Brazil to Perform Massive Operation before Confederations Cup

first_imgBy Dialogo December 20, 2012 Brazil will deploy one of its biggest military operations for border control before the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in June 2013, which will be followed by the World Cup in 2014, Minister of Defense Celso Amorim announced on December 18. The deployment will involve about 20,000 members of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force, twice the staff used in the previous six editions of the so-called Operation Ágata. The operation will take place “before the Confederations Cup starts, so it won’t interfere with the influx of tourists” attending the tournament, Amorim said in a statement. Considered a rehearsal before the 2014 World Cup, the Confederations Cup will have the participation of eight continental champion soccer teams between June 15 and 30, in six of the 12 stadiums slated for the World Cup. The troops will be mobilized in several locations along Brazil’s extensive land border to control drug and weapons’ trafficking, as well as the smuggling of goods. The new edition of “Operation Ágata,” prior editions of which facilitated the seizure of almost 20 tons of explosives and 11 tons of narcotics, will have “mainly deterrent goals,” Amorim added. Tens of tons of other materials have been seized in police operations to support the military. “Operation Ágata” is part of a strategic border security plan announced by President Dilma Rousseff in June 2011. Brazil shares a border of about 16,000 kilometers, of which 9,000 kilometers are riverside territory with Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, Venezuela, and French Guiana. It represents a good test for the preparedness or not of the Brazilian organizaers for the upcoming World Cup.last_img read more


COVID-19: Southeast Sulawesi hospital runs out of masks

first_imgBahteramas Regional General Hospital, the only referral center for COVID-19 patients in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, reportedly ran out of surgical masks on Wednesday, resulting in the postponement of several elective surgeries.The hospital head Sjarif Subijakto said on Wednesday that five scheduled non-urgent surgeries would be pushed back to the following day due to the lack of protective gear.”We decided to prioritize urgent surgeries and delay the non-urgent ones, because of the situation,” Sjarif said. “We’ve run helter-skelter looking for the masks, but we’ve only managed to get one box of them.” He said the masks had been distributed to patients and medical workers who needed them most.Some medical personnel at the hospital were forced to wear cloth masks, which can only trap large particles and are not effective at blocking virus particles, Sjarif added.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia bans face mask exports to cater to domestic demandRegions across the archipelago have reported a shortage of face masks as people rush to buy them amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. As of Wednesday, health authorities had confirmed 227 positive cases, 19 of which had died from the disease while 11 others had recovered.Panic buying has caused mask shortages in several hospitals in Indonesia, putting medical personnel taking care of COVID-19 patients at high risk of infection. At least one nurse had died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday.The World Health Organization has said that face masks should be worn only by people who are ill – especially anyone who is coughing or sneezing – and by those caring for suspected COVID-19 patients, particularly health workers and those sharing living space with someone in self-isolation.Topics :last_img read more


Twitter temporarily restricts Donald Trump Jr.’s account over COVID-19 video

first_imgThe US Food and Drug Administration last month revoked its emergency-use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 after several studies cast doubt on its effectiveness. The president regularly promoted the drug and said he had used it himself.”They’re censoring my account. They’re censoring others,” Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview with Fox News Channel later on Tuesday.”This never happens to someone saying something that benefits the left. It only hurts conservatives,” he said, adding that he had posted the video because it seemed “very contrary to the narrative that they’ve been force-feeding us.”President Trump retweeted to his 84 million followers a post on Monday containing a link to the misleading video, which was also deleted as part of Twitter’s enforcement actions. The White House did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had restricted Donald Trump Jr.’s ability to tweet from his account for 12 hours, after it required him to delete a post that violated the social media site’s policy on coronavirus misinformation.The eldest son of US President Donald Trump posted a since-deleted tweet on Monday with a viral video of doctors talking about the drug hydroxychloroquine.The video was posted by others on Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc-owned YouTube and taken down for breaking those sites’ rules on COVID-19 misinformation after racking up tens of millions of views. Topics :center_img The president also retweeted a post accusing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, of suppressing the use of hydroxychloroquine.Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Tuesday he has “not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”In the misleading video, doctors touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19 and discounted the need for face masks against the pandemic. The right-wing news site Breitbart News, which posted the video, also showed a screenshot of its 17 million video views on Facebook before it was taken down.”It took us several hours to enforce against the video and we’re doing a review to understand why this took longer than it should have,” said a Facebook spokesman.last_img read more


Founders of Pensions Infrastructure Platform show ‘willingness’ to take on construction risk

first_imgFounding investors of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) are displaying a growing understanding of construction risk, according to the chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), signalling a potential willingness on part of the fund to invest in greenfield projects.Alan Rubenstein said there was “more willingness now than there was at the start” to consider infrastructure projects with construction risk, despite founding investors initially completely opposing any such investments.Discussing the PIP’s future on the fringes of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) annual conference in Manchester after briefing members on the progress, the organisation’s chief executive Joanne Segars also said the fund – the result of a memorandum of understanding between the PPF, NAPF and UK Treasury – was on track to invest by the end of the year.Segars said a “very extensive” manager selection, launched in February, was drawing to a close, but that she was “not in a position today to announce the manager or managers”. Asked about the PIP’s view of construction risk, Segars indicated that the view of the 10 founding investors was evolving.“It would be fair to say the views on construction risk have modified over the last year or so, as people’s understanding of construction risk has grown – but also as it has become more apparent that there are ways of managing construction risk from an investment perspective,” she said.Rubenstein agreed with Segars that investors had changed their attitude towards construction risk.“There has been a growing understanding among the founders of just what’s involved in construction risk, and there is perhaps more willingness now than there was at the start, where people were just directly opposed to it,” he said.“Again, as Joanne said, we’ve always been very clear construction risk wasn’t an issue in the sense that there are ways to lay that off.”Segars also made light of suggestions the National Employment Savings Trust would invest in the PIP after its CIO repeatedly expressed an interest.“Every time I open one of your magazines, Mark Fawcett is saying NEST is going to invest, which is very nice,” she said.She noted that the PIP did not exclude defined contribution (DC) funds from investing, despite the nine named founding investors being defined benefit (DB) schemes.“This isn’t something that’s for DB schemes – this is something that is for pension schemes that want to invest,” she said.Asked what the PIP could do to address any regulatory hurdles that may preclude DC funds from investing in infrastructure, Segars added: “A lot of that is about pricing issues, which is an issue for the schemes to deal with.”Rubenstein echoed the sentiment that the PIP would be open to DB and DC scheme alike.“We’ve always said this is open, frankly, to anybody who isn’t going to damage our tax position,” he said.last_img read more


Five-level Hamilton home to go under the hammer

first_imgAnd a gym and sauna for when you feel like detoxing the next day.On the fifth and final level is the rooftop terrace, with incredible views from Hamilton Hill to as far as Tamborine Mountain, and a 6m by 2.5m plunge pool. The kitchen is ultra modern.On the ground level of the home is a combined kitchen and dining room, a living room with a fireplace, family room, study, powder room and triple car garage. The pool has a feature panel in the side.Mr Shean said about 45 groups had inspected the property and many were taken by the home’s various bells and whistles.“Definitely the rooftop pool and the entertaining terrace upstairs has been a big feature that people have been commenting on,” he said.“The steam room and wine tasting room that comes off the cellar has also caught some attention.” One of the living rooms has a fireplace. It flows through to the kitchen.Up one level is the master suite, which has two walk-in wardrobes, direct elevator access and not one, but two ensuites — one for each person.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago One of the two ensuites off the master bedroom. One of four walk-in wardrobes in the house.Also on this level are two more bedrooms, one with a walk-in wardrobe, and there is also another bathroom. There is a study nook off this bedroom.On level three are bedrooms four and five, a fourth bathroom and separate powder room, laundry and media room.center_img There is a 400-plus bottle wine cellar for those who love a good drop.The fourth floor has two multipurpose spaces, one of which has been used as a gym, and the other as a tasting room off a 400-plus bottle wine cellar.There is also a wet bar/kitchenette, powder room and a massive tiled steam room with a shower. The home was once a 1970s brick cavity build.From a rooftop pool to a tasting room off the wine cellar, this five-level home could be the flashiest property going under the hammer in Brisbane this weekend. It was once an old 1970s brick house, but after more than 18 months of renovations you would never guess it. There are sweeping views from the rooftop terrace. There is a more casual deck off the gym for every day occasions.The property, which is being marketed by Ray White Ascot’s Dwight Ferguson and Alexander Shean, is set to go to auction this Saturday, April 27, at 5pm. It looks like a hotel from above.The house at 7 Langside Rd, Hamilton, now has a mammoth 607sq m of internal living, and not a hideous brown brick in sight. Don’t worry, you won’t have to climb all five levels, with this lift servicing each floor.The incredible property will be open for inspection from 4.30pm on Saturday, with the auction kicking off at 5pm.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more


Batesville Alumni Game

first_imgIf you are full of turkey and need to get out of the house and away from the crowded stores, go on out to the Batesville High School gymnasium for the boys’ annual alumni game.  It will be played this Friday starting at 1 p.m.You will be amazed at the talent that is still shown by a lot of Batesville alumni players.  It is a lot of fun and it does not take a lot of your day, and it helps the Batesville Basketball Program.  Come and see how many of the adult men who are playing you can recognize from their high school days!  I will be there in my blue scooter!last_img read more


O’Driscoll set for Liverpool role

first_img Press Association However, Lijnders is not a direct replacement for first-team coach Mike Marsh, who did not have his contract renewed in June, and is understood to have been given a role centred around elite player development having impressed with his one-on-one work with players at the academy. The Dutchman will also continue to work with the best youngsters at the academy. Liverpool are likely to make one further addition to the coaching staff, which possibly leaves the way open for a return for an individual who has previous links with the club. Former defender Sami Hyypia, who has managed Bayer Leverkusen and Brighton, and ex-assistant to Rafael Benitez Pako Ayesteran, who recently left his job with Maccabi Tel Aviv having led them to a domestic treble, were both been linked with the vacancy when the departures of Pascoe and Marsh were announced a month ago, but the recruitment process is still ongoing. The majority of Liverpool’s squad, including all their England internationals – which also means wantaway winger Raheem Sterling for whom the club have rejected two bids from Manchester City – will report back to Melwood after their summer break. New arrival James Milner, who arrived on a free transfer from City, will be present while fellow new signing Danny Ings, the Burnley striker, is cutting short the extended summer break he was entitled to having been involved with England’s Under-21s in the European Championships having made the personal decision to come back early and is likely to join up with his new team-mates on Wednesday. Brazil internationals Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, who has yet to have his medical having agreed a £29million deal to move from Hoffenheim, are not scheduled to return for some time following their recent involvement in the Copa America. Liverpool fly out to Bangkok next Sunday for the first leg of their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia. Press Association Sport understands both will be in their new posts in time for the return to pre-season training of most of the players. O’Driscoll, who has left his role as England Under-19 manager, will replace Rodgers’ former number two Colin Pascoe, who was sacked in June following a robust end-of-season review into the club’s failure to retain Champions League football with a sixth-placed finish. center_img Liverpool are set to confirm the appointment of Sean O’Driscoll as assistant manager and the promotion of academy coach Pep Lijnders to Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff on Monday. last_img read more


TikTok and WeChat US ban to begin on Sunday

first_imgBad news for TikTok and WeChat users. The US plans to go through with the ban on the apps for American citizens.The ban will officially begin on Sunday and initially only affect new downloads of the app, according to a news release from the Department of Commerce.Department of Commerce says that despite the ban starting on Sunday, the app will continue to work until November 12th when it will be denied access to it’s crucial services like internet host and transit services.Those who are using the WeChat app, however, will see a complete shutdown of the app on Sunday.” The real shut down would come after Nov. 12th in the event that there is not another transaction,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview with the Fox Business Network. ” So it’s very different how the two are being handled and that reflects the quantitative and the qualitative differences between the two apps.”According to Commerce the reason the TikTok app will not be completely shut down on Sunday is because several big tech companies in the US are still currently in negations to buy the app from China.The Trump administration originally made the decision to shutdown the Chinese run apps due to concerns that the apps were collecting information on US citizens.A TikTok Spokesperson sent a statement to NBC News saying that they are continuing to challenge the unjust executive order:“We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the U.S. of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.”last_img read more


Mother and two children seriously injured in crash

first_imgOn Monday, Oct. 27, at approximately 1:20 p.m., a woman and her two children were hit by a car on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Vermont Avenue near the University Park campus.On the scene · Police officers investigate the accident near the USC campus on the corner of Vermont Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanAccording to LAPD, the woman driving lost control of her vehicle and ran into the bus stop in front of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hitting a woman and her one-year-old and two-year-old daughters, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.“LAPD is investigating the vehicle that went over the curb at the [northwest] corner of Vermont and Jefferson that struck a woman and her two children on the bus bench,” said Dept. of Public Safety Deputy Chief David Carlisle. “The victims were transported to the hospital.”The three victims were the only pedestrians waiting at the bus stop and the only three severely injured. The driver was with her daughter, who was sitting in the passenger seat. Both suffered only minor injuries in the accident.The car was heavily damaged and left in the middle of Vermont Avenue, with its bumper remaining on the sidewalk. Shattered glass was at the bus stop with the victim’s stroller and children’s clothes left on the ground. The block was closed off by LAPD until the car was removed from the area, and the glass from the bus stop was cleaned up at approximately 4 p.m.According to LAPD officer Rebecca Gordillo, as of approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday, the victims were in stable condition. Gordillo also stated the reason for the driver losing control is unknown.“The vehicle was driving eastbound [on] Jefferson and making a left turn northbound on Vermont at the green arrow,” Gordillo said. “We don’t know the exact reason the car lost control, and we will check camera footage from the surrounding buildings. However, what we do know for sure is that the car lost control as the driver was making the left turn and collided into pedestrians at this bus bench.”last_img read more


Three touchdowns from White lead UW to 27-17 victory over BYU

first_imgIn a highly anticipated final non-conference matchup, the No. 21 Wisconsin football team overpowered the Brigham Young University defense to seal a key 27-17 victory.A game that saw highly executed performances on both sides of the ball for the Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) including 425 yards of offense and holding a BYU offense that averaged 258.8 rushing yards to just 163 on the night, head coach Gary Anderson believes he witnessed the best team performance of the season yet.“I thought that was maybe overall our best team victory of the season as far as just every aspect of the game — offense, defense, special teams — being a factor in a positive way,” Andersen said. “And it’s never perfect, but we knew this was going to be a battle. “Atop the list of game changers was senior running back James White, scoring all three of the Badgers’ touchdowns and recording 194 yards of total offense that the Cougars (6-3) could not manage to contain. Though impressive on the run all night, the dynamic tailback looked more like a receiver at times.White and the offense set the tone early, driving 76 yards on 11 plays to open the game. A game-long 27-yard connection from sophomore quarterback Joel Stave to White put the Badgers just four yards from the goal line and an untouched four-yard rush up the middle a play later by White put UW on the board 7-0.“’I’m just trying to be as versatile as possible out there. Be sharp on pass protection. Be a viable option in the receiving game and don’t miss any cuts as a running back,” White said. “I’m trying to play as complete as possible.”As the teams switched field goalas midway through the first half, the Badger offense took over with 2:22 left before halftime looking to extend its seven-point lead. A 24-yard completion to redshirt senior tight end Jacob Pedersen placed UW on the BYU 11-yard and two players later Stave, with plenty of time, found James White on the goal line, connecting a five-yard pass to give UW a 17-3 lead at half.BYU came back in the second half to score two touchdowns with quarterback sophomore Taysom Hill finishing the night with a pair of touchdown completions. A game-long 34-yard connection to senior receiver Cody Hoffman in the third quarter handed the UW defense its first allowed touchdown in six quarters. However it was sustained offensive drives by UW kept BYU from tipping the momentum.“It was good for us to be able to continually drive the ball. Probably one of the best things you could say about the offense today is you didn’t have a bunch of negative plays. There was some, obviously, and a sack here or a run here, whatever it may have been, but for the most part, BYU thrives on that type of defense,” Andersen said.” We were able to handle that for the most part and keep the game within our control so they don’t get in a feeding frenzy.”Closing out the third quarter on a drive beginning on the UW 13-yard-line, White completed the 92-yard drive lasting just under five minutes with a 14-yard rush in the opening minutes of the final quarter for his final score of the night.Wisconsin finished the game with a commanding 36:02 possession time to BYU’s 23:58 with the ball.“Our offense prides itself on playing a lot of plays. We knew we had to have drives like that to give our defense a break, keep them off the field,” Pederson said. “That is Wisconsin football.”The Wisconsin defense maintained pressure on Hill all night long, recording four sacks on Hill, including two from Chris Borland. The senior linebacker returned to the field looking like he had never been away. Missing last weekend’s meeting with Iowa due to a hamstring injury he sustained in the opening quarter at Illinois Oct. 19, Borland recorded a team-high 13 tackles on the night.A standout performance by safety Michael Caputo followed right behind with 12 tackles Saturday.“We really controlled the game for the majority of it. Slipped up a bit late, but we contained them and the quarterback, which was huge,” Borland said.Though pleased with his returning performance, Borland was critical of his and the defensive play to end the game, as the Badgers allowed BYU to score with just under two minutes on the clock and again found themselves facing a 61-yard Cougar drive to close out the game, though this one ended scoreless.“Those last two [BYU] drives were unacceptable I think,” Borland said. “We played on our heels and that’s not our style,”The Cougars’ defense found its strength through senior linebacker Uani ‘Unga, who recorded 15 tackles to bring his season total to 100 on the season, after previously recording just 28 in his career. ‘Unga and the defensive squad kept Stave on his toes all night, forcing an interception from Stave in the second quarter as the ball slipped between the hands of Pedersen in double coverage and fell into the lap of senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy.As Wisconsin looks to progress into its final three regular season games against Big Ten opponents Indiana, Minnesota and Penn State, a commanding performance showed the UW team has what Andersen called the opportunity to be a great team.“Now everything we do is three guarantees left … in a regular season right now, we’re sitting in the Big Ten, we’re 4-1, and we have some, we have the ability to do some special things and have a special record in the Big Ten, but that’s all out there,” Andersen said. “Three games left. We’ll see what happens.”last_img read more