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Bullrich tells Bukele she wants to replicate his security plan in Argentina — MercoPress

Bullrich tells Bukele she wants to replicate his security plan in Argentina Argentina’s Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele Friday in Washington DC at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) summit that “we want to follow the model you are carrying out” to tackle crime. Argentine President Javier Milei is scheduled to speak Saturday at this event after meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Buenos Aires. Bullrich posted on her X account a video of the dialogue she held with Bukele, during which she praised Bukele for lowering “crime as you have done and still endure criticism when you have saved millions and millions of lives, the truth is unbelievable.” “We really want to work and see what you have done. We put a lot of effort into it and we need to get to that place too. And we are going to get there. We are making an important change in Argentina,” Bullrich told Bukele. “We are at your service for whatever you need,” replied Bukele who has repeatedly praised the Argentine Libertarian leader Milei. Bukele has argued in the case of Argentina since the problem of violence is smaller, “the medicine could be smaller” too. “I believe that all countries have differences and it is clear that El Salvador is not the United Kingdom, the same could be said that El Salvador is not Argentina either. There are differences, even the security problem in Argentina, which exists, is perhaps not as pressing as it was in El Salvador and, therefore, the measures that can be shared on our part, suddenly do not need to be so drastic,” Bukele stressed while reckoning the similarities stemming from the fact that the two nations “are Latin American” and criminality is a consequence “of poverty.” Under Bukele, all constitutional guarantees have been suspended since March 2022 in El Salvador to implement the government’s security plan against gangs. This measure, widely supported by the population in polls, allows the police to detain any person without an arrest warrant and hold them in detention for at least 15 days before they are brought before a court. This regime has been extended 22 times in Congress for 30-day periods. The right to defense of detainees and the privacy of communications are also on hold. Milei and former President Donald Trump are scheduled to appear at the CPAC event on Saturday but at different times. Hence, no meeting between the two of them is expected to take place. “Queremos seguir o modelo que vocês estão levando adiante.” Esta foi a reunião entre Patricia Bullrich, ministra da segurança de Milei, e o presidente Nayib Bukele em Washington, DC durante @CPAC . Você apoia este tremendo encontro histórico? pic.twitter.com/f6ht0ArIpI — Francisca (@FranciscaBadar1) February 23, 2024

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Planned 100-acre forest ‘should help improve wildlife’, meeting hears

Gavin Marshall, of Baddinsgill Farm, spoke about his vision for Faw Mount, which is nearly two thirds Sitka spruce, at West Linton Community Council’s (WLCC) February meeting. In January, this newspaper reported details of Mr Marshall’s plan and that he hoped to have it planted by spring 2025. WLCC member Doug Veitch, a former forestry contractor who also did post graduate research on forestry, asked questions on a number of aspects of the project. Mr Veitch questioned how plant species would be preserved and said: “Nothing grows in a Sitka forest except spotted mushrooms and there is a large population of common spotted orchids on that ground.” The forest will have 17.23 acres of broadleaved trees and Mr Marshall said he expected not only the orchids to flourish in those areas but also the wildlife everywhere in the wood. Mr Veitch asked: “You are very close to watercourses, have you plans for run-off from potential fertilisers?” Mr Marshall said: “We would be hand fertilising in the planting slot and a long way from watercourses. “I would be very surprised if there was any leaching.” WLCC member Tim Brian asked: “Where will the Sitka spruce end up once it is harvested?” Mr Marshall said it would perhaps be used in housing boards and Mr Veitch said very little Sitka from Scotland goes into “structural house-building timber”. He added there would be many more than one forest road in the plantation once the timber is extracted. Later in the meeting, Mr Veitch said that, perhaps in a similar way to wind farms paying community benefit, forestry developers should do the same. WLCC held a vote on whether to support the plan in a letter to Scottish Forestry and, apart from Mr Veitch who abstained, voted unanimously in favour.

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Plymouth bomb: Relief for thousands back home

Thousands of people evacuated from their homes in Plymouth have returned after days of disruption caused by the discovery of a World War Two bomb. More than 10,000 people had to move out of the area around Keyham as a convoy of military vehicles carried away the unexploded device. The MoD said the 500kg (1,102lb) bomb, found in a garden on Tuesday, had been detonated at 21:15 GMT on Friday. One resident who was evacuated said the experience had been difficult. Jenny Dunn told the BBC: “It’s been challenging at times, but Keyham always comes together, the resources that were put in to help us residents was amazing. “It was tough, but it was the best [the situation] could be.” The bomb’s discovery prompted “one of the largest UK peacetime evacuation operations”, according to the MoD. Resident Elle Clarke, who was reunited with her pets, said she was glad it was over. Like many people, Ms Clarke, who was sent to a leisure centre, had to leave a number of pets in her home. “It’s been inconvenient, but I’m glad there’s been a conclusion to the situation,” she said. Ms Clarke added: “I was mainly concerned for the animals because this is their territory, we were more concerned for them than ourselves really. “Sitting in suspension not knowing what is going on has been excruciating.” Bomb disposal specialists worked around the clock to assess the condition of the device, an air-dropped German bomb, designated SC-500, which was discovered at a garden on St Michael Avenue. On Friday, a military convoy carried the unexploded bomb on the back of a truck from the site through a densely populated residential area to Torpoint Ferry slipway, where it was taken out to sea. About 10,320 people and 1,219 properties were affected by the 300m (984ft) cordon placed along the route. Lieut Col Rob Swan, who was at the scene, explained that before detonation, the bomb would be taken to a depth of at least 14m before a diver would place a charge to ignite the explosive. On Friday at 17:32 GMT, Plymouth City Council said residents could return. Council leader Tudor Evans said: “I think it is fair to say that the last few days will go down in history for Plymouth.” Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said: “I would like to express my thanks to all our personnel involved in this highly complex operation, who worked both night and day this week to keep the public safe and minimise the risk of damage, as well as the public for their patience and cooperation. “The success of this operation is testament to the level of skill and expertise across our armed forces, as well as the bravery and fortitude of our personnel when faced with high-risk situations and working under extreme pressure.” Follow BBC Devon on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook and Instagram. Send your story ideas to spotlight@bbc.co.uk.

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U.S.-Kosovo Bilateral Defense Consultations – The Frontier Post

FP Report WASHINGTON DC: On February 22-23, 2024, Mr. Alton Buland, Principal Director (PD) for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, co-chaired the U.S.-Kosovo Bilateral Defense Consultations (BDC) with Kosovo Minister of Defense Ejup Maqedonci. The meeting took place in Pristina, Kosovo. Participants included Major General Steve Osborn, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard; Brigadier General Chris McKinney, Deputy J5 for Global Partnerships and Security Cooperation, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM); Colonel Darrick Mosley, U.S. Senior Defense Official and Defense Attache; and representatives from U.S. Embassy Pristina, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Kosovo Ministry of Defense, and Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) General Staff. The purpose of the BDC was to discuss bilateral security cooperation priorities and support for implementation of the KSF’s 10-year transition plan to transform the KSF into a professional, multi-ethnic, NATO-interoperable, territorial defense force subject to civilian control for all the people of Kosovo. Leaders shared information about projects aimed at helping improve the capabilities and interoperability of the KSF, upcoming military-to-military engagements, the State Partnership Program with the Iowa National Guard, and membership in international organizations. PD Buland applauded Kosovo for the accomplishments the KSF has made in Phase II of its comprehensive transition plan and thanked Minister Maqedonci for the KSF’s contributions to Ukraine including providing training and expertise in demining. The leaders reaffirmed the importance of adhering to the highest standards of democratic values, the rule of law, and human rights in all aspects for the bilateral defense relationship. At the conclusion of the U.S.-Kosovo BDC, PD Buland and BG McKinney visited NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) Headquarters and its U.S. contingent to thank them for the role they play helping to contribute to stability in the Western Balkans.

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Top rising penny stocks on investors’ radar

Stocks continue to roar after Nvidia’s results lifted the market sentiments as it posted another strong quarter. These results from the AI-giant crushed AI criticisers who were advocating that stock overvalued and that AI wave is nothing but a bubble. Well, Nvidia’s results have proved one thing that generative AI is the future and investors should track AI stocks which are currently undervalued. Retail investors need to think that more and more analysts continue to expect soft landing for overall economy. Therefore, we believe that the focus should be on top rising penny stocks to book some hefty profits. Experts and renowned economists expect that the US might be able to avoid recession and bring the inflation down to target range of ~2%, without increased unemployment. This should bode well for smaller and micro-cap companies such as penny, micro-cap and nano-cap scrips. These are the stocks which get punished as and when markets experience volatility and every investor plan to invest in blue-chip and established companies. Top rising penny stocks on investors’ radar are the ones which are being tracked regularly so that no buying opportunity gets missed by the investors. Going long on more and more stocks is currently being recommended by several analysts and experts in a soft-landing scenario. In November 2023 month, a report by Wall Street journal emphasised about how economists remain in confidence about the growing economy and its ability to weather economic recession. This was more inclined towards top rising penny stocks, which are sensitive to increased borrowing rates. These stocks were trailing S&P 500 in 2023 by a significant margin. However, experts believe that this is expected to change. Global fund managers say that small-cap stocks should see significant rally in 2024 as there are favourable factors like reduced rates and stable economy. With this in mind, let us now have a look at top rising penny stocks on investors’ radar. 1. Grupo Televisa S.A.B. The company which was once the largest organisation in Spanish-speaking world, Grupo Televisa is now being tagged as a leading telecommunication firm in Mexico. Its cable arm, Izzi, has been categorised as a largest pay-television and broadband providers in Mexico region. It has announced its results for full year and 4Q23. Financials of the company are being adjusted to reflect impact of TelevisaUnivision, Inc. transaction which saw closure on January 31, 2022. Revenues experienced a fall of 2.3% to Ps.73,767.9 million (Mexican Pesos) in 2023 in comparison to Ps. 75,526.6 million in 2022. This was mainly due to revenue decline in Sky segment. Operating segment income declined 5.4%, equating to ~35.7% margin. Net income or loss attributable to stockholders of the company came in at a net loss of Ps.10,235.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2023 against a net income of Ps.44,712.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. Unfavorable change of Ps.54,948.1 million implies 1) absence in 2023 of a Ps.56,222.2 million income as a result of discontinued operations which the company recognized in 2022 associated to TelevisaUnivision transaction, 2) a Ps1,703.7 million decline in operating income before other expense, 3) a Ps.51.2 million rise in other expense, net, and 4) a Ps.3,668.4 million unfavorable change related to income tax benefit or expense. Shares of the company has delivered a return of ~12% in just one month. 2. Compass Therapeutics, Inc. Compass Therapeutics Inc is clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, developing proprietary antibody therapeutics which should engage immune system to treat both solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The company has made strong progress in 4Q throughout its portfolio, and it expects to report top-line data from COMPANION-003 by mid-year and COMPANION-002 in 2H of the year. Talking about CTX-009 (DLL4 and VEGF-A bispecific antibody), the company continues to enroll patients in COMPANION-002, which is the US Phase 2/3 study of CTX-009 in combination with Paclitaxel in BTC. It has released 3Q and YTD 2023 financial results. FDA cleared IND for CTX-8371, the company’s PD-1 and PD-L1 bispecific antibody, the first StitchMabs® generated bispecific to advance to clinic. Net loss for 3Q ended September 30, 2023 came in at $10.0 million or $0.08 per common share in comparison to $12.0 million or $0.12 per common share for the same period in 2022. As at September 30, 2023, cash and marketable securities came at $164 million in comparison to $187 million as at December 31, 2022. This provides the company with anticipated cash runway to 2026. During first 9 months of 2023, it used $28 million of cash to finance its operations. Stock price of Compass Therapeutics Inc. saw an increase of ~29% in just one month. This comes after Zacks Equity Research upgraded the stock. 3. Angi Inc. The company is engaged in connecting quality home service professionals throughout different categories, from repairing and remodeling to cleaning and landscaping, with the consumers. It has released its 4Q results, with revenues of the company coming at $300 million exhibiting impact of change to net revenue recognition for Services, which came into effect on January 1, 2023. On pro-forma net basis, revenue saw a decline of 16% in 4Q23, exhibiting declines throughout Domestic business. However, this got partially offset by ~21% International growth. Operating income of the company went up by $36 million to reach $8 million and adjusted EBITDA increased 96% to $41 million. For 12 months ended December 31, 2023, net cash provided by operating activities saw an increase of $48 million to $94 million. FCF increased by $115 million to positive $46 million. Conclusion While there are some experts and economists who continue to rejoice equity market’s rally in 2024 and soft landing, there are some analysts who expect recession and hard landing. Now, in this case, what should you do? Well, we believe that investing in top rising penny stocks on investors’ radar should be considered as macro-economic uncertainties are expected to stabilise and micro-cap stocks are expected to flourish. That being said, investing in top rising penny stocks comes with its own risks and uncertainties. Therefore, it will be best to invest in the micro-cap stocks which are being recommended by experts and Wall Street analysts. Read Also: Canadian stocks which investors are buying right now: What are the reasons? This Logistic drone stock increases ~65% in just 6 months! Do you own? 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BREAKING: Inquiry launched at University Hospital Limerick after young woman dies suddenly after losing her baby

A REVIEW has been launched at University Hospital Limerick following the death of a woman. Hospital bosses are currently reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of a 33-year-old woman at UHL last weekend. The inquiry is the second to be launched at the hospital in a week following the inquiry into the death of a 16-year-old girl in January. It is understood that the 33-year-old from County Clare was initially admitted to University Maternity Hospital Limerick on Friday, February 16 before being transferred to UHL the following day. According to the Irish Independent, it is understood that she underwent an angiogram and several other tests, including blood tests, to check for infection or possible sepsis. It is understood the angiogram did not show anything of concern. The woman and her husband were later informed that they had lost their baby. It is reported that the following day, the woman suffered a cardiac arrest. Her condition had deteriorated rapidly. The death of the young woman has devastated her family and local community in County Clare. Tributes poured in following her sudden death with friends and work colleagues describing her as “friendly, bubbly and kind” and “fantastic” at her job. Another said they were “so heartbroken” to learn of the girl’s passing. They described her as “such a positive and beautiful soul”. In a statement released to Limerick Live this Saturday morning, a spokesperson for UL Hospitals Group said: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the patient concerned.” “This is normal HSE practice where a sudden death occurs in our care. This review will inform any future actions. “Our staff continue to be available to support the family through this difficult process,” they said. According to the statement, the review is in line with the HSE Incident Management Framework. READ MORE: Inquiry at University Hospital Limerick after second girl,16, dies in emergency department It is understood the review will look at the circumstances of her treatment in both the maternity hospital and UHL. All test results and vital sign monitoring scores will be reviewed again and a report, including her post-mortem examination result, will be completed. In the case of the 16-year-old girl whose inquiry was launched earlier this week, hospital bosses initiated “a preliminary assessment” following the tragedy, in which she died hours after she was taken to the hospital. It’s understood she was suffering from breathing difficulties on Monday, January 29. She had been admitted with a severe chest infection earlier in the same month and had spent two weeks in UHL. Overcrowding at UHL has worsened in recent months as the hospital set the record for most patients waiting on a trolley on Wednesday, February 7. A total of 150 patients were waiting on a trolley at UHL on the day. It was the second record break that week. On Friday, February 16, the day before the 33-year-old was admitted to UHL, the hospital was the busiest in the country. There were 108 patients waiting on a trolley according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). The INMO do not release trolley figures on weekends. In the case of Aoife Johnston, another 16-year-old girl who died from sepsis complications of bacterial meningitis following a 12-hour wait on a trolley in December 2022, a review into her death at UHL has led to an independent judge-led investigation.

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NLC’s planned protest, contempt of court -AGF

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, (SAN) has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress to shelve its proposed nationwide protest. On February 16, the NLC announced a nationwide protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, in response to the economic challenges facing the country. This decision followed the conclusion of a 14-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government regarding the widespread hardship. However, in a letter addressed to the counsel for the NLC, Femi Falana, (SAN) dated February 23, 2024, Fagbemi reminded the NLC of a subsisting order restraining the union from embarking on any industrial action. The letter read, “I wish to draw your esteemed attention to the Joint Press Release dated 8th February 2024, containing a 14-day ultimatum, jointly issued by the President of the NLC and President of the TUC as well as the notice of a two-day national protest issued by the NLC President on 16th February 2024. “A cursory perusal of the above press release clearly shows that the planned protest is premised on or connected with alleged non-implementation of the 16-point agreement reached with the Federal Government on October 02, 2023, consequences of the hike in the price of PMS, and other associated issues. It is therefore safe to assert again that the proposed cause of action by NLC is targeted at achieving objectives or promoting issues connected with a hike in fuel price and consequential matters of palliatives workers ‘ welfare, and associated government policies. “You may wish to note that the foregoing issues or objectives are at the core of the pending case before the National Industrial Court. Upon the submission of grievances to the court, parties in the suit cannot resort to public protests over the same issues, as such conduct amounts to gross contempt and affront to the institution of our courts of law. Therefore, the proposed nationwide protest action in all ramifications is in clear violation of the pending interim injunctive order granted in SUIT NO: NICN/ABJ/158/2023-FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA & ANOR V. NIGERIAN LABOUR CONGRESS & ANOR on 5th June 2023 restraining both NLC and TUC from embarking on any industrial action or strike of any nature. ” It is not in doubt that the planned protest is designed to compel the government to accede to the demands of organised labour, therefore, such action qualifies as an industrial action which comes within the ambit of the restraining order. This restraining order has neither been stayed nor set- aside and therefore remains binding.” He noted that the government had substantially met the demands of the union as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding entered with the NLC. Fagbemi said, ” I wish to note that the government has substantially and reasonably complied with the items in the MOU and it is only appropriate and equitable for organized labour to engage more with the government to ensure the full implementation of same, especially in areas that have been inhibited by unforeseen challenges. “May I, therefore request that you kindly implore and enjoin your clients to refrain from self-help by shelving the proposed protests which are antithetical to the mediatory engagements leading to the execution of the MOU, tantamount to undermining subsisting restraining court order, and occasioning disruption of public service, order, and safety.”

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Government Announcement! LPG cylinder for Rs 500, free electricity up to 200 units… announcement to be made on 27th February

Telangana CM Revanth Reddy News: Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy said on Friday that his government will launch two schemes on February 27 – supply of LPG cylinder for Rs 500 and free electricity up to 200 units to the poor and on this occasion Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also be present. LPG, Electricity Update: The people of Telangana state are going to get a gift soon. Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Friday said that his government will launch two schemes on February 27 – supply of LPG cylinder for Rs 500 and free electricity up to 200 units to the poor and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also present on the occasion. Will remain. CM Reddy targeted the central government for not accepting the demand to recognize the ongoing ‘Samakka Sarakka Yatra’ in the state as a national festival and accused it of ‘discrimination and neglect of the state’ towards Telangana. The Chief Minister was talking to reporters after offering prayers to the gods and goddesses during the tribal festival at Medaram in Mulugu district of Telangana. CM Reddy said, ‘Out of the six election guarantees, we are going to launch two guarantees on the evening of February 27.’ He said supply of LPG cylinder at Rs 500 and free electricity up to 200 units to white ration card holders. The supply will start from 27th February. He said that Priyanka Gandhi is also going to attend the program. The Chief Minister said that the state government has already implemented two promises, which include free travel for women in government RTC buses and a health scheme of Rs 10 lakh for the poor. Reddy said that out of the two lakh vacant jobs that were promised to be filled, the government has filled 25 thousand posts and appointment letters have been handed over at public functions. The Chief Minister said that more than six thousand posts will be filled by March 2. The pending appointment of the Chairman of the Press Academy to deal with media related issues in the state will also be done immediately. He said, “The government will also soon give good news on farm loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh.”

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Lawrence High School basketball coach charged with rape of former student

A Lawrence High School basketball coach is charged with raping a female former student. Jesus Moore, 34, of Manchester, New Hampshire, turned himself into local police on Thursday, according to the Manchester Police Department, on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He had an immediate hearing where his bail was set at $1,000 cash and his full arraignment is scheduled for March 27 at Manchester District Court. A woman came forward to allege that Moore had sexually assaulted her in 2022, according to the Manchester PD statement. She said that he had arranged for her to get a ride up to Manchester where he then gave her alcohol and then raped her at a motel. The abuse prevention in sports organization SafeSport informed the Lawrence Police of the allegations, who in turn shared this information with their counterparts in Manchester on Feb. 7, according to the statement. A LinkedIn profile with a photo closely matching that of the booking photo released by Manchester Police states that Moore goes by “Moose” and serves as the head boy’s basketball coach at Lawrence High School. The profile states that he has been employed by Lawrence Public Schools for 10 years, beginning as a long-term substitute teacher in December of 2013. He became a physical education teacher in August 2014 and the varsity basketball coach in August 2018. He became the school’s PACE program director in August of 2015, according to the profile. PACE stands for Personal Accountability and Commitment to Education, he writes under the resume listing, and is a behavior management system “designed to provide parents, staff and students with clear markers of change in behavior.” His profile also states he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and corrections from Fitchburg State University in 2013 and a master’s degree in special education with a focus on moderate disabilities from Cambridge College in 2019.

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First LNG vessel arrives at new German Mukran terminal

FRANKFURT: The first vessel carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) for Germany’s Baltic Sea terminal of Mukran arrived on Saturday for a test operation as the country steps up its quest to replace Russian pipeline gas. Private company Deutsche ReGas said that Energos Power, a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), had moored at the terminal on Ruegen island, having received approval from local authorities. Germany has intensified its quest to increase LNG capacity for regasification on its shores, as European countries seek to reduce their heavy reliance on Russian gas following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The tests will entail pilot operations and later the commissioning of all equipment. The FSRU, formerly Transgas Power before a change of ownership, had received its LNG cargo, originally from the Norwegian Snohvit gas field, from another LNG tanker in France, ReGas said in a statement. “We will feed gas from Mukran into the German long-distance pipeline network in what remains of the winter,” said supervisory board member Stephan Knabe, adding the move would support supply security in eastern Germany and south eastern European countries. Germany already has LNG terminals at Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbuettel on the North Sea and at Lubmin on the Baltic Sea coast, while another one, the Elbe river port of Stade, also expects its first FSRU to arrive in coming weeks. The Energos Power will be complemented by a second ship, the Neptune, which is currently active at Lubmin, from the spring of 2024 onwards, ReGas said. Once the Neptune has moved to Ruegen, a complicated shuttle service to account for shallow water near Lubmin, can be abandoned.

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