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Odds Are Against Completion of Australia Mega-Mine Project

first_imgOdds Are Against Completion of Australia Mega-Mine Project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Adani’s operations in Australia appear to be hanging on by a thread, as activists prove effective at undermining the company’s chances of getting the finance it needs.China seems to have ruled out funding for the mine, which means it’s not just Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine that is under threat, but also its existing Abbot Point coal terminal, which sits near Bowen, behind the Great Barrier Reef.The campaign against the mine has been long. Environmentalists first tried to use Australia’s environmental laws to block it from going ahead, and then failing that, focused on pressuring financial institutions, first here, and then around the world.The news that Beijing has left Adani out to dry comes as on-the-ground protests against construction of the mine pick up. Two Greens MPs, Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker, have been arrested in Queensland for disrupting the company’s activities.Is China’s move the end of the road for Adani’s mega coalmine in Australia, and will the Adani Group be left with billions of dollars in stranded assets?One by one, each of the big four Australian banks ruled out financing the mineBut Australia’s environmental law leaves very little opportunity for challenging the merits of a minister’s decision – it only allows for challenges on whether those decisions considered everything required by the law. As a result, the minister needed only approve it again, after formally considering the impact on the two species.Another court challenge argued the approval was invalid because the emissions caused by the mine – which would be greater than those of New York City – were a threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Hunt argued in court, successfully, that there was no definite link between coal from Adani mine and climate change.It became apparent Australia’s environmental laws were unable to stop a project like this if the government of the day was determined to push it through.Although further court challenges remained on the cards, they could only serve to delay the project. So activists changed tactics, aiming to undermine the company’s chances of securing finance for the mine and its associated infrastructure.While threats to reputational damage were not effective against Adani Group, since it is family-owned, the same was not true of Australian banks, which were targeted heavily by activists.And one by one, each of the big four Australian banks ruled out financing the mine.By then Adani had seen the writing on the wall, and had shifted to seek finance from overseas institutions. It entered negotiations with the state-owned China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which was thought to raise the potential of subsidised Chinese government loans.The Australian government, which was seeking to give Adani its own subsidised loan, had supported the company’s efforts in China, according to a freedom of information request by the Australia Institute that reveals “several hundred pages” relating to formal representations to foreign financiers by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.In a Senate estimates hearing, it was revealed that the minister for trade, Steve Ciobo, and the deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, had written a letter to the Chinese government confirming the mine had received all necessary environmental approvals.But even support from the highest levels of Australian government could not secure Chinese financing for the project – the activists won again.In a letter to ACF’s Geoff Cousins, China’s Australian embassy said that Beijing had “taken note” of his concerns, and that while a Chinese entity had been negotiating with Adani, it had terminated the negotiation process “due to the absence of commercial feasibility”.It also noted that “no Chinese banking institution has made any financing commitment to the project.”“Approaching China would seem like the last roll of the dice so Carmichael is now looking even more like the definition of a stranded asset,” says Simon Nicholas, an analyst from the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa).“Although there have been many twists and turns on Carmichael already, which makes it hard to predict,” Nicholas says. “Adani is faced with writing off their A$1.4bn investment if they can’t get the project going so they’ll continue to state that they are pursuing funding and make it sound like everything’s under control.”Tim Buckley, also from Ieefa, says the news is a major blow to the Carmichael project, and will mean there is unlikely to be much movement from Adani until after the federal court hears a case brought by representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou, the traditional owners of the site of the mine.More: Is this the end of the road for Adani’s Australian megamine?last_img read more

Ohio judge blocks $1 billion nuclear bailout bill

first_imgOhio judge blocks $1 billion nuclear bailout bill FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A central Ohio judge on Monday blocked the subsidies from a $1 billion nuclear bailout law at the center of a $60 million bribery probe, as state lawmakers scrambled to decide the fate of a repeal effort and nominees were chosen to succeed a utility regulator who resigned amid the investigation.Franklin County Judge Chris Brown sided with Republican Attorney General Dave Yost and the cities of Cincinnati and Columbus in granting a preliminary injunction that would block the subsidies that were set to be added to every electric bill in the state starting Jan. 1.“Today’s ruling is a win for all Ohioans,” Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said in a statement. “HB 6 was passed through deceit, deception and corruption and this decision means that Ohio ratepayers will keep their hard-earned dollars instead of paying for a massive corporate bailout.”The ruling came as lobbying intensified on all fronts on legislation seeking to repeal the bailout law, as well as several competing proposals, with just a day left in the lame duck legislative session.The potential for legislative inaction before the session ends influenced his decision, Brown said. Fees collected under the law, which was passed in July 2019, amount to more than $150 million a year through 2026.“To not impose an injunction would be to allow certain parties to prevail. It would give the OK that bribery is allowed in the state of Ohio and that any ill-gotten gains can be received,” he said from the bench. “All you’ve got to do is find the right legislator, find the right speaker of the House. It is in the public interest to avoid that sentiment throughout the state.”[Mark Gillispie, Julie Carr Smyth and Farnoush Amiri]More: Judge blocks fees set by tainted Ohio nuclear bailout lawlast_img read more

The FARC strengthens its ties with drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

first_img A transnational threat The Sinaloa Cartel already has extensive drug smuggling and money-laundering connections with organized crime groups in Australia, Europe, Africa, South America and the United States. For example, in February 2013, the Crime Commission in Chicago named El Chapo “Public Enemy Number One.” The Sinaloa Cartel has deep connections to that city’s drug trade. The title of “Public Enemy Number One” was first bestowed on U.S. mafia kingpin Al “Scarface” Capone, who operated in Chicago in the 1920s and 30s. El Chapo is believed to be 58. He has been described by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s “most powerful people,” and is believed to be the 10th richest man in Mexico, with a net worth of $1 billion. The fact that El Chapo is expanding his operations in Colombia is not surprising, said Eruviel Tirado Cervantes , a security analyst at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA ) in Mexico City. “The alliance between the Sinaloa Cartel and the FARC is strictly economic,” Tirado Cervantes said. “As long as these groups operate from the perspective of maximizing their profits and reducing their risks, strategic alliances between the Sinaloa Cartel and the FARC will be viable.” While El Chapo and the FARC are collaborating to engage in drug trafficking, the governments of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and other countries in the region are strengthening cooperation to battle organized crime, the security analyst said. “Latin American nations are prepared to live up to this challenged and contain organized crime groups and drug trafficking,” Tirado Cervantes said. El Chapo expands operations in Colombia Improved cooperation In March 2013, the Colombian daily El Tiempo reported that Sinaloa Cartel operatives were buying drug trafficking “franchises” from mid-level FARC commanders. The ongoing peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government, and diminishing power of the rebel group after five decades of fighting have prompted some FARC commanders to begin distancing themselves from the illegal drug trade by transferring operations to Sinaloa Cartel operativces. FARC, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the Colombian government, the European Union, the United States and other governments, was formed in the 1960s and is believed to have about 9,000 members, roughly half of its former strength. The rebel group has traditionally funded its operations through drug trafficking, kidnapping for ransom and illegal gold mining. Anti-drug campaigns by Colombian security forces have greatly reduced the supply and quality of Colombian cocaine. Some security analysts believe the Sinaloa Cartel intends to consolidate and modernize cocaine production in Colombia to increase quality and reliability. The Sinaloa Cartel is allegedly operating cocaine processing labs near the border with Ecuador, in the departments of Antioquia, Córdoba and in Norte de Santander, near the border with Venezuela. Following a Nov. 25 binational meeting in the Colombian city of Ipiales, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced the two countries had signed agreements to strengthen mutual cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime. In August 2013, Colombian security forces operating in the Choco province near the Colombia-Panama border seized 1.4 tons of cocaine from FARC rebels. Security forces suspect the drugs were going to be picked up by the Sinaloa Cartel. The cocaine shipment was organized by the FARC’s 57th Front group, which controls cocaine production and transportation in the rugged area of forest and swampland known as the Darien Gap. Increased maritime drug smuggling interdiction efforts by Colombian security forces, and strengthened cooperation with the navies of neighboring countries, has forced Colombian drug traffickers to transport more of their product over land. Four months earlier, in March 2013, Colombian anti-drug trafficking forces in Cauca province seized nearly four tons of FARC-produced cocaine, some of which was destined for the Sinaloa Cartel, Colombian security officials said. For years, the Sinaloa Cartel and other transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas, have purchased cocaine produced in Colombia. Authorities are concerned that the Sinaloa Cartel is taking a more direct role in the production and export of Colombian cocaine. In October 2013, Univision aired an interview with an alleged former FARC commander who said that Sinaloa Cartel operatives were known as “Los Sombrerones.” Los Sombrerones were closely involved with FARC drug production operations in Colombia, the source said. The FARC considered the Sinaloa Cartel operatives to be ideal business partners because they paid well and on time, he said. center_img Drug trafficking “franchises” By Dialogo December 06, 2013 The FARC and the Sinaloa Cartel The Colombian communist rebel group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) is expanding its criminal ties with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most-wanted drug kingpin. El Chapo, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, has become the primary customer and financier for the FARC’s cocaine production in Colombia, authorities said. Authorities suspect the FARC controls at least half of all cocaine production in Colombia. The U.S. government has described El Chapo as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker. Cocaine seizure Only to the president of Colombia they are beautiful loving doves. Surely, this is due to the reelection and the submission of our beautiful country to the rebels which are nothing more than liars like Santos. The Security of the Latin American nations is, now more than ever, at risk of being captured by the small-minded forces of crime and the combination of power struggles, and both methods are justified by and associated with the purpose of surviving and imposing their empire, crime and the criminal dictatorship of Marxism and Leninism, none of them is a kind angel. They are all blood-thirsty wolves that will achieve powerful positions due to the disbelief of the governors and the citizens with political naivete. For Latin America, the decade of imposing socialism is only beginning, while the radicals of the Stalin doctrine are deployed in the minds of the citizens as the saviors of the poor….and there lies the biggest danger of all, in the vindication of their causes and atrocious crimes, murders, kidnappings, bombs and explosives against society in any of its tiers, children, women, priests, teachers, cops, soldiers, tourists, judges, magistrates, representatives and congressmen, none of them can escape the justification of the mobiles used by assassins to cause death and pain. Is it that we don’t know the face of socialist world history and the imposition of fascism in Europe? by Lenin, Mussolini, all of them imposed through the blood of the people and then turned into executioners, and who today are just stories repeated in Latin America on behalf of the people, the humble and the unprotected ones. Observe the news of the FARC guerrilla history in Colombia and of the narc terrorism, they are part of the agenda of the democratic citizens who think about seeking freedom for their children and for the future of free and fair nations, a true Latin American dream. PRESIDENT SANTOS IS BEING TRICKED BY THE FARCS, BOMBS ARE BEING PLANTED AND INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE DYING IN COLOMBIA WHILE THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT PEACE IN CUBA. I WONDER, IS SANTOS NOT COLOMBIAN, DOESN’T HE SUFFER BECAUSE OF THE DEATH OF INNOCENT PEOPLE? I THINK THAT, IF HE CONSIDERS REELECTION, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO WIN, IF HE WINS IT WILL BE BY COMMITTING FRAUD. PEOPLE ARE EXPERIENCING FIRSTHAND THE ACTIVE VIOLENCE EXISTING IN COLOMBIA, AND THE PRESIDENT ISN’T DOING ANYTHING TO PUT AN END TO IT. ALL HE DOES IS TRAVEL, TRAVEL, COCKTAILS AND COCKTAILS. Only you, Santos, believe that people have confidence, don’t be stupid. For Santos it’s the renovators, and this will go on in the new country. If they deal and and talk with drug dealers of this magnitude, why not put together all the barbaric group of narcs, assassins, rapists and thieves in prisons, countrysides and cities and get us all mixed up in the same mud, because they are only ten percent of the problem and will continue doing the same with the concessions of Santos, under the unusual legality. Santos, the president of Colombia, is a traitor, he betrayed all of us Colombians who voted for him. His peace process is a process sold to the terrorists of the Farc, he is supporting them in Havana with the money of the Colombians, he wants them to occupy in the congress with all impunity, no matter the victims. He is selling Colombia to the terrorists through the reserve areas in the countryside, so that public forces cannot be there, like the thousands Caguanes of Pastrana; and on top of that he harasses hid ex-mentor Uribe with bad publicity, because he doesn’t want the Democratic Center led by Uribe to put an end to his infamous fake “peace process”, so that he is reelected for another 4 years. President Santos is like Shakira’s song, deaf, mute and blind. He sees them as innocent doves and they are nothing but terrorists, and he is thinking about reelection Yes, but for what it is objectively, the relationship of Alvaro Uribe with the narco paramilitary, his relationship with Pablo Escobar and Colombia’s shame of having him as president, what do you think about that? It’s not that they must act like innocent doves, it’s that if they seek peace negotiation they have to compromise with their vision and opinion so that the other violent party would give in and analyze the option of living peacefully with the people. The thing is that there are extreme right-wing people that are worse than the FARC terrorists (former President Uribe, ministers, generals), who use power, betray the ethics and vision of the Military Forces, and sell themselves for a sol without waiting the proper time to get it, and assassinate innocent people such as people from Soacha and other municipalities, while the subordinate soldiers and cops put their heads on the line in a war sponsored and encouraged by the corrupted state itself. The salaries are also miserable for these people. Everything you observe, say and write is very true. Those qualities, desires and hunger for power and wealth don’t only apply to guerrillas but to the entire corrupt, bloody political class of this country. From a police inspector up to the ex-presidents Uribe, Pastrana, the pack of rats that make up the damned despicable senate and congress of the submissive, obedient, masochist, assassinated republic of Colombia. As a Colombian, I see that the information or news have a lot of professional content by not removing or adding anything to the matter. Congratulations on the good research. I believe this confirms how bad things are for both nations, even more so when the cooperation comes directly from the Farcs, meaning there is no respect for human life. This is the result of socialism in the 21st century. Like Estanislao says, it doesn’t only apply to the guerrilla, but also to the corrupt right-wing political class, who throughout the last 40 years has plundered the treasury and has done nothing for the poor. It is not fair that a country with so many natural resources has so much poverty. Over 2 million children sleeping on the streets and you call that democracy? Where is the health and education which are the foundations for a true social justice? And don’t get me started on the countryside. And now, these oligarchy bootlickers start sending comments adverse to peace. The trend of a continent towards the left cannot be stopped and Colombia is not the exception. To Mr. Arley Sanchez: I can tell you are one of the many stateless Colombians who go around speaking ill of Colombia. Where do your financial resources come from? From the narc terrorism, right? You from the narc guerrilla hate President Alvaro Uribe Velez, because he was the only president of Colombia who made the political decision to fight against you using armed forces, practically forcing you to live on the Venezuelan border, where you seek shelter through the Chavez movement. And you tell lies and talk trash about Uribe, as much as you can throughout the world. Mr. Uribe is a decent man. Drug trafficking is the main activity of the FARCs. Leftists everywhere know it, and they remain their devoted friends. Narcs and leftists are two apples from the same tree. Q. El Chapo is building houses for all the poor in this corrupt country, and he supports education and sports since the administration of this country is not doing it. Let him go on with his drug business which is the best at producing money, but he should not forget about the poor. What are you suggesting…?? To keep financing a war..?? I would like to hear your suggestion. Because it’s easy to criticize… My friends, instead of insulting and pointing the finger pray to God, everything that is happening has to happen because it’s writte. Only God can save us, not only from what is going on in Colombia, but in the entire world. The Farcs and the legislative, judicial and executive powers are the four biggest plagues suffered by Colombia. I am a senior citizen, and in my many years I have never met a government as perverse and harmful as the one of Juan Manuel Santos: No to his re-election. Colombia deserves something better. I’ve been saying that the criminals of the Farc ARE SIMPLY EMPLOYEES OF THE REAL BOSSES OF THE AMERICAN, MEXICAN AND RUSSIAN MAFIA. The governments involved want to have a piece of the billions of dollars that are buried in the jungle. THERE IS NO PEACE PROCESS, THEY ARE ONLY DESIGNING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN ALL THAT PEOPLE AND ARE SEEKING A WAY TO INTRODUCE THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND EUROS TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM OF THE PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: COLOMBIA, USA, MEXICO, SPAIN, VENEZUELA, CUBA, ECUADOR, HONDURAS, ITALY AND MANY MORE, PLUS OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED LIKE THE COLOMBIAN OLIGARCHY, THE HIGH MILITARY AND CIVIL RANKS. THEY ARE ALL A GREAT FAMILY OF DELINQUENTS THAT HAVE DECEIVED THE PEOPLE WITH THE WAR PLOT AND IT IS ALL A LIE. THE ORIGIN OF THE FARC STARTS SINCE THEY WERE HIGHWAYS BANDITS AND BANK ROBBERS. THE TRUE GUERRILLA PEOPLE WERE THOSE FROM THE ELN, BUT THEY MADE A BIG MISTAKE: THEY IMPORTED TO COLOMBIA THE GUERRILLA PRINCIPLES OF MARX, CASTRO, LENIN, MAO, WHICH NEVER APPLIED TO COLOMBIA. THE DELINQUENTS, ASSASSINS AND NARCS OF THE FARC ARE AND WILL BE DRUG DEALERS. DON’T BELIEVE THE WHOLE WAR THING, IF THEY ARE REMORSEFUL TOWARDS SOCIETY THEY NEED TO RETURN ALL THE MONEY TO THE FAMILIES THAT WERE ROBBED FOR THE RESCUE OF THEIR LOVED ONES. I HOPE THIS OPINION IS POSTED IN ALL THE MEDIA, SO THAT PEOPLE CAN FIND OUT! THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST CORRUPT, STARTING WITH THE HIGH OFFICIALS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COLOMBIAN ARMED FORCES. THAT’S WHY THE GREAT THINKERS AND THE PEOPLE WITH LIMITED RESOURCES SEEK REFUGE IN THE RANKS. This is an old tale. The state itself has encouraged it so there is nothing more to say. The wars only leave death, pain, misery and resentment among the victims and the offenders because the wars in Latin America have always been about political, economical and social power. It happened in Cuba after the revolution, and Nicaragua and few others continue doing the same thing, war for freedom of their citizens. As a Colombian, I think I’m not a stranger to conflict and that we are all to blame. We vote, pay taxes, do mandatory military service and give in to extortion because we don’t trust the authorities, OK. The article is biassed because it tries to confuse people at the time of the release of an article about Mujica’s meeting with the Farcs, and denounced by Alvaro Uribe, representative of the extreme right-wing Colombian forces who are against the peace process of President Santos. President Uribe and his brother are currently being accused of creating the paramilitary and a group known as the 12 apostles, who is blamed for thousands of crimes against humanity. This is not mentioned in the article. It’s NOT saying anything new. Everything is tens of years old, you obviously have no other news to share. Why don’t you just act like the people, and reveal the truths that are hidden to benefit the current President. You are lacking ethics and seriousness. This will never be fixed until the rats within the government stop stealing from the poor. So what do you expect to change? I think the guerrilla does it right, they bring dollars from other countries, not steal from the poor. I think that the rat den has to come to an end! Making peace seems to me the most despicable thing on the part of the Colombian government. I don’t believe it, it would be better to vote. The only thing they are trying to do is strengthen those groups. They spend millions of dollars in the famous dialogue, and the people living in poverty get worse every day. People never really do anything about it, everything depends on the interests of both parties. It’s infuriating; it’s not even worth talking about it, it’s wasted time. All this is frightening, may God protect us, authorities should team up with those from other countries. Look and read, Santos is the only person in Colombia willing to negotiate with narco-terrorists. I agree with Maria del Pilar, what a failure having voted for this traitor. Everything will be permitted as long as politics are the main source of permissiveness for drug trafficking, situation that drove the people under a dark shadow of corruption and poverty. This created a social resentment that generated a conflict among Colombians and forced us obey oppressing groups. What reason do AUCs have to operate? What argument does the guerrilla have to operate? Neither has lost their ideals, therefore it is very clear that this is about continuing to repress good people. The FARCs will soon come to an end, due to the persecution established by the government of Colombia. THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE IN COLOMBIA BECAUSE THERE ARE DRUGS AND MAFIA, EVEN WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT (WHAT A SHAME ) Well, as a proper Maracucho, I would like to ask you to carefully investigate those who want to harm our country. They fight off drug trafficking but it will continue to grow as long as there are people who buy and use drugs. It will be difficult to eliminate this destructive factor for society. The ambition of those who want to be powerful and dominate the world by forcefully damaging healthy minds is hard but not impossible to fight. May God protect and guard our children and youngsters from this scourge. It’s good to know how narcotrafficking and its power is managed …the end of the world is right here, historical thanks to our misgovernments! I am Venezuelan, and it’s very sad to observe these two rich countries, especially their happy and warm-hearted people, how is it possible that we can’t put an end to this calamity that is killing us (DRUGS and CORRUPTION)? Let’s put our efforts together for our sons and grandchildren, the future of our PEOPLE. It seems to me that El Chapo Guzman has contacts with the FARC as far as drug trafficking goes. I support El Chapo but I am not sure about the FARC. As you say, these are suspicions. They talk about the FARC-EP, who are drug traffickers, but about the military forces, they have been caught trafficking coke and marijuana, and there is no talk about the USA, who are the biggest consumers. The harm caused to millions of people is reason enough for extradition to the United States. That’s what the heads of Colombian narc-terrorism, the FARCs, deserve. They killed Pablo Escobar Gaviria over twenty years ago and they still blame him for all the bad things that currently take place in the country. How many presidents has the country had, and who is blaming them for all the bad stuff that has happened in twenty years, with their para-politics and narc-politics. It’s sad to observe the situation in our country, to see how the candidates to senate seem to be completely flaky, promising what they will not give. Because if they really loved our country, they would have already fixed the macro-problems we have, such as justice, health, agriculture, safety and many other problems. That way we would gladly give our vote to those who have helped, but those solutions are the same old springboard for the while-collar bandits and thieves. In my personal opinion, I think all countries should unite to eliminate this organized crime, by:1. Applying the death penalty to the suppliers and users in each country, in the entire Asia. 2. Also LIFE sentence. 3. The judges that release a Narc, whether trafficker, dealer or user, should be killed along with their entire families.THERE ARE OTHER FORMS OF PUNISHMENT.But, since there are many more involved here, it becomes more difficult. P e g was the forerunner of this dirty business, trafficking, killing and fortunately he was eliminated as he should have been. The same needs to be done with these groups. When an evil factor promotes goodness, it cannot be believable. In this case it is governments and government blocks that promote and support invasions and wars that seek to destabilize the governments that support the comprehensive development of their people. As long as this policy continues, they cannot be labeled as positive factors promoting the fight against “evil”, reflected by the hundreds of thousands of citizens on the planet Earth suffering the consequences of these perverse actions. It’s clear that the narc terrorists of the FARCs are criminals. Why should they be granted a political concession? It’s good to know what’s going on with the drug traffickers, but action should also be taken. The self-proclaimed FARCs went from being an armed group of opposing insurgents seeking to take over the Colombian state to becoming the biggest cocaine cartel in the world. Technically speaking, drug trafficking is not a market that manages a free supply and demand of goods or services, where the consumer can freely choose what he/she wishes to consume or select the brand of product of his/her choice. That is called a free market. The group of consumers that prefer a brand is known as a captive market due to his/her loyalty to that brand. Within drug trafficking, the market also has a supply and demand. In it, the supply is sustained by the global increase of a demand that cannot be called captive market because the people demanding it have no loyalty to the product but an extreme dependence, it should be referred to as slave market, since narcotics destroy family and social environments because their victims segregate themselves when they ran out of valuable things in their homes and environment that they later sell to sustain the vice, and can even prostitute themselves and commit felonies, and do anything to sustain it. That is a slave market. It’s the source of increasing crime and insecurity all over the world. Very little is known about the social, sanitary and political cost of this fateful affliction. When I was a child, those degenerates were known by their actual name, REBELS. I don’t know when exactly they became revolutionary guerrilla men. The FARC terrorists are mocking our country in Cuba, seated at a negotiating table “””””””””””” but that is a farc-e, they kill civilians, police, soldiers and continue to produce and sell cocaine all over the world with the different cartels. President Santos’ peace with the FARC is a FARCe…………………………..last_img read more

Barbados Creating Lab to Fight Cybercrime

first_imgWith a population of approximately 276,000, Barbados has an Internet coverage rate of approximately 73.3 percent, where 23 percent of subscribers use broadband, according to the report “Cyber security trends in Latin America and the Caribbean,” issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) in June 2013. With a population of approximately 276,000, Barbados has an Internet coverage rate of approximately 73.3 percent, where 23 percent of subscribers use broadband, according to the report “Cyber security trends in Latin America and the Caribbean,” issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) in June 2013. Businesses also have a stake in solving the problem, and are seeking the best methods to protect themselves from cyber-criminals. Authorities expect that the policy framework for the cyber crime laws will be implemented this year, Commerce Minister Donville Inniss said on April 8 at a conference on “The Impact of E-Commerce on Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses,” the Gisbarbados website reported. The Organization of American States (OAS) said the country’s Telecommunications Unit is collecting data on cyber attacks and incidents in government departments. Reports indicate that several cyber security incidents affected various departments of the government at the beginning of 2014 and have been communicated to the office of the Prime Minister. The new data will lead to a critical analysis of the types of attacks and their frequency, as well as the mitigation techniques used and their effectiveness. “Every day there are stories of businesses that had to halt their operations, or lost millions of dollars in revenue because someone hacked into their server,” Inniss said. So it is important that companies do all they can to protect their data, IT infrastructure, and customer information, he added. “Every day there are stories of businesses that had to halt their operations, or lost millions of dollars in revenue because someone hacked into their server,” Inniss said. So it is important that companies do all they can to protect their data, IT infrastructure, and customer information, he added. The laboratory will also protect government computer structures and will provide better tools to the police to fight transnational criminal organizations which use technology to support a variety of illegal enterprises, such as money laundering. Barbados recently attended a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored workshop on Command, Control, Communications, Computer Systems, and Cyber Security. Joining 18 partner nations in the Americas, participants shared lessons learned and plans on preparing to thwart cyber and information security threats. Barbados recently attended a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored workshop on Command, Control, Communications, Computer Systems, and Cyber Security. Joining 18 partner nations in the Americas, participants shared lessons learned and plans on preparing to thwart cyber and information security threats. Barbados is also working with other countries in the region, as well as with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) – based in Trinidad and Tobago – and the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) to organize a model for cyber security governance in creating new, shared standards. Though Commissioner Boyce did not say when the the lab is scheduled to open, the Cyber Crime Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force faces an array of challenges, including the evolving tactics used by cyber-criminals who adjust to law enforcement efforts. Current security solutions leave “a hole in the coverage of the analyses they conduct,” said Doug Clare, Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions at FICO, a California-based analytics software company that measures consumer risk for lenders. “It’s like having a burglar alarm that doesn’t go off until the thief has left your house. This gap must be covered using analytics technology to detect and halt malicious activities that happen online at the time they happen,” Clare said. Businesses also have a stake in solving the problem, and are seeking the best methods to protect themselves from cyber-criminals. Authorities expect that the policy framework for the cyber crime laws will be implemented this year, Commerce Minister Donville Inniss said on April 8 at a conference on “The Impact of E-Commerce on Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses,” the Gisbarbados website reported. Erskine Wickham, the information security officer in charge of Barbados’s Regional Security System, took part of the group presentations and panel discussions with regional counterparts at the three-day event in SOUTHCOM. Participants agreed that joint collaboration is the key to moving forward. Providing such security is a cooperative endeavor. The Organization of American States (OAS) said the country’s Telecommunications Unit is collecting data on cyber attacks and incidents in government departments. Reports indicate that several cyber security incidents affected various departments of the government at the beginning of 2014 and have been communicated to the office of the Prime Minister. The new data will lead to a critical analysis of the types of attacks and their frequency, as well as the mitigation techniques used and their effectiveness. Barbados is also working with other countries in the region, as well as with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) – based in Trinidad and Tobago – and the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) to organize a model for cyber security governance in creating new, shared standards. The Paris-based FATF is an inter-government agency created in 1989 by the Group of Seven (G7), which issues recommendations on preventing and battling money laundering, terrorism funding, and funding for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Currently, the FATF consists of 34 members from 34 jurisdictions and two regional groups (the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Commission). “We are currently working with an international agency to establish a cyber lab and training center where we train and perhaps expand our current crime unit,” Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce said during a panel discussion on the theme, “The Internet, the Law, and the Public: How Cyber Secured Are We?” held March 26 at the Central Bank of Barbados, the website Barbados Advocate reported on March 29. Barbados is creating a laboratory to fight cyber crime, such as credit card cloning and other offenses – growing problems in the Caribbean country. It will be a cooperative effort between the Royal Barbados Police Force and an international security force. By Dialogo April 24, 2015 The Geneva-based ITU provides services and resources to its 193 member states, and provides assistance to agencies of the United Nations to protect IT structures. Fighting cyber crime through international cooperation center_img The Geneva-based ITU provides services and resources to its 193 member states, and provides assistance to agencies of the United Nations to protect IT structures. Fighting cyber crime through international cooperation In August 2013, Barbados joined the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in a global effort to strengthen cyber security, detect threats of cyber attacks, and coordinate a timely response, according to Jentel. When it does open, the cyber security center will cover four main areas: protection of security information, greater surveillance of the flow of finances to and from the Caribbean, protection of personal data, and protection of minors online so they are not vulnerable to exploitation by child pornography networks, said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a Mexico City-based security analyst. The laboratory will also protect government computer structures and will provide better tools to the police to fight transnational criminal organizations which use technology to support a variety of illegal enterprises, such as money laundering. Providing cyber security is important for Barbados, since the vast majority of its population is connected to the Internet. to those (6) six who said no I would like to hear their reasoning. Is something wrong with securing the Internet for the consumer.I found the article to be refreshing we all need to be protected when ‘we’ go ONLINE. Center will protect information and children Providing such security is a cooperative endeavor. Caribbean countries depend heavily on international cooperation. Rodríguez Luna said it is likely that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will provide the financial, infrastructure and human resources for the cyber security laboratory. Caribbean countries depend heavily on international cooperation. Rodríguez Luna said it is likely that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will provide the financial, infrastructure and human resources for the cyber security laboratory. Current security solutions leave “a hole in the coverage of the analyses they conduct,” said Doug Clare, Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions at FICO, a California-based analytics software company that measures consumer risk for lenders. “It’s like having a burglar alarm that doesn’t go off until the thief has left your house. This gap must be covered using analytics technology to detect and halt malicious activities that happen online at the time they happen,” Clare said. Though Commissioner Boyce did not say when the the lab is scheduled to open, the Cyber Crime Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force faces an array of challenges, including the evolving tactics used by cyber-criminals who adjust to law enforcement efforts. Erskine Wickham, the information security officer in charge of Barbados’s Regional Security System, took part of the group presentations and panel discussions with regional counterparts at the three-day event in SOUTHCOM. Participants agreed that joint collaboration is the key to moving forward. Center will protect information and children “We are currently working with an international agency to establish a cyber lab and training center where we train and perhaps expand our current crime unit,” Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce said during a panel discussion on the theme, “The Internet, the Law, and the Public: How Cyber Secured Are We?” held March 26 at the Central Bank of Barbados, the website Barbados Advocate reported on March 29. In August 2013, Barbados joined the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in a global effort to strengthen cyber security, detect threats of cyber attacks, and coordinate a timely response, according to Jentel. The Paris-based FATF is an inter-government agency created in 1989 by the Group of Seven (G7), which issues recommendations on preventing and battling money laundering, terrorism funding, and funding for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Currently, the FATF consists of 34 members from 34 jurisdictions and two regional groups (the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Commission). Providing cyber security is important for Barbados, since the vast majority of its population is connected to the Internet. When it does open, the cyber security center will cover four main areas: protection of security information, greater surveillance of the flow of finances to and from the Caribbean, protection of personal data, and protection of minors online so they are not vulnerable to exploitation by child pornography networks, said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a Mexico City-based security analyst. Barbados is creating a laboratory to fight cyber crime, such as credit card cloning and other offenses – growing problems in the Caribbean country. It will be a cooperative effort between the Royal Barbados Police Force and an international security force. last_img read more

Paul Cook resigns as Wigan Athletic manager

first_imgPaul Cook has resigned as Wigan Athletic manager after the club were relegated to League One. The 53-year-old was unable to keep the Latics in the Championship after they were hit with a 12-point deduction for entering administration. Wigan would have finished 13th but instead dropped into the relegation zone on the final day.Advertisement read also:Wigan want new buyer to pay the club’s wages The club are appealing against the sanction, with their case to be heard this coming Friday. Cook led Wigan to the League One title in his first season after taking the reins in 2017, and kept them up at the first attempt. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Tarantino Movie Yet6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’center_img Loading… last_img read more

Ronaldo misses penalty kick as Juventus squeeze into Coppa Italia final

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty kick as hosts Juventus were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man AC Milan on Friday.But the Turin side still squeezed into the Coppa Italia final as the season restarted following a three-month stoppage for the novel coronavirus. Juventus qualified for Wednesday’s final on away goals following their 1-1 draw in the first leg of the semi-final played on February 13.They will now face Napoli or Inter Milan who meet on Saturday.The two key moments happened within six seconds of each other early in the match played behind closed doors at the Allianz Stadium.Juventus were awarded a penalty kick in the 16th minute after the VAR officials spotted the ball hitting Andrea Conti’s elbow.But Ronaldo, whose late penalty kick in the first leg turned out to be decisive, slammed his effort against the foot of the post. It was the second penalty kick missed by the 35-year-old in two seasons at the club.AC Milan cleared the ball upfield but, as they did so, forward Ante Rebic aimed a wild kick at Danilo.He was consequently sent off, forcing the visitors to play for more than 70 minutes with 10 men.AC Milan, missing veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a calf injury, held out well but rarely threatened to snatch the goal that would have taken them into the final.They caused Juve only one real fright when Hakan Calhanoglu was close with a diving header early in the second half. “The emotions are strange,” said Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. “After 90 days, we were playing again in an empty stadium and it was strange at the start.”Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri did not give a post-match interview while his counterpart Stefano Poli was left to reflect on the goal they conceded at home and Rebic’s red card.“We committed the naive act of ending up with a man less. Then afterwards we had a great game and then we had chances to go ahead,” he said.“The results are clear, two draws. The difference was subtle. I don’t think we played worse than our opponents in the two games.”RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Reuters/NAN.Tags: Copa ItaliaJuventusRonaldolast_img read more

Scientists “May” Have Figured out What Causes Autism

first_imgResearchers may have determined what triggers autism in children and it’s not vaccinations.Scientists have identified a genetic mutation that, they say, causes autism and intellectual disability.According to the study, a gene called “USP9X,” controls a network of proteins. These proteins modify cell structures that regulate how nerves communicate with each other and interpret information. Researchers say that the mutation of this process affects early postnatal brain development.They say that it is linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.Scientists say that with this new knowledge there is greater possibility of the development of treatment.The three year study was a collaborative effort between University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Queensland and University of Adelaide.last_img read more

Chelsea confirm Abramovich meeting

first_imgVillas-Boas was barracked by Chelsea fans at Everton on Saturday.Chelsea have confirmed that owner Roman Abramovich held a meeting with manager Andre Villas-Boas and his players on Sunday.The squad’s scheduled day off was cancelled after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton and they were instead told to report to the club’s Cobham training ground the following day.Abramovich’s recent visits to the Surrey training facility have increased speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat.AdChoices广告The Portuguese has acknowledged that he is likely to lose his job if the Blues fail to achieve Champions League qualification this season.They dropped out of the top four after the dismal display at Everton, which Villas-Boas described as their worst of the campaign.He has accepted responsibility for the result and faces an important period, with Chelsea playing Birmingham in the FA Cup this weekend and Napoli in the Champions League next week.Villas-Boas said: “I have to take all responsibility. I will reflect hard on my preparation of the [Everton] game and the things that I did to try to win the game.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Okon, Ogoh Replace Abdulrahman, Aderemi as D’Tigers’ Coaches

first_imgThe Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has announced slight changes to the coaching crew of the senior men and women’s national teams with immediate effect.This decision was taken after the review of the national teams’ activities recently by the board led by its President, Amadu Musa Kida.For D’Tigers, Dominic Okon and Ogoh Odaudu have been appointed to replace Abdulrahman Mohammed and Aderemi Adewunmi who until now were assistant coaches to Alex Nwora. Dominic Okon, a former Ebun Comet player was part of the D’Tigers’ team that qualified Nigeria for the first ever FIBA Men World Cup in 1998 and currently an assistant coach with Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.Ogoh on his part played for Zuma Rocks of Abuja before moving to Dodan Warriors and later to Ebun Comets.He was a member of the D’Tigers silver winning medal team at the 2003 FIBA Afrobasket in Egypt.The experienced coach has also had stints with Lagos Islanders basketball club (2003) before moving to Royal Hoopers (now Rivers Hoopers) of Port Harcourt where he led the team to national league glory in 2011 and 2012 season.For the women, former D’Tigress Captain and current First Deepwater Basketball club of Lagos Coach, Sola Shomala, has been named as replacement for Ochuko Okworogun.Shomala who won the 2003 FIBA Africa Women Club Championship trophy with First Bank will be assisting Sam Vincent (Head Coach) and Peter Ahmedu (First Assistant Coach).She captained the 2003 and 2005 FIBA Afro basket winning team.The federation thanked Coach Abdulrahman, Aderemi and Ochuko for their selfless services to the nation while wishing them well in their future endeavors.The NBBF board has also congratulated the newly appointed coaches and advised them to work closely with their head coaches to deliver the mandate already handed to them.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Significant challenges stand in way for USC

first_imgHow things can change in a week.Last week I wrote that USC was on track for a 10-win season and that it would finish the season on a roll much like it has in previous years.Now, everything that seemed so certain a week ago is mired in doubt.Everything changed after the Trojans suffered their most embarrassing loss of the season, a 36-7 whacking by Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Not only did they lose another game in the state of Oregon, but they seemed to have lost their mojo. Any momentum built up by two tough wins over the Arizona schools has been squandered.Whereas last week we were talking about a double-digit win total and a sense of improvement over last year’s measurable dip, now we have to face the reality that this season could get ugly.Forget 10 wins. Can the Trojans even reach eight?The only way to sell what remains of this fractured season is that the Trojans can still beat their two rivals in their final two games. Notre Dame and UCLA have been anything but impressive this year, so USC should be the favorite. But who knows what the fallout is going to be from last week’s debacle.Most importantly, sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley’s status is questionable after he suffered a high-ankle sprain that forced him to miss the entire second half against the Beavers. Barkley’s status is still up in the air, opening the door for senior quarterback Mitch Mustain to start his first game at USC.Mustain’s performance in the second half last week, however,  was not encouraging. He finished with only 60 yards on 8-for-17 passing, without a touchdown or an interception.This is not to say that Mustain is not a capable leader of the offense. He, after all, has been learning it since he transferred here in 2007. And he is undefeated as a starter, going 8-0 as a freshman at Arkansas before transferring to USC.For the naysayers who have been calling for Mustain to get his shot even before Barkley went down, I’m sorry to disappoint you. The Trojans are a much better team with Barkley at the helm.But if Barkley can’t go, Mustain is still a capable backup. It’s beyond that where it gets a little hairy.The No. 2 quarterback will likely be walk-on John Manoogian, who has never taken a snap in a college game. Freshman Jesse Scroggins will likely not be available because the Trojans do not want to waste his redshirt year.What does this all mean? If Barkley can’t go, Trojan fans should be praying to the football gods that Mustain doesn’t go down as well.Injuries and disillusion in the rest of the backfield only add to USC’s woes. Junior running back Marc Tyler reinjured his sprained ankle and was unable to finish the game against Oregon State.Senior tailback Allen Bradford has been plagued by fumbles this season. Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter, who did not make the trip to Corvallis because he allegedly accepted a golf cart ride from an agent, is awaiting reinstatement.That leaves senior tailback C.J. Gable, who scored the Trojans’ only touchdown against the Beavers.USC’s offense has been the lynchpin of the team all year. Before nearly laying an egg last week, the Trojans were scoring more than 35 points a game, winning games in spite of their spotty defense.So the prospect of USC playing its final two games with backups at quarterback and running back means the Trojans might have to gnash and claw their way to wins in games that were supposed to be breezes.Notre Dame, although just 6-5 this season, has dominated its last two games against Utah and Army. They have momentum on their side and a freshman quarterback in Tommy Rees who is playing with confidence.The Bruins, meanwhile, make USC’s troubles seem nitpicky. UCLA is in total disarray after an embarrassing loss to Washington and has quarterback issues of its own.Overall, all hope is not lost for USC. There is still time to salvage some kind of hope from this season.But after the weekend USC had in Corvallis, there are no guarantees anymore.“Middle Ground” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Josh at jjovanel@usc.edu.last_img read more