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Military family 4-H camp

first_imgThe Georgia 4-H program has scheduled a special camp weekend just for military families. And, it’s free.The second annual camp is set for March 20-21 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga. Part of Georgia 4-H’s Operation Military Kids, the camp weekend is funded by U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services and is presented in cooperation with Kansas State University. Military kids and their families can choose to either spend the weekend and stay overnight at the camp, or visit the camps for the daily activities.On Saturday, visitors can attend workshops to learn about native reptiles and amphibians and Rock Eagle Lake ecology, participate in adventure-based team building, visit the camp’s natural history museum and hike to the Rock Eagle Effigy Mound. That evening, visitors will be entertained by Clovers and Company, Georgia 4-H’s performing arts group. A picnic dinner, dance, movie and campfire activities will follow the entertainment.On Sunday, the military families will participate in the camp’s flag raising and citizenship ceremony which will be followed by a 5k road race.There is no cost for the Georgia 4-H Military Family Weekend, but participants are asked to register by March 12. To register or for more information, visit the Web site www.georgia4h.org/omk or call (706) 542-4444.last_img read more

Seminar Discusses Brazilian Armed Forces’ Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions

first_imgAdmiral Júlio Soares de Moura Neto, Brazilian Navy commander, was also present at the seminar. During the event’s opening, he recalled that the Brazilian Navy has been in Haiti since February 28, 2004, even before the official start of MINUSTAH. Brazil’s experience in humanitarian and peacekeeping missions under the United Nations (UN) was the focus of an event that brought together military personnel from the High Command of the Brazilian Navy, the Army, and the Air Force in Rio de Janeiro from November 17 to 19. “Peace Missions help train marines,” COL Carlos Chagas Viana Braga, second-in-command of the General Command of the Marines, said at the conference. “It is a chance to have a real experience, a real operation where risks and threats are present. And in that way, the soldier and the Armed Forces themselves are constantly becoming better prepared to perform well in other activities. [Peace operations] contribute to preparation provided they are done right.” Chagas has a great deal of experience in UN peacekeeping missions: he served as the assistant to Army Gen. Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, the first force commander of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), in 2004. The Armed Forces of Brazil lead the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Brazilian Lt. Gen. Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz heads the peacekeeping force of 20,000 troops, who at times engage in confrontations with rebel groups in the eastern part of the country. UN peacekeeping missions guided by basic principles Such efforts are undertaken with the consent of the nation where peacekeeping troops are sent. They’re guided by the concepts of impartiality and emphasize avoiding the use of force. The Brazilian military provides its professionalism and resources to these missions, and in return, members of the Armed Forces gain important experience. Officers from the Armed Forces of Member States of the Union of South American Nations (Unasul) also attended the “Seminar on Peacekeeping Operations and Humanitarian Actions,” organized by the Marine Corps’ Doctrine Development Command (CDDCFN). Members of the Brazilian Armed Forces are able to rely on their military training when they join UN peacekeeping missions; they are skilled in and get further training in tactical force, intelligence gathering, and crowd control, all useful skills during peacekeeping missions. By Dialogo November 26, 2014 Chagas has a great deal of experience in UN peacekeeping missions: he served as the assistant to Army Gen. Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, the first force commander of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), in 2004. The Brazilian military provides its professionalism and resources to these missions, and in return, members of the Armed Forces gain important experience. The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (FTM-UNIFIL) is led by Brazilian Rear Admiral Walter Eduardo Bombarda, who commands a fleet of nine ships from six nations. The objective of this peacekeeping mission is to suppress arms and munitions smuggling entering Lebanese territory via the Mediterranean Sea. Admiral Júlio Soares de Moura Neto, Brazilian Navy commander, was also present at the seminar. During the event’s opening, he recalled that the Brazilian Navy has been in Haiti since February 28, 2004, even before the official start of MINUSTAH. The wide array of topics at the seminar reflected the range of UN peacekeeping efforts the Brazilian Armed Forces are currently leading in different parts of the world: “Peace Missions help train marines,” COL Carlos Chagas Viana Braga, second-in-command of the General Command of the Marines, said at the conference. “It is a chance to have a real experience, a real operation where risks and threats are present. And in that way, the soldier and the Armed Forces themselves are constantly becoming better prepared to perform well in other activities. [Peace operations] contribute to preparation provided they are done right.” Brazil’s experience in humanitarian and peacekeeping missions under the United Nations (UN) was the focus of an event that brought together military personnel from the High Command of the Brazilian Navy, the Army, and the Air Force in Rio de Janeiro from November 17 to 19. UN peacekeeping operations led by Brazilcenter_img Members of the Brazilian Armed Forces are able to rely on their military training when they join UN peacekeeping missions; they are skilled in and get further training in tactical force, intelligence gathering, and crowd control, all useful skills during peacekeeping missions. Ten years after Brazil’s Armed Forces assumed command of the pacification process in Haiti, the country has earned an important place as a global leader in peacekeeping. Brazil is now participating in 9 of the 16 missions led by the UN’s Department for Peacekeeping Operations. In addition, the country’s military is in charge of three of those missions –Haiti, Lebanon and Congo. The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (FTM-UNIFIL) is led by Brazilian Rear Admiral Walter Eduardo Bombarda, who commands a fleet of nine ships from six nations. The objective of this peacekeeping mission is to suppress arms and munitions smuggling entering Lebanese territory via the Mediterranean Sea. Officers from the Armed Forces of Member States of the Union of South American Nations (Unasul) also attended the “Seminar on Peacekeeping Operations and Humanitarian Actions,” organized by the Marine Corps’ Doctrine Development Command (CDDCFN). Dear Sir,In the article, “Seminar discusses participation of Brazilian Armed Forces in UN peacekeeping missions”, there is a mistake. The name of the admiral that currently heads the mission in Lebanon is Rear Admiral Walter Eduardo Bombarda, since February 26, 2014. Such efforts are undertaken with the consent of the nation where peacekeeping troops are sent. They’re guided by the concepts of impartiality and emphasize avoiding the use of force. Ten years after Brazil’s Armed Forces assumed command of the pacification process in Haiti, the country has earned an important place as a global leader in peacekeeping. Brazil is now participating in 9 of the 16 missions led by the UN’s Department for Peacekeeping Operations. In addition, the country’s military is in charge of three of those missions –Haiti, Lebanon and Congo. During the seminar, member countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) also shared their experiences in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. The director of International Bodies for the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE), ambassador Paulo Roberto Campos Tarrisse de Fontoura, spoke about peace operations and Miguel Adolfo Munõz Barroza, deputy director for risk management at the Chilean Ministry of Interior and Public Safety’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) spoke about the importance of experience in conducting humanitarian missions. UN peacekeeping missions guided by basic principles “[On that date] an operating group of Brazilian marines (fuzileiros navais) landed at Port-au-Prince with the goal of ensuring the safety of diplomatic facilities in the capital and performing the evacuation of Brazilian civilians,” he said. During the seminar, member countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) also shared their experiences in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. The director of International Bodies for the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE), ambassador Paulo Roberto Campos Tarrisse de Fontoura, spoke about peace operations and Miguel Adolfo Munõz Barroza, deputy director for risk management at the Chilean Ministry of Interior and Public Safety’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) spoke about the importance of experience in conducting humanitarian missions. UN peacekeeping operations led by Brazil The Brazilian military leads the MINUSTAH, which includes more than 8,600 military personnel from 19 nations (over 2,000 from Brazil). The current commander is Brazilian Lt. Gen. José Luiz Jaborandy Júnior. The wide array of topics at the seminar reflected the range of UN peacekeeping efforts the Brazilian Armed Forces are currently leading in different parts of the world: The Armed Forces of Brazil lead the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Brazilian Lt. Gen. Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz heads the peacekeeping force of 20,000 troops, who at times engage in confrontations with rebel groups in the eastern part of the country. The Brazilian military leads the MINUSTAH, which includes more than 8,600 military personnel from 19 nations (over 2,000 from Brazil). The current commander is Brazilian Lt. Gen. José Luiz Jaborandy Júnior. “[On that date] an operating group of Brazilian marines (fuzileiros navais) landed at Port-au-Prince with the goal of ensuring the safety of diplomatic facilities in the capital and performing the evacuation of Brazilian civilians,” he said. last_img read more

UP to take Pacifico-Norte

first_imgA CONSORTIUM of Union Pacific and two Mexican firms is likely to be sole bidder for a 50-year concession to manage and operate Mexico’s 6400 km Pacifico-Norte Railway. Jorge Silberstein, who is in charge of the FNM privatisation, said last month that no other tenders were expected by the June 19 deadline for technical and financial proposals. ’The group is very solid, very strong, and very professional,’ he noted.Two other firms, Tribasa SA (with RailTex and ITISA of Mexico) and mining company Grupo Mexico SA, have withdrawn from the bidding. Instead Grupo Mexico has joined with UP and construction firm Empresas Ingenieros Civiles Asociados SA. UP officials said the company would take a 10% to 15% stake in the venture. UP earns more than $700m in annual revenue from shipments between the US and Mexico and dominates the market. Last year it was outbid by Kansas City Southern for control of Mexico’s Noreste railway (RG 1.97 p7).The winner of the Pacifico-Norte will also be offered an option to buy the concession for the Chihuahua – Pacific Railway at a price to be set by the government. Following the PN sale, the government plans to auction the concession for the third of the FNM regional operations, the Sureste.The government has appointed IXE Banco SA as financial agent for the outright sale of various FNM branches as short lines. Registrations of interest for the first three were due by May 7, and the sales are expected to proceed in parallel. They are the isolated 71 km Ferrocarril Tejuana – Tecate in the far northwest, in which Railtex has expressed interest, the 320 km Nacozaria short line in Sonora, and a 973 km route linking the states of Coahuila, Durango, Chihuahua and Zatecas. olast_img read more

‘Fixing Kingpin’ Chawla likely to be flown on Monday, top bookies jittery

first_imgNew Delhi: The UK Home Department is expected to give a final go-ahead to extradite cricket betting kingpin Sanjeev Chawla to India on Monday.The UK High Court had dispatched a sealed envelope to Home Department to take a final call on Chawla, whose appeal against extradition was turned down by two judges of the High Court on Thursday, highly placed sources in Delhi Police told IANS.London based businessman Sanjeev Chawla, who turned a major bookie for the D-company in the late 1990s, would be the second person to be extradited from London since the UK signed an extradition treaty with India in 1992.Sources said Chawla is expected to be flown to India on an Air India flight reaching Delhi early Tuesday morning. Ram Gopal Naik, DCP Crime, Delhi Police, is presently in London with his team to take custody of Chawla, once the UK Home Department issues the order for the bookie’s release.”The High Court has already given its orders. Now we are only awaiting certain extradition formalities to be carried out by the Home Department. It seems by Monday afternoon we will have the orders in hand,” said an official of the Delhi Police Crime Branch.Sources said that Chawla operated one of the biggest betting syndicates in the late ’90s under the patronage of Mumbai-based business tycoons and operatives of D-Company. While Chawla fixed matches through top cricketers in South Africa, India, Pakistan, and other countries, D-Company ensured that bids are settled smoothly through overseas hawala transactions.”Though Chawla is being brought to India after 19 years, his interrogation in Delhi would expose several big faces in the cricketing world,” said Ajay Raj Sharma, who was the Delhi Police Commissioner in 2000 when the match-fixing scandal rocked the sporting fraternity. IANSAlso Read: Royal Challengers Bangalore will come hard at us, need to be alert: Piyush ChawlaAlso Watch: Protesters, who walked all the way from Tinsukia-Guwahati to protest against CAA 2019, Detained!last_img read more

BIN COMPANY BOSS GIVEN 7 DAYS TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER ON €320,000 DEBT

first_imgMr Ferry outside court todayA BIN company boss was today given seven days to comply with a court order forcing him to provide details of his income.Judge Paul Kelly told Jim Ferry, of Rossbracken, Letterkenny, had been ordered to appear at Letterkenny District Civil Court today after failing to appear last month. He is being pursued by Donegal County Council for non-payment of €320,000 in fees. The debt is outstanding since 2010 and is personally owed by Mr Ferry.Lisa Finnegan told Judge Kelly that Ferry – of Ferry’s Refuse Limited – had failed to comply with a court order to supply a statement of means.He had instead handed in a self-assessment tax return which was not what the court had ordered.Ferry’s solicitor Kevin McElhinney accepted that his client had failed to comply with the order. However he said this was because ‘without prejudice’ negotiations between the bin company boss and the council had been ongoing but these negotiations had failed to reach a conclusion on Tuesday.“These proposals were rejected  yesterday afternoon,” said Mr McElhinney.“I have explained to my client that he should have had the statement of means in court regardless of discussions going on or not; however I would ask for one final opportunity to produce a statement of means in advance of March.”Ms Finnegan said she couldn’t progress the case without a statement of means.“The court order on January 19 was that this statement should be provided 7 days in advance of today,” she said.She agreed to “one final adjournment” on condition that Mr Ferry provide details of all his income to the court and to her within seven days.Judge Kelly said he was “amazed that a man of Mr Ferry’s experience hasn’t filed a statement of means”.The judge went on: “This isn’t a matter which has dropped on him in the last week; this application was lodged in 2010.”Mr McElhinney said his client had been making payments but these were going to landfill charges.However Judge Kelly said: “He is liable to pay both (the outstanding fees and the landfill charges). He was choosing to pay one and not the other; the net affect is the council is funding your client’s interest on the money he owes them and that’s just not good enough.”He said payments which were being made by Ferry to Donegal County Council were clearly marked on records as ‘landfill’ and were therefore not related to outstanding debts.Ferry was ordered to re-appear at Letterkenny District Court on March 4.BIN COMPANY BOSS GIVEN 7 DAYS TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER ON €320,000 DEBT was last modified: February 4th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ferry’s refusejim ferrylast_img read more

AT LAST! SUMMER HEAT ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS

first_imgDONEGAL is set for a brilliant blast of summer, forecasters said today.Temperatures of up to 22C or 23C will hit the county early next week – with long range forecasts saying it will last for at least five days.This image from UK forecasters shows a high pressure over Ireland next Monday. And Donegal will be at the centre of it.It follows another warm day today across the county, although it has been mainly cloudy.Irish Weather Online forecaster Peter O’Donnell says we may see a bit more cloud and mist over the next day or so.“But after that it is looking very pleasant indeed,” he added. Met Eireann forecasters agree.This is their forecast for the next few days.A mix of cloud and hazy sunshine this weekend with isolated showers. Settled conditions for next week and warm with temperatures reaching into the low twenties.Showers will die out on Friday evening and it will be mainly dry Friday night with some clear spells. It will stay mild with lowest temperatures around 12 or 13 degrees in a light northerly breeze with mist or fog patches forming.Saturday will be mostly dry with hazy sunshine, but scattered light showers will occur. Top temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees in light northerly breezes with onshore sea breezes developing along coasts. Sunday will be mostly dry with just the odd light shower and some hazy sunshine. Top temperatures 20 to 22 degrees generally, but 17 to 19 degrees in the north in the northerly breeze.The early days of next week will see settled conditions with a lot of dry weather, good sunny spells and temperatures reaching into the high teens to low twenties. Winds will be light mainly northerly, but with sea breezes developing during the afternoons along coasts.AT LAST! SUMMER HEAT ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDonegal Dailyheatheat wavesunny weatherlast_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter react to Onuoha verdict

first_imgQPR fans on Twitter have been reacting to the news that skipper Nedum Onuoha will be suspended for the New Year’s Eve game against Wolves after an appeal against his red card at Brighton was rejected.Many supporters were unhappy with the verdict. However, Onuoha has attracted criticism from fans this season – and some were far from unhappy that he will now be unavailable.And some were also unimpressed by manager Ian Holloway’s warning that Rangers “haven’t got a back four” without Onuoha because Joel Lynch and Steven Caulker have also been [email protected] actually not bothered as I think he’s pony, just a shame it’s now with no real backup, harsh decision in the first place..— Lee Reynolds (@miniwren) December 29, 2016Excellent news, his lack of leadership won’t be missed on the pitch, the Loftus Road squirrel has better leadership qualities! https://t.co/KRgfCXYM4x— Lloydy (@TheGarwBoy) December 29, [email protected] You ain’t gotta back four, full stop mate. Bet Caulker will do well again once he leaves ..— Lager Lout (@lagerlout1966) December 29, [email protected] we don’t have a back four full stop Ian. And we’re also in trouble with or without him— Ben Ingram (@BenIngram3) December 29, [email protected] we don’t have a back 4 with Onuoha so nothing new— Steve (@QPRSteve1982) December 29, [email protected] and Sick note Caulker whatever happened to him just stick smithies centre half been covering all season anyway #woeful— David R block (@237tothebush) December 29, [email protected] stop making excuses before the game and just get on with it!— Neil Crawshaw (@NeilCrawshaw) December 30, 2016   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Black, white SA ‘interdependent’

first_img21 February 2005President Thabo Mbeki has spoken out against perceptions that black economic empowerment only benefits a small elite and that his administration’s policies amount to “reverse racism”.The future of black and white South Africans was closely intertwined, he told Parliament during the debate on his State of the Nation Address: the one could not succeed without the other.Several political party leaders argued during the debate that the government was leaning too much towards black South Africans in its policies on poverty alleviation, language, gender parity, land reform, black economic empowerment and the reading of history.Responding to the claims, Mbeki said that the government was operating from the premise that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”, consistent with the Freedom Charter and the country’s Constitution.The government, Mbeki said, was working to create “a developed and prosperous South Africa whose citizens will, through their collective efforts, defeat poverty and underdevelopment as well as create a non-racial and non-sexist society”.There were some, Mbeki said, who believed it impossible to rescue millions of black South Africans from poverty without discriminating against white South Africans. The President described this view as “distorted”, saying that both races needed each other for the country as a whole to succeed.To achieve this, both races had to agree to compromise, agree to fight racism and underdevelopment, and act together to achieve a common goal of national cohesion and “a shared destiny within a common motherland”.South Africa’s collective future, Mbeki said, “depends on the ability of all our people to understand that the success of black South Africa is conditional on the success of white South Africa, and that the success of white South Africa is conditional on the success of black South Africa”.South Africans, both black and white, ought to ask themselves what they needed to do to ensure that both succeeded, thus sharing in the country’s wealth.“In answering this question, we [will] have to make a determination about the price each one of us is ready to pay to contribute to the greater good, without which our better future cannot be guaranteed.”On equality, Mbeki said that Pretoria would draw lessons from the United States, European Union and the United Kingdom to improve its race relations.Regarding black economic empowerment, Mbeki said that government had awarded billions of rands in contract and service procurement to black businesses.“I am confident that if the honourable members checked the names of those who got these contracts, they would not find the names of those that are always given as examples of BEE benefiting the few politically connected individuals.”Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Chicken suit plaintiff eating crow

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A rather bizarre case out of Colorado this year exemplifies that even though the right to farm is supported by state and county statutes, anyone can still sue for anything. The eventual verdict did demonstrate that the right to farm cannot be circumvented so easily. Victory, however, was not cheap.The trouble all began on July 20, 2012 when the Delta County Commissioners approved a land use change to provide for an organic, free range chicken laying facility of two 15,000-hen barns to be located just north of Hotchkiss, Colo. Immediately, before construction began, a group of neighbors sued, alleging the organic chickens were not agriculture, but a factory farm. Ultimately, the 7th Judicial District ruled against the farmer. The Colorado Court of Appeals promptly overruled that decision. The Governor of Colorado even filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the farmer. And in October, 2015, the Supreme Court of Colorado declined to hear the case. It was a victory for the farmer, but one of the plaintiffs, Susan Raymond, quickly filed a lawsuit alleging civil trespass and sought damages for claimed health problems caused by the alleged trespass of feathers, mold and bacterial emissions.Better yet, Plaintiff Susan Raymond is a veterinarian, and the alleged trespass occurs to her hobby farm. The defendant chicken farmer is Edwin Hostetler, the patriarch of a closely-knit Mennonite family.Raymond proudly informed Hostetler through the media she intended to bankrupt him, even if she did not prevail at trial. She clearly made a good stab at it. By the end of the trespass case, Hostetler had spent over three quarters of a million dollars in legal fees!The case finally went to trial in May of this year and lasted over three weeks. I have been involved in murder trials that lasted for less than a week. And they were appropriately detailed. Three weeks of reviewing feathers and mold and bacterial emissions and whining would seem like an eternity to a jury. Raymond had over 700 pictures she felt documented her claims. What she failed to prove was that any of the alleged contaminants actually came from the chicken farm. And she could not establish that she was sick because of the alleged trespassing contaminants.I do not know anything about this case other than the numerous articles I read online. My suspicion is that Raymond’s lawyer could not control the client. Her attorney may not have even tried. It is also widely believed that animal rights activists were supporting Raymond in this pursuit.From the observations of a reporter who sat through the trial, it was obvious that Raymond, as a professional in a rural community, believed she had authority over neighboring property. I often think small towns have a pecking order that makes the caste system in India look kind.Apparently Hostetler was his best witness. According to reports, he maintained himself with dignity and restraint and even suggested that some of the hay issues Raymond blamed on him happened because she made hay too soon. In a rural community like this, suing someone like Hostetler, is a little like suing God. You’d best have a very good case.After three weeks of testimony, the jury of eight convened with 26 jury instructions. They returned in an hour with a verdict for the farmer. No trespass. No damages.An hour of jury deliberations tells me that Raymond had no case although she got her days in Court. The last article I read suggested that some ag groups were assisting Hostetler in paying down his legal fees, and his community was holding bake sales.I wonder if Raymond ever contemplated what life would be like in her neighborhood if she pursued her case, yet ultimately lost, but did not bankrupt Hostetler? It seems the chickens are there to stay, and Raymond gets to eat crow.last_img read more