first_imgAgroterrorism isn’t newIt isn’t a new concept, she said. Germans used anthrax againstlivestock in World War I. And every state with an offensive bio-weapons program has an anti-agriculture component. A covertoffensive program in the former Soviet Union had a biganti-agriculture component.The purpose of these attacks, she said, is the same as with anyother form of terrorism: fear.The costs would not be limited to the loss of farm products,Kelley said. They would include the cost of diagnosis, therequired destruction of contaminated properties, the loss ofexports and damage to consumer confidence.Kelley has seen the toll on a nation’s economic and psychologicalstructure firsthand. She spent time in England during thefoot-and-mouth disease outbreak there.”The economic impact isn’t just agricultural,” she said. “Theemployment rate (in England) is the lowest it’s been in 26 years.And tourism has dropped.”The environment was affected by the outbreak, too. Water tableswere contaminated by buried animals. Don’t forget the psychological impactBut Kelley said the psychological impact affected her most.”Farming is a very social industry,” she said. “People holed up.They didn’t want to expose their herds.”Children were quarantined and their pets killed. Veterinariansand military personnel were the only ones allowed on and offfarms. Many farmers went bankrupt. Some committed suicide.”When I was over there, I decided I was not going through thisagain,” she said. “I knew we had to find some other options.”In the United States, measures are in effect to counter anagroterrorist attack. A microbial defense initiative was formedin the wake of post-Sept. 11 anthrax attacks. “Our biggest allyin agriculture has been the Department of Defense,” she said.Methods for dealing with an attack, however, aren’t perfectedyet. Referring to her experience with foot-and-mouth disease,Kelley said, “We need to consider options other than massslaughter.” By Brooke Hatfield and Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhile many know of the threat terrorism poses to Americans, fewconsider the hazards of agroterrorism.”Agriculture is critical to the economic infrastructure of theUnited States,” said Lynda Kelley, a researcher with the U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.”One-sixth of the gross domestic product is agriculture-related,”Kelley said. “Yet the U.S. General Accounting Office’s reports onterrorism fail to address threats to agriculture.”Agroterrorism is generally defined as maliciously usingbiological agents as weapons against the agricultural industry.An agroterrorist attack can use pathogens, pests or toxins,Kelley said.center_img UGA forms agrosecurity task forceIn Georgia, the University of Georgia formed the UGA AgrosecurityTask Force shortly after 9/11.”The task force’s first major accomplishment was an agrosecurityconference last May which attracted over 400 people, includingextension agents from across the state,” said Jeff Fisher, thetask force chair.”Our goal was to get people on the same page as far as emergencysituations go,” said Fisher, a professor of environmental healthat the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.UGA and Georgia Tech researchers teamed up with officials fromthe Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia AgribusinessCouncil and Georgia Department of Agriculture to form CSAGE, the Center for the Security of Agriculture and the Environment, in December 2001.Researchers with CSAGE are studying all areas of agriculture thatterrorists could target.”We just don’t talk about the detailed specifics of ourresearch,” Fisher said. “We don’t want to identify these areas.That would be like training terrorists. And we definitely don’twant to do that.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaCarole Brookins will present the 2006 J.W. Fanning Lecture on “Major Forces and Factors Shaping Global Markets and Their Structure” Nov. 27 in Athens, Ga. The annual lecture will be at 10:30 a.m. in rooms K/L of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.“Ms. Brookins is widely recognized for her expertise on the global political economy and its effect on food and agricultural markets,” said Fred White, head of the agricultural and applied economics department at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Brookins, former United States executive director to the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., will provide her insights about the role of developing and emerging economies and technologies and will relate these broad global forces to the food and agribusiness sectors. She will discuss global energy markets, biotechnology’s role in the ag-energy agenda, China’s economic growth and the impact emerging countries have on global trade and consumption.In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Brookins to her position as executive director to the World Bank, USA, a position she held through 2005. Among many other accomplishments, she was presented the 2003 Woman of the Year in International Trade Award by the Organization of Women in International Trade. She has been called upon by clients around the world for her work as a policy and trade strategist and is widely recognized for her expertise on the global political economy and its effect on agricultural and food markets. She also served in various positions under presidents Reagan and Bush Sr.The Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia sponsors the annual lecture. It is named for J.W. Fanning, who, during his 43-year career, made significant contributions to Georgia and to the University of Georgia. He served as head of the department of agricultural economics and as UGA’s vice president for services. Fanning founded Leadership Georgia, an educational program that prepares future business and political leaders for a more active role in the affairs of Georgia.A luncheon will follow the lecture and costs $20. For more information, call (706) 542-2481.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 01, 2012 Colombia will assist West African countries with law-enforcement training to combat organized crime — especially money laundering and drug trafficking. Colombian and African officials met Mar. 27-31 in Bogotá at a seminar on transnational organized crime. Opening the event, Colombia’s minister of foreign affairs, María Angela Holguín, told her guests “it is impossible for one country, with its technical and financial resources, to undertake a strategy against organized crime and even common crime without the support of other partners.” The seminar comes as the impoverished nations of West Africa become an increasingly prominent transit point for illicit drugs on their way from South American producers to European consumers. In a February 2012 report, the International Narcotics Control Board said West Africa had turned itself into a “logistical bridge” for cocaine trafficked into Europe. Likewise, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that 13 percent of the 217 tons of cocaine exported from South America and destined for Europe last year went via West Africa. Among states being used as transit points: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Mali, Niger and Guinea-Bissau. Cartels behind dramatic growth in drug shipments New program links Brazil, 7 airports in West Africa UNODC Director Yuri Fedotov said Latin American crime syndicates take advantage of African poverty, poor border controls and lax law enforcement. “The West African transit route feeds a European cocaine market, which in recent years grew four-fold, reaching an amount almost equal to the U.S. market,” he told the UN Security Council at a Feb. 21 conference. Trafficking ties between West Africa and South America have strengthened rapidly in the past few years, with Colombian criminals and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel leading the way. Porous borders and under-resourced law enforcement have created for the cartels what experts say is a permissive environment. West Africa’s proximity to the lucrative markets of Europe is another attraction, as are Brazil’s ties with the Portuguese-speaking nations of Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé e Principe — which in some cases have led to the development of underworld connections. Global alarm over West Africa’s role in the drug trade took off in 2007, when the UN published a groundbreaking report on the subject. It warned that unless more resources were mobilized to confront drug smugglers, trafficking could destabilize the region. Independent analysts added to the alarm. Kwesi Aning, a scholar at the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Center in Ghana, said narcotrafficking is undermining West Africa’s fragile states “because the increasing flow of drugs is weakening institutions, local communities and the social fabric.” In February, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that a rise in transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and piracy threatens peace and stability across West Africa and the Sahel. Meanwhile, the UN is setting up and training transnational crime units in Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Several European states including France, Great Britain and Spain have also given West African governments advice and funding to help combat transnational crime. Such efforts are apparently beginning to pay off. Last year, Liberian police seized a cocaine shipment worth $100 million. UN anti-drug officials say trafficking is getting increasingly sophisticated, with South American cartels possibly using submarines to ship narcotics. They also accuse cartels of sending large mother ships carrying tons of cocaine to dock off the poorly patrolled West African coast, then ferrying the drugs via smaller boats to various destinations and storage points. The South Americans also use aircraft. In 2009, officials in Mali found an abandoned Boeing 727 that had been used to transport cocaine. Despite a decline in West African drug seizures, actual volume and loads may be on the rise, warned UNODC’s regional head, Alexandre Schmidt. He estimated the annual value of South American shipments to Africa at $900 million, up from UNODC’s figure of $800 million for 2009. Schmidt also pointed to the establishment of West African drug cartels. At a conference in Dakar, Senegal, he said seizures of Europe-bound cocaine in West Africa had dropped from 47 to 35 tons between 2008 and 2009, but that “there has been a repositioning of the drug routes,” and that traffickers “have much more sophisticated means” these days. Local drug consumption is also growing rapidly in the region, with UNODC estimating about 2.5 million drug users in West Africa. Of the 35 tons of cocaine thought to have reached West Africa in 2009, about 21 tons continued on to Europe — with the remainder consumed locally. UNODC: Smugglers exploit West African weaknesses Earlier this year, the World Customs Organization joined UNODC and Interpol in a $3.2 million project to improve communication between police and airports in seven West African countries and Brazil. The project, known as Aircop, involves the exchange of intelligence among Brazil and the international airports of Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo; Guinea and Morocco may join later on. Europe isn’t the only destination for South American drugs passing through the region. Philippine airport officials have increased their vigilance of passengers arriving from West African airports after several arrests of drug mules. On March 13, two Ghanaians were caught carrying narcotics, mainly methamphetamine hydrochloride (known as “ice”). In all, eight West African mules were apprehended at Philippine airports in March, said government spokeswoman Maria Antonette Mangrobang. “We have instructed airport authorities to look more closely at arriving West Africans and to ask more questions,” she said. During the past 12 months, 38 alleged members of African drug gangs have been arrested in the Philippines. Trafficking undermines African societylast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s a good time to be Montauk.One year after the popular East End summer destination became known for a sordid fling between a writer and a local waitress in Showtime’s The Affair, which garnered mixed reviews but somehow managed to earn an Emmy for best drama earlier this year, Netflix has announced it has ordered a new drama named for the famed oceanfront hamlet.The popular streaming service will be adding Montauk to its growing catalog of original programming. The drama about the mysterious disappearance of a young boy, set in 1980 Montauk, will be written and directed by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer.Long Islanders familiar with rumors of supernatural activity know all about the tales of time travel, human-reptile super monsters (not to be confused with aliens), time-space vortex alterations, mind control experiments on unwilling subjects, and uber-secret telekinesis torture at military installations. Weird enough for you?(We could—and should’ve—written this drama.)This is how Netflix describes the upcoming show in a press release:“As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. Montauk is a love letter to the 80s classics that captivated a generation.”A Netflix spokeswoman could not yet comment on potential shooting locations.Long Island has attracted dozens of TV shows and movies in recent years using New York State-funded tax credits to lure studios away from Los Angeles and other popular shooting locations.Montauk is slated to premiere in 2016.last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – According to the Journal, while some of the “protect the election” fundraising emails direct marks to pages with fine print like the one Hasen pointed out above, others send MAGA supporters to pages with different fine print: “The fine print on those solicitations says 60% of a contribution helps the campaign retire debt and 40% goes to the Republican National Committee.”In contrast, Biden’s similar asks for money for potential legal battles surrounding this election do not have fine print about “debt retirement.” Instead, that money is mostly earmarked for the DNC, with $2,800 going to Biden’s “recount account” only after $142,000 has been allocated to the DNC. This makes sense, as usually the RNC and DNC play the main role in financing election-related legal claims and battles.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgTop destinations for street foodTop destinations for mobile restaurants Mexico City, Hotel MexicoIstanbul, Turkey New York City, USABangkok, Hotel Thailand Jeonju, South KoreaPortland, USA If there’s one thing most agree on, it’s the fact that food is one of the key factors when choosing a travel destination. This is also confirmed by the relevant data from Booking.com, according to which more than 50.000 world travelers, ie 61% of passengers, say that they choose a destination based on excellent food or drink.The importance of gastronomic tourism cannot be denied because more than a third (34%) of world travelers, which is increasing to 40% among the millennial generation, plan to go on a gastronomic-related trip in 2018. On the other hand, only 15% of travelers from Croatia are planning a gastronomic trip this year, according to Booking.com data.”Food plays an extremely important role in choosing a destination for a trip, and ultimately significantly affects the overall experience. Tasting local and street food is a great way for travelers to get to know the local culture, become part of the local community and try something new and different. Our recommendations based on real guest reviews can help you more easily find the best places and new places where you can discover new flavors from all parts of the world!” points out Pepijn Rijvers, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing at Booking.com.Nearly half (49%) of the world’s travelers still want to be even more adventurous when it comes to the type of food they travel, increasing to as much as 60% among the millennial generation. One way to do this is to try local specialties on the go. In fact, almost two-thirds (64%) of world travelers want to try more local specialties in 2018. For Croatia, the results are a little different, so only 35% of travelers from Croatia want more adventure when choosing food on their travels, and 63% want to try more local delicacies this year.Top destinations for tasting local foodSome of the best places to taste local cuisine are in Southeast Asia, with regional specialties such as dim sum, noodles and pho. Maybe then it’s no coincidence that food lovers who want to taste different specialties also come from the area – 57% of Asians say they are looking for new specialties to taste this year.Top destinations for tasting local food according to Booking.com research are: Ipoh (Malaysia) Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Nagoya (Japan), Johor Bahru (Malaysia), João Pessoa (Brazil), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Sarajevo (BIH), Colmar (France), Lima (Peru), Catania Italy), Belgrade (Serbia).Market as one of the main tourist products When was the last time you were at the market? I love going to the market on Saturdays, a place where you get to know the city and the people who live in it, ie feel the rhythm of the city. This is exactly what tourists are looking for and want – to get to know our way of living culture. The market is a place where local products are bought, where one can experience the local culture and way of life, the rhythm and customs of the city, meet the local population, a place of authentic experience of a tourist destination.The local market must be one of the main tourist attractions in every destination.More than half of Croatian travelers (51%) say they choose a destination because of the excellent food or drink54% of travelers from Croatia are likely to look for local street food marketsEvilEzia, Taiwan, Japan and Brazil are among the world’s most popular destinations for discovering local foodThat street food markets are interesting for tourists is also shown by Booking.com data. So more than half of travelers from Croatia (54%) this year will probably look for markets that offer local street food, and this is a great location where food can be tasted. More than half of global travelers (54%) want to experience a unique gastronomic experience on their trip, and mobile restaurants are the perfect way to make that wish come true.Millions of reviews on Booking.com, left by travelers, reveal the top destinations for these unique gastronomic experiences:center_img Hsinchu, TaiwanSao Paulo, Brazil This independent survey was conducted by Booking.com on a sample of adult respondents who have been on a trip in the past 12 months / plan to go on a trip in the next 12 months. A total of 56.727 respondents participated (more than 2000 from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States and more than 1000 respondents from Denmark, Croatia, Sweden and New Zealand). Participants completed an online survey in October 2017. Marrakech, MoroccoSeoul, South Korealast_img read more

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first_img4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot Qld 4007. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHE last time a house sold on this prestigious Brisbane street, it fetched $8.6m: Now this old money classic has hit the market.The double storey solid brick home called Rooklyn, built in 1914, is on the market for the first time in almost half a century with a price tag of $3.5m.The allure of 4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot, is its massive 934sq m block, but the four bedroom, three bathroom, four car garage house has striking old world charm. 4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot Qld 4007. Picture: Realestate.com.au More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot Qld 4007. Picture: Realestate.com.au 4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot Qld 4007. Picture: Realestate.com.auAgent Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot, said the home was “much loved” by the family.“Sutherland Ave is renowned as Brisbane’s best street and Rooklyn is an old brick home that’s been in family for about 50 years,” he said.“It’s a much loved family home and a really good property that’s probably ahead of its time with its design, high ceilings, large rooms and functional layout. It’s also got a large block. You could move right in or cosmetically update it first.” 4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot Qld 4007. Picture: Realestate.com.au 4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot Qld 4007. Picture: Realestate.com.au 4 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot Qld 4007. Picture: Realestate.com.auWith views of the Gateway Bridge through to Stradbroke Island in an ideal neighbourhood, the home has drawn the attention of an array of families.“We’ve had a lot of families looking at it. It’s basically the ideal family home in a very luxurious street, walking distance to the Racecourse Road restaurants,” Mr Warat said.The home is also in the Ascot State School catchment with other nearby schools including St Margaret’s, St Rita’s and St Agatha’s.Mr Warat said the home retained many classic details such as soaring ornate ceilings, intricate leadlight windows, bevelled glass doors, marble and cedar fireplaces and its original polished hardwood floorboards.The property is open for inspection this Saturday (July 29) from 10.30-11.15amlast_img read more

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Southport Police Department and the Whiteland Fire Department are accepting donations for Hillsborough and Collier Counties in Florida. Naples and Tampa are major cities in these counties and were greatly affected by Hurricane Irma.The following items are being requested:BOTTLED WATERNON PERISHABLE FOODLarge plastic totesHeavy duty trash bagsMops, brooms, and rakesCleaning supplies (especially bleach)Walkers & wheelchairsHand SanitizerUtility Knives & Leather work glovesBox FansNew Bed Pillows & Blankets .First Aid ItemsBatteries – all sizesEnsure & incontinence productsPersonal Hygiene Products/Toiletries – Body wash, shampoo, deodorant, over the counter medicines, toilet paper, paper towels, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and paper platesDiapers, formula, baby food, bottles, wipes, diaper rash ointmentGift Cards – Gas, Walmart, Target, Visa etc.Donations can be dropped off at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department 315 S Ireland St, Greensburg, IN 47240. Monetary donations can be made to MainSource Bank – Irma Relief c/o Jessica Fasnacht.last_img read more

first_imgDecatur County, IN—The Decatur County Emergency Management Agency issued an alert for residents that low relative humidity of 20 to 30 percent combined with gusty winds and low fuel moisture this afternoon will lead to increased fire danger across central Indiana. Outdoor burning is not recommended as fires occurring under these conditions can spread very quickly.last_img