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Colombia Will Share Efforts with Neighbors, Defense Minister Says in U.S.

first_img Colombia is ready to share efforts and personnel with neighboring countries in the fight against organized crime, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera declared on 3 February, following a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Robert Gates. “Despite the successes we’ve had, we can’t feel at ease; we feel that we also have a great deal to contribute. Just as in our most difficult moments we received cooperation, we’re now not only offering, but putting forward specific cooperation,” Rivera declared at a press conference. “It’s our obligation to talk about these issues. The United States is making a great effort; so are we,” he added. A total of fourteen Latin American countries, including Mexico and Central American nations, are being advised by Colombian military or police forces on security matters, the minister recalled. “We’ve been responding to requests from those countries, on a case-by-case basis, but now we want to do so with a plan that corresponds to a strategic logic, with a portfolio of capabilities, of services, that we can make available to other countries,” he said. Rivera’s visit to Washington, his first since becoming defense minister, is taking place as the U.S. Congress and the White House are launching a fierce debate about the 2011 budget. Colombia is the region’s largest recipient of U.S. security assistance, with more than six billion dollars received since Plan Colombia was activated in 2000. The Central American countries, however, suffering under an unprecedented wave of violence, are also demanding more aid from the United States for a regional plan. Mexico, for its part, signed the Mérida Initiative four years ago, for which Washington has budgeted around 1.3 billion dollars. Rivera characterized his meeting with Gates as “very warm,” although he nonetheless conveyed to Gates his “concern” about a possible cut in funds for Colombia. “I believe that it’s a shared aspiration that all this cooperation can be maintained with a more creative, more prolific dialogue, not only in our country but throughout the region,” he explained. By Dialogo February 07, 2011last_img read more

Nussle talks COVID-19 successes, frustrations with HFSC members

first_img continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle discussed the credit union response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with a bipartisan group of House Financial Services Committee members Friday, including Ranking Member Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.).During the meeting, Nussle shared concerns CUNA has heard from member credit unions about issues accessing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds, including difficulties accessing the E-TRAN system. CUNA has written to the Treasury and SBA calling for resolution to these issues to increase credit union access.“Despite the pandemic and the issues rolling out certain relief measures, credit unions have been there for their members, which I was proud to share with House Financial Services Committee members during our conversation today,” Nussle said. “The average credit union PPP loan at around $64,000, compared to the national average of $300,000, shows that credit unions are getting needed funds to Main Street businesses, and I shared some inspiring examples I’ve heard from around the country.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PSSI appoints ex-national team manager Indra Sjafri as technical director

first_img“The PSSI executive committee meeting has named coach Indra as the new technical director. In the technical department, he will coordinate with Danurwindo,” PSSI chief Mochamad “Iwan Bule” Iriawan said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He went on to say that the new director was expecting busy months ahead, including in supervising the country’s talents trained overseas.Read also: New coach Shin to focus on Indonesian soccer players’ physical fitness”The job requires high mobility and full attention,” added the chief.In the national team, Iriawan said head coach Shin Tae-yong of South Korea would continue to be assisted by his countryman Kim Hae-won in collaboration with local coaches Nova Irianto and Alex Aldha Yudi, as well as goalkeeping coach Sahari Gultom.Iriawan thanked Danurwindo for his service in developing the country’s soccer talent.”Danurwindo is a senior coach. We need his wisdom; therefore, we have asked him to be the advisor. He is still with us,” he added. (nkn)Topics : The Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has appointed former national team manager Indra Sjafri as its technical director.Indra was the architect behind the Indonesian Under-19 squad’s victory at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Youth Championship in 2013 – in a 7-6 shootout against Vietnam – and the U-22 team’s triumph at the AFF U-22 Youth Championship in 2019 – beating Thailand 2-1.Indra takes the baton from Danurwindo, who takes on a new role as technical advisor for the association.last_img read more

Bolsonaro son accuses China over coronavirus

first_img“China is guilty and freedom would be the solution,” he said.China’s Ambassador to Brazil, Yang Wanming, demanded an apology from the lawmaker “to the Chinese people” in a tweet written in Chinese and Portuguese.Brazil’s lower house speaker Rodrigo Maia hurriedly apologized on behalf of the chamber “for the thoughtless words of Eduardo Bolsonaro.”China’s embassy in Brasilia accused Bolsonaro of carrying on Trump’s animosity towards Beijing.”We are familiar with your irresponsible words. You imitate your dear (American) friends. On your return from Miami, you unfortunately caught a mental virus, which infected the friendship between our peoples,” the embassy said in a tweet. The junior Bolsonaro was part of the delegation that accompanied his father to Miami from March 7-10 on a visit to the United States, which included a dinner with Trump, who has repeatedly referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.”China is Brazil’s leading trade partner, where it exports iron ore, beef and soybeans.Topics : The son of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has joined US President Donald Trump in criticizing China over the spread of the coronavirus, prompting demands from Beijing for an apology.Eduardo Bolsonaro, a 35-year-old lawmaker, accused China on Tuesday of concealing information about the spread of COVID-19, saying the country’s actions were similar to what “the Soviet dictatorship” did during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.”Once again, a dictatorship preferred to hide something serious to avoid criticism, when it could have saved countless lives,” Bolsonaro’s third son on Twitter.last_img read more

Renovated home on tiny block sells for multi-million dollar price

Inside the stunning home at 39 Cochrane St, Paddington.Paddington has seen a major renovating trend, with mum and dad investors especially keen to undertake block splitting, with many blocks in the area sitting around 405sq m. Mr Argent said block size had not fazed buyers at all given the suburb’s proximity to the CBD.Before this sale, the most expensive 405 sqm block sale price recorded in Paddington was $2.05m at 34 Wilden St in March last year, while 43 Wilden St sold for $2.2m in 2013. Three other properties sold between $2.1-2.15m at 43 Prince St, 96 Howard St and 107 Howard St in 2011. The Cochran St property was a Paddington cottage that was extensively renovated. 39 Cochrane St Paddington Brisbane before and after shots of this renovated home for saleA STUNNING renovation project has become the most expensive home sold in Paddington so far this year.The home at 39 Cochrane St went under contract for more than $2.5 million after four days on the market.At that price the 405sq m block was also the smallest residential property to fetch a price tag above $2.5 million in the suburb. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201939 Cochrane St, Paddington.Paddington hit the million-dollar median mark this year, according to CoreLogic data.The home, which was expected to settle on July 12, tapped into a rising market for finished inner-city homes, according to agent Daniel Argent of Urban Property Agents.It was part of “a growing trend among buyers towards smaller blocks as they look for a low-maintenance lifestyle”, with the hottest properties being renovated homes that combined indoor-outdoor living styles. read more

USS to delegate investment decisions to internal experts

first_imgThe Universities Superannuation Scheme’s (USS) aim to remove the role of strategic and detailed asset allocation from trustees’ responsibilities is nearing completion, as its internal manager looks to more delegated responsibilities.USS Investment Management (USSIM) was formed in 2011 and currently manages a range of in-house investments for the UK’s largest pension fund.USS, with £41.6bn (€51.2bn) in assets, has been looking to amend its investment governance structure to shift more execution to experts and away from its trustee board.Speaking at a National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) conference on governance, USS chief executive Bill Galvin said the fund had taken some investment governance ideas from Canadian and New Zealand pension funds. In conjunction with its 374 sponsoring employers, the trustees designed a reference investment portfolio, which Galvin said was a very simple construct delivering risk/return characteristics to meet benefit payments.“The reference portfolio is what is owned by the trustee board, and the implemented portfolio [will be] delegated to our investment management subsidiary, which, within the risk budget, tries to beat the anticipated returns at lower risk,” he told delegates.“What we have been working really hard on is delegation to the right level of the organisation, where experts are making decisions within clearly defined parameters.”He said the trustees’ investment sub-committee still owned the detailed strategic allocation but added that this would be passed on to USSIM, with the committee taking charge of the reference portfolio,“The critical thing is complete transparency about decision-making in the in-house asset manager, and that is overseen by the investment committee,” he said. “But the decisions are delegated.”Galvin became chief executive of USS in August 2013 after heading up the UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) from May 2010.He criticised the current legal requirements for UK pension trustees as “inadequate” and said the Trustee Toolkit – TPR’s qualification to sit on a trustee board – was fairly minimal in the context of EU legislation for fit and proper persons.The USS chief also questioned whether UK’s trustee boards had the range of capabilities required to run pension schemes in today’s environment.He said schemes’ focus for member and employer representation on trustee boards was a strange concept, and needed to be reinforced to focus more on capability, similar to some non-UK models.Without insight into member needs, Galvin said he found ”the issue of representation really challenging”.“It must be very difficult for someone put on a trustee board [to assume] they will represent members. How do you do that? How do you know? Do you assume what you want is what they want?”Galvin praised the Ontario Teachers’ fund, where trustee members all fit a jointly agreed job description between trade unions and sponsors.He said, with the growth of master trusts such as the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), where the trustee board is similar to Ontario, the idea could become more common.Galvin also praised the secondary Ontario body that manages negotiations over benefit structure and decisions that impact stakeholders.USS members, trade unions and employers have reached a stalemate in reforms to the benefit structure of the scheme.An employer move to change USS from final salary to career average has been met with opposition.Last week, unions agreed to negotiate and call off industrial action.last_img read more

Double arm transplant for soldier

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Double arm transplant for soldier by: – January 30, 2013 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 25 Views   no discussions ‘One of my goals is to hand-cycle a marathon’The first US soldier to survive losing four limbs in Iraq has said he is looking forward to swimming and driving after having a double arm transplant.Brendan Marrocco, 26, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009.He also received bone marrow from the deceased donor of his arms, a therapy intended to help his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication.His surgeon says it will take more than a year to know how fully Mr Marrocco will be able to use the new arms.“The maximum speed is an inch a month for nerve regeneration,” Dr W P Andrew Lee, who led the 13-hour surgery last month at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, told a news conference on Tuesday.Four other soldiers have lost all four limbs and survived since Mr Marrocco.‘Sky’s the limit’He said he did not know much about the donor but was “humbled by their gift”.His surgery was only the seventh double-hand or double-arm transplant ever done in the US.On Tuesday Mr Marrocco said he was looking forward to returning to driving and swimming after the transplant.“I just want to get the most out of these arms, and just as goals come up, knock them down and take it absolutely as far as I can,” Mr Marrocco said on Tuesday.While he has used prosthetic legs, the former soldier said he hated not having hands.“You talk with your hands. You do everything with your hands, basically, and when you don’t have that, you’re kind of lost for a while,” he said.Arm and hands prosthetics are generally not as advanced as those for feet and legs.While he continues physical therapy at Johns Hopkins and later at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, doctors are giving Mr Marrocco a good prognosis on the ultimate ability to use his new hands.“He’s a young man with a tremendous amount of hope, and he’s stubborn – stubborn in a good way,” said Dr Jaimie Shores, the hospital’s clinical director of hand transplantation.“I think the sky’s the limit.”Mr Marrocco had been living in a specially outfitted home in Staten Island, but it was heavily damaged as the cyclone Sandy hit the New York City borough last year.BBC Newslast_img read more

Financial hat trick for Cayman Islands

first_imgNewsRegional Financial hat trick for Cayman Islands by: – October 12, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Richard Coles. Image via: caymanhedgefunds.comGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — On Monday, Cayman Finance chairman Richard Coles congratulated the Cayman Islands financial services industry for achieving yet another top ranking in the highly respected Banker’s ranking of international financial centres.The 2011 Banker’s ranking revealed that the Cayman Islands is once again ranked number one in the Specialised Financial Centres category for the third year in a row, having topped the chart in 2009 and 2010.“This is yet again excellent news and a testament to the hard work and efforts on the part of both the financial services industry for delivering excellence in service and to the regulatory authorities for maintaining high international standards,” said Coles.According to The Banker’s website, the ranking of international financial centres is based on data from a range of sources, including financial markets indicators, economic potential and business environment factors. The ranking focuses on the level of international business and the value offered to international institutions seeking to expand their international operations. The ranking revealed that the Cayman Islands dominated the category, as its score of 42.59 is 8 points clear of the next highest ranking, which went to Guernsey with a score of 34.48.The Banker survey also revealed that Cayman’s score was lower than that of 2010, and it said that this may be due to the more in-depth questionnaire that was used and that this impacted other jurisdictions as well. Coles saw this as a sign of the jurisdiction’s strength.“The fact that The Banker improved its assessment with a more detailed questionnaire in 2011 and the Cayman Islands remain at top with a wide margin is proof that this jurisdiction can hold its own against international standards relating to service or regulation, and I am confident that we will continue to do so,” said Coles.The Cayman Finance chair said that the survey results shows that there remains significant international confidence in the Cayman Islands financial services centre.Caribbean News Now 9 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Iheanacho to join Besiktas on loan

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho is a January loan target for Turkish club Besiktas as his form and fortunes continues to wain in the English Premier League.The 23-year-old moved to Leicester City from Manchester City two years ago for around 25-million pound but has struggled to make an impact while Jamie Vardy leads the line in Brendan Rodgers’ side.He is now set to switch to Turkey when the next transfer window opens on January 1, reports on Thursday said.Iheanacho has also lost his place in the Super Eagles’ squad. He was left out for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt in mid-year and also last week’s friendly against Brazil in Singapore but did sit on the bench in September when Nigeria played in the Ukraine. But he has not played for his country since last November.This season Iheanacho has only played for Leicester as a substitute in the League Cup but made no Premier League appearances. Tags: Super Eagleslast_img read more

Job prospects dependent on major, minor

first_imgGeorgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce recently released Hard Times, a report on the link between college majors, unemployment rates and earnings, concluding that not all college degrees create equal opportunities after graduation.Though recent college graduates have a 9 percent unemployment rate, the study found some majors offer considerably better employment prospects than others.Statistics from recent college graduates show education, health care, business and professional services industries yield the lowest unemployment rates, whereas unemployment is highest in architecture, humanities and liberal arts majors.Carl Martellino, executive director and associate dean of the Career Center, said this study does not change the way the Career Center advises students because the economy is always changing.“The economy goes up and down, and each [major] gets its turn,” Martellino said. “That statement regarding high unemployment rates for architecture majors may change a year from now, so it’s hard to pick one major and look at economy at one point in time.”Martellino said students’ anxieties about job security is not new, and the important thing for students to focus on now is getting job experience as soon as possible through internships.“What is important are internships, where students take their experience from the classroom and gain writing, analytical and critical thinking skills,” Martellino said.Lori Shreve Blake, director of Alumni Career Services, said this information should not change what students should consider when choosing their major, although it should encourage them to further research their interests.“For students struggling with their major, we [first] ask what their interests are and then give them information and research guides to look into different industries,” Blake said.Blake suggests Hoover’s Online Vault, which provides detailed descriptions of corporations. Students can access it through ConnectSC, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook and USC’s net dictionary.“Students need to research the profession and talk to the alumni who are in those jobs, and the Trojan Network database has more than 8,000 alumni who are willing to talk with students about careers,” Blake said.Some students, however, still feel anxiety about entering the job market after graduation.Myrna Ayoub, a senior majoring in architecture, which has a 13.9 percent unemployment rate, credits USC with teaching her technical skills and helping her get internships every summer. On the other hand, she said she is not sure if she will be employed when she leaves college.“I feel prepared, but the economy is not prepared to take all of us,” Ayoub said. “We have all the tools, but there aren’t enough jobs to support everyone coming out.”Vidal Woods, a freshman majoring in international relations, which has a 4.8 percent unemployment rate, said he worries about whether he will get a job that is high-paying enough after graduation.“USC offers plenty of opportunities to students for internships and connections with people in the work force,” Woods said. “What I would be worried about is salary — not will I get a job, but will I make enough money to survive on my own.”Other students said they are confident about with their ability to get a job given their choice of major.Catherine Barth, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology, which has a 1.8 percent unemployment rate, said she chose her major because health workers are always needed, and she feels secure because USC has connections with local hospitals.“As a pre-health major, I feel really secure,” Barth said. “The reason why I chose USC was because it is so connected with this area in [Los Angeles], such as the Los Angeles Hospital.”Barth said she thinks she will have job opportunities when she graduates.“USC has prepared me coming out of college with job opportunities and connections,” Barth said. “USC has the most competitive programs in the nation and going out into the real world, students are recognized for being a pre-med major at USC — employers recognize the name.”Despite the new information regarding majors, Blake said employers are now looking to hire more than ever, and they are coming to USC to seek future employees.“The economy is getting better and USC is the university of choice for many companies,” Blake said. “Companies come unsolicited to us and they come for one reason: because we are USC.”last_img read more