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first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThe Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council will hold its 2009 symposium on Nov. 5 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. The conference will focus on meeting the challenges of controlling invasive, non-native plants.Professionals involved with forest and natural resources, land management, vegetation management, green industry, agriculture and related professions, as well as land owners and others concerned about non-native invasive species and natural areas, are encouraged to attend. Featured speakers include James Miller, research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station at Auburn University; Newt Hardie with the Kudzu Coalition in Spartanburg, S.C.; and James Johnson, forest health coordinator for the Georgia Forestry Commission. The program will include a panel discussion on using volunteers to control invasive plant species.The conference offers five hours of pesticide recertification credits to Georgia pesticide applicators in sections 21: agricultural plant, 23: forest, 24: ornamentals and turf and 27: right of way. The program has also been approved for 5.5 certified arborist CEUs, 5.5 municipal arborist specialist CEUs and 3 certified forestry CFE hours.Registration before Oct. 23 is $25 for council members and $45 for non-members. After Oct. 23, registration is $35 (members) and $55 (non-members).For more information on the symposium, visit www.caes.uga.edu/UNIT/ATHENS/events/events.html or call (706) 542-0808.last_img read more

Peruvian Armed Forces Ready for AMAZONLOG

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first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo November 02, 2017 Major General Jorge Orlando Céliz Kuong, commander of the Peruvian Army’s 5th Division, is perhaps the best person to discuss the support the Armed Forces provide to civilians impacted by drug trafficking and terrorism in Peru. The 5th Division is headquartered in Loreto, Peru’s largest region. The region encompasses nearly 3,600 square kilometers, close to 30 percent of the Peruvian territory, and shares nearly 3,600 kilometers of border with Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil, making it a strategic area appealing to drug traffickers. Maj. Gen. Céliz, a Peruvian Army intelligence officer, was also the commanding general of the Antiterrorism Brigade Great Combat Unit in the problematic Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym), where the remaining members of the Shining Path and their sympathizers remain. Diálogo spoke with Maj. Gen. Céliz during the Humanitarian Logistics Symposium held September 26th–28th, in Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, Brazil. The event was a lead-up to the AMAZONLOG military exercise to be held in November in Tabatinga, in the Amazon jungle of Brazil.Diálogo: What does Peru hope to contribute to AMAZONLOG, and what does it expect from the exercise?Major General Jorge Orlando Céliz Kuong, commander of the Peruvian Army’s 5th Division: I think that, in the case of the three participating nations of the region — Brazil, Colombia and Peru — we have many things in common in this zone. A lot of citizens are Colombian and Peruvian at the same time; both have a Colombian identification card. The same happens on the Brazilian border; there are citizens from both countries. This is a way of life for people of the borders. These are remote places and our governments put in a lot of effort to reach out with health, education, and welfare services. As such, we believe that our participation consists of collecting the individual experiences of each nation that is the support afforded to the citizens through their armed forces as well as various state agencies to provide them with the development they need. That’s why I believe the greatest benefit we could have is an exchange of experiences. And we’re bringing our own We are participating with 50 service members —officers and non-commissioned officers— who will conduct traditional Army operations; such as patrolling in the jungle in addition to the military exercise, because the humanitarian aid in the area could be established through military logistics. I think it will be quite the learning experience for all of our nations to come together there with our armed forces… for some more than others. It is my understanding that Brazil, as host nation, will have the largest presence. Colombia will also have a larger participation than ours, but it’s the first time that Peru participates with forces of the Army in this area. And I’m sure we’ll learn a lot.Diálogo: In early 2017, the coastal El Niño affected Peru, which caused several regions throughout the country to end up under water. The Peruvian Armed Forces played an active role in the humanitarian aid efforts following the natural disaster. Are there any lessons that AMAZONLOG can learn from that which can be shared with other countries?Maj. Gen. Céliz: Of course. When a state of emergency was declared in Peru this summer [2017], our nation had its hands full with the flood problem. We worried that the rivers would rise above their usual levels, and what we did was prepare people and prevent the consequences of these kinds of weather events. Working with regional governments, we decided to support the population, delivering wood using state provided funds so that they could secure their homes, and, combining forces with our soldiers, we went around collecting solid waste in the most heavily polluted areas. We also trained our personnel on the medical aspect, giving vaccinations and any other prevention necessary to avoid fatalities. But our efforts didn’t reach the expected scope. So, the experience we had in the north was sobering, because there truly was a greater degree of damage mitigation with the logistics available from the armed forces. As for the lessons learned, I think that in the future and any other area where a disaster might strike, we will be able to use what we learned, and certainly the damage will be less.Diálogo: In 2017, Peru commemorates the 25th anniversary of Operation Chavín de Huántar. Why is it important to remember the military rescue operation for the hostages taken by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA, per its Spanish acronym) at the Japanese Embassy in Lima, in April 1997?Maj. Gen. Céliz: Because there are still issues to be addressed regarding terrorism, drug trafficking and other problems that threaten our regional security. When we speak of terrorism, we can’t keep from mentioning the bad times we’ve had here in Peru with terrorist movements. Discussing the circumstances of Chavín de Huántar allows us to see that it’s possible to keep other movements —which resort to dishonest means and evil acts, kill people or create terror— from cropping up in the future and achieving their aims. Chavín de Huántar represents the elimination of a movement that was quite substantial. We can say that the MRTA was wiped out then and there. That operation was also well designed. Only two hostages died. For the Armed Forces, it represents the degree of professionalism that we might show through such events, so that future generations might also be inspired and see that the state has a response; that our soldiers have a response so that our people can live in peace.last_img read more

El Salvador Fights Barrio 18, Mara Salvatrucha Gangs

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first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo October 23, 2018 Elite groups of the Salvadoran Armed Force (FAES, in Spanish), the National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish) and the Salvadoran Office of the Attorney General conducted two interagency operations to dismantle a network of front men that helped the Barrio 18 gang launder money from human trafficking, extortion, and narcotrafficking. Through Operation Tsunami, carried out in La Libertad department, and Operation Freedom, throughout the country, authorities captured 224 gang leaders accused of laundering more than $1.2 million. Both operations concluded on September 4, 2018. Money laundering “The objective of the operations was to capture gang leaders who served as front men, and seize property used to make and transfer illicit money,” Howard Cotto, PNC general director, told Diálogo. “We weakened the financial network of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), and are beginning to hit Barrio 18, where they commit the most violent deaths and extortions.” Barrio 18 uses front men to set up businesses, such as grocery and electronics stores, restaurants, public transport, and real estate. “We seized 17 properties, including houses and retail spaces, several vehicles, and 19 bank accounts,” Salvadoran Attorney General Douglas Meléndez told Diálogo. “Authorities identified transactions made through these bank accounts for more than $1.3 million.” Four suspects were detained for money and asset laundering. Reyna Isabel Molina, who owned several grocery stores and retail spaces in the coastal municipality of La Libertad, was the first detainee. She faces money laundering charges for human trafficking by subgroup Barrio 18 Sureños. “Authorities seized 17 vehicles, a workshop, four buses, seven retail spaces, and 12 buildings from her,” Cotto said. A couple accused of transferring money from food and drink sales and house rentals were also among those detained. With the money laundered, the couple bought 10 properties for Barrio 18. “Some of the people identified in the investigation escaped to countries like Mexico. However, with this operation we solved more than 50 homicides, robberies, extortions, and illicit associations,” Meléndez said. Manuel Benjamín Romero, the fourth detainee, known in the gang as El Morado, allegedly transferred $1.2 million from extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities. Elite troops also arrested Carlos Farabundo Molina, former mayor of Puerto de la Libertad municipality, for paying $3,000 to Barrio 18 to murder a woman. Against MS-13FAES dismantled several MS-13 money laundering and narcotrafficking rings through various operations. Authorities also identified four gang subgroups based in the country’s coastal area. During Operation Green Hill, conducted August 28, 2018, FAES elite groups deployed to 25 municipalities in seven coastal departments and captured more than 400 leaders of subgroup gangs who formed a narcotrafficking ring. As in other cases, criminals laundered illicit money through businesses such as motels, car washes, and used car lots. Authorities also took action at the Megaplaza shopping center in Sonsonate, where MS-13 extorted business owners for restroom use. FAES seized 30 cars, 18 trucks, 20 trailers, 11 houses, and two stores from gang members. According to the office of the attorney general, four of the detainees are essential to the network. Guillermo Stanley Corleto Ruiz, an evangelical pastor linked to subgroup Acajutla Locos and owner of a used car lot and car wash, is one of them. “The pastor issued fake community service certificates to MS-13 members for the Supreme Court’s Department of Supervised Freedom, stating they [the criminals] had completed community service hours, when they hadn’t,” Meléndez said. Authorities arrested Police deputy inspector Gustavo Neftalí Pérez de León from Acajutla municipality, Sonsonate department, for cooperating with criminals. During the operation, authorities also arrested motel owner Jorge Vega Knight, a business associate of the gang. Vega was found in a luxurious residence in San Benito, an exclusive neighborhood of San Salvador. Meléndez said that Gilberto Ortega Fuentes, “a fishing vessel owner and business associate of MS-13 leader Gerardo Antonio Avelar in Usulután department,” was also among those detained. Green Hill was the sixth major operation authorities coordinated against MS-13 business operations in the last three years. Authorities carried out Operation Freedom and Operation Front Men, March 16, 2018; Operation Cuscatlán, February 15, 2018; Operation Tecana, September 8, 2017; and Operation Check, July 28-29, 2016.last_img read more

Sublime With Rome to Play The Paramount in Huntington

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sublime with Rome is only to be sort of confused with California reggae/ska/dub superstars Sublime, who rose to fame in the 1990s just as their founding singer died of a heroin overdose.The last remaining original member of Sublime still jamming with the reincarnated version the band, bassist Eric Wilson, now shares stages with newest members Josh Freese on drums and singer/guitarist Roman Ramirez, aka Rome. Their tour bus stops at The Paramount in Huntington Saturday, Aug. 9 for a highly anticipated set list that includes fan-favorite tributes to the late, great Sublime singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell as well as Rome-grown singles off their 2011 album, Yours Truly.“When you put a bunch of musicians in the same room together, eventually they’re going to start to write,” Rome told Rapid City Journal last year while discussing the decision to branch out beyond playing Nowell’s classics. “We have a studio rig with us on this tour and a designated room where we’re going to be doing pre-production for an album we plan on dropping at the top of 2015.”They’ve come a long way since ’95—the last time Nowell led the band in its only LI performance, at the first Warped Tour to hit Nassau Coliseum, a year before his death. Their ’96 self-titled album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart and bore the band’s No. One hit single “What I Got” on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Since then, the band continued to add angst-ridden teens to their fan base.Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh initially parted ways until ’09, when they sought to restart the band using the Sublime name. Longtime Sublime fan, Rome, was their missing puzzle piece. The band was renamed Sublime with Rome following a lawsuit from Nowell’s estate.At first, the band played the songs from Sublime’s original catalog, consisting of Robbin’ the Hood, their breakout sophomore effort, 40 Oz. to Freedom, and their self-titled album, which the band never had the chance to tour to promote. Songs from the latter two albums had been playing over radio airwaves for the two decades that followed.But, Sublime with Rome wasn’t content to be just a band covering themselves. They performed their first original score, “Panic,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during their summer tour in ‘10. Their first post-Bradley album was released the following year.Shortly later, Gaugh decided that life on the road was no longer a fitting lifestyle for him and quit the band. Josh Freese, who has served as drummer boy for the likes of Sting, The Offspring, and Guns N Roses, has filled the seat behind Sublime with Rome’s drum kit.With bassist Wilson the last remaining original member still playing with the band it should be easier for fans to separate the two entities and embrace the differences between Sublime and Sublime with Rome. Instead of getting salty about the idea of some new young stud trying to be Bradley, fanatics can recognize the trio as an honorable tribute to their departed beloved that still likes to write music because that’s what musicians do best.Sublime with Rome is more than a cover/retro/throwback band. By just existing, they have revitalized crushed dreams of California-minded Sublime lovers of the past by offering opportunities to experience authentic live Sublime-esque jam sessions again. For those just stumbling across the Sublime catalog for the first time, they offer an opportunity to see Bradley’s musical intentions through the mindful lyrics of Rome.Oogee Wawa, an alt-reggae hip hop-fusion band hailing from Long Island (represent!), will be opening. Check them out! Spoiler Alert: Expect Sublime classics, as Sublime with Rome is known to practice a little “Santeria,” “What I Got” and “Smoke Two Joints,” among others on a regular basis. For followers since Nowell and fresh ears alike, this is a must-see. Sublime with Rome promises to show you just what they’ve got: unique flavor, fresh perspective, authentic style, and a whole lot of lovin’, of course.The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. With Oogee Wawa. paramountny.com $45-$89.50. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9last_img read more

How to prep consumers for the EMV ATM switchover

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first_img 114SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Come October 1, financial institutions (FIs) processing ATM transactions for MasterCard-branded cards will be liable for any fraud occurring on chip-enabled cards at non-chip-enabled ATMs. (The deadline for Visa-branded cards is October 1, 2017.) As FIs upgrade their ATMs to meet this deadline, they should also focus on preparing consumers. If last year’s EMV liability shift has taught us anything, it is the importance of educating consumers when new technology comes into play.Prepping consumers for using EMV chip cards at ATMs does not require much time, money or effort. All it takes is some proactive communication. This may include:Building general awareness. Initial communications to consumers about upcoming ATM changes should be simple, direct and give a high-level description of what to expect. Consider sending out an email blast to consumers and posting additional information online.Providing tutorials. Simple how-to videos can be easy and relatively inexpensive to produce. Dolphin Debit provided this basic video to help consumers understand how to use their chip cards at ATMs.Developing helpful signage. To avoid confusion at ATMs, consider adding instructional signage for consumers. These signs can alert consumers the ATM is chip-enabled and provide then with visual assistance for using the ATM. continue reading »last_img read more

The Light is life event must be a TOP event in Croatia and the direction of the future development of Šibenik

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first_imgWith the parachute jump on the Šibenik waterfront three days ago, at exactly 20,20, the light spectacle ‘Light is life’ began, which for the third year in a row marks the day when Šibenik received public AC lighting exactly 123 years ago, in 1895.Numerous people from Šibenik and tourists enjoyed the real light magic with a music program on the pontoon and 123 anchor light balloons placed in the sea, and the grand finale was a spectacular fireworks display, probably one of the most beautiful we have witnessed.In the musical part of the program, which took place on a floating pontoon set up near the Krka pier, Šibenik folk music, mezzo-soprano Nera Gojanović and singer Đani Stipaničev accompanied by Gordana Pavić performed. During the concert, between 123 anchor floating balloons placed in the sea as a symbol of the anniversary years, several lighted sailboats from JK Val sailed along the port of Šibenik, and the program ended with a spectacular white fireworks display.Photo: City of ŠibenikThe Jaruga hydroelectric power plant was put into operation on August 28, 1895, just two days after one of the most famous AC hydroelectric power plants, the one at Niagara Falls in the USA, started operating. However, the residents of Buffalo started consuming electricity only next year, while it came to Šibenik the same evening. One of the first AC hydropower plants in the world was built on the initiative of Šibenik Mayor Ante Šupuk, his son Marko and engineer Vjekoslav Meichsner.Photo: City of ŠibenikThis year, already a traditional event, it was dedicated to the importance of using renewable energy sources. A platform that can and must mark the future development of the city’s economic development.In my opinion, this event should be one of the main TOP events in Croatia, including Šibenik, Faust Vrančić – parachute, Nikola Tesla – alternating current, do we need a better brand and story. The whole world is turning to renewable sources, ecology, and Šibenik can and should rightly be the leader of the whole story.last_img read more

As of today, the hotel houses Imperial and Makarska are operating under a new name

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first_imgImperial Riviera has in its portfolio six hotels, three tourist resorts and two camps in the leading Croatian destinations island of Rab and Makarska, which makes a total of 3.618 accommodation units and a capacity to accommodate 9.000 guests, making it one of the 10 largest tourist companies in Croatia.  RELATED NEWS: “The intensive investment cycle launched in the previous period in Makarska and Rab after privatization, worth HRK 250 million, will continue in the merged company on a significant scale and with much greater investment potential, which will enable increased capital investments in the future.”, Said Vlado Miš, President of the Management Board of Imperial Riviera dd / / / VALAMAR RIVIERA AND AZ MANDATORY PENSION FUNDS BUY HOTELS MAKARSKA DD / / / VALAMAR’S OFFER FOR TAKING OVER THE IMPERIAL OF RAB ACCEPTED Cover photo: Imperial Rabcenter_img Both companies have successfully privatized Valamar and AZ pension funds in recent years. Imperial Riviera dd will be a joint company for investment and development of tourist property in the region, and it is expected that Valamar will remain in charge of managing the tourist business. The common goal of this merger is to create added value for shareholders through effective management of strategic tourism and continuous investment in the development of the tourism portfolio. VALAMAR STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF THE LARGEST RESORT IN CROATIA IN POREČ Imperial Riviera dd will employ about 900 workers in the season, of which 40% are full-time employees, while retaining all acquired employee rights in Makarska and Rab and maintaining the existing collective agreements. Business will continue to be organized as a destination, which will keep jobs in both Makarska and Rab, and in the long run provide even better conditions for further development of employees, concludes Miš. With the entry into force of the decision of the Commercial Court in Rijeka from June 28, the hotel houses Imperial and Makarska will operate under a new name Imperial Riviera dd thus successfully completing the process of merging the Hotel Makarska with the Rab Imperial.last_img read more

Diversity is the key to success

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Port of Blyth to Invest GBP 12 Million in 2nd Phase of Expansion

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first_imgThe Port of Blyth is investing GBP 12 million in terminal infrastructure and the construction of new warehousing, as well as strengthening quays and installing new cranes.Source: Port of BlythThe investment will come through the new banking facility with Lloyds Bank, enabling the port to commence with the second phase of expansion.Chief Executive of the Port, Martin Lawlor, said: “The new arrangement with Lloyd’s allows us to move swiftly forward with a number of important investments that are crucial to the Port’s ambitious growth plans.”According to the port, this expansion has required a record level of investment set to support key developments to serve offshore wind clients, among other clients from the offshore energy, dry and liquid bulk sectors.Oran Robson, Finance Director at Port of Blyth, said: “The potential at the Port across numerous sectors is huge, but to make the most of those opportunities and to ensure we continue to diversify our offering to protect the business’ long-term security, it’s crucial we invest now.”Engagement in projects such as EDF’s Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm and the North Sea Link interconnector with Norway continue to highlight the port’s progress, the port said, emphasizing that the new investments and developments will open new jobs.“This series of developments will facilitate a large number of new jobs on Port land as we aim to double the number of those employed on site from 500 to over 1000 in five to ten years. These ventures will also act as a catalyst for growth in the local economy and will no doubt stimulate inward investment into the town,” Robson said.last_img read more

Oakland Port Gets Final Funding for Technology Program

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first_imgThe Port of Oakland has received final funding for the implementation of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) program.Namely, the Alameda County Transportation Commission received USD 12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission for FITS, that includes 15 freight technology demonstration projects designed to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport.The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds.The port said FITS would reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of Oakland. It would also update security systems and provide a common communication platform for first responders.“This funding will help improve the port’s maritime operations,” John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Director of Maritime, said.The Alameda County Transportation Commission will administer construction of thirteen FITS improvement projects, while the port would be responsible for the remaining two projects that are security related.The total cost of the FITS program is USD 30.6 million and all projects are scheduled to be completed by late 2021, followed by 12 months of systems testing. The project is expected to go live in late 2022.last_img read more