Uruguay Launches “Gavilán II” to Increase Border Security During Rio 2016 Olympics

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo August 18, 2016 As a part of its security strategy, Uruguay has increased surveillance along its entire border with Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games, which are taking place in the city of Rio de Janeiro. To prevent any incidents from occurring during the international celebration that has attracted thousands of people from all over the world, the Uruguayan Armed Forces have come up with a plan to reinforce their borders. According to Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Frachelle, director of the Uruguayan Army’s Public Relations Department, some 700 personnel from the Uruguayan Army and National Police were deployed at the land border between the two countries. These troops have five mobile ground surveillance radars to increase their control in border areas. “The special security operation known as Gavilán II began on July 28th, and will continue until the closing ceremony of the sports event [August 21st],” said retired Commissioner Mario Layera, director of Uruguay’s National Police. The 1,068 kilometer-long border region between Uruguay and Brazil is a populated region of easy back and forth movement. Similar goals have been imposed during other large-scale events such as the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, both of which also took place in Brazil. Military efforts The main goal is to discourage contraband goods and illegal migration, as well as fighting against drug trafficking and preventing terrorist acts. Preventive measures include dissuading illicit activities and channeling the movement of people and goods through checkpoints staffed by regular authorities at border crossings. A greater presence of security personnel could support binational border-closing operations if required by any security incident that may occur. The largest concentration of Army personnel is at fixed points in Chuy-San Miguel, Aceguá, Rio Branco, Rivera, and Artigas. “We are conducting mobile patrols (motorized and on foot) to complement the radars, mentioned already. Bases for communication were also established at strategic points,” noted Lt. Col. Frachelle. “We cover 23,000 kilometers annually, through patrols and by employing recently-acquired ground surveillance systems such as radars that allow us to measure distance and displacement velocities and detection of vehicles at a distance of 40 kilometers and people at a distance of 12 kilometers,” reported Lt. Col. Frachelle. He stated that between 80 and 100 military troops have been permanently monitoring the Brazilian border since 2012. “If any irregularities are detected, it is communicated to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defense, so they can intervene,” he added. Although the Uruguayan Navy’s means are currently too limited to monitor its vast maritime borders with Brazil, the Uruguayan Coast Guard’s surveillance tasks were increased on its rivers, lakes, and oceanic coasts. In addition, Navy surveillance in blue waters was also increased. According to a Uruguayan Army press release, plans are in place to “redouble surveillance efforts from police stations with Naval Aviation Support Unit and Marine Corps personnel and aircraft. Since it has jurisdiction over 70 percent of the country’s border areas.” “The Navy will send approximately 120 men from the National Navy Prefecture to patrol rivers, lakes, lagoons, and oceanic coasts near the border,” added Lt. Col. Frachelle. In terms of aerial coverage, the Air Force is staying alert with its radars and aerial patrols to collaborate with the forces deployed on land. For its part, the National Police is engaged in a surveillance and monitoring operation on national roads, with personnel from the Republican Guard for support.last_img read more

Monjasa Conducts First VLSFO Supply in Colombia

first_imgDanish bunker company Monjasa completed the first supply of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) in Columbia on October 1.The operation was completed at Cartagena anchorage and included the transfer of a total of 250 mts of VLSFO to the Geogas-owned LPG tanker, the 10,100 dwt Penelope M, according to the company.Going forward, Monjasa expects to have both VLSFO and MGO 0.1% products available in Colombia, where the operation consists of two vessels as well as shore tanks in Cartagena.“We are pleased to see this first VLSFO supply in Colombia taking place well ahead of 1 January 2020,” Rasmus Jacobsen, Managing Director, Monjasa Americas, said.“Now, our eyes are set on introducing low-sulphur fuel on key markets in Panama and in the U.S. as well.”In the Panama Canal, Monjasa has confirmed future local storage of VLSFO and current bunker operations with three vessels, including the recently acquired tanker, Accra, in Balboa. In addition, one tanker is deployed in Cristobal.last_img read more

Dr. Fauci: Coronavirus Vaccine Could only be 50% Effective

first_imgInfectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says the upcoming coronavirus vaccine could possibly wind up being effective only 50% of the time.Fauci – Effective VaccineMore than five million people have now reportedly contracted the virus in the US and killed more than 160,000. The U.S. has reported about a quarter of all infections worldwide.“We don’t know yet what the efficacy might be. We don’t know if it will be 50% or 60%. I’d like it to be 75% or more,” Fauci said in a webinar hosted by Brown University. “But the chances of it being 98% effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach.”Fauci continues to stress the importance of social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks even as Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could produce definitive data in November or December of this year.President Donald Trump is hopeful the country could have a coronavirus vaccine before the Nov. 3 election.last_img read more

Hunger in America Discussed in Red Bank

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – The face of hunger is the face of your neighbor, a family member, of children and seniors.It’s a growing problem that needs to be addressed, those combating the issue want people to realize.“All of us together need to work to end hunger in New Jersey,” Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, told a large crowd gathered at Count Basie Theatre on Monday, Sept. 30, for Soul of Hunger, a daylong forum on the issue of hunger.The event, sponsored by rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, featured panel discussions with Gov. Chris Christie and celebrity chef and restaurateur Tom Collicchio, who has been active with antihunger campaigns, and moderated by NBC’s Willie Geist. The event also featured a group of women who offered their own stories about dealing with food and financial insecurities. Earlier in the day, there was a viewing of A Place at the Table, filmmaker Lori Silverbush’s documentary that explores hunger in the U.S.One-in-6 Americans goes to bed hungry; about 863,642 New Jersey residents receive and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps, to put food on the table. That’s an increase of 50,000 from a year ago. One-in-10 Monmouth County residents are being served by the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, participants noted.“Statistics about hunger are only numbers with the tears wiped away,” said DiChiara, as the panel of women told their stories.Martha, who didn’t give her last name and lives in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, works part-time. She said she was told by case workers that owning a 10-year-old car, valued at $2,000, put her at risk of losing her SNAP benefits and thereby putting her and her children at risk of going hungry.Chris, a 47-year-old single mother of five boys, works as an emergency-department nurse, but is unable to work as much as she would like because of family obligations. She has had to apply for food stamps. “I never thought I would be in the position” with a home in foreclosure, she said.Amelia, a U.S. Army veteran suffering from a seizure condition, has a 6-year-old son diagnosed with kidney disease who is awaiting a transplant. The family is straining to just get by, she said.“I didn’t think it would end this way, that’s for sure,” Amelia said of her life as a military veteran.“Nobody ever thinks they would be in this position,” Chris added, “including me.”Since the 2008 recession and with Super Storm Sandy last year compounding the situation, “it has become personalized” with people struggling and people becoming more aware as they begin to see those they know in this difficult position, Christie told Geist.“It’s not that the programs aren’t available,” the governor said. “It’s people aren’t accessing them,” either unaware of their availability or unwilling for a variety of reasons to seek them out.The best strategy, Christie said, is for public and private sectors to work together on “parallel tracks” to help those in need.Prior to Tuesday’s federal government shutdown, some at the conference suspected that a shutdown would have a real impact on programs such as the U.S. Department of Health’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).“This goes far beyond our knee-jerk, liberal wanting to help each other,” Collicchio said, adding that it is a problem that has economic, educational and societal ramifications and requires federal and state officials to make it a priority.“Food is an apolitical issue,” said Bon Jovi, via a videotaped message, agreeing that government needs to play a more active role and not just expect private sector charities to take the lead. “Food pantries should be a safety net and not a replacement for programs.”Bon Jovi has established his own private program to help feed the hungry. His Soul Foundation and Soul Kitchen, a Monmouth Street nonprofit restaurant where diners offer donations for their meals, supports the operation and antihunger programs.last_img read more

Double the luck! Two more Donegal men scoop Winning Streak prizes

first_imgTwo Donegal men enjoyed big wins last Saturday on Winning Streak – with one spinning the grand prize wheel!At the end of a sensational season for Donegal winners, a sheep farmer living in Donegal but originally from Co. Down spun the Winning Streak wheel and won a total of €76,000, while Letterkenny native Brendan Boyle scooped €36,000 on the same show.John Heaney, who has been living in Carrigans for the past 18 years, won €35,000 on the iconic Winning Streak Grand Prize wheel. Add this to the €38,000 in cash and a holiday to Slovenia, worth €3,000, this brought his winnings from the show up to a total of €76,000.John Heaney from Carrigans, Co. Donegal has won €76,000 and a holiday to Lake Bled in Slovenia on last Saturday’s (25th May 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. The winning ticket was bought from Ton Up Ltd., Milford Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyJohn found out he had a place on Winning Streak two Thursdays ago when a knock came to his door. It was a neighbour asking if it was John who got pulled out for Winning Streak on RTÉ’s Today Show. John put on the TV to see his full name and address was revealed. He was stunned and delighted at the same time as he completely forgot that he had a ticket in.He has lived with partner Rhonda for the past three years in Carrigans. She was there to cheer John on from the RTE audience weekend alongside other friends and family.John was also be supported by his mum Marie, his sister Margaret and three brothers: Tommy, Peter and Shane while his other brother James watched online from his London home. John has Rhonda to thank for his Winning Streak appearance as she was the one who sent his ticket in for him. He has no plans for any winnings just yet but will be sure to enjoy his haul of €76,000!John wasn’t the only lucky Donegal person on the show this week as Letterkenny man, Brendan Boyle, who has been living in Balinteer, Dublin for more than 10 years, won €33,000 in cash on Winning Streak as well as a holiday to Madeira in Portugal worth €3,000.Brendan Boyle from Letterkenny won €36,000 including a holiday to the Island of Madeira, Portugal on last Saturday’s (25th May 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyBrendan didn’t find out about getting drawn to appear on Winning Streak until National Lottery officials contacted him. He went online straight away to watch the draw where Sinead Kennedy pulled his name out, just to be sure. All week Brendan was on cloud nine leading up to his appearance on the show.Brendan has been married to wife Rachel for the past 11 years. The couple have three children: Finn, Fia and Noah. Finn, the eldest, was cheering dad on from the audience while the youngest two were watching from home.Brendan works in graphic design but is also a keen painter in his spare time and gets to exhibit work at various exhibitions occasionally.There was an excited crowd from Donegal cheering him on from the audience on Saturday, which included his parents Paddy and Patricia, two of his siblings Christine and John as well as other members of family and close friends. He has a brother and sister living abroad who watched via the RTE Player. They are Michael, living in Dubai and Anne Marie living in Melbourne, Australia.Brendan has no firm plans for his winnings from the show but says he has a few home improvements that need doing so he will tackle them.This was the final Winning Streak National Lottery game show of the current season. A remarkable number of Donegal winners had unforgettable moments on the show this year.In total, more than €5.3 million was won by Winning Streak players in this season alone. Double the luck! Two more Donegal men scoop Winning Streak prizes was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gameshowlotteryWinning Streaklast_img read more

Aston Villa man insists players will not snub John Terry

first_imgGabby Agbonlahor has told The Sun on Sunday he will definitely shake John Terry’s hand when Aston Villa play Chelsea and believes all players will do the same.The Villa forward was reacting to speculation that some black players may snub the Chelsea captain in the wake of Terry’s clash with Anton Ferdinand.Terry was cleared in court of racially abusing the QPR defender during last October’s west London derby at Loftus Road.“Players like me have to set a good example to kids,” said Agbonlahor.“A lot of kids love their football and watch us all the time — that’s why we have to be good role models. That’s definitely more important than political points-scoring over an opponent“I don’t think there will be players who won’t shake his hand. I think they’ll all do it. When thousands and thousands are watching, you’re not going to refuse someone’s hand easily.”Meanwhile, Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and believe they can land the Belgium star before the start of the season, according to The People.Dembele has been consistently linked with a move from Craven Cottage. It is claimed that Fulham will demand at least £15m for him.The People also suggest Whites boss Martin Jol is keen on Marseille’s Alou Diarra, 31, but only if he can sign the France midfielder on a free transfer.The Sun say Fulham have clinched the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan from Chelsea.The People say Portsmouth want midfielder Shaun Derry from QPR and that the R’s are planning a £6m bid for Celtic’s Korean star Ki Sung-Yeung as well as competing with Liverpool for the signing of Barcelona’s Spain Under-19 striker Gerard Deulofeu.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Maple to the Rescue

first_imgThe SWAT team surrounds the compound.  An officer tosses a maple seed into an open window and checks the readout on his computer.  The team bursts in and, surprising the terrorists, rescues the hostages safely.This scenario may become a reality, thanks to a new flying robot called Samarai, fashioned after the winged “samara” shape of the maple seed.  A high-energy video clip at Live Science tells the story of a tiny drone developed by Lockheed Martin for the military.  Engineers analyzed the shape of the seed’s wing and studied its flight dynamics.  Then they outfitted a plastic replica with a motor and a camera to create their miniature surveillance tool.Like a maple seed, Samarai has the advantage of very stable flight.  It can be launched from the floor, by a flick of the wrist, or from an elevated platform.  A remote control allows the operator to make it rise or turn in an any direction, or hover indefinitely.  (See “Introducing the Maple Copter,” 10/21/2009.)One problem was how to produce images on a spinning camera.  The team developed software that can take out the blur and stitch together the frames into a normal wide-angle motion picture, providing a stable 360° image.  This would allow our imaginary SWAT team to see inside the building to pinpoint the location of the terrorists and hostages.  The military would love to have these on the battlefield for reconnaissance.  Some day Samarias could be standard equipment for law enforcement, search and rescue, and other applications – thanks to the common, humble, ordinary maple seed.If it ever comes to the day when government snoops on citizens this way, be sure to have a strong fly swatter handy.  More likely, this will be one of the coolest toys for Christmas sometime.  Lawyers will undoubtedly find new opportunities to go after people spying on their neighbors.  Wise parents, though, will take their kids into the forest with their toy, let them enjoy it for awhile, then show them that the Creator designed it first.  The Creator even devised a way to stabilize an image from a moving platform (see 11/10/2006, 4/12/2005). (Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

If You Think Learning Is Difficult

first_imgMost salespeople never read a single book on sales. Most business people don’t read books on business either, with the exception of enlightened leaders who are future-oriented and recognize the great power in reading. Over 33 percent of people never read a book again after completing high school.Worse, neither salespeople nor businesspeople take courses that help them to develop personally and professionally. A lot of people attend webinars, but that’s usually a narrowly-focused answer to a question or two, not a real development plan.Information is not power. It’s potential power. As the rate of knowledge increases, we are all being left woefully behind. There may not be a way to keep pace, but you must try not to let the gap grow so big as to make you irrelevant. Then, you must do something with what you learn.Learning is the key to growth. New knowledge can create new opportunities. What could you learn now that would enable you to create a better outcome in some area of your life? What could you learn that would allow you take your career to the next level—or maybe even start a new one?Learning is the key to a greater vision. It’s impossible to understate the value of vision. Until you learn what is possible, your vision will always be too small. New insights and new possibilities translate to new ideas, and even new businesses. Knowledge enables a bigger vision.Learning is the key to strategy. The difficult work in sales or in business is strategy. Strategy requires that you think, that you consider scenarios, that you explore different possibilities. But potential strategies and scenarios will evade you if you aren’t taking in new knowledge and making new connections.The price of not learning is high. Very high. Very, very, very high.The failure to learn will cause you to stagnate, doing what you’ve always done, and getting the same old results you’ve always gotten.Refusing to spend time learning cuts you off from a greater vision. How can you see when you keep your eyes, ears, and mind closed to new ideas, new discoveries, and new knowledge?Effective strategies require context. The strategist has to look outside to discover what is known, what is new, and what is relevant. They need to understand the current environment in which they compete, as well as how their competitors are responding.Learning takes time. It takes effort and energy. Some forms of learning require money, and in some cases, a lot of money. It sounds difficult.If you believe that learning is difficult, contrast that with how difficult is to succeed in a world where changes are faster, more frequently, and more disruptive.last_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Clay Travis Region

first_imgThe 64 Most Annoying People in sports media bracket.The 2016 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled Sunday night, meaning that for the next three days, college basketball fans will be spending their time filling out brackets. We here at College Spun have a different kind of challenge for you, however. We want you to help us determine the most annoying person in sports media. We’ve gone ahead and nominated 64 different candidates.A few of the nominees – like Barstool Sports, Saturday Down South and SB Nation – are actually entities, rather than people. But you get the gist. We’ve also put ourselves on here, just in case you think that we’re actually the most annoying.Let’s get started. You can vote on the Clay Travis region below:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports MediaThe 64 Most AnnoyingVote On The Clay Travis Region Below1. Clay Travis vs. 16. Jim RomeClay TravisRome isn’t burning anymore, but Clay’s hot takes do enough melting for this entire field. More Annoying: Clay Travis vs. Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 15. Jim NantzDicky VImpossible to fall asleep when Vitale is on the broadcast. Impossible not to when it’s Nantz. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Jim Nantz?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 14. Ron JaworskiGottliebSyracuse fans, among others, can’t stand Gottlieb. Jaws’ shtick is played out too. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or Ron Jaworski?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 13. Chris ChaseKeith Olbermann Chris ChaseOlbermann can’t figure out how to play nice in the sandbox. Chase is infamous for going against the grain.  More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Chris Chase?5. Erin Andrews vs. 12. Lee Corsoerin andrewsSome think Andrews looks annoyed all the time. Some don’t like Corso’s shenanigans each Saturday. More Annoying: Erin Andrews or Lee Corso?6. Kirk Herbstreit vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaKirk HerbstreitHerbstreit gets it from basically every fan base, regardless of which teams he picks. Spencer Hall, Ryan Nanni, Jason Kirk and Rodger Sherman are basically all the same person. More Annoying: Kirk Herbstreit or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?7. Max Kellerman vs. 10. Barstool Sports GuysKellerman BarstoolWe’re still not sure how Kellerman weaseled his way back onto ESPN. And you either love or hate Barstool. More Annoying: Max Kellerman or Barstool Sports?8. Rick Reilly vs. 9. Todd McShayRick ReillyReilly had it first on Twitter, we’re told. McShay’s back-and-forth with Kiper could be its own category. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Todd McShay?Vote On The Stephen A. Smith Region Here >>>last_img read more