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first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2012 Let them come… They shall not pass through here! Brazil will boost its military presence in the Amazon region to protect its huge natural resources from any external threat, Defense Minister Celso Amorim told the Senate on April 26. “The commitment to the defense of the Amazon is fundamental. Navy, Air Force, all services will boost their presence in the Amazon in the next few years,” he said without giving further details. Amorim said Brazil did not feel threatened by any neighboring country but added: “We cannot rule out that some power from outside the region” may covet the natural resources of the Amazon, the planet’s largest rainforest and its main source of fresh water. “We are working on a plan to deploy (security) forces and the Amazon plays a very important role. It’s the most vulnerable part of our country,” Amorim said. “We have a wealth of resources which can make us the target of adventures,” he added. Amorim said the country’s strategic planners were planning to boost “transparent cooperation” with other Amazon countries, referring to plans to set up a security commission with Peru and Colombia. “We do not feel threatened by any South American countries and we do not want anyone to feel threatened by us. We always want full transparency to avoid suspicions,” the minister said. Brazil, Latin America’s largest country and the world’s sixth largest economy, shares the sprawling Amazon with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. Brasilia is also boosting its naval power in the South Atlantic with an ambitious submarine program to protect its huge deep-water oil reserves and project its growing influence. Under the National Defense Strategy unveiled in 2008, the Navy was tasked with developing a blue-water force to protect Brazil’s huge sub-salt oil reserves, the Amazon river basin and its 7,491 km-coastline. The sub-salt oil fields, located off the country’s southeast Atlantic coast beneath kilometers of ocean, bedrock and hot salt-beds, could contain more than 100 billion barrels of high-quality recoverable oil, according to official estimates. last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 285 Views   no discussions Tweet Food & DiningLifestyleNewsRegional Jamaican chef wins Food Network’s Chopped by: Jamaica Observer – February 24, 2016 Sharecenter_img Share Share Andre FowlesKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican-born Andre Fowles was victorious on Tuesday when he lined up on the Food Network’s highly acclaimed series Chopped.With Caribbean cuisine as the focus of Tuesday night’s flavour-filled show, he walked away as the winner.Fowles, who is currently the resident sous-chef at Miss Lily’s — an authentic, vibrant Jamaican restaurant in New York — left Jamaica in 2014.Prior to joining the team at Miss Lily’s, Fowles worked for two years as chef de partie under the tutelage of Martin Maginley, multi-award-winning chef at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas. He also worked at Kingston’s celebrated Mac’s Chop House under the celebrated Mario Machado.Originally from Kingston, Fowles attended Donald Quarrie High School and was trained at the Runaway Bay HEART Academy. He credits his grandmother, Veronica Davis, affectionately called ‘Mama Cherry’ for his foray into the culinary arena.last_img read more

first_imgCollin Sexton tied a career high with 31 points for Cleveland, which came in having won three of four, and two straight, under newly promoted head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Kevin Porter Jr. scored 16 and Darrius Garland 15 for the Cavs, who led just twice by two or fewer points in the first two minutes before falling behind for good.The Pelicans were up 93-70 after Ingram’s 3 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Sexton made three 3s during a 13-2 run that cut New Orleans’ lead to 12 by the end of the period.Williamson, Ingram and Holiday checked back in to start the fourth, and New Orleans promptly went on a 10-2 run — ignited by 3s by E’Twaun Moore and Holiday — to push its lead back to 20. The Pelicans raced to a 21-point, first-quarter lead when Josh Hart’s transition 3 made it 43-22.The lead reached 22 in the second quarter when Ingram’s finger roll made it 64-42. Cleveland could have fallen farther behind if not for Sexton, whose 19 first-half points on an array of driving layups and jumpers helped trim the Cavaliers’ deficit to 13 before Ingram’s dunk gave New Orleans a 70-55 lead going into halftime. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 29 points, Zion Williamson added 24, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 on Friday night.Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who held a double-digit lead for most of the game en route to their third victory in four games as they pursue the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.With 23 games left, New Orleans stood two games behind eighth-place Memphis, which lost 104-101 to Sacramento on Friday. February 28, 2020 TIP-INSCavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored 13 points and Kevin Love scored 10. … Attempted 31 3-pointers, missing 20. … Shot 45.3% (43 of 95). … Scored 56 points in the paint. Pelicans: Lonzo Ball had 12 assists. … Moore and Nicolo Melli each scored 10 points. … Williamson eclipsed 20 points for the 12th time in just 15 career NBA games. … New Orleans outrebounded Cleveland 49-34. … Shot 54.5% (48 of 88), including 9 of 23 from 3-point range. … Jaxson Hayes revved up the crowd with a pair of thunderous dunks, one on an alley-oop and the other a reverse on a fast-break feed from Ingram.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Indiana on Saturday night, hoping to avoid their first two-game skid since coach J.B. Bickerstaff took over following John Beilein’s resignation on Feb. 19. Ingram, Williamson lead Pelicans past Cavaliers 116-104 Pelicans: Host the Lakers on Sunday night, just six days after LeBron James scored 40 in a 118-109 victory over New Orleans in Los Angeles.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press last_img read more

first_imgA noticeable increase in betting shops across the country has resulted in efforts to clamp down on unlicensed sites, in a bid to encourage responsible gambling.This was disclosed by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Wednesday during a forum hosted at Herdmanston Lodge organised by the Gaming Authority – a regulatory body for casinos, lottery companies and betting agencies.Director General Joseph HarmonHarmon acknowledged that there has been a multiplication of these gaming outlets and admitted that the Authority will be pressured to ensure that all outlets are in compliance with the requisite licensing. Adding to that, some of these gaming establishments were established in communities which are suffering from socioeconomic constraints.“With our economy moving at the pace at which it is moving, I can only anticipate that it is going to be a tremendous pressure on the authority for licenses to open gaming establishments. What I have also seen that there is a proliferation of these betting shops all across Guyana. I trust that the Gaming Authority takes this responsibility of ensuring that these entities are properly regulated and that they operate within the confines of the laws of Guyana because they cannot escape notice that some of these operations are in some of the especially challenged communities of our country,” he stated.Chairman of the GamingAuthority, Roysdale FordeThe Director General insisted that operators and consumers of these establishments should be engaged on the negative impacts of betting and gaming sites. Adding to that, frameworks will provide additional support to ensure responsible gambling.“The Gaming Authority has a responsibility to ensure that the public and operators of gaming establishments are aware of not only the positive but also the negative impacts that gaming can have on an individual and our society in general. This is necessary so as to assist owners in appreciating the need for a systems and policies that will support responsible gaming and gambling.”Harmon insisted that the Authority is staffed with enough persons to warrant adherence to their standards. At present, there is much to be done.“In order to ensure responsible gambling in Guyana, all stakeholders within the gaming industry would have to accept their respective roles in upholding the agreed-upon principles and standards. I’m aware that much more needs to be done but I’m confident that we have the right personnel in place to do that job,” he said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Gaming Authority’s Board, Roysdale Forde informed that there haven’t been any new applications for this year thus far. However, they continue to process those that were delivered prior.“We received no new licenses for this year. We’re processing applications that were made previously…The Gaming Authority, as a licensing and supervisory authority for gaming in Guyana is aware of the positive and negative effects of gambling and is also aware of the responsibility to bring awareness to all the stakeholders, both the operators and the public, and to put in place measures on agreed principles that would impact and ensure that there is a safe, fair and responsible gaming experience,” Forde stated.Last December, the former State Minister had positioned Government’s decision to better regulate gaming and betting, as it was concerned over “looseness” in the sector. As a consequence, new legislation was being looked into at the level of the Legal Affairs Ministry.Harmon was at the time being questioned about increases in allocations to the Gaming Authority, under Details of Subsidies and Contributions to Local Organisations, during the first day of scrutinising the budget 2019 estimates.The budget estimates show that the Authority’s budget went from $21 million in 2018 to $40 million in 2019. Acknowledging that funding has indeed been boosted for the Authority, Harmon cited examples of persons operating without licenses.last_img read more