Brazil to Finance Food for Five African Countries

first_img Brazil will contribute more than 2 million dollars to a new program to purchase food for the poorest inhabitants of Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, and Senegal, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced in Rome on February 21. By Dialogo February 23, 2012 An international propaganda, and if the Brazilian Government is so full of money, why does it not finance hunger, unemployment, health and housing of 40 percent of its population, representing more 40,000,000. The program will be designed by the FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) and is inspired by the “Zero Hunger” plan, launched in 2003 by then-president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, who succeeded in reducing malnutrition in Brazil by around 25 percent, enabling approximately 24 million people to move out of extreme poverty, according to Brazilian government data. Through the agreement, signed at FAO headquarters in Rome, Brazil will finance the purchase of 2,375,000 dollars worth of food produced by small-scale rural workers as well as its distribution to high-risk groups, including children and young people through school feeding programs, the United Nations agency stated. The agreement establishes that the FAO will receive 1,550,000 dollars to supervise the aspects related to production and the supply of seeds and fertilizer, and to increase the capacity of small farmers and associations of rural workers. The FAO, founded in 1945, has been headed since January of this year by Brazilian national José Graziano da Silva, who replaced Jacques Diouf, from Senegal, for the period 2012-2015. For its part, the WFP will receive 800,000 dollars to organize the purchases and distribute the food in schools and among the most vulnerable groups, the statement said. “Besides helping to supplement the diets of hungry people, the project is designed to strengthen local food markets, ultimately helping to improve food security, and preventing future food crises,” the FAO specified. last_img read more

Lion Air Group cuts salaries, bonuses but says no layoffs in sight

first_img“This situation has forced the company’s management to take steps to continue the airlines’ existence,” said Lion Air Group spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro in a statement, adding that group operations were only at 5 percent of the usual 1,000 flights a day.The company is also set to delay THR payments due in May for middle and high-income employees. The former category includes mechanics and cabin crew and the latter includes cockpit crew and management.Employees on minimum wages, such as cleaners, security guards, drivers and porters, will receive a reduced bonus for Idul Fitri with the remaining sum to be paid after the company’s financial situation recovers.Danang added that Lion Air Group had “not begun thinking about or conducting assessments” into terminating any of its 29,000 employees.Lion Air Group previously offered employees, including pilots, unpaid leave for May and June in a bid to reduce expenses.The pandemic has hit the aviation industry hard as people stay at home, forcing a slump in demand for air travel.Topics : Lion Air Group has cut salaries and delayed Idul Fitri bonus (THR) payments to employees while giving an assurance that no job terminations are in the pipeline as the airline grapples with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.The group said on Wednesday that the salaries of its 29,000 employees had been cut since March and would remain so for “an indeterminate period” to minimize costs.The group includes Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air, all of which resumed limited flights on May 10 after a two-week long ban on flights to contain the coronavirus spread.last_img read more

Hamilton on top as Mercedes dominate opening practice

first_imgIt was as if the lengthy delay created by the COVID-19 pandemic had no affect on the teams, cars and drivers other than Ferrari whose new SF91 machine was, as forecast, unable to match the pace set at the front by Mercedes.Ferrari plan to revise their car with updates for the Hungarian race in two weeks time following the second event in Austria next week.Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who is set to leave the outfit at the end of the year, struggled to 12th, two places behind team-mate Charles Leclerc, in the eerie surroundings of the fan-less circuit in the Styrian Alps where pit-stops were curiously controlled with all the mechanics in masks and protective gear.In mild weather conditions, with track temperatures measured at 22 degrees Celsius compared to 57 degrees for last year’s race, Mercedes had no cooling problems as Hamilton outpaced Bottas by three-tenths and was six-tenths clear of Verstappen.Sergio Perez was fifth in Racing Point’s ‘pink Mercedes’ ahead of Lando Norris in the second McLaren, Alex Albon in the other Red Bull and McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo of Renault. Kevin Magnussen was ninth for Haas.The session saw Verstappen recover from a spin at Turn One and Daniil Kvyat of Alpha Tauri run off at the final corner, causing Williams’ George Russell to take dramatic avoiding action while Romain Grosjean was stuck in the Haas garage with brake problems throughout the session.Topics : Defending six-time champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Formula One roared back at Friday’s opening practice at the belated and surreal season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.Three months after the cancellation of the original campaign starter in Australia and six months on from the last race meeting, it was business as usual for the dominant black arrows with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull ahead of McLaren’s Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz.After a slow start on a damp surface at the Red Bull Ring, following overnight rain, Hamilton, sporting a new Black Lives Matter helmet to match his black race suit, was on the pace immediately in his W11 car of the same colour, repainted from silver this year to support equality and diversity. last_img read more

Young people staying at home for longer has sparked a 90 per cent increase in demand for construction of teenage retreats in homes

first_img207 Swann Road, Taringa.“They want to keep them at home as part of parental management so they can bring their friends over rather than going out.“The teenage retreat trend has definitely evolved.”Mr Tabrizi said children were staying at home longer because of the rising cost of living.Coorparoo’s Marianna and Joseph Miranda have listed their four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 8 Jerome St for auction on November 9, complete with a teenage retreat spanning the entire downstairs level. 8 Jerome Street, Coorparoo has the perfect teen retreat.“Our client base tends to be upper middle class and basically we work on three living spaces per house — two on the ground floor and one on the top. The top floor tends to be the teen retreat,” Mr Tabrizi said.“Media rooms are becoming redundant and these spaces are being created.”Mr Tabrizi said the cross section of his clients with younger children requested retreats upstairs as play areas for their kids or a creative space.“As the dynamic changes and they become teenagers, the parents want to provide adequate space and an element for privacy,” he said. TOP TIPS FOR TEEN RETREATS: Make sure there is ample light, especially if the area will be used for studyInstall plenty of power points with USB ports so multiple devices can be connected forwork and playThe retreat should be close to or adjoining a bedroom, so it can function as an extensionof the bedroom.Consider the layout of the space — can the retreat be screened for privacy if required? Source: Valcon Homes Reuben Him, 22, at his teen retreat at his parents’ home in Taringa, Picture: (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)YOUNG people staying at home for much longer has sparked a 90 per cent increase in demand for construction of teenage retreats in homes.The demand for kitted out retreats is skyrocketing with Brisbane builders saying parents are keen to do whatever it takes to keep an eye on their children well into their early adult years.Kevin Tabrizi, of Tabrizi Home Builders, said he had seen a 90 per cent increase compared to five years ago of buyers wanting teenage retreats in new builds, especially in the inner-city suburbs.center_img 8 Jerome Street, Coorparoo has the perfect teen retreat.Mrs Miranda said the downstairs retreat was half the size of their house.“Now that the kids are older and have moved out we need to sell,” she said.“We built the home and specifically wanted that area downstairs. We knew it was nice for them to have their friends over and as they grew older it was perfect.”The retreat includes three bedrooms, a large area to watch television, a powder room and an undercover deck out to the barbecue and saltwater pool area.The Mirandas have their own main bedroom retreat upstairs with a balcony and an ensuite.Place — Coorparoo agent Darren Bonehill is selling the Jerome St property and said parents desired privacy for not only themselves but also their children.Mr Bonehill said as property prices continued to rise, buyers wanted households that were cost effective.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mirianna Miranda in her teen retreat. Picture: Annette Dew“Retreats are great entertainment hubs. Whether they are decked out with televisions, a games room or comfortable seating, there’s certainly the factor that parents can always keep a closer eye on their children, rather than worrying about them leaving the house,” he said.“Comfortable and safe environments are a key for the retreats.”Builder, Valcon Homes’ director Jason Doerr said demand for teen retreats had increased as more children opted to stay home into their early adult years.Mr Doerr said most of their two-level designs offered a retreat on the upper level,however one of the most popular choices for growing families was a home with a private living space for both parents and teenagers.“What we are finding is that growing families want both shared and private living zones so they can come together to share a meal or watch a movie downstairs, but then retreat to their own private sanctuary which is essentially an extension of their bedroom,” he said.“Retreats are a great idea because it can provide a functional space for study or an additionalstorage area, so bedrooms don’t become too cluttered.”Caroline Beck’s three-storey home, for sale at 207 Swann Rd, Taringa, is every child’s dream. Reuben, her now 22-year-old son’s retreat, is on the ground floor and includes three bedrooms, a lounge space and a recently-built second deck. The middle level separates Reuben from his parents, who admit they enjoy their own space and privacy.“As a mum we liked the kids at home, and wanted them here a bit longer,” Mrs Beck said.“We’ve been in this house throughout their teenage years. They have their own independence down there and there’s even a big projector on the wall to keep them occupied.”Mrs Beck said they added the deck to the retreat to enhance the private space for Reuben and his friends.There is also an insulated music room, which Mrs Beck’s eldest son, a composer, used before he moved away. She said Reuben, a volunteer with Red Frogs Australia, often held meetings in his retreat, and said the area was well used.last_img read more

Who cares about a small block of land when you can still get a whole lot of house

first_img53 Harris St, Hawthorne. Picture: realestate.com.auThe main bedroom had a walk-in robe and ensuite. There was also a second bathroom on this level and a small lounge area with kitchenette off to the side.The home had a two-car garage plus a third car space which could be used as a gym area or a workshop.Bidding started at $1.1 million with about 30 onlookers checking out the action.The home was listed through Shannon Harvey of Place Bulimba. 53 Harris St, Hawthorne sold under the hammer. Picture: realestate.com.auWHO cares about a small block of land when you can get still get a whole lot of house.A pair of buyers lined up to secure a 53 Harris St, Hawthorne home which was on a small 372sq m block when it went for auction selling under the hammer for $1.365 million.Despite the small land holding the four-bedroom house had plenty of room inside.Downstairs in the newly renovated home was the kitchen, with a fully integrated built-in DeLonghi dishwasher and Smeg induction cooktop and oven. 53 Harris St, Hawthorne. Picture: realestate.com.auShe said the home was known as Preston.“The family (who bought the house) had been looking at the suburb for a few months and were very interested in buying into the area’’ Ms Harvey said.”It had been well-loved and beautifully renovated.’’center_img Still room for a pool on the small block. Picture: realestate.com.auThere was also a TV lounge on this level, separate dining area with wine fridges and a casual lounge which led out onto the yard with a pool.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Also on this level was an office space, bathroom and laundry.The four bedrooms were upstairs. This area had high ceilings, ducted air conditioning, fans, plantation shutters and carpet.last_img read more

Gold Coast’s most popular property sells in multimillion-dollar deal

first_img MORE NEWS: The rudest place names on earth Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The Palm Beach mansion at 144 Tallebudgera Drive has sold.HOUSE hunters debating whether to buy a Palm Beach mansion dubbed the Gold Coast’s most popular property for 2019 have missed their chance.The luxury Hamptons-style residence on Tallebudgera Drive has been snapped up in a $3.1 million deal, making it the second highest sale recorded on the street.It emerged as the city’s hottest house late last year after it raked in more views on realestate.com.au than any other property throughout the year.Kollosche agent Rob Lamb, who marketed the property with agency director Michael Kollosche, said they were inundated with offers. MORE NEWS: The unusual feature taking centre stage in a coast mega-mansioncenter_img The residence attracted a lot of attention last year, raking in more views on realestate.com.au than any other Gold Coast property. No expense was spared to nail its Hamptons style. Luxury fixtures and fittings can be found throughout.“We had multiple offers and (the owner) eventually took a cash unconditional contract for $3.1 million,” he said.“We had a lot of offers in the high $2 millions (but) the $3.1 million was a premium.“It was a good result for the owner, he was really happy with it.”He said most of the people interested in the house planned to live in it but the person who secured the keys had different plans as they lived in New Caledonia.“He bought this as an investment property,” Mr Lamb said.“They could see that Palm Beach has established itself as a really popular suburb.”The six-bedroom waterfront residence underwent an extensive renovation to transform it into a luxurious Hamptons-style smart home with state-of-the-art technology throughout. Is has all the features expected of a prestige property, including a media room.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The guesthouse has an ensuite and kitchenette. You’ll never miss it when driving past.Construction king Theodore Vairaktaris, who turned his one-man painting business Usher Group into an $83 million company, was behind the transformation.“Our renovation of 144 Tallebudgera Drive was never going to be just another Gold Coast property,” Mr Vairaktaris said when it hit the market in September.“It was always going to be a statement and we have achieved that by approaching it as a fresh canvas where art meets design.”Property records show the house was listed with a $3.5 million price tag after it failed to sell under the hammer in October.last_img read more

Brazil: Prumo to buy Bolognesi Energia’s LNG-fueled power project

first_imgLNG World News Staff Brazil’s Prumo Logística, part of the EIG Global Energy Partners, has signed an agreement with Bolognesi Group to buy the Novo Tempo gas-fired power plant. Local media report the company will look to transfer the project from the Pernambuco state to its Port of Acu in the Rio de Janeiro state where it is looking to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub.In a notice sent to the Brasilian stock exchange, Prumo informed it has signed a contract with UTE Novo Tempo for the transfer of the authorization for the construction and operation of a 1,238 MW thermal power plant.In addition to the construction authorization, Prumo would also take over 37 energy trading agreements, Novo Tempo signed with energy distribution companies.In 2015, Bolognesi Group signed contracts with Duro Felguera do Brasil and General Electric International for the construction of two gas-fired combined cycle power plants valued at €800 million ($895 million).Each plant would consume 5.5 million cubic meters of gas per day, provided by the LNG regasification terminals with a capacity of 14 million cubic meters per day, also to be built by Bolognesi Energia. The supply of LNG would take place under a 25-year contract with a major international producer.It is unclear whether the construction and LNG supply deals would be maintained by Prumo.1 EUR = 1.11889 USDlast_img read more

Clay County, Buena Vista Raceway host final IMCA Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour dates

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – Their consistency has put Kelly Shryock and Joel Rust in the top two spots in point standings for the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour.Both will be looking to earn the series championship when the IMCA Modified tour concludes with events on Monday, Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer and Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.Shryock’s runner-up finish in the most recent tour feature at Dubuque put him back in first in the points race. The veteran from Fertile has finished outside the top five just once through the first seven tour events of the season while Rust owns four top-five showings.Monday’s main event at Spencer pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start while the Alta race pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. Both features are qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The Buena Vista Raceway feature winner pockets an additional $100 for each tour race they competed at this season, courtesy of IMCA.Pit gates at Clay County open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.Both the gates and the grandstand at BVR open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and over, veterans and stu­dents ages 13-18. Kids 12 and under get in for $2 or free with the donation on a non-perishable food item to be given to an area food bank. Pit passes are $25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6-10.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on both Monday and Wednesday cards. All IMCA points, including track, will be awarded in all divisions each night.More information about the Clay County Fair Speedway show is available by calling 712 580-3000, ext. 217, and about the Buena Vista Raceway show on Facebook and the www.buenavistaraceway.com website.Other IMCA Modified Speedweek events include the Aug. 8 Harris Clash at Hamilton County Speed­way in Webster City and the Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars, Aug. 11 Night of 10,000 Stars and Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All-Star special, all at Hancock County Speedway in Britt.All six race programs will be broadcast by IMCATV.Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 256; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 252; 3. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 195; 4. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 193; 5. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 191; 6. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 183; 7. Cayden Carter, Os­kaloosa, 167; 8. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 149; 9. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 133; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 119; 11. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 109; 12. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 108; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 104; 14. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., and Da­vid Brown, Kellogg, both 102; 16. Jimmy Gustin, Mar­shalltown, 95; 17. Shane DeMey, Denison, 92; 18. Clay Money, Peno­kee, Kan., 88; 19. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, 86; 20. John Emerson, Waterloo, 83.last_img read more

Bruce plays down sack talk

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has dismissed speculation that his job may be under threat and vowed to fight on in a bid to rescue the Tigers from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Bruce said: “The one thing I’ll never do is take anything for granted and, with the expectation we have built up at this club, we are now in the bottom three and that is a problem. “But I think if I was in trouble the chairman would tell me. He has backed me with a new assistant manager and a forward so if he was going to get rid of me I think he’d have done it before I brought them in. “I can’t worry about it. If it happens it’s not my decision, but one thing’s for sure – we’ve worked extremely hard for the last couple of years and I am not going to give it up without a fight.” Bruce conceded it is “very unlikely” N’Doye will be in a position to make his debut against the champions as he remains in Paris while officials seek to sort out his work permit and international clearance. But as his injury problems continue to ease, Bruce can see no reason why his new signing should not spearhead a return to the early season form which had Bruce’s name often touted for departure for rather different reasons. “He (N’Doye) is big, strong and physically powerful. I watched him a lot in Copenhagen a few years ago but we couldn’t get into the country because of his work permit,” Bruce added. “His goalscoring record is very impressive and the big question is if he can come and adapt to the Premier League. Certainly his goalscoring record in Copenhagen and Moscow is terrific.” Nikica Jelavic is a doubt for the trip to City as he continues to struggle with a knee injury while there is promising news on influential midfielder Mohamed Diame whom Bruce hopes to have back in action by the end of the month. Last week’s abject 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle was the club’s third in succession and left them rooted in the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s daunting trip to Manchester City. But, after a week which saw the respective arrivals of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N’Doye and new assistant boss Mike Phelan, Bruce is confident he has got the backing required to help him beat the drop. Diame’s return would be a welcome boost to a side who seem to be slipping into trouble and alarmed Bruce for their abject surrender against the Magpies last week having made such a promising start to the game. Bruce said: “We’ve got to get over the disappointment of last week and eradicate those silly little errors. “We have got to roll our sleeves up and show that bit of form and there is no better game for us to go and play. “I hope we can have a response from everybody because what we witnessed in the second half last week was simply not good enough, and we all understand and realise we are better than that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Tropical storm Isaias to develop; Florida in the cone

first_imgA big tropical mess is moving over the Caribbean Islands and it may eventually travel to South Florida.A few things are working against this system. There is dry air to the north with some Saharan Dust. Also strong upper level winds known as Shear are helping to keep it in check and of course land interaction. Still, it seems to hang on.The track will be a bit challenging. Models base their forecasts on a good starting fix. Because there’s no closed center of circulation, the cone and intensity forecasts will remain iffy until the center is found.We know the system will move over the Leeward Islands early on Wednesday with heavy rain and gusty winds, then travel over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday evening. It could reach Dominican Republic and Haiti the next day. Cuba will get the rain and wind by Friday.In the long run, it may even reach South Florida and the Bahamas. All that may change if the center is found in a different location than presently estimated. The system will be pushed NW by high pressure and will look for the gap between the high and the approaching jet stream as its route north.HazardsRain will be the biggest concern. Large amounts will lead to a flooding threat along with land and mudslides.The forecast calls for:Leeward Islands & Virgin Islands: 3″ – 6″Puerto Rico: 3″ – 6″ with up to 10 in spotsDominican Republic: 3″ – 6″ with some areas as much as 8″Haiti: 2″ – 4″Windward Islands: 1″ – 3″South Florida and the Bahamas should monitor closely. Many things can change in the next 24-48 hrs. with the forecast track.We’ll be watching.last_img read more