By Dialogo May 13, 2011 On 11 May, the Colombian government announced the arrest, on the Caribbean island of Aruba, of Gustavo Álvarez (alias ‘Tavo’), the second-in-command of a gang of hitmen working for drug traffickers and led by Maximiliano Bonilla (alias ‘Valenciano’). In a statement, President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated the police, the Aruban authorities, and the U.S. ICE and DEA “for the coordinated work that enabled the arrest” of Álvarez. According to the document, the arrest of alias ‘Tavo,’ sought for extradition by the United States, “constitutes a strategic blow” against the drug-trafficking organization. Hours earlier, Alonso Salazar, mayor of the city of Medellín (400 km northwest of Bogotá), where the criminal organization has its base of operations, had affirmed on his Twitter account that the Curaçao authorities had arrested Bonilla. According to the President’s office, the director of the police himself, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, went to Aruba, accompanied by a high-level police commission, to directly coordinate the development of the operation in which Álvarez was arrested.
By Lorena Baires / Diálogo June 07, 2017 Central American Humanitarian Rescue Units (UHR, per its Spanish acronym) certified teams in specialized aquatic rescue equipment and humanitarian aid. Thousands of communities situated in flood-prone areas raise the alarm every year before the arrival of winter. The certification took place within the framework of the “Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid Course I,” taught April 25th–May 19th at the Regional Humanitarian Aid Training Center of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CARAH-CFAC, per its Spanish acronym), located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The winter season always challenges the region’s armed forces to heed the population’s call to deploy their resources to save human life and evacuate individuals from rain-damaged homes, farms, and workplaces. “These officers are now prepared to pass on their newfound knowledge in their countries and to react quickly to emergencies. In Central America, the chance of a flood or landslide is always imminent,” Honduran Army Colonel José Luis Mendieta, director of CARAH-CFAC in Tegucigalpa, told Diálogo during the certificate ceremony. For four weeks military members were immersed in intensive classes in first aid, aquatic rescue in enclosed spaces and open water, as well as supply delivery, damage evaluation, and needs analysis. For Salvadoran Army Captain Jorge Alfaro, interim commander of the Salvadoran UHR, these new skills are invaluable in a country where almost two million people live in places affected by winter weather. “We are bringing new skills related to aquatic rescue, not only in enclosed spaces but also in open water, which will definitely allow us to provide better assistance during floods or other emergencies. Our people trust our soldiers, and for that reason, we train constantly as a way of returning that trust,” he told Diálogo. The Salvadoran Secretariat for Security Issues and the General Directorate for Civilian Protection confirmed that over one million Salvadorans live in areas at risk for landslides and that the majority of the country’s population lives in flood-prone areas. In Guatemala’s case, residents of seven departments were put at risk of flash floods, downed trees, and property damage by rain and strong winds in early May. “The knowledge acquired by the officers will help them to better serve the victims of floods, landslides, overflowing rivers, and other phenomena [such as volcanic eruptions]. Also, what we learned will help with prevention and mitigation of disasters during the winter season,” Guatemalan Army Colonel Miguel Ángel Orozco, commander of the Guatemalan UHR, stressed to Diálogo at the close of the workshop. Additionally, the Guatemalan UHR has already planned a local training so course participants will be able to put what they have learned into practice. High-performance center CARAH-CFAC motivates, prepares, trains, and educates the UHR personnel of the CFAC member countries to form specialized aid units to provide support during natural disasters and other emergencies. Since it began operations on January 14, 2014, this specialized center has trained more than 200 officers in various rescue and humanitarian aid themes. During the April workshop, 26 men and women from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras were trained. “Top quality human resources, plans, and knowledge are provided by CARAH-CFAC in Honduras for humanitarian aid during natural or manmade disasters. We are raising the level of professionalism with respect to the protection of human life and the pursuit of sustainable development in the region,” Col. Mendieta added. The second phase, “Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid Course II,” will be taught in July. The course will expand on applied knowledge and experience in topics such as aquatic rescue, first aid, needs analysis, and damage evaluation. Honduras currently serves as president of the CFAC Superior Council, and through these types of activities is fulfilling its mission to increase the operational capability of all the nations in the region.
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Dongfang Electric Machinery has developed China’s first 10MW direct drive permanent magnet generator for offshore wind turbines.Source: Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC)The new generator has recently passed its acceptance tests and has secured a design certificate.It is by far the largest generator produced in China in terms of the capacity and the rotor diameter, the developer said.The generator will be sent to Fujian and installed on the Xinghua Bay offshore wind farm.
High taxes could drive up marijuana prices and bolster the black market in California, analysis saysSeptember 27, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.
Washington Post 30 October 2017Family First Comment: They argue that legalisation of dope will get rid of the gangs and the black market.Think again!Taxes raise the price. Drug users want it cheap.www.SayNopeToDope.nzHigh taxes on legal marijuana in California could have the potential to turn many consumers away from the state’s cannabis shops and toward the black market, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.The credit rating agency estimates state and local taxes on marijuana, which will become legal in California on Jan. 1., could be as high as 45 percent in some cases. It would trail only Washington state, which levies a 50 percent tax on marijuana.“The existing black market for cannabis may prove a formidable competitor to legal markets if new taxes lead to higher prices than available from illicit sources,” the report says.Recreational marijuana will be taxed on both the state and local level, contributing to the potential for high rates. California will impose a 15 percent excise tax, as well as cultivation taxes. Municipalities will also levy sales tax and a business tax, which could be anywhere from 1 to 20 percent, on gross receipts. Business taxes on recreational marijuana have been approved by voters in 61 California cities and counties, according to the report.These high tax rates have the potential to drive customers toward the black market. The state is the nation’s epicenter of marijuana growing and has long provided black market pot. The report states that Colorado, Oregon and Washington all reduced tax rates after the commencement of legalization to shift customers back toward the legal market.California will implement a statewide framework for marijuana legalization, but each municipality must decide whether it wants to house marijuana businesses and, if so, map out its own regulations and tax structure. This may lead to a playing field that is not level in terms of tax revenue. Some cities like Adelanto, about 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, are using the cultivation of marijuana as an economic development strategy. In Monterey County in northern California, the local government is encouraging cannabis growers to use its vacant greenhouses.READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/10/30/high-taxes-could-drive-up-marijuana-prices-and-bolster-the-black-market-in-california-analysis-says/?utm_term=.7c62eaf7cf5a
Share 29 Views no discussions Dr. Vaughn Lewis. Image via: madisonwhoswho.comDr Vaughan Lewis, Professor Emeritus, Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus, will share his perspectives on “CARICOM and the Caribbean in a Changing International Order” when he presents the 16th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium at the ECCB Headquarters on 2 November.During the period 1964 – 1982, Professor Lewis served at various tertiary academic institutions in the United Kingdom and at the University of the West Indies. He was appointed the founding Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in July 1982 and worked at that organisation until 1995.Dr Lewis, a native of Saint Lucia, was elected as a Member of the House of Assembly of the Parliament of Saint Lucia in April 1996, and served as the Prime Minister until May 1997. He has also published widely on regional integration, the behaviour of small states in the international political economy, relations between the major powers and developing states and relations between the Caribbean and Latin America.-more-Since 1996, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has been hosting the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture series in honour of the memory of Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Laureate in Economics, who made a significant contribution to Caribbean regional integration.Following the lecture, the ECCB will present the 3rd Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Book Award to the Dominica State College. The award, which is valued at $2,700, is presented annually in alphabetical order to a selected college in each member country of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.Press Release Tweet Share Share NewsRegional ECCB Hosts 16th Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture by: – October 27, 2011 Sharing is caring!
UPDATE: The Versailles Police Department has posted a video of a suspect in the investigation.VERSAILLES, Ind. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents and business owners to be aware of counterfeit money that is circulating in the area.Businesses in the Versailles area have been affected by this scam, which police say involves someone trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills.The Sheriff’s Department is asking if anyone has information to contact them at 689-5555 or 689-5558.
Batesville, In. — The latest report from the analysts at WalletHub would suggest the tri-state area is not all that “green.”Researchers looked at all 50 states and compared them with 27 key metrics to make the rankings. Ohio led the area at #35, Indiana was next 40 and Kentucky was determined to be the 48th least green state in the country.A link to the full study is here.
Former Liverpool winger John Barnes has branded talk of Luis Suarez never playing for the Reds again as “ridiculous” after the Uruguay forward’s bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. There have since been calls from some quarters for the Anfield club to sack the star striker, who was last week shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, but Barnes believes that would be a step too far. The former England international told BBC Radio Five: “He has to suffer the consequences of his actions – that’s all he has to do. I’ve heard talk about him not playing for Liverpool again, which I think is ridiculous. I’ve heard talk about him bringing the good name of Liverpool down, which is also ridiculous – he’s brought his own good name down.” Suarez apologised first via his Twitter account and then through a statement issued on the club’s official website for the incident, which happened before he scored a dramatic equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time to make the final score 2-2 at Anfield. The club also issued an “unreserved apology”, saying the 26-year-old’s behaviour was “not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt”. Barnes added: “If you’re saying because of what he’s done he should never play for Liverpool again, who should he play for? “Whoever signs him, it’s going to reflect badly that they sign a player who Liverpool deem from a moral perspective not good enough. “So Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona… they can sign him? But we can’t have him? If you’re questioning his moral character, what you’re actually saying is that if he can’t play for Liverpool he can’t play for anyone, which is ridiculous. “The reflection on Liverpool is their response to the actions and their response is right. The response from (managing director) Ian Ayre and the club is ‘it’s completely unacceptable and we will not accept it’.” The player looks set to face a lengthy ban for the incident, with Barnes saying Liverpool should wait until the Football Association has dealt with the matter before possibly dishing out their own sanctions. Press Association
“To win the Champions League, you need five or six world-class players,” he told several national newspapers. “Look at Bayern Munich, they have it. Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past and Real Madrid, who have maybe got it now. That’s the level you have to be at to win it. We’ve not got that yet but what we have got is experience.” The Red Devils began their Champions League campaign with a 4-2 home win over Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month and face a difficult assignment away to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. They have not enjoyed great success in either of their previous two European campaigns under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, going out at the group stage in 2012 and losing in the last 16 to Real Madrid last season. Domestically, United’s start to the campaign is their worst since the 1989-90 season – one which ended with Ferguson’s first silverware as the club won the FA Cup. The defeat to West Brom was their first home loss to the Baggies since 1978. Manchester United manager David Moyes has questioned whether his team have sufficient class to win the Champions League this season. United have lost three of their opening six games in the Barclays Premier League under Moyes, with the latest setback coming in a 2-1 home defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Premier League champions were unsuccessful in their pursuit of a number of summer transfer targets, with interest in Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines and, finally, Ander Herrera all coming to nothing, and Moyes is concerned that his squad may lack the quality to challenge for Europe’s top club prize. Press Association