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
Scottish-based marine survey and coastal consultancy company Partrac has launched its US subsidiary Partrac GeoMarine Inc.Based in Houston, Texas, Partrac GeoMarine offers the full range of services and products as its parent company in Europe, including services and consultancy for engineering and environmental projects in challenging marine environments around the world, the company said.“Houston is the ideal US hub for Partrac GeoMarine,” said Partrac Co-Founder Sam Athey. “We wanted a city with a highly skilled workforce that reflects the wide range of market sectors that Partrac operates in and is within easy reach of both the Gulf and East coasts of the United States. We see these as having the biggest growth potential for our services and products.”Partrac has a number of unique technologies it wants to bring to the US to help solve some of the problems and answer some of the questions, Athey said, emphasizing that the company’s sediment tracing and benthic flume technologies have been used to help with scour around offshore monopiles, as well as free spanning of pipes and cables.“Our experience gained over the last 15 years collecting MetOcean data and working on wind farm installations in European waters – including the world’s first floating wind farm – puts us in a great position to assist the growing offshore renewables market in the US.”Partrac has worked on a number of offshore wind projects in Europe, the most recent being the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm, as well as the Kincardine floating wind project.
ELLSWORTH — An action-packed weekend of high school sports saw Hancock County’s four remaining volleyball teams eliminated from the playoffs, but five local soccer teams are still alive.The Ellsworth boys and Bucksport and George Stevens Academy girls advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals with wins in their respective preliminary games over the weekend. Those three will be joined there by the Bucksport and GSA boys, which received byes after finishing among the top-six teams in Class C North.Senior Jack Lee led the Ellsworth boys’ team (6-7-2) to victory by scoring all three goals in the No. 7 Eagles’ shutout win Saturday over No. 10 Old Town (4-10-1) in the Class B North prelims. Ellsworth’s No. 7 volleyball team (7-8) was beaten 3-0 in its road contest against second-seeded Yarmouth (14-1) in the Class B quarterfinals later that day.Bucksport’s volleyball team (7-8) fell to Woodland (14-1) 3-0 in the Class C quarterfinals at the University of Maine at Machias, but the school’s eighth-seeded girls’ soccer team won its prelim showdown with No. 9 Calais (7-6-2) 2-1 Friday. The Golden Bucks (7-6-2) will play their quarterfinal match on the road against prolific scorer Kolleen Bouchard and the top-seeded Houlton Shiretowners (13-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 24.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll three Mount Desert Island teams in action were eliminated with losses Saturday afternoon. MDI’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams lost prelim games by scores of 7-1 and 7-0 on the road against Winslow and John Bapst, respectively, and the school’s fourth-seeded volleyball team (9-6) fell to a 3-0 defeat at home against Greely (8-7) in the Class B quarterfinals.In volleyball, the No. 8 Sumner Tigers (3-12) marked their first playoff appearance with a 3-0 defeat against top-seeded Washington Academy (10-5) at UMaine-Machias. The ninth-seeded Sumner boys’ soccer team (9-5-1) saw an excellent season come to an end Saturday with a 2-0 road loss against No. 8 Piscataquis (8-6-1) in Guilford.In other Class C soccer action, the third-seeded George Stevens Academy (9-1-4) and sixth-seeded Bucksport (7-7) boys will face one another in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Blue Hill. GSA’s 10th-seeded girls’ team (4-8-3) recorded an upset over No. 7 Narraguagus (8-3-2) when it topped the Knights 5-2 in the prelims Friday in Harrington.Below are times and dates for soccer quarterfinal games to be played Tuesday and Wednesday. A list of semifinal soccer and quarterfinal football games will be posted Thursday, Oct. 26. Road teams are listed first.Tuesday, Oct. 24Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class B North: (7) Ellsworth vs. (2) Washington Academy, 5 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (8) Bucksport vs. (1) Houlton, 4 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (10) George Stevens Academy vs. (2) Dexter, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 25Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (6) Bucksport vs. (3) GSA, 2:30 p.m. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at email@example.com. Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020