By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo January 03, 2017 On November 21st, the Bolivian Special Anti-Narcotics Forces (FELCN, per its Spanish acronym) seized 105 kilograms of marijuana and 47 kilograms of cocaine in the department of Santa Cruz. The FELCN operation prevented drug traffickers from using a traditional drug trafficking route to smuggle some of the drugs into the Argentine province of Salta. Such efforts have been reinforced by the growing anti-drug cooperation between the Argentine and Bolivian air forces. The prime example of this mutual agreement is the Joint Exercise Árbol I (Tree in English), carried out from October 24-29 along their shared border. During the exercise, light Argentine and Bolivian aircraft were used to implement rules of coordination and information transfer regarding unlawful air traffic. “The army sought to maintain a common language and to establish procedures for both air forces, as Brazil and Uruguay have already done,” Commodore Fernando Rubio, head of the Argentine Air Force (FAA, per its Spanish acronym) Training and Preparedness Command Planning and Programs Department and co-commander of Exercise Árbol, told Diálogo. “By these measures, we’ll establish better communication between the two air forces, which will allow project continuity between the two countries.” The Bolivian Minister of Defense, Reymi Ferreira, highlighted the importance of Exercise Árbol to security and defense cooperation. “(The exercise) is aimed at optimizing control over unlawful air traffic along the border between the two countries in faithful observance of the constitutional mandate regarding airspace defense,” Ferreira said in a press release issued by the Bolivian Information Agency. “These types of activities strengthen coordination and cooperation in the fight against crime and drug trafficking, and also potentially with respect to humanitarian aid in natural disasters and emergencies,” concluded Ferreira. Unlawful traffic simulation For the joint exercise, the Argentine and Bolivian militaries employed aircraft, detection technology, communication systems, and command and control mechanisms. “A simulation of unlawful air traffic was jointly performed by the Argentine Air Force and the Bolivian Air Force (FAB, per its Spanish acronym),” said Cmdre. Rubio. “Argentine planes crossed into Bolivian territory, and Bolivian planes crossed into Argentina.” The FAA aircraft were positioned at the Tartagal Airport in Salta. The FAB aircraft were part of the IV Air Brigade of Tarija, in the south of Bolivia. The officers expressed satisfaction with the results. “Exercise Árbol allowed for the establishment and testing of rules of coordination and cooperation for control of unlawful aircraft activity along the border between the two countries,” said Cmdre. Rubio. 3D radar Exercise Tree also employed an Argentine 3D primary radar, a long-range device manufactured in Argentina, which is of particular importance in the fight against drug trafficking. “We’ve been working arduously on the issue (of the radar) since the execution of the agreement between the Military Manufacturing Directorate General and the government enterprise Investigaciones Aplicadas in the Argentine province of Rio Negro, which allowed for the development of this technology to begin in this country,” said Cmdre. Rubio. The agreement, signed in 2011, called for the production of six 3D long-range primary radars for the FAA. “Today, we have 3D radars with a range of 400 kilometers, which form part of the National Airspace Surveillance and Control System,” said Cmdre. Rubio. “The fact that all this technology came from a national company is cause for pride and a source of sovereignty that provides regional and worldwide distinction.” Regional cooperation Exercise Árbol also allowed for the tightening of bonds and the exchange of experiences between the two air forces. According to Cmdre. Rubio, working with the FAB was very gratifying. “Bolivia’s airspace command is still in its embryonic stage. Argentina’s was implemented several years ago. Because of this, the exercise allowed Bolivia to gain training in how to put together such an airspace defense structure.” “In this case, the FAB appeared very grateful and satisfied. This was the initial starting point for them to begin creating a structure that could respond to various scenarios,” added the Exercise Tree’s co-commander. “Without a doubt, the exercise was held at a level congruent with the requirements imposed, and attracted the interest of the neighboring country’s high authorities.” Air Major General Celier Aparicio, commander of the FAB, said that the fundamental idea behind all these exercises is the interdiction and removal of the unlawful vector. “What is meant by ‘unlawful vector’? It could be an aircraft flying for purposes of drug trafficking. This is in the fundamental interest of the Argentine and Bolivian people,” Maj. Gen. Aparicio said in a statement published in Bolivian digital daily La Razón Digital.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why has the SPAC board cut the New York City Ballet for the third time since 2004? Money isn’t the answer, since no other classical programs are ever cut.SPAC was built in 1966 to be the summer home of the NYC Ballet, arguably the greatest ballet company in the world. Saratoga has the honor of being the only summer home of any ballet company in the world.SPAC and its board keep raising ticket prices for the ballet, allow no community input, and then complain when ballet fans can no longer afford to attend performances as often as they would like. SPAC is housed in Saratoga Spa State Park, which is paid for by the taxpayers, who aren’t allowed to have input about what goes on there. If SPAC board members are unwilling to raise funds to have the NYC Ballet two to four weeks a year, they should resign.Louise J. GoldsteinSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Just months ahead of the 2020 Olympics, the jolt to tourism may presage a broader economic impact from the coronavirus for both Japan and the global economy. Japan could be at particular risk because of its increased reliance on Chinese tourism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” policies.Nomura Securities had forecast a 240 billion yen (US$2.3 billion) bump from event-related tourism in 2020, which it said would evaporate if the Olympics were cancelled, although organizers have said delaying or moving the games is not an option. Last year, Japan hosted 31.9 million foreign visitors, who spent 4.81 trillion yen.The flu-like virus SARS-CoV-2 has spread to about 80 countries after emerging in central China late last year and has hurt global tourism, air travel and events. About 98,000 people have been infected and 3,300 killed worldwide.Although most cases are in China, more new infections are appearing outside that country. There are no official tourism figures from February yet, but some analysts – and anecdotal evidence from people in the tourism industry – suggest that arrivals from Asia alone are likely to be down by at least half.”You’ve got that negativity that is going to percolate through the system,” said Jesper Koll, a senior adviser at WisdomTree Investments.The hit to economic growth from slowing inbound tourism could be a quarter of a percentage point or more, he said.’Explosive shopping’For Japan, which has seen more than 1,000 confirmed infections, 2020 was supposed to be a record year for foreign arrivals and a boon for an economy already on the brink of recession.About 9.5 million of Japan’s foreign visitors last year were Chinese, a number that has risen more than six-fold over the past seven years.And Chinese visitors spend more than others, accounting for 30% of tourists but 37% of tourist spending last year, according to Japan Tourism Agency data.At a shop near Watanabe’s restaurant, the shelves were lined with rice cookers, sake cups and beauty products such as lipstick usually popular with Chinese tourists, who are known for their “bakugai” or “explosive shopping” sprees.But there were few customers. Shop workers chatted with each other in the nearly empty store.On Wednesday, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the outbreak has hurt consumption through a decline in Chinese tourists.The pain could worsen after Abe on Thursday said the government would suspend existing visas for visitors from China and South Korea and quarantine them for two weeks.Hotels squeezed In the central prefecture of Shizuoka, home to Mt Fuji, Chinese account for as much as 70% of foreign tourists. Some 90,000 people, mostly Chinese, have cancelled hotel and ryokan inn bookings for the first three months of this year, according to the local tourism association.That represents about a third of the total bookings by Chinese tourists during the period.In response, the prefecture has made it easier for tourism-dependent businesses to get loans, said Mitsuhiro Sasamatsu of the local government’s tourism policy division.But some hotels that are dependent on Chinese tourists are temporarily shutting down. “For them, it is better cost-wise to shut down completely than to have the business open for few guests,” Sasamatsu said.About 80,000 new rooms are expected to open in nine major cities between 2019 and 2021, according to a June report from CBRE, a property research firm.Even before the coronavirus, the supply of rooms in all nine was forecast to outstrip demand, according to CBRE.This week, H.I.S. Co, Japan’s largest listed travel agent by revenue, said it expected a full-year loss, rather than a profit, citing the coronavirus impact.Yoshio Adachi, who guides tourists around Yokohama’s bay area in a custom tuk tuk imported from Thailand, reckons the number of Chinese tourists has fallen by as much 60% since the outbreak.He is hoping that a bid to host a casino resort in the city, Japan’s second largest, will pan out and lead to more tourists.”The Olympics will be a one off, so the economy will need to come back after that,” he said. The restaurants at the Exitmelsa shopping centre in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district are usually packed with Chinese tourists. But on a recent weekday, many lunchtime tables were empty, a sign of the toll that the coronavirus is taking on tourism.For Japanese who have grown dependent on Chinese tourists for business, like waiter Kiyotake Watanabe, it marks a disconcerting trend.”People on group tours would gather together at noon, and 10 or 20 of them would come in all at once,” Watanabe, who works at a Chinese restaurant in the shopping center, told Reuters. Those customers evaporated after China in January banned overseas group tours. Topics :
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BechtelLNG exports from the three liquefaction plants located on Curtis Island offshore Gladstone reached 1.7 million mt during June, according to the data from the Gladstone Ports Corporation.This represents a 1.4 percent rise compared to the previous month when Gladstone LNG exports reached 1.68 million mt.In comparison to the corresponding month in 2016, when the three projects exported 1.43 million mt, this is a 14.3 percent rise in volumes.China was the top destination for Gladstone LNG exports with 1,03 million mt imported in June, the data shows.The rest of the LNG cargoes went to South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and India.LNG exports from the three terminals totaled 9.86 million mt in the January-June period.The three LNG export plants located on Curtis Island include Shell’s Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos Gladstone LNG and the ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG terminal.
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ILOILO City – The human rights group PanayAlliance Karapatan condemned what it alleged to be a recent attack on innocentcivilians of Barangay Igpanulong, Sibalom, Antique. Panay Alliance Karapatan, however, cited“independent reports” that the military had killed one civilian and arrestedand detained 12 others and that these people were unarmed civilians, and somewere students. Meanwhile, the NPA Mt. Napulak Command inSouthern Panay released a statement denying the Army report of an encounter inMiag-ao. In statement released by the Philippine Army’s61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion, the military claimed to have seized a NewPeople’s Army (NPA) training ground where they encountered 40 members of theNPA at around 10 a.m. on April 18 in Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miag-ao,Iloilo. The group said it was able to get in touchwith the mother of one of these civilians, Ellen Centino from BarangayIgpanulong, Sibalom, Antique who aired her concern for her 18-year old sonCarlo. As a result, the Army claimed, one NPA memberwas killed and 11 were captured. According to the group, the mother recalledthat on April 14 Carlo asked permission to go with his friends to the forest togather honey from beehives which they then intended to sell. The group urged the Commission on Human Rightsto conduct an investigation. The young men have not returned yet, accordingto the group. Their ages ranged from 14 to 21 years old. The attack resulted in the killing of a youthand arrest of 12 more civilians, many of whom were minor students, according tothe group. “Our hope is that this will not fall into thepattern where defenseless people become victims of staged encounters and end upin jails on trumped up charges filed by the army and police,” according toPanay Alliance Karapatan./PN “If indeed it was Carlo Centino and hiscompanions who were chanced upon and fired at by the Philippine Army soldiers,we call on them to promptly release these civilians unharmed to their families,as well as the remains of the person reportedly killed,” according to PanayAlliance Karapatan in a statement.
MANILA – Despite his supposed involvement in community quarantine violation, Major General Debold Sinas will remain as chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Archie Gamboa said on Monday that Sinas will be “hard to replace” as Metro Manila top cop especially with country in the middle of coronavirus disease pandemic.“Yes, I hope the public would understand kasi nandito tayo sa emergency situation; pag palitan mo siya, we will never know. Napakahirap palitan dahil ang dami niyang programa in relation to COVID,” Gamboa said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.He added that Sinas was responsible in putting to stop illegal gambling when he occupied the NCRPO top post.“I hope ma-validate ito ng publiko na indeed walang nangyaring suhulan pagdating sa illegal gambling dito sa NCR,” Gamboa said.Aside from Sinas, 18 other police officers are facing charges of violation of City Ordinance No. 12, series of 2020, which imposes mandatory wearing of face masks and physical distancing, and Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, filed by the PNP-Internal Affairs Service before the Taguig City Prosecutors’ Office on Friday.Once found guilty, Gamboa assured that the police officers would be suspended and face forfeiture of pay.Sinas received criticisms after photos of his birthday celebration on May 8 at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City – which he had labeled as a simple “mañanita” or early morning serenade – went viral online last week.The pictures were initially uploaded on the Facebook page of NCRPO’s public information office where police officers were seen giving Sinas roses and cakes while other photos were seen Sinas mingling with guests seated at various tables.Sinas has apologized for the incident, but claimed he found “nothing wrong” with the gathering, saying proper social distancing and health measures were followed by the guests./PN
Nicky “Nick” L. Wingate, 59, of Moores Hill passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Mercy Health in Cincinnati. Nick was born Thursday, July 7, 1960 in Dearborn County, the son of Leroy and Marcella (Ascherman) Wingate. Nick was a machine operator for Rotek Inc. in Florence, Kentucky. He enjoyed watching sports, being outdoors at campfires, spending time with family, going to concerts and was a member of United Steelworker Union.Nick is survived by his mother Marcella Wingate of Aurora; son Brandon (Jamie) Wingate of Moores Hill; sister Melody Deckard of Aurora; four grandchildren; nieces; Kristin Deckard and Heather McClanahan; close friends: Steve and Debbie Bruns of Moores Hill and Cindy and Larry Tyson of Moores Hill. He was preceded in death by his father Leroy Wingate.A service celebrating his life will be held 11 AM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill with Pastor Steve Bruns officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 9-11 AM Saturday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Nick to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280. You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Sevilla midfielder Lucas Ocampos headed a late goal to snatch a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers as they reached the Europa League semi-finals on Tuesday.That was after the English side paid the price for an early penalty kick miss. Raul Jimenez saw his hesitant penalty kick easily saved by goalkeeper Bono in the 13th minute of the single leg tie.Wolves failed to muster a shot on target after that as former Real Madrid and Spain coach Julen Lopetegui’s side took control.Five-times winners Sevilla, who will face Manchester United in the last four in Cologne on Sunday, enjoyed 73 per cent of possession.They won 14 corner kicks to none for Wolves in a one-sided game.Wolves, playing in their first European quarter-final for 48 years, appeared to feel the effects of a marathon season which saw them play 59 matches. These include 17 in the Europa League, starting at home to Crusaders on July 25 last year.Yet the Midlands team made a promising start with Adama Traore at the centre of things.Having set up an early chance which Raul Jimenez headed straight at Bono, the Spaniard powered into the area and was tripped from behind by Diego Carlos.Jimenez, who usually waits for the goalkeeper to move, appeared caught in two minds and his effort was comfortably stopped by Bono with a dive to his left.It was the Mexican’s first penalty kick miss for Wolves after converting his previous eight efforts. Sevilla dominated the match after that, passing the ball around in the centre of the pitch, but it was fairly unproductive possession and they created few openings.The second half was a similar story with Wolves apparently happy to allow Sevilla to knock the ball around in midfield.But the Spaniards grew more dangerous towards the end and broke through with two minutes left.Their 13th corner-kick was rolled to Ever Banega and he curled a cross into the area which Ocampos flicked past goalkeeper Rui Patricio.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Reuters/NAN.Tags: Europa LeagueLicas OcamposSEVILLAWolverhampton Wanderers