Interpol official warns of bioterror threat

first_imgMar 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Interpol’s top official said yesterday that evidence collected from terrorists suggests that international law enforcement agencies should be ready to respond to chemical and biological attacks. Ronald K. Noble, Interpol secretary-general, told a reporter from Gulf News, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, that training materials recovered from Al Qaida investigations and information from captured operatives suggest that terrorist groups have had plans to launch bioterrorist attacks. Noble made the comments at an Interpol bioterrorism prevention workshop for the Middle East and North Africa, which is being held this week in Muscat, Oman. Interpol is the world’s largest international organization of police agencies. The goals of 3-day meeting in Oman are to educate senior law enforcement officials about bioterrorism prevention and response and provide them with guidance from international scientific and legal experts, according to an Interpol press release yesterday. Similar Interpol workshops have been held in South Africa, Singapore, Chile, and Ukraine. Labs that handle infectious disease pathogens such as polio, rabies, tuberculosis, and avian flu were told that their security measures would be reviewed by law enforcement, the newspaper reported. The story said Britain’s MI5 security service had warned government officials that al Qaida operatives were training in bioterrorism and that the group had apparently tried to recruit university students to gain access to labs. In January, British intelligence officials warned the country’s laboratory officials that Islamic terrorists may try to steal deadly viruses to mount biological attacks, the London Daily Mail reported on Jan 25. “I have no doubt that the threat of bioterrorism is real and that we need to do more to prepare countries,” Noble said in the press release. Mar 19 Interpol press release See also: Terrorists in Iraq recently perpetrated three chlorine bomb attacks, and “it is not difficult to imagine these attacks being extended from chemical to biological,” Noble told Gulf News. “Nobody really knows when al Qaida will strike with chemical or biological weapons, but it is just a matter of time before the terrorists believe they are ready,” he said, adding that the only restraint the terrorists face is the technical complexity of launching effective attacks.last_img read more

Dragan Kovačević, Croatian Chamber of Commerce: We need more intensive promotion of strengthening the image of Croatia as a destination for health tourism

first_imgAccording to the TOMAS summer 2017 survey, seven percent of tourists visit Croatia motivated by health reasons, while almost eight percent come for wellness. Tourists spend 20-30% more in health tourism than the average guest, and Croatia has all the predispositions for year-round tourism through health tourism. “Health tourism is the fastest growing part of the tourism industry, growing annually at a rate of 15 to 20 percent. In this segment, Croatia has an extremely strong resource base and rich tradition. It is a product that is not related to the sun and the sea and as such has a strong impact on the extension of the tourist season, both on the coast and on the continent. I am sure of the positive effects of the ESPA conference, which brought together many foreign experts who will exchange examples of good practice with their Croatian colleagues when it comes to this type of tourist offer.”, Said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding how Representatives of this growing tourism niche, with revenues at the EU level of more than 47 billion euros, gathered in Terme Tuhelj at the annual congress of the European SPA Association (ESPA), which takes place from 8 to 10 May, co-organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the CNTB partnership. Spas and medical wellness services in many European countries account for up to 25 percent of tourism revenue. Also, they are the drivers of the economic development of the regions, they employ the local population and work all year round, and the guests of health and health tourism achieve above-average consumption and stay longer than average. “The potential for the development of health tourism for year-round operations is exceptional, therefore it is included as part of the Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism until 2020. , “Said Assistant Minister of Tourism Olivera Šarić, emphasizing that through cooperation at congresses like this we learn about best practices since each country has something special and indigenous to offer to its guest. The aim of the event is to follow new trends and innovations in the field of health tourism, through the presentation of best practices and new niche markets in spa, spa and wellness tourism. The event brings together representatives of 21 European countries, and during the congress, awards will be presented “ESPA Innovation Awards“For the innovation of medical wellness and spa hotel providers, as very important references in health tourism.  “We see health tourism as a great chance to strengthen the off-season offer, extend the tourist season and attract guests of higher purchasing power. In order to achieve greater competitiveness of Croatian health tourism, it is crucial to intensify marketing activities in order to strengthen the image of Croatia as a destination for health tourism. The second thing is new investments, ie construction of new and renovation of existing capacities. In this way, we are approaching the possibility of obtaining international certificates, which are key to increasing the number of foreign guests,”Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic on the occasion of the opening of the Congress of Health Tourism of the European SPAS Association (ESPA).last_img read more

Report: Unipec Halts Crude Oil Imports from U.S.

first_imgChina International United Petroleum & Chemicals Co. (Unipec), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s oil major Sinopec, has reportedly suspended imports of crude oil from the United States amid ongoing trade tensions between the two countries, Reuters informed citing unnamed sources.Based on the report, it is not clear until when will the suspension last, however, it appears that Unipec has no bookings for U.S. crude oil until October. Nevertheless, the company, which is the world’s largest charterer of VLCCs, is likely to continue trading U.S. crude.The trading freeze comes as Washington is about to announce a new wave of tariffs against China targeting USD 200 million of Chinese goods, increasing taxes from 10 to 25 percent. China has already prepared a counter strike should U.S. move forward with the new tariffs. Namely, the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced it would impose a USD 60 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods, including LNG.If the proposed tariffs, amounting to USD 16 billion, are implemented, the tanker and gas shipping industries can also expect changes to trade lanes as China switches to other supplier countries.The US crude oil exports are most likely to be affected and these are primarily driven by China, which was responsible for 25 pct of all US seaborne crude oil exports in terms of volumes in 2017, as indicated earlier by BIMCO.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Pearson calms transfer fears

first_img He was involved in a row with a fan during their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month and refused to apologise. But the 51-year-old is eager to move on from the incident, whatever the outcome. He said: “I think it is important for me to be there and be represented. I look forward to that option. “It’s important to make sure there is a rounded view of what has or hasn’t happened. “I’ve said it. I won’t change that. “I’ve accepted the charge and want to be there for a personal hearing. That’s really where we’re at at the moment. “It’s got legs because of what happened but I’m not going to extend this discussion too much further. I’m going to a hearing tomorrow because I want to. “I’ve moved on from it but in the mean time I have to deal with the ongoing process.” Pearson is already hunting a goalkeeper after losing Kasper Schmeichel for at least six weeks with a broken foot but insisted he is not worried about the January window. He said: “Whether it does or does not affect my transfer plans is irrelevant. We always work to get the outcomes we think is best for us and I remain very much a part it. We’ll try and achieve the outcomes we’re looking for. “What happens internally at the club is important. There are certain questions that people have the right to know but I’m not the person to ask. “I fully understand my sphere of influence in terms of my authority.” The decision to axe Robinson came from the club’s Thai owners and Pearson was content with the call. “You cast your mind back to when Terry joined us and I did not make a scene when there was a change then,” he said. “My job is to manage the football team and I will always do it to the best of my ability. When decisions are made from above they are made for the reasons that they are made for. I’m not in a position to discuss that.” Pearson will have a personal hearing with the Football Association on Friday after accepting the charge of allegedly using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator”. Nigel Pearson has eased fears over Leicester’s transfer plans – despite the sacking of director of football Terry Robinson. Press Association The Foxes acted this week after an 11 game winless run left them bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Robinson has been replaced by academy director Jon Rudkin ahead of Saturday’s vital trip to in-form West Ham. last_img read more

Monreal in contract talks with Arsenal

first_imgThe 32-year-old has made 165 Premier League appearances for Arsenal since joining from Malaga in 2013.“At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal,” he told the London Evening Standard.“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them.“We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”Monreal has been a useful member of an Arsenal defence that new boss Unai Emery hopes to strengthen after their error-strewn displays in the final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.In the latter stages of his career, Monreal is keen to be a big part of Emery’s rebuilding process.“My idea is to play in football until my body says, ‘Nacho, so sorry but that’s the end’. But I think it is far away,” Monreal said.“I hope so. You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can’t continue giving 100 per cent.“But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal is in talks over a new contract © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 12 – Nacho Monreal has opened talks with Arsenal over a new contract with the Premier League club.Monreal has one year left on his present deal and the Gunners are willing to extend the Spain defender’s stay at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more