Brazil to Reduce Peace Troops in Haiti

first_img Brazil will start to gradually reduce the number of military personnel sent to Haiti to be part of the peace forces three years after the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense announced on January 30. Presently, Brazil has 1,910 troops deployed, but this number will be reduced to 1,450 in June with the change of contingents, returning to the same number they had before the January 2010 earthquake that killed 250,000 people. “We are just removing the Brabatt 2, the battalion focused on earthquake assistance,” General Carlos De Nardi, head of the Brazilian Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a press report. The only battalion that will remain in Haiti will be under the command of Colonel Zenedir da Mota Fontoura, who will arrive on June 7. By Dialogo February 01, 2013last_img read more

Raul Castro to visit Trinidad for CARICOM-Cuba summit

first_img Share 25 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Raul Castro to visit Trinidad for CARICOM-Cuba summit by: – December 7, 2011 Tweet Raul Castro. Photo credit: topnews.inPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Raul Castro, president of Cuba, will pay a state visit to Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday to coincide with Castro’s participation at the IV CARICOM-Cuba summit to be held in Port of Spain from 7 to 8 December 2011. Some activities planned for the state visit include a courtesy call on Professor George Maxwell Richards, president of Trinidad and Tobago; laying of a wreath at the Cenotaph; and a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Richards will also host a state dinner.Castro will depart Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant ‘indicated’ next season will be his last, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says

first_imgKupchak has strongly suggested this sentiment throughout the 2014-15 season, mindful that Bryant’s contract that will pay him a league-high $25 million next season in the final year of his contract. But after tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder in late January, Bryant soon said he would not know his future until the end of the 2015-16 campaign. Bryant reiterated his position Friday on Twitter: “My thoughts on next season being my last season are the same as the last time the media asked me last season #nadanew,” he wrote. Last summer, Bryant told some around him he had no intentions in playing past his current contract, according to a source familiar with the discussions.“There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don’t think there will be,” Kupchak said. “A year from now, if there is something different to discuss, we’ll discuss it then.”Lakers coach Byron Scott has held out hope that would not be the case.He argued that Bryant could become enticed to prolong his NBA career depending on a few obvious variables. The Lakers would need to upgrade their roster significantly enough this offseason through the NBA draft and free agency, starting with the No. 2 pick. Bryant would also have to play at an elite level and stay healthy next season, something Scott believes remains possible with a reduced workload and a stronger supporting cast.“He is recovering, running and getting movement and strength in the shoulder,” Kupchak said. “We expect a full recovery. But he’s much closer to the end than he is to the beginning.” That’s why Lakers president Jeanie Buss has spearheaded an effort to honor Bryant with unspecified tributes at home games to commemorate Bryant’s 20th season with the organization.“He will be recognized appropriately with great gratitude,” Kupchak said, “when it is time.”That time could be next season, which explains why Kupchak believes he can offer clarity to prospects and free agents on how the Lakers will rebuild following Bryant’s eventual retirement.“It is clear. He is on the last year of his deal. There have been no discussions. And he hasn’t indicated that he wants to continue to play,” Kupchak said. “But having said all that, we’re kind of guessing.”There has also been lots of guessing in recent seasons on why the Lakers failed to attract free agents. After all, the Lakers failed to retain Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in consecutive seasons. The Lakers also could not convince LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony last year to wear a Lakers uniform.Although Gasol and Bryant hold each other in high affection after winning two NBA championships together, Howard had personality and role conflicts with Bryant. Yet, Kupchak strongly dismissed any notion that Bryant would hurt the Lakers’ free-agency efforts.“If somebody doesn’t want to play with Kobe this year or if he decides to come back another year, first of all, he is so much closer to the end than he is at the beginning. But if there is a player out there like that won’t come here for that reason, then we don’t want him,” Kupchak said. “Every great player is demanding and focused, and if you don’t want to play for a guy like him who is driven to do nothing but win championships and work hard, then you shouldn’t be here. You should go someplace else.”Yet, Kupchak said Bryant has hardly been demanding to him about which players to acquire.In an appearance Thursday on ESPN’s “On the Herd with Colin Cowherd,” Kupchak described Bryant as “kind of aggressive eight to 10 years ago with an opinion and wanting to be involved.” That also coincided with Bryant demanding a trade in the 2007 offseason because of frustration with the Lakers’ consecutive first-round exits to Phoenix and doubts about the front office rebuilding into a championship contender quickly enough.But the Lakers refused to trade Bryant, whom Kupchak said has since avoided exerting his influence on how the Lakers assemble their roster.“He said, ‘You guys know what you’re doing,’ which was flattering,” Kupchak told Cowherd. “‘I’m just going to do what I’m going to do this offseason. If you need me, I’ll help recruit. If you want my opinion on a player, give me a call.’”Yet, Kupchak doubts Bryant will have much opinion on the college prospects, noting his expertise mostly relies on watching elite programs like North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky.Said Kupchak: “I don’t think he wants to be involved in the draft at all.” So many unanswered questions surround Kobe Bryant and whether he can return and stay healthy for the 2015-16 campaign after suffering season-ending injuries in three consecutive seasons. But Bryant apparently has answered one other looming question.That involves his future, and whether the 2015-16 campaign will mark his last season of a 20-year career.“He’s indicated to me this is it,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday on “SiriusXM NBA Radio” with Rick Fox and Jared Greenberg.• Photos: Lakers roster breakdown: Who stays, who goes?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

PYJAMAS ARE THE DRESS CODE FOR CHRISTMAS LIBRARY PARTY!

first_imgNot many people go to their local library in their pyjamas.But Christmas celebrations at Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair will take place this year in the form of a storytelling pyjama party for children.Children will be treated to a reading of the popular story The Miracle of Christmas, told by well-known musician and lead vocalist with Altan, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, followed by lots of Christmas songs. Chilldren will also be treated with a Christmas goodie bag. If you want to bring your children along to our storytelling pyjama party call into Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair to book their place and collect their ticket.This is a free event and places are limited, so booking is essential. So come along and bring your Christmas cheer and help us celebrate this beautiful story. On the night of the party children need to bring their ticket and are invited to wear their pyjamas so they can enjoy the reading as the fairy lights of the Christmas tree sparkle in the background.The night will kick off at 6.00pm on Wednesday, the 19th of December next.Don’t forget to wear your pyjamas!!!!!   PYJAMAS ARE THE DRESS CODE FOR CHRISTMAS LIBRARY PARTY! was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth Dobhair Librarypyjamas nightlast_img read more