There is only one month left to register for the Baking Industry Summit 2008, on 27 November, so make sure you reserve your delegate place now. The Summit, which will focus on the essentials of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is taking place at One Great George Street, London, and will host a variety of top speakers, including keynote speaker, Lucy Neville-Rolfe, CMG, Executive Director (Corporate & Legal Affairs), Tesco.The UK bakery sector is under a unique pressure to examine its efficiency across the chain, from where and how the wheat and ingredients are sourced, to energy, packing and distribution. Added to this are the consumer drivers of careful environmental management and social responsibility in production. The summit will look at where to start on CSR and what government, consumers and the supermarkets require.Speakers will include packaging and waste experts who have tackled specific bakery-based issues head-on and are ready to share their experiences. Leading figures from the supermarket, bakery supply, plant baking and retail bakery sectors will speak alongside businesses including Greggs and Bells of Lazonby about how they have implemented a CSR strategy.To book a place, contact Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email [email protected] You can also book online at www.bakingsummit.co.uk
Bakers’ Fair saw a healthy visitor turnout brave the rain to make the trip to Bolton Arena last weekend. Exhibitors included suppliers of machinery, ingredients, finished goods and packaging, and the Fair also played host to the seventh annual Richemont Club competition, with the Live Cake Decoration Challenge drawing a big audience.The Stage Area saw a series of talks, the first of which came from Mike Holling, Birds of Derby, and chairman of the NAMB, who spoke on the importance of having a business disruption action plan to minimise the recovery time of your business in the event of fire, flood or exclusion from the premises. He said it was important not to think it would never happen, as it was quite alarming how many fires do occur in this industry. He gave examples of how Birds had coped with a fire at one of its shops, as well as the temporary closure of its bakery in Derby due to an explosion at a neighbouring premises. His tips for a business distruption plan included having an alternative trading policy, as well as a short-term and longer-term business recovery plan. He said it was important to speak to your customers and let them know what was happening, as well as ensuring all employees were up-to-date with the situation, and informing suppliers if deliveries could not be made for any reason. Holling explained that Birds also has a list of available facilities for the temporary manufacture and distribution of its products, which are available to them in the event of an emergency.Tracey Sharpe, Innoseal introduced the bakery and confectionery industry to the ’Professional Innosealer’, and explained why the firm believes it offers more than traditional bag closure systems. She explained how the product was easy to apply, and had a resealable and tamper-evident seal, and invited visitors up to the stage where she demonstrated how the Innosealer worked. She also revealed that the firm is currently trialling a fully automated version of the Innosealer.Mike Holling spoke about the importance of a shop’s appearance both inside and out. He said bakers needed to think about their business from their customers’ viewpoint, as well as ascertaining what they might be getting wrong. Is it well lit? Does it look fresh, and clean? These were the questions he said bakers needed to ask themselves. He also spoke about the importance of interesting, eye-catching and regularly updated window displays.Claire Brown, EPOS Solutions, spoke about what to look for in a good EPOS supplier. They should understand your industry, what your business is about, your key products and key areas of concern, said Brown. She explained that they also needed to understand the technology and be able to apply it to their business effectively.Sandwiches with a differenceFinally John Robertshaw, consultant baker, Bako North Western gave a sandwich demonstration, using a range of different breads and fillings, before handing out his creations to a very appreciative audience. The sandwich fillings included roasted pancetta and peppers; meatballs; Swiss cheese delight; sliced beef with horseradish mayonnaise; prawns in a Bloody Mary mayonnaise; and chicken with green pesto.At the end the day, the winners of the Richemont Club competitions were announced. The President’s Challenge Cup was shared by two teams for the first time this year, as the judges couldn’t decide between the farmyard-themed cakes made by Linda Connelly and Debbie Grierson from Classic Celebration Cakes and Dave Wilson and Melony Hughes from Slattery’s Patissier & Chocolatier, in the Live Cake Decoration Challenge. Best in show went to Sueraine Rose, Rose the Bakers, for her novelty celebration cake and the Richemont Trophy was won by Arthur Chatwin. The British Baker trophy, presented by BB editor Sylvia Macdonald, was awarded to Laura Littlejohn, Tameside College. Richemont Club Competition winners Three Sausage RollsSueraine Rose Rose the BakersThree Meat PastiesRob Taylor ChatwinsOne Vegetarian ProductTony Bain GloversOne Quiche LorraineRachel Wilkinson ChatwinsOne Brown Tin LoafNigel Attwell ChatwinsOne Multigrain CobPaul Wallwork GloversOne White Plaited LoafSueraine Rose Rose the BakersFour Fresh CreamsMichael Wilde Slattery’sFour Danish PastriesRachel Wilkinson ChatwinsFour Christmas FanciesJanette Ramsden Slattery’sFour PastriesRob Taylor ChatwinsOne Novelty Celebration CakeSueraine Rose Rose the BakersOne Sugar Paste ModelEmma Chamberlain Slattery’sFour Halloween CupcakesDawn Dean ChatwinsOne Christmas CakePatricia Peel ChatwinsOne Christmas PuddingRob Taylor ChatwinsOne Chocolate LogHelen Murrell ChatwinsFour Fruit SconesHayley Davies Tameside CollegeOne Oven-bottom LoafLaura Littlejohn Tameside CollegeFour Novelty CupcakesCraig Wright ChatwinsMilling & Baking TrophyArthur ChatwinRank Hovis TrophyArthur ChatwinCSM TrophyArthur ChatwinRenshaw TrophySlattery’s Patissier & ChocolatierBritish Bakels Christmas TrophyArthur ChatwinBritish Baker TrophyLaura Littlejohn Tameside CollegeThe President’s Challenge CupJoint Winners Slattery’s Patissier & Chocolatier and Classic Celebration CakesClassic Celebration CakesBest in ShowRose the Bakers (Novelty Celebration Cake)Richemont TrophyArthur Chatwin
Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Elkhart County passes St. Joseph County in COVID cases WhatsApp Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ By Tommie Lee – June 3, 2020 1 589 (IN Dept. of Health) The latest numbers from Indiana’s Department of Health show that Elkhart County has passed St. Joseph County for the 5th-most cases statewide.Elkhart now has 1,435 cases countywide, and 29 deaths.Indiana now has 35,712 positive cases and more than 2,000 deaths. The Department is reporting nearly 278,000 tests. Previous articleCorby’s Irish Pub closes until at least JulyNext articleMishawaka HS repairs clock tower, installs digital bells Tommie Lee
Thank you Mr President,Thank you to the Secretary General and Mr Mladenov as well.I’d like to welcome President Abbas and thank him for his address to the Council. I welcome his stated commitment to non-violence, and to engage constructively towards a two-state solution.The United Kingdom remains committed to a two-state solution which ends the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and we will support all and any efforts to that end.Our long-standing goal is a negotiated peace settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, with secure and recognised borders and with Jerusalem as a shared capital of both States.US leadership on this issue is indispensable to achieving a solution that meets the aspirations of both parties, and we look forward to the announcement of peace proposals when the US Administration judges them to be ready. US efforts offer a significant opportunity to deliver peace and they should be supported and encouraged by all. We stand ready to provide political and practical support to help achieve a viable agreement.We encourage the parties to make a public commitment to renewed peace negotiations, on the basis of a two-state solution. In order to move forward, it is important that they reaffirm their commitment to all previous diplomatic agreements which have taken us closer to peace. These agreements remain an important basis for renewed talks. We welcome the Palestinian Authority’s continued recognition of the State of Israel, and the parties’ continuing security cooperation.Mr President, if a peace process is to succeed, it needs to be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence. We regret that too many people continue to undermine efforts to achieve peace. We condemn the detonation of an Improvised Explosive Device along the Gaza border with Israel on Saturday, wounding four Israeli soldiers, including two seriously. We also condemn the recent terrorist attack in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. There is never an excuse for terror, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim, as they are with all those who have been affected by violence. Every Israeli and Palestinian has the right to live in peace and security. There is also a right to dignity and we condemn kidnappings as well as acts that prevent families from being able to properly grieve for their loved ones.We will continue to press all sides to refrain from engaging in, or encouraging, incitement, hateful action or language. This only serves to stir up prejudice, and takes us further from the goal of achieving peace.In that regard it is unacceptable for anyone to deny the legitimacy of the connection of either the Jewish or Palestinian peoples to the land. Inflammatory and unhelpful rhetoric on both sides weakens trust, corrodes mutual respect, and undermines prospects for peace. We call on both parties to act with restraint, and to show bold leadership. Only when both parties reject violence and work together to ensure calm and stability can peace have a chance to flourish.We are concerned by the Israeli Government’s recent decision to establish a settlement deep in the West Bank – the second in twelve months. These plans have also raised the possibility of the retroactive ‘legalisation’ of the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad. And there have been renewed threats from Israel to demolish structures in Susiya, in the occupied West Bank.We call on Israel to immediately reverse its policies of settlement expansion and demolitions. They undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution and they call into question Israel’s own commitment to peace.Mr President, the lack of Palestinian unity continues to be an impediment to achieving peace. We therefore support reconciliation efforts which lead to the full return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza.As Special Coordinator Mladenov informed us last week, conditions in the Gaza Strip are dire. Further deterioration of the humanitarian situation would not only continue to put lives at risk but would represent a threat to stability in the region. It is essential that all parties work urgently to improve the situation, and we call for an easing of access controls for people and goods into, and out of, Gaza.The United Kingdom remains a committed supporter of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). It must be able to continue its vital work to improve the lives of Palestinian refugees, and to help maintain stability across the region. It needs appropriate funding to do so.Mr President, all United Nations Member States have a role to play in nurturing peace and rejecting violence.We are therefore concerned by incursions across Israel’s border with Syria earlier this month. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering, and we support Israel’s right to defend itself.Mr President,The United Kingdom’s position on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement has not changed. It should be based on the lines as they stood on June 4, 1967 with equal land swaps to reflect the national, security, and religious interests of the Jewish and Palestinian peoples. Jerusalem should be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states, and its status must be determined through a final status agreement. A just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees is needed that is demographically compatible with the principle of two states for two peoples.To conclude Mr President, like all in this Council, the United Kingdom strongly supports peace. We want to see renewed peace negotiations, supported by the international community, which lead to a safe and secure Israel, the homeland for the Jewish People, living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, the homeland for the Palestinian people.Let us all work together to lay the groundwork for peace.Thank you Mr President.
Once launched, the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy will provide a long-term plan for alignment of local and national decision making to increase productivity and deliver an economy that works for all.This will include setting out how the health innovation sector and Greater Manchester’s unique devolution deal will drive the UK’s response to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge, and Greater Manchester’s efforts to meet the Clean Growth Grand Challenge following the Mayor’s Green Summit earlier this year.The progress statement follows the government having confirmed that £3 million will be invested to help strengthen digital skills in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas. The funding announced in the Budget will see the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) team up with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) for the pilot project.Employers and training providers will identify which digital skills are in short supply in the local area and design a targeted approach that can help people prepare to move into digital roles.Greater Manchester is the largest digital cluster outside of London in the UK with almost 8,000 digital businesses employing more than 80,0000 people. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for the Economy, Richard Leese, said: To allow Greater Manchester to thrive and drive productivity and prosperity we need to make sure there are good jobs, a skilled workforce and businesses are supported, and this is what the plan is about. We want to use the strategy to build on Greater Manchester’s unique legacy of industrial ambition and creativity to create a thriving, digitally-enabled green city. We want to work with businesses on the strategy to create an innovative plan that improves the lives of everyone who lives and works here. It’s great to see such progress being made in the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy. With government working closely together with businesses, local leaders and partners, we’re in a great position to boost economic growth and productivity across Greater Manchester and the whole of the Northern Powerhouse. To unlock the potential of areas up and down the country it is essential that key decisions and resources are taken from Westminster and given to our great cities, towns and their supporting regions. The Local Industrial Strategy we are developing will embody the unique spirit of Greater Manchester with a long-term plan to build on its exceptional strengths in areas including technology and research and ensure it is at the forefront of growing industries like clean growth and AI. Business Secretary Greg Clark and Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for the Economy Richard Leese have today (30 October) set out progress towards a Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy, one of the UK’s first Local Industrial Strategies.Developed in collaboration with regional partners, the Local Industrial Strategy for Greater Manchester will harness the regions distinctive strengths and build on them in areas like health research and advanced materials to unlock growth and boost people’s earning power across the region’s cities and places.Once launched, the Local Industrial Strategy will capitalise on Greater Manchester’s long and established history of entrepreneurship and enterprise, its devolved health and social care budget of £6 billion per annum and its position as home to one of the largest graduate pools in Europe.The progress statement published today showcases the work that has been done so far by local leaders in the Northern Powerhouse who are working with the government and businesses to identify economic opportunities that the region can seize in the years to come.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The Local Industrial Strategy is a unique opportunity to spread the benefits of prosperity across the city-region and we want to use this to deliver inclusive growth and quality employment. Government committed to Local Industrial Strategies as part of its Industrial Strategy White Paper, building on the strong foundations of our city, growth and devolution deals to work in partnership with local leaders to drive productivity. All parts of England are now working to develop them by early 2020.Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: We have a proven track record in Greater Manchester of collaboration and innovation and using the opportunities of devolution to drive change and the Local Industrial Strategy is another way for us to do this. We want to make sure we put together the right plan for Greater Manchester and will be working with businesses, voluntary sectors and residents on it.
The city-university connection, long an important relationship able to spark innovation, promote collaboration and research, and transform lives on a broad scale, was the focus of a daylong symposium at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Oct. 21.The crowded event drew officials from Harvard and the city of Boston, as well as attendees from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for a series of panels and discussions on topics including violence, technology, education, public health, innovation and research, and ways to further cooperation.“My breath has been taken away” by the event, said Lizabeth Cohen, Radcliffe’s interim dean and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies. She praised sessions that offered new ideas from a variety of perspectives. The event, titled “Reimagining the City-University Connection: Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice,” was developed in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School‘s (HKS) Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the city of Boston.The issue of trust emerged as a major theme.In a session on violence, Anthony Braga, a senior research fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at HKS and a professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University, described his work as chief policy adviser to Boston’s police commissioner. For 17 years, Braga has worked closely with the Boston Police Department (BPD) on initiatives, including the prevention of gang violence, the disruption of illegal gun markets, and prisoner re-entry programs. The ongoing collaboration allows him to explore “academic and theoretical questions,” like the distribution of violence across the city. Such work also aids the department, he said, allowing it to employ resources more effectively.In a session on violence, Anthony Braga (left), a senior research fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at HKS, noted that for 17 years he has worked closely with the Boston Police Department on initiatives such as the prevention of gang violence. Paula Johnson (right), an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School was the moderator of the panel.Braga said strong relationships are paramount. He makes it a point to attend major BPD meetings, he accompanies patrols, and he tries to be sensitive to the political and operational environments in which the officers work so “I can develop that trust.Building such trust is a fundamental part of a police officer’s work, said Daniel Linskey, BPD superintendent-in-chief. But establishing it with Braga was important in making sure the collaboration was a success.“Having somebody that can come into our organization and look at it with outside eyes and have us look at things a different way is priceless. The nature of violent crime is bigger than the police department. It involves the community and it involves the academic community as well. … [Braga] had to build trust with us, the senior leaders in the police department, to make sure that he was giving us good guidance, and good information … and he built trust up and down the line with the police, with the cop on the street.”City government has to “have enough trust itself to let in outsiders,” said Edward L. Glaeser, director of the Rappaport Institute and Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics. Glaser, who led a panel called “Lessons and Challenges of City-University Connections,” said colleges have much to learn from cities, and added that those relationships also only work if they are “mutually beneficial.University administrators described strategies for developing close connections with surrounding communities. Henry S. Webber, executive vice chancellor for administration at Washington University in Saint Louis, said that as one of the largest private employers in the region, a priority is to contribute to economic growth and partnerships in the area. The university also aims to promote public discussions of key issues, and to apply its academic strength to areas like entrepreneurship and innovation, public health, and public education. Webber has instituted programs that involve the university in the area’s public education system, including an extensive training program for St. Louis public school principals.Harvard Provost Alan Garber addressed a group of attendees during a reception following the event. He acknowledged the vital role that city-university connections play in addressing critical issues such as violence and poverty. Cities “can tell us much more about what we should be studying, and we can learn by talking to one another,” he said.Examples of such dialogue included the work of various ongoing collaborations between university partners and the city of Boston that were also on display during the reception.Some Harvard graduate students discussed their collaborations, including research being conducted by HKS’s Ash Center in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The study explores how regular information and updates about predicted arrival times of Boston’s commuter rail trains affect the behavior and attitudes of riders.
As the General Manager of the Dell EMC VMAX business unit, I interact with a variety of customers on a daily basis. It is very clear to me that today’s IT practitioners are increasingly relying on All-Flash storage to consolidate their ever-increasing, performance-hungry workloads amid the explosive growth of data. Given the adoption rate, we expect that over half of all data centers will use only All-Flash arrays for primary data storage within the next three to five years. While there are many All-Flash solutions out there in the market, clearly all are not created equal!We have architected Dell EMC VMAX All Flash arrays to solve the CIO challenge of embracing a modernized flash-centric datacenter for mission-critical applications while simultaneously simplifying, automating, and consolidating IT operations. VMAX All Flash combines the best of new high-density flash technologies with a proven set of rich data services required to build a modern data center. Simultaneously, it continues to deliver the reliability and mission-critical availability that VMAX customers have relied on for more than two decades.Earlier this month, we sat down with 12 independent storage industry experts at a Storage Field Day event and discussed the core architectural tenets of VMAX All Flash that are helping 94% of Fortune 50 companies, 18 out of 20 top banks, 9 out of 10 top life insurance companies and thousands of other customers to manage data growth, reduce data center sprawl, deliver extreme performance and availability while meeting their business SLAs day in and day out. Needless to say, they were impressed! Check out the entire set of VMAX All Flash video recordings at the Storage Field Day 14 site.Figure 1: VMAX All Flash Architectural Details (Video from Storage Field Day)And we are not afraid of going head-to-head against our competition in a public setting!Recently, Principled Technologies evaluated VMAX 250F All Flash and HPE 3PAR 8450 side-by-side with an eye towards how these arrays can handle mixed workloads in a modern data center as well as deliver business continuity in the event of an interruption. Both the arrays were configured with the same number of controllers and similar number of disks/capacity to make it an apples-to-apples comparison.The tests started with performance testing for Oracle Database 12c transactional workloads. Next, a data mart workload was added to determine how the arrays handle this mixed workload. Data marts are a convenient way to move chunks of data from multiple departments to one centralized location that’s easy to access. Businesses rely on the smooth flow of data mart information for reporting, analysis, trending, presentations, and database backups. Ability to consolidate transactional workloads as well as data warehouse sequential workloads on the same platform is a cornerstone of an All-Flash array to serve as the core primary storage platform in today’s data centers.Figure 2: VMAX 250F and 3PAR 8450 IOPS Before and During Data Mart Load AdditionPrincipled Technologies determined that the VMAX 250F handled 39.5% more IOPS on average than the 3PAR 8450 during the data mart load. The VMAX solution handled both reads and writes much faster than the 3PAR solution during the data mart load – up to 145% faster reads and 1,973% faster writes than the HPE solution! The 3PAR 8450 storage array experienced lengthy delays when processing reads and writes at the same time with the added data mart load – read latency increased 129% while write latency increased 2,133%!Figure 3: VMAX 250F and 3PAR 8450 Latency Before and During Data Mart Load AdditionSo what does this mean for you? With the VMAX 250F, you can run your production workloads while always meeting your SLAs and never worry about whether adding an analytics workload, compiling large amounts of data from multiple sources, or performing an extensive backup would affect the performance. With 3PAR 8450, it’s not the same story – long wait times on accessing data when you run mixed workloads will surely frustrate your users and hamper your business.VMAX All Flash SRDF: The Gold Standard for Remote ReplicationThe second phase of Principled Technologies’ comparison of the Dell EMC and HPE 3PAR All-Flash storage involved remote replication and disaster recovery. For the Dell EMC solution, they used Unisphere for VMAX to set up two VMAX 250F arrays with active-active SRDF/Metro remote replication. For the HPE 3PAR solution, they set up one 3PAR 8450 array and one 3PAR 8400 array with Remote Copy and Peer Persistence (which is only available as active-passive at the LUN level) enabled.When Principled Technologies initiated a lost host connection to both the local arrays, the entire workload on the VMAX 250F solution continued to run with no downtime following the outage and all I/O shifting immediately to the remote VMAX 250F. In contrast, the application workload on the 3PAR solution needed to transfer 100% of the I/O to the secondary (passive) site and stopped until they restarted the VM. SRDF/Metro is a true active-active solution, which ensured consistent data access during their site failure. HPE’s Peer Persistence is active-passive at the LUN level. So, during their local storage failure simulation, all the paths were inaccessible until the standby paths to the remote array became active or they restored the connection to the local system and failback occurred. This means the difference between having consistent data access during a site failure or not.Check out all the details of the Principled Technologies testing and their findings.In the end, Principled Technologies discerned that Dell EMC VMAX 250F All Flash storage array lived up to its promises better than the HPE 3PAR 8450 storage array did. We are not surprised – thousands of customers reach the same conclusion day in and day out not only when compared against HPE 3PAR but also against all of our All-Flash enterprise storage competition!Learn more about VMAX All Flash.
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Nathan Lane Circling Andrew Garfield-Led Angels In AmericaNathan Lane is in talks to appear in Angels In America at the U.K.’s National Theatre. According to the Daily Mail, the two-time Tony winner is eyeing the role of loathed attorney Roy Cohn. Directed by Marianne Elliott and starring Andrew Garfield, Russell Tovey and Denise Gough, Tony Kushner’s play is set to begin performances next April. Lane will start previews in The Front Page at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre on September 20.Owls Disapparate From Cursed ChildThis is what happens during previews—characters owls can get cut! During the first performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Sprocket, an owl making her West End debut, got slightly lost while delivering a letter. The show’s producers have since made the decision to withdraw live owls from the production. Cursed Child officially opens on July 30.Sheridan Smith Extends Leave from Funny GirlOlivier winner Sheridan Smith will extend her absence from Funny Girl at West End’s Savoy Theatre. Producers of the revival said in a statement, “Sheridan’s recovery from stress and exhaustion is the absolute priority. Following medical advice, he return to the production will be slightly later than originally anticipated — no later than the week commencing July 11.” Last month, it was reported that Smith would take a two to four week break. Natasha J. Barnes will continue to take on the role of Fanny Brice during the interim.Costars Set for Debauched Libertine Dominic CooperWe now know who will be joining stage and screen star Dominic Cooper in Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged Restoration piece The Libertine this fall. Ophelia Lovibond will play Elizabeth Barry, with Jasper Britton as King Charles II, Mark Hadfield as Etherege, Will Barton as Alcock, Cornelius Booth as Harris / Huysmans / Constable, Will Merrick as Billy Downs and Richard Teverson as Sackville. Directed by Terry Johnson, the production is scheduled to play a limited engagement at the West End’s prestigious Theatre Royal Haymarket September 22 through December 3. Opening night is set for September 27. Nathan Lane(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files Nathan Lane
By Dialogo June 22, 2010 Latin American drug traffickers are seeking new territory for their activities and studying the possibilities offered by Argentina, where extradition proceedings began Friday for an alleged Colombian drug trafficker wanted by the United States, the same day that a model was charged with the same crime. “There’s an advance by the drug cartels. It’s not a project to establish themselves definitively. They’re looking around, getting a view of the terrain from within a global framework,” Carlos Alberto Pereyra Mele, an analyst with the Center for South American Strategic Studies, told AFP. Argentina is an export location for drugs headed for European markets, while Mexico is the place of transit for the United States, the analyst indicated, something which explains several recent cases that have garnered a great deal of attention. In this context, alleged Colombian drug trafficker Luis Caicedo Velandia was detained in Buenos Aires in April, and proceedings began Friday to extradite him to the United States, where he is accused of narcotics trafficking and money laundering, the Judicial Information Center announced. Colombian model Angie Sanclemente Valencia, a thirty-year-old former Coffee Queen, was ordered held without bail on charges of organizing a criminal group that tried to traffic cocaine from Mexico to Europe by way of Argentina in December. Mónica Cuñarro, the coordinator of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Control of Illicit Narcotics Trafficking, indicated that “it is true that trafficking has increased” in the South American country. “Trafficking always has extraterritorial links: a measure taken in Paraguay or in Brazil causes the traffickers to change routes and can affect transit through Argentina. It happened with ephedrine: its import into Mexico was prohibited, and it shifted to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile,” she explained. According to Pereyra Mele, a specialist in South American geopolitics, the highly developed infrastructure of Argentina’s chemical industry and its qualified technical personnel are other attractions for the cartels. Argentina is Latin America’s leading producer of chemical precursors, AFP was told by Claudio Izaguirre, head of the Argentine Anti-Drug Association, who blamed the Cabinet chief, Aníbal Fernández, for what he considered “permissive policy action” with regard to drug trafficking. According to the expert, Colombian drug traffickers have established themselves in the city of Rosario (300 km north of the capital), and Mexicans in Zárate-Campana (80 km north), both port districts, while other, smaller-scale traffickers – of Bolivian, Paraguayan, Dominican, and Peruvian origin – are setting up shop in various underprivileged neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, grouped by nationality. Meanwhile, Mexican Mario Roberto Segovia, known as the “ephedrine king,” is awaiting trial in Argentina on charges of smuggling around six hundred kilograms of the substance to Mexico in 2007. In 2008, the killing of three young Argentine entrepreneurs led to the discovery of the alleged traffic in ephedrine, a chemical precursor used to manufacture synthetic drugs and the commercialization of which had to be restricted. Around the same time, two Colombians with links to drug trafficking were also murdered in a shopping center on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. During the last decade, the wife and two children of murdered Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar settled in Buenos Aires.
By Dialogo September 25, 2012 The Chilean Army will remove anti-tank land mines planted during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), near the road that leads to a national park located in Patagonia, southern Chile, according to a military source. “There are five minefields that pose considerable danger to those who travel the road, so we aim at minimizing the risks for tourists,” said Luis Zegpi, the Army 5th Division’s Commander-in-Chief, on September 23. The mines were positioned in the late 70s, near the road leading to Torres del Paine National Park, 1,864 miles south of Santiago, near the border with Argentina. Torres del Paine is the most visited park in the country, with over 150,000 visitors per year. “We are working to respond to a very urgent need,” added Zegpi, since this destination is very popular among tourists, and the only precaution to avoid accidents are signs that state “Danger, Minefield”. In Chile, more than 180,000 mines were buried in the northern and southern borders of the country during Pinochet’s dictatorship, and so far, about 50,000 mines have been eradicated, according to the Ministry of Defense. Last February, the Chilean-Peruvian border was closed due to a heavy storm that caused a land mine slide into the area, and in May, a Peruvian citizen died in a land mine explosion while he was trying to cross the international border illegally. In August, Chile and Peru agreed to delegate the removal of border mines to the humanitarian organization Norwegian People’s Aid.