Saturday, February 26, 2005
Brazil still with a 2-0 lead - commits a foul though
This report though... is no laughing matter at all.
Brazil took its American bashing way too far... not all of Brazil, of course, only one individual without scruples... Still, this cara de carrasco (...) here seems to have inspired himself, maybe, of his country's recent snobbings of the USA... or am I making something of not much at all... who knows? All one knows for sure - is that the USA deserves any put down it gets - right people?
But I am digressing... yet again...
And enough digressions here indeed -
for the American bashing took a turn towards the very dramatic.
Nothing - NOTHING excuses nor explains this: when a Brazilian thug kills an American woman...
Not just any woman,
but a NUN on top of that...
It is sickening and taking things
more than way too far...
Everybody hates "the ugly american" -
but a NUN...?!? Come on, you damn latino atheist!
Save your bullets for the corporative types.
terminator-wannabees to me...!
They will get theirs
before too long -
mark my words!
By MICHAEL ASTOR
(AP) ''Federal policemen first looked at the burned car used by the killers of American missionary Dorothy Stang...''
ALTAMIRA, Brazil (AP) - A suspect in the killing of an American nun, who spent decades trying to protect the Amazon rain forest and its poor residents from loggers and ranchers, has surrendered to police, authorities said Saturday.
Amair Freijoli da Cunha was taken into custody after turning himself in to police in Altamira, a city about 80 miles from where Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, was shot dead Feb. 12, police said.
Stang originally was from near Dayton, Ohio.
Authorities were still searching for two purported gunmen and a rancher accused of ordering the slaying, police investigator Ana Indira Vaz said. Arrest warrants for Cunha and the three other suspects were issued Monday.
Cunha allegedly hired the accused gunmen, police said, and was the intermediary between the killers and rancher Vitamiro Goncalves Moura, who authorities say ordered the killing.
Cunha was accompanied by a lawyer when he turned himself in, police said. Cunha admitted knowing Moura but denied being involved in Stang's killing, police said.
Also Saturday, police released a photograph of suspected gunmen Rayfran das Neves Sales, who was identified by witnesses, police said.
About 50 state and federal officers and jungle troops in helicopters and pickup trucks were hunting for Neves and the other suspects in the largely lawless Amazon region where Stang was killed.
"It's just a matter of time before we catch them. We're close," Vaz said.
(AP) Brazilian nun Delci Franzen held a cross next to a photo of slain American nun Dorothy Stang.
Walame Fiado Machado, who is heading the federal police investigation, said recently he believed the two gunmen were probably hiding in a dense, remote stretch of forest near Bida's ranch. He said the rancher and an associate may have fled the region in a small plane soon after the shooting.
Stang was killed at the Boa Esperanca settlement, near the rural town of Anapu, about 1,300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.
Stang, a naturalized Brazilian, had been in the region for more than 20 years helping protect the Amazon rain forest and local peasants.
Lawlessness has long been common in Para state, where ranchers, backed by hired gunmen, ensnare poor workers in an endless cycle of debt akin to slavery.
In Sao Paulo, about 1,000 people attended a mass in Stang's honor celebrated by Cardinal Claudio Hummes.
Associated Press reporter Tales Azzoni in Sao Paulo, Brazil, contributed to this report.
Brazil's Petrobras Likely To Post Higher Q4, 2004 Profit
Thursday February 24, 2:22 PM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO (Dow Jones)--Brazil's state-oil company Petrobras SA (PBR) is expected to post a surge in earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter 2004 due to higher fuel prices and an appreciation of the country's currency against the U.S. dollar.
Petrobras expects to announce its third-quarter results on Friday after 2100 GMT, its press department said.
Estimates of four analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires for the company's fourth quarter 2004 net profit range from 4.139 billion reals ($1=BRL2.621) to BRL4.772 billion, up from BRL3.021 billion in the year-earlier period.
Net operating revenue is likely to have risen to between BRL29.059 billion and BRL33.443 billion in the fourth quarter, up from BRL23.952 billion in the fourth quarter 2003.
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, in the fourth quarter are likely to rise to between BRL8.160 billion and BRL9.956 billion, according to the analysts. That compares to EBITDA of BRL6.877 in the fourth quarter 2003.
The company for the full year of 2004 is likely to have surpassed its record net profit for the full year of 2003 of BRL17.795 billion.
Part of the rise in fourth quarter earnings stems from a likely increase in sales volume of about 5%, as Brazil's economy gains steam, analysts said. The country's gross domestic product is likely to have surpassed 5% in 2004.
But much of the rise comes from a hike in Petrobras' prices for gasoline and diesel fuel both in mid-October and again in late November, following a steep rise in international crude oil prices.
With the price hikes, the oil firm had "zeroed" out most of an existing distortion of Brazilian prices at the pump compared to oil prices until then, analysts said. Petrobras' gasoline and diesel prices had lagged behind international oil prices for several months, probably due to pressure from Brazil's inflation-wary government.
"The gasoline price increase is very positive, especially as costs have risen less," said Victor Martins, an analyst at Banco Safra in Sao Paulo.
Petrobras in the fourth quarter 2004 profited from an 8%-strengthening of Brazil's currency, the real, that made imports cheaper and also lessened interest payments on debt in dollars.
The company imports light oil to mix it into its gasoline, as most of the oil Petrobras produces from its mainly offshore oil fields is very heavy. Also, the company imports considerable amounts of naphtha and diesel.
The rise in international oil prices, however, is likely to have lessened exchange-rate related gains.
The main factor slowing down Petrobras' profit were delays in bringing new oil platforms online. Three offshore platforms, the P-43, the P-48, and the P-50, slated to produce from the Barracuda, the Caratinga and the Albacora East fields, did not start operating on time due to construction delays.
As production from already operating fields decreases naturally, the delays caused the company's average oil output from domestic fields to fall by 3% to 1.493 million barrels a day in 2004. A small increase in overseas oil production to 168,500 b/d in 2004 from 160,900 b/d in 2003 was not enough to compensate for the domestic reduction.
Petrobras combined oil and gas output from both domestic and overseas fields was down 0.7% for the whole year of 2004 to an average of 2.020 million barrels of oil equivalent, or BOE.
The P-43 floating oil rig finally started production in late December, with an initial production of 10,380 barrels a day. That is to be gradually increased to 150,000 b/d throughout 2005. In addition, the P-48, and the P-50, as well as a third new platform are now slated to start production in 2005, which Petrobras hopes will boost its overall production by about 500,000 b/d until the end of the year.
-By Bernd Radowitz, Dow Jones Newswires; (55 21) 3288 5011; bernd.radowitz@ dowjones.com
Dow Jones Newswires
© 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
when you're a stranger...
I forget the rest of the words - and don't particularily feel like singing either, of course.
People are stranger than merely strange - people are downright horrible sometimes...
The following alert represents perhaps the most important opportunity to protect the Amazon in our lifetime. Unfortunately, the turn out for the alert has been less than expected. PLEASE forward this widely and respond as a matter of some urgency. It was purposefully timed to follow-up on recent developments, and keep the issue in the forefront.
Dr. Glen Barry
Urge Brazil to End the Violence, Protect the Amazon
By Forests.org, a project of Ecological Internet, Inc.
February 25, 2005
End the business of shutting up environmentalists with violence,
while keeping pledge to reduce deforestation
Urge Brazil to End the Violence, Protect the Amazon
End the business of shutting up environmentalists with violence, while keeping pledge to reduce deforestation
By Forests.org - March 2005
In the Amazon jungles of Brazil's huge and wild Para state, the grabbing of land by fraud and violence - carried out by an informal alliance of loggers, ranchers and businessmen backed by private militias and gunmen - is routine and deadly. Most recently, 73-year-old American nun Dorothy Stang, who had worked in Brazil for decades defending the rights of rural workers and for rainforest conservation, was killed by hired assassins.
Stang's death has garnered international attention and forced the Brazilian government to promise to crack down on violence and land grabbing, while reducing Amazon deforestation. Sadly, most deaths are anonymous, unpunished and not met with government policy initiatives. Stang was one of about 1,400 people killed in the conflict in Para state alone since 1985. And just this week Brazilian Dionisio Ribeiro Filho was shot in the head after defending an Atlantic rainforest reserve from poachers and illegal palm tree cutters.
To refer to Pará in terms of warfare is no exaggeration: a war over land, over forest resources and over profit at any price. If this conflict is not stopped, Brazil stands to lose hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of the Amazon, the lives of many of its citizens, and any remaining chance for a sustainable future. Already as much as 20 percent of the Amazon's 1.6 million square miles have been lost to logging, farming and development, an area the size of France, and record clearing has taken place in recent years.
Following the unsustainable path blazed by the United States two centuries ago, the riches earned from timber and other resources in cleared areas of the rain forest are helping to fuel economic growth and make Brazil an emerging power. The cost is the destruction of the Amazon - and death or destitution for the small farmers, peasants, migrant workers and activists who stand in their way. The loggers open the doors, moving on after they have exploited what they need. Behind them come ranchers, farmers and settlers, and now soy growers, the stars of Brazil's agricultural export drive. As little of this land transformation is concerned with sustainability, after once lush and biodiverse rainforest is exhausted it frequently become desert like wasteland.
In response to Stang's murder, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has launched Brazil's biggest ever crackdown on crime in the Amazon. Lula has accelerated creation of environmental protection areas and federal posts on the Amazon frontier, and deployed military troops, all to block the advance of illegal loggers and farmers. The Brazilian Government commited to protecting 5 million hectares of Amazon rainforest, and implemented a six-month deforestation moratorium for a further 8.2 million hectares. Yet this crackdown is certain to meet continued fierce defiance and violent resistance, as evidenced by the fact that Stang was murdered less than three weeks after Lula's government restored suspended Amazon logging licenses after loggers blocked roads and threatened violence if their activities were barred. The government must pursue swift and effective implementation of the reserves and the moratorium, with immediate protection for communities in conflict regions, if they are to be effective.
Significantly, Lula's government has also vowed a slowdown in Amazon destruction. Brazil - as the custodian of the most important global terrestrial ecosystem - must be held to this promise, but it will not be easy. Lula maintains his government is commited to Amazonian rainforest conservation, and that he will not allow "timber mafias" to threaten his government. Yet his government continues with the Avanca Brasil program, a $40 billion project for a network of highways, dams, power lines, ports, mines, oil fields and gas concessions which is expected to open up much of the Amazon to logging and follow-on agriculture; destroying as much as a third of what remains.
Crucially, what constitutes "a slowdown in Amazon destruction" is yet to be defined. In the past the Brazilian government has asserted that a reduction in the rate of growth of deforestation was a victory. This is disingenuous, as annual total deforestation figures remain dangerously high. Slowing of the rate of growth of rainforest loss is not a victory, rather, it represents the consolidation of dangerous trends. Success in terms of slowing the loss of the Amazon can only be measured by reduction in the absolute amount of forest lost and diminished. The alert below makes this point clear, as well as insisting that violence against ecological and human rights defenders end.
And to think that some actually believe that Christians are not suffering one iota nowadays... that they only cause strife, like Dubya does... sheesh.