Bolivia, Brazil, and United States Begin Coca-Monitoring Program

first_img “Drug trafficking has to be defeated jointly, sharing efforts among states. This is the great contribution of this system, this trilateral plan involving Bolivia, the United States, and Brazil,” Interior Minister Carlos Romero affirmed here. The ancient plant is also the raw material for manufacturing cocaine, an activity in which Bolivia is ranked third in the world, behind Peru and Colombia, according to the UN. The trinational agreement, which will last a year, aims to promote technical and scientific coordination among the signatory countries, in order to achieve improved monitoring of and greater precision about the areas where excess coca is grown, for the purpose of its eradication, with a budget of 350,000 dollars. The GPS equipment makes it possible to verify the amount of coca eradicated on site and then do follow-up to come back to check whether rural workers have replanted coca, an unsolved problem in Bolivia. In the town of Chimoré, in Chapare, Brazil’s ambassador in La Paz, Marcel Biato, and the U.S. chargé d’affaires, John Creamer, delivered GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment as part of an anti-drug agreement signed in January. Bolivia has 31,000 hectares of coca, according to United Nations data, of which only 12,000 are legal for traditional uses, such as chewing, infusion, and in Andean religious rituals. On April 1, in the Bolivian region of Chapare, the Governments of Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States began to use a satellite system to monitor a reduction in areas planted with coca, AFP confirmed. Since the late 1980s, the country has eradicated between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares a year, manually and with the participation of police and Military personnel, but at the same time that the Government destroys crops, rural workers replant more coca. By Dialogo April 03, 2012last_img read more

Dive into the hole…

first_imgby: Anthony DemangoneNAFCU isn’t perfect. There are things we can do better to better serve our members.But I will say this: we try to fill those holes.A common thread we heard from our members over the past few years was that NAFCU needed a system to provide model policies and procedures to its members.  Facing a regulatory avalanche, our members needed help.Dan Berger pushed us to find a solution.During our recent annual conference, we announced a strategic alliance with CBANC. CBANC is an awesome company out of Austin, Texas. I’m very excited to work with them.  And here’s why… continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nine ways to become a millionaire

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your parents and grandparents undoubtedly once thought that if they had a million bucks they would be on top of the world, at least financially. Millionaire status still comes with nice bragging rights.But because of inflation, being a millionaire isn’t even close to what it used to be. If you had $1 million half a century ago, in 1966, you’d have had the equivalent of about $7.4 million in today’s buying power. But today’s $1 million is worth only about $134,400 in 1966 goods and services.That’s the bad news. The good news is that achieving millionaire status is considerably easier now than way back then. The topic seems to be on people’s minds these days.(Here’s a tried-and-true way to make $1 million in the stock market: Start with $2 million. Ouch! I know. Old joke.)Here then are nine ways that people try (sometimes successfully) to make $1 million. continue reading »last_img read more

Martin Keown names his Man Utd and Liverpool combined XI after Jurgen Klopp rant

first_img‘There were rumours over the international break about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing his job if United lose. Does he deserve more time? Is he the man to oversee this rebuild?‘Klopp certainly was at Anfield. The German finished eighth in his first season after taking over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.‘Four years later, eight of my combined XI were signed or brought through by him. The exceptions are Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino. Keown’s Man Utd and Liverpool combined XI Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool)Defenders: Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Maguire (Manchester United), Van Dijk (Liverpool), Robertson (Liverpool)Midfielders: Henderson (Liverpool), Fabinho (Liverpool), Wijnaldum (Liverpool)Forwards: Salah (Liverpool), Firmino (Liverpool), Mane (Liverpool) Manchester United face Premier League leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has named his Manchester United and Liverpool combined XI after Jurgen Klopp took aim at Danny Mills’ selections.Former Manchester City and England star Mills did not pick a single Manchester United player in his XI and Klopp angrily said: ‘It’s a joke.‘When Sky made a combined line-up of 11 Liverpool payers, it’s building a banana skin. ‘At the moment the world is a circus and we are in the centre. Martin Keown names his Man Utd and Liverpool combined XI after Jurgen Klopp rant Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 19 Oct 2019 1:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link275Shares Jurgen Klopp slammed Danny Mills’ combined XI (Picture: Getty)‘Klopp helped turn Liverpool into the title-chasers and Champions League-winners they are.’Manchester United are 12th ahead of Sunday’s much-anticipated clash but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday: ‘I’ve never felt the job is too big for me.‘We do have a plan and we know that we’ve made some decisions that maybe in the short-term would harm us, but we know in the long-term will benefit us.‘But results are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker if we get results and performances.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Klopp says media has made Man Utd a ‘banana skin’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:53FullscreenKlopp says media has made Man Utd a ‘banana skin’ 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.‘A couple of people want us to win, a couple of people want us to lose. I am aware of the strength of the Manchester United.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal legend Keown, meanwhile, named just one Manchester United player – England defender Harry Maguire – in his combined team.He told the Daily Mail: ‘Of the United players available on Sunday, only Harry Maguire makes my combined XI. Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch giant PMT to divest holdings in ‘expensive’ hedge funds

first_imgThe pension fund reported combined returns for alternatives, including private equity and infrastructure, of 2.8% over the first six months of 2014.At the same time, the metal scheme announced that it would invest €1bn in Dutch residential mortgages, through the Dutch Mortgage Funding Company (DMFCO), established last year.Inge van den Doel, PMT’s director of asset management, said: “This investment will generate a decent return against an acceptable and verifiable risk.“Investment through the DMCFO offers pension funds the option to solely invest in the type of mortgages that suit their specific policy requirements.“Because several pension funds have joined the initiative and combined their requirements, the DMFCO can offer a full mortgage product.”Meanwhile, PGB, the €16bn pension fund for the printing industry, today announced that it would also invest €500m in Dutch residential mortgages through the DMFCO. PGB trustee Rob Heerkens, responsible for investments, said: “Dutch mortgages are an attractive investment, as they carry a limited risk whilst offering better returns than, for example, Dutch government bonds.”PGB said the €6.7bn pension fund of steelworks Hoogovens had also committed itself to a substantial investment to DMFCO.By committing to the Dutch Mortgage Funding Company, the pension funds have effectively foregone investing in Dutch residential mortgage bonds, soon to be launched by the National Mortgage Institution (NHI).Annemieke Biesheuvel, spokeswoman for PMT, said: “By investing through the DMFCO, pension funds can follow their intended risk/return profile precisely, and won’t be dependent on what the NHI would offer.”The NHI had indicated it would aim at issuing €50bn worth of mortgage bonds for institutional investors. PMT, the €55bn pension fund for Dutch metal workers, has said it will fully divest its €1bn hedge fund allocation in favour of investments in local residential mortgages.Following an extensive analysis of its hedge fund holdings, the pension fund concluded that an active management style in “markets with many players” no longer matched its investment beliefs.It also cited the fact the management cost for its hedge fund portfolio accounted for no less than 32% of its entire asset management costs of 0.54% of assets.PMT said its chief purpose in having a hedge fund allocation – to spread investment risk – no longer carried sufficient weight, particularly in light of the “slightly positive” returns it generated.last_img read more

Indiana DCS holding family game night

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Monday (4/10) night, the Indiana Department of Child Services will be hosting a Family Game night from 6 – 8 at the Lawrenceburg Community Center.The event will feature games and coloring for all ages.Pinwheels will be distributed to all that attend.Information will be handed out about different safety concerns in the community as well as types of abuse and neglect.The event is open to the public and free to attend.last_img

NBA returns on StarTimes with ESPN

first_img Read Also: Super Eagles: Egbo advances support for local coaches “Active subscribers can watch on the go by downloading StarTimes ON mobile app and linking it to their decoders, at no extra cost, to access the same content they subscribe for on their decoders. “Also, non-subscribers can also watch live sports, sought-after TV channels and over 2000 video-on-demand content for as low as N400 weekly, with an option to subscribe with their MTN airtime, via the StarTimes ON mobile app.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… With the NBA 2019/20 season restarting today with the ESPN channel broadcasting the games in Africa, live basketball is set to return on StarTimes after a hiatus of nearly five months. After the coronavirus postponed the NBA season, these NBA games will be unlike any previous year. Social distancing requirements means that fans will not be in attendance and all the games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Only the best 22 of the league’s 30 teams will participate while each team will play eight games to finish the regular season. From these, the top seven teams in each conference will advance, with the final eighth seed in each conference being determined by a potential play-in tournament before the traditional 16-team playoffs. “We are excited to bring more sports offering to our subscribers and basketball lovers in Nigeria can now look forward to action coming back on their screens through the ESPN channel,” explained StarTimes PR Manager Lazarus Ibeabuchi.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Little-Known Facts About Ancient Egypt That Will Puzzle You7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globelast_img read more

Prize not pounds for Rory

first_img “It’s good being in the top five, you know what you need to do,” said McIlroy, who is fourth in the standings behind Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel and Bubba Watson. Hunter Mahan is fifth. “You need to win and that takes care of everything. Being in the top five was important coming in, I would have liked to be a bit higher on the list but haven’t played well enough over the past few weeks.” McIlroy won his fourth major title, and third tournament in succession in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, and has finished 22nd, fifth and eighth in the first three play-offs, despite four-putting the 12th hole in each of the last two rounds last week. The packed schedule has led to complaints from some players and a promise from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem that a break between events would be reinstated next year, but McIlroy found a more simple solution to fatigue. “It’s amazing what a night in your own bed can do, just one night,” the world number one told a pre-tournament press conference. “I was standing in the shower on Monday morning in Denver thinking to myself why I am going to Atlanta today? So I didn’t, I went to Florida for a day and a half and it was really good. “It was refreshing to spend a bit of time at home, dump a lot of luggage that I’ve been carrying with me for the last four or five weeks. I had a great practice session at the Bear’s Club and was able to work out in the gym at home. “I feel really good coming in here. I feel like that day and a half at home will definitely help and anything other than a win here would definitely be a disappointment. “After I finished the PGA all my focus was on the FedEx Cup and trying to win this… obviously if I finish second or third and end up winning the whole thing, that’s cool as well! “But I want to win and I only have to beat 28 other guys, it’s not like a regular event where you have to beat 155. “I don’t think it (the money) will make me any more nervous on the golf course on Sunday. Ten million is a lot of money to anyone and if I’m thinking of getting myself something or whatever it’s a nice bit of extra money to have. “I’m not saying I am motivated by the money in any way. It’s obviously nice and I have made a lot of money over the past seven or eight years, but it (winning the FedEx) is one of the only things that I have not achieved in the game of golf and that’s the real reason I want to win this week.” In theory all 29 players at East Lake – Dustin Johnson qualified but is taking a leave of absence – have the chance to win the overall title. But only those in the top five control their own destiny and can emulate Stenson, who led from start to finish 12 months ago and later became the first player to also win the Race to Dubai in the same season. McIlroy currently leads Sergio Garcia by more than £2million in those standings. “The money is great but at the same time it’s the title that would mean more to me,” McIlroy said ahead of this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta. The 25-year-old is one of five players who know victory at East Lake would also see them secure the overall FedEx Cup title won by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson last year, and with it a USD10million (£6million) bonus. There are six million reasons to want to win the FedEx Cup title, but Rory McIlroy insists he needs just one. Press Associationlast_img read more

Assam karatekas shine in Maharashtra

first_imgA Correspondent,Biswanath Chariali, June 8: The Karatekas of Biswanath Karate Academy successfully participated in the recently concluded 18th All India Karate Championship held at Khandala, Maharashtra under the aegis of World Traditional Shotokan Karate Fedaration. The successful karatekas were Kalpajyoti Saikia (Gold in Kumite), Ritu Pritam Borah (Bronzes in Kumite and Kata), Krishnakshi Bhattacharya (Bronze in Kumite) and Ritu Pritam Borah and Angad Kashyap (Bronze in team Kata). The team was led by instructor Moon Sharma.last_img read more

Silva ton gives Sri Lanka 288-run lead

first_img(REUTERS) – Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva roared back into form with a century in the final Test against Australia yesterday, boosting the hosts’ hopes of a 3-0 sweep against the world number one team at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo.A day after the opener split the webbing on his left hand which needed six stitches and dropped down to number three, Silva struck 115 as Sri Lanka reached 312 for eight at stumps on the penultimate day of the Test to lead by 288 runs.Dhananjaya de Silva was batting on 44 with Suranga Lakmal yet to open his account at the other end as Australia’s hopes of a pride-salvaging win looked rather dim against the hosts’ formidable spin attack on a final-day track.The day belonged to Silva who, after scores of 4, 7, 5, 2 and 0 in the last five innings, cover-drove an Adam Voges full toss to bring up his third Test fifty in 251 balls.The relief reflected in his animated celebration as the 30-year-old took off his helmet, swung his bat and roared in delight before being hugged by batting partner Dinesh Chandimal.Resuming on 22 for one, Sri Lanka lost three wickets in the morning session before the 58-run stand between Silva and home captain Angelo Mathews (26) steadied the home ship.Overnight batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (22) fell to a clever piece of stumping by Peter Nevill off the bowling of Nathan Lyon who trapped Silva leg-before in his next over but the batsman used the review option to get the umpire’s decision overturned.Kusal Perera (24) fell to Jon Holland while Mitchell Starc dismissed Kusal Mendis (18) leg-before to claim his 24th wicket in an otherwise spinner-dominated series.Mathews fell to Lyon (4-123) in the second session but Silva added 90 runs with Chandimal (43) for the sixth wicket to consolidate Sri Lanka’s position.Holland ended Silva’s 269-ball stay with Steve Smith taking the catch in slip as the batsman walked out to a standing ovation.SRI LANKA 1st innings 355 (D. Chandimal 132, D. de Silva 129; M. Starc 5-63) AUSTRALIA 1st innings 379 (S. Marsh 130, S. Smith 119, M. Marsh 53; R. Herath 6-81) SRI LANKA 2nd innings (o/night: 22-1)D. Perera lbw b Starc 8D. Karunaratne stp. Nevill b Lyon 22K. Silva c Smith b Holland 115K. Perera c Nevill b Holland 24K. Mendis lbw b Starc 18A. Mathews c Smith b Lyon 26D. Chandimal lbw b Lyon 43D. de Silva not out 44R. Herath c Smith b Lyon 5S. Lakmal not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-3) 7Total: (for 8 wickets, 95 overs) 312Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-44, 3-69, 4-98, 5-156, 6-246, 7-276, 8-297.Bowling: M. Starc 17-4-58-2, N. Lyon 37-7-123-4, J. Holland 20-4-72-2, J. Hazlewood 12-2-16-0, S. Smith 2-0-13-0, M. Marsh 3-1-3-0, M. Henriques 2-0-9-0, A. Voges 2-0-11-0.last_img read more