Colombia and Peru have committed to implementing a plan to fight criminal organizations along their shared border, the defense ministers of the two countries, meeting in Bogotá, announced on January 25. “Colombia and Peru have energetically decided to confront that organized crime that does not respect borders, manifested in drug trafficking and illegal logging and mining along our borders,” Peruvian Minister Alberto Otárola said at a press conference at which he was accompanied by his host, Juan Carlos Pinzón. The two ministers are considering implementing an agreement that would make it possible to adopt, “within the shortest period of time, a series of measures, by way of the Armed Forces and police, for them to enter those areas where the criminal organizations are currently established,” the Peruvian minister said, without going into detail about the scope of those measures. In addition, Peru pledged to bring the issue of the fight against transnational crime before the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), Pinzón revealed, stating that it is a matter that “continues to affect more countries, and coordinated work among nations is becoming more necessary.” For Peru, “crime has no borders,” and for that reason, it is seeking cooperation with “brother countries,” Otárola said. The ministers agreed to carry out joint actions “in the next few months” against criminal groups in the border area. The operations will be accompanied by social initiatives in favor of the population on both sides of the 1,600-km border. In order to evaluate the situation, the two ministers agreed to meet again in March, at the border, and they hope that Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim will also attend that meeting. By Dialogo January 27, 2012
NZ Herald 28 February 2014A school trustee has quit and a family withdrawn their child in protest at an explicit sexual education programme at a West Coast primary.Blaketown School trustee Jo-Anne Sim resigned this month over the “unacceptable” and explicit class, delivered to Year 7 and 8 pupils in December.Ms Sim said the children were told about oral and anal sex, flavoured condoms, and pleasure points – despite parents being told in writing beforehand that pupils would be taught only the basics.“Eleven, 12 and 13-year-olds don’t need to know this stuff. That’s why we’re mad,” said mother-of-two Ms Sim.Her daughter told her some children had their hands over their ears because they were uncomfortable with the lesson.“They were too scared to say ‘we don’t want to hear this.”‘http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11211675
Press Association Arsene Wenger is ready to commit his long-term future to Arsenal and has held preliminary contract talks with the club. “The link with PSG is there because I’m French and I know the owners. But if that was the case then I would be there already. I’m not at PSG because my heart is with Arsenal.” Wenger’s Arsenal are without a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup but Wenger believes that after several years which have seen them unable or unwilling to match the biggest players in the transfer market, they can now compete. Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez have been mentioned as possible attacking targets along with Real Madrid’s Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain. And Wenger said: “They are all realistic targets quality-wise, but not all of them are available to join us. We have better financial resources than the years before and it is resources we have created ourselves. “That is massively important to us. For years we were out of the race for the top-level transfers but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation and also because of Financial Fair Play. “I knew when I committed to my last contract and the contract before that the club were going through a very sensitive period, because we had less financial resources and the challenge was to stay at the top and in the Champions League during that period. “We are coming out of that period and I hope in the next two or three years the club will be competing for the Premier League.” The landscape facing the Gunners in that battle has changed significantly with the appointment of new managers at all of last season’s top three, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. And Wenger said: “This is the biggest change in the top four in all the time I’ve been with Arsenal. Is the league more open than before? We don’t know, nobody knows. “But we’ve got the most stability and we hope to take advantage of that. There was a big gap between us and Manchester United last season and our challenge is to bridge that gap. “But you go to Manchester City, they will want to win the league. You go to Manchester United, it’s the same, to Liverpool, to Chelsea, everybody will want to win the league.” The Frenchman’s current deal expires next season and he was linked earlier this summer with Paris St Germain, who eventually appointed Laurent Blanc as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor. But Wenger told several national newspapers: “I am committed to staying longer at this club. I’ve already had a chat with Ivan. It went very well, not a problem.
Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Gavin Isaacs will use his “extensive network, knowledge and experience” of the US market to drive an increased presence for SBTech across the pond.The former Scientific Games CEO has become the new Non-Executive Chairman for SBTech, a sports betting and gaming technology supplier who reacted to last year’s PASPA repeal by striking several partnership agreements with leading casinos in regulated states including New Jersey and Mississippi. “The business has already made significant inroads into the newly regulated US sports betting market and I am extremely excited to be able to help and advise the senior management team to expand that even further across 2019 and beyond,” said Isaacs.A qualified lawyer, Isaacs spent the last four years as CEO and board member of Scientific Games, taking the firm’s revenues from $1.3 billion to $2.9 billion in just two years.Prior to joining Scientific Games in 2014, he was CEO of SHFL Entertainment, where he grew the company to record revenues, globally expanded its slot business and created a series of commercial opportunities in speciality table-game brands both in land-based casinos and online.Isaac also spent five years as COO and Executive Vice President at Bally Entertainment, eventually leading the negotiations to buy his former employer while at Scientific Games.“I was approached by a number of companies since leaving Scientific Games,” Isaacs continued. “However, I chose to join SBTech due to its superior technology, high standards across every discipline, entrepreneurial approach and incredible ambition and potential to grow further across a wide variety of regulated markets including the US where I am based and have an extensive network, knowledge and experience.” Richard Carter, CEO at SBTech, commented: “We’re thrilled that someone of Gavin’s calibre, credibility and experience has chosen to join SBTech. This is a huge coup for the business. “Gavin’s two decades of successfully leading, transforming, and acquiring some of the biggest businesses in the gaming sector will be a massive advantage for us, particularly in the US where we have already partnered and gone live with several large brands across multiple states and where there are many more opportunities to grow.”
“You can reach any community, any population, any small target group with the right expertise, the right media resources,” said Givi Topchishvili, chief executive of New York-based Global Advertising Strategies, which helps develop niche ethnic markets for Lufthansa and other corporate clients. By working with advertising consultants who understand a group’s unique values and spending habits, he said, firms aim to deliver a relevant message at the right time, in the right place, in the right language. “You can be effective not only with larger communities, like the Latino community,” he said. “You can reach the Polish community in Chicago or the Greeks in New York.” Ten years ago, advertisers did target broad groups like Hispanics or Asians, said Greg Anthony, senior vice president of Alloy Access, the multicultural division of the marketing firm Alloy Inc. But today’s clients want to go deeper, beyond such broad descriptions, and reach the more than 35 million foreign-born residents in the U.S. who hail from more than 400 countries, according to the U.S. Census. MoneyGram International Inc., a company that allows customers to wire money around the world, used International Women’s Day on March 8 to reach out to Russians, Armenians, and other immigrants from countries that celebrate the blend of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Ethnic radio programs and newspapers from New York to San Francisco carried ads wishing listeners a happy Women’s Day. And on March 8, Moneygram representatives fanned out into neighborhoods handing out carnations, a flower symbolizing admiration and devotion in those cultures, and discussing the company’s products in relevant languages. Lufthansa tried ethnicity-specific advertising in the United States to promote its online booking system, weflyhome.com, which was created with immigrants in mind.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A singer croons in Farsi while musicians strum their instruments before an audience of families gathered in a park for an Iranian holiday feast. A banner looms over the crowd wishing them all a happy Norooz – the Persian New Year – from Lufthansa, the German airline. Such scenes are becoming part of the marketing landscape as global companies look beyond Cinco de Mayo and Chinese New Year in their efforts to reach immigrant consumers that might miss a more mainstream message. Just as Norooz offers firms a window into an untapped community, so too does the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; or Malanka, when Ukrainians celebrate the coming of spring.
Councillor Willie van der Schyf addresses the graduating interns at the ceremony. The proud graduates received a certificate from Councillor Van der Schyf and Monique Griffith of the City of Johannesburg.(Images: Cadine Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lucky Sindane Liaison officer, Department of Economic Development +27 76 862 4377 RELATED ARTICLES • Leading SA’s youth out of poverty • Education rights affirmed • Taking ballet to township kids • Inner city kids learn about film • Safeguarding our future leaders • New uniforms for needy pupilsCadine PillayThe City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) economic development department has wrapped up its pilot tourism internship programme with pleasing results.Proud interns graduated from the programme at a ceremony held in Newtown on 15 March, receiving certificates to mark their efforts.The tourism internship programme was launched in August 2012 by councillor Ruby Mathang, a member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development. The programme was aimed at pupils who only had a matric qualification, as well as unemployed graduates, and proved so successful that it will be implemented again with Cathseta – the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority.The programme gave young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience across a broad range of service providers in the tourism industry. These included hotels, guest houses, museums and tourist attractions. Of 146 starters, 109 candidates graduated from this internship.Offering young people work experience “I am extremely proud to say that we have received wonderful and positive feedback and reports from the tourism product owners, about the candidates’ work ethics and eagerness to learn,” said Monique Griffith, director of sector support at the city’s Department of Economic Development.As a result of their outstanding performance, some of the students received job offers from the establishments which hosted them. Some are upmarket and others cater for the everyday patron.These included Radisson Blue Hotel Sandton, Radisson Blue Hotel Gautrain, Booysens Hotel, Culinary Passion School Hospitality, Vaal Nests Boutique Hotel, The Elegant Lodge, Hospitality Ambassadors, Maropeng Visitor Centre and Hotel, City Lodge Group, Kwa Eden Accommodation and Conferencing, Riviera on the Vaal Hotel and Spa, Adler Museum of Medicine at Wits University, Department of Economic Development, Department of Community Development and Joburg Tourism Company.Mathang said there are a number of other programmes designed by CoJ and aimed at empowering young people – they include the youth entrepreneurship strategy and the skills development strategy as well as programmes such as the Recognition of Prior Learning programme, which has certified over 2 000 competent individuals and placed over 200 of them in the construction sector in the past three years, and the Leago Work Placement Programme, which aims to train 1 000 individuals and place over 500 young employees in the construction, ICT, media and communications and services sectors.Tackling youth unemployment with tourismYouth unemployment is a challenge not only in Johannesburg but in South Africa. In 2011, President Jacob Zuma set a target of 5-million jobs to be created by 2012. Last year only 80 000 new jobs were created.Figures from 2012 show that tourism supports one in every 12 jobs in South Africa, and domestic tourism contributed R20-billion (US$2.2-billion) to the national economy last year, which makes tourism a lucrative industry for young people to get into.More than five-million domestic trips were recorded in South Africa in the first quarter of 2012, injecting R5.2-billion ($564-million) to the economy. This is over R600-million ($65-million), or 13%, more than last year’s economic contribution over the same period.“As a regional economic hub and centre for business, Joburg plays a critical role in attracting business, retail and sports tourism – there lie your opportunities. The future of our country is in this room,” said Councillor Willie van der Schyf who addressed the interns before awarding their certificates.Van der Schyf went on to say that the role of city management was to dually support the interns and the industry by paying a monthly stipend to allow them to accumulate work experience whilst increasing their employability.He added, “Although the CoJ programme has ended, this does not mean the end for the 109 candidates who completed their internships. Cathseta will be taking on our interns and continuing with them by providing additional learnerships and internship opportunities.“
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Right now we are sidedressing corn around McComb because it is just not fit to plant around Putnam County yet. It is cold and wet. The top inch is dry but underneath it is cold and wet in that heavy Paulding clay. There are some people doing tillage trying to fluff it up.I still have 16 acres of corn to plant and 150 acres of beans in the same neighborhood that is just not ready. We’re going to wait even though there is a chance of rain every day next week. It looks like there is going to be some replanting for some of the guys who planted on Mother’s Day and it looks like we are going to have to replant a 40-acre soybean test plot I custom planted. We have excellent corn stands, though. They are beautiful.We have one field that was no-tilled into radishes and there are slug problems there so I am going to be spraying that — probably 25 acres of the 45-acre field. The slugs are small yet but they can destroy a field pretty fast.There are few guys who sprayed some fungicide on their wheat but I just was not seeing the disease pressure out there. I think I am going to wait and spray Prosaro for head scab, maybe late next week, depending on the rain. I have an early variety coming into head now.The first cutting of hay is going down now. And it looks like most of the tomato guys in the area are getting finished up with planting. I would guess they are 80% done. Most of the corn is planted but I would only say half the beans or so are planted in Putnam County. Hancock County and Van Wert County look like they are a little further ahead.This looks like a year where you need a rain gauge in every field.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES To put in perspective how fast his rise has been, at this time last year, Chung was ranked outside the top 100 and barely made the cut-off for the main draw at the Australian Open.He was also the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in 2010, and he was aiming to be the youngest major finalist since Juan Martin del Potro won the title at the 2009 U.S. Open.“I think (I have) a lot of confidence,” he said. “I played lots of good players in last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger. I think I can play better next time.”Federer also believes Chung’s future is bright, though he’s hesitant to make predictions given what he experienced when he rose through the ranks, being labeled a future No. 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner at a young age.“In a way it’s funny and cool, but it’s not so cool in hindsight,” he said. “Afterward, anything you achieve is normal. I find it disappointing. Getting to No. 1, winning Grand Slams, winning Masters 1000s, it ain’t normal. It’s extraordinary.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers South Korea’s Hyeon Chung receives treatment from a trainer during his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Hyeon Chung may have limped out of this year’s Australian Open, but his upbeat mood made clear he firmly believes he’ll be a contender at another major very soon.Chung had a devastating end to his unexpected run at Melbourne Park, forced to retire from his semifinal against Roger Federer on Friday night with blisters on his feet that were so painful, he said afterward he could no longer walk.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City But the 19-time major winner is highly impressed by Chung’s remarkable speed and court coverage, saying he reminds him of his rival, Djokovic. However, he noted that Chung’s game, which features clay-court style sliding on hardcourts, could take a toll.“The question is with that kind of a game, you just got to take care of your body, also the schedule,” Federer said.He also believes Chung showed his great mental strength in the way he dealt with his injury in their match.“Today I’m sure he was having a lot of pain with his feet,” he said. “And you couldn’t tell almost. I like that about the idea of hiding any problems from the opponent. That was very impressive, to be honest.”Chung’s ranking is set to rise into the top 30 next week, just a couple spots below another of his idols, Kei Nishikori of Japan, a former U.S. Open finalist. If Chung continues on this path, he could soon be Asia’s top-ranked player, another milestone in his young career.“I enjoyed two weeks so far, on court and off court,” he said. “I’m just really happy.” Wozniacki, Halep both hoping 3rd time is lucky in final Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But the 21-year-old Chung is already looking at the big picture and just how impressive his achievement in Melbourne has been. He upset No. 4-seed Alexander Zverev and six-time champion Novak Djokovic en route to becoming the first Korean tennis player, male or female, to reach the semifinals of a major.Now, less than a month into the new year, he’s going to have to re-evaluate his goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think I already make few goals, because in Korea, like, I make highest ranking in Korea, highest result in Grand Slam,” he said. “I made two goals.“Next goal is I want to finish the season without injury. I have to (have) a good recovery.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, and Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) react to a referee’s call during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the timing of his next examination by doctors likely means he would not return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Golden State’s 114-111 Game 2 win in of the best-of-seven series with the Trail Blazers that put the Warriors up 2-0. Durant is not ready for on-court work — a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. He will be re-examined in another week.ADVERTISEMENT The Warriors said Durant “has shown good progress since beginning his rehabilitation program one week ago. At this point, Durant is not ready to advance to on-court work.”“There’s no mental adjustment, you just play. You go out there with what you have,” coach Steve Kerr said. “This is our third game, 3 ½ games really, without him. We’re just trying to hold down the fort. Hopefully he continues to progress. And he has made progress but it’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning, so we’ll see how it all goes. He’s in there all day long getting treatment. Hopefully he’ll be back at some point.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant’s 34.2 points per game lead all postseason scorers. He strained his right calf during the third quarter of Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Rockets last Wednesday and didn’t travel to Houston for the Warriors’ Game 6 clincher. He then sat out Game 1 against Portland on Tuesday and again Thursday as Stephen Curry took on a greater scoring load.“He’s handled it great. He’s vocal. Still being a leader. Staying in all of our ears. Vocal during film,” said Quinn Cook, a reserve Warriors guard and close friend of Durant. “I know he’s been putting in extra work. I know he’s excited to get back. We can’t wait to have him back.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Naomi Osaka into Rome quarters, wraps up French Open top seeding Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Andrew Bogut has started in Durant’s place the past three games.“With him on the court, there’s just another great offensive player, and so when you put him out there with Steph and Klay (Thompson), it’s really challenging from a defensive standpoint. And his versatility in his offense,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “When you take him out of it, I think they do play a different style. Certainly Curry gets more involved, I think Klay gets more involved, because they need to. And so the focus or emphasis on those two guys probably becomes a little bit more.”In addition, Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins will be re-evaluated again in a week as he works back from a strained left quadriceps muscle sustained in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers on April 15 — just his second career playoff game.Cousins has begun doing extensive on-court work such as running, shooting and agility moves, “but is still not ready for live action,” the Warriors said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments