Ecuador Sends ‘Blue Helmets’ to Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2012 On July 13, Ecuador sent a new Military contingent to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), where it will carry out construction projects worth 15 million dollars to rebuild the country following the earthquake of January 12, 2010, the South American nation’s Armed Forces announced. These Soldiers “are ambassadors of peace and good will, who will have the eyes of the entire world upon them for the work they are going to carry out to benefit the people of Haiti,” the operations director of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Joint Command, Wagner Bravo, said during a farewell ceremony. MINUSTAH was created by the UN to replace the multinational force of 3,600 Soldiers, composed chiefly of U.S. and French personnel, that arrived in Haiti in February 2004 seeking to reestablish security and facilitate the distribution of humanitarian aid following the departure of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The contingent will continue with construction engineering tasks, together with Chilean Military personnel quartered at MINUSTAH’s Camp Charlie in Port-au-Prince, according to the announcement. The earthquake of January 12, 2010, left more than 200,000 dead. The president made the announcement during a visit to Quito by his Haitian counterpart, Michel Martelly, during which he recalled that in an initial phase of cooperation, Ecuador invested 13.5 million dollars to build 138 paved bridges, improve approximately 175 km of roads, clean irrigation canals, and build sewer systems. The 66 ‘blue helmets’ departed from the Air Force base in Quito and will replace an equal number of Soldiers who have finished their deployment. The Military personnel will also be responsible for construction projects to rebuild roads, bridges, schools, and residences in the agricultural region of Artibonite, for which the Ecuadorean Government has destined 15 million dollars, according to a recent announcement by President Rafael Correa. On June 11, Correa and Martelly agreed that the Ecuadorean Armed Forces will advise Haiti on setting up its new Army and that Haitian police officers will continue to receive training at Ecuadorean academies.last_img read more

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2020-12-20

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Fighting for credit union regulatory relief in 2016

first_imgLast year, our industry saw several legislative and regulatory victories. One of those wins modernized privacy notice rules, which fulfilled a key aspect of NAFCU’s five-point regulatory relief plan. We also saw important improvements with NCUA’s field-of-membership rules and member business lending rules.We made some excellent progress – but we’re not done yet.As 2016 begins, I’m confident that credit unions will achieve meaningful regulatory relief this year. That will be our primary focus in the months ahead.In particular, we’ll be closely watching the CFPB’s interest in regulating overdraft programs. We know credit unions and their members rely on overdraft programs and that credit unions run those programs responsibly. A recent NAFCU survey found that many credit unions fear that losing overdraft programs would force their members to seek out risky and expensive alternatives.Another area of concern is the implementation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. NAFCU disagrees with the Federal Communications Commission’s interpretation of the law, which prohibits certain autodialed calls from financial institutions. We believe it will prevent credit unions from communicating quickly with their members about identity theft or data breaches. For that reason, NAFCU sued the FCC last fall to challenge its interpretation on behalf of credit unions. This year, we’ll fight for a fair reading of the law for our industry.In addition to regulatory relief, NAFCU will continue to fight for a national data security standard for retailers. Every week, we learn about a new data breach. Credit unions treat their members’ sensitive data carefully, but only Congress can force retailers and merchants act more responsibly.We know that more than five years after the Dodd-Frank Act, credit unions are still struggling to deal with the continuing onslaught of regulation – a crackdown intended for the big banks of Wall Street that has unfairly hurt credit unions in the process. We won’t stop our fight against overregulation, and we will continue to make credit unions’ voices heard loud and clear in Congress and at the regulatory agencies.On a final note, I thought you may want to know why we fight so hard for credit unions. Here’s why.NAFCU believes that credit unions are the best option for consumers. Period.We believe credit unions deserve the absolute best in advocacy, education and compliance assistance.We believe in providing NAFCU members “extreme member service.” Every. Single. Day.We believe you deserve an association that is frugal, efficient and effective when spending your dues dollars.We are not just a trade association. We believe in credit unions and their mission. 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dan Berger B. Dan Berger became NAFCU president and CEO on Aug. 1, 2013. He joined NAFCU in January 2006 as senior vice president of government affairs overseeing five divisions including legislative … Web: www.nafcu.org Detailslast_img read more

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2020-12-18

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Tuesday’s clue: Elf on the Shelf – Where did he go?

first_img“No one can COPY Sumner County’s production of this grain. We’re known as the _ _ _ _ _ Capital”last_img

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2020-08-14

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Coronavirus Impact Deepens, County Asks for Supplies

first_imgState officials predict that the novel coronavirus will peak in New Jersey in 14 to 21 days. On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy said people should expect schools to be closed “for a meaningful period of time.” It will not impact graduation requirements, he assured. “Our Office of Emergency Management has been in contact with the state and county officials discussing these issues,” Walsifer wrote to The Two River Times. “Things are changing on a daily basis and we will take direction from the Governor’s office. The health and safety of our residents, employees and First Responders, as well as everyone who comes into our town, is our top priority.” Now, every weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., people are encouraged to donate PPE items for health care professionals and law enforcement officials at the Thompson Park drop-off site, located at 805 Newman Springs Road. Items include nitrile examination gloves, surgical or N95 masks, protective gowns, protective face shields, multifunction no-contact infrared thermometers, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. Responding to the idea of tourists visiting their shore homes, Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer said most people who own second homes at the shore and come to Belmar to ride out the COVID-19 situation are responsible and will follow all the rules that are in place. But as the weather gets warmer, they anticipate a larger influx in town as people come to the beach and boardwalk. One of the challenges that the county now faces is how the COVID-19 disease will impact its tourism industry, which is crucial in the county and throughout the state. As warmer weather approaches and the disease spreads, some people are looking to travel to their summer homes in Jersey Shore towns. Arnone said that is a “major” concern. “I understand the difficulty of staying inside your house. But let’s put things in perspective on what the long-term issue is here,” said Arnone. Additionally, municipal officials are now encouraged to conduct business remotely by hosting virtual town meetings. The move follows Murphy’s “Stay at Home” executive order mandating that residents stay home unless they are seeking essential goods or services, or for other specified reasons. The same Open Public Meetings Act rules apply: governments must still provide at least 48 hours notice before the meetings, unless it is an emergency. The public also must be able to comment during the meetings through the equipment utilized. It has been an unprecedented week in the Two River area. The schools and streets are empty. Nonessential workers are stationed at home. It seems the subject of every conversation and newscast is about the unimaginable ways the novel coronavirus pandemic is changing the world. By Allison Perrine Fair Haven followed that guidance this week. On Monday, the borough hosted its first online meeting through the Zoom video communication app. It kicked off at 7 p.m. as usual. Residents were able to join through their smartphones or tablets, or by dialing in by phone.  Monmouth County Freeholders are in touch with state officials to provide current information and orders to stop the spread of the disease. The freeholders have also initiated some of their own procedures to flatten the curve and help people in need, like opening a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drop-off donation site at Thompson Park in the Lincroft section of Middletown.center_img Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone announced that the county is open and operational, though its employees are working remotely and practicing social distancing. While physical access is restricted, the public can make phone calls or send emails to county staff. The numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are expected to spike as more testing becomes available. As of Wednesday, March 25, the state’s number was 4,402 – an increase of 736 overnight – with 62 deaths. In Monmouth County, there are currently at least 313 cases. The overall positivity rate, of the about 14,000 tests administered, is about 29 percent. “Health care professionals and first responders remain at the forefront when battling COVID-19 and are in dire need of this personal protective equipment to continue to respond to this unprecedented demand for services,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. Similarly, Sea Bright Mayor Brian Kelly said the borough will continue to comply with federal and state guidelines. It has also closed its library, borough hall for public use and its playground, and will continue to promote social distancing. Currently, the state has 18,433 acute care beds, including 2,000 beds for those requiring critical care, Murphy said. Over the next few weeks, the goal is to increase the capacity by 2,360. The state is also working to bring closed hospitals back into service. If it does, it can bring 1,360 new beds online, he added. Temporary field hospitals may also be put up in North, Central and South Jersey, which could create up to 1,000 beds that can be activated in the coming days and weeks. The article originally appeared in the March 26 – April 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone joined officials in a press conference to request donations for desperately needed supplies and announce a donation drop off site. Photo courtesy Monmouth County At this moment, the New Jersey health care system is meeting the needs of its patients who need hospitalization, Murphy said at a press conference Wednesday, but “we must be ready” for the time when the surge comes and that is no longer the case. “Everyone is indispensable. We will fight to save every single life. We will leave nothing on the battlefield in that effort. There is no cost that is too high to save any one precious life.”last_img read more

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2020-08-04

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Nelson’s Scott Bickerton back on skates with eyes on Sochi in 2014

first_imgDitto for 2010-11 as Bickerton didn’t qualify for any World Cup races.Last season was a breakout year as Bickerton qualified for a couple of World Cup races in Hamar, Norway, and Heerenveen, Netherlands.“I’m over there (Heerenveen) racing my first World Cup (10,000 meters in December), and not somewhere where they don’t know speed skating . . . it’s the home of speed skating,” Bickerton explained. “That was an experience and (at the same time) was really cool. I was pretty nervous but it was a neat place to race my first World Cup so I was pretty happy.”Bickerton finished 18th in the B division (14:08.98) in the race after finishing third in 10,000 meters at the National Team Trials in October.In January, at the Canadian Single Distance Championships, Bickerton won the bronze medal in the 5000m (6:36.52) and the silver medal in the 10,000m (13:47.83) in a personal season-best race.The results qualified him for the World Cup in Hamar, where he was 14th (6:45.38) in the 5000-meter division B.But before traveling to Norway, there was the Continental regional qualifier a week after the Single Distance event.“All these races build experience and the (Winter) Olympics is still a year and a half away,” said Bickerton, focusing on his biological science studies at the University of Calgary when he’s not training.“I’m just trying to get as much experience as I can between now and a year and a half from now and hopefully when that time comes I’ll have enough experience to be ready to perform on that day and Olympic Trials will be my day.”Since May Scott Bickerton has been rubbing elbows with Canada’s elite speed skaters and coaches.In October the serious part of the sport picks up with National trials.Good results once again qualify Bickerton for World Cup races.The same challenge happens in January at single distance championships.However, dollars and cents forced National Team brain trust to cut a few spots on the team.So the challenge just got a little tougher for Bickerton.“They’ve reduced the number of racers they’re selecting, and, of course, it makes it tougher, but racing on the National circuit is a good opportunity to get race time and to learn,” said Bickerton doing everything in his power to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.“The more things I can learn before Olympic Trials which are a year-and-a-half from now, the better.” During his brief speed skating career Scott Bickerton has hit his share of ruts in the ice.Which can be par for the course in a sport when you’re an up-and-coming athlete.However, like a youngster falling during the first time on skates the happy-go-lucky Nelsonite is eager to get back on the blades in search for finding a spot on the National Team.“It’s been up and down since we talked last,” Bickerton admittedly told The Nelson Daily during a recent summer holiday in his hometown.“Last year I did a lot better than the year before so overall I was happy,” the ecstatic 22-year-old graduate of the Nelson Speed Skating Club added.“I made it through three different World Cup races.“I managed to deal with all the traveling that goes with competing on the World Cup circuit . . . eating in strange places and dealing with major jet lag. And that was good enough to put me on the National Development Team for this year which I started training with in May.”It’s been a long climb to World Cup for an inaugural member of the Nelson Speed Skating club.Timid and shy, Bickerton took a few years to get comfortable in the sport.But in 2006 a switch from the rink to the long track proved to be just what the doctor ordered.Thanks to the help of local Olympian Bob Boucher, Bickerton won a bronze medal at the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse in Team Pursuit.In 2008-09, Bickerton made a big splash on the World stage, representing Canada at the Junior Worlds in Poland where he took seventh in the 3000- and 5000-meter races.Bickerton qualified for the Junior Worlds after winning both races at the Canadian Junior Championships.However, making the jump to the National Team has been a bit of a grind for the L.V. Rogers grad.The 2009-10 campaign was a learning year.last_img read more

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2020-08-03

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KIJHL governors reject expansion application by Williams Lake, Quesnel

first_imgA bid to add two more teams to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League was rejected by governors during a special meeting Sunday in Castlegar.KIJHL President Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the governors “decided this was not the right time to expand.”“The governors felt that maybe at another time expansion would better fit the league, but right now they did not vote in favour of expansion,” Ohlhausen explained.last_img

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2020-08-03

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NLEX guard Kevin Alas suffers another ACL injury on same knee

first_imgThe 27-year-old Alas hurt his right knee following an awkward landing after he was fouled mid-air by Meralco forward Cliff Hodge in the Road Warriors’ win over the Bolts last Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.The former Letran standout is averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and a steal per game through five games for NLEX, which is currently in the middle of the standings with a 2-3 record.We thank our fans for supporting @kevinlouiealas during his 2018 recovery. It is no secret that Kevin worked extremely hard to get back in fighting form for the 2019 PBA season. #ArangkadaAlas— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 4, 2019 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments — NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 4, 2019Alas, a fearless competitor, had overcome it before and he’d get through the same hurdle again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas and NLEX just couldn’t catch a break.Alas, a rising star in the PBA, suffered another ACL injury in his right knee, NLEX announced on its Twitter account Monday.ADVERTISEMENT We regret to inform the public that @kevinlouiealas sustained an ACL injury on his right knee during our February 2 game against the Meralco Bolts. Our medical team is set to confirm the extent of the injury through MRI results on Tuesday, February 5. #ArangkadaAlas pic.twitter.com/4KvX2GqtGc— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 4, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers This is the same knee which was injured in last year’s Philippine Cup. According to our medical team, Kevin will be out of action for several months as he goes through another round of surgery and therapy. #ArangkadaAlas— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 4, 2019It was a tough blow for Alas, who had just come back from the first ACL injury he sustained in last year’s Philippine Cup that sidelined him for 10 months.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? We hope you join us and continue to support Kevin as he overcomes this challenge as well. #ArangkadaAlas! pic.twitter.com/FTMXQTc0T8ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Jomary Torres aims to get back on track vs KO artist Lin Heqin Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

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2020-01-18

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South Africa’s unemployment rate falls

first_imgSouth Africa’s unemployment rate fell to 25% in the second quarter of the year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said yesterday. “The unemployment rate decreased by 1.4% to 25% between the first and second quarters of 2015,” statistician-general Pali Lehohla said as he released the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the period. According to Lehohla, since 2011, there has been growth in employment even though it fluctuates. The QLFS showed that unemployment declined by 305 000 on a quarterly basis. It found that South Africa’s working age population was at 36 million, with 15.7 million being employed, 5.2 million being unemployed and 15.1 million being not economically active. The formal sector accounted for the largest share of employment at 69.2%, while agriculture accounted for the lowest share at 5.6%. Employment growth was largely supported by a rise of 177 000 jobs in the informal sector on a quarterly basis. Employment in the formal sector of the economy increased by 39 000. According to the report, large quarterly gains were seen in the community and social services at 98 000, construction at 79 000 and trade at 73 000 industries. Job losses were recorded in the finance, manufacturing and agriculture industries at 31 000, 23 000 and 22 000, respectively. Around 16% of the not economically active population was accounted for by discouraged work-seekers, while more than 80% were due to other reasons, such as student and home-maker. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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2019-12-18

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Weinsteins former assistant challenging parts of Toronto lawsuit

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer for a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein is challenging parts of a lawsuit brought by a Toronto woman against his client and the disgraced Hollywood producer, arguing Monday that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired.Barbara Schneeweiss worked for Weinstein for approximately 20 years and is named as a defendant in the suit from a Toronto actress who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein nearly two decades ago.The actress, who cannot be named, alleges Schneeweiss set up a meeting between her and Weinstein in 2000 despite having some degree of knowledge that it might lead to a sexual assault. The actress’s statement of claim alleges Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her without consent at that meeting.Later, when the actress went with her agent and a friend to meet with Weinstein, expecting an apology, Schneeweiss allegedly conspired to get the actress in a room with Weinstein alone, at which point he attempted to stick his tongue down her throat, according to the woman’s statement of claim.None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven in court.Schneeweiss’ lawyer Jonathan Rosenstein argued at a hearing that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired.Under Ontario law, a plaintiff generally has two years from the time of an alleged incident to sue someone, but legislation passed in 2016 abolished any time limitation for filing a lawsuit for a matter relating to sexual violence or harassment.Rosenstein argued, however, that Schneeweiss’ alleged actions were not necessarily perpetrated “in relation” to any alleged sexual assault.If Schneeweiss did not know that a sexual assault had taken place, but rather, had only heard rumours and hearsay about Weinstein’s alleged actions with women, she should be held liable only for allegedly failing to warn someone of potential harm, not for causing that harm to occur, Rosenstein said.Rosenstein also argued that the actress did not specify in her claim how much Schneeweiss allegedly knew about Weinstein’s alleged sexual activities.Marie Henein, the actress’ lawyer, countered that failing to warn someone of the danger of a sexual assault appears to fit the legislation’s definition of an act “relating to” sexual assault.“All of the claims … are directly in relation to sexual assault in this case,” she said.And the statement of claim is clear in alleging that Schneeweiss, at best, was aware of Weinstein’s activities and intentions in private meetings with actresses and, at worst, was actively procuring women for him, she added.“She is a facilitator, she is an accomplice, she is part and parcel of a scheme,” Henein said.Justice Patrick Monahan is expected to make a decision in the coming days with regards to Schneeweiss’ challenge.The actress’s lawsuit against Weinstein, as well as other defendants Miramax and Disney, will continue regardless of the outcome of Rosenstein’s challenge.Weinstein, an Oscar-winning film producer, faces sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations from several women.On Oct. 8, he was fired from the Weinstein Company — the film studio he co-founded with his brother in 2005 – days after the New York Times published a story detailing some of the allegations against him. Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister has said Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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New Tool to Help Contractors Washington State Agencies Respond to Defense Cutbacks

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The state of Washington has completed development of an economic planning model aimed at helping defense contractors, and state and local agencies respond to DOD spending cuts.Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Tuesday unveiled the Defense Data Tool, which stemmed from the effort led by the Washington Military Alliance to address military downsizing. The model, funded by a $500,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, shows how changes in defense spending affect specific industries and occupations, down to individual counties, according to a press release.The governor showcased the model during a visit to Jorgensen Forge, a machining company that contracts heavily with the Navy but has started expanding into the aerospace industry. The new tool is essential for companies such as Jorgensen because it allows them to anticipate reduced contracting opportunities and retool their workers or seek business elsewhere, said CEO Mike Jewell.“The state’s foresight in actively planning for potential base closures and lower levels of military spending is helping companies like ours transform to survive what might otherwise be a potentially devastating business setback,” Jewell said.“Our new Defense Data Tool provides detailed mapping of the specific industries and occupations that make up our defense manufacturing supply chain. Armed with that data, we can more effectively identify and target investments, such as the WorkStart funding for Jorgensen’s lean manufacturing system, to address potentially larger impacts of DOD downsizing in our communities,” said Kristine Reeves, the governor’s sector lead on military and defense economic development.A $100,000 grant from the Washington WorkStart program established a master machinist training program intended to support Jorgensen’s adoption of lean manufacturing techniques. The planning tool was developed in collaboration with Reeves, local economic development leaders and members of the Washington Military Alliance.last_img read more

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2019-09-13

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