Brazil Honors Fallen Heroes

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2010 “Death brings pain and tears. In this case, it motivates us to prepare ourselves to honor the memory of our heroes,” said Don Osvino José Borth, the Brazilian Army’s archbishop, on January 21, 2010, during a ceremony honoring the 18 Brazilian military personnel killed in the earthquake that had devastated Haiti nine days earlier. The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, along with relatives and friends of the victims of the earthquake, were overtaken by emotion when the 18 coffins, draped in Brazilian flags, were displayed at Brasilia Air Base during a ceremony honoring the fallen Soldiers while the military band performed the national anthem. Speaking about Brazil and MINUSTAH’s role in Haiti in a Miami Herald newspaper column published on February 24, 2010, Lula said: “Brazil and MINUSTAH must persevere because we know the Haitians themselves will not give up hope. We are certain of that after witnessing the countless demonstrations of heroism and solidarity in the wake of the earthquake. The sacrifice of our heroic Soldiers who lost their lives reinforces our commitment to Haiti. We are inspired by the unyielding determination to survive by those who endured days, or even weeks, under the rubble. They never ceased to believe in being rescued, nor did the rescuers lose hope, as they relentlessly dug, even with their own hands, in search of signs of life.” At the end of 2003, Haiti was submerged in a deep political crisis that culminated with President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s resignation and departure from the country on February 29, 2004. On that day, the Multinational Interim Force, or MIF, was created by the United Nations Security Council. On April 30 of that same year, the U.N. transitioned to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH. Brazil, which was already playing a major role with MIF, was selected to lead the initiative. Before the January 12, 2010, earthquake, Haiti was receiving food aid and financial resources from Brazil, the country providing the largest contingent in Haiti, with 1,226 troops. In the weeks following the earthquake, Brazil multiplied its actions, offering aircraft that transported tons of food to the ravaged country, several disasterresponse specialists, rescue dogs, tons of medicine, water, tents and other items, including emergency field hospitals and telecommunications equipment. The Brazilian Air Force treated thousands of patients and performed hundreds of surgeries in its field hospital set up in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. center_img In addition to aid from the government, hundreds of social entities were mobilized in Brazil to help the Haitian people, sending health and social services professionals, food, money, clothing and supplies. The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation donated more than 40 tons of medicine to the Haitian people, while companies, celebrities, athletes and thousands of Brazilian citizens contributed millions of dollars. Brazil also proposed a reconstruction package for the country, including building homes for earthquake victims and starting several agricultural projects, according to the chief minister of the Brazilian Cabinet of Institutional Security, Gen. Jorge Felix.last_img read more

Two ETA Members Were Trained in Venezuela in 2008

first_img Two alleged members of the Basque separatist group ETA detained last week in Spain received training in Venezuela in July and August 2008, according to court papers that became public Monday. In the documents, Spanish judge Ismael Moreno ordered them held on charges of illegal possession of arms and explosives and membership in a terrorist organization. Although neither Juan Carlos Besance nor Xabier Atristain chose to make a statement before the magistrate Monday, the ruling by the National High Court indicated, citing previous investigations and testimony, that the two were trained in Venezuelan territory in the summer of 2008, after having received training courses in France. According to the document, the two made contact in Venezuela with two individuals identified as Arturo Cubillas and José Lorenzo Ayestaran, who were the ones who gave the courses. “The two members of this command were undergoing training in Venezuela in 2008, under the direction of two alleged ETA members detained in France in 2009 and 2010,” Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said after the court documents became public. ETA’s alleged ties to Venezuela already led to diplomatic friction between Madrid and Caracas in March, when National High Court judge Eloy Velasco accused Hugo Chávez’s Venezuelan administration in a court document of cooperating toward collaboration between ETA and the Colombian FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in Venezuelan territory. In 2007, members of ETA were escorted by a member of the Venezuelan military to a jungle location where they received a course in handling explosives from members of the FARC, according to the document. The FARC, like Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, are on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations, and the two groups have maintained “coordinated relations” throughout their history for “some of their illicit objectives,” the document added. Besance and Atristain, believed to be members of ETA’s “Imanol” command, were detained Wednesday in an operation in which a hundred kilos of explosive material were also found. The detentions took place weeks after ETA announced its decision to cease carrying out attacks, an announcement met with skepticism by the authorities. ETA, which has suffered severe police harassment in recent years with the arrest of numerous leaders, has broken several truces in the past and has a record of more than 850 deaths laid to its charge. By Dialogo October 06, 2010last_img read more

Thomas Cook is back in the game!

first_imgInterestingly, the new Thomas Cook has made absolutely no commitments, nor does it have anything to do with the previous company, but it is a new company. Namely, the owner of the new brand is the Chinese company Fosun Tourism Group, which was already a large shareholder in TC before the bankruptcy, and last November they paid 11 million pounds to buy the rights to use the Thomas Cook logo, website and accounts. on social media. So for a refund and other obligations of the former TC, consumers must contact the UK Civil Aviation Authority directly. We recently wrote that one of the oldest and most famous travel agencies in the world – Thomas Cook is back in the game, and now they have finally opened their crates and are active in the tourism market again. Thomas Cook is back, but through a new business model – just like online travel agency. So, we can forget Thomas Cook as he was before, without a strong network of planes and hotels, but from now on only as an online travel agency. The goal of the new owner is to jump into the game at the beginning of reservations for next summer. center_img Unfortunately, as Croatia is still on the British red list, on Thomas Cook site currently there is no listed Croatia, but only destinations that are still not on the red list for British tourists.last_img read more

Trump reveals he is taking hydroxychloroquine

first_img“I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine, right now, yeah. A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it,” he said.Trump has often played down the dangers of coronavirus, including last week when he said it threatened only a small number of people. He also pointedly refuses to wear a mask, despite federal recommendations to do so and the fact that most of his staff have taken to covering their faces in public.A personal valet to Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, as has Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary. ‘Reckless’ Trump said his use of the medicine was approved by the White House physician, Sean Conley. However, Trump insisted that he, not the doctor, took the first step.”I asked him, ‘what do you think?’ He said, ‘if you’d like it.’ I said ‘yeah, I’d like it.'”Conley later issued a statement saying that he had agreed to Trump using the anti-viral drug “after numerous discussions” between them about the pros and cons.”We concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risk,” Conley said in a statement issued by the White House.Trump said he has received many “positive calls” from people, whom he did not identify, telling him about the malaria drug. He mentioned a letter he’d received from a New York doctor, also unidentified, who reported giving the medicine to hundreds of patients and “I haven’t lost one.”By contrast, the government’s Food and Drug Administration warns against giving hydroxychloroquine for either prevention or treatment of the coronavirus, noting reported side effects including “serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19.” Only emergency use is authorized under temporary rules.Earlier this month, a medical paper out of New York suggested that combining hydroxychloroquine with the dietary supplement zinc sulfate, which has antiviral properties, could create a more effective treatment against coronavirus.But Matthew Heinz, an Arizona doctor who served under Barack Obama’s government, said medicines like hydroxychloroquine are not “benign” and open for unregulated use.”I cannot stress enough how reckless it is to encourage anybody to take hydroxychloroquine or any other unproven remedy,” he said in a statement.Trump signaled, as he has throughout the crisis, that there was nothing to lose by trying possible treatments.”It seems to have an impact, and maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t but if it doesn’t, you’re not going to get sick or die,” Trump said. “I take a pill every day. At some point I’ll stop.”The president said again on Monday that he showed “zero symptoms.””Every couple days they want to test me, you know, for obvious reasons. I mean I am the president, so they want to test me. I don’t want to be tested but they want to test me,” he said. “I’ve shown always negative.” Asked why, he said: “Because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”Trump has shown interest for weeks in promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, even if some doctors think it does not work for coronavirus patients and US government regulators warn it has “not been shown to be safe.”Trump’s latest remarks came out of the blue, immediately grabbing headlines on a day when US deaths from COVID-19 topped 90,000 people — almost a third of the total world toll.”You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers, before you catch it. The front-line workers — many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it,” he let slip to reporters attending a White House meeting devoted to the struggling restaurant industry. President Donald Trump on Monday made the surprising revelation that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that his own government experts say is not suitable for fighting the novel coronavirus.Trump, noting that he has tested negative for the virus and shows no symptoms, said he’d been taking the drug as a preventative measure “for about a week and a half.””I take a pill every day,” he said, adding that he combines this with zinc. Topics :last_img read more

Goals decisive as Kiladangan crowned U21A champions

first_imgThe North Tipp side powered through the first half, outscoring the Mid champions by 8 points – it was Kiladangan: 1-11(14) Holycross Ballycahill: 0-6(6) at half time.A strong breeze favoured Holycross/Ballycahill in the second half but heading into it that far adrift left them with too much ground to make up.Kiladangan finished 6 points clear – 2-17 to 17 points. Kiladangan have been crowned County U21A hurling champions for the first time in the club’s history.Two goals – one from Tom O’ Meara, and one from Bryan McLoughney in either half – proved decisive as they defeated Holycross/Ballycahill 2-17 to 17 points.Kiladangan’s first goal came in the first play of the game – leaving Holycross with an early mountain to climb. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img read more

LIVE: Gov. Ron DeSantis gives coronavirus update

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How to design a great golfing experience

first_imgThe club has worked with Jonathan Barker from Golf Business International to improve the flow around the facility and give members and visitors a better experience.Previously, arriving golfers were channelled around the side of the clubhouse and onto the course.Now the main clubhouse doors have been opened up to all traffic, including bags and trolleys, taking golfers into a courtyard at the centre of the clubhouse.There’s easy access to the pro shop and readily available ‘grab & go’ catering from a developing café-style area. This maximises the benefit of the clubhouse also being the halfway house.Everyone arriving is made aware of news, offers and events as they come through Reception and this has proved a great aid to communication.The club is about to launch a 9-hole FootGolf course on what was surplus land, used just once a year for overflow parking. Now it could provide additional income for the club.General Manager Gordon MacLeod commented: “Our engagement with Jonathan and Golf Business International has caused us to look at what we currently have from a perspective that slight tinkering could make a significant difference.”The club is also working with Jonathan on longer-term proposals.Image shows an illustration from the guide. 17 May 2018 How to design a great golfing experience A new guide which shows how good design can make golf clubs more customer friendly has been produced by England Golf.The Customer Focused Facility Guidance aims to help clubs and golf centres to match the design, character and appearance of their course and clubhouse to the needs of their members and visitors.Abbie Lench, England Golf Head of Club Support commented: “This is so important. The look and feel of your club will directly affect customers and influence their decision to return – or not.“The first step to designing a successful business is to understand what customers want. This will also help clubs tap into new markets to attract more players and members, become a hub for the local community and create better products and services.”The guide has been produced with the support of Sport England and input from Golf Business International (GBI), a consultancy which is one of England Golf’s Preferred Partners and offers a wide range of knowledge and expertise across all areas of golf business including course architecture and facility management. A wide range of golf facilities have also contributed information.It looks at ways to improve the playing and social environment both within existing facilities and as part of any new build project.It steers clubs through the process of reviewing their facilities – both on and off the course – and comparing them with the local competition, identifying areas for improvement, looking at all the options and drawing up a statement of requirements.The guide considers everything from signage on the site to the features of the clubhouse, including its appeal from the road or pathway, the welcome of the reception area and how this links with other areas such as the bar, the changing rooms and the professionals’ shop. Transport links and car parking are among the other areas for consideration.It suggests possible solutions which range from simple steps to remove barriers or improve navigation around the site, to completely new facilities to attract a wider customer base, such as a coffee shop.On the course it looks at ways to increase customer appeal and capacity such as variable tees positions for all abilities, programing to offer Speedgolf, Footgolf or play over short loops of holes, and the customer flow, both around the course and from the clubhouse to the course and back.Howard Swan of Golf Business International commented: “I am delighted as Chairman of Golf Business International to have been able to contribute to and support this excellent publication.“It will be greatly welcomed in the market place and gives essential help and guidance to clubs as to the way forward for the game’s essential, changing future. Our 30 GBI consultants are on hand to support England Golf through our partnership programme in helping to put the initiatives which the facilities guide explains so very well”.Sport England’s Director of Property Charles Johnston added: “Sport England has supported England Golf to put customer’s needs at the heart of the new guidance, taking into account people’s habits and their preferences, their wider lives, needs and wishes.“The guidance will help golf clubs design facilities with the best chance of retaining players and attracting new ones.”The guide complements England Golf’s package on Understanding Your Market. This helps clubs to understand their customers and to attract and retain members by providing the golfing experience they want. It also offers the use of mapping tools to show where potential customers can be found.Clubs should contact their England Golf regional manager or club support officer for more information or a copy of the guidance. Click here for contact detailsCase study: St Ives Golf Club, Huntingdoncenter_img Tags: Customer, Facility Guidancelast_img read more

AH Library Opening Celebrated with Smiles and Praise

first_imgBy John BurtonATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Jim Plumaker couldn’t have been happier with the opening of the new and expanded public library.“It’s really important to me and my family,” said Plumaker, a borough resident who has three children, ages16, 11 and 5.“One of the things I like to do is come to the library to get the kids out of the house,” particularly in the winter, he said.“They have nice programs here and it’s free.“It really is a great library.”Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry (center, holding scissors) joins county and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Atlantic Highlands Public Library last week. The library, now a branch of the county library system, underwent a complete renovation and expansion as part of the Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall construction project.Plumaker was on hand last Thursday as local and county officials, employees and others celebrated the library’s grand opening.The capacity crowd appear­ed to agree with Plumaker, as they offered their take on the new facility.Marilyn Scherfen, the library’s branch manager, wore a broad smile as she put her arms way up in the air when she announced, “We’re finally done.“This is truly an ‘ah’ moment,” Scherfen said.The “ah” stands for both the initials of the borough and the obvious relief now that the project is completed, she said.The borough’s new library stands at about 4,000 square feet; a considerable enlargement over its previous 1,600 square feet.The library, located in the borough municipal complex, 100 First Ave., was done in conjuncture with the renovation and expansion of the entire facility.That project took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $6 million.Mayor Frederick J. Rast and the six-member borough council undertook the project that had bipartisan support. The governing body decided to move forward with the project as the existing borough hall, which contains government offices, police headquarters and library, had become increasingly cramp­ed for modern needs. The building did not meet federal handicap accessibility re­quire­ments and had mold and moisture issues that would have been exceedingly expensive to address in the existing structure, officials have said previously.All that was certainly true of the library, which occupied the building’s lower level.In the past the library was without windows. Now, Scherfen said, there is more room light and air for the library’s 22,000 items. The new library also now has separate rooms for children’s programs and other material.While the building was under construction, the library moved its operation to the field house of the Fireman’s Field sports field area, on Avenue C.In the interim, local officials negotiated with Mon­mouth County library representatives to have the borough library become a county branch and be operated under county management. That move made the borough facility the 13th county branch and saved the municipality upward of $130,000, Freeholder Lillian Burry said.Scherfen stressed “how important the intellectual infrastructure is to all of us.”Scherfen, quoting Con­fucius, said: “You cannot open a book without learning something.“The same is true of libraries,” she added.Lynn Sternberg shared Scherfen’s joy about the new library. “It’s been very exciting to see this happen,” Sternberg said, as she guided her 5-year-old daughter, CarlyRose, through the children’s room. “We used to come for story time every week,” Sternberg said.“I like to read a lot,” CarlyRose said.Jack Sanders, 11, also likes this library and libraries in general. “It’s a place to help kids with their homework and it lets them read new books,” he said, as he sat with a book about professional football. “I’m a big sports guy. I read a lot of sports.“Ever since they opened it,” he said of the library, “I’ve been here every day.”last_img read more

UPDATED: Ramblers hand Bombers 52-35 setback at Triple-A Hoop Provincials

first_imgTupper scores 30 from downtown to dump LVR 59-37 at Triple-A Hoop ChampionshipsProvincial jitters proved costly to the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the B.C. High School Boy’s AAA Basketball Championships in Langley.Sir Charles Tupper turned costly turnovers into easy baskets en route to a 59-37 victory over the Bombers on Day one of the 16-team tournament Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.”We had a good first quarter . . . we were only down 15-12 and 27-16 at the half when (Sir Charles Tupper) just started hitting three’s and we shot ourselves in the foot with too many turnovers,” Bomber head coach Jeremy Phelan said from Langley.Phelan said the Bombers, entering the tournament ranked 15th after disposing of J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the Kootenay Final, missed many easy shots around the basket that could have helped slow the Tupper momentum.Tupper also was unstoppable from beyond the three-point arc, scoring 30 points from downtown.Ethan Perkins led the Bombers scoring with 11 points while Bjorn Morris had seven.Leo Zhou checked in with six points, Sida Wang five and Isaiah Kingdon had four.LVR drops to the consolation round to meet the loser of the Isfeld/Maple Ridge contest Thursday at 11:30 a.m. For the second straight game the L.V. Rogers Bombers struggled to find points at the offensive end.Maple Ridge Ramblers out scored LVR 20-10 in the second quarter to score a 52-35 win at the B.C. High School Boy’s AAA Basketball Championships Thursday in Langley.Trailing 10-9 after one period, the Rambers took advantage of LVR turnovers to go on the run.”Another grinder game,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.”We played mostly well on defence but had a tough time on offence.”Isaiah Kingdom led the Bombers in scoring with 12 points while Tobin Eberle added six and Bjorn Morris five.LVR now meets McMath of Richmond in consolation action at 10 a.m. Friday.last_img read more