Guatemalan security forces destroyed about 855 million poppy and marihuana plants in a large operation carried out in the so called “opium triangle,” in the western district of San Marcos, near the Mexican border, the Ministry of Interior informed. The minister said that the plantations were hidden among legume and corn crops, and that during the operation “four different types of poppy plants were identified.” López explained that “the first phase of poppy and marihuana eradication took place from January 28 to 31 in the so called “opium triangle,” in the municipalities of Sibinal, Ixchiguán and Tajmulco in San Marcos, located 350 km west of the capital. By Dialogo February 08, 2013 The operation was carried out by 300 police agents and 200 Army members; 190 hectares of illicit crops were destroyed, exceeding the 338 million poppy plants eradicated in 2012, he specified. “We have been able to duplicate the results obtained last year, and we expect to surpass the numbers with the second phase of eradication,” he added, without specifying the date of said operation. “Operations were performed in 1,316 fields in 21 points of eradication, where over 852 million poppy and marihuana plants were destroyed,” Minister of Interior Mauricio López stated on the ministry’s website on February 6. A report issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) considers poppy crops – raw material for opium – as a growing problem in Guatemala. The document indicates that the eradication only represents 10 percent of the crops, which could suggest a total area of 15,000 hectares, considering that over 1,500 hectares were destroyed in 2011.
24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At the ServiStar users group meeting in Atlanta last month, 100 credit union staffers put themselves in the shoes of their members and prospective members.At my table, we created a prospective member named Olive, a 21-year-old college graduate who had just landed her first professional job and recently gotten engaged. Olive needed to open a checking account and begin saving for her wedding. She was hearing about retirement at work and getting advice that she should plan for her first house and a family.“Start with what is it that the member wants,” recommended Tansley Stearns, CME, CSE, chief impact officer at Filene, Madison, Wis., and a presenter at the users group. “They don’t want a car loan. They want a new car.”“Understanding the emotional response of members along the way (for any loan) is important,” she explained. “When doing a mortgage, there is a lot of paperwork and then members wait. Members are wondering, ‘What’s going on? Will I get my house? The appraiser just came; what happens now?’” continue reading »
Spain’s cumulative tally of confirmed coronavirus infections passed 700,000 on Thursday and authorities warned of tougher times ahead in the densely-populated virus hotspot region of Madrid, which accounts for over a third of hospital admissions.The number of confirmed cases has spiked since the end of a nationwide lockdown in late June, adding 200,000 in less than a month, and now stands at 704,209, the highest in Western Europe.The total number of COVID-19 fatalities rose by 84 to 31,118, including 13 deaths registered in the past 24 hours. Daily deaths are now around their highest levels since early May, but below the late March record of nearly 900. Authorities in Madrid, which has the highest share of hospital capacity occupied by COVID-19 patients and about 500 people hospitalized a day this week, have imposed a partial lockdown in districts with high contagion rates, and could announce more measures on Friday, according to local officials.”Tough weeks are coming in Madrid. We must act with resolve to bring the pandemic under control,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told reporters before meeting regional officials.Illa has said the second wave of infections in Spain has a lower intensity and velocity than the first one, the high numbers owing mostly to mass testing that now allows authorities to detect six or seven cases out of 10, as opposed to one in 10 a few months earlier.”Although the figures may seem similar, they are not,” Illa told parliament earlier this week.Education Minister Isabel Celáa also said on Thursday the reopening of schools over the past two weeks had not led to any significant increase in infections, and only 0.73% of all classes have had to be quarantined so far. Topics :
Confidence among property professionals remains high for price gains in QueenslandA National Australia Bank (NAB) survey of 250 property professionals reveals growing confidence in Queensland real estate prices, plus a bullish outlook for most other markets.The NAB Residential Property Survey — Q1 2017 indicates a three-year high in Australian housing sentiment among the respondents.NAB Group Chief Economist, Alan Oster, said the results demonstrate an unwavering faith in residential investment.“The latest results paint a picture of a very resilient market and came despite ongoing concerns about housing affordability, supply, the labour market, persistent warnings of a correction and speculation of more official measures to reign in lending to housing,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoNew South Wales and Victoria recorded the highest confidence levels, but Mr Oster said other states and territories should feel buoyed too.“Confidence improved most in the underperforming markets of Queensland and South Australia/Northern Territory,” said Mr Oster.Surveyed property experts have lifted their 2017 price expectations for Australian real estate across almost all markets as well.“Expectations have been revised up in all states except Western Australia (unchanged), with Queensland and SA/NT expected to outperform” said Mr Oster.NAB’s forecast on residential prices sees a projected price gain of one per cent across Brisbane property this year.Predicted 2017 price gains for other capitals include Sydney (10.5 per cent), Melbourne (10.8 per cent), Adelaide (1.9 per cent) and Hobart (6.7 per cent).
The €25bn Rabobank Pensioenfonds said the active management of its equity portfolio didn’t add value last year following an investment loss that was 2.25 percentage points short of its benchmark.In its annual report for 2018, the pension scheme for the Dutch bank said its 31.2% equity holdings had lost 7.5% during the year, relative to a 5.3% decline in its benchmark.The negative equity performance was a main contributor to the scheme’s overall loss of 2.5% last year, it said.The scheme’s annual figures showed that the negative result was predominantly due to a 2.2% loss on its currency hedge, which was not offset by gains of 0.5% and 0.3% from its equity and interest rate hedges, respectively. Rabobank’s head office in UtrechtContrary to the conclusions of academic research, the scheme indicated that returns from value and size factor strategies had also fallen short of the market index for more than five years.Responding to comments from its accountability body, the board said it would continue to evaluate its investment policy and adjust if necessary.Asset class returnsRabobank’s 46.5% allocation to fixed income – consisting of euro-denominated government bonds, Dutch residential mortgages and high-yield credit – generated 0.9%.Alternatives holdings delivered a negative result of 1% on balance, with commodities and risk parity-based credit losing 13% and 0.9%, respectively.In contrast, private equity and infrastructure gained 17.4% and 14.2%, respectively. The scheme’s property allocation gained 11.8%.The pension fund said it had recalibrated its private equity programme by reducing the number of managers and increasing the amounts invested per manager, in order to cut costs.It added that it had participated in new funds, including a fund aimed at repositioning and privatising parts of companies, and had further extended its holdings through co-investments and secondaries.Rabobank also committed an additional €140m to infrastructure, and said it expected to reach its target allocation of 2.5% in 2022. At the end of 2018, its portfolio totalled €357m. Since 2010, the Rabobank scheme has applied a factor investing strategy – including momentum, value, size, quality and low-volatility factors – for its equity holdings through specialised managers.
The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) said in their latest announcement that St George’s Bay in St Julian’s and Perched Beach in Bugibba will be temporarily closed to the public today and tomorrow as authorities engage in a sand replenishment program.The project is being carried out by the Authority in collaboration with the Foundation for Tourism Zones Development.“At various fixed points, the District Police will be coordinating the traffic in the area through traffic police and foot patrols,” the MTA said, adding that the work would be subject to weather conditions.“The MTA is committed towards continuously improving the quality of Malta’s offer, and is in fact carrying out this project because it recognizes the importance of safeguaring our beaches.”The Authority also stated that on the Wednesday, and possibly Thursday, St George’s Bay would remain closed to the public, with the adjacent road being closed to traffic, including parking.[mappress mapid=”25132″]
Chinese wind turbine maker Goldwind has launched three newly-developed smart offshore wind turbines including a model with a capacity of 8MW, and a model with the largest rotor diameter in the world.The three models are the large capacity GW168-8MW, the large rotor offshore GW184-6.45MW, and the typhoon-adaptive and low-wind-speed offshore GW168-6.45MW.After the launch of GW3S and GW6S offshore platforms and with years of accumulation, Goldwind has independently developed the GW168-8MW offshore smart wind turbine, applicable to wind class IEC I.It is currently the largest offshore wind turbine in terms of capacity in China, Goldwind said. The turbine has a rotor diameter of 168 metres, and the installation of the first prototype is expected in the second half of next year.In addition to the 8MW model, Goldwind also released the large rotor offshore GW184-6.45MW, and the typhoon-adaptive and low-wind-speed offshore GW168-6.45MW.The GW184-6.45MW model has set a new record with the largest rotor diameter in the world, Goldwind said.
We are about to embark on another Super Bowl weekend. On one hand, Philadelphia is trying to win their first Super Bowl while New England is going for—-I lost count as to how many. I would guess most of the nation will be rooting for the underdog Eagles. I know I will be.You have to give New England’s entire organization credit for putting together winning teams year after year. With Brady at the helm, it seems no lead is safe. You wonder if that 40-year old body can pull out another one on Sunday if it becomes necessary. Prepare to watch, because if nothing else, the commercials and half-time show will entertain you.
Greensburg, IN—The Greensburg Decatur County Public Library will not be opening to the public today. Library staff are working to determine the needs and safety requirements of both our community and staff and preparing to open the library in phases. Currently, the Library does not have adequate supplies, such as masks, disinfecting materials, and gloves, to be open to the public. There are many logistics to work out regarding maintaining physical distancing and implementing sanitation measures including disinfecting and quarantining all materials that are returned to the library. Please note the following that will happen as we roll out Library services in phases:Curbside and other services – The Library is in the planning stage of offering curbside or grab-and-go pickup, document services, or appointments for individuals needing assistance applying for unemployment and various eligibility programs. Curbside or grab-and-go service allows a card-holding patron to place a hold on materials for pickup during designated hours. Safe materials handling practices may limit the number of items or may delay the time required to process materials for pickup.Library hours may be limited. Time at or in the library may be limited by the activity (pickup, appointment, document services). Online resources will continue 24/7 and our Wi-Fi will continue to be on and accessible from the parking lot.There will be limited access to physical spaces – for the foreseeable future, the library will continue to restrict access to most of the library facilities, including meeting spaces, seating areas, and computer labs. The library will follow guidance about the number of people per square foot, continued social distancing and elevated sanitation practices. Staff and guest safety is a priority.Requests of guests/customers – The Library may designate specific restricted areas for parking, entry, walkways, and interactions with library staff. The Library may require guests to wash hands, wear masks, and to follow other protocols. We respectfully ask for your cooperation.Check the Library’s website – www.greensburglibrary.org and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GBurgLibrary for more details on our opening phases. Questions or concerns may be addressed to email@example.comThe Library is so much more than a building with books. The Greensburg Decatur County Public Library provides access to librarians and digital resources to keep Decatur County informed, educated, enriched, and entertained through this unprecedented time. We look forward to phasing in our services safely and according to local needs and guidance.
Judy E. Johnson, age 73, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Mercy West Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born April 27, 1947 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Frederick & Norma (Phelps) Pearson. On May 21, 1967 she became the wife of James R. Johnson, and he survives. She had been a member of the Scipio United Baptist Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to James, her husband of over 53 years, survivors include five children, Connie Sue Kuehn of Brookville, Indiana, Robin Witt of Hamilton, Ohio, James R. Johnson Jr. of Milford, Ohio, Ronald Wayne Johnson of Scipio, Ohio, son in law Bob Fryer of Hamilton, Ohio and Randi (Mark) Monroe of West Harrison, Indiana; eight grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Ronald Phelps of Ross, Ohio, Ricky Phelps of West Chester, Ohio and Terry Phelps of Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Fryer. In keeping with Judy’s wishes no public services will be held. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Johnson family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .