first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2010 After a fifty-two-day voyage, the tank landing ship (LST) Almirante Saboia docked at the naval base in Rio de Janeiro, returning from Haiti. The ship transported approximately 700 tons of humanitarian-aid and logistical-support material for the Brazilian Marines and the Brazilian Army, including water, clothing, tents, mattresses, canned food, various medicines, Piranha amphibious vehicles, 5-ton trucks, refrigerated trucks, tanker trucks, and Land Rovers. While the ship remained near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, two Brazilian Navy planes, a UH-12 and a UH-14, which had been carrying out joint operations with the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour since the end of January 2010, were incorporated into its contingent.last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo February 01, 2012 On January 30, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos again rejected the proposals to collaborate in favor of peace talks with the country’s guerrilla groups that he has received from within Colombia and abroad, because they may be “counterproductive.” “Initiatives of all kinds have been presented, they send arguments, prominent national figures, international ones, they want to make a proposal, they want to create a group, they want to intervene,” Santos stated, without mentioning names, at an event in the department of Antioquia (in northwestern Colombia). The president said that his denial is the same one he communicated to several Latin American presidents who offered their collaboration during the founding summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) in Caracas, in December 2011. “The best thing at this point would be for them to stand by, to not meddle, to wait and see how we’ll move forward if tomorrow brings with it the appropriate circumstances, as we’ve said so many times,” Santos said. The National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla group, had asked the new Celac to hold conversations that could enable a peaceful solution to the armed conflict that has lasted almost half a century. Santos added on January 30 that it would be “inconvenient” to begin to create working groups and make public proposals for peace, “because it generates a negative and counterproductive atmosphere.” Since taking office in 2010, Santos has left the door open to dialogue with the ELN and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla groups, on the condition that they demonstrate their readiness for peace through actions such as renouncing kidnapping, the recruitment of minors, and attacks.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man who allegedly fled a Nassau County police officer who stopped the minivan he was driving died when the ensuing chase ended in a high-speed crash that also killed his passenger in Elmont, authorities said.A highway patrolman pulled over a Dodge Caravan on Main Street in Hempstead when the driver, 23-year-old Eduardo Sosa Zapata of Westbury, allegedly backed the minivan twice into the officer’s patrol car while the officer was walking up shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, police said.Zapata then fled eastbound on Center Street, police said. Shortly later, Fifth officers spotted the Dodge speeding westbound on Hempstead Turnpike, when they struck a northbound Ford at the corner of Meacham Avenue, police said.The minivan then hit a nearby utility pole, killing Zapata and his passenger, 22-year-old Jackeline Reyes of Bellmore, police said. The other driver, a 22-year-old man, refused medical attention at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more


first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img The House passed a Continuing Resolution Wednesday to fund the federal government through Dec. 18, one week past the current scheduled expiration date of Dec. 11.The Senate is expected to take up the bill shortly and negotiations continue on a long-term funding bill with potential pandemic relief.CUNA is continuing its engagement with policymakers to secure extensions of several relief provisions from the CARES Act set to expire Dec. 31. These include Troubled Debt Restructuring (TDR) and Central Liquidity Facility (CLF) relief, as well as Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities have linked an unidentified woman’s torso found 19 years ago in Rockville Centre with skeletal remains discovered on Ocean Parkway amid the Long Island Serial Killer investigation, the Press has learned.Nassau County and New York State investigators reported that DNA evidence confirmed partial skeletal remains found in the brush near Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach State Park in 2011 belong to an unidentified woman whose torso was found in Hempstead Lake State Park in 1997. Investigators have said the Jones Beach remains, which authorities had dubbed Jane Doe No. 3, was determined via DNA evidence to be the mother of Baby Doe, a toddler whose skeletal remains were found east of Cedar Beach on April 4, 2011.“They call her ‘Peaches,’ Eric Smith, a forensic medical investigator in the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, previously told the Press, referring to the torso that had a bitten heart-shaped tattoo of a peach with green leaves on top and droplets below it on her left breast. When asked Tuesday how the connection helps the case, Smith said: “Each additional piece of information helps in getting an identification.”The revelation—which comes on the week of the sixth anniversary of police discovering the first of 10 sets of remains in the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK) case—means that Peaches is Baby Doe’s mother, although both remain unidentified. It’s also the biggest revelation in the case in years—indicating that the mother and child were either slain by the still-at-large serial killer responsible for the Gilgo Beach murders or died at the hands of another assailant that used the same dumping grounds as LISK.Related Story: Did Police Name A Suspect in The Long Island Serial Killer Case?A hiker found Peaches’ remains stuffed in a black plastic bag inside a green Rubbermaid container in a wooded area of the park off Park Drive in Rockville Centre on June 28, 1997. A maroon towel and a dark-colored apparent pillow case adorned with flowers were found with the torso. Investigators said that Peaches was black, between 20 and 30 years old and had a surgical scar indicating that she had a Cesarean section, but her head and some of her limbs have yet to be recovered.“Somewhere out there she has a child, and at this point, that child is at least 13 years old,” then-Nassau Homicide Squad Lt. William Brosnan, who has since retired, told the Press in 2010, a year before Peaches’ child was found dead on Ocean Parkway. A police spokesman declined to comment on the news, citing the ongoing investigation.Since Peaches’ skull has yet to be found, investigators have not been able to put together a composite sketch of what she looked like. But her case had aired on America’s Most Wanted and her tattoo was published in a tattoo magazine, which prompted a tip from a Connecticut tattoo artist, the ex-detective had said. The artist recalled that Peaches was visiting from LI with her aunt and cousin and mentioned having boyfriend trouble, Brosnan had said.Both the extremities discovered at Jones Beach and Baby Doe were found with similar gold jewelry. The skeletal remains of Baby Doe—estimated to be between 1 and 4 years old—were found wrapped in a blanket with a 16-inch gold-colored chain and two gold-colored hoop earrings. The Jones Beach extremities had two gold bracelets.Related Story: Red Herrings Among Tips in Long Island Serial Killer CaseSuffolk police and prosecutors said in 2011 that they were unsure of Baby Doe’s cause of death. This week, police told the Press that her death has been ruled a homicide. Suffolk authorities had also said that they believed the child was a girl, but records show county medical examiners listed Baby Doe’s gender as “unsure.”Investigators revealed the link between Peaches and Baby Doe in a recently updated case file listed in NamUs, a federal database used to help identify Jane and John Does nationwide. The case file was updated following inquiries from Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills, filmmakers who produced The Killing Season, a docu-series about LISK and similar cases nationwide that recently aired on A&E. The duo, who produced a bonus video about Peaches in which they interviewed her tattoo artist, said they hope the new info will help both investigators and the Websleuths community crack the case.“I think in so many ways this changes the case quite considerably,” said Zeman, who provided emails showing that he asked the Nassau medical examiners office to update NamUs with more information on Jane Doe No. 3 days before the case file was clarified. “While it provides some clarity, it also deepens the mystery of the Long Island Serial Killer case.”Mills noted that Peaches is the only victim found on Ocean Parkway who’s identified in NamUs as African American. She also noted that while Peaches’ torso and extremities were found 15 miles apart, the mother and child were discovered nearly 10 miles apart on Ocean Parkway and the tot was dumped about 150 feet from another unidentified victim dubbed Jane Doe No. 6.Mills and Zeman additionally share the Press‘ observation that the conditions of Peaches’ remains and the method in which she was dumped most closely resemble the plight of Jane Doe No. 6 and Jessica Taylor, a 20-year-old sex worker. Taylor’s decapitated and handless torso was discovered in Manorville in ’03, three years after Jane Doe No. 6 was found in similar condition a quarter mile away. Both of their skulls and limbs were found on Ocean Parkway in ’11 during a massive search sparked by the May 2010 disappearance of Shannan Gilbert, another sex worker who was found dead in Oak Beach.Authorities have said that two or more killers have used Ocean Parkway as a dumping ground. One killer is believed to be responsible for four female sex workers found dead in Gilgo Beach in December 2010 and another is suspected of killing Taylor and Jane Doe No. 6, according to Suffolk prosecutors. Whether another killer or killers are responsible for the other four victims—including Peaches and Baby Doe—remains to be seen.The remaining two sets of remains found on Ocean Parkway in ’11 include an Asian man wearing women’s clothing dubbed John Doe No. 8—the only man among the group—and the skull of Fire Island Jane Doe, whose severed legs were found in Blue Point Beach, just west of Davis Park, in ’96. Police have said they suspect Gilbert drowned, although her family believes she was murdered.No arrests have been made and police have not named a suspect in any of the cases.Top: A 16-inch gold-colored chain and two gold-colored hoop earrings found on Baby Doe. 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first_imgCelebrations broke out in cities and towns across the country on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race. Democrats are looking at being shut out completely from the district-drawing process — which will use data drawn from the 2020 census — in key states including Florida, Texas and North Carolina. Together, those states will account for more than 80 congressional seats starting in 2022. In his own remarks, Biden declared it “the honor of my lifetime” that the country had sided with his message of unity and head-on confrontation of the coronavirus. Early on Monday, he unveiled a transition team of scientists and experts to prepare his virus response. “That plan will be built on bedrock science,” he said in his speech Saturday. The news in House races across the country has generally been better for Republicans than for Democrats. An exception came in northeastern suburbs outside Atlanta, where Carolyn Bourdeaux was declared the winner on Friday in a House district that had been vacated by the five-term Republican congressman Rob Woodall. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” James Clyburn, the Democratic whip in the House and a Biden adviser, pressed Republicans to break with the president. “What matters to me is whether or not the Republican Party will step up and help us preserve the integrity of this democracy,” he said. – Advertisement – It was a remarkable — and improbable — scene, as our reporters Matt Flegenheimer and Katie Glueck write in a news analysis. Matt and Katie remind us that Biden is the same “institutionalist 70-something, incorrigible square, inexhaustible reciter of Irish poetry” he’s always been. “But then, it seems that defeating President Trump can do strange things for a man’s reputation.” Biden and Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, projected an executive air on Saturday night as they strode onstage to address the country in Wilmington, Del., hours after the race had been called. The pressure is now on the General Services Administration, which is responsible for declaring a winning candidate and facilitating the transition process. Its Trump-appointed administrator, Emily Murphy, has not yet affirmed Biden’s victory. “I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight,” Harris said. “Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all, including the Black women who are too often overlooked, but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.” – Advertisement – Veterans of both Republican and Democratic administrations are now calling on Trump to accept his election loss and begin the transition process. But he has shown no willingness to do so — and in fact, he’s been eerily silent other than a cascade of tweets, many of which Twitter has labeled misleading.center_img Harris began with a speech that invited women, particularly women of color, to bask in the milestone of her election as the first female vice president. She invoked her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who arrived in the United States as an Indian immigrant at 19. – Advertisement – “While there will be legal disputes requiring adjudication, the outcome is sufficiently clear that the transition process must now begin,” wrote the four members of its advisory board, which includes veterans of the Clinton, Obama and George W. Bush administrations. The center has participated in presidential transition activities for four election cycles. This would become relevant if Republicans succeeded in overturning a state court decision to allow ballots to be accepted up to three days after Election Day. The good news for Biden is that it does not appear losing those ballots alone would be enough to erase his lead in the state. – Advertisement – In Arizona, more votes came in on Sunday, breaking narrowly for Trump. He does not appear to be on pace to overtake Biden in the state, which remains undecided and would only add to Biden’s margin of victory in the Electoral College if he held on to win. But over all, Democrats have lost a net of five seats in the chamber this cycle, with a number of races across the country still uncalled. The nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition released a letter on Sunday urging him to move ahead with the transition. Enough votes have been counted in Pennsylvania, Nevada and other close states that it’s clear Trump has lost the election. In Pennsylvania, for instance, ballots received after Election Day have been sorted and counted separately from those received through Nov. 3. Here’s another thing Republicans have to celebrate: As of last night, Democrats had not flipped a single statehouse chamber in an election year that will determine who controls the decennial process of redistricting.last_img read more


first_imgCipanas district head Oleh Najmudin said the 80-centimeter-deep flood struck at least 96 houses in three villages in the district – Sipayung, Talagahiang and Bintangresmi – at midnight while Muslims were having sahur (predawn meal).Lebak Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) immediately warned residents, especially those living along riverbanks and the foothill of Mount Halimun-Salak, about the risk of landslides due to high-intensity rainfall.“We hope this warning can reduce the risk of fatalities,” BPBD Lebak head Kaprawi said, urging residents to temporarily move to safer places. The agency is gathering volunteers and equipment for search and rescue teams.A child plays with his bicycle at the flooded Gubukan Cibereum village in Lebak, Banten on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Floodwater from the overflowed Cibereum River has inundated the village since Wednesday evening. (Antara/Muhammad Bagus Khoirunas) The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a warning of extreme weather in several parts of Indonesia last week. The agency said the rainy season, initially forecasted to end in April, would stretching to May in Jakarta and June in other parts of Java.The BMKG has also warned of extreme weather in other areas, including Aceh, Riau, Riau Islands, Bengkulu, South Sumatra, West Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and several parts of Kalimantan.Read also: BMKG warns of extreme weather in parts of Java as rainy season stretches to May or JuneOvernight torrential rain also caused flooding and a landslide in Bogor regency, West Java, where dozens of houses in Sukamulih village were submerged. Meanwhile, dozens of others in Wangunjaya village were buried in a landslide.Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the floods had been caused by the overflowing Ciputih River.“I have instructed the local BPBD and district officials to disburse disaster aid and map areas affected by the disasters.”BPBD Bogor reported that at least one Wangunjaya resident had gone missing, presumably buried in the landslide. Four residents were also injured during the disaster.The landslide in Wangunjaya displaced 69 families and damaged 14 houses, two public lavatories and a mosque.Read also: High intensity rain triggers flooding in parts of Aceh, Central KalimantanHeavy rain on Wednesday afternoon also caused a flash flood and landslide in several villages in Central Aceh regency, Aceh. The landslide was triggered by unstable soil conditions at a nearby hill.At least 11 houses were damaged, while water and mud from the flood carried away debris and objects as large as private cars.Joint search and rescue team operates heavy machinery to clean flood materials at Paya Tumpi Baru village in Central Aceh regency, Aceh on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Overnight torrential rain has triggered a flash flood that damages dozens of houses in the village. (Antara/Kurnia Muhadi)“We are waiting for the rapid assessment report from BPBD Central Aceh on the victims and material losses,” said BPBD Aceh head Sunawardi.Idrus Putra, the head of the affected Paya Tumpi Baru village, said 20 families were taking shelter in the village administration office. He went on to say that the village needed generators and clean water.Since late April, flash floods have hit Tuva village in Central Sulawesi, Bireun in Aceh and Cilegon city in Banten. (syk)Topics : Heavy rainfall throughout the week has caused floods and landslides in several provinces, as the rainy season is expected to be last longer than initially forecasted.A downpour lasting from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning led to floods in Lebak regency, Banten, submerging dozens of houses in Cipanas district and destroying a bridge in Lebak Gedong district.“Luckily, no casualties were reported,” Cipanas resident Memed said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.last_img read more


first_imgNewcastle striker Papiss Cisse is facing several months on the sidelines following an operation on a fractured kneecap. The Senegalese frontman sustained the injury during Newcastle’s 2-1 home defeat by Swansea last month, ending his season, and the 28-year-old travelled to Paris for surgery on Thursday. A statement on the club’s official website said: “He is expected to be sidelined for a number of months.” The news will come as a blow for Cisse, who would have been hoping to hit the ground running next season after a forgettable 2013-14 campaign. He has often found himself as the third-choice striker behind on-loan QPR forward Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi. Reduced to cameo roles off the bench, Cisse has netted just twice in the Barclays Premier League this season and appears a shadow of the player that scored 13 goals in his first 12 appearances when he swapped Freiburg for St James’ Park in January 2012. He did net a crucial winner against Crystal Palace in March, but suffered his injury midway through the first half against the Swans. Cisse will spend his rehabilitation period at the Clairefontaine Medical Centre just outside of Paris before returning to the club to be assessed by medical staff. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgCYCLE coach Hassan Mohamed will tomorrow be conducting an 11-race cycle programme around the inner circuit of the National Park beginning at 09:00hrs.The activity is being sponsored by beverage giant Banks DIH Limited under its Malta Supreme brand and the company’s Outdoor manager Mortimer Stewart, along with Malta Supreme brand manager Clayton McKenzie and Errol Nelson, are expected to present the winners of the respective categories with their prizes.The feature event will see schoolboys, novices and invitational riders battle over 35 laps and the top six finishers will be rewarded for their efforts.The defending champion is Team Evolution’s Michael Anthony who won the event last year in a time of one hour 19 minutes 25.27 seconds.The winners of the other categories last year were: Romello Crawford who had won the juveniles 10-lap race, Junior Niles the veterans Under-45 years five-lap race who will be seeking to make a successful defence of that title, Sean Bourne the mountain bikers’ five-lap race and Whitney Poyer who is the defending champion of the boys-and-girls’ three-lap race.However, Crawford is currently in the United States and so a new champion will be crowned.Other races on the card will be open to veterans Over-45 years (five laps), BMX boys nine to 12 years over three laps and BMX boys six to nine years over two laps.Riders will be in action tomorrow (July 1) at the inner circuit of the National Park, the venue for the seventh annual Malta Supreme 11-race programme. Set to start at 09:00hrs, the day’s activities will cater for all categories of riders.Organised by national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed, the event will be witnessed by top officials of sponsor Banks DIH Limited, Mortimer Stewart, Clayton McKenzie and Errol Nelson.Michael Anthony is set to defend his title in the feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational, while the other category winners from last year were Romello Crawford (10-lap juveniles), Junior Niles (5-lap veterans Under-50), Sean Bourne (5-lap mountain bikes) and Whitney Poyer (3-lap 12-14 boys and girls).Anthony’s winning time in 2016 was recorded as one hour 19 minutes 25.27 seconds. Mohamed is urging riders to come out and be part of the race, as he continues to provide an avenue for them to test their competitiveness.last_img read more


first_imgLeicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight with the return of Wilfred Ndidi from injury.The Nigeria international missed the Foxes’ previous three games against WiganAthletic, West Ham United and Aston Villa after struggling to overcome a knee injury he suffered in January.The combative midfielder, however, returned to action in their defeat to Norwich City in Friday’s Premier League game at Carrow Road, featuring for 23 minutes. Ahead of their FA Cup tie against Birmingham City today, Rodgers confirmed the 23-year-old is fully fit with only Ghana international Daniel Amartey the only player nursing injury in his team.“The great news for us was Wilf coming back and getting game time,” Rodgers told the club website.“Apart from that, Daniel Amartey has been out for a period of time, but everyone else is okay.”Ndidi has been a consistent performer for the King Power Stadium outfit before the injury problem, featuring in 27 games across all competitions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more