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Oxford scientists in Morocco have uncovered the earliest examples of human jewellery ever found. The 82,000 year-old artefacts were found by a team in Taforalt, Northern Morocco, under the direction of Professor Nick Barton of Oxford’s Archaeological Institute. Professor Barton said, “We’ve recently confirmed the date of these very ancient objects. The jewellery is 40,000 years older than the earliest examples of jewellery previously uncovered in Europe.
Pierce County is conducting similar projects along the Puyallup River, which spills from a glacier on Mount Rainier before running through industrialized Tacoma and into the Puget Sound. On one 5-mile stretch of the Puyallup, the meandering river was forcing the county to replace a mile of its levee every year, an expensive proposition. If the county can secure buyouts from two remaining holdouts, it will be able to remove some of the levee system and set the river free in the floodplain again.“This river is young, it wants to move, it doesn’t like being pinned,” Schmidt said. “We like orderly flow. The river doesn’t.”Although the funding has not yet matched the need, Hansen, the King County official, said it’s important to recognize that buyouts are a better long-term investment than rebuilding houses and putting in more levees.“When you build a levee, it doesn’t get rid of the flood problem, it shifts it,” he said. “Long term, it’s a lot more costly to keep doing the same thing when the levees and the houses are in the wrong place.Several years before King County began work on the Cedar River project, longtime residents Jon and Darlene Miller accepted a buyout and said goodbye to the place they had called home for nearly 40 years. After being flooded twice, the couple was open to relocating when they were approached by local officials.“I couldn’t see how it was going to get any better,” Jon Miller said. “We just saw a future where we were going to have to be dealing with that every five years or so. We didn’t want to dig our way out from that again.”Since selling the property in 2007, the Millers have seen two flood events that they think would have put their old house underwater. They say they’re happy to see the river returning to its natural state, even though they were wistful about leaving their longtime home. Flooding on the Cedar River in 1990 inundated homes in King County, Washington, a site that has now been restored to a natural floodplain.Courtesy of King County, Washington Climate Readiness Plan: Just (Let the Rivers) Go With the Flow Officials often use the term “floodplain” as shorthand for an area predicted to flood during a high-water event that’s expected to occur about once a century. Most lenders require homeowners in floodplains to maintain a flood insurance policy.“The biggest crime we do is we keep rebuilding in the same places,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a nonprofit that advocates for smart growth strategies.New Jersey’s state-run Blue Acres Buyout Program has been hailed as a success story, working toward converting more than a thousand flood-prone properties into open space. The program was launched in 1995, and it was bolstered by an influx of federal dollars in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy. New York also committed hundreds of millions of dollars to buyouts in the wake of Sandy. Still, in many places, the retreat has been more than offset by new development, which Kasabach attributed to two factors: lack of funding and lack of political will.“There is no buyout program that’s going to be expansive enough to effectively deal with this issue. There’s just not enough money to do that,” he said. “And not many mayors say, ‘I want to oversee the retreat and dissolution of my town.’”Buyout programs have not been without their own foibles. An NPR investigation earlier this year found that FEMA buyouts were disproportionately given to white communities with higher property tax values. And not every resident is eager to leave their home. Some feel it’s not the government’s place to tell them how much risk they should assume, let alone pressure them to relocate.Local officials have perhaps the most difficult role in managed retreat scenarios, as relocating homeowners and businesses means relocating property and sales tax revenue as well. But floodplain experts note that buyout efforts will be a losing battle if local governments don’t also do their part to limit future growth in flood-prone areas.“One of the real weaknesses of the program is community officials not enforcing their regulations,” said Chad Berginnis, executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, a Wisconsin-based coalition of flood hazard specialists. “If they would, we’d break the cycle of damage-repair-damage. Engineered systems will fail because Mother Nature always builds a bigger storm.”One culprit regularly cited for the status quo is the National Flood Insurance Program, known as the NFIP, which provides insurance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Although there’s a small private market, the vast majority of flood insurance in the United States is through NFIP. Critics say it has incentivized high-risk development, backstopping builders even after repeated flooding.About 150,000 “repetitive loss” properties make up just 1% of NFIP policies but more than a quarter of claims. Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New York and New Jersey each have more than 10,000 repeat offenders. Many observers, ranging from members of Congress to analysts in the nonprofit sector, would like to see FEMA put more emphasis on buyouts. The agency’s current buyout program lacks the funding and efficiency to be effective, critics say.“We need to scale [buyouts] up by an order of magnitude if we’re going to deal with the problem of sea-level rise alone,” said Rob Moore, a senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The only thing [NFIP] knows how to do is put people back in the same vulnerable situation, at great expense.”Beginning noted that any effort to step up buyouts will be extremely costly. Even targeting just the 30,000 repetitive loss properties nationwide labeled the most severe, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece, would require billions of dollars. And that doesn’t account for the likelihood that climate change will send that number ever higher.FEMA does conduct some direct buyouts, and it has provided funding for states to do buyouts of their own. But with NFIP paying out repeated claims to frequently flooded properties, many critics think the program is working at cross purposes with attempts to remove risky development.Not everyone thinks NFIP is a failure. French Wetmore, a floodplain consultant who has worked with communities around the country, noted that the program has reduced flood losses, helped improve building standards and provided a better model than paying flood victims out of disaster relief funds. However, he said FEMA’s buyouts could be more effective if the agency moved faster. “When you build a levee, it doesn’t get rid of the flood problem, it shifts it. Long term, it’s a lot more costly to keep doing the same thing when the levees and the houses are in the wrong place.”Jon Hansen, capital project manager KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON “This river is young, it wants to move, it doesn’t like being pinned. We like orderly flow. The river doesn’t.”Helmut Schmidt, civil engineer PIERCE COUNTY, WASHINGTON “There is a flood amnesia. Six months later — ‘What flood?’” he said. “When the community’s ready to move and they deal with the public and build a case for it, that’s when things have happened. … More people are buying into the fact that you don’t want to go back to normal.”David Maurstad, the FEMA official who oversees NFIP, did not respond to a request for comment.King County’s Cedar River project was completed in 2013, the same year the state launched its Floodplains by Design program. Next year, the county is set to conduct a similar project on a site just downstream, this time bolstered by funding from the state.King County says it surveyed the residents who were bought out and found they largely felt they were treated fairly and were able to find a better location. Still, in a fast-growing part of the country, with housing already in short supply, taking properties off the map isn’t an easy thing to do.“It takes a lot of political courage to do that,” said Helmut Schmidt, a civil engineer in neighboring Pierce County’s Floodplain & Watershed Services department. “We’re the fastest-growing area in the Western United States. You’ve got to put those people in someplace.”Floodplains by Design has thus far funded 36 projects throughout the state, many of which helped relocate residents in high-risk flooding areas. So far, 700 residences have been removed from floodplains as part of the grant program’s work. Floodplains by Design has 10 more projects ongoing in the current 2-year budget cycle, funded to the tune of $50 million by the state legislature. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail STATELINE ARTICLEOctober 13, 2019By: Alex BrownMAPLE VALLEY, Wash. — Standing amid cottonwood trees and a thicket of other vegetation, Jon Hansen looks out over a sunlight-dappled ribbon of crystal water running over a rocky bed. He’s standing on a site that until recently was filled with houses and mobile homes — properties that flooded six times in 20 years when the Cedar River spilled over its banks.Hansen, the capital project manager for King County, Washington, is showing off the 40-acre site as an example of the county’s floodplain restoration — removing human development rather than engineering bigger and costlier fixes to the flooding that is likely to get worse as a consequence of climate change. The strategy, in other words, amounts to: Get out of nature’s way.“The river has gravity on its side,” Hansen said. “Water and gravity will eventually knock down all of these things that we build. It’s just a matter of time. As you repair and fix things in a bad place, how long does it take before you say, ‘Wait a minute — why would we spend $2 million [on a levee] to protect a $300,000 home?’”Buyouts have long been a tool for federal, state and local officials to encourage homeowners to retreat from flood-prone areas. But in the past, buyouts often occurred after major disasters, such as the Missouri River floods of 1993 or Hurricane Floyd in 1999, using investments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Washington is one of the rare states to have its own state-funded buyout and restoration program, one that is set up to remove development from flood-prone areas on an ongoing basis, not just as federal relief money becomes available in the wake of a massive disaster.Working from lists selected by local partners, the state grant program, established in 2013, pours money into projects that have been identified as subject to persistent flooding. The projects it funds don’t just remove vulnerable residents, they enlist nature as an ally. By restoring floodplains to their natural state, they help to lessen the risk of flooding elsewhere.While the Washington program shows promise, few other states have set up their own dedicated funding for this type of work, even as climate change threatens to worsen flooding in many parts of the country.“We’ve really constrained the rivers, and there’s just not a place for water to go during flood events,” said Bob Carey, the Nature Conservancy’s strategic partnerships director, who works closely with the state program, known as Floodplains by Design.“We’re understanding that our historic approach to river management was ineffective,” Carey said, “trying to hem rivers in and control flooding, particularly in a changing climate when we’re seeing increased volume and frequency. You can’t build levees a mile high.”After taking years to buy out and remove nine houses and 55 mobile homes here, King County tore down the levee that had been built along the Cedar River’s bank and allowed the river to refill the channel. Already, the small stream has become one of the biggest hotspots for Chinook salmon spawning in the entire Cedar River.In climate-speak, this strategy is known as managed retreat, removing human development from areas made less habitable by changing conditions. Scientists say managed retreat is crucial to dealing with climate change, particularly as rising sea levels threaten to displace as many as 13 million Americans by 2100.But despite efforts in Washington and elsewhere, it’s clear that new development is far outpacing efforts to get people out of harm’s way. On the Jersey Shore, nearly 2,700 homes were built between 2010 and 2016 in areas expected to flood at least annually by 2050, one study by Climate Central and Zillow found. Statewide, another study by the groups showed, more than 4,500 New Jersey homes were constructed during that same period in areas expected to flood about once a decade.Florida saw more than 2,600 homes built in flood-risk areas during that time, and seven more states exceeded 500 new homes, the study found.In the year after Hurricane Harvey, 1 in 5 new homes permitted in Houston was in the floodplain. And in South Carolina, unchecked coastal development in the three decades since Hurricane Hugo has left more than 350,000 homes in areas predicted to be at risk of storm surge flooding during a Category 5 hurricane.
Press office A Charity Commission inquiry into a Birmingham-based charity has found that its former trustees repeatedly failed in their duties to administer and manage the charity. The Commission’s investigation into Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic UK has ensured that the charity has filed all its accounts, resulting in £1.2million of charitable funds being publicly accounted for.The Commission opened its inquiry in March 2017 after the trustees repeatedly failed to submit mandatory annual financial information despite regulatory advice that was provided previously. The charity has been subject to previous regulatory engagement. This included a compliance case after a significant amount of funds were misappropriated by a then trustee, and the Commission’s double defaulters class inquiry in 2016 after former trustees failed to file the charity’s annual financial information for over five consecutive years.The inquiry found the former trustees responsible for misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity. This included a failure to manage the charity’s funds appropriately. In addition to defaulting on repayments on debts amounting to £1.2 million, the trustees failed to manage conflicts of interest in relation to transactions between the charity and a Birmingham based bakery where a former trustee was a majority stakeholder. During the financial year ending 2014 this resulted in a debt of £23,000 being owed to the charity. Those funds were subsequently repaid and the trustee involved resigned.The former trustees also failed to fulfil a number of their legal duties. Despite receiving guidance on this from a previous inquiry, the trustees again failed to file the charity’s annual financial information on time. There was also an absence of a full board of trustees, as required in the charity’s governing document, to manage the charity effectively.As a result, the Commission has issued an action plan to the charity’s new trustees setting out steps which the inquiry considered necessary in resolving the issues of concern.The Commission will be monitoring the new trustees’ compliance with the plan, and says it will consider further enforcement action against the charity and/ or the new trustees should they not comply with the plan.Harvey Grenville, Head of Investigations at the Charity Commission said:“It is unacceptable that this charity has repeatedly found itself subject to regulatory scrutiny. The former trustees failed to meet the expectations of the public and the charity’s beneficiaries in terms of transparency, accountability and the careful stewardship of charitable funds.“I expect the new board of trustees to continue making good progress, thereby returning the charity to a sounder footing.“The public deserve to be able to understand how their donations are being spent, and see clearly that they go towards their intended causes. As a result of our inquiry significant charitable funds are now accounted for.”The full report of the inquiry is available on GOV.UKEndsNotes to Editors The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales The Commission’s inquiry into Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic UK closed on 3 April 2019 During the course of the investigation, one trustee passed away and one resigned. The remaining trustees were replaced by the current board of trustees who were appointed in December 2017. Trustees of charities with an income over £25,000 have a legal duty to submit annual returns, reports and accounting documents to the Commission. Charities with an income of over £10,000 must submit a full annual return. Email [email protected] Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787
This is the first in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.In third grade, Jennifer “Jenna” Kotler was perfectly happy counting the tiles in the classroom ceiling instead of doing her work. What she tried hard to do was sit quietly like her classmates in their French-immersion school in Toronto.Sitting quietly isn’t a requirement at Harvard, a place no one ever expected Kotler to land. At age 8, she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a learning disability that can challenge even the most determined student.“I was not disruptive, never got into physical altercations or had vocal modulation,” Kotler said. “But my third-grade teacher knew I had a learning disorder because I could not do the written work. My mom had to stand behind me with her thumbs in my ears and her hands around my eyes so I could finish a page of multiplication tables.”Twenty years later, Kotler is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology (OEB) at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. An evolutionary theorist, she uses clinical and genetic studies to reinterpret how humans think about health, disease, and the human evolutionary path, especially as it relates to biological and psychological development.David Haig, the George Putnam Professor of Biology and Kotler’s doctoral adviser, worked with her to create an interdisciplinary research program that would accommodate her condition. While she doesn’t count the ceiling tiles in her brightly lighted office at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Kotler still spends nearly every waking moment combating her ADHD, which affects both her memory and her personality.“My brain works differently … I struggle daily with how to be in the workplace and constantly monitor myself,” Kotler said. “I’m really enthusiastic and eager, so I talk a lot, and really loudly. I interrupt a lot, and can be distracting to others. I’m extremely friendly, and tend to come on very strong. It sets you up for a lot of heartbreak, because that’s not how people typically interact.”Kotler credits her early ADHD diagnosis with summoning a mission to help others who face arduous paths and learning to convert her own challenging characteristics into strengths.“It’s really difficult to separate your personality, your identity, from your diagnosis. They are deeply connected,” Kotler said. “Most of the training I got through school was how to be successful there, which was important, but not sufficient when you are trying to survive the rest of the world. I needed support.”She got that growing up in a family of feminists and activists. Outings with her parents often involved bringing snacks to teachers on a picket line, or sitting with striking daycare workers. Her early engagement in local activism, and her rejection of gender stereotyping, grew into a commitment to social justice.“I never felt like I wasn’t smart because of ADHD; my parents did not emphasize my diagnosis, and my family talked to me about complicated issues,” she said. “They knew I was capable and also knew I needed to learn the skills to get things done.”Kotler combined multiple therapies, including neurofeedback, focus training, and muscle-relaxation exercises, to manage her symptoms, but it was years before she could sit still in a classroom. As an undergraduate at McMaster University, studying psychology, neuroscience, and behavior, she often needed to Skype with her mother to do her work.“It was hard for me to sit and do the work alone. I have some hyperactivity,” she said. “I just needed to know somebody was there helping me.”,After graduating, Kotler worked at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto as a research assistant in psychosocial oncology, palliative care, and bereavement, a field in which she retains an interest.But it was the dynamic between genes and kinship — how genes evolve in interdependent relationships — that drew her to Harvard in 2012 to explore evolutionary medicine.While her academic focus was on pregnancy, parent-offspring relationships, and sexual development, Kotler also turned her attention to sexual violence treatment advocacy. In 2015 she joined the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) as a volunteer hotline counselor. (She is now a peer supervisor.) Kotler said her struggles with ADHD have produced an ability to connect with women in difficult circumstances; she uses her scientific training to look at the biological drivers of sexual violence — including the role of evolutionary genetics.“People are afraid of asking the biological questions about sexual violence because it’s so emotionally wrought,” Kotler said. “But putting it in the lens of a public health issue is more scientifically accurate and can form better education programs and better, broader policy.”“Jenna provides a lot of support around very serious stuff, and she does it with such a positive, caring energy,” said BARCC senior hotline coordinator Jesse Moskowitz. “People feel so confident, calm, and prepared after spending time with her. It’s obvious she operates from the heart in everything.”At Harvard, Kotler organized “Ladies Who Lab,” an OEB departmental group that addresses women’s issues, helps resolve conflicts, and shares pertinent research about women and their roles in science education and academia. She also works with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Action Coalition, helping organize political advocacy and education programs, workshops, and campaigns.“I’ve always been really interested and engaged in women’s rights and gender politics,” she said. “It can be scary, but I’m always optimistic about positive outcomes, which is why I’m good at talking about death and dying, cancer, and rape. If I can do something to help, I want to” — and that includes drawing on her own experience to encourage others.“For a long time, I could not be left to my own devices, I needed somebody there helping me. I would be struggling trying to do the same thing for four days and I couldn’t do it. But it’s doable,” she said. “If people don’t talk about their diagnosis or coping skills, others won’t know it’s a realistic option. I’m at Harvard, going to be a Ph.D., it’s positive to talk about.”Kotler has strategies to maintain what her family used to call the F-word: focus. There are the snuggles she receives from Juno, the support dog always by her side. She has copious notepads for writing down all the things she needs to remember; she schedules almost everything and checks her calendar frequently; and she uses Pomodoro, a timer-based application that breaks down tasks into 25-minute chunks.One of her favorite strategies is to ask questions. Everybody has something to add, she said, and she can learn things she may not have known otherwise.Self-acceptance? That she’s got down.“I always liked who I am, being quirky and unique. I’m not ever going to be perfect,” Kotler said. “But now I’m not afraid to say yeah, I’ve worked really hard, I’m capable, successful, and this is how I got here.”
NEW YORK (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival, canceled altogether last year by the pandemic, is postponing this year’s edition from May to July in hopes of having an in-person festival. Cannes organizers announced Wednesday that this year’s festival will now take place July 6-17, about two months after its typical period. The French Riviera festival, which had run for nearly 75 years with few interruptions, is currently hoping the coronavirus recedes enough by summertime. Cannes last year first looked at a postponement for its 73rd festival to June or July before ultimately canceling altogether. The festival still went ahead with a selection announcement to celebrate the films it had planned to include in its prestigious lineup.
China Tops U.S. as Best Country for Renewable Energy Investment—Ernst & Young FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:LONDON—The United States moved up to second place in a ranking of the most attractive countries for renewables investment, after China, a report by U.K. accountancy firm Ernst & Young showed on Tuesday.In an annual ranking of the top 40 renewable energy markets worldwide, China was the top country for the third year running, followed by the United States, which had occupied third place last year due to a shift in U.S. energy policy under President Donald Trump.Even though the United States imposed tariffs on imports of solar photovoltaic and modules this year, the effects have been mostly absorbed by the market and wind projects are not subject to subsidy cuts under a recently passed U.S. tax reform bill.“Solar import tariffs imposed by the U.S. government in January are likely to have only a limited impact on solar energy development in the country but are likely to tip the scales toward wind projects at the utility scale,” the report said.Germany was the third most attractive country in the ranking, while India slipped from second to fourth position due to investor concerns about the threat of solar import tariffs, the report said.More: U.S. Moves Up To Second Most Attractive Renewables Market After China: Report
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 12, 2017 AYUDEMOS A VENEZUELA NO LA CONVIERTAN EN MANICOMIO QUE FACILITE LA INJERENCIA DE POTENCIAS EXTRANJERAS QUE LA DESTRUYAN Y RECONSTRUYAN REPARTIÃ‰NDOSE NUESTROS TESOROS. Rafael A. Salazar P. LA CONSTITUYENTE Y LA PROTESTA AJUSTADAS AL ESTADO DE DERECHO, PACÃFICAS, TIENEN VALIDEZ LEGÃTIMA Y LAS PROMUEVO COMO LA DEMOCRACIA Y LA LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÃ“N Y DE IDEAS PORQUE REPRESENTAN LA PEDAGOGÃA DE LIBERACIÃ“N DE LA ALIENACIÃ“N EN LA CONSTRUCCIÃ“N DE LA LIBERTAD DE LOS PUEBLOS DEL MUNDO ORIENTANDO A TRANSFORMAR EL ESQUEMA DE PODER DE ESTADO Y DE PRODUCCIÃ“N DE LA MODERNIDAD DE GUERRA, MUERTE Y ENFERMEDADES INDUCIDAS DE SOMETIMIENTO PARA EL SAQUEO Y ROBO MEDIANTE ESTE TERROR DE POBLACIONES DE SECTORES DOMINANTES A SECTORES DOMINADOS EN LA DESTRUCCIÃ“N SOCIAL POR LA ACUMULACIÃ“N DELICTIVA DE CAPITAL A TRAVÃ‰S DE DIVERSOS MEDIOS: LA INVASIÃ“N, COLONIZACIÃ“N, DESQUICIAMIENTO, INFLACIÃ“N, ESPECULACIÃ“N, ENTRE OTROS, POR LO CUAL CONSTRUIMOS LA POST MODERNIDAD CIUDADANA PARTICIPATIVA Y PROTAGONISTA PACÃFICA Y ECOLÃ“GICA DE ESTADO DEMOCRÃTICO DE DERECHO Y OBLIGACIONES DE JUSTICIA SOCIAL DE BIEN COMÃšN DEL BUEN VIVIR, CONVIVIR Y COMPARTIR HACIA LA VERDADERA HUMANIZACIÃ“N DE LOS DERECHOS DE LAS FAMILIAS DEL AMOR SUPERANDO ODIOS Y EGOÃSMOS. os crimes de TERRORISMO com todas as suas variantes, tem de ser tratado com a mÃ¡xima SEVERIDADE, ESTAMOS NA EMINENCIA DE TÃŠ-LOS NO BRASIL COM A ENTRADA DE AGENTES TERRORISTA EM MASSA , CRIMINOSAMENTE PREMEDITADO, PELA ALA TERRORISTA DA “ORCRIM” , COMO AUMENTO DE PODER DE FOGO CONTRA A CONSTITUIÃ‡ÃƒO.JÃ SE CONSTATA AGENTES CUBANOS TRAVESTIDOS DE MÃ‰DICOS NAS PASSEATAS A FAVOR DOS CRIMINOSOS DO PT, E TODAS AS LIGAS DA MESMA LAIA……..O PIOR Ã‰ QUE JÃ INICIAMOS COM LEIS BRANDAS SERÃ QUE Ã‰ PARA DEIXA-LOS SE APRIMORAREM …..COMO O FIZERAM COM OS COMANDOS VERMELHOS DA VIDA !!!!! Eight Brazilians accused of promoting the Islamic State terrorist organization, as well as other crimes, were sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Brazilian federal court. The sentence, handed down on May 4th by Judge Marcos Josegrei da Silva of the 14th Federal Criminal Division of Curitiba in the state of Paraná, was the first in the nation based on Law No. 13.260/2016, known as the Anti-terrorism Law. The investigations that led to the trial were executed in 2016 by the Federal Police (PF, per its Portuguese acronym) in the scope of Operation Hashtag. From phone taps, the police traced information on social networks and websites, as well as messages by a group called Jundallah (“soldiers of Allah”) in the Telegram app, in which the members showed open support for the ideas and practices of the extremist Islamic organization. Operation Hashtag even revealed conversations about an intent to carry out a terrorist attack during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, held August 5th to 21st, 2016, and the purpose of a face-to-face meeting of the group members for the training and preparation of a future migration to Syria, and other regions under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In view of these findings, PF carried out its first strike on July 21, 2016, two weeks before the start of the sporting event. Ten suspects were arrested. “We were able to provide a satisfactory response to what was happening, both through the arrests on the eve of the Olympics, as well as now, with this sentence, which has expressed a judgment that is proportional to the seriousness of the actions,” stated Federal Prosecutor Rafael Brum Miron of the Office of the Attorney General in Paraná. Miron was the official who filed the official complaint accepted by Judge Marcos Josegrei, initiating the trial against some of those involved in the activities uncovered by PF. For the prosecutor, the Anti-terrorism Law completed a year earlier in March, made it possible to tackle any terrorist act ahead of time. But even so, he believes that the legislation needs to be improved. “The law could be improved to cover a larger role for acts that constitute terrorism. I often say that people shouldn’t have to wait for the terrorist to gain experience in order to fight him. This is a form of evil that we need to root out,” Miron said. Promoting a terrorist organization and criminal association Operation Hashtag was overseen by the Anti-terrorism Division of the Federal Police (DAT, per its Portuguese acronym), which is part of the Police Intelligence Directorate of the institution. The work of the Brazilian police is supported by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which sent a memorandum to DAT on May 6, 2016, with information “relating to persons based in Brazil who use their social media accounts to express support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. It is the assessment of the FBI that these persons may represent a threat to national security and to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” according to the text of the document. Among those whose names were provided by the FBI, three were arrested in Operation Hashtag. Another 12 suspects were arrested between July and October of last year in the context of that operation. These individuals were sent to Campo Grande Federal Penitentiary in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Out of the 15 men investigated, eight were charged and held for trial and sentenced. The trial concluded with them being found guilty of the crimes of promoting a terrorist organization and criminal association. Leonid El Kadre Melo, one of the defendants who appeared on the FBI list, was also sentenced for the crime of recruitment for the purpose of carrying out acts of terrorism. Found by Judge Josegrei to be the “top leader” among those involved, Melo received the heaviest sentence – 15 years, 10 months, and five days in prison. “There is no doubt as to his role in, and leadership of, the group. His actions, through constant and effective messaging, promoted acts favorable to ISIS, frequently encouraging everyone to take matters ‘into their own hands’ in support of the terrorist cause, united in committing various crimes to finance terrorist acts, and for their own future migration to the ‘caliphate’ region,” the magistrate stated during sentencing. Alisson Luan de Oliveira, another person on the FBI’s list, was sentenced to a maximum of six years and 11 months in prison. During his trial it was noted that the defendant “stated more than once that he had made a bayat [sworn an oath to the leader of ISIS] and said that the Olympics would present a great opportunity to carry out terrorist attacks and suggested that a mass-extermination project be performed by poisoning a water treatment plant in Rio de Janeiro during the period of the games.” Luís Gustavo de Oliveira was sentenced to six years and five months in jail. Levi Ribeiro Fernandes de Jesus, Hortêncio Yoshitake, Israel Pedra Mesquita, and Oziris Moris Lundi dos Santos Azevedo — the third defendant identified by the FBI — were sentenced to six years and three months in prison. The lesser sentence was given to Fernando Pinheiro Cabral, who must serve five years and six months of incarceration for the crime of promoting a terrorist organization. He is the only one of the eight defendants not found guilty of criminal association, a crime defined under Brazilian’s penal code, which, according to the magistrate in this case, “stems from the fact that the accused formed a stable group whose purpose was the commission of the most diverse crimes.” New charge In addition to the official complaint brought before the court last year against the eight individuals who have now been sentenced, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, through Miron, at the time asked that alternative measures be applied to six other people under investigation in Operation Hashtag. “At the time, we didn’t discern an evidentiary basis that warranted their arrest,” the prosecutor recalled. Miron said that they remain subject to alternative measures, such as the use of electronic ankle bracelets as a way to ensure minimal monitoring of their activities. “The PF had already concluded Operation Hashtag and sent us the report. We are currently reviewing the material to draft a new complaint,” the prosecutor clarified. Depending on what is taken into account in that document, the six people under investigation will, or will not be answering for actions linked to terrorism. ESTADO DE VENEZUELA CONFORMADO POR GENTE DE TODAS LAS TENDENCIAS POLÃTICAS DEBERÃA FAVORECER A TODOS LOS VENEZOLANOS PERO EXISTE EL CASO DE PRESUNTAMENTE TERRORISTA OPUESTO A LA CONSTITUYENTE HA AUXILIADO MIENTRAS A OTRO CIUDADANO DEFIENDE LA CONSTITUYENTE HA PERJUDICADO CON NUEVO REQUISITO PARA OBSTACULIZAR SERVICIOS DE ASISTENCIA QUE CORRESPONDE PRESTAR, DAR, ESTAS INSTITUCIONES.
President Barack Obama with Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn Air Force One touched down at Addis Ababa’s international airport after a short flight north from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, and the president was greeted on the tarmac by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has hailed what she said will be a “historic visit” and a “concrete step to broaden and deepen the relationship between the AU and the US”.While Kenya launched one of the biggest security operations ever seen in the capital Nairobi to host Obama from Friday evening to Sunday, the habitual reach of Ethiopia’s powerful security forces meant there was little obvious extra fanfare ahead of his arrival.Ethiopia, like Kenya, has been on the frontline of the fight against the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab. Both nations have troops in Somalia as part of an AU and US-backed force and are key security partners to Washington. President Barack Obama is in Ethiopia on the second leg of his African tour – the first serving US leader to visit the country.Ethiopia is Africa’s second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union. Obama, who flew into a rainy Addis Ababa late on Sunday after a landmark trip to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, is to hold talks with the Ethiopian government, a key strategic ally but much criticised for its record on democracy and human rights.He will also hold talks with regional leaders on the civil war in South Sudan in an attempt to build African support for decisive action against the war-torn country’s leaders if they reject an ultimatum to end the carnage by mid-August.On Tuesday Obama will also become the first US president to address the African Union, the 54-member continental bloc, at its gleaming, Chinese-built headquarters.Obama is expected to discuss the thorny issue of the South Sudan peace process President Obama is expected to hold talks with government officials and discuss the civil war in South Sudan with regional leaders.
With Leeds United said to be keen on his services, the 29-year-old does not want to risk picking up an injury which will hinder his chances of securing a deal at Elland Road. read also:Middlesbrough players ‘told they need to take pay cuts’ Ayala, who has been at the North-East outfit since 2013, has made 23 starts and two substitute outings at the second tier of English football this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Despite being due to depart the Riverside Stadium at the end of June, Ayala has the opportunity to pen a short-term contract in order to feature in the club’s remaining Championship fixtures. However, according to the Daily Mail, the Spaniard has informed club officials that he wishes to leave on a free transfer later this month.Advertisement Daniel Ayala reportedly has little intention of representing Middlesbrough during the final weeks of the campaign.