By Dialogo January 18, 2013 With the formal launch of two Police Pacification Units (UPPs) on January 16, Brazil’s Military Police officially settled in the Jacarezinho and Manguinhos favelas, which are among the most dangerous in Rio de Janeiro and hubs of crack consumption. Last October, both slums were taken by Police and Navy officers, after decades of aggressive drug trafficking control. In total, 1,131 Police officers will patrol the winding roads of Jacarezinho and Manguinhos on motorcycles, cars, and on foot. Thirty UPPs have been established in Rio since 2008, when the occupation strategy began to be applied in the favelas in order to improve security before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The authorities are expecting to have 40 units by 2014. “We are not naïve enough to think that after years of neglect all the problems will be solved overnight; this is very challenging,” governor of Rio de Janeiro state Sergio Cabral said in the inauguration ceremony. Jacarezinho and Manguinhos, with a population of about 70,000 people, were among the most dangerous favelas in Rio de Janeiro. In these slums, drug trafficking activities were carried out during broad daylight, and it was common to see armed people on the streets.
BVV, the €25.1bn Pensionskasse for Germany’s financial industry, has shifted a “considerable volume” of new money into investment funds rather than direct holdings, according to its annual report.Board member and CFO Rainer Jakubowski said the shift reflected a “change in strategy compared with mostly direct investments in the past”.Last year, the Pensionskasse invested substantially in real estate and infrastructure funds, both equity and debt.Similarly, new investments in the bond segment were not made into preferred direct holdings but funds within its absolute return bond strategy. Jakubowski said that, for a German Pensionskasse using domestic accounting standards, directly held bond investments were the preferred means of achieving steady coupon returns, as they were mostly hedged against write-offs.For 2014, the BVV granted its members a net interest rate on accrued assets of 3.8%, close to the rate granted the year previous (3.7%).The return from investments was approximately 4%, but Jakubowski warned that the figure was “volatile and not predictable, whereas the BVV has to fulfil its liabilities continuously and not only on average”.The CFO also claimed the unprecedented low interest rate environment created by the ECB would be a “major worry for much-needed occupational and private pension provision”.His said this worry, combined with new regulatory requirements, would translate into more financial institutions transferring pension assets and liabilities to the BVV – last year, such transfers amounted to around €40m.Jakubowski again stressed how the increase in regulatory requirements would burden Pensionskassen.He said he had “given up hope” that EIOPA’s upcoming stress tests would preclude the introduction of holistic balance sheet approaches in the IORP Directive – “quite on the contrary”.The BVV will, however, take part in the stress tests, Jakubowski confirmed. Click here to read more about Jakubowski’s views on the negative impact of regulation
Third District Rep. Francisco Benitez,who is also part of the council, said he has filed House Bill No. 3890 toestablish a multi-species hatchery under the Bureau of Fisheries and AquaticResources (BFAR) in Talisay City with a releasing station in E.B. Magalona. Based on the Negros Third DistrictCoastal Resources Management and Development Agreement of 2019, the councilwill prepare a framework plan which shall guide member-LGUs in preparing theirrespective coastal management plans. He added the hatchery was intended notonly for blue crabs, which is abundant in the area but also for the otherspecies so fisherfolk will have an alternative catch during the “close season”for blue crabs. A chairperson will be elected from among the local chief executivesof the participating LGUs, and the others will serve as co-chairpersons. Anexecutive director will sit as ex-officio member. The signatory-mayors included NiloJesus Antonio Lizares of Talisay City, Mark Golez of Silay City, FrancisFrederick Palanca of Victorias City, and Marvin Malacon of E.B. Magalona. “I would like to congratulate thethird district on this launching and agreement signing. I wish the council verywell,” he said. Considering the critical condition ofthe coastal resources of the participating LGUs, the council was formed for therestoration and conservation of these resources, and for the maintenance andpreservation of sound ecological balance, clean environment, and equitable useof the resources and in giving preferential treatment to marginal fisherfolk. BACOLOD City – Four local governmentunits (LGUs) in the 3rd District of Negros Occidental have formed the CoastalResources Management and Development Council that will draft a restoration andconservation network plan for the area. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who sits asthe honorary chairperson, lauded the efforts of the mayors and otherstakeholders in establishing the council. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. PHOTO COURTESY OF PIO NEGROS OCCIDENTAL The partnership was formalized withthe signing of the memorandum of agreement between the local chief executivesof the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias and the municipality of E.B.Magalona, Negros Occidental in rites held at the Capitol Social Hall here lastweek. It will also formulate policies thatmay serve as a guide for the participating LGUs in managing all fishingactivities, and other related activities geared towards regeneration andutilization of resources as well as supervise all approved programs andprojects proposed in the coastal resource management plan, among otherfunctions and powers. The launching and signing rites werealso witnessed by provincial agriculturist Japhet Masculino, BFAR regionaldirector Remia Aparri and Chrisma Salao, vice president of World Wide Fund forNature-Philippines, an organization working with fishery stakeholders in thethird district for the sustainability of the blue swimming crabs’ industry.(With a report from PNA/PN)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier has been named the WNBA Rookie of the Year. Collier was one of four unanimous selections on the All-Rookie Team, along with Indiana Fever center Teaira McCowan, Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale, and Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young. Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner also was chosen. The 6-foot-1 Collier was drafted out of Connecticut with the sixth overall pick last spring. She’s the first Lynx winner of the award since Maya Moore in 2011. IOWA CITY — Iowa kicker Keith Duncan has been named the Big Ten special teams player of the week. Duncan kicked four field goals in the Hawkeyes’ 18-17 win at Iowa State. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says special teams played a major part in the win.The kicking game has shined in a 3-0 start. Duncan has been perfect on all eight field goal attempts.Iowa defensive back D.J. Johnson is the Big Ten freshman of the week. He had eight tackles and broke up two passes against the Cyclones. DES MOINES — Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 9/16/19Class 4A1. Ankeny Centennial (3-0), LW #1 vs #4 Dowling Catholic2. WDM Valley (3-0), LW #2 vs Waukee3. Bettendorf (3-0), LW #5 vs #5 Cedar Falls4. Dowling Catholic (2-1), LW #4 @ #1 Ankeny Centennial5. Cedar Falls (3-0), LW #6 @ #3 Bettendorf6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (2-1), LW #3 @ C.R. Prairie7. Southeast Polk (2-1), LW #8 @ DSM East8. Ankeny (1-2), LW #7 @ DSM Roosevelt9. Fort Dodge (3-0), LW #9 @ Carroll10.Waterloo West (2-1), LW (X) vs DSM Hoover Eight-man1. Don Bosco (3-0), LW #1 @ Janesville2. Turkey Valley (3-0), LW #2 @ Springville3. New London (3-0), LW #3 vs Lone Tree4. Remsen St. Mary’s (3-0), LW #4 @ River Valley5. Coon Rapids-Bayard (3-0), LW #6 @ Boyer Valley6. Audubon (3-1), LW #7 @ Woodbine7. English Valleys (3-0), LW (X) vs HLV (Victor)8. Lenox (4-0), LW #8 @ East Union9. Harris-Lake Park (3-0), LW (X) vs AR-WE-VA10.Newell-Fonda (2-1), LW #10 @ Kingsley-Pierson Class 1A1. West Sioux (3-0), LW #1 vs LeMars Gehlen2. Dike-New Hartford (3-0), LW #2 @ Union (LaPorte City)3. Van Meter (3-0), LW #3 @ Woodward-Granger4. West Branch (3-0), LW #4 @ Tipton5. West Lyon (3-0), LW #5 vs MOC-Floyd Valley6. South Central Calhoun (3-0), LW #8 @ 2A #9 Southeast Valley7. Western Christian (Hull) (3-0), LW #7 @ Central Lyon8. Mediapolis (3-0), LW #6 vs Louisa-Muscatine9. Mount Ayr (3-0), LW #9 @ Clarke (Osceola)10.Treynor (3-0), LW #10 @ Red Oak Class A1. West Hancock (3-0), LW #1 vs Forest City2. Saint Ansgar (3-0), LW #3 vs Postville3. North Tama (3-0), LW #5 @ Hudson4. Edgewood-Colesburg (3-0), LW #4 @ North Linn5. Wapsie Valley (2-1), LW #2 vs GMG (Garwin)6. Westwood (Sloan) (3-0), LW #6 vs Missouri Valley7. BGM (Brooklyn) (3-0), LW #7 vs East Marshall8. Grundy Center (3-0), LW #8 @ East Buchanan9. Algona Garrigan (2-1), LW #9 @ St. Edmond10.South O’ Brien (3-0), LW #10 vs Sioux Central MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As the Minnesota Twins move closer to a postseason berth, José Berríos’ confidence grows.Berríos pitched into the eighth inning to win his second straight start, Mitch Garver hit a go-ahead double and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Monday night.Seeking their first AL Central title since 2010, the Twins opened a five-game lead over second-place Cleveland. At 92-58 with 12 games left, Minnesota is assured of its best record since finishing 94-68 in 2010.Given an extra day of rest between starts, Berríos (13-8) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He was rewarded with a standing ovation when he was removed.Tyler Duffey finished the eighth, and Sergio Romo allowed Eloy Jiménez’s homer leading off the ninth before getting an out. Taylor Rogers needed just eight pitches to finish a six-hitter for his 27th save in 33 chances. Class 2A1. Waukon (3-0), LW #1 vs Cascade2. Clear Lake (3-0), LW #2 vs Mason City3. Algona (3-0), LW #3 @ 3A #9 Webster City4. Crestwood (2-1), LW #4 vs Decorah5. Des Moines Christian (3-0), LW #6 vs DSM North6. Waterloo Columbus (3-0), LW #7 vs Vinton-Shellsburg7. Greene County (3-0), LW #8 vs Gilbert8. Benton (3-0), LW #9 vs Wilton9. Southeast Valley (3-0), LW #10 vs 1A #6 South Central Calhoun10.OABCIG (3-0), LW (X) @ Storm Lake Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (3-0), LW #1 vs #4 North Scott2. Solon (3-0), LW #2 vs Davenport Assumption3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (3-0), LW #3 vs West Delaware4. North Scott (3-0), LW #4 @ #1 Western Dubuque5. Lewis Central (3-0), LW #6 @ C.B. Thomas Jefferson6. Glenwood (3-0), LW #7 vs Dallas Center-Grimes7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (2-1), LW #10 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley8. Washington (3-0), LW (X) @ West Liberty9. Webster City (3-0), LW #9 vs 2A #3 Algona10.Pella (2-1), LW #5 @ Carlisle IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says it has contacted Iowa State after the Hawkeye Marching Band was subjected to “inappropriate actions” during Saturday’s football game between the two rivals.The statement from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta on Monday did not include details and said only that “we have contacted Iowa State athletics administration and are working to gather additional information.”No. 18 Iowa rallied to beat Iowa State 18-17 on the road. The game at Jack Trice Stadium lasted nearly 6 ½ hours after a pair of weather delays, and some fans from Iowa State’s student section ran onto the field during the second interruption before being sent back by security.Iowa’s band, like the team itself, was booed heavily by the Iowa State student section when it entered the stadium before kickoff. AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says the Cyclones need to bounce back in a hurry as they prepare to host Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks were idle last week after a 45-44 overtime loss at Florida State.Campbell says Louisiana-Monroe has a lot of talent.Campbell says even without injured center Colin Newell the offensive line made major progress against the Hawkeyes.Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Good food, stalls and games saw the Monument Primary School grounds packed with people as Môrester Children’s Home hosted their annual fête today (Saturday).There were tons of games for the little ones, including Crazy Bicycle, Human Soccer Table and Wall Climbing.The adults went from stall to stall in search of bargains and enjoyed the various performances such as Zulu dancing.Other activities included hairdressing and face-painting.The fête-goers enjoyed a fun-filled Saturday outing, snacking on tasty treats and socialising with family and friends on a sunny winter’s morning, adding to the festive atmosphere!DID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!