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To Drink, or Not to Drink

first_imgI’m packing for a three-day backpacking trip and I’m having a bit of a moral crisis. I can’t decide if I should bring a flask of whiskey or not. I’ve been going back and forth all day, putting the flask in my backpack, then taking it back out only to put it right back in an hour later. On the one hand, whiskey tastes good. It tastes especially good when you’re sitting around a campfire at the end of a long day on the trail and your belly is full with ramen noodles or mac n’ cheese and canned tuna and you’re tired but the stars are out and you don’t want to go to bed. Does anything make you feel more like a cowboy than leaning against your backpack and taking a sip of bourbon while kicking the fire with your boot? So yeah, whiskey belongs in the backcountry. So, I should definitely take some whiskey with me on this trip. On the other hand, studies show that not drinking is good for you. I’ve been trying to drink a little less, just to see what it’s like, and this three-day backpacking trip through Pisgah could be the perfect opportunity to dry out a little. Sort of like a mini detox/bootcamp. I can hike all day and not drink all night and emerge from the forest fresh and clean. Instead of drinking whiskey by the fire at night I could…eat carrots by the fire. Or practice magic. Or read a book? I literally don’t know what people who don’t carry whiskey with them everywhere do. Like, what do you do with your hands when you’re just sitting there? Whittle? So, yeah, I’ll probably bring some whiskey. Because like I said, whiskey belongs in the backcountry. And I can’t see myself learning how to whittle at this point in my life.last_img read more

Colombia Seeks A Slot On The UN Security Council

first_imgBy Dialogo August 23, 2010 Colombia announced that it has the support of seventy countries to seek a slot on the UN Security Council and designated as its new ambassador to that organization Néstor Osorio, who has ties to the coffee sector. The announcement was made by President Juan Manuel Santos, who said that he will visit Brazil at the beginning of September, in his first foreign trip as president of Colombia. “We now have seventy countries that are supporting Colombia to take a seat on the (UN) Security Council; this is a very significant position,” he assured reporters. Osorio serves as executive director of the International Coffee Organization, headquartered in London, and has held diplomatic positions representing Colombia under previous administrations. Santos said that in September he will also attend the United Nations General Assembly, at which Colombia, together with China and Ghana, will address the assembly about the Millennium Development Goals. The Security Council is an organ of the United Nations that has the fundamental responsibility of maintaining peace and security around the world through peaceful means. The Council has fifteen members: five permanent and ten elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms. The permanent members are China, the United States, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Argentina to Take Down Planes That Enter the Country Illegally

first_img Alleged mobster with ties to Colombian cartels arrested BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Fifteen lawmakers introduced a law in the Argentine House of Representatives that will allow the air force to shoot down planes that enter the country illegally. The law, named “Ley de Derribo” (Take down law), establishes a protocol that enables the military to use force to take down planes, including those flown by narco-traffickers, if aircraft personnel refuse to identify themselves. “The Argentine border acts like a sifter and this creates a huge problem for the country,” Rep. Juan Obiglio, the law’s author, said on April 25. Local media reported the law will require the addition of specialized radar to cover the country’s northern border, a project that could take close to two years to complete if the law is ratified. The goal is to find and identify small aircraft carrying illegal drugs. The government also would need to purchase aircraft to take down planes in violation of the law. Obiglio said that each day, between 100 and 150 flights enter the country illegally, according to a report by the country’s air force. “Without any type of control, every day small planes enter and exit the country illegally, carrying products and even people on them,” Obiglio told Radio 10. “With a very simple measure, involving radar and an interception protocol, this problem will be solved.” Obiglio said Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Brazil have similar laws. But not all lawmakers want the law to pass in Argentina. Juan Manuel Pedrini, a regional government minister in the northern province of Chaco province, said the law could have devastating consequences if not applied properly. “What happens if there’s a glitch in the communications system?” he questioned. SANTIAGO, Chile – Carmen Pizarro Ramírez and Julio Mamani Mamani have been arrested on narcotics trafficking charges by the country’s counter-narcotics unit OS-7 in the northern city of Arica. Officers detained Pizarro Ramírez, a 69-year-old Chilean national, on the morning of April 21 after authorities saw her selling small doses of cocaine in Arica’s Población Chile neighborhood, UPI news agency reported. After her house was raided, authorities were able to track her drug supply to a house in the Población Nueva Esperanza neighborhood in the same city. Once there, they detained Julio Mamani Mamani, a 64-year-old Peruvian national. At Mamani’s house, police officers confiscated about three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine chlorhydrate, about four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine paste, five kilograms (11 pounds) of baking soda, 10 liters of muriatic acid and four liters of hydrochloric acid. They also confiscated two cell phones and a small quantity of cash. TUXLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico – Law enforcement officials confiscated 162 kilograms (357 pounds) of methamphetamine and 15,000 liters (3,962 gallons) of chemicals used to manufacture synthetic narcotics in two operations in the state of Chiapas, which is along the country’s border with Guatemala, officials said. Chiapas state police found the methamphetamine, which had a street value of $180 million pesos (US$15 million), in the false floor of a bus in the city of Tapachula during a traffic stop, according to the Chiapas State Attorney General’s Office. Police, who arrested three suspects from the state of Michoacán in connection with the confiscation, said they seized enough methamphetamine to produce 1.6 million doses of the narcotic, according to Agence France-Presse. The La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, regarded by authorities as the largest trafficker of synthetic drugs in Mexico, has a strong presence in Michoacán, but it’s unclear whether the seized narcotics belonged to the gang’s members. Meantime, Federal Police seized 300 barrels filled with chemicals used to produce designer drugs (synthetic products that imitate illegal narcotics and are designed to evade the drug laws) from a house in Ciudad Hidalgo, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Chile: Two arrested with about seven kilograms of cocaine By Dialogo April 29, 2011 Mexico: 162 kilograms of methamphetamine seizedcenter_img Waldemar Lorenzana, a suspected narcotics trafficker, arrested Chile: Alleged narcotics smuggler caught at border crossing CHILE CHICO, Chile – The Anti-narcotics unit of Chile’s Investigative Police apprehended a 39-year-old Argentine man allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Andean nation. Raúl Javier López, 39, was caught trying to enter the country from Argentina. He was taken into custody at the Jeinimeni border crossing point in Chile Chico, 1,777 kilometers (1,105 miles) south of Santiago. He allegedly was found in possession of 16 marijuana cigarettes and 30 doses of cocaine. The police, using a drug-sniffing dog, arrested López as he was trying to dispose of the narcotics in one of the border crossing’s bathrooms, according to the Chilean daily El Mercurio. The seized narcotics, which were destroyed by the police, had a street value of about $300,000 Chilean pesos (US$650). ROME – Francesco Campana, the alleged leader of the Sacra Corona Unita, one of Italy’s four most powerful mafia outfits, has been arrested, according to the Ansa news agency on April 23. Campana, 38, is suspected of playing a key role in the Sacra Corona Unita’s weapons and narcotics trafficking operations with Colombian, Russian, Albanian and Asian criminal organizations. Campana was taken into custody at his home in Oria, near the southeastern city of Brindisi. His apprehension culminated a two-year investigation after he had been on the move to avoid a nine-year prison sentence for mafia association, investigators said, according to the DPA news agency. Sacra Corona Unita, which operates in the southern region of Apulia, Italy, is one of the most powerful mafia organizations in the country, along with Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, the Campania region’s Camorra and the Calabria region’s N’drangheta. GUATEMALA CITY – Waldemar Lorenzana, a suspected narcotics trafficker, was arrested by Guatemalan police on April 26 in the town of El Jícaro, 40 miles northeast of the nation’s capital, local prosecutors said. Lorenzana, 71, is wanted in the United States for international drug trafficking, according to Reuters. Lorenzana, a Guatemalan national, is suspected of heading a massive cocaine trafficking syndicate for the Mexico-based Sinaloa cartel. He allegedly smuggled narcotics from Colombia to the United States.last_img read more

Five things you need to know before you go on vacation

first_img continue reading » You can tell a lot of policy makers are taking off for the holidays because an awful lot worth noting yesterday happened.Fed Raises Interest RatesThe Fed Reserve’s Open Market Committee announced that it would be raising short-term interest rates by another quarter of a point. Perhaps more importantly however, Federal Reserve Chairman indicated that the Fed was reducing the number of its anticipated rate hikes for 2019 from 4 to 3. In his post-game press conference Powell explained that while the economy remains fundamentally strong, developments of the last few months indicate that there may be complications ahead. Apparently this was too much equivocation for the captains of industry who invest in the stock market. I’m assuming they wanted a more negative assessment of the economy’s growth to signal that the fed was putting any rate hikes on hold for the foreseeable future. Dream on. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The value of foreign exchange income from tourism decreased after the audit

first_imgNamely, July and August still have the largest share in overnight stays throughout the year, which together account for about 60% of overnight stays throughout the year (2018% in 59,1). The level of this percentage is reflected in the comparison with other European Mediterranean countries (the average of six Mediterranean countries is 34,6%), where Croatia has by far the largest share. Thus, on 30 September 2019, the Croatian National Bank published a new calculation of statistical indicators of the balance of payments and international investment position of the Republic of Croatia. Finally, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce concludes that given that in the first eight months of 2019 there was an increase (2%) in tourist overnight stays compared to the same period in 2018, they expect that this year will see an increase in foreign exchange income from tourism. Namely, according to the data before the revision in the period 2003 ─ 2018, the decline of the observed indicator was recorded in three years (2004, 2009 and 2010), while according to the revised data in the same period, the decline was recorded only in 2009. According to the CNB, the new statistical calculation in 2019 is the result of the transition to new and better data sources and the improvement of calculation methods used by the CNB in ​​the process of compiling balance of payments and international investment and foreign debt statistics. Published data are harmonized with new methodologies and standards, and one of the most important improvements in the latest revision of data relates to statistics on foreign exchange earnings from tourism. HGK: The value of foreign exchange income from tourism has been revised downwards, but the trend is more favorable RELATED NEWS: The mentioned revision of data, which includes data from 2003, has reduced the value of foreign exchange income from tourism in all years, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce points out, adding that the trend of foreign exchange income from tourism is more favorable than it was before this revision. One of the visible examples of the impact of the consumption of foreign tourists, ie foreign exchange income from tourism and a certain impact of the seasonality of tourism, exists in retail trade. Namely, in the strongest tourist months of the year, ie in July and August, the highest retail turnover of the year is realized (about one fifth of the annual turnover in both mentioned months together). Retail trade turnover accounts for a significant share of personal consumption, ie the largest item of GDP. The most important improvements relate to the new calculation of tourism revenue indicators in the balance of payments, the inclusion of trade credits with original maturities of up to six months in foreign debt, both on the liabilities side and on the assets side, as well as the value of remittances and imports and, they point out from the CNB.center_img One of our biggest problems is extreme seasonality, ie Croatian tourism is extremely seasonal Source: CNB The Croatian National Bank (CNB) conducts an audit of foreign relations statistics every five years, and the last time it did so was at the end of September this year. / / / REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS INCREASED BY 5 PERCENT The new calculation of indicators on tourism revenues in the balance of payments applies improved methods (starting with data for 2003) which are based on a combination of physical indicators and indicators of average consumption of foreign tourists, which is common in EU practice. The revised series reduces revenues from tourist spending in the range of approximately 0,5 to 1,1 billion. EUR and therefore adversely affects the current account balance of the balance of payments in the period from 2003 to 2018. Furthermore, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce points out that the revision of data on foreign exchange earnings from tourism did not affect the fact that tourism still plays an important role in the Croatian economy, as well as the fact that Croatia still has the highest ratio of foreign exchange earnings and GDP (about 18%). of GDP) in the EU. This data points to the need for a different structure of the Croatian economy because tourism is an activity that is subject to a wide range of risks (for example, weather conditions and security).  Apart from the above, the expression of the seasonality of Croatian tourism is also visible in the fact that Croatia has by far the highest ratio of the most visited and least visited month in the year when the EU is observed. Namely, according to Eurostat data, at the level of the entire EU, in the strongest month (in 2018 it was August) there are about four times more overnight stays than in the weakest month (in 2018 it was February), while in Croatia in August averages 58 times more overnight stays (2018 times in 55,7) than in January (in 2018 it was exceptionally February). INSTEAD OF AGRICULTURE IN THE SERVICE OF TOURISM, WE ENCOURAGE IMPORTS THROUGH TOURISM. SULUDO!last_img read more

UK roundup: UBS awarded £11bn passive LGPS mandate

first_imgACCESS, a collaboration between 11 UK local government pension schemes (LGPS), has awarded UBS Asset Management an £11bn (€12.3bn) passive management mandate.It means the asset manager will be responsible for nearly a third of the ACCESS pool’s £34bn in assets. The move is expected to save roughly £5m a year, the pool said.The mandate has also been made available for other LGPS funds and pools through its national framework.The contract between UBS and ACCESS is for an initial 10 years until the end of March 2028, with optional extensions to 2033 and 2036. Andrew Reid, chairman of the ACCESS Joint Committee, said: “I am delighted we have started the process of pooling early with some tangible, long term savings and look forward to a smooth transition to UBS.”UBS is expected to take on the assets from March 2018, a month before the government’s target date for schemes to begin pooling assets.ACCESS’ LGPS members comprise the Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk and West Sussex pension funds.Wolseley strikes £600m buy-in with PIC“The bulk annuity market, driven by high levels of demand and competitive pricing, is currently experiencing a period of significant activity”Mitul Magudia, PICThe pension scheme for plumbing company Wolseley UK has agreed a buy-in worth roughly £600m with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC). The deal covers the scheme’s pensioner liabilities.The Wolseley Group Retirement Benefits Plan had roughly £1.3bn in assets at the end of July 2016, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds survey.David Illingworth, chairman of Wolseley’s trustees, said the move was “the logical next step in our derisking strategy for the plan”.“Over the past couple of years we have matched an increasing amount of our assets and liabilities and this strategy has now allowed us to take advantage of market conditions and fully insure these liabilities,” Illingworth added.Mitul Magudia, head of business development at PIC, said low government bond yields meant the majority of derisking transactions had been buy-ins, rather than full buyouts. “The bulk annuity market, driven by high levels of demand and competitive pricing, is currently experiencing a period of significant activity,” he said.Allianz backs LGPS codeAllianz Global Investors has become the latest fund manager to sign up to the LGPS’ cost transparency code. It joins the likes of BlackRock, UBS, Fidelity, and Legal & General Investment Management.last_img read more

Police seeking public assistance for 8 unresolved crimes

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Police seeking public assistance for 8 unresolved crimes by: – May 11, 2012 Armstrong DrigoThe Dominica Police Force has appealed to citizens to come to their assistance in solving eight (8) crimes including murder, kidnapping, arson and robbery which to date are unresolved.Police Chief Cyril Carette told a press conference on Friday that the police are working assiduously to solve these crimes however they are in dire need of any information which members of the public may have.“A number of matters remain unresolved and therefore I am appealing to members of the public with information to assist in bringing these cases to a successful closure”. The seven unsolved crimes he highlighted are;1. The shooting death of Omara “Mwanga” Smalls which occurred on High Street on September 15th, 2010;2. Arson at the home of corporal Patrick George in River Estate which occurred on January 23, 2011;3. Disappearance of Julien Jno. Finn alias Goatee on February 16, 2011;4. Robbery at the Paix Bouche Credit Union on July 5th, 2011;5. Murder of Tyson Thomas which occurred in Portsmouth on December 27th, 2011;6. Murder of Armstrong Drigo which occurred in Portsmouth on January 4th, 2012;7. Death of Emmanuel Shillingford of St. Joseph at Macoucherie on January 23rd, 2012;8. Kidnapping of Deon Hakim Alfred and Leon Dopee Joseph both of Stockfarm.Omara “Mwanga Freeman” Smalls. Photo credit: Dominica WeekendzPersons who may have information relating to any of the above mentioned crimes are asked to call the anonymous hotline 1 800 4468 and provide this information. Carette also stated that with regard to a shooting incident which occurred at the Convent Preparatory School on July 12th, involving 2011Nicholas Roberts and a police officer has been thoroughly investigated.“I must inform that this matter was thoroughly investigated and the proper procedures have been followed. The matter is now in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions”. He also announced that they have made some headway in the investigation of an unresolved fire report of 2010 at the home of former magistrate GON Emmanuel.“I want to place on record that investigation into the matter involving the fire at the home of Mr. GON Emmanuel on December 25th, 2010 is continuing. The police are in receipt of an analysis report from the Forensic Sciences Centre in Barbados however we are awaiting the findings of an electronic analysis report”.He noted their commitment to protecting and serving the country and its citizens.“We hold true to our oath which states among other things that we will well and truly serve the government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica without fear, favour, malice or ill will”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 275 Views   2 comments Share Sharelast_img read more

Record-breaking Lewandowski sparkles as Bayern Munich win again

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Robert Lewandowski struck twice as champions Bayern Munich eased past Freiburg 3-1 on Saturday to secure a record 15th win in a row.But the highlight of the day was in the fact that the Pole became the first foreign player to score 33 goals in a Bundesliga season. The Bavarians, who sealed their eighth successive title on Tuesday with victory at Werder Bremen, went in front after 15 minutes through Joshua Kimmich’s well-placed shot from a Lewandowski assist.The striker then nodded in on the rebound in the 24th minute after Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow had blocked a Leon Goretzka shot.He went on to flick in the third from a Lucas Hernandez cut-back before half-time.Only two players in the history of the Bundesliga, Gerd Mueller and Dieter Mueller, have scored more goals in one season.Freiburg had earlier cut the deficit through Lucas Hoeler. Bayern Munich, who earned a club record 15th consecutive victory in all competitions, took their foot off the gas after the break, allowing Freiburg to create a few chances.Sven Ulreich, making a rare appearance as replacement for Bayern Munich’s first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, denied Kwon Chang-hoon in a one-on-one in stoppage time.“We want to score goals and win games. When you trust your strengths`, it is an asset in every game. You can strengthen that with victories and I hope that we can keep doing this,” Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said.“We still have things to do. The next goal is the German Cup final (on July 4) and then there is one more goal where we will try to go as far as we can,” Flick added in reference to the UEFA Champions League and Bayern Munich’s shot at a treble.Lewandowski can still add to his tally on the final matchday, but is unlikely to match Gerd Mueller’s Bundesliga record of 40 goals in a season set in 1972. The previous best mark by a foreign player was 31 goals scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 2016/2017 season.Bayern Munich, who need five more goals to equal the club record of 101 for a season, are on 79 points, 10 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alexander SchwolowBayern MunichFreiburgJoshua KimmichRobert Lewandowskilast_img

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Another injury fear for Belgium’s Kompany

first_imgNew Delhi: Belgium centre back and Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is set to undergo scans to evaluate the extent of a groin injury that he picked on Saturday night in a 0-0 draw against Euro Champions Portugal in a friendly match ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.Kompany overstretched while he was challenging Gelson Martins and walked off the pitch without waiting to be substituted early in the second half.Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, who will name his final 23-man World Cup squad on Monday, said Vincent Kompany has felt discomfort in his groin.”You don’t want to lose players like Vincent,” Martinez told a Belgian broadcaster after Saturday’s match in Brussels.”There’s the experience … there’s a little bit the knowhow, there’s the communication on the pitch. I think that understanding – knowing what’s expected in big games and big moments is important so you don’t want to lose any of those players,” he added.If Kompany misses the World Cup which begins later this month then it would be the second consecutive major tournament that he will miss after sitting out the 2016 European Championship with a leg injury.”We feel a little bit disappointed for him because he’s been working so well in the camp,” Martinez said. “Already his influence in the group is always positive, he always wants to help and he’s been working extremely hard,” Martinez said.The Manchester City captain’s career has been overshadowed by injury, and is a core member of the talent-packed Belgium squad, who are considered one of the strongest in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.Martinez’s team plays Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G in Russia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Lusignan beat Enmore in 100-ball cricket final

first_imgA MAN-of-the-match performance from former national U-15 batsman Robin Williams spurred Lusignan Sports Club to a 65-run victory against rivals, Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC), in the championship clash of the Banks Beer 100-ball competition last Sunday night. The visiting Lusignan side won the toss and batted first in the final. Led by aggressive opener Williams, Lusignan were able to bat themselves to 150-6 before their 100 balls expired.Williams struck five sixes and two fours in a top score of 44.  For the third wicket, he and Somnauth Bharrat put together 58 runs, with the latter hitting two fours and a six before he was run-out.Several other batsmen also contributed to the score, including Gavin Boodwah, who made 31 runs (2×4, 2×6).Bowling for Enmore, Chris Surat and Satesh Jainarine finished with two wickets each. In reply, the home team succumbed for 85 all out in 13.3 overs. Opener Imran Hassan (17 3×4), Rudolph Singh 17 (1×4, 1×6), Surat 15 (2×6) and Chaitram Balgobin 13 (2×4) all reached double figures, but none of them went on to score the match-winning innings that Enmore needed.Jagdesh Dowlatram, Vickram Doodnauth and Chanderpaul Ramraj picked up two wickets each for the eventual winners.Meanwhile, Strathavon SC recorded a thrilling victory over Lusignan East in the third-place clash earlier in the day. Chasing 180 for victory, Sewchand Budhu led the attack with a blistering 89. The game came down to the final ball and Strathavon had to score two runs for victory. Earlier H. Jailall had scored 79 for Lusignan East.last_img read more