Brazil, Colombia to work jointly on regional stability

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited Brazil on September 1 to sign agreements with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, destined to strengthening the overall regional unity and stability. The Colombian leader’s first official visit to the South American giant also included the subscription of an agreement of intent to integrate Colombia in the manufacturing process of the military transport aircraft Embraer KC-390. The agreements also aim to step up cooperation between the two countries in terms of economy, technology, environment and security, reported Xinhua. While announcing, “We are no longer in the region with conflict, rebellion and censorship,” during his speech, President Lula added that Brazil would be in solidarity with Colombia during their struggle for peace. Newly inaugurated President Santos, meanwhile, underlined that the current situation is an opportunity to achieve a “destiny of greatness.” Santos detailed that (current) tensions between Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador should be eased because as “governments fight, people suffer,” according to Xinhua. Following the meeting, special advisor on Brazil’s international affairs Marco Aurelio Garcia, reiterated that the conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was Colombia’s internal issue. “It should be solved by Colombia itself. We will get involved only if the Colombian government requests,” he concluded. By Dialogo September 03, 2010last_img read more

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NAFCU’s 50th: Berger touts credit unions’ vision, focus on members

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said a bright future lies ahead for America’s credit unions as they work to “accomplish extraordinary things” on behalf of their members during opening remarks Wednesday at NAFCU’s 50th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii.Berger hailed NAFCU’s founders as visionaries for creating an association that has never been afraid to stand up and fight for credit unions. “We have worked tirelessly for advances that have dramatically improved the way credit unions do business and serve their members,” said.Berger noted NAFCU’s achievements over the past 50 years, including leading the way for federal share insurance, an independent federal regulator, expanded credit union powers, passage of the Credit Union Membership Access Act and protecting the federal income tax exemption.He described how credit unions are there for their members at every stage of their lives, providing needed loans, financial counseling and other services designed to help members achieve their financial goals and realize their dreams.last_img read more

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Govt should reassure public of health, safety to boost diving tourism: Association

first_imgDiving tourism is one of the pulls for foreign visitors to Indonesia. Almost 30 percent of the destinations included in the government’s 10 priority destinations are marine and diving tourism spots, according to the Tourism Ministry. Bali and Raja Ampat in West Papua are among the country’s notable diving spots.According to a recent survey conducted by global diving marketing and research firm Cline, the diving tourism industry had seen a 56.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) drop in gross revenue in the first half of 2020, pressured by the global health crisis.Indonesia’s foreign visits also dipped 68.17 percent to 3.41 million visits between January and August this year, compared to 10.71 million visitors in the same period last year, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data.Tanner said the global association was currently focusing on marketing campaigns and providing diving tour providers with online training to help them prepare for the projected post-COVID-19 pandemic tourism boom. “As soon as people can obtain a visa on arrival, they will immediately go back to Bali. Everyone is desperate to travel and therefore it will go up again as soon as it’s safe,” he said.The Bali administration in August announced the postponement of its plans to reopen Bali to international tourists in September amid health concerns.Read also: Bali postpones plans to welcome international travelers in SeptemberGerman dive tour operator Aquaventure Tauchreisen founder Maik Solf during the discussion said European and German divers were expecting health protocol implementation during their diving activities in Indonesia.“It’s the simple things like using signs to keep distance, maintaining hygiene and mask use. Transparency and honesty are important to gain trust,” he said.Solf said his travel agency had brought in 6,000 German tourists for diving tours in Indonesia this year as of Monday, a significant decline from 32,000 German tourists in 2019.For American divers, travel insurance is also an important aspect that needs to be provided for tourists when they visit Indonesia, Colorado-based travel company One World Dive and Travel specialist Brian Miller said.“Travel insurance is something that travelers are expected to have, where their medical expenses are covered if they contract COVID-19 in Indonesia,” he said.Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for international dive travel has remained relatively high for American divers, with 60 percent of their clients willing to travel worldwide this year, said Miller.The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s tourism product deputy Rizki Handayani said the government had created a Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) protocol for diving tourism.“We hope this guide will become a reference for diving tourism players when the guests are returning [to Indonesia]. With this guide, we can boost the quality standard of national tourism, enhance the trust of domestic and global tourists, and slowly recover our tourism sector,” Rizki said in a statement.The ministry is also running an Earth conservation program to clean up beaches and transplant the coral reef in a bid to support the marine tourism rebound.Topics : The government, along with businesses, need to reassure tourists of the health and the safety aspects of diving tourism to attract visitors after the COVID-19 outbreak, an international diving association has stated.Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Asia Pacific Territory director Paul Tosh Tanner stated that while tourists had held back from visiting Indonesia’s diving spots, particularly in Bali, due to border closures, health and safety played a substantial role in their future travel intentions.“People will come to Indonesia once they know they are safe. Before, people were looking for adventures and risk-taking, now, families and independent travelers are looking for something safe,” Tanner said during a broadcast event called Indonesia Dive Tourism Market Updates 2020 on Monday.center_img #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

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La Liga: Etebo’s Getafe stumble again in race for top four

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ogenekaro Etebo’s Getafe hopes of finishing in La Liga’s top four took another knock on Saturday as their disappointing return from the three-month suspension continued with a 1-1 draw at home to Eibar.Advertisement Peter Etebo’s smart finish put Getafe in front at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez before Eibar’s Charles equalised from close range on the stroke of half-time.Eibar might even have snatched victory, only to have a late goal from Pedro Bigas ruled out for offside.Getafe have now taken just two points from three games since the restart, with Atletico Madrid primed to take advantage when they host struggling Real Valladolid later on Saturday.Victory for Atletico would send them four points ahead of Getafe and five clear of Real Sociedad, who have also lost momentum and face Real Madrid on Sunday.“It’s clear we needed to win to give us a boost,” said Getafe’s Jaime Mata.“It would have kickstarted us after the break but we have to keep fighting until we get that win. People say our ambitions are too high but we are going to keep fighting.”Getafe are punching above their weight towards the top of the table, having enjoyed a remarkable four years under coach Jose Bordalas.They were only promoted to the top tier in 2017 and missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day last year, edged out by Valencia.But their challenge may not extend so far this term given this draw followed a stalemate at home to struggling Espanyol and defeat by newly-promoted Granada.It contributes to a more prolonged dip in form that has included only two wins in nine.Eibar are without a victory themselves in five matches but this was a valuable point that gives them something to build on in their battle to avoid relegation. They sit 16th, three points above the bottom three.With their coach Jose Luis Mendilibar serving a touchline ban, Eibar fell behind after half an hour when Marc Cucurella’s deep cross was volleyed back in by Angel Rodriguez and Etebo steered the ball first time into the corner.But Eibar responded and when Getafe’s defence failed to push out together after a botched Eibar free-kick, Bigas was left free to nod across to Charles, who had a simple finish.Neither team really deserved to win it in the second half but Eibar thought they had when Pape Diop’s cross grazed the top of Bigas’ head and bounced in. But Bigas had strayed just offside and Eibar had to settle for a point.Earlier, Espanyol were beaten 3-1 at home by Levante, a blow to their morale after they resumed with an impressive win over Alaves and hard-fought draw against Getafe.Getafe’s Mathias Olivera (right) and Xabier Etxeita (left) challenge Eibar’s Brazilian forward Charles during the teams’ 1-1 draw on Saturday.Read Also: Video: Crazy Sevilla defending from Lionel Messi free kickEspanyol stay bottom, three points adrift of safety.Athletic Bilbao climbed to ninth after Inigo Martinez’s flicked finish was enough to beat Real Betis 1-0.Betis’ Sergio Canales missed an 85th-minute penalty in the defeat, which leaves coach Rubi on the brink of the sack.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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VOODOO PROMISING A GREAT NIGHT OUT TONIGHT

first_imgCLUB Voodoo is promising its band of loyal customers a great night out tonight.Voodoo Vintage had been due to open tonight – but the makeover has been delayed for one week due to the storms.Voodoo had specially ordered carpets from Belgium and uniquely sourced furniture from various parts of Europe coming this week. However, due to disruptions in ferry sailing through out the week in the English channel it is impossible that they will be delivered on time.Voodoo lounge and Voodoo Gardens will continue as usual this weekend.Tabby from XFactor will be there and Live in the Greenroom is ‘In Their Thousands’.Voodoo wants to let customers know that tickets booked for this Saturday night will be honoured. Voodoo Vintage will now open next Saturday. VOODOO PROMISING A GREAT NIGHT OUT TONIGHT was last modified: February 15th, 2014 by John2Share this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClubletterkennyVOODOOlast_img read more

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