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Brazilian Army Fights Crime along the Border

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first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo November 21, 2016 Nearly 1,000 Brazilian Army service members made their presence known along the border between the state of Roraima, in northern Brazil, and Venezuela and Guyana, from October 14th to 25th. The deployment was part of the seventh iteration of Operation Curare. The service members spread out across nearly 1,922 kilometers of the border to fight transborder crimes and environmental violations, focusing on law enforcement and preventive measures. The final tally from the operation included 4,243 inspections of vehicles on the roads of Roraima and 382 stops and frisking of pedestrians and cyclists, in addition to eight ground patrols and nine air patrols. The operation culminated in the seizure of drugs, weapons, a truck full of timber, and vehicles. One man was arrested for unlawful mining and 21 illegal immigrants were identified and deported. The operation was particularly successful in the environmental arena. In the Yanomami Indigenous Area, which comprises the majority of the state of Roraima’s border line, 18 ferries, eight engines, and six power generators being used for illegal mining were destroyed, in addition to the seizure of 123 grams of gold. “Our objectives were fully achieved in this operation not just in terms of the numbers, which demonstrated a drop in crimes in the state capital, but also due to the intangible results of conveying a sense of safety throughout the border region,” stated Major Rodrigo Luiz Soares Evangelista, a social communication officer in the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade, also known as the Lobo D’Almada Brigade. Operation Curare The 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade is responsible for coordinating Operation Curare, which involves partnering with various governmental and non-governmental agencies. “We are called an interagency operation because we invite interested agencies to participate in our mission, collaborating within their specialties or even making demands to be added to the operation,” Maj. Rodrigo Luiz explained. Twenty partner organizations participated in the seventh edition of Operation Curare in Roraima, including the Federal Highway Police – in charge of policing the roads – and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, in charge of protecting the environment. “Interagency work is extremely productive because the results are amplified when each agency completes its mission within its own specialty,” Maj. Rodrigo Luiz added. Providing healthcare and social services The service members came from all the units in Boa Vista, capital of Roraima, and the 1st Jungle Infantry Battalion of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. In order to handle all the activities across such a large area, two helicopters and 10 boats were used, in addition to ground transport vehicles. While most of the service members worked on defense and security missions, others were deployed to civic and social actions. Health services were provided to 16 of the region’s communities. At the end of the 12-day operation, doctors had made 579 medical visits, 801 dental visits, and 1,383 preventive-care visits. They also provided explanations about basic health care and filled 1,593 prescriptions. “The main health complaints of this population are gynecological, pediatric, and ophthalmological,” reported Lieutenant Colonel Alessandro Lima Marques, a logistics officer in the Lobo D’Almada Brigade. Leveraging the physical structure of primary care units and hospitals, treatment was provided in partnership with healthcare agents from the state of Roraima, according to Lt. Col. Alessandro. “The communities in these areas are lacking in many services. In those that are hardest to reach, where there isn’t any infrastructure, we set up shelters to be able to make care possible.” Besides healthcare, service members helped build and restore bridges and roads in the indigenous communities. The work was done by men from the 6th Construction Engineering Battalion. 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade According to information on its website, the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade’s mission is to “protect the Brazilian State, first and foremost in Roraima, in particular along the border, and to contribute to regional development, as provided for by law.” Operations Curare and Curaretinga are among the main actions completed by the brigade with this objective, the latter on a smaller scale. They were created shortly after Supplementary Law 136/2010 was passed to amend an older law that established the Armed Forces’ involvement “through preventive measures and law enforcement along the land borders, at sea, and in the inland waters, regardless of possession, ownership, purpose, or any burden that might apply thereto, against transborder and environmental crimes, individually or in coordination with other executive branch agencies,” as a subsidiary function. Transborder crimes are those that spill over the territorial limits of a single country. Aware of the importance of addressing this problem, in 2010, the Brazilian government launched the Strategic Border Plan, which combines actions aimed at strengthening the prevention, control, oversight, and policing of transborder crimes through the integrated operation of public safety agencies, the Federal Treasury Department, and the Armed Forces. Operation Ágata, the most comprehensive of the border operations undertaken by the Armed Forces, is one of the main outcomes of the Strategic Border Plan, and Operation Curare has followed its standards.last_img read more

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CDC, CSTE release online H5N1 readiness course

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first_imgMay 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) today released a 3-day online course to teach state and local public health officials how to respond to human cases of H5N1 avian influenza.The course, titled “CDC/CSTE Rapid Response Training: The Role of Public Health in a Multi-Agency Response to Avian Influenza in the United States,” is available on the CSTE Web site. It consists of six modules that cover surveillance, case management, personal protective equipment, poultry farm investigation, management and public health action, and laboratory issues. The downloadable materials include lectures, presentations, case studies, tabletop exercises, and other items.Jennifer Lemmings, deputy director of programs for the CSTE, told CIDRAP News the materials are freely available to individuals or groups and are designed to meet the multidisciplinary needs of a wide range of public health professionals. Though the course is intended to provide 3 days of group instruction, the modules can be shortened or modified to meet the needs of different public health workers.The online course was developed from courses that the CDC and CSTE conducted early this year in Washington, DC, Denver, and Atlanta. A key component of the training is coordination between veterinary and human public health agencies at all governmental levels, the CDC said in a press release today.”The unique aspect of the training is that it brings together human and animal health professionals, who would work together as part of a multidisciplinary response to an avian influenza threat,” said Joshua Mott, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s influenza division who led the course development. “Importantly, this training also teaches public health response skills that are applicable to other emerging diseases.”The CDC and CSTE developed the online curriculum with educators at the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. Support for the regional courses and the online adaptation came from a $2 million grant from the CDC.No human or avian infections with the lethal strain of H5N1 have been reported in North America. Birds in 58 countries have tested positive for the virus, while 12 countries have reported human H5N1 cases.See also:May 15 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2007/r070515.htmlast_img read more

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Indianapolis 500 moved to August 23 due to coronavirus

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first_imgTopics : The 104th Indianapolis 500 was moved from May 24 to August 23 on Thursday by IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.It will mark the first time the US classic on the famed 2 1/2-mile (4km) oval will be staged outside of May since its 1911 debut, with Frenchman Simon Pagenaud looking to defend his title.Organizers also moved the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which had been scheduled for May 9 on the road course at the Speedway, to July 4 — the American Independence Day holiday — as part of a revamped IndyCar season schedule. “The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” series and speedway owner Roger Penske said.”However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing.”I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”The Indy 500 will begin with practice sessions August 12-14 and qualifying on August 15-16 with a final practice session on August 21. ‘Expected finale TBD’Moving the Indy 500 required shifting two other races on a 2020 IndyCar schedule now shrunk from 17 to 14 races with Alabama, Long Beach and Austin, Texas, events cancelled due to the pandemic.To accommodate the Indy 500 shift, an August 16 race at Mid-Ohio was moved to August 9 and the Gateway 500 near St. Louis will be contested August 30, eight days later than originally planned.The season is now set to open with two Dual in Detroit street races May 30-31 as planned followed by races at Texas, Road America and Richmond before the Indy Grand Prix and races as scheduled in Toronto and Iowa.After the revamped August run, IndyCar concludes with events at Portland and Laguna Seca but IndyCar listed an “expected finale TBD” 14th race on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The Florida street race was to have been the season opener on March 15 before being called off. “This August, we’ll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19,” Penske Entertainment president Mark Miles said.”We’re grateful for the patience of our fans as we’ve navigated this situation.”The Indy Grand Prix will open an unprecedented double-header featuring the first Indy road course race for NASCAR, the closed-cockpit stock car series that is the most popular form of US auto racing.”For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan,” speedway president J. Douglas Boles said.”We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action.”Enhanced coronavirus safety measures will be used at the speedway, including more hand sanitizer stations, less hand-to-hand contact between fans and concession staff, more frequent facility cleaning and cleaning products that meet health expert standards for coronavirus disinfectants.last_img read more

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Nordic insurer tenders Asia ex Japan small-cap mandate using IPE Quest

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first_imgAn insurance company from the Nordic region is looking for an asset manager to take on a $100m (€89m) mandate to invest in small-cap equities in Asia excluding Japan.According to a search on IPE Quest, the insurer will only accept strategies offered as a pooled vehicle.The fund must be UCITS-compliant and registered in Luxembourg or Ireland.The preferred benchmark for the US dollar-denominated mandate is the MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Small Cap Net index, with assets being managed actively. Firms responding should have at least $1bn under management in total, and a minimum of $250m for this asset class.Tracking error should be kept between 3% and 10%.Firms responding should state performance to 31 March and supply data gross of fees.They should have a track record of at least three years, though track records of five years are preferable, according to the search.The closing date is 25 May at 5pm GMT, with a shortlist to be selected on 1 June.The deadline for submissions of RFPs has been set at 15 June, with the final selection being made by the board on 15 September.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Swimmers Victorious Over Rebels

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first_imgBHS Swimming at SW Hanover.Girls almost score maximum points possible (140) by sweeping top 3 places in 10 of 11 events.Girls Score:BHS 139SW Hanover 30Girls are 17-4 on the season.Boys Score:BHS 102SW Hanover 66Boys are 10-7 on the season.Batesville Event Winners Girls: Hannah Cox (IM), Ashley Daulton (500 Free), Taylor Villani (100 Fly/100 Breast), Emily Gutzwiller (50 Free, 100 Back), and Elizabeth Weiler (200 Free/100 Free).Batesville Event Winners Boys: Grant Greene (100 Breast), Nathan Hall (50 Free), Kegan Main (100 Fly), Elliot Main (100 Free/200 Free), and Evan Miller (200 IM, 500 Free).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach . J. Greene.last_img

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Baseball All-Star Game

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first_imgAs you have seen in some of my past blogs, I really have no interest in All-Star games.  Baseball is no exception.  I do not agree with the premise that the winning league gets home field advantage in the World Series this fall.  The team with the best record in baseball should get the home field advantage because they earned it on the field.I also do not agree with how the All-Stars are chosen.  I want to see the All-Stars for this year–not a team picked by which city voted the most on their computers.  I will probably start watching the All-Star game tonight, but at 9 p.m. I will turn to TNT and watch Rizzoli & Isles  By 9 p.m. I am already bored with the All-Star game.last_img

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Uhuru: We’re making steady progress towards a better Kenya

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first_imgThe President spoke when he presided over the official opening of the Ksh 8 billion Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH) in Kiambu County.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The new referral hospital is a level six health facility whose completion will help boost the country’s push towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), one of the government’s Big 4 development agenda.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981The President observed that the ultra-modern 650-bed capacity hospital, including a 76-bed oncology centre and a 20-bed renal unit, is at par with leading hospitals in the world.“With this oncology centre, which is one of its kind in the region, the hospital is able to provide early diagnosis and possible management options of cancer and renal diseases.  I am informed this will greatly reduce costs and significantly boost recovery rates of our (cancer) patients,” he said.The renal unit has been equipped with ultra-modern dialysis machines and a water treatment system through a partnership between KUTRRH and Angelica Medical, a local medical equipment supplier.Besides being a regional centre of excellence in kidney health, the renal unit will provide advanced nephrology nursing training for medical professionals to be deployed across the country.As a step towards the achievement of UHC, the Head of State said the government has established a mentorship program through which level six hospitals are helping to upgrade delivery of critical services in level five health facilities.Also Read  2/3rd gender headache: Maraga calls for dissolution of ParliamentHe said the strategy has seen Kenyatta National Hospital establish an annex at Othaya Hospital in Nyeri, and commended Kiambu Governor James Nyoro for signing an agreement between Gatundu Level 5 hospital and KUTRRH for a similar arrangement.“This will lead to the upgrading of referral and training services at the Gatundu Hospital as well as facilitating the gradual upgrading of Gatundu Hospital to level 6 status,” the President said.Besides opening of KUTRRH, the President, who made an extensive guided tour of the hospital complex commissioned the construction of an Integrated Molecular Imaging Centre (IMIC) which when complete, will be the first ever comprehensive public cancer centre in the region.The President also laid a foundation stone for the hospital’s hospitality centre which will cater for the accommodation and hospitality needs of patients and their families.Also Read  Let’s work together for the unity and progress of our country, Uhuru“I believe with the impressive equipment, infrastructure, broad service range and highly trained staff; I foresee the KU Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital becoming a leader not just in this country but in our region and also the continent,” he said.The President, who witnessed the signing of two partnership agreements between KUTRRH and Gatundu Hospital, and another with the University of Manchester and UK’s Christie NHS Foundation Trust, observed that the new hospital’s advanced equipment and quality service will help position Kenya as a medical tourism destination.Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and KUTRRH Chairperson Prof Olive Mugenda also spoke at the event attended by Kiambu Governor James Nyoro, Cabinet Secretaries Joe Mucheru (ICT), Prof Margaret Kobia (Public Service), and Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua among other senior state officials. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said the country is making steady progress towards achieving the dream of a prosperous, equitable and happy society.The President urged Kenyans to remain focused on the country’s transformation agenda saying he will continue working towards a better quality of life for all.“This morning, as I boarded my car to come to this function, I made a silent prayer of thanksgiving.  I made this prayer well aware that whereas we still have some ground to cover, we are, nonetheless, making steady progress towards our dream of a prosperous, equitable and happy society,” he said.last_img read more

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Arteta: We’ll be ready for City

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first_imgMidfielder Mikel Arteta cannot understand Arsenal’s hectic schedule – but maintains the players will be out to make a “big statement” with victory at Manchester City in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. “The mood will be fine, but the recovery time is very tight,” said the Spaniard. “I don’t understand why we play Sunday afternoon, then in Naples on Wednesday, getting back to London at four o’clock in the morning (on Thursday) and then we are going to play again on Saturday morning in Manchester. “However, there is not much we can do, so we just have to prepare well and be ready for it because they will be ready for us as they rested several players for their European game on Tuesday night. “However, there can be no excuses, we have to be ready, we want to win there and have to be prepared. “We know it can be a big statement if we get a good result there, so that is what we want.” Arsenal needed only a point against Napoli to be sure of top spot in Group F and with it seeding for the knockout stage. However, after their loss at the Stadio San Paulo – where midfielder Arteta was sent off in the second half – coupled with a late winner for Dortmund in Marseille, Wenger’s men are now likely to face one of Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona when the draw is made on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland. Arteta, though, feels Arsenal will present testing opposition for any of the seeded sides. Arsene Wenger’s squad have little recovery time following their midweek Champions League 2-0 defeat away to Napoli as they try to get themselves up for the challenge which awaits at the Etihad Stadium. Arteta, though, is confident the squad will be ready as they look to extend their five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League before then tackling another of their title rivals when Chelsea are at the Emirates Stadium on December 23. “You are looking at the top teams who have won their group, so it is tough, but let’s see what happens,” he said. “I am sure, though, that they will not be happy to play against us as well. “On our day, we have shown that we can compete with any team in Europe, but you are making it tougher for yourself (by finishing second). “However, if someone had said before that you are going to be through, we would be happy with that, but with the position we were in, we wanted to finish first. “Now we know we will face some really difficult opposition in the next round so it is disappointing to lose the game, but at least we are through and can take some positives because it was a really tough group.” Arteta labelled his sending off at the Stadio Sao Paulo – where he was shown two yellow cards in the second half by Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai – as a “joke”. He said: “With the second one, he is on the floor before I got there, so I am very disappointed. “They made 20 fouls in the first half, and then I made two in the whole game. “I thought it was very harsh and unfair.” England forward Theo Walcott could be in contention to start against City, while full-back Bacary Sagna may also be fit following his hamstring problem. German forward Lukas Podolski, meanwhile, stayed in London this week to step up his rehabilitation after a torn hamstring sidelined him since the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce in late August. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Landlord charged with murder after fatally shooting tenant he was trying to evict

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first_imgJensen has been charged with second-degree murder and remains in police custody without bond. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 57-year-old who reportedly shot and killed a tenant he was trying to evict from a home he was renting out.The incident occurred Friday in Ocala, Florida.Authorities said they received several phone calls throughout the day as the landlord Stanley Jensen attempted to remove the tenant, 49-year-old tenant Marc Bruss.When officials arrived on the scene, they explained the eviction process to Jensen and advised him to leave the property and to not to return.Around 8:30 pm officials reported that they were called to the area once more due to the report of gunfire. When they arrived to the scene, they found that Bruss dead inside of the home and Jensen nearby.last_img read more

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Kwakwani in must win game against Jets tonight

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first_imgNEWCOMERS Kwakwani are in a must win situation this evening if they hope to reach the final four of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) / Hamid Foundation Under 23 championship,when they face Amelia’s Ward Jets from 18.30hrs sharp at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.Nothing but a win can guarantee the Kwakwani side reaching the semifinals since they will give way to Bankers Trust Falcons should they lose as the other team with the jets to come out of their group.The Kwakwani side has found itself in this position because they forfeited one game they won after it was discovered that they played with an ineligible player in their opening game which they had won.This decision was taken after that game and therefore Falcons,who have four points from one win and two losses after three round of matches, will move on should Kwakwani lose and finish on three points from a win and a loss with the other being forfeited.Should Kwawkani win they will have four points along withFalcons,but having defeated the Falcons in their head-to- head clash,they will go through as the number two team with the jets as number one in Group B.Jets then will top the group play to face Raiders, as they currently are on four points from two wins, and a loss will give them five points.This game is of great importance therefore in deciding the match-ups in the semifinals as the top team in Group B from this clash will play the second placed team in Group A,which is Retrieve Raiders while unbeaten Half Mile Bulls topped group A with six points from three wins while Raiders ended on five from two wins and a loss.The second game between Block 22 Flames and Christianburg Pistons is of academic interest as neither can reach the semifinals of this competition.The game starts at 20.30hrs.(Joe Chapman)last_img read more

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