Armed Forces Initiate Operation Ágata 6 Brazilian Ministry of Defense

first_imgBy Dialogo October 11, 2012 On October 9, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense initiated a new military operation to combat border crimes. A headcount of 7,500 troops – equipped with fighter planes, combat helicopters, patrol boats, and armored vehicles – was deployed to patrol the area of 4,216 kilometers along the borders with Bolivia and Peru. Operation Ágata 6 is coordinated by the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces and should last for two weeks. According to the Joint Staff, military troops will be present in four states: Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Rondonia, and Acre. The area includes regions from the city of Corumba (Mato Grosso do Sul) to Mancio Lima (Acre). Before initiating the activities, the Brazilian government, through the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, informed the Bolivian and Peruvian governments about the mobilization in the region. “We also invited the neighboring countries to send observers”, stated Defense Minister Celso Amorim, who advocates more cooperation from South America in matters of defense. Amorim stated that the sixth edition of Operation Ágata concludes the large-scale border security activities for 2012. “We must execute three new mobilizations in 2013, aiming to bring the presence of the Brazilian State to the border area,” explained the defense minister. To cover the extensive area, the operation will mobilize a significant military apparatus. In total, they are using about four F-5 fighters, six A-29 aircraft, ten helicopters, two unmanned aerial vehicles , 14 Navy speed boats, 40 Army ships, seven patrol boats, two hospital ships, in addition to tanks and armored vehicles. Approximately 7,500 troops from the Military commands of Campo Grande and the Amazon, in Manaus, are part of the operation frontline. The logistical apparatus that supports these troops creates jobs for another 10,000 men in areas such as transport, health, and food industries. Parts of the troops are dedicated to performing civic and social activities, supporting underprivileged communities. Operation Ágata 6 will also be backed by 10 ministries and 20 governmental agencies that will elevate the total personnel count to approximately 8,000 professionals. State and municipal public sectors such as Military and Civil Police, and municipal guards, were also mobilized to take part in the operation. According to the chief of the Joint Staff, General José Carlos De Nardi, the Military apparatus increases the sense of safety among the population and inhibits illicit activities that may go beyond drugs, weapons and contraband. For each edition of Operation Ágata, there is an increase in the participating organisms, which contributes to bringing robust results for the operations. In all three editions last year, for instance, the seizures included 20 trucks, 59 motorcycles, 332 kilos of marijuana, 19.5 kilos of cocaine, and eight tons of explosives. In 2012 however, during Operation Ágata 5 alone, 268 inspections were performed in vessels and in 41,301 light vehicles. Approximately 880 kilos of marijuana and cocaine were seized, besides 11,730 kilos of explosives. According to Major General Ricardo Machado, chief of the Joint Staff Joint Operations, the Military presence along the border shows the criminal organizations that the government is alert to what happens in each region.last_img read more

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Video of Hillary Clinton-themed Haunted House in Bellmore Goes Viral

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Video of a bizarre Hillary Clinton-themed “haunted house” in Bellmore went viral this week, although viewers’ reactions depended upon whether they backed the Democratic presidential nominee or her Republican rival, Donald Trump.Brian McKibbon posted the video of the house on his Facebook page, where it got nearly three million views in a week, as of this post. Users reportedly shared the clip worldwide after conservative bloggers picked up the story.“Scariest Halloween decorations I have seen yet,” wrote one of the more than 6,000 people who commented on the video.The house is at the corner of Centre Avenue and Hughes Street, just north of the U.S. Post Office. The left half of the front yard features a giant red, white and blue letters spelling out “Trump USA.” The right half of the yard is adorned with placards showing Clinton in a jail cell, her head on a stick and various other images with messages critical of the former Secretary of State.Comments on the video devolved into the type of vitriolic political debate between Clinton and Trump supporters not uncommonly seen on social media throughout 2016 in the run up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8.No word on what type of candy the homeowners will be handing out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, which falls on a Monday this year.last_img read more

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In Split, 20 percent more arrivals and overnight stays

first_imgPrema podatcima sustava eVisitor u srpnju je na području Turističke zajednice grada Splita ostvarili 156.439 dolazaka i 517.059 noćenja što je 20% više u dolascima i 19 % više u noćenjima u odnosu na prethodnu godinu.  U srpnju su nam najbrojniji bili gosti iz Ujedinjene Kraljevine, Poljske, Njemačke, Francuske i SAD-a.”Ovi pokazatelji potvrđuju podatak da je Split jedan od vodećih turističkih destinacija u Hrvatskoj i da je spoj kulturno-prirodnih ljepota, manifestacija i ostalih sadržaja koje Split nudi, uistinu prepoznat od strane turista iz cijelog svijeta. Čestitam našim turističkim djelatnicima na dosadašnjem radu i sigurna sam da ćemo zajedničkim aktivnostima i dalje otklanjati nedostatke i biti dobri domaćini našim turistima.” points out mr.sc. ALijana Vukušić, director of the Split Tourist Board.Looking at the tourist traffic in the cumulative, this year the millionth overnight stay was realized in July while last year the same result was achieved in August. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 27% more arrivals (393.617 arrivals) and 24% more overnight stays (1.125.024 overnight stays) compared to the same period last year.last_img read more

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Anglicans exploring marriage

first_imgChallenge Weekly 19 July 2012The nature of marriage, the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of gay priests were hot topics at the Anglican Church’s 60th General Synod/Hinota Whanui in Fiji last week. About 160 delegates from the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia attended the church’s Synod which was held from July 6 to 12 at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. On July 10, the Church decided it needed to talk about marriage. Without dissent, and after a debate that at times included displays of raw emotion, Synod passed a resolution that “asks Episcopal Units to hold conversations in our church and with the wider community about the nature of marriage and to explore how the church might theologically and liturgically respond to gay and lesbian Anglican couples who request this rite”. It also asked the General Synod Standing Committee “to support and resource the Episcopal Units in this endeavour …” It was clear that the mover of the resolution, the Rev Glynn Cardy, of St Matthew-in-the-City, in Auckland, hoped this would lead, eventually, to the possibility of gay and lesbian couples getting married in Anglican churches. Synod members queued up at the microphones to affirm the motion but a number suggested there were lines in the sand they would not cross. Archdeacon Tim Mora, of Greymouth, took issue with Mr Cardy’s exegesis. “Let’s have a deeper reading of the texts,” he said, “and see what they really say”.http://www.challengeweekly.co.nz/component/content/article/39-top-stories/2425-anglicans-exploring-marriage-.htmllast_img read more

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Life! At 19 weeks (but not if Labour get their way)

first_imgOur 19-week son lived only minutes after birth, but has touched thousandsLifeSite News 2 July 2013…he was perfect. He was fully formed and everything was there. I could see his heart beating in his tiny chest. Joshua and I both held him and cried over him and looked over our perfect, tiny son. The nurses and doctor left us to have some private time alone with him.…I’m still in shock at how much his photos have been shared and commented on. In his short life of just a few minutes he has touched more lives then I ever could have imagined. I have gotten messages from people all around the country who have experienced a loss or were just touched by his story. I’ve even had a few people tell me that they were able to use his photos to reach out to a hurting woman who was contemplating an abortion. Just because the child within cannot be seen by us does not mean that he is a blob of cells. Walter was perfectly formed and very active in the womb. If he had just a few short more weeks he would have had a fighting chance at life. I don’t understand why the Lord took him home, but I have to trust in his perfect timing. I may never know why, but it is a comfort to know where he is and that I will see him again. For now, he’s with his heavenly father who loves him unmeasurably more than I, as his earthly mother ever could.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/our-son-lived-only-minutes-after-birth-but-has-touched-thousandshttp://f2photographybylexi.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/walter-joshua-fretz/http://younglabour.org.nz/young-labour-declares-abortion-reform-imperativelast_img read more

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Dominica observes Flag Day

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dominica observes Flag Day by: – October 19, 2011 Sharing is caring! Flag of DominicaToday, October 19th, 2011 has been designated as Flag Day for the Commonwealth of Dominica. The observation forms part of activities to commemorate the country’s 33rd Anniversary of Independence.A number of business places are reporting increased sales of Dominica’s National Flag, since students all over the island are being encouraged to bring a flag to school on Wednesday.Chief Cultural Officer, Mr Raymond Lawrence said that the Flag Day initiative is aimed at demonstrating the significance of the National Flag, one of the country’s emblems.“We introduced Flag Day about five years ago to draw more attention and to build more appreciation of Dominica’s national flag. We thought as well that it would be a good opportunity to explain the significance of the flag to our school children so that our young people would have a better understanding of the meaning and significance of the national flag and its uses.”Vehicle owners are encouraged to display flags on their vehicles while business owners are also encouraged to display flags at their respective place of business.“Apart from that we encourage the business places and the government offices to display flags and even members of the public to display flags in their offices and their schools all in an effort to give greater exposure and to showcase it in a sense to the wider public and to show visitors that we are proud to be Dominicans and we are proud or our national flag.”Dominican artist and playwright Alwin Bully designed the flag in early 1978 in preparation for the gaining of independence from Britain later that year and the cabinet made certain small alterations to the original design.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Roth, Hansen take third wins of the season at Eagle Raceway

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 2) – A large crowd turned out for Dirt Thunder Night presented by Froggy 98 and Comfort Suites Saturday night at Eagle Raceway.Trent Roth took the lead on the fifth lap to drive to his third win of the season in the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Benji Legg ran second ahead of Shawn Harker and Gary Saathoff.Mike Hansen also earned his third win of the season in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Hansen took the lead on the 10th circuit en route to victory. Justin Busboom, Mark McKinney and Russ Specht completed the top four.Following an early restart, Mike Densberger made his way into second in the Kaplan University IMCA Modified feature. Another restart a short time later allowed Densberger to snag the lead from Clint Homan on the way to his second win of the year. Chad Andersen ran second ahead of Anthony Roth and Roger Hadan.Larry Cronin grabbed the lead on a lap two restart and drove to victory in the Sam’s Club IMCA Sport Compact feature. Matt Moyer ran second, Nick Jensen was third and Tim Horsham rounded out the top four.Joey Danley ran second at the completion of the first lap of the Mud in America RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Car main. He took the top spot one lap later when leader Kyle Flodman spun to bring out the caution. Danley led the remainder of the event to score the second win of his rookie season ahead of Mike Boston, Doug Lovegrove and Terry Richards.Next weekend is Hit The Dirt Night presented by Hormel and Coors Light, featuring the Mud In America RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Cars, Kaplan University IMCA Modifieds, NAPA IMCA SportMods, Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stocks and Sam’s Club IMCA Sport Compacts.Front gates open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps starting at 5:35. Adult front gate admission is $10, youths 6-12 $5 and children five and under free.Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. and pit admission is $25.Feature ResultsHobby Stocks – 1. Mike Hansen; 2. Justin Busboom; 3. Mark; 4. Russ Specht; 5. John Cain; 6. Tyler Saathoff; 7. Rob Brown; 8. Luke Nicholson; 9. Nick Beckman; 10. Tim Kozak; 11. Chad Fegley; 12. Denny Berghahn Sr.; 13. Jason Kohl; 14. Michael Rice; 15. Roy Armstrong; 16. Joe Copeland; 17. Roger Timperley; 18. Kenny Roberts; 19. Ben Becher; 20. Thom Mars.Modifieds – 1. Mike Densberger; 2. Chad Andersen; 3. Anthony Roth; 4. Roger Hadan; 5. Stacey Wilhelm; 6. Bob Zoubek; 7. Johnny Saathoff; 8. Shane Hiatt; 9. Clint Homan; 10. Justin Wulf; 11. Matt Boucher; 12. Doug Deterding; 13. Phil Penney; 14. Nathan Landauer; 15. Josh Blumer; 16. Dustin Gray; 17. Matthew Kiner; 18. Dana Dankert; 19. Lowell Holland; 20. Tim Pickens; 21. Aaron Pella; 22. Jan Korth; 23. Jared Deterding; 24. Rik Grop.Sport Compacts – 1. Larry Cronin; 2. Matt Moyer; 3. Nick Jensen; 4. Tim Horsham; 5. Cole Krichau; 6. James King; 7. Luke Jackson; 8. Amanda Rhiley; 9. Spencer Pavey III; 10. Kevin Fearing; 11. Kurt Beckstrom; 12. Ryan Lafrenz; 13. Kenny Danley; 14. Ole Olsen; 15. Brandon Thornton; 16. Rick Hollandsworth; 17. Jimmy Grasso; 18. Justin Olsen; 19. Mitchell Wachter; 20. Josh Johnson.Northern SportMods – 1. Trent Roth; 2. Benji Legg; 3. Shawn Harker; 4. Gary Saathoff; 5. Josh Kennell; 6. Scott Bivens; 7. Nathan Kobus; 8. Jason Harms; 9. Adam Vrbka; 10. Mary Lenz; 11. Dion Kovar; 12. Jeremy Noonan; 13. Jared Cote; 14. Dave Coberly; 15. Jack Prall III; 16. Ken Eckhoff; 17. Jason Trent; 18. Arie Schouten; 19. Jamie Bruce; 20. Joe Schidler.Sprint Car – 1. Joey Danley; 2. Mike Boston; 3. Doug Lovegrove; 4. Terry Richards; 5. Toby Chapman; 6. Shayle Bade; 7. Clint Benson; 8. TJ Artz; 9. Eric Reichwaldt; 10. Neil Dvorak; 11. Matt Richards; 12. Gene Ackland; 13. Tadd Holliman; 14. Brandon Horton; 15. Frank Sheridan; 16. Mark Vanderheiden; 17. Chase Weiler; 18. Nick Bryan; 19. Adam Gullion; 20. Kyle Flodman; 21. Dwight Carter; 22. Shon Pointer; 23. Keith Dragoo; 24. Nate Weiler.last_img read more

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GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title

first_imgRelatedPosts Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 GOtv Boxing Night 20 holds today New World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title champion, Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwarieme, has declared his readiness to win the boxing body’s world heavyweight title soon. Ehwariemi won the WBF Intercontinental title after defeating Argentina’s Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte at GOtv Boxing Night 20, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Saturday. The Nigerian boxer said he is delighted at winning the Intercontinental heavyweight belt, but said his attention has now shifted to winning the vacant WBF world title. “It was great to win the title at home; it was very special. However, I now have to concentrate on winning  the WBF world heavyweight title. It is currently vacant and my intercontinental title win has now made me a contender for the world title. So, I am intensifying my preparations to ensure I get the biggest prize in the weight division,” he said. Ehwarieme thanked GOtv Boxing Night for staging the intercontinental heavyweight title fight and providing him the opportunity to win the title at home. He also thanked Nigerians for coming out en masse to support him, promising them that he would make the country proud by winning the world title.Tags: Ariel “Chiquito” BaracamonteGOtv Boxing Night 20Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwariemelast_img read more

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McDowell claims World Match Play title

first_img McDowell, runner-up last year to Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts, only took the lead for the first time in the final on the 14th hole after several vital par saves on the front nine at Thracian Cliffs. But the top seed then birdied the 15th to move two ahead and sealed a 2&1 win on the 17th to claim the first prize of £675,000 and a first European Tour title since 2010 to go with his win at the RBC Heritage on the PGA Tour last month. Jaidee had the consolation of £338,000 as runner-up, but could be forgiven for wondering how his name had not joined the distinguished list of winners on the trophy which includes the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Ernie Els. Birdies at the second and fourth took the former Thai paratrooper two up, but he missed from eight feet to go further ahead on the next after McDowell had scrambled a par despite taking a penalty drop from an unplayable lie left of the green. McDowell won the seventh with a birdie to reduce his deficit but was grateful to see Jaidee miss from six feet on the next to win the hole, while McDowell then holed two lengthy par putts on the ninth and 10th to stay in touch. A superb pitch to two feet on the 12th gave McDowell a winning birdie and got him back on level terms, the momentum seemingly firmly with the former US Open champion now. Jaidee pulled his drive into a bush on the 14th and the resulting bogey handed McDowell the lead for the first time, which he increased with a birdie from close range on the 16th. Both players had reached the final with 3&2 wins in the morning’s semi-finals, McDowell beating Branden Grace and Jaidee defeating another South African in Thomas Aiken. Press Associationcenter_img Graeme McDowell has become the first Irish winner of the Volvo World Match Play Championship with a hard-fought victory over Thongchai Jaidee in Bulgaria.last_img read more

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Toure inspires City to victory

first_img Fit-again Toure teed up Edin Dzeko’s 24th goal of the season before firing his 23rd as Manuel Pellegrini’s men capitalised on Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea. City closed within three points of the Anfield league leaders and just one of the second-placed Blues, thanks to a Toure masterclass as muscular as it was meticulous. Yaya Toure’s peerless midfield play dragged Manchester City back into the Barclays Premier League title race in a controlled 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. Palace’s first-half forays remained scant however, with Delaney forced to intervene as Aguero hared towards Samir Nasri’s smart return ball in the home area. Jason Puncheon might boast four goals in April, but Palace’s form midfielder could find no power with a 20-yard shot. Dzeko failed to connect with a far-post cross, Dann had to cut out Pablo Zabaleta’s knock-down destined for Aguero, and Vincent Kompany headed wide from the corner. So often City’s central force, Toure then sealed his side’s dominance with a goal of effortless class, but brutal build-up. The Ivory Coast star played a simple one-two with Dzeko, then saw no reason not to repeat the feat with Nasri. Rumbling into the Palace box, with defender Delaney stumbling in desperation, Toure set himself, and dinked the ball past bystander Speroni. Palace grafted for the half’s last word, but Jerome could not reach Puncheon’s teasing cross. Marouane Chamakh wasted a chance to test the shaky Martin Demichelis after the break, firing a loose pass past Bolasie when he could have scythed on undeterred. Another sumptuous Toure chip nearly set James Milner free, before the former Barcelona fulcrum scuffed a cut-back cross after outstripping Joel Ward. One more long-range curling effort that sailed over the bar proved Toure’s final offering, the rangy midfielder withdrawn just past the hour in a clear protective measure from Pellegrini. Palace may have been subdued on the field, but the home support was determined to toast Premier League safety, and manager Pulis’ sterling turnaround job. Aguero had a gilt-edged opportunity to extend City’s lead, only to lead with the outside of his right boot and clip the ball straight at Speroni. Palace’s highly-rated keeper then kept out Dzeko’s shot despite a wicked deflection off Dann. Tom Ince had a half-hearted penalty claim rebuffed by referee Howard Webb as Palace fought to capitalise on Toure’s early departure. City were not to be denied though, leaving London with a credible title chase tucked into the bag. Toure and his team-mates are now able to draw level on points with Brendan Rodgers’ men, given victory at Palace and their game in hand. City have a trip to Everton and home clashes with Aston Villa and West Ham still to come while Liverpool travel to Palace next, before hosting Newcastle at Anfield on Sunday May 11, the final day of the season. Toure needed just four minutes to wrestle control, returning after missing two matches with thigh trouble. The 30-year-old chipped an inch-perfect free-kick into the Palace box, positively begging Dzeko to bisect Scott Dann and Damien Delaney. The 28-year-old Bosnia striker had little option but to ghost onto the cross and nod the visitors into the lead. Liverpool’s Anfield hiccup against Chelsea cracked the door, but Toure and company booted it open in south London. City’s early goal quelled any nerves, evident when Sergio Aguero’s ambitious overhead kick zipped just over Julian Speroni’s crossbar. Tony Pulis has whipped Palace into far sterner shape than to fold however, and the hosts threatened when Yannick Bolasie’s cross almost reached Cameron Jerome. Press Associationlast_img read more

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