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first_img In addition, Deputy Minister Valakivi participated with the rest of the authorities in the launch of the Traveling Platform for Social Action (PIAS), a Navy-operated ship that has been conducting assistance to state social programs and government offices in remote villages in the Amazon. By Dialogo September 06, 2013 On this occasion, the platform sailed through the Napo river basin with elements of the National Civil Registry (Reniec), Comprehensive Health Insurance (SIS), National Bank, and the Ministry for Women’s Affairs, among other institutions. Two million soles (U.S. $720,000) were invested in its construction, and it has a 10-hour navigation autonomy to transport up to 18 passengers towards the tri-border with Colombia and Brazil. On behalf of the Ministry of Defense, Deputy Minister Valakivi thanked the Navy for the cooperation and emphasized its professionalism, adding that it will be using this unit to fight against illegal activities in that Peruvian area. center_img As part of the coordinated efforts between public institutions in the fight against drug trafficking, the Peruvian National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) presented the Navy with a riverine patrol boat, in order to reinforce the fight against drugs in the Loreto region. The new patrol boat ‘Río Itaya’ will be deployed in interdiction missions against illicit drug trafficking in regional rivers. It is designed to carry passengers and cargo, and it is equipped with the Water-Jet system, powered with two diesel engines, capable of reaching a top speed of 26.3 knots. The handover was made at the Navy’s Industrial Services center in Iquitos, in the presence of Deputy Minister of Resources for Defense Jakke Valakivi Álvarez; Navy Commander Admiral Carlos Tejada; the governor of Loreto region, Iván Vásquez, and Devida president Carmen Macías. last_img read more

first_img Studying the eruption El Salvador’s Army and National Police responded quickly to help calm thousands of people who were potentially endangered by a large explosion at the Chaparrastique volcano, which released large amounts of gas and ash and caused widespread fear among the civilian population. About 1,500 personnel from the Army, National Civil Police (PNC), Civil Protection, and Civil protection agents coordinated their efforts and launched security measures when the volcano exploded on Dec. 29, 2013, in the department of San Miguel. The security forces responded to help civilians after the volcano’s “explosive eruption,” said Armando Vividor, chief of the directorate of civil protections operations. The volcano is known as “El Chaparrastique,” or the San Miguel volcano. The volcano is 2,129 meters high and is located 130 kilometers east of San Salvador. El Chaparrastique is one of seven active volcanoes in El Salvador. The volcano could erupt again The security forces responded in a prompt and professional manner, and reassured residents that they would be kept safe, said José Wilfredo Salgado García, the mayor of San Miguel. “The response of the police and Army soldiers was efficient and exemplary. People are grateful to them for their immediacy and because they helped maintain calm and order,” José Wilfredo Salgado García, Mayor of San Miguel, said in an interview. The volcano last erupted in 1976. The country recorded 123 major natural disasters from 1989 to 2009, events which killed 4,332 people, injured more than 2.7 million people, and caused nearly $4 billion (USD) in economic damages, according to a report by the Standing Committee for Risk Management, a civil society organization in El Salvador. The loud explosion interrupted what began as a calm Sunday morning and created a high level of confusión and fear. “Apparently, the explosion of the third highest volcano in El Salvador caused considerable anxiety in the population,” Salgado García said. “At first, people did not understand what was happening. There were no victims or serious damage.” Seismographs installed inside the volcano began to register an increase in seismic activity around 6 a.m., about four hours before the eruption, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reported. The strongest part of the eruption ended around 1 p.m. A magnetic field was involved in the eruption, the National Civil Protection System’s Scientific Technical Commission reported. The commission was created to evaluate and analyze the cause of the eruption. Environment Minister, Herman Rosa Chávez. “That means that if there is more activity in the volcano in the near future, the most likely scenario is an eruption with a launch of incandescent rocks near the crater,” Minister of the Environment Herman Rosa Chávez warned. A large explosion and a quick response The bravery of police and soldiers Area back to normal Security forces respond to natural disasters center_img ‘Considerable anxiety’ Salvadoran security forces are battling street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13 and Barrio 18, as well as transnational criminal organizations which operate in El Salvador. These organized crime groups include the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Los Zetas. In addition to fighting criminal groups, the National Police, and Civil Protection services have in recent years helped several regions that have been hit by natural disasters: • In October 2011, National Police agents and Army soldiers helped the civilian population after the tropical depression “12E” dropped record levels of rain on the country. The tropical depression killed 194 people, left 81 people missing, and caused more than $ 2 billion (USD) in damages. • In May 2010, National Police agents, Army soldiers, and Civil Protection units cooperated to protect residents in several areas that were damaged by the tropical storm “Agatha.” The storm killed 12 people, left another 12 missing, and caused $115 million (USD) in damages. • In November 2009, security forces in 14 departments throughout the country helped evacuate and shelter tens of thousands of people impacted by the tropical storm “Ida.” The storm killed 198 people, damaged or destroyed 3.400 homes, and left 14,000 people homeless. Within 72 hours, most of the people who had been evacuated were safely back in their homes. “Everyone has already returned to their homes. Activities in San Miguel are going on as if nothing had happened. An eruption is not ruled out so we have to remain alert. We are preparing a helicopter with sirens to alert people so they can evacuate immediately,” Salgado García said. By Dialogo January 19, 2014 Loss of life and economic damages The volcano exploded around 10 a.m. on a Sunday. A column of thick smoke rose high above the volcano, distributing gases into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and sulfur, which can be deadly if the concentrations are high enough, were among the gases the volcano expelled. Immediately after the explosion, the authorities ordered the evacuation of the communities located within three kilometers of the volcano. This included about 300 communities, where about 2,300 people live, according to published reports. The evacuted communities included Chinameca, Jucuapa, Batres, Santa María, San Jorge, El Tránsito, Las Placitas, Usulután, Santa Elena and San Rafael. Evacuees were directed to 16 emergency shelters in the departments of San Miguel and Usulután. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health quickly brought in water-purifying equipment to make sure the evacuees had enough water. As a precautionary measure, authorities canelled at least 22 flights that were expected to land that night at Comalapa International Airport, according to Notimex. Airport officials were concerned that the high volume of ashes emitted by the volcano might reduce visibility for pilots. Praise for security forces Many of the police agents and Army soldiers responded to the volcano eruption without wearing protective masks, putting themselves at risk of inhaling toxic elements. “We all worry about evacuating and helping people, and we forget about our police officers and soldiers, many of whom went near the volcano without masks. They deserve recognition,” Salgado García said. Scientists from the University of El Salvador are studying the eruption and exchanging information with volcano researchers from the University of Michigan. A group of volcanologists in Italy is scheduled to travel to El Salvador in the coming months to share their knowledge and experience with Salvadoran officials, authorities said. it’s logicallast_img read more

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit bureau Equifax announced Thursday it experienced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting as many as 143 million American consumers. CUNA is monitoring the situation and working with other financial trade groups to assess if the situation will affect financial institutions.According to the company, it has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.In addition, Equifax believes hackers accessed:Credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers; andlast_img read more

first_imgTopics : Turkey on Friday condemned a landmark deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in which the Jewish state pledged to suspend annexation of Palestinian lands as a hypocritical betrayal of the Palestinian cause.”While betraying the Palestinian cause to serve its narrow interests, the UAE is trying to present this as a kind of act of self-sacrifice for Palestine,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.”History and the conscience of the people living in the region will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behavior.”  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a pious Muslim and strong advocate of Palestinian rights who has long criticized Israeli policies in the West Bank.He accused several Arab counties in January of committing “treason” by backing US President Donald Trump’s controversial Middle East peace plan.The foreign ministry said it was “extremely worrying that the UAE, through its unilateral action, put an end to the Arab Peace Initiative developed by the Arab League and backed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation”.last_img read more

first_imgThe government aims to lure Japanese companies into relocating to Indonesia, as it launched on Wednesday an integrated data platform to spur investment and economic relations between the two countries as the health crisis impacts the economy.The integrated data platform, dubbed Japan-Indonesia Partnership Lounge (JAIPONG), is set to provide information on economic cooperation opportunities between Japan and Indonesia, as well as promote investment climate in the country as part of the country’s efforts to revive an economy battered by the pandemic.As more companies plan relocations to Indonesia, only a few hail from Japan, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar said on Wednesday, calling for the two countries to enhance cooperation in a bid to advance economic relations. Read also: FDI declines for second consecutive quarterMeanwhile, Mahendra said the recently passed Job Creation Law would also make the investment climate more business friendly and should satisfy Japanese businesses.The House of Representatives passed last week the jobs law to improve investment and economic growth. It has since sparked widespread protests, with critics of the law saying it undermines labor rights and weakens environmental protections.“The main goal of the Job Creation Law is to cut bureaucratic red tape to address inefficiency and corruption that often hinders investment,” he went on to say. “We hope Japanese investors and businesspeople take advantage of this positive development.”Meanwhile, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said the ministry would continue to support trade activity through digital platforms such as JAIPONG.“We are optimistic that creative measures through digital technology could contribute to boosting Indonesian exports,” Minister Agus said in a video message.Japan is Indonesia’s fourth-main export destination with $8.32 billion worth of non-oil and gas goods shipped from January to August this year, according to Statistics Indonesia, a decrease of 9.06 percent yoy from the same period last year.Meanwhile, Indonesia imported $7.31 billion worth of non-oil and gas goods from Japan in the same period.Topics : “It is not enough as we have 60-year strong [diplomatic] relations,” he told an Indonesia-Japan business forum.Earlier in June, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced seven foreign companies had confirmed plans to relocate production facilities to Indonesia, mostly from China, including South Korean industrial conglomerate LG and Japanese electronics giant Panasonic. The relocations are estimated to bring investment of US$850 million to the country and potential employment for 30,000 workers.Indonesia’s foreign direct investment (FDI) fell 8.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) between January and June to Rp 195.6 trillion ($13.2 billion), from the same period last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the global economy, according to Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) data.Meanwhile, FDI originating from Japan also dipped 48.5 percent to $1.21 billion as of June this year, from $2.35 billion in the same period last year, BKPM data also showed.last_img read more

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