Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador Increase Police Cooperation against Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo December 08, 2010 The chiefs of police of Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador met in Lima to exchange information in the fight against transnational crime and about citizen safety, the Peruvian interior minister, Miguel Hidalgo, announced. “The police chiefs’ visit is an opportunity to exchange information in the fight against transnational crime, strengthen ties of cooperation and mutual-aid agreements, and strengthen citizen safety,” the minister told the press. The director of the Carabineros, the Chilean national paramilitary police force, Eduardo Gordón, the commandant-general of the Ecuadorean Police, Fausto Franco López, the director-general and commandant-general of the Argentine Gendarmes, Héctor Bernabé, and the director of the Peruvian Police, Gen. Raúl Becerra, participated in the meeting. The top-ranking police chiefs received decorations from the Interior Ministry in recognition of their collaboration with the Peruvian police. In addition, the police chiefs were received by President Alan García in a private meeting at the Government Palace.last_img read more

NAFCU urges effective patent reform

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Writing ahead of a hearing today, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to enhance the language of patent reform legislation before the Committee in order to better curb deceptive demand letters.The committee holds a hearing today titled “S. 1137, “The PATENT Act – Finding Effective Solutions to Address Abusive Patent Practices.” Thaler commended the bill as an important first step, but emphasized that more must be done.“We believe further work must be done to enhance the language to curb deceptive demand letters, as well as work to ensure that meaningful opportunities exist for all sectors to challenge low quality patents and have them reviewed by experts at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for validity,” Thaler wrote in a letter to Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Grassley introduced the bill last month.Also last month, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee voted to advance draft legislation addressing patent demand letters titled, “Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act.” continue reading »last_img read more

Cuba builds first church in 55 years

first_imgFaithLifestyle Cuba builds first church in 55 years by: – October 27, 2014 Sharing is caring! 407 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Havanna Cathedral — one of the eleven Roman Catholic cathedrals in Cuba (Photo:, Cuba (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it’s a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s communist government.The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio.The church publication “Christian Life” said it will have space for 200 people.“The construction of a church is a clear demonstration of a new phase, of an improvement, in relations between the church and the state,” said Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor the history of religions at the University of Havana.The Catholic Church had tense relations with what was long an officially atheist government for many years after the 1959 revolution, but they began to improve ahead of Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998.The government revived observance of a Christmas holiday and began allowing masses or homilies to be broadcast on official media. It also dropped a ban on church membership for Communist Party members that had been adopted in the years after the 1959 revolution.last_img read more

Blind golf champion becomes club captain

first_img A blind golf champion has just become captain of his club, Royal Ashdown Forest in Sussex. John Eakin, who was the 2011 British Blind Open champion and who plays off a handicap of eight, commented: “It’s nice to show that being visually impaired doesn’t stop you being a full member of a golf club.” He added: “I’m looking forward to it. I was nervous, but I’m lucky because my brother was captain a few years ago and Royal Ashdown is a very friendly and supportive club. If I didn’t do this I would regret it for the rest of my golfing life.” David Holmes, the Secretary of Royal Ashdown Forest, commented: “We read lots of stories about the negative side of golf so it’s good to show how clubs can promote inclusivity and that a disability doesn’t stop you from achieving your goals. John is a very popular member of the club and the past captains would have thought he was the best man for the job.” John lost his sight eight years ago from a hereditary condition and is now visually impaired and registered blind. He has continued playing golf, reporting: “I can see a white ball in front of me and friends tell me where the flag is. I haven’t a clue where the ball has gone – although I can hear it in the trees! Then it pops up again when I’m about 20 yards away from it.” In competitions he has a caddy and in blind and visually impaired events he is accompanied by his guide, Christopher Vaughan, a member of Royal Wimbledon. “Blind golf is very much a team thing and I could not do it without him,” said John.  His handicap was five before he lost his sight, when it went up to 12 before steadily coming down and he’s targeting a seven handicap. John is involved with England and Wales Blind Golf, both as a trustee and as an international player and he is keen to promote disability golf. Last year he also co-captained the Rest of the World blind golf side which narrowly defeated North America at a biannual match in Atlanta. Neil Baxter, the chairman of England and Wales Blind Golf, said: “Apart from being a very good golfer, John is a hardworking member of our Board of Trustees and is our handicap secretary and he thoroughly deserves this prestigious appointment. It is very pleasing to hear of a visually impaired golfer being honoured in this way.” Jamie Blair, the England Golf Disability Officer, added: “England Golf would like to congratulate John on his appointment as captain at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. John is a great advocate for the game and I am sure his club will benefit from his enthusiasm throughout his appointment.   “England Golf are committed to working with the board of England and Wales Blind Golf to introduce more blind and partially sighted people to the enjoyment of the game of golf. I hope to see more disabled people following John’s lead in the future and take an active role in their golf clubs, and not just as players.” John’s appointment follows that of Peter Baker who became captain of Ellesmere Port Golf Club in Cheshire last month. Peter was born deaf and is thought to be the first pre lingual deaf person to hold the office – someone who was either born deaf or became deaf before learning to speak. 24 Mar 2014 Blind golf champion becomes club captain last_img read more

Coolidge High’s Randolph earns coveted award

first_img(NNPA)—Coolidge Colts football coach Natalie Randolph made headlines last season when she was introduced as the first female high school boy’s football coach in over 25 years. Despite achieving marginal success in her inaugural campaign, Randolph still drew heavy media attention. One season later, Randolph has her Colts atop the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association standings with a 7-1 record, a feat that earned her the Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Week award. Randolph received the award for the week of Nov. 1.“Coach Randolph supports and cares about the whole student-athlete,” Coolidge Athletic Director Keino Wilson said in a statement. “She pays as much attention to their academic, physical, and emotional health as she does to their performance on the field. She organizes effective, consistent support systems to ensure that all students have the tutoring, counseling, and other interventions they need to be complete healthy adolescents.”last_img read more

Racal smothers Gamboa in 2nd half to halt 3-game slide

first_imgRian Ayonayon. PBA IMAGESRacal Motors locked down Gamboa Coffee Mix in the second half to win, 107-60, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After a tightly contested first half, the Alibaba limited the Coffee Lovers to just three points, the least points scored in a quarter in league history, that turned a close 47-45 deficit to a decisive 71-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racal continued to choke the air out of Gamboa as the latter’s 13-point windup in the second half also registered as the worst scoring half in PBA D-League history.Rian Ayonayon scattered 26 points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds to lead the Racal Motors assault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 60 – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and well build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Gamboa continued its downward spiral as it incurred its sixth straight loss to fall to 1-6.Mark Montuano got 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Coffee Lovers, while Mike Parala added 12 markers and 10 boards.The scores:RACAL MOTORS 107 – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Tanduay sets PBA D-League record with 76-point rout of Zark’s Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMac Tallo came off the bench and shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe to finish with 16 markers, on top of his two boards and two dimes, while Jam Cortes got 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.Racal finally ended its three-game losing skid and evened its record to 3-3. View commentslast_img read more

Exercise can protect brain against ageing

first_imgDaily exercise can protect the brain against decline as we age, finds researchers after conducting an animal study.In lab tests with mice, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that exercise helped boost levels of an enzyme called SIRT3 which may protect against stressors that contribute to brain cell energy loss.In tests with mice, researchers discovered that exercise helped boost levels of an enzyme called SIRT3, which may protect against stressors that contribute to brain cell energy loss. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Researchers led by Mark Mattson from the National Institute on Aging and Johns Hopkins’ school of medicine used a new animal model to investigate whether they could aid neurons in resisting the energy-depleting stress.They found that mice that did not produce SIRT3 became highly sensitive to stress when exposed to neurotoxins that cause neurodegeneration and epileptic seizures.With mice that did produce SIRT3, researchers discovered that exercise on a running wheel increased levels of the enzyme. “Running wheel exercise increased the amount of SIRT3 in neurons of normal mice and protected them against degeneration,” Mattson noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn mice lacking the enzyme, running failed to protect the neurons. “Neurons can be protected against stress through use of a gene therapy technology to increase levels of SIRT3 in neurons,” he suggested.As we grow older or develop neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, our brain cells can stop producing enough energy to remain fully functional.The findings, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, can help improve therapies for age-related cognitive decline.last_img read more