Brazil and Colombia to Coordinate Border Protection

first_imgBy Dialogo August 08, 2011 On 4 August, in the city of Tabatinga, on the triple border between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, Brazil and Colombia signed an agreement to create a Binational Border Commission (Combifron) and adopt a Binational Plan for Border Security. Launched by President Dilma Rousseff at the beginning of June 2011, the Strategic Border Plan anticipates signing agreements with countries that share borders with Brazil. Colombia and Brazil share a 1,645-kilometer border. Located in the Amazon, in areas of difficult access, the region suffers from drug trafficking, illegal mining, bio-piracy, and smuggling of fauna and flora. The Combifron will have the objective of strengthening cooperation and the exchange of information between the two countries’ military and police forces and other relevant agencies involved in security of the bilateral border zone and its ecosystems. The members of the group will identify illicit activities, for the purpose of jointly fighting them through the use of applicable international tools. Besides this, they will study shared solutions for threats and illicit activities related to drug trafficking and the presence of criminal organizations. The commission will coordinate the activities of the public-safety agencies, the armed forces, and the intelligence agencies of both countries, in order to conduct joint operations aimed at dismantling transnational criminal activities such as drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, smuggling, illegal migration, money laundering, and arms and explosives trafficking.last_img read more

Osimhen, Chukwueze begin 14-day Isolation in Lagos

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking Super Eagles duo of Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze will observe another 14 days in isolation following their return to the country on Sunday.Both players, who arrived from Europe aboard a private jet, were immediately moved to one of the Isolation Centres in Lagos. Competent source hinted that the players were in the country to sort out some personal issues, but would have to wait for a period of 14 days to reunite with their families.Our source also disclosed that the international passports of the players were taken by the Nigerian Immigration Service on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.Osimhen is undergoing a third isolation since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March.He was isolated on his return for his father’s burial and was also quarantined when he returned to France to regroup with his club.The 21-year-old striker is set to become Napoli’s most expensive signing ever, as the Partenopei are set to pay a stunning €50 million and bonuses to Lille OSC for the Nigerian talent. Osimhen scored 18 goals and four assists in all competitions for Lille, before Ligue 1 was cancelled due to COVID-19.Tags: EuropeSamuel ChukwuezeSuper EaglesVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: Highway Resurfacing Planned for State Route 8 in…

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCrews will soon kick off an effort to add a new roadway surface to several areas of State Route 8 between Elma and Summit Lake in Thurston County. In addition to the highway, crews also will repave the westbound and eastbound SR 8 exits to US 12 Oakville/Centralia in Elma.The work will begin Monday, July 15 and continue into fall. What this means for travelersDaytime travelers will see single-lane closures in each direction.The Washington State Department of Transportation will lower the current 60 mph speed limit to 35 miles per hour when construction activities require lane closure.Ramp paving will require night closures. WSDOT will announce when this closures are scheduled.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app. Advance information is available on the Thurston County Construction and Travel Update and Grays Harbor construction and travel update web pages.Featured photo credit: Kim Merrimanlast_img read more

Middletown Approves Residential Development

first_imgBy Philip Sean Curran Toll Brothers did not indicate whether it intended to appeal the board’s vote or not. Company spokeswoman Andrea Meck said the company is reviewing its next steps. Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13), who represents Middletown as part of her legislative district, said she applauded the township for “pushing back.” In combination with a 342,000-square-foot commercial project that includes a new Wegmans supermarket, that section of town will be transformed in the coming years, fulfilling a two-decades-long vision for the area. The municipal planning board voted Sept. 4 to approve Toll Brothers’ plan, having voted in July for the commercial piece that also includes a CMX movie theater and retail space as part of the overall Village 35 project. “Maybe it takes a ground-swell from towns banding together to stop this affordable housing mandate,” she said. “I mean I think the whole system just needs an overhaul. It has to be fixed. We can’t have this the way it’s going now. We will not be the Garden State for very much longer if we continue down this path.” He said the area oncewas eyed for 1.6 millionsquare feet of commercialspace and almost doublethe number of residentialunits that ended up gettingapproved. An interior view of a home Toll Brothers says will be similar to those built in Middletown Walk. Photo courtesy Toll Brothers In 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court shifted the responsibility of enforcing towns’ affordable housing mandates, as outlined in the high court’s earlier Mount Laurel decisions in the 1970s and ’80s, from the state Council on Affordable Housing to superior court judges. “Despite our plans for Middletown Walk not being approved as presented, Toll Brothers has a long history of working within town approvals, addressing neighbors’ concerns and delivering exceptional homes in the best communities,” said Toll Brothers division president Craig Cherry in a statement. “We are very excited about Middletown Walk, located in a town that we love, and we know our future home buyers will be very pleased with the homes and amenities planned.” But Campisi said communities have “many” ways of meeting their affordable housing obligations, with inclusionary developments being just one of them. He said towns can develop 100 percent affordable housing projects. “My two cents is that it seems to me that a lot of this was done for affordable housing,” said Oley DiCenso, with Minding Middletown, after the planning board hearing. “And the affordable housing aspect of this is only sitting on four acres.” The decision by thetownship has led to a war ofwords between Fair Shareand Middletown, a conflictthat continued last week. An architectural drawing by Toll Brothers is representative of the 280 homes planned for a new housing development on Route 35 called Middletown Walk.Photo courtesy Toll Brothers MIDDLETOWN – National home builder Toll Brothers gained approval from Middletown Township last week to construct 280 town houses and 70 apartments as the residential component of a larger redevelopment of more than 100 acres on Route 35 north. Perry said his community would no longer be “dictated to by a nonprofit organization that is funded by special interest groups who are going to dictate terms to municipalities.” center_img “It has every kind of rule and regulation about all kinds of different things they’re allowed to do, but this wasn’t discussed with the public,” said resident Monica Manning, the leader of Minding Middletown, a group opposed to the project. “This was the deal they made behind closed doors, then presented it.” As other communities have done, the township had been in talks with the advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center to try and reach a settlement for what Middletown’s requirement would be for a span from 1999 to 2025. Yet Fair Share said lastweek that the township “isone of the worst actors inthe state when it comes toaffordable housing.” In 2018, the governing body approved a redevelopment plan for the overall site, a plan that critics said lacked public involvement. Fair Share spokesman Anthony Campisi said in a recent interview that the township has a track record of approving luxury housing units that do not include affordable units, including at the former Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft. “This is a long-time-coming project,” Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said. “Township committees of the past have worked to dramatically reduce the overall size and scope of this project by more than 400 percent.” The planning board voted 5-3 to give Toll Brothers the approval but without roof decks on any of the buildings. Toward the end of the hearing, township committeewoman Patricia A. Snell, who also sits on the planning board, made a motion to that effect. Yet affordable housing in the Village 35 project and elsewhere around the state also has involved the construction of many more market-rate houses to go along with it as part of high density, inclusionary developments. For instance, West Windsor, located about an hour away from Middletown, reached a deal with national builder AvalonBay for 800 units, a hotel and retail space on land next to a train station in that Mercer County community. Of the 800 units, 132 of them will be set aside as affordable. The township has saidthat since 1999, more than600 affordable housingunits have been created inthe community. The timing of the Toll Brothers’ approval came two months after the township announced it was withdrawing from a legal proceeding in state Superior Court regarding its affordable housing requirement. “There are 565 municipalities in the state of New Jersey. One of them is standing up to Fair Share Housing and that’s Middletown, New Jersey,” Perry said. “It sounds like a great idea, let’s create affordable housing, let’s give people the opportunity to live in different towns. And that sounds great. But you know what I want, you know what I stand for? I stand for making New Jersey affordable. I stand for making Middletown affordable, not just for this person or that personbut for everyone.” The 70 apartments willbe set aside as affordablehousing or at below-marketrate. “They have no problems seemingly building homes that are affordable to doctors and lawyers, but have a whole lot of trouble building homes that are affordable for nurses and paralegals and cashiers and teachers for that matter,” he said. “They have no problem redeveloping big chunks of land for wealthy people. The problem comes when working families want a seat at the table.” last_img read more