Utah survives late rally, edges Oregon State 30-24

first_img Tags: Pac-12/Utah Utes Football Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ty Jordan ran for a career-high 167 yards and a touchdown to help Utah survive a late rally and beat Oregon State 30-24 for its first win of the season.The Utes (1-2, 1-2 Pac-12) piled up 229 rushing yards overall to snap a two-game losing streak. Jake Bentley added 174 yards and a touchdown through the air to lead Utah.Chance Nolan threw for 202 yards and a touchdown and added 36 yards on the ground in his first career start. It wasn’t quite enough for the Beavers (2-3, 2-3 Pac-12) to overcome a sluggish start on offense. Associated Press December 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah survives late rally, edges Oregon State 30-24last_img read more

NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

first_img ×NJ Transit will hold a public information session on the Hudson Tunnel Project in North Bergen Jan. 30. See briefs for more information. Community meeting Jan. 30 to discuss Hudson Tunnel projectNJ Transit and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will hold a public information session on Tuesday, Jan. 30 to provide opportunities for members of the public and stakeholders to learn about the Hudson Tunnel Project and potential impact to our area.The Hudson Tunnel Project is intended to preserve the current functionality of the North River Tunnel – the existing passenger rail crossing under the Hudson River between New Jersey and Penn Station in New York – and to strengthen the resiliency of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC).The North River Tunnel, which is over 100 years old and sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy, is a critical link in the NEC and is used daily by thousands of Amtrak and NJ Transit passengers.The public information session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Lido Restaurant, 2600 Tonnelle Ave., in North Bergen. Project staff will be available to answer questions about the project. Spanish language interpreters will be present and the meeting facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. If any other special accommodations are needed, contact the project team five days prior to the meeting at (973) 261-8115 or [email protected] information about the Hudson Tunnel Project and the DEIS is available at www.hudsontunnelproject.com. Registration for North Bergen Library’s winter literacy classes begins Jan. 29From Jan. 29 to Feb. 24, North Bergen residents can register for the North Bergen Library’s 2018 winter literacy classes. The classes include medical billing, childcare development associate, ESL and conversation, and legal assistant. All classes are in English, with most running for 16 weeks.Space is limited, and preference will be given to low-income and unemployed residents. There will also be a one-time attendance deposit of $50 that will be refunded after successfully completing a class. Classes begin Feb. 25. For more information, call (201) 869-4715.Free citizenship courses offered at both librariesThe North Bergen Free Public Library will offer free 15-week citizenship courses at both the main library and the Kennedy Branch. Beginner and high intermediate/advanced level classes are available.The courses are funded through the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, which was awarded to the library by the Department of Homeland Security. The grant aims to help organizations promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.Bring your green card when you register. A $50 refundable attendance deposit is required (check or money order).The main library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. and the Kennedy Branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. For more information call (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.North Bergen beverage company fined $550,000 for allegedly violating New York’s “Bottle Bill”The state of New York has hit beverage distributor North Bergen Beverage with a $550,000 penalty and a three-year suspension from selling in New York for allegedly violating its “Bottle Bill” Law, according to a press release from New York’s attorney general.The complaint alleges North Bergen Beverage sold tens of millions of beverage containers over the past five years to New York stores and didn’t collect the nickel deposit as required by law, according to an announcement by the offices of Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.The so called “Bottle Bill” law mandates that all retailers and distributors of bottled beverages in New York state pay a five cent deposit per bottle to their beverage dealers or distributors. The cost is passed on to consumers, who sometimes return the empty bottles to redeem the five cent deposit.By allegedly forgoing the nickel deposits, North Bergen Beverage was able to undercut its competitors and deny New York state millions in revenue it would have otherwise received when deposits are not redeemed by consumers, state officials said.As part of the settlement, North Bergen Beverage will pay New York state $400,000 in new penalties on top of a previous payment of $100,000, as well as $50,000 for investigative costs. They will also suspend sales in the state of all products covered by the bottle bill for three years.The penalty is the largest ever against a distributor for violating the law, the press release said.“As we allege, North Bergen Beverage persistently, repeatedly, and knowingly broke the law,” said NY State A.G. Eric Schneiderman in the release.Volunteer Baseball Coaches NeededVolunteer coaches are needed for North Bergen’s upcoming baseball season. Anyone interested in volunteering please call the Recreation Center at (201) 453-0644, Monday through Friday between 2 and 9 p.m.center_img NJ Transit will hold a public information session on the Hudson Tunnel Project in North Bergen Jan. 30. See briefs for more information.last_img read more

Beaches Take a Beating, Streets Flood in Friday Storm

first_img[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”14″ gal_title=”October 2015 Storm Friday”] Peak tide level: 7.35 feet (Mean Low Water) at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Then 7.09 feet at 12:54 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.(See tide level in real time at the Bayside Center on the 500 block of Bay Avenue in Ocean City. Add 2.77 to convert NAVD88 readings to MLW.)How high is that tide? The 7.35 feet is the highest tide of the calendar year. It falls in what forecasters call “moderate tidal flooding” range of 6.5 feet to 7.5 feet. Superstorm Sandy, by comparison, was a record 10.02 feet on the MLW scale, and the memorable November 2009 nor’easter was 8.02 feet. (See OCNJ Daily’s chart of historic and recent record flood levels.)Observations: Travel on many parts of West, Haven, Simpson and Bay avenues was difficult early Friday afternoon with salt water covering long stretches of the roadways. But the flood was not substantially greater than what Ocean City sees during the biggest storms of any year. Rainfall was light through the early afternoon with the accumulated total from midnight to noon about a quarter inch. A slight shift in the wind direction from northeast to north may have helped prevent more flooding.Streets closer to the beach (Wesley and Central avenues) provided the highest and driest routes the length of town.The greatest impact from the storm seems to be on the beaches. The elevation of the rebuilt beaches at the south end was holding back the waves, but it could not prevent water from flowing across the wide expanses of new sand to the edge of the new dunes. How much sand was moved or lost won’t be fully evident until the swell subsides.With the whitecaps of breaking waves stretching to the horizon, the north end beaches took a hit. The waves carved into the dunes at Waverly, Fifth Street and Sixth Street. The swell buried jetties and covered the downtown beaches between Ninth and 14th streets.On the bay side, the tide appeared to rise to just a foot or two below the tops of the bulkheads.The Forecast: The National Weather Service forecast calls for the chance of heavy rain to greatly diminish, but not the wind. The coast can expect sustained wind at 30 to 40 mph gusting beyond 50 mph. Projected track of Hurricane Joaquin as of Friday evening.Ocean City can expect street flooding similar to Friday’s at high tide at 12:45 a.m. and 1:08 p.m. on Saturday.Unrelated to the northeast gale, Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin had sustained winds of 130 mph as it battered the Bahamas early Friday. Forecasters as of Friday were favoring a track that would pass by Ocean City far out over the open ocean.Big waves generated by the passing hurricane likely would affect Ocean City on Sunday and Monday. But the very strong local northeast winds in the forecast through Monday would make surfing conditions less than ideal.National Weather Service Briefing: Read the most current briefing from the NWS.High Tides: Residents and visitors should be aware of the following high tides (on Ocean City’s bay side at the Ninth Street Bridge) and be prepared to move vehicles from flood-prone streets (particularly during heavy rainfall):Saturday: 12:45 a.m. and 1:08 p.m.Sunday: 1:42 a.m. and 2:05 p.m.Follow OCNJ DailySign up for our free news updates from Ocean City. Check back with OCNJ Daily for photographs and reports on real-time conditions in Ocean City.Postponements:The Ocean City School District will be closed on Friday.The Bike MS: City to Shore ride has been cancelled with no reschedule date.The HERO Foundation Walk has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10.The Ocean City Firefighters’ glowball golf event for Operation First Response has been postponed until Friday, Oct. 9.A Clean Ocean Action check presentation at Henry’s on the Boardwalk has been postponed with a rescheduled date to be determined.All games and practices for Ocean City Intermediate School have been cancelled for Thursday.The Ocean City High School away football game at St. Augustine’s Prep (originally scheduled for Friday) has been rescheduled for Thursday (Oct. 1) at 6 p.m.OCHS soccer and tennis games are postponed.Ocean City Emergency Management Statement:Read the latest update from 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Ocean City saw its highest tide of the year Friday at 12:30 p.m., and many streets were flooded. But a relentless northeast gale reserved its best punch for Ocean City’s beaches.Just three days after the completion of a massive $57 million Army Corps of Engineers project to rebuild beaches at the southern end of Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City, the new sand is underwater. The ocean was lapping at the newly constructed dune line at high tide on Friday.From north to south in Ocean City, the beach had disappeared under a storm swell churned up by northeast winds between 25 and 35 mph on Friday. The peak wind speed on Friday at 59th Street Beach was 47 mph and was recorded at 12:58 p.m.Ocean City has been in the gap between high and low pressure systems for more than a week, and the resulting wind and waves have battered the coast. The conditions likely peaked with Friday’s high tide, but the gale will continue through the weekend.last_img read more

Press release: New Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner announced

first_img I have met Sara Thornton to discuss our findings on the role of the Commissioner. I look forward to working with her. Ms Thornton said: Sara Thornton, a police officer with more than 30 years’ experience, will take up the role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to help spearhead the UK’s response to this devastating crime.Ms Thornton, who is currently Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and formerly Chief Constable at Thames Valley Police until 2015, was selected for the important role by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid following a competitive recruitment process.The role was created as part of the landmark Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has a UK-wide remit to give independent advice on modern slavery issues and how they should be tackled.Ms Thornton will be expected to: Frank Field, who is leading an Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act with Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss, said: encourage good practice to drive an increase in the identification and protection of victims of modern slavery, and to ensure the provision of enhanced support for all victims and survivors in the UK drive effective prevention of slavery and human trafficking offences promote an improved law enforcement and criminal justice response to modern slavery across the UK engage with the private sector and promote policies to ensure that supply chains are free of slavery foster constructive and targeted international collaboration to combat modern slavery Tackling Modern Slavery was made a key government priority by Prime Minister Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.The role is designated for three years with Sara Thornton taking up the role from this May.Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, said: The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner was created to spearhead the UK’s fight against human trafficking and modern slavery and has a key role in preventing these vile crimes and supporting victims. I am looking forward to bringing my long experience as a chief constable and in national policing to bear in this important role. Good progress has been made in recent years and I am committed to build on that and do what I can to consign this crime to history. The fact that modern slavery still exists in the shadows of our communities is totally unacceptable. We are doing all we can to banish it from society and give victims our full support. Sara has dedicated her career to protecting people in need and I look forward to the valuable insight and advice she will provide as the new Commissioner. Ms Thornton has worked in policing since 1986, when she joined the Metropolitan Police. During her 33 year career within policing she served as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police from 2007 until 2015 and was appointed the first Chair of the NPCC in 2015. She has also received the Queen’s Police Medal and, in 2011, was awarded a CBE.last_img read more

Gov’t Mule To Perform At Intimate Venues For Newly Announced Spring Tour Run

first_imgWarren Haynes and the Gov’t Mule crew are taking it back to the basics! The Southern rockers have announced a series of performances, surrounding their major appearances at Wanee Festival and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The new dates are all at intimate venues, only adding to the Mule magic on tour.Warren Haynes Plays Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Tunes With Ashes & Dust: Gallery/ReviewWith stops in Columbia, SC, Savannah, GA Athens, GA, and Oxford, MS, these intimate Southeastern shows are certainly poised for greatness. Pre-sale tickets will be released this Wednesday, March 2nd, at noon Eastern, and all information can be found here.last_img

Email policy task force members

first_imgDavid Barron, ChairThe Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public LawHarvard Law SchoolPatricia ByrneExecutive DeanHarvard Divinity SchoolEmma DenchProfessor of the Classics and of HistoryFaculty of Arts and SciencesKaren EmmonsAssociate Dean for Research & Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Harvard School of Public HealthAnn ForsythProfessor of Urban PlanningHarvard Graduate School of DesignJeffry FriedenStanfield Professor of International PeaceFaculty of Arts and SciencesArchon FungFord Foundation Professor of Democracy and CitizenshipAsh Center for Democratic Governance and InnovationJohn F. Kennedy School of GovernmentJohn GoldbergEli Goldston Professor of LawHarvard Law SchoolRakesh KhuranaMarvin Bower Professor of Leadership DevelopmentHarvard Business SchoolMaster of Cabot HouseHarvard CollegeJennifer LeaningDirector, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human RightsHarvard UniversityFXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human RightsHarvard School of Public HealthAssociate Professor of MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolNonie LesauxProfessor of EducationHarvard Graduate School of EducationBarbara McNeilRidley Watts Professor of Health Care PolicyHarvard Medical SchoolDaniel MeltzerStory Professor of Law Harvard Law SchoolRichard MillsExecutive Dean for AdministrationHarvard Medical SchoolJohn Gregory MorrisettAllen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science Harvard School of Engineering & Applied SciencesJonathan Lee WaltonPlummer Professor of Christian Morals& Pusey Minister in the Memorial ChurchFaculty of Arts and SciencesProfessor of Religion and SocietyHarvard Divinity SchoolStaff to the committeeMarilyn HausammannVice President for Human ResourcesHarvard UniversityRobert IulianoVice President & General CounselHarvard UniversityAnne MarguliesVice President, University Chief Information OfficerHarvard University Leah RosovskyVice President for Strategy & ProgramsHarvard Universitylast_img read more

SMC hosts lecture on music career options

first_imgOn Monday, Saint Mary’s Department of Music hosted a lecture offering insight on “Life after a Music Degree: Two Models of ‘Portfolio Careers.’”  Kathleen Keasey and Sherry Klinedinst, part-time instructors in the department, discussed their discernment paths in the music industry and their development as artists. Keasey said she knew from an early age that music was something she was going to pursue. Her music career began when she enrolled in Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., but she soon transferred to Oberlin College to continue her studies. “I was a small fish in a big pond, attending Oberlin College while obtaining my degree in music performance,” Keasey said. “During the [1960s], women were supposed to work as teachers, nurses and secretaries.” Like Keasey, Sherry Klinedinst said she found her calling for music at a young age. She said she began playing the piano at age three, encouraged by her mother who also played. At 15, she began taking lessons at Saint Mary’s College and then attended Indiana University, earning a degree in piano performance. “Lessons with Dr. Jacob [at Saint Mary’s] were a hoot,” Klinedinst said. “This was such a fun process with a very encouraging man. He was very detail oriented just like my mother.” Both women said life after college had its ups and downs as they bounced between several jobs. Keasey said she went back to school to earn her degree in education and then worked as a music instructor at high schools in the South Bend area.  Klinedinst said the  different jobs she held out of college allowed her to develop new skills, but she found that her initial hope of being a concert performer was not what she wanted. Today, Keasey said she runs her own studio at home, where she has two pianos and teaches over 20 students. She also plays each Sunday as an organist in her church’s choir. “I never advertised for my students, my lessons were only found out by word of mouth,” Keasey said. “It really is the joy of my life. I love teaching.” Klinedinst said she followed up on her dream to create her own music, producing four albums sold nationwide. She also teaches students of her own as well. “If I didn’t have two of the best teachers, I wouldn’t be teaching students of my own,” Klinedinst said. “I am very fortunate for my well-rounded career where I am never doing the same thing twice.” Both instructors said they were grateful for their experiences in the field of music an  encouraged students to pursue their musical talents after college. “Being a musician is something that lasts all your life and has provided me with a livelihood that I am grateful for,” Keasey said . Contact Rachel Rahal at [email protected]last_img read more

Brooks awards

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFour innovative University of Georgia faculty members were honored in the name of an entrepreneur Oct. 2 in Athens, Ga., when the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences had its annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.Brooks founded Gold Kist Inc., which merged with Pilgrim’s Pride in 2007, and Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies. He advised seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. Although he died in 1999, his promotion of agriculture lives on through those honored each year.The 2007 winners are Adam J. Davis in teaching, Terence “Terry” Centner in research, Dan L. Horton in extension and Peggy P. Bledsoe in public service extension.Before Davis arrived at CAES, students in the biological sciences and animal health majors had little access to internships. Davis, an associate professor of poultry science, directed the program, coordinating student internships, helping students with placement and developing business relationships to enhance internships.In the lab, Davis and his staff focus mostly on how nutrition affects reproduction in poultry. His other areas of research include amino acid interactions, alternative grains and repeated fat synthesis. Centner, a professor of agricultural and applied economics, teaches three dual-level law courses. He is also an undergraduate coordinator and prelaw advisor at CAES. His research focuses on agricultural and environmental policy issues and on problems that affect farmers’ and firms’ profits.Centner’s research has led to many changes in laws and regulations. One of the biggest helped protect Vidalia onions against counterfeiters. He helped secure a federal trademark for the onions through a certification mark denoting regional origin.Horton, a fruit and ornamental entomologist, focused his career on anticipating trends to enhance services to Georgia growers.In 1994, he and colleagues from Clemson University and the University of Tennessee put together a meeting of fruit growers, extension agents, scientists and administrators from seven Southeastern states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From this meeting came multistate programs in weed science, pomology and entomology. These programs’ regional successes led to the birth of the Southern Small Fruit Consortium, which now enjoys similar successes.Since 1975, Bledsoe has seen Houston County transformed from a rural county to a fast-growing urban area. She focuses on improving the quality of life in her community, using university research to address issues.Bledsoe is the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Houston County. She responded to the family stresses of military deployment by developing Camp Robins, a five-day camp for 11- to 14-year olds with deployed family members. After two seasons at Robins Air Force Base, the camp was folded into the 4-H youth development program. It is now offered statewide.In the annual Brooks lecture, Eric Larson of the Princeton Environmental Institute spoke on “Making Better Use of Biomass for Energy.” He detailed systematic ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store carbon dioxide.last_img read more

Winter Paddling Wonders

first_imgWinter is one of my favorite seasons to paddle whitewater. Winter strips the greenery off a familiar landscape to reveal its bare beauty. Sounds become crisper, the sky appears clearer, and the surrounding area takes on a quiet, furtive appearance inviting you to discover natural treasures unique to the season. Nowhere is this transformation more striking than on the river.So while hibernating inside fuzzy blankets seems like the perfect way to spend winter, here are a few things you’ll discover if you venture outside instead.Humility. You’ll realize how strong (or weak) your muscle memory actually is the first time you flip in frigid water. Generally, the instant reaction is cold shock, where you automatically gasp for breath. If cold water enters one ear, it can cause temperature imbalance between the ears that results in vertigo. In a matter of seconds, you’ve lost air and become disoriented, and you still need to hit your roll.You may know what you’re doing when the water’s warm, but winter will really test your skills. The challenges cold water presents to paddling makes winter the perfect time to step back and really hone technique. Catch every eddy, ferry back and forth across the river, slide up on rocks, do every trick you can think of and roll. It’ll pay off when the weather gets warmer and you step up your game.Solitude. Paddler traffic just disappears in winter. There are no rafts running you over or paddlers blocking eddies: just you, some friends and the river. This new level of intimacy with a river strengthens bonds with both nature and your comrades, who are just as crazy as you to put on the water in winter.Ice, ice, baby. Two words: ice undercuts. A wide, open rapid in the summer can be narrowed into a thin strip by ice on one or both sides of the river. The margin for error shrinks.Ice may add danger to a run, but it can enhance the scenery, too. Icicles the size of saplings drape off cliffs, and rocks turn into glass that shines from the sun’s rays. The river and its surroundings transform into a crystalline playground in winter.Your inner child. One of the sweetest and most hilarious joys of winter is watching a toddler struggle to move around in all the extra layers. Though we may laugh, Mother Nature challenges paddlers the same way. The simple lifejacket, swimsuit, helmet, and booties turn into thermal underwear, fleece layer, drysuit, neoprene socks, hardy boots, mega skullcap, helmet, and gloves or pogies. We paddle with a new set of constraints and, like toddlers, feel awkward as we take those first few tentative strokes.But man, there’s no stopping the paddler once he’s got his gear figured out. Like toddlers, properly dressed paddlers head full on into the winter wonderland until the day ends at the takeout.Life’s simple pleasures. Moods can drop with the temperature. The cold freezes fingers, drains more energy, and sometimes makes a short run feel like a lifetime. I was straight up cranky after a particularly cold and long Big South Fork run one winter. We got to the takeout, and a friend offered me a thermos of hot tea she had stowed in her car. Talk about warming up your insides. Seriously, it was like sunshine in my belly. A pleasant peace flooded my body with that first sip, and my face broke into a huge grin. It was a delicious pleasure made sweeter by the hours freezing on the water under a gloomy sky. Each sip I savored melted my irritation until only joy for the day remained. Hot tea never fails to add cheer to any winter day.last_img read more

Bin Laden’s Death Puts Renewed Spotlight on Islamic Terror Groups

first_img The death of Osama bin Laden has refocused attention on Islamic extremist groups throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. From Ciudad del Este, Paraguay — nicknamed “contraband capital of Latin America” — to Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, isolated pockets of Muslim extremists are suspected to have been involved in uprisings, car-bombings and other acts of violence over the years. The worst of those attacks took place in July 1994, when the Argentine-Israel Mutual Association headquarters in Buenos Aires was obliterated by a car bomb, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300. Two years earlier, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires had been destroyed by a similar car bomb, killing 29. Evidence gathered following both of these attacks clearly pointed the finger at Hezbollah agents. In 1990, local militants belonging to a group known as Jamaat al-Muslimeen stormed Trinidad’s parliament building and wired then-Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson with explosives, threatening to kill him if their demands were not met. The attempted coup d’etat, led by Imam Yasin Abu-Bakr, left 24 dead and Port of Spain in ruins. Possible links to al-Qaeda have been reported in Honduras and allegations of Hezbollah activity have for years dogged the Venezuelan-Colombian border area of La Guaira as well as the Venezuelan resort island of Margarita. Shortly before bin Laden´s death, local media made accusations that al-Qaeda is active in Brazil with at least 20 high-profile terrorists who recruit, raise money and plan activities for violent organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda. Prominent Brazilian journalist Sérgio Malbergier, a columnist for the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, suggests that the May 2 killing of Bin Laden by U.S. forces was his “second death.” “The first came during the recent wave of democratic protests in the Middle East, with young people seeking modern democracy and not religious fundamentalism and jihad as espoused by the terrorist leader,” Malbergier wrote. “Bin Laden was killed by an American squadron in Pakistan just as Arab street protestors finally rose up against their oppressors and dictators … But what motivates young Syrians, Egyptians and Yemenis to face the bayonets of the Arab dictators is not Islamic fervor shared by Bin Laden and followers, but a yearning for freedom much closer to Western values.” Dr. Fabián Calle, professor at Argentina’s prestigious Torcuato Di Tella and Catholic universities and recognized specialist in South American defense matters, agrees that the Saudi-born terrorist’s death does not necessarily mean failure or an end to al-Qaeda. Therefore, Brazil is not immune to the continuing threat posed by al-Qaeda. According to the Sao Paulo-based weekly magazine Veja, Brazil is home to more than 20 terrorists engaged in fundraising, recruiting and planning activities for al-Qaeda and other Muslim extremist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. The lengthy Veja article, replete with timelines and photographs, claims that these clandestine activities are taking place beyond the tri-border area shared by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay — long suspected as a terrorist hideout. Veja’s exposé was derived in part from information supplied by the Brazilian Federal Police. Since publication, the article has been replicated, synthesized and analyzed by media throughout the Western Hemisphere. While its veracity is in question, the directness and severity of its accusations have raised eyebrows around the world. While the Brazilian government itself has not expressed too much concern regarding terrorist activities on its soil, it has recognized the existence of legitimate money transfers to the Middle East. The Veja article indicates that terrorists are not only raising money from Brazil but also planning attacks and coordinating communications. While Brasília is committed to counterterrorism efforts, the article raises doubts about the adequacy of its legal system for dealing with terrorists and terrorist suspects. These suspects, according to the weekly magazine, include Khaled Hussein Ali, who was born in Lebanon but since the 1990s has lived in São Paulo, where he runs an Internet café. From there, Hussein Ali reportedly controls the online communications arm of al-Qaeda — “Jihad Media Battalion” — which publishes speeches by leaders and provides updates on international attacks. Nicknamed “The Prince,” Hussein Ali was arrested by Brazil’s Federal Police in March 2009 for suspicious activities. Found on his confiscated computer were maps of Afghanistan and messages inciting hatred of Jews and blacks. Veja claims that training manuals from the al-Qassam Brigade (connected to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas) were also found on Hussein Ali’s computer. He spent 21 days in prison accused of racism and inciting crime, but was then released since terrorism is not an offense according to the Brazilian criminal code. So far Brazil has not passed any specific anti-terrorism legislation and, in 2009, it disbanded the Federal Police’s anti-terrorism service. According to Veja, Iran’s Mohsen Rabbani — currently on Interpol’s most-wanted “red list” for his participation in the 1994 AMIA attack in Buenos Aires — visits Brazil occasionally on a false passport. That incident still ranks as the single worst terrorist attack in Latin American history. While in the country, this Hezbollah leader proselytizes poor Brazilians in the interior about the virtues of jihad. Veja alleges that Rabbani’s last visit was in September 2010. On Apr. 6 — the day the Veja article was published — Rabbani participated in a friendly radio interview with Argentine protest organizer Luís D’elía. During their conversation, Rabbani denied traveling to Brazil on a false passport and claimed he’s been teaching in Iran since 1997, when he left his post as cultural attaché at the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires. He also said he wouldn’t subject himself to the Argentine justice system, calling the accusations against him “smoke curtains” for their lack of evidence. Brazil is a signatory to more than a dozen counterterrorism conventions, and cooperates with the police and intelligence units of many countries, including the United States, through the Three-Plus-One regional mechanism. Three-Plus-One, which groups Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and the United States together, focuses on fighting terrorism in the tri-border area. In November 2003, Brazil complied with a request from the Paraguayan government to extradite Assad Ahmad Barakat, a man of Lebanese origin with ties to Hezbollah. In Paraguay, he was eventually charged with criminal activity. Burdened by a vast territory and porous borders, Brazil has also actively worked to improve its monitoring of entry points. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that Brazil would be chosen to host the 2014 World Cup games or the 2016 Summer Olympics if international authorities were concerned about the domestic terrorist threat. In the last few years, Brazil has shown its willingness to crack down on drug traffickers and narcoviolence in its previously impenetrable favelas. More than a dozen of these slums — once isolated from the outside world — are now patrolled by community police. By Dialogo May 20, 2011last_img read more