By Dialogo September 07, 2011 The defense ministers of Brazil, Celso Amorim, and Argentina, Arturo Puricelli, ratified their countries’ commitment to maintaining the South Atlantic as an area of peace and free from nuclear weapons, among other points in a joint declaration signed on September 5 in Buenos Aires. During their meeting, the two ministers reviewed their countries’ bilateral cooperation agenda in the defense area, a press release issued by the Argentine ministry indicated. “For Brazil, nothing has been more important than rapprochement with Argentina, overcoming historical rivalries,” Amorim told the press on his first official visit to Argentina as defense minister, a post he took on a month ago, after serving as foreign minister in the administration of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. In accordance with what was agreed by the two countries’ presidents, Cristiana Kirchner and Dilma Rousseff, in July, the ministers resolved to intensify activities intended to developed a bilateral cooperation agenda in the defense area, in the context of the strategic alliance between the two countries. Within that framework, they identified areas of mutual interest, such as “maintaining the South Atlantic as an area of peace and cooperation and free from nuclear weapons,” according to the press release. The two ministers also analyzed the possibility of conducting combined exercises, with the possible participation of third countries. They resolved to coordinate positions with regard to the United Nations mission in Haiti, as well as actions and postures at the South American Defense Council (Consejo de Defensa Sudamericano) of the Union of South American Nations (Unión de Naciones Suramericanas) and other forums. In addition, they will promote an intensification of training exchanges, especially in defense engineering, and an increase in cooperation in the area of Antarctic training and logistical support. With regard to cooperation in defense technology and production, the declaration specified that the prototype development stage of the Gaucho is coming to an end, a light 4×4 vehicle that can be transported by air and is intended to equip the Armies of both countries. The two Governments also resolved to move forward on the development of armored vehicles and to cooperate in the area of naval and aerospace industry. Another objective is to “conclude as soon as possible” the process of signing an agreement between the two Governments on security measures for protecting classified information exchanged in the defense area, according to the statement.
Homegrown big data analytics company Bonza has announced that it has received an undisclosed amount of seed funding from East Ventures, one of the most active early-stage venture capital firms in Indonesia.Bonza will use the funding to develop its technology and expand its business operations. It is currently building a product to simplify data preparation and analyze data.“Our mission is to support organizations in making sense of their data from various sources, integrate it into a single source of truth and use it to build and deploy AI and machine-learning solutions for better decisions at scale,” said Bonza co-founder Elsa Chandra. East Ventures co-founder and managing partner Willson Cuaca said the investment would enable Bonza to build a platform that facilitated decision-making and monitored the results of those decisions by presenting insights generated from unstructured data.“Bonza has adopted an algorithm to estimate the effective reproduction number (Rt) of the COVID-19 virus throughout Indonesia and other countries in the region,” he said, adding that Indonesia needed metrics to monitor the impact of reopening public spaces on the infection rate.The start-up has recently released data on the nationwide COVID-19 Rt on its website.Rt is an epidemiological parameter used to measure virus transmission rates. It is often used by policymakers to devise COVID-19 plans and measure the effectiveness of control measures such as large-scale social distancing (PSBB).For example, if Rt is 2, it indicates that an infected person, on average, will transmit the virus to 2 people. Each patient will then, on average, transmit the virus to two other people and so on.However, if Rt is less than 1, a carrier will, on average, transmit the virus to less than one person. This suggests the number of infected people in the area will decrease over time until transmission stops.The Bonza Rt data presents a confidence interval indicating the range of uncertainty in its value of Rt. As the testing ratio increases, the grey area will get smaller, indicating higher levels of confidence.Topics :
Jose Mourinho will trust his Chelsea players not to overindulge in the festive season after Diego Costa joined his team-mates for a midweek Christmas night out ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Bournemouth. The striker, who was unhappy at being an unused substitute in last Sunday’s draw at Tottenham, was pictured in London in the early hours of Thursday morning along with Ramires and Kenedy. The trio were out as part of the squad’s Christmas party, which had the full blessing of Mourinho after a rare space in the calendar was identified. “If one individually goes for some adventure, I cannot control (that). But collectively, yes (that is it),” said Mourinho, when asked about Christmas celebrations. “I think the paparazzi had a problem with the memory card. There were 25 players inside and he only got three.” All the players were present and all reported on time for training on Thursday, Mourinho says. Asked if he put limits on alcohol consumption, Mourinho said: “I didn’t get these tubes that the police have (breathalysers). “When I saw the training session, I knew what they did the night before. And the training session was very good for everyone. “It was their dinner, it was their night. It’s their responsibility. “I think their wives are in control. I don’t think they can go home at 6am.” The pictures of Costa came in a week which began with him flinging his substitutes’ bib in the direction of Mourinho when it became apparent he would not feature at White Hart Lane. Speculation heightened that Chelsea are looking to recruit a new striker in January and that Costa was nearing the end of his time at Stamford Bridge, 18 months after his £32million move from Atletico Madrid. Mourinho, who declined to say if the striker will start against the Cherries, said: “I don’t know why. For me no question marks. Always played, was on the bench one match, which I think is more than natural. No problems, no problems at all.” Asked if Costa was dealt with as a “special case”, Mourinho said: “A bit, but not much. Just little things. He can be more impulsive. “But, in the end, rules are rules and he’s the same (as the other players).” Mourinho hopes the dinner, followed by a trip to a nightclub, has benefits for the dynamic of a squad 14th in the Premier League. He said: “It’s good for them. They told me the dinner was really good and the after dinner was even better. Everybody was happy.” There is the additional boost of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois being available again after a three-month absence with a knee injury. Mourinho declined to say if Courtois would start in place of Asmir Begovic. He said: “Clearly sooner or later he will be my number one. If he doesn’t play against Bournemouth, he will play against Porto (next Wednesday).” Captain John Terry, Ramires and Radamel Falcao remain out, but Nemanja Matic is fit to play with a protective mask after sustaining two broken bones in his face against Spurs. Costa could return, looking to add to his poor return of three Premier League goals this season. But Eden Hazard was deployed as a “false nine” at Spurs and praised by Mourinho in a written report. “He even got written feedback,” Mourinho said. “(That was) unusual, yes. We analysed his performance in great detail. “It was so impressive he needs that feedback, and he also needs to know his efforts were recognised by myself.” Like Costa, Mourinho has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, this time with a switch to Valencia at the end of Gary Neville’s short-term deal. “The (Valencia) owner (Peter Lim) knows me very well,” Mourinho added. “He knows I don’t want to move and I want to stay at Chelsea.” Mourinho also had advice for Neville. He said: “He was a very good player, he was a very good pundit. And now he has to prove he’s a very good manager, which is a completely different job. “On the bench you cannot stop the video and you cannot touch the screen and make movements happen. It’s a different story.” Press Association
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the conclusion of the 2018 harmful algal bloom season, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) today reasserted their commitment to addressing water quality for the long haul. Lake Erie experienced a significantly milder summer in terms of algal blooms than recent summers – and notably less than the level of harmful algae that was predicted by scientific forecasters. Ohio grain farmers are nevertheless more determined than ever to protect Ohio’s waterways through best management practices.“While we are grateful for an improved summer for fishing, boating, swimming and recreation, we know we must continue to do all we can to keep nutrients on our fields and out of the water,” said OCWGA Board President Jed Bower. “Investing in best management practices is crucial not just for today, but for future generations.”“This was a good summer, but our goals are bigger than one good summer,” said OSA President Allen Armstrong. “We will keep doing our part for clean water by investing in research and following the science.”Research and education funded by Ohio’s corn, soybean and wheat farmers include the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, edge-of-field water quality testing and updating the Tri-State Fertility Guide.For more information, please visit formyfarm.com.
Difficulty:2Terrain:1.5 Multi-CacheGC18182by Mystphi (maintained by P!X3L) Voss Margarine, our Geocache of the Week, is currently the third most Favorited geocache in the world. Since it was hidden in 2008, it has accumulated an astonishing 6,345 Favorite points; 83% of Premium member logs awarded a Favorite point. It is also a prime example of how creative and exciting urban caching can be. Location:Hamburg, GermanyN 53° 35.501′ E 010° 03.297′ This three-stage Multi-Cache is near one of Hamburg’s historic landmarks, the Voss Margarine factory. Founded in 1910, the company ran into financial troubles in the 1970s and closed in 1978. Most of the factory was demolished in 1984, with the exception of the entrance building, which was added to Hamburg’s protected historical culture monuments in 1981. Today you see an odd mixture of the historical site embedded into a new steel and glass structure, which now hosts an insurance company.The posted coordinates of the cache bring you to a spot with a great view of the building. As you proceed to the entrance, there’s an information board with location history and everything you need to find stage two. At the entrance to the factory, you discover a cow head that hangs overhead, representing the “artificial cow” which allowed production of a cheaper spread, margarine. The current head is a 300 kg (660 lb) replica; the original is inside the building.The final stage of the cache is hidden in plain sight but it is protected by an SEP field. Just act like you belong there, walk straight up to the cache, and see if you can figure out how to access the log book.Sadly, the cache owner, Mystphi, passed away in late 2018. He remains highly regarded in the geocaching community for the creative caches he owned. Community members even collaborated to create a commemorative coin in his honor, so his legacy may live on alongside his beloved urban hides. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The members of a promised blue-ribbon panel to study First Nations education have been quietly named and the selection is already drawing fire from a key First Nations chief.The names of the three panellists were posted on the government tendering website Merx on Sunday as an “advanced contract award notice.”The notice names David Hughes, president of charitable organization Pathways to Education Canada and former head of Habitat for Humanity Canada, as chair of the panel.Hughes will be joined by George Lafond, from Muskeg Cree Lake Nation, Sask., and currently an Aboriginal initiative special advisor to the University of Saskatchewan’s president, along with Caroline Krause, a faculty associate at the University of British Columbia and former principal an elementary school in one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods.The independent panel is expected to be officially unveiled sometime between March 14 and 18.Their final report on elementary and secondary First Nations education is expected for release in July during the Assembly of First Nation’s annual general assembly held this year in Moncton, N.B.The panel is also expected to submit an initial report in late May to Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo and Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan.The panellists will each be paid $200,000 for the contract which runs until July 31.While Atleo could not be immediately reached for comment, a source indicated the national chief was aware of the initial concerns raised by some chiefs over the appointments. Atleo, however, is urging chiefs to work through the panel to force their concerns onto the agenda, including a close study of funding levels.Duncan’s office issued a statement saying the three panelists were the best choices for the job.“The national panel consists of three very qualified and respected individuals, each of whom bring an informed perspective to the discussion,” said the statement. “This government is committed to First Nations students and we continue to work with the AFN on this important issue.”Duncan announced the creation of the panel in the House of Commons last December, saying it was a joint initiative between the government and the AFN.The panel announcement came in response to consistent calls from First Nation leaders for a major overhaul of First Nations education.The blue-ribbon panel has been touted by Duncan and the AFN as a major step in reforming First Nations education. The panel’s recommendations, while non-binding, could also lead to legislative changes, Duncan has said.In December 2009, Kitigan Zibi First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, with a roomful of chiefs standing around him in in support, dramatically demanded then Indian affairs minister Chuck Strahl make education a pressing priority.Whiteduck, who sat on a senior education advisory council involved with the creation of the panel, said he was disappointed with the choices.Whiteduck said he was informed during a council meeting Friday that the panel had been selected but the names would be kept secret until the Merx notice appeared on Sunday.Whiteduck said he had no idea how the panellists were selected, despite several regions submitting suggestions for candidates.He said he is upset about the decision to appoint a non-First Nations member as chair of the panel.“They selected a chair that is not First Nation. What message are we sending to our students that we can’t even lead this thing?” said Whiteduck.Whiteduck said he was also upset at the appointment of Krause.Whiteduck said an internet posting by Krause on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute website should have disqualified her as a candidate.“Is it the intent of the AFN to unconditionally support the candidacy of Ms. Krause who obviously views First Nation education administrative practices as being corrupt? This is unacceptable,” wrote Whiteduck, in an email to Ghislain Picard, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.Krause wrote on the website that she supported the creation of individual education accounts for First Nations students to pay for university because “the current funding system is not working and…it is open to serious abuse, favouritism and other discriminatory practices.”The proposed Aboriginal Post-Secondary Savings Account has been promoted by the likes of First Nations thinker and author Calvin Helin.The idea, however, has received lukewarm reception from many [email protected]>