By Dialogo March 10, 2010 The United States, which considers Ecuador vulnerable to organized crime, will donate vehicles to the Ecuadorean armed forces for the fight against drugs on the border with Colombia, the U.S. embassy in Quito announced Thursday. The embassy indicated that the diplomatic delegation’s military group would turn over fifteen trucks worth $783 thousand dollars to the Ecuadorean Joint Chiefs of Staff Friday. The trucks “will be used to transport brigades to the units operating along the northern border (with Colombia), replacing the tactical vehicles currently used,” the embassy added. Three weeks ago, the United States donated one million dollars’ worth of equipment to the Ecuadorean military, also to combat drug trafficking along the Colombian border (720 km long). In a recent annual report on the fight against drugs, Washington judged that “Ecuador remains vulnerable to organized crime due to historically weak public institutions and corruption.” Meanwhile, Ecuadorean security minister Miguel Carvajal denied Wednesday that his country is the principal export route for Colombian and Peruvian cocaine being shipped to the United States. In 2009 Ecuador chose not to renew a cooperation agreement that had allowed the United States to use a military base in the fishing port of Manta (in southwestern Ecuador) for aerial anti-drug activities for a decade.
(WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced that he lifted unnecessary travel order on Friday. County Executive Garnar said the order has been in place since Tuesday, March 17. While the order has been lifted, Garnar is advising residents to stay at home as much as possible. Garnar also talked about the reopening plan. He said he is confident the plan will be ready in 10 days. Additionally, Garnar says all visitors entering the county buildings that are still open must wear a face mask or cover. For more information visit the Broome County coronavirus website.
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Major Spanish regions shut shops, bars and restaurants, car plants ground to a halt and Easter parades were cancelled as Spain prepared to enter a 15-day state of emergency on Friday, in a sharp escalation of its fight against the coronavirus.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the number of cases could top 10,000 by next week – more than double the current level – and asked citizens to play their part.”Heroism is also washing your hands and staying home,” Sanchez said in a televised address to the nation on Friday. The goal is to restrict passenger entry into the region from coronavirus-risk zones in the rest of Spain and Europe, but the proposed measure would not block important freight road traffic from Spain to France, a Catalan government spokesman added.Although advised not to, people would still be allowed to move within Catalonia – Spain’s second-wealthiest region of over 7 million – except in those towns already on lockdown, he added.In the first large-scale action of its kind in Spain, Catalan authorities on Thursday locked down four towns north of Barcelona, while on Friday they ordered the closure of gyms, nightclubs and shopping centers, apart from ones selling food.Madrid’s regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso said she did not have the power to put the capital on lockdown and that such a decision would have to come from the central government.Her government in Spain’s richest region said that starting at midnight (2300 GMT) and until at least March 26, bars, restaurants and shops, except for food shops, petrol stations and others selling essential items, would be closed to the public.Bars and restaurants would still be able to provide home delivery services or have food picked up at the premises.’Disaster’The decision was met with dismay and confusion by some workers in Madrid, home to half of Spain’s coronavirus cases, which was unusually quiet on Friday, with shops, streets and cafes largely deserted.”It is a disaster for employers and workers,” 39-year old Mustafa Elkeneski, a waiter in a cafe in the center of the city.”We don’t know how it will work out. The issue of pay is up in the air.”Authorities in Andalusia recommended the closure of “all leisure and commercial establishments”.The region of Murcia in the southeast announced a 14-day lockdown of seven coastal tourist towns in a move that local media said would affect some 376,000 people.The restrictions have also reached deep into Spanish culture. The country’s bishops’ association, the Spanish Episcopal Conference, issued guidelines on the spread of coronavirus in which it said “processions of this time have to be cancelled”, suggesting Spain’s famous Easter parades will not go ahead.Some Holy Week processions had already been cancelled by local church authorities. Due to start in early April this year, the events usually draw crowds of believers and tourists.Supply problems due to the outbreak prompted some Spanish plants of the Renault-Nissan alliance and Volkswagen’s Spanish division Seat to announce temporary stoppages on Friday that could last for days or weeks. Topics : Spain has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe after Italy. The current Spanish tally stands at 4,231, up about 1,000 cases from Thursday. About 120 people have died.Sanchez did not spell out what emergency powers he would use, or what help shut-down businesses would get. The order allows the government to confine people, ration supplies and requisition factories and buildings, apart from private homes.But, in a sign of brewing tensions between regions and his administration, some regional leaders called on the central government to provide more support.The regional government of Catalonia said it wanted and was ready to confine the whole region due to the epidemic and asked the central authorities to block its access by air, rail and water, regional leader Quim Torra said.
Topics : “We are very much counting on starting mass production in September,” Industry Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview published by state news agency TASS.Asked about the developments in Russia, the WHO stressed that all vaccine candidates should go through the full stages of testing before being rolled out.”There are established practices and there are guidelines out,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters at the United Nations in Geneva.”Any vaccine…[or medicine] for this purpose should be, of course, going through all the various trials and tests before being licensed for roll-out,” he said. “Sometimes individual researchers claim they have found something, which is of course, as such, great news.”But between finding or having a clue of maybe having a vaccine that works, and having gone through all the stages, is a big difference.” The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged Russia to follow the established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccines after Moscow announced plans to start swiftly producing COVID-19 jabs.Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine in September and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year.Russia is pushing ahead with several vaccine prototypes. Officials claimed that one trialed by the Gamaleya institute in Moscow has reached advanced stages of development and is about to pass state registration. Race for vaccine The pandemic has seen an unprecedented mobilization of funding and research to rush through a vaccine that can protect billions of people worldwide.Scientists in the West have raised concerns about the speed of development of Russian vaccines, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners after coming under pressure from the authorities to deliver.The WHO’s overview of COVID-19 candidate vaccines, published on Friday, lists 26 candidates in clinical evaluation — of which six have progressed as far as wider Phase 3 levels of testing.The Gamaleya candidate, which is among the 26 being tested on humans, is listed as being in Phase 1.A further 139 candidates worldwide were listed as being in pre-clinical evaluation.Lindmeier said the WHO had not been officially notified of any Russian vaccine on the verge of being deployed. “If there was anything official, then our colleagues in the European office would definitely look into this,” the spokesman said.”In general terms, there are a set of guidance and regulations, rules, how to deal with safe development of a vaccine.”These should be definitely followed in order to make sure that we know what the vaccine is working against, who it can help and, of course, also if it has any negative side effects.”
Kenyan world record holder and defending champion Brigid Kosgei cruised to a dominant victory in the 40th London Marathon on Sunday, overcoming her rivals on an unfamiliar multi-lap course in relentless rain to triumph in two hours, 18.58 minutes.Running her first marathon since setting the world record of 2:14.04 in Chicago a year ago, Kosgei ran alongside compatriot Ruth Chepngetich until around the 20-mile mark, when she forged clear to open a lead of about 50 meters within a couple of minutes.She then ran strongly for the rest of the race to finish around three minutes clear. American Sara Hall produced an incredible finish, wiping out a huge deficit over the last few hundred meters to sweep past world champion Chepngetich almost on the line to finish in 2:22.01 to the Kenyan’s 2:22.05.Wrapped in a huge coat at the finish area, the tiny Kosgei said it had been a tough day. “It was wonderful to race but we haven’t been able to prepare well because of COVID, and because of the weather today it was a struggle up to the moment I finished,” she said. The race, originally postponed from April because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was run over 19.8 laps of a fenced-off course in a “controlled secure biosphere” around St James’s Park, with the finish line in its traditional place on The Mall.Hall’s remarkable sprint finish meant she bettered her personal best by 15 seconds and meant she had 15,000 dollars to donate to the Ethiopian children’s charity she is supporting with all her prize money. Kosgei won 30,000 dollars.Eliud Kipchoge is the red-hot favorite to win the men’s race on the same course later on Sunday after his main rival Kenenisa Bekele withdrew on Friday with a calf injury.Topics :
132/37 Harbour Road Hamilton, QLD. Picture: realestate.com.auApartment living has evolved from the standard suburban six pack.These days, many are as luxurious as their freestanding house counterparts, and have just as many, if not more, facilities – even if they’re still in a block of six.A newly listed penthouse in the smallest residential building in the Brisbane CBD will be auctioned on May 30.The four-bedroom apartment at 6/455 Adelaide St is listed through Brandon Wortley, of Ray White – New Farm.The 580sq m Bellagio penthouse is larger than many suburban blocks, taking up two floors in a complex of only six apartments. The entry level is dedicated to living and entertainment spaces. There is a formal reception and lounge area with high ceilings, plus views to the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.On the upper level is the main bedroom, which has a sitting area, walk-in robe and ensuite with sunken spa bath. The three other bedrooms are also on this level.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago41/30 Macrossan St Brisbane City. Picture: realestate.com.auCommunal facilities include a pool, sauna and barbecue area. There is also a dedicated floor of private offices in addition to a communal boardroom.Meanwhile, at Hamilton, a four-bedroom penthouse at 132/37 Harbour Rd is listed via Marlene Baker, of Calibre Real Estate. It has 270-degree Brisbane River and CBD views from the front balcony, and views of the airport from the rear.Apartment features include an outdoor barbecue area with bar fridge and wine fridge, while the main bedroom has floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the river and direct balcony access to a private gym area.The property is also home to a temperature-controlled wine cellar for more than 2000 bottles. Communal facilities include a pool. Elsewhere, and seeking offers of more than $3.2 million, is a four-bedroom sub-penthouse at 41/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane City. Listed with J.F. & J.J. Macalino – Fortitude Valley, it’s on level 41 of the Skyline Apartment building and has panoramic city and Brisbane River views, plus communal facilities including a pool, spa and tennis court, plus a steam room.All rooms in the four-bedroom apartment have cityscape glimpses. It offers five parking spaces.
The foyer reveals a grand staircase “From the moment you step through the solid timber doors into the entrance you will get the sense of quality, space and warmth,” she said. “It was designed for gracious living. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the formal dining room.” A sweeping wrought iron and timber staircase greets you in the foyer, while draped brocade curtains add a regal touch. The 864sq m property is poised in Arundel Hills and captures golf course views. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago Soak your troubles away! Ms Tulloch said the elegant layout was functional and perfect for a family. “The rooms are sprawling and there is also a video intercom,” she said. The kitchen has a French provincial style with an Ilve oven and island bench. Timber and travertine flooring features throughout while high ceilings with cornices continue the French provincial style. 10 Jarvis St overlooks the golf courseMs Tulloch said the north-facing backyard had a private design that was perfect for entertaining. “There is surround sound in the family room and to the outdoor entertaining area,” she said. “With a cabana with a built-in barbecue and solar heated pool it is a wonderful place to entertain.” A water feature adds to the luxury in the backyard. 10 Jarvis Place, Arundel.IT’S a grand design surrounded by a lush green golf course — welcome to one of Arundel’s finest residences. LJ Hooker — Broadwater agent Ana Tulloch, who owns the property, calls it “The White House” and with a grand white facade and five bedrooms, it’s not hard to see why. 10 Jarvis St, Arundel.
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share **US television production company to visit Dominica**Discover Dominica Authority will host US TV production company Aura 360 Productions from September 24 – 29, 2011. The company produces an NBC TV Show called World of Adventure Sports. The five member crew will participate in adventure activities on the island, with a view to providing exposure to the range of attractions on offer in the Nature Island. The objective of the partnership is to highlight the unique environmental and cultural attributes of Dominica through media, and develop the logistical framework for the creation of an adventure sport event in the near future. Key sites and attractions to be visited are segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, the Boiling Lake and Titou Gorge. These and other natural assets of Dominica will be distributed to all the World of Adventure Sports media channels, including NBC, VERSUS and Universal Sports. Additionally a 30 second commercial will be produced for the destination. **Dominican Delegation to attend Seatrade Europe convention**Ms. Kathleen Cuffy, Head of Product Development at the Discover Dominica Authority, and Mr. Benoit Bardouille, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air Ports and Sea Ports Authority will attend the Seatrade Europe convention from September 27 – 29, 2011 in Hamburg Germany. The convention brings together key stakeholders in the cruise and travel sectors for focused business meetings, exhibition, travel agent programme and social networking activities. Key topics to be covered during the conference are cruise port development, the European cruise industry, regulations for European cruise lines and factors which influence the deployment of cruise ships. **World Tourism Day is September 27, 2011**World Tourism Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2011. The theme for this year’s celebrations is Tourism- Linking Cultures. The theme seeks to highlight the fact that through travel, cultural experiences can be shared through interaction with individuals and communities thereby fostering more tolerance, respect and mutual understanding for each other. Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs Hon. Ian Douglas, and Dominica’s winner of the Caribbean Tourism Oganization’s Tourism Youth Congress and Junior Minister of Tourism, Kitwanie Carbon are expected to deliver addresses to the nation on this occasion. **Discover Dominica Authority Contributes to Carib Week celebrations**Dominica celebrates Carib Week from September 17 – 25 in commemoration of the 1930 Carib uprising. This annual event showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Kalinago people. Activities for the week will culminate with a Miss Kalinago and Princess Natari pageant. Discover Dominica Authority wishes the Kalinago community and all Dominicans by extension, a successful and memorable Carib week. **Dominica wins Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress**Dominica’s Kitwanie Carbon emerged victorious at the Tourism Youth Congress organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The competition took place in St. Martin on September 17, 2011 and formed part of CTO’s annual State of the Industry conference. Miss Carbon won from a field of 10 other competitors and spoke to the creation of a wellness and longevity festival in Dominica as being the ideal method for promotion of the island’s tourism product. As winner of the competition Miss Carbon will serve in the capacity of Chairperson for the CTO Tourism Youth Conference to be held in St. Kitts in 2012. Management and staff of Discover Dominica Authority joins the entire Dominican population in congratulating Ms. Carbon on her success. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday September 23, 2011 by: – September 26, 2011 Share 30 Views no discussions