Brazilian NGO Reports New Drug Trafficking Attack against Premises in Rio

first_img “The facade was shot, it is completely destroyed (…) it is an attack perpetrated by drug trafficking against AfroReggae,” José Junior, the NGO’s coordinator, told Brazilian radio station CBN. In addition, Junior said that several young people that participate in social work organized by the NGO, were being threatened. By Dialogo August 05, 2013 Fifteen days ago, the NGO reported that one of their departments in Alemão Complex had been set on fire. The Alemão Complex, dominated by drug trafficking for several years, was retaken by the Army and the Police in 2010 in an operation that took several months, with confrontations that left 37 dead. Since 2008, Rio de Janeiro has been working against time to “pacify” poor neighborhoods in the city that are controlled by drug traffickers and paramilitaries, before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.center_img A well-known Brazilian NGO, AfroReggae, reported a new attack against its premises located in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, and blamed drug trafficking networks for the attack. The AfroReggae office in Vila Cruzeiro favela suffered the attack when two people on motorcycles opened fire against the facility, the Police told the press. After that incident, Junior said that AfroReggae suspended activities in the complex to keep their collaborators out of danger. last_img read more

Cortland County declares state of emergency, closes schools

first_imgMore information about COVID-19 in Cortland County: Corpora says that anyone who has appointments with County services or at County offices should call before arriving. All school districts in Cortland County will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 to Monday, April 13. School buildings will remain open for staff. All services at the County Department of Motor Vehicles will be by appointment only or through the drive thru window. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Administrator, Robert Corpora issued a state of emergency on Sunday. All Cortland County senior centers will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17. The press release says that meals on wheels services will continue to operate, but their deliveries may be modified. The Horizon House program will also be closed until further notice.center_img In a press release, Corpora says that by doing this, it allows officials to activate all resources necessary to keep the public safe. An emergency declaration allows officials to purchase goods and services quickly. In the press release, Corpora says that daycare providers should prioritize childcare for first responders and “essential employees” only. Corpora says, public and private sector employees should contact their employers to determine whether or not they are essential. Call 211 for information, including questions about food, transportation, events and gatherings, cancellations, and other human service needsCortland County Health Department will continue to send out public updatesCheck FacebookGo to the Cortland County Health Department website for up-to-date information For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here.last_img read more

Re-engage colleagues on preparedness

first_imgSecond in a two-part series examining the numbers and epidemiologic factors surrounding the virus that many experts believe could lead to the next pandemic. Part 1 explored why the apparently lower number of human H5N1 cases in early 2007 does not mean the pandemic threat is receding.May 17, 2007 (CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Before this week, it might have been easy—albeit wrong—to draw the conclusion that the pandemic threat was lessening. But when the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 16 confirmed 15 human H5N1 cases and 13 deaths in Indonesia, dating back to January, official WHO data now show that this year’s tally of avian influenza in humans is at least keeping pace with 2005, when media coverage of H5N1 reached its zenith. (See the sidebar, “Keeping tabs on H5N1 media coverage.”)The WHO confirmation may produce a spike in news coverage, which might help correct the misimpression given by greatly diminishing news coverage that H5N1 is a fading risk and put the issue back on the radar screen of top executives. “If it’s not in the media, for the average American it’s out of sight, out of mind,” says Penny Turnbull, senior director of crisis management and business continuity planning at Washington, DC–based Marriott International, Inc.From Jan 1 to May 16 of this year, 43 official human cases of H5N1 were reported, with 27 deaths. This compares with 98 cases and 43 deaths for all of 2005. Even with the newly confirmed Indonesian cases, 2007 numbers still appear to be off 2006’s pace of 115 cases and 79 deaths for the entire year. Although the pandemic threat isn’t fading, it could look that way to those not fully informed.Pandemic preparedness planners, say Turnbull and other experts, need to frame the situation to more accurately reflect the reality that the pandemic threat is, ultimately, not about case numbers.This is a difficult task, given that many in the field may have given the impression that it was about numbers, says Peter Sandman, risk communicator and Weekly Briefing deputy editor. “We need to take some of the blame for the misimpression, because we put too much emphasis on the number of human cases and human deaths,” he says.Pandemic preparedness planners can help correct that misimpression by communicating to senior executives that the real threat to business lies not in numbers but in failing to use this time to fortify their business.Striking a balanceKeeping up the pandemic preparedness momentum relies on identifying “teachable moments” rather than reporting on each new human H5N1 case, Turnbull says. “It’s finding a very judicious balance between providing good, valuable information and getting the timing right,” she says. “You don’t just want to keep on issuing reports and updates when there’s nothing of much value to report on.”For example, she says, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) release of its “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation” report in February and its recent guidance on masks were good opportunities to present new, concrete information to senior executives. National Emergency Preparedness Month, in September, will provide another chance to drive home the importance of being ready.Strategies that you want the company to adopt don’t necessarily have to be couched in terms of pandemic preparedness; indeed, Turnbull says some strategies may be better received by pandemic-weary executives if presented under the general heading of seasonal flu mitigation or disaster preparedness.”You want to use these opportunities to reinforce the behaviors that you want to see happening during a pandemic,” she says.Another teachable moment might be the Apr 26 announcement that Roche was cutting back on production of the antiviral Tamiflu because governments were not buying as much as predicted, Sandman says. While a senior executive who does not want to invest in a stash of Tamiflu that may expire before a pandemic occurs may view that news as proof that the need to prepare is not as urgent, a planner can use this as an opportunity to argue that now the company could buy a supply without worrying that the purchase might be taking it away from emergency workers.”Of course, you should admit that Roche has found a smaller pandemic preparedness market for Tamiflu than it—and preparedness experts—hoped,” Sandman adds. “But your company isn’t planning to sell Tamiflu; it’s planning to use it. Roche’s sales problems have very little to do with whether the XYZ Corporation needs an antiviral stockpile to keep operating in a pandemic.”Working with numbersBecause people in the pandemic preparedness field have always pointed to the growing number of human H5N1 cases and bird outbreaks as an indicator of the pandemic threat, they’re in a weak position to turn around and say the numbers aren’t important, according to Sandman. “The number of people that caught the disease is absolutely irrelevant,” he says. “The disease that causes a pandemic is one nobody’s caught yet. We should have been saying so all along.”Now, the people who never wanted to spend money on preparedness can use those very numbers to try to prove their point. “I bet the numbers are giving very valuable ammunition to people who want to argue that this issue isn’t worth their company’s time and investment,” Sandman says.Likewise, the strategy of giving the public the impression that a pandemic was imminent (because otherwise no one would prepare) has also backfired. “Nobody says we know it’s imminent, but we certainly have given the impression that it’s imminent,” Sandman says. While that strategy seemed to mobilize the public for about a year, by now many Americans, feeling misled, have shrugged off the threat.Reframing pandemic preparednessRather than backing off from communicating about pandemic issues, reframe them, Sandman says.Focus on the potential destruction. “Good pandemic preparedness warnings are about the potential magnitude of the risk—not the probability of the pandemic,” he says.Use the insurance industry analogy. You can say, Sandman says, “It’s not like hedging is unknown in our business. We spend a lot of money in our business on getting ready for things that may or may not happen. If there is a pandemic and if it’s severe, the impact on our company can be huge.”Emphasize that the world is fragile because of our just-in-time economy. Many people mistakenly believe that the world is much better prepared to handle the effects of a pandemic now than it was in 1918. “We’re more vulnerable to pandemics than we ever were before,” he says.Point out that business continuity isn’t about media popularity. “Companies are supposed to make a business judgment about which issues deserve sustained attention,” Sandman says. “I would tell my management that, now that the media focus is elsewhere, companies are the only force capable of preparing their employees.” Individualizing the planStephen Redd, MD, director of the CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit, says that the slightly lower numbers of human H5N1 cases in 2007 haven’t produced pandemic fatigue in the government sector. “There’s no evidence that we’re at reduced risk of a pandemic, so we understand that we need to continue all the work that we’ve been doing for the past several years,” he says.To keep up the pandemic preparedness momentum during the past year, Redd and his team conducted a 24-hour tabletop exercise followed by a 48-hour exercise. “Those experiences have helped us realize that there are a lot of challenges and a lot of things we still need to do,” he notes.Redd recommends that businesses conduct these drills as a continuing cycle of activity. “The cycle is to develop a plan, exercise the plan, and then, based on the results of those exercises, revise the plan,” he says.Another process that keeps preparedness planning in the forefront is to charge employees with getting themselves and their families ready for a pandemic. According to Redd, “I think it does help reduce the risk of complacency for people to need to do something for themselves.”last_img read more

German Cup: Haaland goal not enough as Werder dump out Dortmund

first_img Haaland continued his incredible run of form since signing for the Bundesliga title chasers when he tapped home in the 67th minute to pull one back for the away side after Davie Selk and Leonardo Bittencourt had put Werder two ahead in the first half-an-hour. The strike means the 19-year-old has scored in each of his appearances for Dortmund despite only making one start and playing barely two matches’ worth of football in the few weeks since his arrival in Germany.On this occasion he entered the field as a half-time substitute, but three minutes after his goal Milot Rashica put the hosts 3-1 up and put his side through to the next round, despite Giovanni Reyna pulling one back with 12 minutes remaining.Werder will be joined in the next round by Fortuna Duesseldorf and Eintracht Frankfurt after their wins over Kaiserslautern and RB Leipzig, and Schalke, who squeezed past Hertha Berlin 3-2 thanks to Benito Raman’s extra-time winner.Erling Braut Haaland has scored eight goals in four appearances for Dortmund since arriving in DecemberRead Also: Pogba tells Man United pals he still wants to leave in summerKrzysztof Piatek thought he had made a dream full debut for Hertha following his move from AC Milan when he put the away side two ahead six minutes before the break.But Schalke struck back in the second half through goals from Daniel Caligiuri and Amine Harit before Raman finished off a lightning counter-attack in the 115th minute to send the home fans into raptures.Bayern Munich take on Hoffenheim in one of four matches on Wednesday as the last eight line-up is decided.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… An astonishing eighth goal in four appearances for teenage striking sensation Erling Braut Haaland couldn’t help Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals after they were knocked out 3-2 at Werder Bremen on Tuesday.Advertisement Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

Man City register interest in Arsenal, Barcelona target Upamecano

first_img City are adamant about signing a top class centre-back in the summer. They want to find someone to partner Aymeric Laporte, with names such as Caglar Soyuncu, Pau Torres and Kalidou Koulibaly previously suggested. Read Also:FFP war: Man City demand damages from UEFA for ‘unlawful activities’ Upamecano is the latest to be linked. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City are emerging as another possible destination for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. Man City supremos are hitting back hard as they fight for the Champions League future of Pep Guardiola’s men The talented young centre-back is a much wanted player this summer. He is the subject of long term interest from Arsenal, and most recently, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. And now the Manchester Evening News suggests that Upamecano is a priority for City.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Farlast_img read more

EpiPen shortages reported

first_imgBatesville, In. — A report from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration says shortages of EpiPen have been reported. The report has people dependent on the device worried.The report says it is still possible to get the device, it just may take longer.Here are some tips from the experts:Check the expiration date of your current device and place an orderAuvi-Q has the same medication and has not been reported to be in short supplyBecause different devices work differently be sure and familiarize yourself before an emergency occurs.last_img read more

City complete swoop for Fernandinho

first_img City have not revealed the fee paid for Fernandinho but reports this week suggested he could cost in the region of £34million. It would therefore appear a compromise may have been agreed with the Ukrainian club as there had been reports suggesting the release clause in the player’s contract was £42.5million. Fernandinho told the club’s website, “This is a change, a challenge and a chance that I have been waiting a long time for. Playing in the Premier League for City is like a dream. My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters. “Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me. “I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more.” The signing is a decisive early blow for City in the transfer market after the frustrations of last summer. Former manager Roberto Mancini regularly cited the failure to land major targets last year as one of the reasons for the team’s regression this past season. There has been a regime change since then with player recruitment now being driven by new director of football Txiki Begiristain. Pellegrini, whose appointment is expected to be ratified in the coming days, will be expected to work under the philosophy of the club’s hierarchy. Fernandinho was tipped for stardom after scoring the winner for Brazil in the final of the 2003 World Youth Championship. He is a deep-lying playmaker who has been playing for Shakhtar since a £7million move in 2005. He has helped the club to six Ukrainian league titles as well as UEFA Cup success in 2009. The 28-year-old has long been linked with the club and had spoken of his desire to make the move as speculation swirled. Confirmation of the signing has come after Sevilla said earlier this week they had agreed a deal to sell Jesus Navas to City, although the Barclays Premier League club – still without a manager as they wait to confirm the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini – are yet to announce a deal for the Spain winger. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Brazil international Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk.last_img read more

Mike Hopkins’ Kobe Bryant story

first_img Published on January 4, 2016 at 12:00 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse In April, when time officially catches up with one of the best scorers in NBA history, just about everyone in professional basketball will have their “Kobe Bryant story.”It could be playing alongside Bryant in his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers. It could be facing or teaming up with him in what will be, come February, his 18th NBA All-Star game. It could be as small as guarding him on one possession as Bryant’s farewell tour snakes through North America.Mike Hopkins, who has one game left as Syracuse’s interim head coach and will take over the program in 2018, crossed paths with Bryant while working as a court coach for USA basketball. In the summer of 2012, while Bryant, Hopkins and Team USA were preparing for the Olympics in London, the two engaged in a post-practice game of one-on-one. If the team wasn’t meeting with U.S. military members later that evening, a coach who witnessed the game joked that it would have never ended.“It was arguably one of my greatest moments ever in basketball,” Hopkins said, and here is how he recounted it in an October interview.***AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Team USA was preparing for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Hopkins developed a workout routine with star Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.Durant moved to five different spots on the floor to work on one-on-one moves. Hopkins defended him aggressively, talked trash and playfully smacked the ball out of Durant’s hands in between plays. After a while, Hopkins and Durant did this before and after every practice and that continued during preparation for the Summer Olympics in 2012.“Hop come on, let’s go!” Hopkins remembers Durant saying to him after practice one day, and Durant and LeBron James went to the far basket at George Washington University’s gym.While they went through the five spots, with Hopkins closely defending two of the world’s best players, Bryant and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook took jump shots on the main court. Hopkins noticed Bryant watching him drill Durant and James. When they finished up, Hopkins walked across the court to say hello to current Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.Then he got a tap on the shoulder. He turned to see Bryant standing with a ball in his hand. The two had never met.“Yo you want to do some of that mid-post stuff you were doing down there with those guys?” Bryant asked him, and Hopkins stumbled on his words before saying yes.Because he didn’t know Bryant, Hopkins was hesitant to play him too hard. They set up on the elbow and Hopkins handed him the ball. Bryant took a hard jab step before hitting his patented fadeaway jump shot. Hopkins went to get the ball out of the net then handed it to him again.But Bryant had watched how hard Hopkins defended Durant and James and wasn’t satisfied.“Are you going to play defense?” Hopkins remembers Bryant asking him.“You want me to play defense?” Hopkins asked back.“Oh I want you to play defense,” Bryant answered, smirking at Hopkins.And off they went. Hopkins started hitting Bryant’s arms and pushing him away from the rim. When he went for a block and tipped Bryant’s shot he started trash talking. Hopkins was only playing defense and they moved to every spot on the floor, both drenched in sweat, as Bryant surgically created space and poured jumper after jumper through the hoop.The rest of the team was out of the gym. The media wanted to talk to Bryant but he told them to wait. Team USA and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to introduce Bryant to his grandchildren but he told them to wait, too.Finally, after an hour or so passed, Hopkins and Bryant had to stop because Team USA was meeting with U.S. military personnel. Both were reluctant to leave the court. Hopkins shyly asked Bryant if he could take a picture with his son Griffin, and Bryant smiled for Hopkins’ iPhone camera before hitting the showers and calling it a day.A video was taken of the game by Fairport (New York) High School head coach Scott Fitch, but it hasn’t been recovered from a cracked iPad. Three years later, Hopkins wants to see the video but he can also replay it all in his head. The way Bryant brought a different, detailed approach to each spot. The way his feet moved like a ballerina’s. The way he tirelessly competed in an empty college gym while only a few people were watching.It’s a Kobe Bryant story Hopkins will never forget.“There was no other place on the planet Kobe would have liked to have been at that moment,” Hopkins said. “You see what the best have, and it was just awesome how much fun it was for him to play the game. I got to be a part of that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tynan named in Under 20s side to face New Zealand

first_imgA new look Ireland Under 20s has been named for their final World Cup pool game tomorrow.Head coach Peter Malone has made 12 changes from the team that lost to Scotland, a result that ended their hopes of a top place finish in their pool.David McCarthy and Liam Coombes both make their Irish Under 20s debut after being named at centre and on the wing respectively. Photo: © Roscrea man and former Tipp hurling and football minor Alan Tynan will earn his third cap as he lines out at full-back.The game kicks off at 12.30pm Irish time tomorrow.last_img read more

Prominent Barbados businessman secures bail on drug trafficking charges

first_imgChairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) and Goddard Enterprises, Charles Herbert and another director of the company were Friday released on US$200,000 bail after appearing in court on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking.While Herbert, 62, and Christopher Glenn Rogers, 56, were able to leave the precincts of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court after posting securities, their co-accused, 55-year-old sailor Walter O’Neal Prescod, who was offered  US$225,000 bail, was remanded to prison until Monday, after being unable to secure a surety.The three were detained on Monday following the seizure of 276 pounds of drugs on the yacht, Ecstasy, owned by the Goddard Group.Acting on a tip-off, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force Drug Squad had conducted an operation on the vessel and confiscated the drugs, valued at approximately US$267,000.However, speaking after leaving the court, Herbert insisted that he and Rogers were not guilty. “I want to assert clearly to the public that we are entirely innocent of all of the charges,” he said.And while thanking the Drug Squad and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for handling the matter “in a professional way” and “working exceedingly hard over the last four days to assemble evidence related to this case”, Herbert contended that all that evidence “clearly supports our innocence”.Shocked at charges “We are therefore shocked that cases were brought against us, and we can only assume that the people who made the decision lack the courage to stand by the truth that they themselves have discovered and that they are sworn to uphold. “I want to call on the Director of Public Prosecutions to urgently review the evidence that has been collected and to preserve the integrity of the Police Force,” Herbert added.Statement from Goddard EnterpriseAfter the trio was detained, Goddard Enterprises issued a statement saying it was aware of an investigation into two of its board members and an employee, and that deputy chairman William Putnam would act as chairman in the interim.Herbert said Friday that a decision would be made in due course on whether he will return to that position.“I have to review whether I am even able to do so while a charge of drug trafficking hangs over my head and challenges my credibility. Any decision that I make would be in the interest of the company that I represent, and if my continuing harms them, then I will not continue,” he said.Herbert said that the same position applied to his role as chairman of the BPSA. “If I hurt the credibility of the private sector, then I will certainly resign my position.”Under the conditions of their bail release, Herbert and Rogers had to surrender their passports and must report to their nearest police stations once a week. They return to court on November 6.last_img read more