The governments of Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States will soon sign a joint agreement to verify the eradication of coca plantings on Bolivian territory, an official source revealed in La Paz on 5 July. “Next week, or in the worst-case scenario, by 16 July, the agreement, which is beneficial to the government” of Bolivia “is going to be signed,” Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres, the chief political figure in charge of the fight against drugs, said at a press conference. He explained that this is a “pilot project to verify the eradication of excess plantings,” which also includes “the equipment and modernization” of state institutions linked to the fight against drug trafficking. The initiative will make it possible to obtain information “in real time on the hectares of coca eradicated,” Cáceres added. Bolivia and Brazil also have an agreement to monitor drug trafficking using Brazilian unmanned planes. Until 2008, Washington was the chief source of economic support for the fight against drugs in Bolivia, which is one of the world’s leading cocaine producers, along with Colombia and Peru, according to the United Nations. Bolivia currently has 30,900 hectares planted with coca. Of that total, only 12,000 hectares are legally recognized, for infusion, chewing, and Andean religious rituals. By Dialogo July 07, 2011
Auctioneer Nick Penklis calls for opening bids.A $1.5 million opening bid looked like it would stand until Mr Burgoine came in at $1.8 million. From there it was a tussle between the two bidders until at $2.35 million, Mr Penklis sought instruction from the vendor.The auctioneer then reopened proceedings and declared the home “on the market.”An extraordinary scene unfolded as Mr Burgoine and his competitor traded bids of $5000 to $15000 increments until the figure hit $2.405 million.Mr Burgoine then blew away the competition with a call of $2.5 million — a staggering $95,000 increment that halted any chance of a counter.Speaking after the auction, the auctioneer said it was a great example of a two bidder duel with the knockout blow bringing a definitive end to proceedings.“Absolutely! It just overrode any potential increments of $5000 by going up that much,” Mr Penklis said.Sitting in the sunshine on the deck of their new winter home after the auction, the Burgoines declared they were already enjoying the climatic spoils of the day. The new owners can’t wait to start relaxing on the deck. every angle was a winner at 71 Ormadale Rd, YerongaBut it was the integration of indoor and outdoor space that was the major selling point for the eventual buyers, Paul and Dawn Burgoine.Speaking before the auction, Mr Burgoine said they’d spent the past three weeks looking for a Brisbane base.“Our children have grown up now so we’re not having to be stuck in one location with schooling or anything like that. We have a business up here as well.”Mr Burgoine said they established their Brisbane outlet some years ago, so they’ve been familiar with our forgiving cold season.“Brisbane winters are just the best, so the plan is to basically run two homes — six month of the year up here and six months back home in Melbourne,” Mr Burgoine said.Prior to the auction, Mrs Burgoine was philosophical about how things might play out.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“We saw this (house) first up and just loved it. If we get it today we get it. If we don’t — we’re in no hurry. It’s no stress for us,” she said.Auctioneer Nick Penklis opened proceeding by telling buyers even the cushions were included in the sale. New owners, Paul and Dawn Burgoine, blew away the competition at todays auction event.Mr Burgoine said, in the end, he was pleased with how things went.“I just had a number in my head and said, ‘We’ll play the game and see what happens,’” he said.Mrs Burgoine still had butterflies, and was excited about what lay ahead.“I can’t believe it — I’m in shock actually. We’ve got so much going on in our lives (but) obviously, it was meant to be,” she said. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga is a stunning example of contemporary architecture.Set on a private 959sq m hatchet lot with parkland separating its back boundary and a sandy river shoreline, the five-bed, three-and-a-half bath house offered an exceptional standard of modern finish. 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga has new southern-state owner set to enjoy our winter sun.Today’s auction of 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga was another demonstration of competitive southern-state buyers finding value in our prestige market.The five-year-old home was an architecturally stunning use of timber and glass features that framed its clean lines, quality fittings and river views.