Donald Trump set to build 550 homes in Scotland

first_imgCouncillors have approved plans submitted by Trump International Scotland for 550 homes plus retail and leisure facilities at its Menie Estate golf resort.Aberdein Considine, appointed to market the development, has been inundated with requests regarding the development’s first chapter with 500 people having registered interest in the first 82 homes to be built.More than 2,000 full-time construction jobs will be created.The new community will provide two, three, four and five-bedroom cottages, townhouses and mansions ranging from £295,000 to several million. Interest from as far as Washington and Singapore has been registered since the plans were first lodged, almost two thirds of interested parties are from the north-east.Sarah Malone, Executive Vice President of Trump International Scotland, said, “This is a unique development on an incredible stretch of land, spanning the spectacular north-east coastline.“Mature woodlands, panoramic sea views, rolling valleys and access to our highly acclaimed, world-class, golf and leisure facilities set The Trump Estate apart as a premium, distinct and very special place to live.”Alan Cumming, National Estate Agency Director at Aberdein Considine, said demand has been ‘unprecedented’ for a development with newly granted consent. “This is one of the largest developments of premium homes in the north-east since the oil and gas downturn and the investment is an enormous vote of confidence in the local economy,” he said.“The Trump Estate development is unique in terms of both the breathtakingly beautiful location and style of properties being proposed – there is nothing like this anywhere in Scotland.”The Trump Estate development Trump International Scotland Aberdein Considine Sarah Malone Alan Cumming Scotland Donald Trump November 2, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Donald Trump set to build 550 homes in Scotland previous nextLand & New HomesDonald Trump set to build 550 homes in ScotlandThe Negotiator2nd November 20190351 Viewslast_img read more

EPD Detective Jack Spencer elected to Bicycle Indiana Board

first_imgEvansville Police Department Detective Jack Spencer has been elected to the Bicycle Indiana Board of Directors. The mission of the Bicycle Indiana is to promote biking as a way of transportation and exercise, provide bike safety education, and advocate on behalf of bicyclist across the state.Detective Spencer also serves on the Evansville Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force. As an instructor for the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association, Detective Spencer has trained and certified over 200 area Bike Patrol Officers.We are proud to have Detective Spencer representing our agency and our region on this statewide board. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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Year In Review: 30+ Musicians Tell Us Their Favorite Music Festival Experience Of 2016

first_imgThe year of 2016 was certainly an interesting one in the music world. Though many headlines will focus on those who have passed this year, we wanted to reflect on the joyous occasions that music brought throughout 2016. In doing so, we asked a number of musicians to tell us about some of their favorite experiences throughout the year, and will be running features all week to celebrate all things live music.For the first part of this series, we asked, “What was your favorite music festival experience of 2016?” Here’s what your favorite musicians had to say…Karl Denson (KDTU, The Rolling Stones) – I spent two months in South America with the Rolling Stones. It was the most awesome experience of my life. Seeing that part of the world and getting to hear the music that comes from that part of the world was beyond belief. So many surprises.Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident) – Hulaween Stringier Things SetOteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) – New Orleans Jazz FestRyan Jalbert (The Motet) – We were well into our Fall tour and in the middle of a stretch of 13 shows in 12 days. Coming from a late gig in NOLA the night before, our bus rolled into Hulaween just before our afternoon set on the amphitheater stage. We climbed out of our bunks, slammed some coffee and it was time to set up and rock it. Everyone was groggy, rushed and feeling loopy but sometimes just being in a different head space can really be used to your advantage on tour when you’re playing every single night because. Those pressure cooker situations on tour can really bring out a special camaraderie and this was one of those shows where we really came together and brought it. It was Sunday afternoon but our fans came out swinging, the crowd was massive and the energy was on point.Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) – Floyd Fest was especially fun, as were Merle and Del Fests…Neal Evans (Dopapod) – Playing the Dopaquaz Yacht Rock set at Catskill ChillRuss Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band) – Peach Fest. Unfortunately the storm cut into our set time but there was some great stuff happening on stage. I thought Trey’s playing hit another level.Eli Winderman (Dopapod) – Brooklyn Comes Alive. It was so cool to see something totally new in the landscape of live music events. Really enjoyed seeing all of these great musicians out of their shells and doing something different. I also enjoyed the social atmosphere it provides backstage. Bravo!David Shaw (The Revivalists) – Jazz fest, hands down. The weather was great, the line up was killer and I was lucky enough to have a handful of my family in town. For me, it really doesn’t get any better than that.Alric Carter (TAUK) – Jam CruiseSammi Garett (Turkuaz) – Catskill Chill, Lockn’ and Mountain Jam!!Simon Allen (The New Mastersounds) – High Sierra – we were there for the whole weekend. Played a special daytime collaborative event, an evening fest show, a late-night, and a super-fun unofficial campground set. I also got to ride a bike in the beautiful sunshine and watch loads of other great bands including Tedeschi Trucks, Femi Kuti, Greensky Bluegrass & The Motet.Nick Tkachyk (Spafford) – Euphoria Music and Arts Festival. Played a cool stage on the banks of a river. Saw a fish.Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) – Lockn’Jesus Coomes (Lettuce) – Suwannee HulaweenDave Watts (The Motet) – High SierraMike Gantzer (Aqueous) – It’d be a tough tie between Summer Camp and Electric Forest, at Scamp we had Vinnie Amico of moe. sit in for a raging cover of “War Pigs”, and Electric Forest was unlike any festival I’ve ever been to, plus Joel from Umphrey’s came up with AQ to jam on a tune so that was rad too!Chuck Jones (Dopapod) – Summer CampJP Biondo (Cabinet) – DelFestMatt Gibbs (Evolfo) – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. It’s the most musically diverse music festival I’ve been to and it’s 100% free. There are no corporate sponsors, no fan VIP areas, and the police/security presence is as easy going as it comes. The crowds are gigantic so that can be a bit overwhelming but the fact that this many people are able to be cool to one another amidst all the partying is something of a miracle.Jeremy Schon (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – Peach Festival was probably my favorite of 2016 – had an amazing set by the wave pool and was able to catch a ton of great music, plus the water park is a nice bonus…Scrambled Greg (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – I was in the kiddie pool at The Peach when The Primate Fiasco decided to walk into the middle of the pool with their instruments for an impromptu polka jam and sparked an epic dance party. You never forget a tuba in a kiddie pool.Pappy Biondo (Cabinet) – Del FestTony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) – New Orleans Jazz FestRob Compa (Dopapod) – Peach Fest is consistently my favorite. Always a killer lineup, the staff and patrons are always in a great mood and friendly, the catering is awesome, and it’s gorgeous there.Eric Bloom (Lettuce) – Lockn’Laurie Shook (The Shook Twins) – Northwest String Summit and Oregon Country FairCory Wong (Vulfpeck collaborator) – I loved watching Bonnaroo from my computer! Of course I wish I could have been there in person, but it’s so cool to be able to have a glimpse of the experience by watching online.Dominic Peters (Goldfish) – Electric Zoo NYSeth Walker – Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival. We had an afternoon set where the stars were aligned just so. Really felt connected to everyone that day.T Sisters – FloydFest in Floyd, Virginia was a personal favorite in our festival touring schedule last summer. We had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing musicians, such as The Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, and members of the Pimps of Joytime and Elephant Revival. The festival felt like a California-style hippie roots gathering in the beautiful mountains of Virginia.William Apostol (Billy Strings) – Albino Skunk Music Festival is my home away from homelast_img read more

PREMIERE: The Bergamot Share Dreamy New Video For “PDR”

first_imgBrooklyn-based, indie-folk-rock husband-and-wife duo The Bergamot won each others’ hearts in 2003 as high school sweethearts in their hometown of South Bend, Indiana. Since the band’s inception in 2009, Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece have been sharing their love through music, blossoming beyond their experiences at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and into the support slots for internationally-touring bands All American Rejects, Young The Giant and Wiz Kalifa. Drawing upon influences such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, The Dave Matthews Band, Feist, and Ryan Adams, the dynamic duo are on track to release a new album in 2018. Following the release of their latest single “PDR”, the band shares the visual accompaniment today exclusively through Live For Live Music.Having experienced the world together, The Bergamot’s uplifting songs are powered by unbreakable harmonies with seamless songwriting adeptness that combines a story of both the joys and heartaches of life. The Bergamot writes songs that are uplifting, catchy, and downright fun. Jillian’s velvety alto voice blends seamlessly with Nathaniel’s dreamy ethereal vocals creating dynamic harmonies that are apart of their signature sound. Speece and Hoff have an amazing gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy, as exemplified in their newest tune “PDR”. Watch the new video below:“PDR” was recorded in a basement on a kitchen table in Indiana, then mixed by Matt Wiggins (London Grammar, Glass Animals, The Horrors) at The Church in London. The journey of this song and this duo is as unpredictable as it is heartwarming, leading listeners through their rollercoaster experiences in the music industry. The song’s inspiration came at Playa del Rey, a romantic beach town nestled on the south-western tip of Los Angeles where the couple found themselves in their 312,000 mile old “Unity Car” with the window down and the rain falling over their heads.“Life just seemed so confusing at that particular point in time – it was all just hitting us as we sat in silence taking in the swells of the Pacific Ocean on our left and the arriving international flights of LAX over our heads,” reflects Hoff. “Those planes lit up like fireballs falling from the sky.”“Our car was on the brink – WE were on the brink” continues Speece. “We put everything we had into that track… and everything WE DIDN’T!”The song weaves the listener through the idea of “holding on”, while reminding their audience that “with everything uncertain, I think we will be O.K.”. With the swelling guitar, dreamy vocals, and swooning harmonies, the song is best represented as a visual accompaniment to Claude Monet’s “Rough Sea”, attempting to create a sonic seascape of lyrical imagery and instrumental precision.If you’re new to The Bergamot, be sure to catch them live in their remaining 2017 tour dates. See below.The Bergamot Tour Dates:Nov 2 @ Wunderkammer Co -|Fort Wayne, INNov 3 @ Purdue Campus Room SC 239 | West Lafayette, INNov 4 @ Burgie’s | Ames, IANov 14 @ Secret Show | Phoenix, AZNov 18 @ Hotel Cafe | Los Angeles, CANov 25 @ Secret Show | Salt Lake City, UTDec 8 @ Hunt & Gather MKT | Crown Point, INDec 9 @ Secret Show | Grand Rapids, MIDec 15 @ South Shore Christmas | Three Oaks, MIlast_img read more

Trump’s language, unseemly to critics, reassures his base

first_img Lamont wins Erasmus Prize The everyday response to racism Sociologist Lamont and colleagues examined how minority group identities help sculpt how they handle discrimination Sociologist Michèle Lamont, the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of African and African American studies, believes that, from early in his candidacy, Trump’s word choices signaled a deliberate effort to court supporters without college degrees, including working-class whites and those in lower-paying jobs such as retail sales or bank services, the very subset of voters who overwhelmingly turned out to put him in office.Lamont, director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, extensively studied the white working class in the United States and France for her book “The Dignity of Working Men” (Harvard University Press, 2000), and when Trump stepped onto the political stage, his pitch instantly sounded familiar to her.Recalling her interviews with earlier subjects, “I knew that they defined themselves as the people who keep the world in moral order. That’s done in part by this notion of ‘providing and protecting’ women,” she said. Also, “They drew very strong boundaries toward African-Americans and the poor, mostly by emphasizing the lack of  ‘self-reliance’ of these groups.”To understand better how the president’s use of political rhetoric resonated with these voters (and, by the way, generally continues to do so), Lamont and Harvard graduate students Bo Yun Park and Elena Ayala-Hurtado examined 73 formal speeches Trump gave during the campaign. In a paper published in the British Journal of Sociology, they focused on references to social groups such as refugees, Latinos, and Muslims, and the topical contexts in which those words were used, such as safety and jobs.,Instead of analyzing Trump’s word choices through traditionally narrow lenses of race or ethnicity, for example, Lamont said they looked at how his rhetoric reinforced a broader theme of exclusion by emphasizing the boundaries that working-class whites perceive between themselves and others, whether racial, ethno-national, educational, socioeconomic, or religious.“We could immediately see how he was appealing to workers by talking about blaming globalization, saying he was going to give [them] jobs” — and not just white workers, but African-Americans and Latinos too, Lamont said in an interview. “His populist argument was oriented toward appealing to all workers, but at the same time, he was [engaged in] veiled racism by talking about ‘the inner city’ and things like that.”Though all politicians try to use words and phrases to inspire voters to support their ideas, Lamont said that Trump’s speeches show his expert marketing instincts at work. His disparaging references in speeches to immigrants, Muslims, and Mexicans who immigrated illegally, along with his assertion that African-Americans were predominantly poor and living in gang-ravaged cities, were strategic “red buttons” that resonated with his white working-class base. The language was both explicit and implicit, she said, designed both to reinforce the social boundaries his base perceived between themselves and other groups and to validate their attitudes about their own inherent worth and the values they believe distinguish them from others.“We could immediately see how [Trump] was appealing to workers by talking about blaming globalization, saying he was going to give [them] jobs,” Michèle Lamont said. Photo by Martha StewartTrump’s strategy “to constantly pour oil on the fire” by antagonizing various groups was a way to appeal to working-class white voters and an effort to accentuate the differences between them and everyone else, thereby cementing their loyalty. The language also validated their world view and self-perception as the hard-working victims of globalization, and it emphasized the perceived shortcomings of groups that white working-class voters believe are below them on the social and economic pecking order — immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans, and Latinos — but also those perceived as above them — “coastal elites” and other cosmopolitans such as political progressives, academics, and professionals with special expertise.Trump’s remarks about women and LGBTQ people centered on an argument that they needed “protection” from violent immigrants, especially “Muslims,” a term he used as a stand-in for radical Islamists, she suggested. Though he sometimes spoke positively about women, saying he was “surrounded by smart women,” Trump also “talked about them as people who need to be protected and provided for, which is very much appealing to the traditional ways workers assert their own worth, because it’s one of the dimensions of working-class masculinity — to be providing for and protecting women and family,” said Lamont.People tend to make sense of their social world by putting themselves and others into groups based on perceived commonalities and differences, such as ethnicity, race, religion, gender identity, sexual preference, and socioeconomic status. These boundaries function as a way to define who belongs to a particular group or strata and who does not. In the paper, Lamont noted that one of the more effective strategies Trump employed was to recognize the important role that dignity plays among the white working-class and seize on its power by blaming the economic inequality and unemployment they’ve experienced on globalization, rather than on a lack of education, training, or other factors.“For the working class to find themselves with no job is both an economic tragedy and a cultural tragedy, since their self-concept is very much about being hard-working. So by telling them, ‘It’s globalization, and it’s the people who pushed globalization, such as Hillary Clinton, who are responsible for your downfall,’” Trump directed their anger outward and removed them from responsibility for their life circumstances, she said.“We have to remember, many workers, they want to think of themselves — and they are — as extremely hard-working, and they want jobs. … He’s trying to give them their dignity back by saying, ‘I know that you’re hard-working people, and you’re capable of doing this.’”Lamont disagrees with the contention that Trump’s election was driven by economic anxiety or by racial resentment. Rather, she sees the outcome as more nuanced, involving a debate over status positioning. “The sense of status hierarchy that people are defending has to do with both cultural resources — that is, who is viewed as the legitimate citizen, who has cultural membership, who defines what mainstream America is about — but also about economic resources,” she said. “So it’s both at once.”One way that academia can help bridge political divides and social boundaries in this country and pierce information echo chambers is to work on some of these issues in a cross-disciplinary way, said Lamont.“I think social scientists really need to take on a dimension of inequality that has not been studied as much as the unequal distribution of income and wealth, which is this process of recognition by which groups develop their sense of worth,” she said. “That’s very much my agenda moving forward.” Weatherhead Center director honored for contributions to social sciences Related One of the most unusual aspects of President Trump’s unconventional presidency is his distinctive speaking style. It’s a caps-locked world of mixed syntax, offbeat grammar, malapropisms, slang, exaggerations, pet phrases, and “us versus them” contrasts. Nonetheless, the way he communicates proved a powerfully effective draw for many voters during the 2016 election.His communications style has come under renewed scrutiny following the recent publication of the dishy best-seller “Fire and Fury” and the derogatory remarks he reportedly made to members of Congress about Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries.Since the start of his presidential campaign, Trump’s colloquial, often strident speaking approach has proven unusually polarizing for a politician who would be elected to govern a nation of 325 million. What many listeners find authentic and unpretentious, others find coarse and off-putting.last_img read more

Mack Molding Wins 2009 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award

first_imgAbout Mack MoldingMack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates seven facilities throughout the eastern United States. For more news and information about the applications and services of Mack Molding Co., go to www.mack.com(link is external). Click on this link for a corporate overview — http://www.mack.com/resource/Corporate%20Overview.pdf(link is external) Mack will be honored at a ceremony in June along with a list of other winners that reads like a directory of Who s Who in Manufacturing, including Alcoa, BigBelly Solar, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Emerson, Genentech, General Mills, L Oreal, Pfizer, Pratt & Whitney, and Toshiba, to mention a few. The projects that enabled these companies to become PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business, says David Brousell, editor-in-chief of Managing Automation Media. These companies are leading the way to a better future for all industry. #   #   #   #   #center_img Mack Group,Mack Molding Co. has been named a winner of Managing Automation Media s prestigious 2009 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award for its recently completed Energy Efficient Lighting Technology Project, which affected all three Vermont plants.The comprehensive lighting project, a $450,000 investment, called for the installation of more than 2,100 high-intensity fluorescent light fixtures that increased light levels throughout the three plants and eliminated hot spots and shadows. From an energy-efficiency perspective, the initiative is expected to save over 1.7 million kWh per year of electricity, the equivalent of taking 167 cars off the road or powering nearly 300 Vermont homes. It is one of the 10 largest energy-saving projects completed by a Vermont company in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, the state s energy efficiency services provider. Receiving this award recognizes our commitment to innovation and the use of advanced technology, and validates that we are on the right track with our mission and business strategies, says Jeff Somple, president of Mack Molding s Northern Operations. Even in these tough economic times, Mack will continue to make intelligent investments in our future.last_img read more

Twenty-nine Military Personnel Wounded in Colombia by Explosive Device Attributed to the FARC

first_img Twenty-nine soldiers were wounded by a FARC explosive device that went off as a military patrol was passing nearby in the Colombian department of Arauca, on the border with Venezuela, a military spokesperson told AFP on 3 February. “Twenty-nine soldiers were wounded, all with light wounds except for one whose condition is serious and who is in surgery right now in San Vicente Hospital,” in Arauca, the capital of the department of the same name, said the spokesperson for the Army’s 18th Brigade, headquartered in that city. The attack, attributed to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Communist guerrilla group, occurred early on the morning of 3 February, when the military personnel were moving through a remote rural area, the spokesperson specified. As he explained, the military personnel were isolating the area, due to the fact that the guerrillas had abandoned a vehicle loaded with explosives that ultimately did not go off. Nevertheless, the rebels activated another explosive charge when the military patrol was about six kilometers from the location of the car bomb. At the end of a security council meeting in Arauca, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called on the Army not to neglect its operating procedures “to prevent new attacks.” “We’re going to reinforce the rigor of our procedures, so that situations of this kind don’t happen again. Fortunately, there were no dead, but we do have to regret the injuries,” Santos indicated. In his turn, Vice President Angelino Garzón, who is responsible for human-rights policy, condemned the event, which he characterized as a “criminal attack,” and emphasized that the wounded “are humble soldiers, the children of peasants, of members of the people.” The event occurred at the same time that civilian groups in Arauca are holding a “civic strike” to demand the release of seven indigenous social leaders detained by the authorities on 25 January, on charges of rebellion and criminal conspiracy, according to a statement by the protest organizers. By Dialogo February 07, 2011last_img read more

Brazil Says That Conditions Are Present in Haiti for Reduction in UN Troops

first_imgBy Dialogo September 20, 2011 Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said that the conditions are present in Haiti to reduce the number of troops in the UN peace mission, which Brazil commands, to the level prior to the 2010 earthquake. “The conditions are present for us to return to the level – the number of troops – prior to the earthquake,” Patriota said in an interview granted to the daily Folha de Sao Paulo and the internet news site UOL. The Brazilian foreign minister, whose country commands the military force in Haiti, judged that the elections have demonstrated an “environment of stability” in the country. The minister specified that the decision to reduce the number of troops “has not yet been made” and that a review of the UN mission’s mandate should be taken up by the Security Council in October, when the mission’s mandate ends. The South American countries contributing troops to the mission agreed a week ago in Montevideo to recommend a gradual reduction, initially to the “number prior to the earthquake of January 12 of last year,” the Brazilian said. Following the devastating earthquake, the peace forces increased from 9,000 members to 12,200. South American countries contribute somewhat over 40 percent of the military personnel of the force, in which Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay participate. The debate on the peace force’s future is taking place when UN soldiers in Haiti, already accused of having introduced cholera into the country, are again under fire for an alleged sexual assault on a Haitian youth by Uruguayan personnel. Haitian President Michel Martelly affirmed that “the UN mission should remain in the country to await a national force that could replace it.”last_img read more

Bolivia: Narcotics Agents Seize 5 Narco-aircraft

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 17, 2020 Bolivia’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN, in Spanish) seized five light narco-aircraft during three counternarcotics operations conducted in Beni department in September.“During Operation Hive [Operación Colmena], we seized 288 kilograms [of cocaine], in addition to 180 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, 180 liters of fuel, a ranch called Nuevo Mundo, and a light aircraft,” Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo said at a press conference on September 21.The FELCN destroyed 54 mobile factories for cocaine production and one lab, during Operation Impact II, from September 1-3. (Photo: FELCN)Agents also seized five weapons, including an AK-47 rifle. Authorities suspect that the cocaine came from Peru and was bound for Brazil.In the second operation, Blizzard (Operación Ventisca), the FELCN seized two light aircraft with cloned license plates, unspecified chemicals, and a ranch named Espíritu. Authorities also detained four Bolivian nationals.Finally, during Operation Eastern Wings (Operación Alas del Oriente), service members confiscated two more aircraft.“All these aircraft were micro-vacuumed [to determine whether they were used to transfer drugs]. And all of them tested positive,” Murillo said. “These blows we’ve dealt are very important, because all the drugs in Beni are moved by air.”Bolivia is not only the third largest cocaine producer worldwide (after Colombia and Peru), but it has historically been a transit country for Peruvian cocaine bound for Brazil and Argentina, said the Elcano Royal Institute, a Spanish think tank for international and strategic studies, in a report.And the Andean nation is now home to another phenomenon: criminal groups from different countries are using social networks in Bolivia to do business with drug producers, said Bolivia’s Vice Minister for Social Defense and Controlled Substances Jaime Zamora on September 20.“Unfortunately, we are a country that fills orders,” Zamora told the Bolivian Information Agency. “Different organizations place their orders with narcotraffickers in the country, specifying quantity and quality, with the brand and seal they want,” he said.Cocaine hydrochloride bricks are identified with symbols such as fish, letters, crowns, and animals, which correspond to each producer’s brand. This indication comes from operations to destroy cocaine manufacturing labs. So far in 2020, security forces have detected at least 38 seals, Zamora said.The producers who take requests via social networks are not solely from Bolivia, since the operations identified warehouses with cocaine base paste coming from Peru. At the same time, the criminal groups making requests are usually from Brazil and Chile, as well as European countries, the vice minister said.In response, the FELCN has stepped up the destruction of facilities used to produce the drug. So far this year, agents have dismantled 700 factories and 20 cocaine labs, the Bolivian newspaper Página Siete reported.From September 1-3 alone, during Operation Impact II (Operación Impacto II), “the FELCN destroyed 54 mobile factories for cocaine production, one lab, two ether recyclers, and 195 kg of cocaine,” the institution said in a press release.“The lab had a maximum [production] capacity of 50 kg per day,” said the FELCN, whose agents also confiscated a vehicle, four firearms, and ammunition of different calibers.last_img read more