Paraguay Police Kill EPP Leader

first_imgBy Dialogo September 30, 2010 During a clash in the early morning of September 24, Paraguayan authorities brought down Nimio Cardozo Caceres, head of the rebel group Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP in Spanish). Paraguayan Interior Minister Rafael Filizzola confirmed Cardozo’s death during a press conference in Asuncion, adding that police seized guns, grenades and close to US$1,000 in cash from the small guerrilla camp in the hills near Hugua Ñandu where the confrontation took place, according to EFE news agency. Filizzola told the press that Cardozo, known as “Homero” and “Anibal”, had been sought in connection with several high-profile kidnappings that date back to 2001, reported Xinhua news agency. One such high-profile case was the kidnapping and murder of former Paraguayan President Raul Cubas’ daughter, Cecilia, who was found dead outside Asuncion in February 2005, after her family paid a $300,000 ransom. Cardozo’s death came close to three weeks after Gabriel Zarate Cardozo, another high-ranking member of the rebel army and the former Cardozo’s cousin, was killed in another confrontation with authorities in the town of Sidepar, reported EFE. Chief of the second police zone Cristobal Jara Sosa, stated that the operation continues in Concepcion department, where police are in pursuit of some ten other members the rebel EPP, who fled when they were surprised by authorities. “The clashes continue,” said Jara Sosa, adding that Cardozo was part of the EPP’s first ring and that they are pursuing members of the group’s main ring, according to Xinhua.last_img read more

How profitable is it really to buy international brands?

first_imgBrands do not guarantee an exclusive increase in revenue per leased unit although this has proven to be a key factor in choosing an international brand in the past. But of course everything is subject to the rules of supply and demand of the market in which the accommodation facility operates.Buying a license from international brands can help in most cases, but it does not guarantee hoteliers instant success and wealth, commented Carmen Hui, commercial director of hotel ownership and partnership, for Booking.com. Continuing the analysis, she pointed out how the supply and demand for branded and independent hotels in four key tourist cities is moving and how this may influence the decision to buy the brand.The rapid development of technology has also led to changes in the average amount of revenue per rented unit in branded but also in independent hotels. The strength of international brands has always relied on numbers, visibility and a large marketing budget, but the owners of independent facilities are increasingly competing in the global market and trying to attract visitors by offering a unique experience. This is supported by the aforementioned new technologies that provide independent hotels with flexible solutions such as e-commerce, marketing to tools that profile visitors – of course all for the purpose of rising above the framework of previous business.Hui emphasizes the changes that these new technologies have made it easier for stakeholders to access the market and what they have brought, especially when it comes to buying an international brand. Namely, it does not guarantee an exclusive increase in revenue per leased unit, although this has proven to be a key factor in choosing an international brand in the past. Everything is of course subject to the rules of supply and demand of the market in which the accommodation facility operates.For example, four major tourist centers were observed: London, Paris, New York, and Cape Town to determine revenue trends per rented unit in the case of three- or four-star facilities in 2016 and 2017. Also, trends were observed through four segments: global chains, holiday homes and apartments, cottages and other unique places including those that do not fall into the category of local and independent. The final step of the analysis includes independently branded units and smaller national, regional and local chains.In all four tourist points, we notice differences in how demand moves relative to supply.In the case of London, global chains and rental cottages record the same revenue per rental unit as the local and independent segment. It ranges somewhere between 20 and 25%, except in the case of cottages, which due to their seasonal character, vary throughout the year. There is a different picture in Paris. At the very top, everyone competes for their share of the pie: both global and local and independent, while the demand for cottages lags behind them, but records a healthy and stable continuity of demand. In New York, the opposite is true. Cottages are much more in the focus of tourists and unquestionably ahead of global chains, locals and independents. Moreover, the biggest explosion in demand for cottages is during the summer months when it grows over 30%. Global chains in Cape Town are not so dominant compared to the other three segments, and with the demand for cottages experiencing alternating ups and downs every few months. For example, during the Christmas holidays, cottage rentals outperformed unit rentals in global chain facilities, while this reversed in the months that followed.What is ultimately recommended to anyone who wants to invest in one of the well-known brands is that it is first necessary to take into account the costs necessary for the accommodation facility to operate in accordance with all physical and operational standards, and answer the question of whether the purchased brand will benefit be enough to smooth out all incurred and running costs? Certainly, the purchasing power and profile of visitors and how much they are willing to set aside for the offered experience should not be neglected.On the other hand, the path to independence is fraught with numerous challenges and obstacles, and in most cases the path of the two is more difficult. However, there is much more freedom in designing the content in order to offer visitors a unique arrangement and personalized experience with a focus on every detail – from design to gastronomic offer.last_img read more

Rwanda, Libya stare elimination after draw

first_imgLibya next faces group leaders Zanzibar next Monday while Rwanda will take on Tanzania mainland on Saturday.Clearly learning lessons from their 3-1 hiding at the hands of Zanzibar on Tuesday, Rwanda boss Antoine Hey fielded a strong team, the same that played in the opening tie against Kenya’s Harambee Stars last Sunday.The two sides coming into their third games of the tournament were winless and with a semi-final slot at stake, three points was a must for either of them if they were to keep their last four hopes alive.In a hugely balanced opening half, Libya had the first chance of the tie in the sixth minute when a lobbed ball was planted behind the Rwandese defense, falling kindly on Taktak Muftah. However, the winger’s shot unmarked from the left was saved by Rwanda keeper Eric Ndayishimiye.Rwanda’s first chance of the game came in the 14th minute, Eric Rutanga finding space at the edge of the box but his curling effort went over.Mico Justin had three brilliant back to back chances in the 25th minute when a freekick started shot from the right was swung his way by Djihad Bizimana, but his effort was saved by the keeper.The rebound fell kindly on his path again and he blasted it against the upright. He was lucky enough to have a third bite of the cherry but this time his shot flew over the bar.Libya’s Taktak Muftah attempts to block a cross from Eric IradukundaSwifly on the opposite end, Muftah’s first time volley after Faustin Usengimana’s defensive header fell on his path went wide.The Libyans were the more attacking side and whenever they had the ball, their first instinct was to go ahead. They won a corner on the half hour mark and in an all familiar move, Muftah swung it in at the near post but Saeid Taher’s glancing effort went over.Three minutes on the turn, Rwanda’s Mico had another chance after a one-two change of passes with Yannick Mukunzi but he blasted the ball over inside the box.At the stroke of halftime, Libya had the best chance to break the deadlock when Mohamed Amhimid swung a cross from the right picking out Taher, but the forward, completely with no pressure on his shoulders took a low shot that was saved by the keeper one on one.The chances were few and far in between in the second half, the two sides visibly jaded from a tough run of matches.Libya had a chance in the 48th minute when Tubal Mohammed broke away on the right but his shot hit the side netting under pressure from Soter Kayumba.Rwanda had three good chances, first Mico’s attempt with an acrobatic shot from a Djabel Manishimwe cross going straight to the keeper before Bizimana’s header from a Mico cross went wide.Twelve minutes from time, Bizimana had a glorious opportunity when Manishimwe’s cross from the right fell well on his path but with the goalmouth at his mercy placed the ball wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Libya captain Albadri Faisal clears the ball under pressure from Rwanda’s Yannick Mukunzi during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Machakos on December 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 7- Rwanda and invitational side Libya stare at the prospect of elimination from the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after the two sides played to a 0-0 draw on Thursday evening in their third Group ‘A’ matches in Machakos.The result leaves Rwanda bottom of the pile with a single point while the Libyans are third after picking up three consecutive 0-0 draws in the tournament. The two teams were playing in a dress rehearsal as they meet again next month in the group stages of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).last_img read more

Donegal Firefighters awash with good wishes after amazing €45K fundraiser!

first_imgIt’s good enough that they respond to emergencies and put their lives on the line for the Donegal public each and every day.But firefighters from across the county went one further when they raised a staggering €34,827 for the Donegal Hospice.The money was raised by Donegal Firefighters Association during the annual car wash that occurs every year on the August bank holiday. The handover of the cheque happened on the same night as fellow colleague Eunan Doherty from Carndonagh station retired early from the fire service.A further €10,000 was handed over to the Northwest Hospice coming from the same collection.The collection day started well over 10 years ago after members of the service sadly had to make use of the hospice. To date, almost a staggering €750,000 has been raised by the big-hearted firefighters.Donegal Firefighters awash with good wishes after amazing €45K fundraiser! was last modified: November 5th, 2017 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:carwashdonegalDonegal Firefighters Associationdonegal hospicefundraiserlast_img read more