By Dialogo October 04, 2010 Approximately six hundred individuals have been detained as part of a vast operation coordinated by Interpol in thirteen Latin America countries against a network trafficking in counterfeit goods worth $50 million (36 million euros), from car parts, soft drinks, sneakers, and toys to satellite receivers. Interpol made this announcement in a statement issued at its headquarters in Lyon (in eastern France), before specifying that Operation Jupiter began in March and that since then around three hundred raids and searches have taken place. The operation was carried out thanks to the joint work of police and customs agents, the private sector, and the public prosecutors of the countries involved, Roberto Manríquez, in charge of the operation, indicated in the same statement. “Interpol will continue to work with all of our member countries to target and dismantle the organized crime gangs behind counterfeits and fakes, which not only pose a significant threat to the health and safety of consumers, but also affect national economies, which during these times of global financial crisis can have even more serious consequences,” Manríquez maintained. Operation Jupiter included Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Interpol specified that final results will be announced when the operation is complete.
FNQ’S LONGEST HOLDING PERIODS Aerial photo of housing developments in Cairns. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEFAR Northern homeowners hold on to their properties for at least 10 years.The Cassowary Coast region had the longest average holding period in the Far North at 14.4 years, according to September’s CoreLogic report . The average holding period across the Cairns Regional Council area was 10.8 years with homeowners in Bungalow showing the most loyalty. The average holding period was 16.9 years in the suburb, with 17 homes sold in the past year at a median of $323,000. Remax Cairns principal Tony Williamson. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKERe/Max Real Estate Services Cairns broker-owner Tony Williamson said Bungalow’s reported holding period was not surprising. “I’ve sold houses in Bungalow where people have lived in that home for 50 or 60 years,” he said. “A lot of the time it’s people moving on to retirement homes.” Mr Williamson said it wasn’t just older residents that contributed to the 16.9-year holding period figure. “Not being disrespectful but it’s not a sought-after area for first homeowners.“But it should be. We call a lot of first home buyers Facebook buyers. They want to show the house they bought on Facebook to impress their friends. “You’re not going to buy a house in Bungalow that’s going to impress your friends but the reality is that Bungalow is going to be one of those areas that has the most capital growth because of the convenience it offers. “It’s three minutes’ drive to Cairns Central.”He said Bungalow was becoming a popular area for commercial purposes. “The average house in Bungalow would probably be 70 years old.“We’re selling quite a few houses that people are turning into workshops or commercial premises.”Mr Williamson said based on trends in larger cities, he expected Bungalow to record substantial capital growth.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago Cairns Regional Council – Bungalow – 16.9 yearsCassowary Coast Regional Council — Tully – 18.2 yearsCook Shire Council — Cooktown – 13.7 yearsDouglas Shire Council — Mossman – 11.2 yearsMareeba Shire Council — Julatten – 12.1 yearsTablelands Regional Council — Ravenshoe – 16.9 yearsWeipa Town Authority — Rocky Point – 9.5 years
Hunter Tankers, a part of Hunter Group ASA, has taken delivery of the second of seven identical ECO design VLCC newbuildings, the Hunter Saga.The vessel was handed over from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on October 19.One additional VLCC is scheduled for delivery in 2019, while the remaining four vessels will delivered between March and July 2020. The company said that all seven of its VLCCs “are built to the highest standards and will be fitted with scrubbers.”With reference to the sale-and-leaseback transaction revealed in early September 2019, Hunter Saga was today, simultaneously with acceptance from DSME, delivered to and immediately bareboat chartered back from Ship Finance International Limited at a rate of USD 11,500 per day for the first 6 months. SFL acquired Hunter Tankers’ three new 300,000 dwt VLCCs at a price of USD 180 million, or USD 60 million per vessel.Hunter Saga will join the first vessel from the batch, the Hunter Atla, in the Tankers International Scrubber Pool, and will commence trading in the spot market.
Gilead Sciences dropped a bomb when the company finally announced the cost of Covid-19 antiviral Remdesivir on Monday.The eye-popping price of $2,340 for governments and $3,120 for U.S. insurance companies was lower than some estimates but still sky high. According to Gilead, a course of Remdesivir treatment, which is about six vials per patient, will cost about $3200 in comparison to let’s say a course of some chemotherapy, could be $16,000.Gilead saying that this drug is priced below market value and that the pricing of a course of treatment will provide access to any and all patients who need it.“Although GILD could probably have charged more given the prevailing desperation (what will the world tolerate?), the announced pricing seems consistent with prior messaging for broad access,” according to drug experts.Shares of Gilead are up 14.7% so far this year. The stock trades at 11.5 times earnings projected over the next 12 months, above its 5-year average of 9.5 times earnings. Of the 30 analysts tracked by FactSet who cover the company, 10 rated it a Buy as of Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile a Florida coalition including, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and the League of Women Voters of Florida issued a statement on Monday, denouncing any the bill (SB 7026) passed by the Florida Senate that includes a provision to arm public school officials as way to defend against a mass shooting. The Coalition expressed opposition to “arming people in our schools that are not School Resource Officers (SROs), whose ONLY job is to protect the school, will not properly protect our schools and will ultimately cost more money in the long run.”Senate Daphne Campbell vote against billHaitian American Florida Senator Daphne Campbell, a Democrat, voted against Senate Bill 7026. She said she heeded the calls from her constituents in voting against the bill, which she called, “a horrible blow to schoolteachers, students and families across the state of Florida…..It’s unconscionable that rather than talking about things like teacher raises and more funding to help prevent bullying in our public schools, we’re being asked to back armed teachers and diverting public school funding – neither of which I can accept.”Robert Runcie, the superintendent of the Broward County School District also opposes arming teachers and other school personnel with guns. He said the District has a zero-tolerance weapons policy, emphasizing the District take weapons infractions very seriously, “and there are no exceptions.”_________________________________________________ Broward County Commissioner, Dale Holness Broward County Caribbean-American Commissioner Dale V. Holness is adamant that action should be taken to ban assault rifles in Florida and nationally.Reacting bluntly in an interview with CNW, Commissioner Holness asked, “Why do we needs ARs in the society? America is not at war. America is not at risk at being invaded by a foreign force as back in the 18th century.”When 2nd Amended was ratified there were no ARs.He said he’s wary of those who support the general sale and use of ARs turning to the 2nd Amendment in the US Constitution to defend their argument. “The 2nd Amendment do support the right for every American to bear arms. But amendment was ratified in 1791. Its main purpose was to assure people could protect themselves against counter invasion by foreign forces. But, perhaps the most dangerous weapon at the time was a musket, which one fired once, and reloaded. Certainly, the founding fathers did not envisage a rifle that could shoot over a hundred bullets with one pull of the trigger. An AR is a weapon of modern war, and a weapon of murder that should be banned from our society.”He cited a vote taken last week by the Broward County Commission to ban the assault rifle but believes the ultimate effectiveness against the sale and legal use of these rifles rest with the Florida Legislature.Florida Legislature vote against banning ARsHowever, over the past weekend although the Florida Senate met in an all-day Saturday session, and initially adapted a motion to ban assault rifles, the motion was later defeated.Power to change lies with the people“That was very disappointing,” Holness said. “But the power to ultimately ban these deadly weapons rest in the people. The Florida Legislature may be controlled by the NRA, and related lobbyists, but the people need to turn out in droves to vote against anyone who takes money from the NRA or NRA lobbyists. The people are more powerful than the NRA, and the people should use this power.”As an elected official Holness says he wants to see: a comprehensive ban on assault rifles; ban on access to guns by the mentally ill, those on ‘no-fly’ lists, and to young people age-18 and under. He also says he’s “fundamentally” against any proposals that allows school personnel to have guns in schools. “I only support law enforcement having guns on school campuses.”“But I must reiterate the call for banning ARs. These weapons are more lethal than weapons carried by law enforcement. Why should we allow citizens to bear arms more powerful than the arms generally borne by law enforcement officers?”Florida coalition against arming school personnel