Unloading of North Korean Ship Carrying Cuban Weapons Concludes in Panama

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2013 Cuba admitted to owning the weapons, considering it “defensive and obsolete,” while North Korean authorities stated that it is “a legitimate contract” to refurbish Cuban weapons. Panamanian prosecution reported that 203,191 sacks of sugar were found in the ship. Furthermore, “several SA2 and SA3 missiles were found in pieces” in the last inspection performed on August 11, “which will be analyzed in detail by experts and specialists,” prosecutor added. On July 10, Panamanian authorities detained the North Korean vessel Chong Chon Gang under suspicion of drug trafficking, when it attempted to cross the Panama Canal from the Atlantic. After discovering the weapons aboard the ship, and in view of the United Nations sanctions against the Pyongyang government, Panama requested the UN to conduct an inspection. This delegation of experts will issue a report to help the Security Council decide if UN resolutions 1718 of 2006, 1874 of 2009, and 2094 of 2013, related to avoiding the “acquisition, transport, and transfer of war materials” to Pyongyang, were violated. After the first inspections were conducted, Police found containers carrying undeclared Cuban military equipment that was hidden under sugar cargo. However, “inspections are not finished yet, since there are some areas left to examine,” Caraballo stated. The unloading of the North Korean vessel captured in Panama and carrying undeclared Cuban weapons hidden in sugar cargo came to a n end on August 11, a day before the arrival of UN inspectors, Prosecutor Javier Caraballo, in charge of the case, reported. “In total, we have found 25 containers (with military equipment) and six military vehicles” in five compartments of the ship, the prosecutor added. The prosecutor said that war aircraft, anti-aircraft missile systems and guide equipment, rockets, explosives, and command and control trucks were found among the war materials aboard the vessel on August 7. The sugar bags were unusually stowed individually, hinting that it was probably aimed at burdening unloading activities, according to experts. last_img read more

A quick look at the Arizona fintech sandbox

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr My partner repeatedly tells me that I’m not as old as I think I am, but I remember playing in public sandboxes as a kid. I’m honestly not sure people make those anymore—they’re probably “unsafe” or “unhygienic” or something. Still, I remember the freedom of a sandbox. In the short run, you can create your own castle, moat, and entire surrounding village if you want.Like most sandboxes in the tech world, the Arizona fintech sandbox is geared toward securely testing new software. There’s no actual sand involved, which makes cleanup much easier.But the freedom is still there.Sandboxes as stable, virtual software testing sites may at first sound less exciting than real sandboxes with real sand, but actually, they’re so much cooler. continue reading »last_img read more

The betrayal

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA’s sale of 4,500 credit union members’ loans secured by taxi medallions to a private equity firm is a betrayal of everything the credit union cooperative system represents. Credit unions were founded to protect consumers from being exploited by loan sharks preying on those who have the least or know the least about financial services. NCUA’s sale just put these members and their families at the mercies of Marblegate Asset Management LLC, a firm that exemplifies capitalism’s limitless profit ambition.These 4,500 borrowers have invested years, some decades, establishing an equity stake with the sweat of their brow, in an earning asset to help them realize the American dream of financial well-being. They joined credit unions and trusted their interests would be treated fairly. Instead the agency regulating the industry sold them out to add additional pieces of silver to a fund bulging with more than $16 billion in liquid assets.This action irredeemably harms these members whose interests are exactly opposite Marblegate’s. NCUA’s fundamental responsibility is to protect credit union members. This sale places a stain on the entire credit union system. It contradicts Board members’ individually stated policy priorities to treat members fairly, to support financial inclusion, or follow the rule of law. continue reading »last_img read more

Camp resting place – Zlatni Lug opened in Požega

first_imgThe Pandžić family, the owners of the famous “Golden Meadow” from Donji Emovac, presented their new tourist offer – a modern camping resort located in Emovac meadow.The resort is fully equipped for a short vacation for guests traveling as campers, and other campers looking for a vacation in nature. The camp is located next to the farm Zlatni lug, so with a beautiful view of the green environment, guests can enjoy numerous sports and recreational opportunities, touring the estate and domestic animals.”The whole idea of ​​Zlatni lug started about ten years ago when we bought the first piece of land of 5 hectares. That is when the idea of ​​that one large estate that will deal with sports – recreational and rural tourism was born. We started from a restaurant that can accommodate 300 guests today, and we also offer 54 beds, which is of great importance for all of us.”Said Leo Pandžić, head of business and tourism, adding that their next goal is to build a four-star hotel.The rest camp has 15 plots of land for up to 30 vehicles and is one of three camps in Slavonia and Baranja. The camp area is lit and provided with video surveillance, and guests have the opportunity to connect to electricity and water, a service area for campers with a cabin for emptying chemical toilets, a shared bathroom with showers, and a dishwashing area and free WiFi signal for all guests. Also, there are other facilities such as cycling, jogging, fishing, bocce, archery, five-a-side football and touring pets.Camps are growing year by yearIn 2018, from 1.1. to 11.4., a total of 19.097 arrivals and 73.209 overnight stays were realized in the camps, which represents an increase in arrivals by 25,8% and overnight stays by 67,3%, point out the Croatian Camping Association (KUH), which covers over 90% of the Croatian camping offer. From year to year, investments in camps are growing, and it is especially important that investments in raising quality, from building swimming pools, raising the quality of accommodation, infrastructure, investments in animation, are growing. Also, there are more and more campsites opening on the continent as well as small family campsites, which are a trend in Europe.Related news:CAMPSITIES RECEIVE 67% OF NIGHTS GROWTHNEW VISUAL IDENTITY OF THE CITY OF POŽEGA – HILLS & VALLEYS PRESENTEDlast_img read more


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Japan city aims to ban phone use while walking

first_img“We want to prevent that,” he said, adding if passed it would be the first such ban in Japan.But Yasumi said there will be no punishment for those unable to tear themselves away from their screens in the street.”We hope the ban will raise more awareness about the dangers,” he said. Posters and messages will inform citizens of the rule, expected to take effect from next month.In 2014, research by Japanese mobile giant NTT Docomo estimated a pedestrian’s average field of vision while staring down at a smartphone is five percent of what our eyes take in normally. The company ran a computer simulation of what would occur if 1,500 people used the hectic Shibuya pedestrian crossing in Tokyo while all looking at their smartphones.The results showed that two-thirds would not make it to the other side without incident, with 446 collisions, 103 people being knocked down and 21 dropping their phones.The number of accidents between people using phones while riding a bicycle and pedestrians is also increasing in Japan.In some cases, victims’ families demand up to 100 million yen ($1 million) in compensation. Topics : It is a scene repeated the world over: pedestrians glued to their phones while walking, causing collisions and sometimes accidents. No more, says one Japanese city.Officials in Yamato city, near Tokyo, on Monday submitted a bill to the city assembly to stop people from using their phones while walking.”The number of people using smartphones has rapidly increased and so have the number of accidents” in the densely populated area, city official Masaaki Yasumi told AFP.last_img read more

Anna Spiro’s passion for ‘magical’ and historic Birkdale house

first_imgYet the passion with which Ms Spiro speaks of the property tells me her love of 27 Roger Street goes far deeper than the finishing touches that she has come to put on it over the years. The pretty pool at 27 Roger Street, Birkdale.Ms Spiro’s first encounter with the charming 1880s Queenslander was an accidental one when she was in her early twenties and on her way to a client. “I drove up Roger Street because I had become a bit lost and I saw this house and was like ‘Oh, my God, look at that house, it’s amazing’. It wasn’t for sale and I was really young but even then I thought, that is my dream house.” The house was built in the 1880s and has wide, wraparound verandas.Little did she know she would, ten years later, be the owner of that house after a fortunate twist of fate. Ms Spiro was making a return visit to her client, when she decided to drive past Birkdale House once more.“I couldn’t believe it, the house was for sale. That is when I figured it was meant to be.”The pairing has been a match made in heaven for Ms Spiro, who professes to have a love of historic homes. Ms Sprio has added her eclectic touches to the home’s original interiors.“I think the way they used to build homes hundreds of years ago was extremely beautiful, and the quality of the materials and the timber they used were so solid, I am drawn to that,” she said. “The other wonderful thing about this home is it’s all on one level and from a family perspective, with the verandas spilling out on to the lawn, there’s nothing quite like living like that,” she said.Birkdale House is certainly testament to the longevity of a Queenslander. Darius and Kayla Boyd’s amazing new home revealed Admirers of Ms Spiro’s work have the opportunity to purchase the house as it is.The three-bedroom property and adjacent two-bedroom guest house sits on the same footprint as the original homestead, with a wide veranda wrapping around both like a protective blanket. Ms Spiro said it was the first home to be built in the area, and sits on a 2000 sqm block. “It was built in the same manor as Whepstead House, the famous old mansion at Wellington Point,” she said. 27 Roger Street, Birkdale, as the original homestead of the area.“I don’t like changing a house too much. You can learn to live in a home as it is, otherwise you can end up stripping away too much. There’s a loveliness to just embracing what a house is, and this home is just lovely.‘For instance, the bricks used in the two fireplaces were made by the convicts on St Helena Island [The island in Moreton Bay functioned as a high-security colonial prison from 1867]. It’s pretty incredible stuff.” A place for contemplation.Aside from a paint job inside and out and some general tidying up, Ms Spiro said the house was in good condition when she bought it. “The only thing we did was replace the original roof, which blew off in a particularly bad storm,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago Aside from a new roof and a lick of paint, the house is all original.Regaling the times she has spent at Birkdale with her family, raising her two sons Harry and Max, Ms Spiro’s emotion is palpable.“This place is like a different world. It’s so peaceful, the birds are amazing. We get the bayside breeze all summer long. The boys have grown up playing football and cricket on the lawn and riding their bikes down the drive. Being here feels like being in another world, in another time, it’s just so special. It’s almost magical.” Living at Birkdale House is like living in another world, according to Ms SpiroDespite this, Ms Spiro said the time had come to move on. “I’m really excited about the next chapter in my life and the new projects I have forthcoming, including a new book which will be out next year.“We all have to embrace change and it’s time to let someone else experience the joy that I have had in this home and go on to create something else.”Ms Spiro said it will be hard to walk away from Birkdale House and she hopes that it will be bought by someone who loves it as much as she has. “This house evokes a real sense of nostalgia. It has been owned by many people over its lifetime and I’ve often had past owners The bricks used to build the fireplaces were made by convicts on St Helena Island.knock on my door wanting to see it again,” she said. For those who appreciate a historic home and are also fans of Ms Spiro’s designs the sale of Birkdale House could be a dream come true as Ms Spiro said she was open to selling the home as it is, decor included, if someone was interested.“It would be lovely to walk away from the house knowing someone keeps all the lovely things that I’ve done to it,” she said. “It would be a shame to tear it all apart, but we’ll see. Whatever happens, I hope it goes to someone who loves it. We have to keep our fingers crossed for this old girl. She deserves to be kept intact.”The house is open to expressions of interest up to 4pm on September 12, through Sarah Hackett of Place, Bulimba. Birkdale House, owned by interior designer Anna Spiro, is on the market.Birkdale House was not just another design project for Anna Spiro.Undoubtedly, the interiors of the historic home are a homage to the eclectic, colourful style for which the Brisbane designer has become famous.MORE NEWS Anyone for golf … on the roof? The home with a putting green NASA-inspired bubble house in Brisbane gain global attentionlast_img read more

Revealed: Hundreds of suspected sex workers stopped at NZ border

first_imgNewsHub 5 June 2019Family First Comment: As predicted, our liberalised law has opened the way to exploitation, trafficking and sexual violence. Shame on NZ.A Newshub investigation has revealed hundreds of suspected sex workers are being stopped at the border, as Immigration New Zealand cracks down.The practice is illegal, but that isn’t stopping them coming here from Asia and South America.More than four thousand legal sex workers operate in New Zealand at any one time.On top of that, there are “illegal foreign” workers, but officials don’t know how many.Officials say the problem is getting worse.“We’re concerned that some of these unlawful migrants are being exploited,” said Dave Campbell of Immigration NZ.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/06/revealed-hundreds-of-suspected-sex-workers-stopped-at-nz-border.htmllast_img read more

Biden Bashes Miami-Dade Mayor After County Rejects Heat’s Request to Use AA Arena for Voting

first_imgAdditionally, the campaign says it isn’t giving up, stating, “But make no mistake, Floridians have already requested millions of vote-by-mail ballots, a sign that we are ready to turn out in huge numbers this fall, despite Trump and Gimenez’s best efforts.”For their part in the matter, the Heat also say they are “disappointed” in the decision, and will continue to push the importance of voting.Instead of the arena, voters in the downtown district will use the Frost Science Museum to cast their ballots.Gimenez says the Heat’s home cannot serve as a voting center due to entry matters and conflicts with future NBA schedules. Joe Biden is throwing himself into the fray in the issue of using the American Airlines Arena as a voting site, according to Miami television station WFOR and other reports.The former Vice President and Presidential Nominee released a statement through his campaign over the weekend, after Miami-Dade County officials rejected the Miami Heat’s request to use their  facility in November.Although Miami-Dade County owns the property and may do as it wishes, that apparently still doesn’t sit well with the Democrats or the NBA team.The Biden campaign issued this statement on Saturday:“Our elected officials should make it easier, not harder, to participate in our democracy. A well-known landmark to the Miami-Dade community, the American Airlines Arena would have been a familiar and easily-accessible early voting location. In his decision yesterday, Mayor Gimenez is in clear coordination with Donald Trump and his plainly-stated goal of suppressing the vote.”The message goes on to say, “In doing so, Mayor Gimenez, a candidate for Congress and Trump loyalist who will be on the ballot, has done a disservice to one of the most American and patriotic duties that we have as Americans: the act of voting.”After an exhaustive evaluation to replace the @ArshtCenter, which is undergoing some construction, with another early voting location accessible to all, @MDCElections selected @FrostScience. Read my full statement in support of this decision here: https://t.co/8qIYeuR7ma— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) September 5, 2020last_img read more

Black & Gold: LAFC already has major impact on fans

first_imgWhile watching LAFC’s stellar performance on the pitch is entertaining enough, attendees of LAFC home games must also take time to watch the north end. You can see the passion each person has for the game and for the team. With their collective disappointment in losses and their tight embraces and loud cheers after wins, it’s evident just how much the team means to them. From generating national pride during international competitions to providing a source of solace from daily struggles to empowering young athletes, the impact of sports is undeniable. For me, L.A. is a dream come true. No, it is not perfect. No city is. However, it’s the imperfections that foster our desire for growth. It’s the struggles and how we rise from them that deepen our love for the city. The diversity that lies within the limits of L.A. is unmatched, which is why it amazes me even more that we are able to unite as one for the place we call home.  What has made the rise of LAFC even more impressive is the rapid growth of its loyal fan base. Ever since the MLS awarded L.A. the new team in 2014, the passion for LAFC has been on full display. Without even knowing the names of the club or the players in the team’s early stages, many fans started to support the team simply because it’s based in L.A. In their eyes, an L.A. team is their team. The LA Galaxy claims the Los Angeles name but plays half an hour away from the city. LAFC plays in the heart of L.A. And for me, LAFC is Los Angeles’ team.  The 3252 — LAFC’s Independent Supporters Union — has been bursting with undying loyalty and love for its club. The name refers to the 3,252 seat capacity at the north end of the Banc of California Stadium where energized supporters are constantly standing and singing for the entirety of their club’s games. The 3252 unites thousands of fans across the city and beyond with their shared love for LAFC to create one of the best atmospheres for soccer fans in the nation. It has garnered worldwide recognition for representing the rise of soccer in the United States. LAFC shows us how powerful and impactful sports can really be. It has been able to bring together thousands across L.A. through their pride in the city and the team, and Banc of California Stadium has become a place where everyone can set their differences aside and cheer together as one. Even inside the stadium, the impact that LAFC has had on the city is clear. Thousands of people with different backgrounds unite to cheer on the Black & Gold in a stadium that would quite literally not exist if not for the MLS expanding to L.A. Johannah Suegay is a sophomore writing about LAFC. Her column, “Black & Gold,” runs every other Thursday. I remember first hearing of LAFC’s inaugural match months before I graduated high school and moved out to USC. As an avid soccer fan, watching recap videos of the home games made me even more excited and impatient for my move to L.A. The chants, the tifos, the scarves, the passion, the pride — it was surreal for me to think that this was all going to be right next door. Seeing the energy, enthusiasm and love that surrounded the team at every angle made me eager to wear a black and gold jersey and call L.A. my home and LAFC my team. Just in our backyard, at the Banc of California Stadium, the Los Angeles community experiences this impact first hand. It is hard to believe that the Los Angeles Football Club played its inaugural game only a year and a half ago. Finishing the best regular season for an MLS expansion team and boasting the best record in Major League Soccer this season, LAFC has already made a respectable name for itself.  Sports is sometimes viewed as a frivolous topic. Non-sports fans often see it as a means of entertainment on a lazy weekend night. But what many people fail to see is the impact that sports has made throughout the globe and behind the scenes of what they see on their screens. last_img read more