Turkish Prime Minister Describes Israel and Cyprus Offshore Gas Drilling as “Madness”

first_imgTurkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described offshore gas drilling by estranged ally Israel and Cyprus as “madness” on Wednesday, raising…By Jonathon Burch (reuters)[mappress]Source: reuters,September 21, 2011; September 21, 2011 Authorities View post tag: Turkish View post tag: Prime Share this article View post tag: A/S View post tag: and View post tag: “Madness” View post tag: Gascenter_img View post tag: drilling View post tag: Minister View post tag: Israel View post tag: Cyprus View post tag: offshore View post tag: Describes Turkish Prime Minister Describes Israel and Cyprus Offshore Gas Drilling as “Madness” Back to overview,Home naval-today Turkish Prime Minister Describes Israel and Cyprus Offshore Gas Drilling as “Madness” last_img read more



Brazilian Army Conducts Border Inspection Operations

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo August 06, 2018 About 600 service members from the Brazilian Army’s Western Military Command (CMO, in Portuguese) deployed to strategic areas along Brazil’s border with Bolivia and Paraguay for Operation Agatha Steel II (Operação Ágata Aço II), June 18th–21st. The operation included road patrols and vehicle inspections to prevent and stop common cross-border crimes in the area, such as drug and arms trafficking. The interagency operation included participation from Federal Police and other agencies of the intelligence and security sectors. Agatha Steel I took place April 2018. According to CMO’s press office, operations requiring quick response over a short period of time must be more frequent in the second iteration. “Another point to highlight is the increase of intelligence operations, thanks to the potential of the Integrated Border Monitoring System [SISFRON, in Portuguese],” CMO’s press office stated. SISFRON consists of fixed and mobile radar, optical equipment (such as night vision binoculars), radios, computers, and other communication devices. Service members use the tools along the 650-kilometer border that separates the state of Mato Grosso do Sul from Paraguayan territory—the area serves as the border-monitoring program’s pilot project. The area falls under the oversight of the Fourth Mechanized Cavalry Brigade (4ª Bda C Mec, in Portuguese), headquartered in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, one of CMO’s key military divisions. Test and practice SISFRON communication equipment was primarily used during Operation Agatha Steel II. Service members used information from fixed and mobile radar that monitor parts of the border to devise strategic operations. “SISFRON’s equipment is used to detect activity in the area, monitor the flow of vehicles and people, and confirm data accuracy on certain facilities and terrain. In other words, the equipment aims to increase the brigade’s sensory and processing capacity,” said Brazilian Army Colonel Marcelo Rocha Lima, chief of 4ª Bda C Mec’s General Staff. With Agatha Steel II, the military concluded a series of tests conducted with SISFRON equipment. Among the test runs of early 2018, Col. Rocha Lima highlighted Operation Hurricane (Operação Furacão), carried out May 14th–25th. The operation brought together 850 service members from 4ª Bda C Mec, using SISFRON to its full potential. “The operation was unique and simulated various situations the brigade might encounter—both war and non-war scenarios,” Col. Rocha Lima said. During the first week of the operation, service members carried out combat simulations for technical diagnostics. They performed load, radio, and other tests, in addition to equipment configuration. Service members, then divided into groups, concentrating on exercises with separate missions. The goal was to justify the use of SISFRON equipment and train the troops. “Essentially, we add mock combat situations to the technical data to verify the operational use of the equipment,” Col. Rocha Lima said. Service members from the 10th and 17th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment, under 4ª Bda C Mec, carried out zone reconnaissance among the missions. Five hundred service members made way along federal and local roads for the city of Laguna Carapã, Mato Grosso do Sul. Carapã is 65 kilometers from Caarapó, location of the command post, and about 380 km from Paraguay. Troops made the trip in 148 vehicles equipped with communications gear, including radios and radar. “The system was tested within its capabilities for the brigade, and it was a great opportunity to use the system and train the troops,” Col. Rocha Lima said. SISFRON’s expansion Despite the shortage of resources for the Brazilian Armed Forces in recent years, Col. Rocha Lima said all operations scheduled for 2018 so far took place. In addition, 4ª Bda C Mec already received new SISFRON equipment and not only carried out operations, but made corrections to the program’s pilot project based on evaluations performed in 2017.last_img read more

Susquehanna Community School District pauses fall sports

first_imgSupko says the district hasn’t thought about moving sports to the spring. Supko also mentioned the district will be doing hybrid learning for when school begins. SUSQUEHANNA, Pa (WBNG) — The Susquehanna Community School District announced they are pausing all fall sports.  “Currently, there’s not many schools in our conference that are pushing it back or cancelling it,” Supko said. “So that seems to be off the table at this time.”center_img The decision was made by Standing Superintendent Peter Supko.  After a rise in COVID-19 cases in the county, the district made the decision to cancel all sports practices for the next two weeks, then will reassess the situation. last_img

Government avoids £131m blushes with legal upheaval

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Regional elections to be held as scheduled despite COVID-19 pandemic: Govt

first_img“The KPU assured us there would be no changes to the schedule for the 2020 regional elections. They will be held in September this year as was the orginal plan,” Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD told the press on Wednesday.Read also: KPU commissioner Evi Novida dismissed for manipulating vote results in West KalimantanHe added that the KPU had set up scenarios and work patterns according to the protocol for dealing with COVID-19 issued by the government. The new scenario is expected to run until May 31, although the government declared a state of emergency from Feb. 29 to May 29.”There is no problem. Everything will proceed as usual until May 31,” said Mahfud. The new scenario includes some changes to the election process. For example, the inauguration of voting committees (PPS) will be handled by subdistrict offices rather than the district or mayor’s office. The measure is intended to avoid large gatherings.The verification process for independent candidates will also follow the COVID-19 protocol, which includes body temperature scanning, as their supporters are expected to attend the process.Bawaslu previously advised the KPU to prepare for delays to the 2020 regional elections in areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases through “vote postponements” and “restaged voting” in those areas.Lawmakers and election watchdogs also called on the KPU to identify areas affected by the disease and come up with alternatives ways to hold the elections.Read also: Court rules simultaneous elections as ‘most constitutional’The terms pemilihan lanjutan (vote postponement) and pemilihan susulan (restaged vote) are stipulated in Law No. 10/2016 on regional elections.A vote postponement allows an election to be rescheduled to a later date after election organizers agree to halt it due to force majeure. A restaged vote, meanwhile, involves conducting the entire election again, also for reasons of force majeure.Bawaslu has identified several COVID-19 red zones, namely Bekasi, Depok, Cirebon and Purwakarta in West Java; Tangerang and South Tangerang in Banten; Surakarta in Central Java; Pontianak in West Kalimantan; Manado in North Sulawesi; Bali; and Yogyakarta.As of midday Thursday, Indonesia had 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including in regions set to hold regional elections in September, such as Surakarta and Semarang in Central Java and Denpasar in Bali. At least 19 people have died from the disease, while 11 have recovered.Topics : The government has decided to stick to the 2020 regional election schedule despite the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.The decision was made during a meeting on Wednesday between the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister, the home minister, the National Police chief, the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander, the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) and the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP).last_img read more

Dollar firm after retail sales jump fans recovery hopes

first_imgThe dollar held firm against many of its rivals on Wednesday after US retail sales jumped far more than expected in May, while risk-sensitive currencies were hobbled by concerns about the coronavirus and diplomatic tensions in Asia.Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell also doused some of the rosy expectations on Tuesday, as he painted a rather bleak picture of the US economy.The dollar index stood at 97.003, having risen about 0.4 percent on Tuesday. North Korea on Tuesday blew up a joint liaison office set up in a border town in 2018 to foster better ties with South Korea, while India’s army said 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site in the western Himalayas.Against the yen, the dollar was little changed at 107.39 yen, stuck in a narrow range so far this week.Tuesday’s data showed US retail sales jumping 17.7 percent last month, outstripping economists’ median forecast of 8.0 percent increase.The surge in retail sales last month recouped 63 percent of March and April’s decreases, raising hopes of a quick recovery in the consumption, the driver of the US economy.Still, Fed chairman Powell had a word of caution in his testimony at Congress, saying a full US economic recovery will not occur until the American people are sure that the novel coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control.That still remains far from certain, with new coronavirus infections hitting record highs in six US states, including populous Texas and Florida, on Tuesday.Topics : The euro traded at US$1.12635, having lost 0.5 percent on Tuesday and in consolidation after hitting a three-month high of $1.14225 a week ago.The Australian dollar eased off 0.4 percent to $0.6861, slipping further from Tuesday’s high of $0.6977.“In Asia, there is a bit of risk-off mood following a renewed outbreak of coronavirus in Beijing and also some geopolitical tensions in the region,” said Kyosuke Suzuki, director of currencies at Societe Generale.China sharply ramped up restrictions on people leaving the capital on Tuesday in an effort to stop the most serious coronavirus flare-up since February from spreading to other cities and provinces.last_img read more

Unions to strike at AkzoNobel over €400m pension payment demand

first_imgIt also argued that the accounting rules of IFRS did not allow for such an additional payment, and that it would jeopardise the fixed premium for the current collective defined contribution scheme, which replaced the scheme’s defined benefit plan in 2005.The unions, however, disagreed, citing the expert opinion of Jaap Koelewijn, professor of finance at Nyenrode Business University. Koelewijn argued that IFRS allowed for a “non-mandatory and one-off contribution”, as long as it was properly accounted for, according to Dutch financial newspaper FD.It said that the unions countered AkzoNobel’s argument that the pension fund’s current coverage ratio of almost 111% was above average, by contending that indexation in arrears for the scheme’s participants had increased to 14% following 10 years without indexation.In a webcast for its staff, Knut Schwalenberg, director of AkzoNobel Chemie Nederland, said that the company couldn’t meet the unions’ demands.“I would like to ask to think properly before they cause damage to the company, mutual relationships as well as our reputation among our clients,” he added.The unions have indicated that strikes at other plants elsewhere in the Netherlands were possible during the coming days. Trade union members have started 24-hour strikes at two Dutch plants of chemicals giant AkzoNobel in an attempt to force the employer to pay an additional €400m into its Dutch pension fund.The unions have demanded the extra contribution as, in their opinion, staff should also benefit from the €7.5bn sale – paid for in cash – of its Specialty Chemicals branch to US private equity firm Carlyle.The board of the €5.3bn company scheme, APF, and a pensioners’ association also backed the request for a €400m cash injection into the pension fund.However, the company has reiterated that the money was not available, as it had already promised the proceeds of the sale to its shareholders.last_img read more

Major surge in Queensland farmland prices

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago215 Todds Road, Greenlake, covers 7,278.2ha and is on the market for $20m.The top performing region was West Queensland where the median price per hectare jumped 27.2 per cent, while North Queensland decreased by 0.5 per cent.“The Queensland rural property market experienced steady transaction volumes in 2018. The mix of sales varied, with more activity in North Queensland and slightly less activity across other regions,” he said.“There were fewer sales at the low end of the market which could have been influenced by drought conditions in marginal areas. This was offset by strong demand for quality properties in each region which shifted the mix of sales in 2018 towards the middle and upper price per hectare ranges.” Jailed lawyer sells mega mansion Unusual feature sells house FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE: City pads for less than $150K This massive property at 2521 Kirknie Road, Home Hill, is on the market for $12.2m.It’s been hit by drought, cyclones, floods but Queensland’s farmland continues to hold its own, emerging with the highest price rise of the three major eastern states.A report by Rural Bank found that the median price per hectare for farmland in Queensland jumped 15.7 per cent last year, surging past both NSW (9.6 per cent) and Victoria (14.1 per cent). The amount of farmland that changed hands also jumped to 4.4 million hectares in the Sunshine State, up 10.6 per cent over 2017.The value of the deals in the state also surged a whopping 23.4 per cent to $2.4 billion, according to Rural Bank head of sales, Jonathon Hewitt. Greenlake Station is being marketed as blue ribbon livestock breeding country. 2521 Kirknie Road, Home Hill, covers 708ha.Around $1.1b worth of farmland was sold in Victoria last year (about 198,000 hectares), while in New South Wales $3.4b worth was traded (1.58m hectares).Including the other states, South Australia had the biggest rise in median price per hectare, up 17 per cent, while Tasmania was the only state to see a decline (-5 per cent).Rural Bank CEO Alexandra Gartmann said agricultural land as an asset class has “long term resilience”.“The figures show the remarkable strength and confidence in agriculture’s future, with all states experiencing growth of between 5 and 7.5 per cent since 1998.”She added “we expect farmland values to continue to rise due to tightened supply of available farmland and increased competition for fewer parcels”. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

World-Class Players Who Hung Up Their Boots In 2019

first_img In goal is Petr Cech. The holder of the most clean sheets in Premier League history, Cech’s final game was the Europa League final against Chelsea, though it was already confirmed he was returning to Chelsea as a technical advisor. The Czech Republic legend has also been playing ice hockey for Guildford Phoenix, unsurprisingly remaining in between the sticks. Another former Arsenal and Chelsea player, Ashley Cole finished his career with Derby County before taking up a coaching role in the Blues academy. You’ll do well to find a better left-back in Premier League history. Meanwhile, Juventus legend Andrea Barzagli called it a day after a decorated career that saw him lift eight Scudettos, four Coppa Italias and the World Cup. Patrice Evra had basically been as good as retired ever since he started to kick fans in the head and do weird Instagram videos but the former Manchester United left-back officially announced his retirement in July of 2019. Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Arjen Robben could probably have continued cutting in from the right and bending one with his left foot but both he and legendary Dutch compatriots Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie hung up their boots in the same year. So too did Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona’s all-time appearance maker. The four-time Champions League winner ended his career with Qatari side Al-Sadd, where he was appointed as manager just weeks ago after retiring. Another one of the best midfielders of our generation, Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger, announced his retirement from football in October 2019, seeing out his final playing days with Toronto FC. Read Also:Guardiola praises Man City players for playing  to instruction Finally, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres were the two best strikers to call 2019 their final year of playing, finishing up what is a truly deadly team brimming with world-class players. We wait and see what iconic players finish up in 2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… 2019 was the year that a whole host of footballing greats called time and their careers and Transfer Markt have put together what could be the greatest retired XI of all-time.last_img read more