20 Dec
2020

Brazil Seizes Nearly 7 Tons of Drugs in the Amazon

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 05, 2018 From January to May 2018, the Brazilian Armed Forces seized nearly 6.6 tons of drugs in the area under the responsibility of the Amazon Military Command (CMA, in Portuguese) headquartered in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. The 170 operations were conducted in partnership with government agencies of four states in the Amazon that border Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. According to figures CMA published at the end of May, the seizures also included 26,700 cubic meters of timber illegally harvested from the forest, 68 firearms, and 77,500 liters of fuel. Service members and police officers also arrested 87 people in connection with the crimes. Patrols on the Amazon’s borders have intensified since the end of 2017, as per the operational model the Integrated Border Protection Program established in 2016. The program led to a restructuring of Operation Ágata, which ran during predefined periods and covered large swaths of territory. Service members and security agents now conduct sporadic operations throughout the year, for shorter periods and with a smaller force. Constant surveillance An example of this type of engagement is Operation Shield (Operação Escudo), designed to fight transnational crimes and increase military presence in the country’s border regions. “This operation goes on since January and will continue throughout the year [2018], with around 12 border reconnaissance missions a month,” Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Major General Gustavo Henrique Dutra de Menezes, commander of the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade, headquartered in Boa Vista, in the state of Roraima. During Operation Shield, the 1st Brigade’s troops covered the 2,000 kilometers bordering Venezuela and Guyana. According to Maj. Gen. Dutra, border reconnaissance consists of patrols on border limits. Service members’ notes on their circuit are then fed into the brigade’s database. Visits to indigenous communities—who live in hard-to-reach-locations—to attend to any potential needs are part of patrols. Another example of intermittent CMA operations is Operation Control (Operação Controle). The operation on federal and state highways sets up roadblocks and checkpoints to control means of transport for drugs and other illicit goods. Motorized patrols and patrols on foot on trails and other routes are also carried out. In addition to fighting crime and enhancing security along the border, Operation Control aims to intensify the monitoring of immigrants from neighboring countries. In Brazil, immigrants are directed to welcome centers or receive help to return to their country. “These actions produced some significant numbers, such as the setup of more than 100 roadblocks, the inspection of 32,000 vehicles, and the seizure of nearly $537,000 in contraband,” Maj. Gen. Dutra said of Operation Control’s results since the start of 2018. Groundwork Four jungle infantry brigades, a total of 20,000 service members, perform CMA operations. The brigades coordinate 24 Special Border Platoons (PEF, in Portuguese), deployed along the border, which in turn broaden CMA’s operations. “Permanent surveillance and constant patrols constitute routine operations of the platoon’s service members. Service members work daily under the motto ‘Life, Combat, and Work,’ which sums up everything a Brazilian Army Special Border Platoon does,” said EB Major General Cristiano Pinto Sampaio, commander of the 16th Jungle Infantry Brigade, headquartered in the city of Tefé in the state of Amazonas. The 2nd PEF, which reports to the 16th Brigade, made one of the largest drug seizures in 2018 within CMA’s jurisdiction. The January operation was a night raid on a channel of the Içá River, also known as the Putumayo, a tributary of the Amazon River. Service members found 1,860 kilograms of marijuana in a clandestine vessel. “The drugs were taken to the federal police station in Tabatinga, where the criminal investigation unit follows procedures as per the law,” said Maj. Gen. Pinto Sampaio. The 2nd PEF covers an area on the border with Colombia. According to Maj. Gen. Pinto Sampaio, the jungle area is sparsely populated, like other parts of this region, and lacks government presence. These conditions lead the platoon’s service members to work beyond security and defense tasks, such as assisting with healthcare, evacuating sick people, and mediating minor conflicts. “All that makes the mission even more challenging for service members and their families,” Maj. Gen. Pinto Sampaio concluded.last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

US Navy – Coast Guard Team: 4 Interdictions in 4 Days

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)/Edited by Diálogo Staff June 25, 2020 The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and the Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) teams disrupted a combined 112 bales of suspected contraband worth over $79.6 million, May 24-27.While on routine patrol, the Lassen on May 24 and 26, along with its embarked helicopters, assigned to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72.2, made two separate interdictions.Lassen was able to intercept the vessels with coordination of their embarked LEDET and Lassen small boats. The embarked helicopters onboard were instrumental in ensuring the compliance of the go-fast vessels (GFV) until the small boat teams arrived to achieve positive control of the vessels.“This most recent interdiction is just one of the many examples of how Lassen and the embarked LEDET are combating transnational organized crime,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Kevin Painten, officer in charge, USCG LEDET 403.Additionally, on May 24 and 27, the USS Detroit made two separate interdictions.A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron VP 26, spotted an additional GFV, and the USS Detroit was vectored for a long range intercept. Upon intercept, Detroit employed one of her embarked helicopters, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSC) 22, to provide overwatch and ensure compliance, while the embarked LEDET on Detroit small boats achieved positive control of the GFV.The Lassen and Detroit recovered 70 bales of suspected cocaine totaling an estimated 2,009 kilograms, worth over an estimated $76 million.Additionally, the Lassen recovered 42 bales of suspected marijuana totaling an estimated 2,086 pounds (946 kg), worth over an estimated $3.6 million.“I could not be more proud of the Sea Devils onboard Lassen. Lassen continues to excel day-in, day-out,” said U.S. Navy Commander Judson Mallory, Lassen’s commanding officer. “This most recent success is a testament to my crew’s dedication, focus, and self-sufficiency, supported by their seamless integration with our air detachment and the embarked USCG LEDET.”USS Lassen and USS Detroit are deployed to the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations conducting U.S Southern Command and Joint Interagency Task Force South’s enhanced counter drug operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives.last_img read more

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8 Dec
2020

Controversial wind turbine project passes Monday, receives mixed reaction

first_imgThe project as a whole has received mixed reaction from both community members and local, elected officials. The board says the developer estimates the project will create 150 construction and construction related services jobs in the state, plus seven more for the operation of the facility. At a Sanford Board meeting on Dec. 10, new restrictions were introduced and passed to limit the distance turbines can be placed from personal property and noise frequencies. Democratic Broome County Executive Jason Garnar commented on the approval Monday saying, “It’s going to provide hundreds of jobs in Broome County, millions of dollars of tax revenue, economic development opportunities for years to come, I think it’s really important that we work to bring these projects into our community.” Republican State Senator Fred Akshar spoke out against the approval saying in a statement Monday: The Siting Board referenced this aspect of the process, saying in a statement Monday in part: Following the approval Monday in Albany, the board says the 124-megawatt Bluestone Wind Project will include up to 27 wind turbines; 23 of those in the Town of Sanford and four in the Town of Windsor. These will join a slew of other towers, roads and lines associated with the project. On our news app? Read the full statement by clicking here. ALBANY (WBNG) — The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, known as the Siting Board, says it approved Bluestone Wind, LLC, to build and run a wind farm in Broome County. “Even through the most contentious and divisive issues facing our communities, it’s government’s role to listen to the people they serve and work together to find a path forward. That didn’t happen today. Once again, bureaucrats in Albany chose to steamroll over local laws passed by the people and local governments they serve in favor of their own political agenda.Today, the New York Siting Board ignored the objections of the only two board members representing the local communities affected by the proposed 27-tower wind turbine project in Sanford.The Town of Sanford unilaterally passed specific local regulations on land use to address the many concerns of local community members, but rather than respecting the wishes of these local communities and working with them, the politically appointed Board proceeded to steamroll over their input and force this project through.In the coming days, I’ll be cosponsoring legislation requiring approval through local public referendum for major projects like this.” “In its decision, the Siting Board waived compliance with a Town of Sanford law prohibiting construction of the project because it was found to be unreasonably burdensome under Siting Board rules. The Siting Board noted that Town of Sanford, a party in the case, did not make any objections regarding issuance of the initial certificate and enacted the moratorium after the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing and the filing of post-hearing briefs.”last_img read more

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16 Oct
2020

Weekly Update: Providing Access to Medical Marijuana, Submitting Fair Congressional Maps, and Strengthening Lobbying Laws

first_imgWeekly Update: Providing Access to Medical Marijuana, Submitting Fair Congressional Maps, and Strengthening Lobbying Laws February 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update Congressional MapsAfter Republican legislative leaders submitted their proposed congressional map last Friday, Governor Wolf announced on Tuesday that he would reject this proposal.“Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock and stifles meaningful reform,” Governor Wolf said. “As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map.“The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”Before the deadline at midnight on Thursday, Governor Wolf submitted a map to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. According to analysis by Tufts University Moon Duchin, the governor’s map exhibited no partisan skew in comparison to a billion randomly generated maps.“From the outset, I have made clear I wanted a map that was fair and removed the partisanship that Pennsylvanians have been forced to live under since the 2012 elections,” Governor Wolf said. “This map takes features from Republican and Democratic submissions, while still meeting the court’s orders and opinion, to provide Pennsylvanians with a fair map. ​“While my preference would have been for the General Assembly to send me a fair map, I believe this map sets forth a new standard of fairness.”View the full contents of the governor’s proposal here.Medical MarijuanaOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced that medical marijuana would become available on February 15 for patients at approved dispensaries across the commonwealth. To date, 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors have been approved to operate, 17,000 patients have registered to participate, over 700 physicians have registered to become certified practitioners, and almost 400 of those physicians have completed training.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. On Thursday, the governor offered his thanks as Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana patients received their medication.“We reached this historic day through a lot of hard work by many dedicated people at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and its Office of Medical Marijuana, and through the support of advocacy groups, the General assembly, and especially Pennsylvanians – the parents, doctors, and patients – whose tireless efforts helped make today a reality,” said Governor Wolf.“My thanks to staff and supporters, and to the more than 700 physicians who have either completed or are in the process of completing the necessary steps to certify patients. The nearly 3,000 patients with medical marijuana ID cards (with more than 17,000 registered to participate in the program) are now able to find some relief from their serious medical conditions and, for that, I am most grateful.”Government ReformOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1175 into law, now Act 2 of 2018, which underlined his commitment to change the culture of Harrisburg by making government more efficient and transparent.The new law strengthens lobbying reporting rules, including:Requiring lobbyists, lobbying firms, or principals to file lobbying disclosure reports electronically to quicken Department of State processing and provide more time for compliance efforts. Approximately 20 percent of lobbying disclosure reports are filed by paper;Increasing the daily maximum penalty for not filing a report by the quarterly deadline from $50 per day to: $50 per day for the first 10 late days; $100 per day from late day 11 to 20; and $200 per late day after 20 days; andDoubling the maximum penalty for not filing a lobbying disclosure reports by the quarterly deadline from $2,000 to $4,000;Requiring the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure reports online within seven days of receiving the filing. The department typically posts electronically filed reports within minutes of submission.Governor Wolf’s Week, February 11 – February 17, 2018Monday, 2/12/18Governor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47Governor Wolf Reinforces Commitment to Rural Communities, Local Infrastructure with New InvestmentsTuesday, 2/13/18Governor Tom Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered MapWolf Administration Unveils When and Where Medical Marijuana Will be Available to PatientsWednesday, 2/14/18Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Federal Representative Jon FoxGovernor Wolf Signs Stronger Lobbying Restrictions Bill into LawThursday, 2/15/18Governor Wolf Offers Thanks as Medical Marijuana Now Available in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Statement on Parkland, Florida TragedyGovernor Wolf Submits a Fairer Congressional Map to Supreme CourtFriday, 2/16/18Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West PhiladelphiaHundreds Join Wolf Administration in Erie for Cabinet in Your Community EventHighlights from The BlogPA.gov That Works: New and Improved Site SearchFebruary Jobs That Pay Update: #AmazonInPA, PA Business One-Stop Shop, 21st Century Workforce Development, and Community InvestmentsGUEST BLOG: New Online PA Business One-Stop Shop LaunchesGovernor Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered Map (Round-Up)Lunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the DogMedical Marijuana Available for Patients in Pennsylvania (Round-up)Highlights from TwitterI have made clear from the outset that I wanted a congressional map that was fair and removed from partisanship. This map takes features from Republican and Democratic submissions, while still meeting the court’s orders and opinion, to provide Pennsylvanians with a fair map. https://t.co/DELsrklJq3— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 16, 2018 Many of you have waited years for this moment. Medical marijuana is legal, safe, and now available to PA patients. Proud of the work so many have devoted to making #MMJ a reality in PA. https://t.co/bfDBbSluzt— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 13, 2018 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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29 Sep
2020

PensionDanmark backs government plan for agriculture investment fund

first_imgHe said this would result in growth and employment particularly in those parts of Denmark where they were most needed.Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s minister for business and growth, said there were many farmers with effective businesses that they were ready to invest in, but who were hindered by high levels of debt.“Several hundred businesses are assessed as being effective enough to be able to remain profitable by investing more in their production combined with a long-term solution for their overall debt,” he said, adding that these were exactly the farmers the fund was targeting.Danish Agricultural Capital would receive a DKK500m transfer from the state.The ministry said the goal was to attract at least a further DKK500m from pension funds and possibly other investors to reach the initial goal of raising DKK1bn.It said the Danish Growth Fund would run the new farms fund, and that it was working right now on making deals with a range of larger pension funds to invest in it.“If the negotiations go as we expect,” Lund Poulsen said, “Danish Agricultural Capital will be able to grant its first loan at the start of 2017.”The new farm financing fund would offer subordinated loans that are non-callable by Danish Agricultural Capital. The ministry said there were no fixed sizes or terms for the loans and that they were expected to be for DKK5m to DKK10m, with terms of up to eight years at an individually fixed rate of interest.Loans are expected to be given to 150-200 farms over the next few years. PensionDanmark has voiced its support for an investment fund being launched by Denmark’s Ministry of Business and Growth to raise DKK2bn (€269m) of equity and debt financing for Danish farms.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of the DKK189bn labour-market pension fund, said: “There has been a constructive dialogue for some time between the Ministry of Business and Growth, the Danish Growth Fund and several Danish pension funds about setting up Danish Agricultural Capital (Dansk Landbrugskapital).”The Danish Growth Fund (Vækstfonden) is a state investment fund set up in 1992 that invests equity and provides loans and guarantees for small and medium-sized enterprises in conjunction with private partners and Danish financial institutions. “It now looks as if a model has been found in which PensionDanmark and other investors can put capital into the new fund, thereby making a reasonable return while at the same time helping supply financing for skilled farmers keen to invest in their businesses,” Möger Pedersen said.last_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

Hoyer Group boosts its LNG business

first_imgIn addition to LNG logistics, Hoyer Group is expanding its fleet by including LNG trucks as well as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicles. Engines fuelled with liquid natural gas emit around 15 per cent less CO2 emissions and approximately 60 per cent less nitrogen oxides compared to conventional diesel engines. An LNG engine also consumes less fuel. HOYER has already put four LNG trucks and seven CNG vehicles on the road. German logistics services provider Hoyer Group is expanding its liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport business footprint. In its statement, the company said that all of its equipment has the necessary approvals entitling the company to load at major European LNG storage terminals. Ortwin Nast, chief executive officer of the Hoyer Group says, “expanding our truck fleet by including climate-friendly trucks is a logical consequence.” Courtesy of Hoyer Group The market for alternative energies is growing rapidly worldwide. This trend has prompted the Hoyer Group to take the step further. The company noted in its statement that LNG also shows potential as a fuel. The company’s portfolio of services in this segment includes supplies to petrol stations and deliveries to industrial companies, as well as, supply to shipping. Overall, the demand for LNG as fuel for road transport, industry and shipping is growing. As a response, the Hoyer Group is accelerating the LNG transport business. The topic of alternative drive systems will be followed up intensively in the future. The steady expansion of the service station infrastructure, together with attractive measures such as exempting LNG trucks from highway tolls reinforces the trend towards LNG trucks, despite higher acquisition costs compared to their diesel equivalents, the company said.last_img read more

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27 Sep
2020

Polyamorous marriage in NZ

first_imgThe Daily Blog 2 April 2013Features writers such as Chris Trotter, David Slack Efeso Collins, John Minto, Keith Locke, Sue Bradford and moreWhen Bob McCroskrie stirred the pot by pointing out that we can’t call it ‘marriage equality’ if we’re not including anyone who wants to get married, many clever and supposedly intersectional activists went to a very strange place to prove Bob wrong. It’s entirely fair to focus this argument on same-sex marriage. This legislation at hand. This international movement of acceptance. But in order to do that, we don’t need to run screaming and emphatically separate ourselves from those poly people. Those people, who by the way, have not tried to ‘hijack’ this stage in marriage equality publicly once. Those people who are loudly supportive of queer marriage and waiting for their turn. Or, like many queer and straight folk, don’t personally want to get married, but don’t agree with a glaring legislative difference.To separate ourselves from McCroskrie’s attempts to derail and divide, all we have to do is ignore him. Because currently the only person who IS conflating this phase in marriage equality with poly marriage, is a dude who ran a nationwide campaign in support of child abuse. He is no one’s ally. So let’s not give him any time at the big people’s table. If this isn’t the fight we’re fighting, our responses to his attempts to mess with us from his tiny swivel chair in a basement laden with Christian motivational posters, should simply say that and move on. But for “marriage equality” activists to go to great lengths to emphasize that’s definitively not going to happen so please move along oh my god don’t conflate us with that argument, it’s too far out and weird and you’ve got the wrong people, these are not the droids you’re looking for is offensive. Tell me why, exactly, poly marriage isn’t something we shouldn’t be actively setting our sights for once this hurdle is over? Is it because of the slippery slope? Is it because of ‘the children’? Is it because amending legislation to enable it would be literally the hardest thing ever and we have never needed to amend those things before in the history of humanity? Because I’m pretty sure those arguments should be all too familiar to “marriage equality” activists.…Extending marriage to any informed consenting adult who wants to, should be something eventually incorporated in marriage equality. Unless you subscribe to the idea that loving, adult relationships should be prescribed and confined in accordance with…what, exactly? If you subscribe to that idea, then please, don’t talk about “marriage equality”. Talk about “same-sex marriage” because that is really all you stand for. If you’re at least broadly open to it, but you want to distance yourself from the poly discussion because you’re well aware that now is not the time, and that people do have super toxic hang ups about poly marriage, then sure. But do so with acknowledgement, at least internally, that you’re prioritizing this milestone over a discussion poly folk have been waiting for, and will continue to wait for. And maybe try not to spit in their face while you do it. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/02/polyamorous-marriage/last_img read more

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24 Sep
2020

Mrs. Betty Mardelle (Reese) Hughes

first_imgMrs. Betty Mardelle (Reese) Hughes, age 83, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on August 1, 1935, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the daughter of the late, J.C. and Ruth (Thomas) Reese. She was raised in Posey Township and was a 1954 graduate of the Patriot High School. Betty was united in marriage on May 16, 1959, at the Old Methodist Church in Patriot, Indiana, to the late, Ralph Hughes. This union was blessed with three daughters, Marlene, Marsha and Melissa. Betty was a Switzerland County 4-H Leader and attended the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church. Betty worked on the family farm alongside her husband and was a wonderful homemaker. Betty enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in the band, choir and sports and will be deeply missed by her loving family. Betty passed away at 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Betty is survived by her daughters, Marlene Peters and her husband, Rick of Vevay, IN, Marsha Chase and her husband, Lawrence of Vevay, IN and Melissa Hughes of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Meghan Kaczmarek and her husband, Anthony of East Enterprise, IN, Kayla Nelson and her husband, Zac of Vevay, IN, Ashley Kitts and her husband, Chris of Vevay, IN and Lauren Chase of Vevay, IN; her great-grandchildren, Presley Kitts, Eli Nelson and Jimmy Kaczmarek; her sister, Billie Green and her husband, Galen of Vevay, IN; her brother, Chuck Reese of East Enterprise, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Ruth (Thomas) Reese; her husband, Ralph Hughes, died April 20, 2003 and her sister, Myroleen Henry.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 7, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Rising Sun New Cemetery, Rising Sun, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund % CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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22 Sep
2020

Japan withdraws 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

first_imgRelatedPosts Japanese firm develops robot able to kill COVID-19 with ultra-violet rays Tokyo 2020 organisers want ‘Super Mario’ Abe to remain involved NAFDAC warns Nigerians against apple, blackcurrant from Australia The Japanese Football Association announced that Japan is withdrawing its bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, just days before football’s world governing body holds a vote to determine the successful candidate.Following an executive board meeting on Monday, the JFA withdrew its candidacy and decided to support the Australia/New Zealand bid, which will go up against a bid from Colombia. Earlier this month, FIFA rated the joint Australia/New Zealand bid as the best to host the tournament, with Japan in second place.The JFA said a key factor behind their decision was losing the support of the Southeast Asian ASEAN Football Federation, who have publicly said they would support the Australia/New Zealand bid.With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games now being delayed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the JFA said they found it unlikely one country would be awarded women’s soccer’s two biggest tournaments back-to-back.JFA chairman Kozo Tashima left the door open for another bid in the future.Tags: 2023 Women’s World CupAustraliaColombiJapanNew Zealandlast_img read more

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21 Sep
2020

Van Ginkel set to miss season

first_img Van Ginkel – making only his second start following a summer switch from Vitesse Arnhem – went down after an early challenge from Alex Pritchard and, despite briefly trying to carry on, he soon hobbled off in the 10th minute. It is understood that reports in the Dutch media that the 20-year-old will have surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out for six to nine months are accurate. Chelsea paid around £8million of Van Ginkel in July, but it looks as though his season has now ended after seeing just 97 minutes of action. The Dutchman showed glimpses of his potential during his only other start against Basle in the Champions League, and he also looked impressive when coming off the bench against Hull and Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League. Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland said he feared the worst for Van Ginkel after the Capital One Cup clash at the County Ground, which Chelsea won 2-0. “It doesn’t look good,” he said. “He’ll have a scan on Wednesday on an injury to his knee. It’s too early to say (if it’s a bad one) but let’s hope that’s not the case. “It didn’t look good as he came off so early in the game.” The injury also severely hampers Van Ginkel’s chances of making Holland’s World Cup squad. The 20-year-old made his international debut last November and was expected to challenge for a place in Louis van Gaal’s squad for Brazil. Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Swindon on Tuesday and is expected to be out for around six months. Press Association Chelsea later confirmed the Holland midfielder had undergone an operation. A statement on chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Marco van Ginkel successfully underwent anterior cruciate ligament surgery today (Thursday). “The 20-year-old midfielder is expected to be out for approximately six months. “Van Ginkel suffered the knee injury during the first half of our Capital One Cup match at Swindon on Tuesday evening.” last_img read more

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