US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano held talks on July 12 with Brazilian officials on beefing up aviation security and facilitating travel and trade between the two countries. “As our countries and societies become more connected and dependent upon shared systems of transportation, commerce and communications, we must work together to address shared threats,” Napolitano told the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo on the second day of her visit to Brazil. “We continue to collaborate with our international partners to strengthen aviation security and the global supply chain, and facilitate legal travel and trade, which are critical to our economy,” she added. On July 11, Napolitano joined Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota in Brasília to sign a statement of intent to set up a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) working group. In January, US President Barack Obama announced new initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the United States, setting goals for processing visas and foreign visitors. In line with Obama’s executive order, Napolitano’s agency is backing efforts to boost non-immigrant visa processing capacity for Brazilians by 40 percent in the coming year, expand the VWP and travel by nationals of VWP countries. VWP facilitates trade and travel, enabling nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. More than 1.2 million Brazilians visited the United States in 2010, contributing some $6 billion to the economy, according to US figures that estimate the number of visitors could reach 2.8 million by 2016. Napolitano also signed a joint statement of intent on civil aviation security with Brazilian Civil Aviation Minister Wagner Bittencourt. In São Paulo, she also huddled with Mayor Gilberto Kassab and state security secretary Edsom Ortega for talks on information sharing, intellectual property rights enforcement and combating media counterfeiting and piracy. By Dialogo July 16, 2012 this idea is very good, Brazil is already the sixth worldâ€™s economy.
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David “Luttsy” Lutteral is selling hisClayfield home to move into an apartment. Picture: Annette DewNOVA radio breakfast announcer David “Luttsy” Lutteral is moving on.But there is no need for his fans to worry, he’s just moving house – not stations.Luttsy has listed the house he bought a decade ago at 21 Hutton St, Clayfield for sale through Tom Collier of Belle Property Ascot.“I grew up on the north side in Aspley and Boondall, and had always loved the idea of buying in the Clayfield area which has always been a much sought after location,’’ he said.Since he bought the house he has carried out plenty of renovations.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoLuttsy is pleased with the renovations at the Hutton St, house.“I’m pretty proud of the renovations actually,’’ he said.“About two years ago I completely redesigned the kitchen, living, and bathroom and installed top-end amenities while also maintaining an authentic cottage look externally.’’His favourite part of the house is the back courtyard which he said he become a great private entertaining area. The new kitchen at 21 Hutton St, Clayfield.“I also love the connectivity between the new kitchen and living area. The home is so practical in that regard, and so easy to live in.’’While Luttsy reckons he nailed low maintenance living inside, he said he really didn’t like mowing the lawn and had decided to buy in a boutique apartment complex in the same area.The three-bedroom, lowset brick home is listed for $769,000. read more