12 Oct
2019

US uses Tomahawk Cruise Missiles against ISIS in Syria

Marrakech – The US is launching Tomahawk Cruise Missiles  against ISIS targets in Syria. The Washington post reports that the missiles were probably launched from naval ships or submarines in the eastern Mediterranean.Cruise missiles were used against Al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan after 9/11 and in the first Gulf War in 1991 and during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and against Libya in 2011.Since President Obama authorized air attacks against ISIS in August, official statements have recorded 190 air attacks by fighter bombers, bombers and missile bearing drones. The use of Tomahawk missiles in Syria has not been recorded so far and is significant. It confirms that General Lloyd Austin has been given a free hand to strike ISIS targets in Syria using whatever force is required.The Washington Post reports that cruise missiles were in position in August 2013 to strike at the Assad regime following its use of chemical weapons. They were never used because President Obama decided to seek congressional approval for the action.The Tomahawk Cruise Missile is a fearsome long range guided weapon made by Raytheon. It is 18 feet long and  usually carries a 1,000 pound warhead and has a range of up to 1,000 miles. It is a precision guided missile and is used against stationary targets. It’s against ISIS installations in Syria and will help reduce the risk to U.S. pilots should the Assad government choose to use its antiaircraft missile systems.The Assad government said it had been warned by the US prior to the attack launched last night. read more

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11 Oct
2019

Darfur UNAfrican peacekeepers to set up quick reaction force to protect civilians

16 February 2011The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has significantly stepped up its patrols in the strife-torn region of Sudan where there was a recent resurgence of violence and is setting up a quick reaction force to help protect civilians. “I am deeply concerned about these renewed clashes and have since made strong appeals to the parties to cease further hostilities in the interest of ongoing peace efforts and the safety of the people of Darfur,” UN-AU Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari told a news conference in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.Renewed fighting in January has driven some 43,000 people from their homes, according to UNAMID, the more than 20,000-strong uniformed force set up in 2008 to help end a war between the Government, backed by its militia allies, and various rebel groups, which has killed at least 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million others since it erupted in 2003.“UNAMID patrols have increased from 90 to 130 military and police patrols daily with additional surge capacity when required,” Mr. Gambari said, noting that between 1 January and 10 February over 6,000 patrols were conducted, mostly to deter armed violence against civilians.UNAMID is also expanding and upgrading Teams Sites to extend its protection cover to larger parts of Darfur. “Because we cannot be everywhere every time, I have instructed the Joint Operations Centre in UNAMID to set up a quick reaction force in order to assist civilians who are under imminent threat.”In recent months, particularly November and December, the security situation in parts of Darfur deteriorated, due largely to clashes between the Sudanese armed forces and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which have taken part in a peace process launched in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Relations also deteriorated between the Government and another rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Army/ Minni Minnawi movement (SLA/MM), leading to heavy military confrontations.A considerable number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sought refuge in UNAMID Team Sites where military and police personnel provided security, health services, food and other basic needs. “Although the situation in these conflict-affected areas has improved and UNAMID has stepped up confidence-building patrols in order to encourage gradual returns, several IDPs remain clustered around our Team Sites,” Mr. Gambari said.On the positive side, he noted that the Government has shown “a commendable willingness” to cooperate with UNAMID in ensuring that the mission has the required access and freedom of movement to implement its mandate, which includes helping to restore security and protect civilians. read more

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7 Oct
2019

Ciscos Amy Chang on the Future of Collaboration

As one example, she noted that she is working to reduce the time for order processing by an order of magnitude. “I just want to keep shrinking and shrinking and shrinking [the number of days it takes partners and customers to get stuff in their hands] down so that we’re extremely responsive,” she added. Amy Chang made her entrance into the collaboration industry last May, when Cisco acquired Accompany, the “relationship intelligence” company she founded and led as CEO. With the acquisition, Chang, who had been on the Cisco board, became SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, taking over the reigns over from Rowan Trollope, who left the company to become CEO of cloud contact center provider Five9. While collaboration hadn’t been in Chang’s wheelhouse, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics – so central to optimizing employee and customer engagement today – has been. Prior to founding Accompany, Chang worked at Google, leading teams responsible for Google Analytics and Website Optimizer, among other products. Before joining Google, Chang worked at eBay in paid search; as a McKinsey consultant for the semiconductor and software industries; and in hardware at Intel, AMD, and Motorola. Over the years she has served on the Cisco, Splunk, Informatica, and Procter & Gamble boards, and today retains her position at the latter. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. Continued on next page: Chang on Cisco’s executive leadership and on the role for AI in collaborationTags:News & ViewsCiscoAmy Changcognitive collaborationUnified Communications & CollaborationAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesCloud CommunicationsFuture of WorkQ&AVendor PerspectiveVendor Strategy12nextlast Articles You Might Like These efforts to make doing business with the group easier are reflected in Cisco Collaboration’s earnings, Chang said. A year ago, before Chang had started, Cisco’s Applications group (within which Collaboration sits) had low single-digit growth. Now, as of the November earnings report, the Applications group is seeing 18% year-over-year growth, and Collaboration is “a very significant portion of that,” she said. “We have a long way to go, but you’ll see [more] progress throughout the year.” I had the opportunity to sit down and get to know the “mysterious” Amy Chang in a recent No Jitter interview. Having had spoken with various members of her executive team, I had heard about her energetic personality and striking intelligence but knew little of how she planned on leading the Collaboration group forward. In our chat, Chang shared her thoughts on everything from that to her transition into Cisco leadership, the place for AI in collaboration, and Cisco’s recent executive leadership changes. Chang_Amy_774.png Chang has been fairly quiet since joining Cisco. But she broke the silence in November, speaking publicly for the first time at Cisco’s Partner Summit, and is set to take to the mainstage at Enterprise Connect 2019 – one of five keynoters in a lineup that includes Lori Wright, GM of Microsoft 365; Pasquale DeMaio, GM of Amazon Connect; Rany Ng, director of product management at Google; and, as announced today, Joe Park, chief digital architect and VP of associate digital experience at Walmart. A final piece of the puzzle is continuing to serve premises-based customers. “We’re cloud-first, but not cloud-only,” she said. Cisco still has more than 30 million users on Jabber, many still active on premises-based solutions, Chang said. “These customers are going to be on those for a decade or two to come, and we’re not abandoning those products,” she added, noting a departure from the company’s previous stance. On Product Strategy…At a high level, Chang said she thinks about the business through the lens of what collaboration does for people. “Collaboration touches 300 million human beings on a regular basis for Cisco,” she said. “And we’re on the front lines of crafting that meaningful experience.” It’s about building bridges, not islands, she added. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » On Jumping in Feet First…Once at Cisco, Chang said she began to identify areas that could be improved, and found a lot of low-hanging fruit. “We’re talking like watermelon-sized fruit on the ground that you can pick up,” she said. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. It’s all about simplification, she said, and about having a single product portfolio. Enterprise IT shouldn’t need to be aware of Cisco’s internal structure, Chang said. “Our org chart should be opaque to you because the products should work as one portfolio,” she emphasized, noting that toward this end Cisco will be delivering “something that customers have been asking for, for a long time — a unified client, where calling, messaging, and meetings are all together … in one simple experience.” Chang gave a nod to the redesigned Webex platform as an example of how Cisco intends to create cohesion in the collaboration experience. “The [Webex] experience has gone from being the best that the 2000s had to offer to really being in the year 2019,” she said. For customers, the benefit of having a single platform is “multiplicative, not just additive,” she said. Think of Cisco Collaboration as a solution, not a bunch of point products, she added. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Chang’s strategy also revolves around interoperability, as well as around weaving intelligence through the portfolio. On the former, she pointed to its integrations of Webex with the Microsoft Office suite as evidence of the direction Cisco is moving in — “where it all just works together.” Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Log in or register to post comments read more

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7 Oct
2019

BlackBerry CEO says it will take 10 years before selfdriving cars become

BlackBerry Inc.’s strength in security, privacy and interconnectivity will enable it to be a major player in the emerging market for self-driving and connected cars — but it may take a decade for them to become common, BlackBerry chairman and CEO John Chen told shareholders Wednesday.The Waterloo, Ont. -based company — which has evolved into primarily a software and service company since Chen joined in late 2013 — is working with a host of automotive parts makers, semiconductor developers and big name auto companies, including Ford Motors and Jaguar Land Rover.But Chen said fully autonomous vehicles, guided by wireless networks, will probably remain a rarity for some time to come because of the complex task of developing the technology but also due to the necessary public policies.“Let’s say (in) 2021, you’re not going to see a lot of them — if there are any,” Chen said. “My speculation: ten years (from now) is probably closer to the truth than three years.”BlackBerry QNX launched testing of a self-driving car in October in what was billed as the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada after opening an innovation centre in late 2016.The company is involved in discussions about setting safety standards for Canada and the United States and noted that China, Japan and the European Union will also have their own rules.Hopefully, he said, there will be a global set of standards — not like now where some of world drives on the right and some on the left side the road and some electricity grids use 110-volts and others use 220-volts.“This is in the hands of the politicians, not the technology providers. But we will definitely put our words in.”A Canadian Senate committee warned in a report earlier this year that departments and levels of government are taking contradictory approaches to automated vehicles and the federal government needs to better co-ordinate action. In the United States, the federal government has voluntary guidelines for companies that want to test autonomous vehicles, leaving much of the regulation up to states.Chen said that, for now, BlackBerry’s major revenue source from the automotive sector is through infotainment systems using software from its QNX division. An even bigger source of revenue for the company is its secure software for enterprise customers, while whatever revenue it receives from smartphones comes through licensing agreements.BlackBerry held its annual meeting two days before releasing financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, which began March 1.Analysts estimate BlackBerry’s revenue will drop nearly 15 per cent from a year earlier and fall almost 13 per cent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Revenue is expected to begin rising in each of the following quarters this year, according to estimates from Thomson Reuters Eikon.Chen was hired in November 2013 to turn around the company, a pioneer of the smartphone industry that was muscled aside by Apple Inc. and other smartphone makers using the Android operating system.A five-year contract for Chen, announced in March, was approved without comment at the meeting Wednesday.The contract, which runs to November 2023, is weighted toward long-term performance-based equity and cash awards, in addition to a time-based equity award.Shareholders didn’t vote directly on Chen’s contract but they did approve the board of director’s compensation policy by a majority, with no questions raised during the hour-long meeting at the BlackBerry campus in Waterloo.Chen could be paid a US$90 million bonus if the company’s 10-day average stock price at the New York Stock Exchange hits US$30 per share before Nov. 3, 2023 — more than double its 2018 high this year.He can also earn five million performance equity units, in five equal instalments, if BlackBerry’s stock price hits price targets rising annually from US$16 in fiscal 2019 to US$20. He’ll also get five million time units if he stays through 2023.For the financial year ended Feb. 28, Chen received about US$3 million in total compensation, which included a US$1 million in base salary and US$2 million under a non-equity incentive plan. Total compensation was about the same as in fiscal 2017 and 2016 but those years included $2 million in share-based awards on top of the $1 million base salary. read more

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3 Oct
2019

A bythenumbers look at flexible work arrangements in Canada

A by-the-numbers look at flexible work arrangements in Canada OTTAWA – The Liberal government is looking at bringing in new rules that would allow federally regulated employees to request changes to how and where do their jobs. Here are a few figures from a federal discussion paper released last month as part of consultations on the proposal:883,000: Approximate number of federally regulated workers who would be captured by any flexible work rules enacted by the federal government.11,450: Approximate number of employers in federally regulated industries.58: Percentage of Canadian employees who reported feeling overloaded in a Canadian Mental Health Association survey.400,000: Approximate number of indigenous youth who will be old enough to enter the workforce in the coming decade.36: Percentage of Canadian employees in a 2012 Statistics Canada survey who had flexible work hours to care for a family member.16: Percentage of women in the 2015 Statistics Canada labour force survey who reported working part-time to care for a child or for family responsibilities.3: Percentage of men in the same survey who reported working part-time for similar reasons.60: Percentage of employers in the 2008 federal jurisdiction workplace survey who said they did not provide bereavement leave in the event of the death of an immediate family member.(Source: Employment and Social Development Canada, “Flexible Work Arrangements: A discussion paper”) by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 2:25 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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2 Oct
2019

Mali Ban voices outrage as UN peacekeeper killed in second deadly attack

On 7 October, a number of unidentified assailants launched approximately six mortar rounds at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Kidal, in the country’s northeast, resulting in the death of the Senegalese peacekeeper. Coming just four days after an ambush killed nine Nigerien MINUSMA peacekeepers in Mali’s Gao region, the latest attack brings the total number of fatalities suffered by the UN mission to 31 peacekeepers killed and 91 wounded since it first deployed on 1 July 2013.In statement issued late yesterday by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General noted that the attack came on the eve of the UN Security Council’s consideration of the situation in Mali and reminded all parties of their responsibility to prevent attacks against blue helmets. Mr. Ban underscored that “a political solution is the only way to bring sustainable peace and stability” to the country. In addition, he expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the fallen peacekeeper and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. Despite initial security improvements in 2013, the situation in Northern Mali has deteriorated since the beginning of this year. An increase in incidents involving improvised explosive devices, mostly targeting Malian and international security forces, has impeded the return to normalcy and resumption of economic and development activities.The first phase of the inter-Malian negotiation process, which was held from 16 to 24 July in Algiers, aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement which would end the crisis. It concluded with the adoption of a roadmap by all parties. A second phase of peace negotiations is currently underway in the Algerian capital. Memorial ceremony held in honor of nine Blue Helmets from Niger killed on October 3 in an targeted ambush on the road between Menaka and Asongo, in the Gao region. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko Memorial ceremony held in honor of nine Blue Helmets from Niger killed on October 3 in an targeted ambush on the road between Menaka and Asongo, in the Gao region. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko ‹ ›In his briefing of the Council on the situation in Mali earlier today, Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, warned that the security situation in the country is of concern as the rate of attack against MINUSMA operations has increased “substantially and steeply” amid a reduction in the presence of French troops and the “quasi-disappearance” of Malian armed forces from many places in the north.“This has created a situation in which MINUSMA is the main foreign presence on the ground and, of course, this make us the target for all these spoilers – extremists, jihadists, traffickers – who would want to have the ground exclusively to themselves so as to carry-on with their nefarious activities,” Mr. Ladsous said via video feed from the Malian capital, Bamako. “We are in a situation where we are [no longer] in a peacekeeping environment and this behoves on us to take a number of measures to face these asymmetric threats,” he continued. Mr. Ladsous pointed out that the Mission was working “very actively” on a number of measures designed to strengthen the protection for MINUSMA bases, camps, equipment, and people in the face of what he described as “a whole range of threats,” including unguided rockets fired randomly, mortar shells, suicide attacks, and ambushes.The Under-Secretary-General also voiced frustration over the “slow” progress in peace negotiations, adding that “both on the side of the Government and on the side of the armed groups, a credible effort needs to be made to find a compromise based on mutual trust and reciprocal good will.” “Without losing any time, it’s important for an agreement to be reached,” he stated, reiterating the need for the return of Malian sovereignty to the rest of its territory. At the same time, the Security Council similarly condemned yesterday’s attack in the “strongest terms” while reiterating their “full support” for the MINUSMA deployment. The 15 members of the Council urged the Government of Mali to “swiftly” investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, adding that “those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable.” They also warned that such attacks may constitute war crimes under international law and reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. DSRSG Arnauld Akodjenou shakes hands with a member of Niger delegation serving with MINUSMA during the memorial ceremony. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko USG Herve Ladsous (right), Niger Minister of Justice Marou Amadou (centre) and DSRSG Arnauld Akodjenou (left) stand at attention during the memorial ceremony. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko read more

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28 Sep
2019

Ohio State womens golf eyes 3rd straight Big Ten championship

Members of the OSU women’s golf team. Credit: Courtesy of OSUIn each of the past two seasons, the Ohio State women’s golf team has celebrated a Big Ten championship — but with a catch. While OSU’s name has appeared on the trophy, it has done so as a co-champion.Now with a chance to stand alone as champion for the first time in the three-year span, the Buckeyes are gearing up for the Big Ten tournament this weekend.After securing a second-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational last weekend, the team will attempt to carry that momentum into the conference championship.“We are peaking at the right time,” said junior Jessica Porvasnik. “We just finished second at our home tournament, and we’re looking forward to the Big Tens this week.”Coach Therese Hession said she has been happy with her team’s solid season thus far but is hoping that the team can produce a couple of standout performances during the postseason.“We’ve had a pretty steady season. We’ve only really had one bad tournament in my opinion, so we’ve been very consistent,” Hession said. “If we can get one or two people to break out of the pack a little bit and post some under-par scores, I think that’s something we’re really going to need heading into this weekend.”One of the team’s goals is to win the Big Ten title outright. Despite being the two-time defending Big Ten champions, both team titles have been shared with other schools: Michigan in 2014 and Northwestern in 2015. Northwestern is currently ranked No. 15 in the country and has been the clear front-runner in the conference during the regular season.Despite the Wildcats being the favorite to win the conference title, Hession said they’re vulnerable.“Last week (Northwestern) shot 30 over par in a tournament, though, and lost by 42 strokes, so that’s the thing about women’s golf this year, there’s so many good teams,” Hession said. “You never know what’s going to happen week to week. So, you know, hopefully this will be our week.”OSU freshman Jaclyn Lee. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Buckeyes think a key to the weekend will be following their plan and knowing when to push for certain shots.“Be aggressive when you can be aggressive,” Porvasnik said. “Strategically, I think everyone needs to figure out when is the time to go for it and when not, and I think making the right choices is really going to benefit us in the long run.”Porvasnik, who finished fifth at last weekend’s home tournament, won the Big Ten tournament individual title as a freshman and is hoping to recreate her success from two years ago.“I definitely want to win the Big Ten again, but I’m just focusing on small goals and going into it just sticking to our game plan and playing smart golf,” she said.Four of the six Buckeyes competing have played on the course before, so they are familiar with its challenging elements. Hession said she thinks driving and putting execution will be critical components in the formula to win a Big Ten championship.“I would say hitting greens in regulation and staying out of the rough will be one factor,” Hession said. “You know it always comes down to if it’s your week, making some putts, and I feel like we’ve worked a lot on putting and trying to get the ball in the hole. Hopefully those two things come together, and it should work out pretty well then.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin play in the Big Ten tournament on Friday at The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Six suspected migrants rescued from small boat in English Channel

first_imgHMC Valiant tows migrant boat HMC Valiant tows migrant boat A Home Office spokesman said: “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was alerted to the presence of a small boat off the coast of Kent at around 05.40 on Thursday 25 August.“The MCA search and rescue helicopter from Lydd and a Border Force cutter were deployed to the scene.“Six men were recovered from the boat and are due to be interviewed by Border Force officers.” Six suspected illegal immigrants have been apprehended in a dinghy in the English Channel.Coastguards were alerted to the presence of the small vessel off the Kent coast in the early hours of Thursday morning.They alerted the Border Force cutter, HMC Valiant, which was able to intercept the boat before the men made it to the shore.A search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd was also scrambled and took part in the operation to safely apprehend the suspects.The men were being questioned by Border Force officers in Dover on suspicion of trying to enter the country illegally. The warmer weather is thought to have encouraged more migrants camped along the French coast to make the treacherous journey across the world’s busiest shipping lane.But there is major concern that the Border Force does not have the maritime resources to tackle the problem, with just four vessels available to patrol the thousands of miles of British coastline.Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said: “This is just another example of why we urgently need a new Dover Patrol guarding the English Channel.“The evil people traffickers are winning the war. They must be stopped. Sooner or later there will be a terrible tragedy.“The Government needs to take back control of the Channel and restore order at the border.” Border Force officers inspect boat Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Border Force officers inspect boat It is the latest in a string of incidents in which desperate migrants were suspected of trying to enter Britain by crossing the Channel.It was recently revealed that people smugglers were making as much as £100,000 per journey, ferrying boat loads of migrants from the French coast into Britain.Last month two men from Kent were jailed for more than four years after admitting trying to sneak 18 Albanians, including a woman and two children, into the quiet port of Dymchurch on the south coast.They were only caught because their boat began to sink and the terrified migrants alerted their families back in France who in turn contacted the Coastguard.last_img read more

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25 Sep
2019

Drug dealers used modified Bentley to smuggle cocaine into Britain court hears

first_imgCera also admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply cocaine and having an ID document with improper intention, which related to a false Romanian passport under the name of “Bogdan”. The secret roof space used to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UK The secret roof space used to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UKCredit:NCA/PA Wire Drug dealers used a modified Bentley with a secret compartment to smuggle £3.6million of cocaine into Britain, a court heard.The gang modified the roof of the £130,000 Bentley Flying Spur to stash drugs and more than £100,000 in cash.Florentino Gonzalez, 48, Eduia Abazi, 31, and Bajram Elezi, 34, hid more than 30 kilograms of cocaine in the plush car which had modifications made so the illicit drugs could be stored. The drugs seized Florentino Gonzalez, a drug trafficker who used a Bentley with a secret roof space to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UKCredit: NCA/PA Wire Gonzalez travelled from his home in Belgium, parked up his Bentley at the Britannia International Hotel in the Isle of Dogs and met with Armand Cuni, 39, and Abazi on September 5 last year.Elezi, Gonzalez and Abazi were found guilty last month following a five week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court.Gonzalez, of Spanish origin but living in Belgium, was also found guilty of concealing criminal property, with Elezi guilty of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Byberi was arrested near his home in Bedford, and on December 18 2016 he pleaded guilty along with Cuni and Cera to conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Heather Strangoe, prosecuting, said: “This was a well sophisticated process whereby imported cocaine was distributed to the driver or their courier in return for cash payments and using apartments for the purpose of the exchanges.”Jailing the gang, Recorder Christopher Sallon said: “This is a long running conspiracy and a sophisticated commercial operation to distribute very large qualities of cocaine ranging from 88 to 93 per cent purity.”Large qualities of this drug was sources from South America and smuggled height Europe via France and Belgium to the U.K, professionally concealed in luxury cars.”Main conspirator Gonzalez, slammed by the judge for his “untruthful” testimony to the jury, was jailed for 24 years. Armand Cuni, Edwin Abazi, Saimir Byberi, Yelton Cera and Bajram Elezi, co-conspirators of Florentino Gonzalez The drugs seizedCredit:NCA/PA Wire  Fellow leader Cuni, of Brussels, was jailed for 22 years. Abazi, of Hillingdon, west London was jailed for 21 years and Byberi was sentenced to 15 years in prison.Cera was jailed for six year for one count and six years to run concurrently, plus 18 months for having an ID document to run consecutively, making total of 12 years.Elezi of Epsom, Surrey, was jailed for eight years. Florentino Gonzalez, a drug trafficker who used a Bentley with a secret roof space to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UK Gonzalez, who claimed to be visiting Britain to set up a wine firm and a cafe, used an underground car park at the luxury Marlin Apartments in Southwark, south London, to meet dealers and exchange the smuggled drugs for cash.The plush car was seized by police investigating the drugs gang who discovered more than 30 kilos of cocaine in two days of surveillance.It is thought the illicit cargo was last in a long line of drugs already smuggled from Europe and distributed to dealers around the capital by the gang.They travelled between 25 to 30 times over a two year period, but could have been running the conspiracy for as much as four years. Armand Cuni, Edwin Abazi, Saimir Byberi, Yelton Cera and Bajram Elezi, co-conspirators of Florentino GonzalezCredit:NCA/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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22 Sep
2019

ESA launches rocket that will create a detailed map of the Milky

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN SPACE Agency launched a Soyuz rocket yesterday that will create the most accurate map of the Milky Way.Blasting off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the rocket – part of the Gaia mission – will attempt to answer questions about the origin and evolution of our galaxy, by measuring the position and motions of one per cent of the total population of roughly 100 billion stars.RocketCurrently Gaia is some 1.5 million kilometres beyond Earth as seen from the Sun. On board the rocket there are sophisticated instruments that will allow the mission to study the precise census of the Milky Way’s stars.The Gaia spacecraft – mated with the Fregat stage and enclosed by the fairing – is ready to be placed on top of the Soyuz launcher, inside the mobile gantry on the launch pad.Gaia will observe each of the billion stars an average of 70 times each over the next five years. It will also measure the position and key physical properties of each star, including its brightness, temperature and chemical composition.Today engineers will command Gaia to perform the first of two critical thruster firings to ensure it is on the right trajectory towards its home orbit.Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General said he hopes the mission makes some “ground-breaking discoveries” about our Milky Way.Discovery“Gaia represents a dream of astronomers throughout history, right back to the pioneering observations of the ancient Greek astronomer Hipparchus, who catalogued the relative positions of around a thousand stars with only naked-eye observations and simple geometry,” said Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, who added that Gaia will produce an unrivalled stellar census, but along the way has the potential to uncover new asteroids, planets and dying stars.(YouTube/w1TenMinutes)Read: One small step: China lands spacecraft on the moon> Column: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nights>last_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

Gardaí seize cocaine worth €35000 in wooded area in Laois

first_imgGardaí seize cocaine worth €35,000 in wooded area in Laois There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. GARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED a large quantity of cocaine as part of a planned operation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Laois area.Gardaí from Abbeyleix and Portlaoise carried out the operation in a wooded area near Ballinakill, Co Laois yesterday morning.Cocaine with an estimated street value of up to €35,000 (pending analysis) was seized, along with drug paraphernalia.There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.Read: Father vows to run marathon while pushing daughter in wheelchair Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 1:27 PM Jan 28th 2017, 1:27 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3210532 File photocenter_img Share Tweet Email Short URL 33 Comments Image: Shutterstock/donikz File photo Image: Shutterstock/donikz 17,306 Views last_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Bahamian man held following police manhunt

first_img Dion Kevin Rigby and Donovan Hanna of Grand Bahama wanted for murder Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Favorite Things – First Female PABX Field Service Tech for Flow TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas July 18, 2017 — One man is now in police custody in connection with Sunday’s fatal shooting. Following the death of the victim Monday morning, Royal Bahamas Police Force launched a nationwide manhunt. The identities of the victim and the man held have not been released. The shooting took place around 10pm on Sunday on Third Street, Coconut Grove. The victim was walking down the street when he was confronted by another male who shot him and got away on foot.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedanewslast_img read more

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14 Sep
2019

Report Apple Devices Dominate Market Share for Business Professionals

first_imgCorporate customers overwhelmingly prefer Apple devices to any other mobile or tablet technology, new data from enterprise mobility management firm Good Technology shows. When analyzing the mobile devices activated by corporate customers in the final quarter of 2012, the results showed Apple as the “clear winner among enterprise users, claiming the top five spots for device activations, and more than 90 percent of all tablet activations.”According to the results, the iPhone 5 was the most popular device in Q4, representing about 32 percent of all activations for the quarter—making it the leading device for enterprise activations of any iOS, Android or Windows Phone model. As the chart below shows, Android devices lag considerably when compared to Apple products. Windows device activations represented only 0.5 percent of activations in Q4 2012. Other findings in the study include:iOS tablets continue to hold market dominance, accounting for 21.1 percent of activations—Android tablets came in at 1.5 percent of total activations. Android tablets are gaining some momentum. Between Q1 and the end of Q4 2012, Android tablet activations jumped from 2.7 percent to nearly 7 percent of total activations. Good attributes this spike in part to the rise of hybrid phone-tablet devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note.center_img The financial services industry led enterprise mobile device activations—averaging 35 percent of all activations in Q4 2012. Business and professional services represented the second highest percentage at 19.4 percent, with wholesale and retail services coming in third at just 5.6 percent. The iOS platform garnered nearly 77 percent of total device activations in Q4 2012, up from about 71 percent for the same period in 2011. Android’s share actually decreased overall from Q4 2011 to Q4 2012, dropping from 29 percent in 2011 to 22.7 percent in 2012.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

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10 Sep
2019

PewDiePie bro army sneaks memefilled ad page onto WSJcom

first_imgFelix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, has taken issue with reporting by the Wall Street Journal in the past.  Screenshot by Joan E. Solsman/CNET PewDiePie’s bro army has hit back at a publisher that hit PewDiePie first.  The Wall Street Journal’s website was compromised with a page supporting PewDiePie in the race to keep his channel’s status as YouTube’s most-subscribed. The page, which claimed the WSJ was apologizing to the YouTube star and had fired journalists who misrepresented him, asked people to subscribe to his channel and included a string of memes.   PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has been YouTube’s most-subscribed channel for more than five years, but in recent weeks he and his fanbase — known as the bro army — have been working to fend off another channel threatening to top his. T-Series, a channel with Indian movie trailers and music videos, is operated by an Indian music record label and film production company of the same name. At 77 million subscribers, PewDiePie’s channel leads T-Series by about 1.4 million. (The next-closest channel has 44 million.) WSJ joins the fight vs tseries 🔥https://t.co/O0WbSSNedI— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) December 17, 2018 A representative for Dow Jones, the publisher of the Journal, said the company has removed the page, which was operated by WSJ Custom Solutions, a unit of the company’s advertising arm. It’s a “branded content” unit that produces advertising pages that have many of the hallmarks of a news report. The page wasn’t affiliated with The Wall Street Journal newsroom, and the Journal’s publishing system is “completely separate” from the one used by WSJ Custom Solutions, he added.  “We have launched a full investigation,” the rep said. He didn’t respond to questions about whether the page was posted through a cyberattack or by somebody simply taking advantage of WSJ Custom Solutions’ tools in bad faith.  Kjellberg used his Twitter account to call out the ad page and its deletion.  Comments The message on the paper’s website said: “WallStreet Journal would like to apologize to pewdiepie. Due to misrepresentation by our journalists, those of whom have now been fired, we are sponsoring pewdiepie to reach maximum subscribers and beat Tseries to 80million. We also need your credit card number, expiry date, and the lucky 3 digits on the back to win the chicken dinner in fortnite.” The message, which concluded with an allusion to the Epic Gamers meme, included a string of image memes after it.  Last year, WSJ reports about racist and anti-Semitic overtones in some of Kjellberg’s video jokes led to an advertiser backlash against him. His channel lost the ability to run ads, a crucial way that channels generate revenue. Disney, which had a partnership with Kjellberg through its acquisition of a digital video agency Maker, cut ties with him too.   Originally published at 9:39 a.m. PT.  Updated at 10:16 a.m. PT: With subscriber count numbers.  Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech.  The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Online Security Digital Media Share your voice YouTube Tags Now with video evidence: pic.twitter.com/JAnWv69RD7— The Imaginary Axis- Tyler (@TylerAtTheAxis) December 17, 2018 7last_img read more

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29 Aug
2019

Pale Moon 280 Major Update released

first_imgPale Moon 28.0 Major Update released by Martin Brinkmann on August 16, 2018 in Internet – 104 commentsPale Moon 28.0.0 is the first version of version 28.x and as such a major upgrade from the previously used version 27.x which the team released in 2016.The new release is special for a number of reasons, one being that it is based on the Unified XUL Platform, a forked and modified version of the Mozilla Code Repository.It was not clear back in 2017 when the forking happened if Pale Moon would use the Unified XUL Platform or what the release would mean for the Basilisk Browser which the Pale Moon team released in 2017 as well as it used the Unified XUL Platform as well.As far as getting the new version is concerned. You can select Pale Moon > Help > About Pale Moon and click on “Check for Updates” to run a manual check in the browser. The new version should get picked up automatically so that Pale Moon is updated to it automatically. Downloads are also available on the official site for users who prefer it that way.Pale Moon 28.0Pale Moon 28.0 offers major under the hood improvements thanks to its new base:Significant JavaScript engine improvements such as support for “all landmark features from the ECMAScript standards” which should reduce JavaScript related rendering issues significantly.Update to the rendering and layout engine Goanna.Enhancements to the Document Object Model (DOM) with updated APIs.WebGL2 Support.Media enhancements, e.g. playback of FLAC audio or MSE media streaming.Refreshed Developer Tools.Probably more interesting to existing users of Pale Moon is whether the Pale Moon development team kept its promises in regards to support for features that Mozilla dropped in Firefox.Pale Moon 28.0 continues to support NPAPI plugins, complete themes and other interface customizations, classic XUL, bootstrapped and Jetpack extensions (legacy add-ons), and does not include DRM in the browser.Pale Moon 28 supports Windows 7 or newer versions on the Windows platform only officially. The new Pale Moon version should run on Windows Vista as well (but not on Windows XP) but the operating system is not supported officially anymore.The team’s primarily goal was to migrate Pale Moon to the new platform. Pale Moon 28.0 should work just like previous versions for the most part but there will be some changes, for instance to extensions support as some extensions may need modifications to work properly in the new version of the browser.Closing WordsPale Moon is one of the few browsers that still supports browser plugins. If you need to run Java in the browser, Pale Moon is one of the few options that you have to do so as major browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge don’t support these plugins anymore.Pale Moon should work with many of the classic Firefox extensions as well. Some may not work properly on the other hand as the two platforms are not identical.Pale Moon is not my main browser but a quick test run showed that it worked fine on the sites that I tried it on. It would be great if existing Pale Moon users would share their experience in the comment section below.Generally speaking, Pale Moon users should experience fewer compatibility issues while using the new version of the browser. There may be regressions, however, but the team hopes to address those in future releases.Now You: What is your take on Pale Moon 28.0?SummaryArticle NamePale Moon 28.0 Major Update releasedDescriptionPale Moon 28.0.0 is the first version of version 28.x and as such a major upgrade from the previously used version 27.x which the team released in 2016.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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29 Aug
2019

The Physics of the One Goal You Wont See at the

first_imgOn my first attempt at a corner kick in decades, the soccer ball peels up and away, well behind the goal and clear over the fence surrounding Stanton Field, the practice pitch at Santa Clara University. “Not bad,” says Brandi Chastain, generously. “You’ve got good bend, now we just have to make sure we get you in the right direction.”The Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup champion offers to show me how it’s done: She grabs a ball and places it inside the 90° arc of white paint at the corner of the field, steps away at an acute angle, breathes deep, and bounds forward. Her right foot connects with a viscerally satisfying thwok, and the ball heads for a point several yards wide and right of the goal. Almost immediately, though, it begins to lean left. “Get there!” Chastain barks, and the ball obeys, swooping toward the goal and bouncing into the back right hand corner of the net. Chastain grins. It’s just one of several goals that she’ll score directly from a corner that day. But in a game, she says, you almost never see them. At this year’s World Cup, which kicks off this week, Chastain wagers you won’t see any.Players call a point scored directly off a corner kick a gól Olímpico—an Olympic goal. So-dubbed in 1924 for a direct-from-corner point against Uruguay (then the Olympic title holder), few players in the 94 years since have managed to incorporate the shot into their shooting repertoires, and fewer still have executed one during a match—intentionally, at least.In 2012, when American midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored the first Olympic goal at an Olympic Games, it was by accident. She had meant to place the ball a few yards in front of the goal. Instead, her kick curved left, slipped through the legs of an opposing player, and bounced by Canada’s goalie just inside the near post. As if players don’t have enough to worry about when setting up for a corner kick. The day I meet with Chastain, we’re the only people on the field, and there’s a steady breeze in the direction of the goal—but game conditions are never so ideal. Wind, altitude, even the humidity can affect the ball’s flight path. And it’s not like you get multiple attempts to dial in your aim: You get one one shot. Even if you can bend the ball consistently, the odds of it going in untouched by anyone else are basically zilch, which is why, when most players set up for a corner kick, they’re aiming to put the ball in front of the goal—not into it.As for me, I struggled to place the ball so much as next to the wide open goal. Only after many attempts, and a lot of feedback from Chastain, did I manage to net a shot from the corner of the field. The trajectory was bloodless; the ball spent most of its trip rolling lazily along the ground. It was the kind of shot which, in an actual game, would definitely have been blocked.“There’s a lot of factors that can go into a player deciding to attempt a shot like this in a game, but the two big ones are absolute confidence and technical ability,” Chastain says. “You have to have those two things to go forward, because if you don’t, and you miss wildly, your teammates are going to look at you like: Really? Why’d you do that?” That’s why you’re not likely to spot an Olympic goal at this year’s World Cup. Most players who find themselves in the position to attempt at Olympic goal won’t be willing to take the risk.But every so often, the opportunity does present itself. “All the elements have to be right,” Chastain says. The wind. The weather. The position of the goalie and the players on the field. Occasionally, when everything aligns just so, a player will chance bending the ball to their will, and toward a vacant section of the goal. And sometimes, when they’re lucky, it even goes in. More Great WIRED StoriesInside Palmer Luckey’s bid to build a border wallLA is doing water better than your city. Yes, that LAAI made a movie—and it’s horrifyingly encouragingThe unnerving influence of Twitter’s power usersHere are the best Mac alternatives for Windows usersLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Physicists call this the Magnus effect. It’s the same phenomenon behind a pitcher’s curveball and a golfer’s slice. The effect can be surprisingly strong; engineers have used it to propel tanker vessels out at sea, using spinning metal cylinders up to 10 stories tall. The faster air moves across these so-called “rotor sails,” the more effective they are. And similarly, the greater a soccer ball’s velocity through the air, and the quicker its spin, the more dramatic its bend.The surface of the ball can also influence its flight: The rougher the ball, the more pronounced the Magnus effect. In soccer, fewer panels and seams translate to smoother balls—like the infamous Jabulani design, which Adidas produced for the 2010 World Cup using just eight thermally bonded, spherically molded panels. (The classic hexagon-pentagon pattern features 32 panels.) The surface of a perfectly smooth ball has a harder time dragging air in the same direction as its spin. Instead, turbulence forms along the side of the ball moving against the flow of air, which wraps around the ball and deflects in a direction opposite the ball’s spin. This produces, confoundingly, a reverse Magnus effect.The Jabulani ball wasn’t nearly as rough as a typical soccer ball, but it wasn’t perfectly smooth, either. The result was a fitful flightpath that varied depending on the ball’s spin rate and the speed at which it was kicked. Players found the ball so bedeviling, NASA researchers stepped in to analyze its fluid dynamics. Sure enough, they found the ball’s design produced an erratic, asymmetric wake that compelled the ball to swoop and swerve unpredictably.center_img Short of a fortuitous gust of wind, the only way to pull it off is by putting an ample serving of spin on the ball. “You can basically take the ball and make it turn whatever way you want it to, depending on the placement of your foot on contact,” Chastain says. The key, when shooting from the left corner, is to place your kick on the ball’s right hand side, a couple of inches below the midline. (You should feel the brunt of the impact on your first metatarsal, the big, knobby bone just behind your big toe.) This lends the ball loft and, more importantly, a counter-clockwise spin about its vertical axis.As the ball takes flight, air passes over its sides. On one side, it flows with the spin of the ball; on the other against it. A thin layer of turbulence forms along the former, which drags the air and deflects it back behind itself, at an angle. And, thanks to Newton’s third law, the air deflects the ball in the opposite direction with equal force, causing it to bend in the direction of its spin. Standing along the goal line with Chastain, it’s easy for me to see why Olympic goals are so uncommon: The corner of the field lies in the same plane as the goal’s posts. The only way to score is to bend the ball, such that it moves first away from, and then toward, the goal’s opening. You’re literally aiming for a target you can’t see.last_img read more

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29 Aug
2019

Exgovernor Roberto Borge claims mental incompetence

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The State Attorney’s Office says they are still arguing the charges against former governor Roberto Borge Angulo, who now, they say, is claiming mental incompetence.State Attorney General Miguel Pech Cen said the fight against Borge continues, adding the fight includes new arguments that the former governor suffered possible mental illnesses during his term.“He is arguing some pretend mental illness to possibly lessen the weight of the law,” said Pech Cen. He added that in regards to the new argument of mental illness, expert examinations of doctors and specialists will be sought to dismantle the claims.Pech Cen points out that they have also requested Borge’s transfer to the state of Quintana Roo where he has three warrants for his arrest issued by the Prosecutor’s Office, however, there is no date set for his transfer.Roberto Borge Angulo is charged with crimes including money laundering and performance irregularities in excess of 12 billion peso during his term as governor of Quintana Roo. In January, he was extradited back to Mexico from Panama where he had been arrested and imprisoned for six months.Borge Angulo is currently in Federal Center of Social Readaptation in the state of Morelos awaiting trial.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

Heed his words AAA pins tourism on Packer

first_imgAustralia’s accommodation leaders say the country’s tourism industry needs to heed James Packer’s plans to kick-start tourism down under, claiming his vision would help “reinvigorate tourism”.Accommodation Association of Australia chief executive Richard Munro said Mr Packer has a clear “passion for Australian tourism” and his plans to target Chinese middle class and develop Barangaroo would give the industry a “further lift”.“His vision of developing a major new hotel and casino on the prime Sydney waterfront site Barangaroo is a sound one given the need to further lift the standard of our tourism accommodation product, as well as existing occupancy and room-rates in Sydney,” Mr Munro said.  “It would be a magnet for visitors from the emerging Chinese market. “Mr Packer’s ideas should be one of a number of measures to reinvigorate tourism in Australia.”Mr Munro added that enticing more international flights is also important for the industry and said a focus was needed for those outside of major aviation gateways of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.  “This won’t be easy given the taxation regime, which includes the commencement of the carbon tax in just over a month, the increase in departure tax and the police levy on airports,” he concluded. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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13 Aug
2019

This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal If

first_img This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal. If you would like to reproduce any elements of it on other sites or publications, please make a request to our editorial team at news@freshfruitportal.com Peruvian transport sector strike ends after six da … October 05 , 2018 “I believe that at the beginning of 2020 we will be exporting – January or February,” he said.Peru will probably start off exporting to Brazil, Colombia and Central America. However, its sights are on the U.S. market, and authorities are working hard on phytosanitary export agreements.Velásquez said that the country has learnt a lot from growing and exporting blueberries and will apply much of that information to raspberries.”I think our niche, our opportunity is in the fresh market and this means taking advantage of the logistics that the blueberry has,” he said.”We are working on transportation methods, we are talking about bags in a controlled atmosphere, … all conditions are being provided to ensure that raspberries also have a great opportunity.”He explained Peru does not plan to compete with Chile. Peru’s South American neighbor has close to 9,000 hectares, a figure which is in decline, but exports mainly frozen raspberries.Opportunities for small-holder farmersADEX highlighted that one of its goals is for raspberries to be an economic opportunity not just for companies for also small-holder farmers.”Repeatedly, growing traditional crops we have had problems of overproduction. Traditional products in the Peruvian mountainous regions keep farmers poor and sometimes make them even poorer. We have to give them alternatives”, he said.”Here the message is to reconvert small Peruvian farms to raspberry.”He emphasized that, for now, the important thing is to generate interest.”In 2011 when we started promoting blueberries, we never expected that in six years we could exceed US$300 million,” he said.Photo: Shutterstock.com Peru is aiming to become a major player in the fresh raspberry export industry, with a large number of plantings going in the ground.The Peruvian Exporters’ Association (ADEX) says that raspberries will likely be the country’s next agricultural boom and could emulate the success enjoyed by blueberries, which have seen explosive growth since the fruit was introduced just a few years ago.Peru has a long harvesting period for the fruit, and believes it can fill a market niche, especially with a 10% expected decline in global raspberry production this year to 540,000 metric tons (MT).Alfonso Velásquez, spokesman and former president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), explained that raspberries are a new crop in Peru.Growers are currently working with the Heritage variety, which was brought in from Chile and has shown good results in the Peruvian mountainous region.”It has adapted well, with the permanent support of Chilean technicians,” Velásquez told Fresh Fruit Portal.The first harvests were made eight months after planting, with yields of around 6,000-7,000 kilograms per hectare.Velásquez said the variety could be produced throughout most of the year, allowing the country to supply a variety of markets when there is high demand.Although there are only around 100 hectares planted at present, he expects that by the end of 2019 there will be more than 500 hectares in commercial production.Initially, growers will be focused on the domestic market and will then begin exporting. EU to tighten mango import regulations … Peruvian table grape exports set record and surpas … You might also be interested in Peru expects 20% uptick in produce exports this ye … last_img read more

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