia, following its success in organizing numerous virtual events in Spain during the outbreak, including the online music concert La Liga Santander Fest, which raised more than 1 million euro (US$1.09 million) for alleviating the impact of the pandemic.La Liga said the collaboration with Si Juki was a good tool to interact with fans in Indonesia, which is widely considered a mouthwatering market for world leagues, particularly since La Liga has been postponed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Read also: E-sports provide solace for Indonesian sports fans during COVID-19 quarantine“Si Juki was selected because it is famous, creates exciting content and has a similar passion as us. Through the comics, readers can understand more about La Liga, its teams, culture and gastronomy,” La Liga global network’s representative to Indonesia, Rodrigo Gallego, said recently. It started from a sudden phone-in quiz that was first received by his father Babeh Mamat, Si Juki has now managed to land his feet in Spain, visiting the headquarters of Spanish soccer clubs Real Betis and Real Sociedad and tasting local food bocadillo de calamares (squid sandwich).The adventure of beloved Indonesian comic character Si Juki in Spain is portrayed in the new comic book “Si Juki Jelajah Spanyol bersama LaLiga” (Si Juki exploring Spain with La Liga), which has been available for sale in bookstores across Indonesia since last month. Fans can also buy the digital version of the comic on Google Play.The new comic is a collaboration between Spanish soccer league La Liga and Si Juki’s creator as part of La Liga’s efforts to engage with soccer fans in Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Liverpool celebrate long-awaited title in front of empty Kop

first_imgSadly, because of the pandemic that interrupted Liverpool’s charge to the title, the fans missed out on what would have been a momentous night at Anfield stadium.Merseyside police had issued a 48-hour dispersal order to stop fans gathering in large numbers across the city, as they did when the title was won on June 25 when nearest rivals Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.Many did gather outside, however, letting off flares and fireworks.Despite the sanitized ceremony in the 53,000-seater stadium, Liverpool’s players did their best to fill the void, belting out a rendition of the club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” along with manager Juergen Klopp and his staff. Topics : “If you don’t see that we do it for you I can’t help you,” Klopp said when asked for his message to the fans.”You made us happy, we all should celebrate at home. Prepare for a party and when this virus has gone we will have a party.”Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said the players and fans will “come together to celebrate” when the time is right.”It’s been an amazing season,” Henderson told former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher at pitchside.”It’s been a journey, a process, and every single player has been part of it.”A trophy presentation without fans was always going to feel a little flat, although the real fireworks have been provided over a sensational season by a superb Liverpool side.Liverpool missed out by a point last year to Manchester City despite losing only one game.Although they won the Champions League title last June, the English crown is what the red half of Merseyside has craved for three decades.During that time they have watched arch-rivals Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City dominate the league.The manner in which Liverpool took it back suggests it will not be a one-off.”This won’t be the last one for this team,” former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness said. “This club is geared to be a very successful football club, this is Liverpool back to where they were 30 or 40 years ago.”They will be challenging for this and the Champions League for the next decade.”center_img Liverpool’s players finally got their hands on the Premier League trophy on Wednesday in a muted presentation ceremony in front of an empty Kop after a thrilling 5-3 victory over Chelsea in their last home game of the season.The club’s first English title for 30 years had been sealed almost a month ago with seven games remaining, following a three-month stoppage because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Kenny Dalglish, the last Liverpool manager to deliver the title, presented the medals wearing a red face mask before handing the trophy to captain Jordan Henderson who raised it to the night sky as fireworks and tickertape filled the air.last_img read more

Premier League facing at least £750million bill if season is not completed

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arteta’s diagnosis shifted the Premier League’s attitude towards the coronavirus outbreak (Getty)It was decided that the competition – as well as the Football League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship – would be put on hold until Friday April 3 at the earliest, with England’s upcoming friendlies also cancelled.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveHowever, that date looks increasingly optimistic, with the government set to do a U-turn on their earlier advice and now ban large public gatherings including concerts and sports matches starting from next weekend.It has been suggested that the season could be finished off in the summer – replacing Euro 2020, which is set to be pushed back a year when UEFA meet on Tuesday – or voided entirely, though Liverpool could still be crowned champions.The desire to play out the remaining games – most clubs havenine games left, though four teams have 10 matches left to play – becomes clearwhen the numbers involved are revealed.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAccording to The Times, the Premier League could have to fork out in excess of £750million should they fail to deliver on the full 38-game season, with a cancellation of the season breaching their many broadcasting deals.A source told the newspaper: ‘The commercial reality for the Premier League and UEFA is that if they don’t complete their seasons then they are in breach of their broadcasting contracts. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Mar 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link832Shares FA chairman Greg Clarke does not believe the season can be completed (Picture: Getty)‘You would have broadcasters from all around the worldsaying, “In that case we are not paying for the season.”‘For the Premier League you are talking around £3billionincome a year from overseas and domestic TV rights. There would also befinancial implications if the competitions were squeezed, so fewer matches wereplayed.’The Times also report that FA chairman Greg Clarke, who waspresent at the meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs on Friday, made it clear hedid not believe it would be feasible for the season to be completed.MORE: Marcelo Bielsa refuses to give Leeds players time off amid coronavirus pandemicMORE: World Health Organisation questions UK’s ‘herd immunity’ approach to coronavirusFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus, triggering a shutdown (Picture: Reuters)The Premier League is facing a mammoth bill if the seasoncannot be completed after the decision was made for all professional footballin England to be suspended until at least April due to the coronavirusoutbreak.As recently as Thursday evening, the Premier League wereprepared to go ahead as planned with this weekend’s action as per government guidelines,but the situation changed when Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta tested positivefor Covid-19.Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also returned a positiveresult, with seven clubs affected by coronavirus in some capacity before thePremier League called an emergency meeting on Friday morning. Advertisement Premier League facing at least £750million bill if season is not completedlast_img read more

Roseau City Council to host 2nd annual health clinic

first_img Sharing is caring! 6 Views   no discussions Mayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph (center) along with two members of the Neuroscience Club The Roseau City Council will host its second annual health clinic at the Baracoon building in Roseau this weekend, in its thrust to ensure a city of healthy people.Members of the Neuroscience Club of Ross University School of Medicine will be available to offer a number of services ranging from, blood pressure checks, eye tests, body mass index, cholesterol and blood sugar.At a press conference on Tuesday Mayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph, noted that the information “received” from the health clinic will give an “insight” into the health condition of its people, and based on that information it is the Councils intention to collaborate with the Ministry of health in addressing some of its concerns.One of the objectives of the clinic, he highlighted, is to help persons have a better “count” of their lifestyle. “We have been hearing for a very long time, in reference to young people in particular suffering from hypertension and diabetes, and that to me is a very unhealthy situation for a city that is young, and a city that is willing to ensure that it does what it has to do in ensuring that it has a vibrant city”.Joseph said there are many persons who cannot “afford” to visit a physician and the clinic should not be viewed as one competing with medical practitioners but rather a program which will eventually facilitate in having a ‘healthy” city.Meantime head clinic coordinator of the Neuroscience Club Matthew Erisman explained that the pertinent information on how to help “prevent” and “treat” diseases like diabetes and hypertension and other non-chronic communicable diseases will also be provided at the clinic.Doctors will be on sight to council persons on their results and give nutritional advice.The clinic will be held on Saturday 23rd June, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Roseau City Council to host 2nd annual health clinic by: – June 20, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Paidi Maher braced for Nenagh onslaught

first_imgThe County Intermediate football final takes place tomorrow in New Inn when Clonmel Og will take on Upperchurch Drombane who defeated Mullinahone in the county semi final. The winners will play senior football in 2016.That game gets underway at 3pm. In the opener on Sunday at 1 O Clock Clonakenny will take on Thurles Sarsfields Intermediates for the right to play senior hurling next year. Sarsfields overcame Ballinahinch in the semi final while Clonakenny beat Newport. Thurles Sarsfields are aiming to put back to back titles together but first they will have to beat Nenagh Eire Og in the final.The Thurles side will start as slight favourites but Nenagh have put together a string of fine performances this year and will relish the opportunity to take on the reigning champions.Sarsfields captain Paidi Maher told Tipp FM Sport that these occasions are rare and putting in a performance is what its all about. Sunday’s match throws in at Semple Stadium at 3.15 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in assocation with Horse & Jockey KIA, Thurles. Looking ahead to 2016, the Tipp under 21 hurlers will play the winners of Cork and Limerick in a Munster semi final in 2016. The footballers will be up against Kerry at the quarter final stage.In minor hurling Tipp will play the loser of Cork and Waterford while in football Tipp will play Cork in their first championship game of 2016last_img read more