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By Nelza Oliveira / Diálogo November 26, 2019 Operation Green Brazil and new technologies were essential to fight the fires in Northern Brazil.Operation Green Brazil combined military commands linked to public safety organizations, public environmental protection entities, and federal, state, and municipal agencies to fight wildfires in the Amazon. The August 24-October 24 operation yielded the following results: 1,835 fires controlled; $35 million in fines issued against illegal sawmills, illegal loggers, farmers, and people involved in fires or deforestation in the Amazon; 81,000 cubic feet of illegally extracted wood seized; 290 vehicles and vessels confiscated; and 127 people arrested.To achieve these results, the Ministry of Defense used technology from the Amazon Protection System’s Operations and Management Center (CENSIPAM, in Portuguese), which has three regional centers in Manaus, Belém, and Porto Velho, in the states of Amazonas, Pará, and Rondônia, respectively. “CENSIPAM uses data generated by a technological infrastructure with integrated remote sensor subsystems, radars, weather stations, and data collection platforms installed in the Amazon region. Thanks to this equipment, the Amazon Protection System can monitor the region and provide information in nearly real time,” the Brazilian Ministry of Defense’s Communication Office told Diálogo.Amazônia SARAmazônia SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar), one of CENSIPAM’s main projects, monitors the earth’s surface via satellites. “The SAR technology can capture images of the land even through clouds. This way, during the rainy season in the Amazon, which lasts about eight months, the radar can process images of the land and monitor deforestation. The information gathered creates deforestation warnings that are submitted to the environmental control agencies,” said the Ministry of Defense.Brazilian Marines from the 52nd Jungle Infantry Battalion conduct reconnaissance on environmentally protected areas and indigenous lands in Xingu, during Operation Green Brazil. (Photo: Brazilian Army)CENSIPAM also develops the Hydrometeorological Monitoring and Warning System that generates reports and warnings on heat outbreaks for the teams working on Operation Green Brazil. According to the Ministry of Defense, by early 2020, two antennas will be installed in Manaus and Formosa, in Goiás state, with a range that reaches the entire Amazon biome and territorial sea, providing information directly from domestic and international satellites.Eagle EyesA recently developed application, Eagle Eyes, is another important tool and a communication platform between partner agencies that receives information on illegal activities in the Amazon, such as illegal mining, illegal landing strips, deforestation, and fire outbreaks. CENSIPAM developed the new application, which works in a simply and rapid manner.For instance, a user can photograph a fire and insert various observations, such as the intensity of the fire. The geographic location is obtained automatically, from the GPS on the user’s cell phone or tablet. Since most fire outbreaks in the Amazon happen in areas with no internet connectivity, the application stores all information gathered in the local database. When the device finds an area with connectivity, it synchronizes the information with CENSIPAM’s database. Field agents can then determine the information they want to access.“The application has been widely used by the Armed Forces and members of government agencies across the Amazon. Agents use the tool during reconnaissance flights or ground missions,” the Ministry of Defense stated. Information gathered by the application facilitates the planning of field operations and decision-making by mission command. Additionally, CENSIPAM can use the information at a later date to validate and calibrate the data received from satellites.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Police are investigating the death of man found on a Brentwood street Thursday night.A passing motorist called 911 after discovering Adrian Roberts lying in the street on Jefferson Avenue at around 11 .m.. The 24-year-old Brentwood resident was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.Detectives are asking for witnesses, or anyone who has any information about the circumstances that preceded this incident, to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.
66SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rob Goehring Rob Goehring is the CEO of RewardStream, a leader in automated referral marketing solutions for credit unions, financial services and telecommunications companies. Rob has 20 years experience leading high growth … Web: www.rewardstream.com Details As you may have seen, Consumer Reports recently published a compelling report on satisfaction levels within financial services, stating 93% of credit union members rated themselves as “highly satisfied” with their CU. Contrasted against a rating of only 69% for the big four banks, this data point is truly an amazing achievement. Furthermore, the report indicated that credit unions achieved some of the highest satisfaction ratings ever recorded.The report deserves a quick read, but to summarize, Credit Unions receive top marks for personalized service, product mix of low to no fee accounts, higher interest rate savings products, and lower interest rates on loans and credit cards. Also of interest, the report stated an average CU member pays about $71 in fees annually, versus $183 at a big bank.All this positive news, yet credit unions still struggle to acquire new members, and separate themselves from the big banks. So the question remains: How do credit unions rise above the noise?This topic is near and dear to our hearts, and a significant challenge for Credit Unions. How does a marketer at a CU deliver the message and ensure it rises above the noise of the big banks, which seemingly possess unlimited funds to spend on marketing?As a consumer in North America, we are pummeled with thousands of branded messages per day. This saturation has led to an erosion of a consumer’s focus, and more importantly, his and her ability to make an informed purchasing decision. When similar products and services all appear to be advertising the same thing, with little attention devoted to a product’s true differentiation, how does a consumer make a choice?We believe one under-utilized tactic available to marketers is the empowerment of their customer to tell your story and share their experiences with their friends and family.We strongly believe that referrals are a significant untapped opportunity for credit union marketers, precisely because of the amazingly high satisfaction rates of members. By virtue of what is called the “birds of a feather” principle, existing members at a credit union are more likely to have similar values, attitudes, interests and behaviours to their friends and family, and therefore more likely to have similar needs when it comes to their services. Thus, working with your members to spread the good word about their satisfaction with your credit union aligns well with the brand ethos that is a core element of most credit unions today.While many credit unions may have implemented some form of a referral program in the past, the technology, automation and reach of modern programs have dramatically improved in the last year or two. A credit union can implement a program up and running at a low cost, and have the system manage all aspects of the program, from sending and tracking referrals to distributing rewards.The key – and often missing – piece of a great referral program is consistency. The program must be repeatedly and persistently marketed. This methodology ensures that your members are continually advised of the program’s existence, and where to find it should they want to make a referral.Often our clients initially believe that a referral program should be run as a short term campaign for a month or two. While promoting a program regularly is important, our results have shown that running a referral program for only 60 days dramatically limits the opportunities that members have to share your credit union with their friends and family. Data from our clients proves that the longer the tenure of a referral program, the better the program performs overall.Why is this?In the case of credit unions, one must understand that consumers seek banking alternatives at different times in their personal financial journey. Often something triggers the need to search for a new or alternative financial provider: a new job, a move, a significant purchase, etc. During these times, seeking a lower cost alternative, better rates, or a better experience can all lead a potential new customer.And often, the search begins with that potential customer talking to friends or family.Because of this initial desire to consult close contacts, placing your credit union’s referral program continually in the mind of your members is critical. Ensuring the program is easily accessible from your online portal, in regular marketing material, and in a mobile optimized page from your website makes it easy for a member to quickly pull out their phone and submit a referral when that conversation arises.Take advantage of these great satisfaction results. Let your members know. Toot your own horn. Or better yet, let your customers toot it for you!
The memo is unlikely to change the outcome of the election but could damage public confidence in the election results, Justice Department prosecutors warned, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. They said that the public posturing by the department also gave Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, a tool to refuse to acknowledge Mr. Biden as the president-elect.Mr. McConnell and Mr. Barr met on Monday afternoon. Representatives from both of their offices declined to comment on what they discussed.Mr. Trump faces a steep battle in his attempt to change the election results. Mr. Biden declared victory on Saturday after several news media organizations declared him the winner based on tabulated election returns.While Mr. Trump’s campaign lawyers have filed a dozen or so legal challenges to the results in battleground states, none appeared to be gaining traction in the courts. And none were likely to give the president an edge in the votes he would need to change the outcome of the race.Justice Department investigators are looking into a referral from the Republican Party in Nevada, which claims over 3,000 people who live outside the state voted in its election, the department official said. The official would not say whether the department had opened a full investigation. A federal judge dismissed the claim in court last week. More covert investigative steps, like an investigator going undercover, are allowed but require the permission of a career prosecutor in the department’s Criminal Division. Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 7:57 p.m. ET But critics of Mr. Barr immediately condemned the memo as a political act that undermined the Justice Department’s typical independence from the White House. – Advertisement – “It would be problematic enough if Barr were reversing longstanding Justice Department guidance because of significant, substantiated claims of misconduct — that could presumably be handled at the local and state level,” said Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.“But to do so when there is no such evidence — and when the president’s clear strategy is to delegitimize the results of a proper election, is one of the more problematic acts of any attorney general in my lifetime,” Mr. Vladeck added.Mr. Pilger, a career prosecutor in the department’s Public Integrity Section who oversaw voting fraud-related investigations, told colleagues he would move to a nonsupervisory role working on corruption prosecutions.“Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications … I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch,” he wrote. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Mr. Pilger’s message.Justice Department policies prohibit federal prosecutors from taking overt steps, like questioning witnesses or securing subpoenas for documents, to open a criminal investigation into any election-related matter until after voting results have been certified to keep their existence from spilling into public view and influencing either voters or local election officials who ensure the integrity of the results.“Public knowledge of a criminal investigation could impact the adjudication of election litigation and contests in state courts,” the Justice Department’s longstanding election guidelines for prosecutors say. “Accordingly, it is the general policy of the department not to conduct overt investigations.” Mr. Barr said he had authorized “specific instances” of investigative steps in some cases. But he made clear in a carefully worded memo that prosecutors had the authority to investigate only “substantial allegations” of irregularities, warning that “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.”Mr. Barr’s directive ignored the Justice Department’s longstanding policies intended to keep law enforcement from affecting the outcome of an election. And it followed a move weeks before the election in which the department lifted a prohibition on voter fraud investigations before an election. The department is also reviewing a sworn affidavit written by a postal worker in Erie, Pa., alleging that post office officials devised a plan to backdate mail ballots in the state, the official said.The local postmaster has denied the allegations and said that the accuser has been disciplined multiple times in the past. That affidavit was sent to the department by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is a close ally of the president.In the days after the election, Mr. Barr faced pressure from Mr. Trump and his aides to intervene to help the president. Conservative commentators have criticized Mr. Barr’s lack of action, saying that he was looking the other way.Mr. Barr had been silent about voter fraud in recent weeks after previously issuing unsubstantiated warnings of widespread fraud because of the large number of mail-in ballots cast in this election. Voter fraud is rare and no major instances of it have emerged in the election.At the same time, the department has made it easier for prosecutors to pursue voter fraud cases and publicized details from the investigations that generated headlines that helped Mr. Trump, prompting sharp criticism from Democrats and civil rights advocates. Mr. Barr’s memo allows U.S. attorneys to bypass that career prosecutor and take their requests to his office for approval, effectively weakening a key safeguard that prevents political interference in an election by the party in power. WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr, wading into President Trump’s unfounded accusations of widespread election irregularities, told federal prosecutors on Monday that they were allowed to investigate allegations of voter fraud before the results of the presidential race are certified.Mr. Barr’s authorization prompted the Justice Department official who oversees investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, to step down from the post within hours, according to an email Mr. Pilger sent to colleagues that was obtained by The New York Times.- Advertisement – A Justice Department official said that Mr. Barr had authorized scrutiny of allegations about ineligible voters in Nevada and backdated mail-in ballots Pennsylvania. Republicans have circulated both claims in recent days without any evidence emerging to back them.Mr. Barr did not write the memo at the direction of Mr. Trump, the White House or any Republican lawmakers, the official said.Mr. Barr has privately told department officials in the days since the election that any disputes should be resolved in court by the campaigns themselves, according to three people briefed on the conversations. He has said that he did not see massive fraud, and that most of the allegations of voter fraud were related to individual instances that did not point to a larger systemic problem, the people said.- Advertisement – “Given that voting in our current elections has now concluded, I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions,” Mr. Barr wrote.- Advertisement –
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Chef Alistair McLeod with Phoenix the chook and pumpkins at Loop Growers. IMAGE: Tara CroserCelebrity chef Alistair McLeod is a presenter with Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender and Network 10’s former Ready Steady Cook. We came in with grand ideas on how to make the house our home.We had the renovations mapped out over a bottle of pinot within a month. After the next bottle we decided to park all our aspirations for a year. We now know where the sun comes up on every day of the year, which way the wind blows and which neighbours we can hear tending to her horses, you know who you are. Or what was the biggest lesson you learned? What do you love about your home? Preserved mid-century home hits the market 5. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Celebrity chef Alistair McLeod during a cooking demonstration about how to reduce food waste as part of National Recycling Week. IMAGE: Tara Croser. Terrace homes among trees We live and base our business in the Samford Valley. I love the space, the air, the sky, the darkness, the community, the lack of traffic lights and the separation from suburbia. Our living area is a vaulted space that seamlessly blurs the line between kitchen and lounge. We renovated the kitchen almost immediately after we moved in. (Glass bricks anyone?) We now have a beautiful, flowing workspace that extends to an area where six stools surround the bench and is a great place to eat, work and play games. We have a ride on mower, a push mower, a whipper snipper, a hedger and a weed dragon.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoI love the garden, but I would change the rate at which the grass grows. Where do you live and why? His experience in the kitchen is extensive; he’s worked at Michelin listed restaurants across the world, such as Roscoff in Belfast, United Kingdom and Da Giovanni in Torino, Italy. His tenures in Brisbane have included roles as executive chef at the iconic Bretts Wharf as well as the much acclaimed Tank Restaurant and Bar.More recently, he has launched Al’FreshCo — his own business that provides catering, markets and his own product line. While the much loved chef was born in Belfast and classically trained in Europe, he has chosen Brisbane as his home. RELATED: MORE: One of my fantasy homes would have nothing more than a kitchenette.There would be no need living in the San Remo overlooking Central Park.Now to get a booking at Blanca. My other fantasy home would be a modest property on that wonderful piece of the French Rivieria between Nice and Monte Carlo. It would have a beautiful kitchen for me to prepare simple Provencale meals. Now to get a booking at Le Louis XV. What would you change about your home? >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Tam Wrigley loves life on the Sunshine Coast
A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P3-C Orion surveillance aircraft flies over an oil tanker as the plane takes part in an anti-piracy operation at the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Aug. 1, 2015. MANDATORY CREDIT KYODO/VIA REUTERS TOKYO – Japanwill send a warship and patrol planes to protect Japanese ships in the MiddleEast as the situation in the region – from which it sources nearly 90 percentof its crude oil imports – remains volatile, Japan’s government spokesman saidon Friday. Under the planapproved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, a helicopter-equipped destroyerand two P-3C patrol planes will be dispatched for information-gathering aimedat ensuring safe passage for Japanese vessels through the region. If there areany emergencies, a special order would be issued by the Japanese defenseminister to allow the forces to use weapons to protect ships in danger.(Reuters)
The pairings for the 25th Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments were drawn and announced with 299 boys teams and 266 girls teams set for competition next week.Both tournaments mirror each other beginning with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 1‐6. Regionals will be played Saturday, Oct. 13, semi‐states are Saturday, Oct. 20 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches on Oct. 26‐27 in Indianapolis.092318.SoccerDrawArea Soccer Sectional DrawsBoys Soccer.Class 3A-Sectional 12 @ Mt. Vernon (Fortville)M1: Shelbyville vs. Greenfield‐Central.M2: New Palestine vs. Mt. Vernon.M3: East Central vs. Richmond.M4: Connersville vs. Winner of M1.M5: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.Championship: Winner of M4 vs. Winner of M5.Class 2A-Sectional 28 @ LawrenceburgM1: Rushville Consolidated vs. South Dearborn.M2: Franklin County vs. Greensburg.M3: Winner of M1 vs. Winner of M2.M4: Batesville vs. Lawrenceburg.Championship: Winner of M3 vs. Winner of M4Class 1A-Sectional 44 @ Southwestern (Shelbyville)M1: Greenwood Christian Academy vs. Oldenburg Academy.M2: Indianapolis Lutheran vs. Hauser.M3: Winner of M1 vs. Winner of M2.M4: Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Morristown.Championship: Winner of M3 vs. Winner of M4.Class 1A-Sectional 46 @ Jac‐Cen‐DelM1: Milan vs. South Ripley.M2: Rising Sun vs. Switzerland County.M3: Jac‐Cen‐Del vs. Southwestern (Hanover).M4: Shawe Memorial vs. Winner of M1.M5: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.Championship: Winner of M4 vs. Winner of M5.Girls Soccer.Class 3A-Sectional 12 @ Greenfield‐CentralM1: Richmond vs. East Central.M2: Greenfield‐Central vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).M3: Winner of M1 vs. Winner of M2.M4: Warren Central vs. Franklin Central.Championship: Winner of M3 vs. Winner of M4.Class 2A-Sectional 27 @ BatesvilleM1: Franklin County vs. Batesville.M2: South Dearborn vs. Greensburg.M3: Lawrenceburg vs. Winner of M1.Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.Class 1A-Sectional 46 @ Rising SunM1: Oldenburg Academy vs. South Ripley.M2: Switzerland County vs. Milan.M3: Rising Sun vs. Winner of M1.Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.
Brady Hollenbeck was the Saturday IMCA Modified feature winner at Crystal Motor Speedway. (Photo by Christine Hale)CRYSTAL, Mich. (July 22) – Saturday’s Lane Automotive IMCA Modified event at Crystal Motor Speedway saw Brady Hollenbeck take his second feature win of the season.Runner-up in a tight race to the checkers was Nick Stormzand.Mitchell Hunt, Chad Wernette and Justin Wonch rounded out the top five.