Decreasing International Cooperation in Anti-Drug Fight Concerns Peru

first_img Peru is concerned by the “growing decrease” in international cooperation in the fight against drugs and is negotiating with the United States and the European Union for greater aid in fulfillment of their responsibilities in combating that crime, the Peruvian anti-drug czar said on September 9. “There is a worrisome trend of decreasing external cooperation,” affirmed Ricardo Soberón, head of the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Comisión Nacional de Desarrollo y Vida sin Drogas), emphasizing that what is sought is for that cooperation to be “horizontal, open, and respectful, in order to confront a problem that transcends Peru’s possibilities.” He indicated that negotiations are currently underway with two U.S. agencies for aid in the amount of 52.5 million dollars annually, while cooperation from the countries of the European Union is expected to be 50.2 million dollars for the next three years. At a press conference, Soberón specified that the cocaine produced in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia — the world’s largest producers of that drug — is worth 33 billion dollars on being sold in Europe and 37 billion dollars on being sold in the United States, according to United Nations figures. “If those amounts are compared to what we receive in international cooperation, we realize that there’s an enormous difference, which implies non-fulfillment of the principle of shared responsibility on the part of the international community.” For that reason, he noted that President Ollanta Humala has called for an anti-drug summit in the first half of next year, with consuming countries and producing countries participating. “The U.S. market has stabilized, but it still represents 36 percent of global consumption, while there’s a substantial increase in consumption in Western Europe,” he noted. In the case of Peru, he said that drug production is calculated to be over 300 tons a year, of which around 20 tons is seized, implying that drug traffickers do between 2.5 billion and 3 billion dollars of business in the country each year. Peru will dedicate between 43 million and 45 million dollars of its resources to the fight against drugs in 2012, for interdiction, coca eradication, rural development, and prevention. By Dialogo September 13, 2011last_img read more

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What the heck is a “nomophobic” … and why should your credit union care?

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Details As if our stress-laden society didn’t have enough fears and phobias, now there’s nomophobia – “the fear of being without a mobile phone.” It’s that sinking feeling you get when you can’t find your phone or know you left it at home. The British Post Office coined the term “nomophobia” in 2010, and for some it’s a real anxiety. That isn’t surprising. Market research firm IDC found that 79% of smartphone users have their phones on or near them every waking hour. There were some 7.7 billion mobile devices worldwide by the end of 2014 – more than one for each of the earth’s 7.1 billion people. And nearly 2 million smartphones are sold daily – five times more than the number of babies born each day. But is the ubiquitous nature of digital devices really bad for the psyche? Smart technology is making it easier to navigate our increasingly complex society, and convenience is top of mind for most of us. Whether you’re buying theatre tickets or booking travel, checking the weather or finding the best route in traffic, these tools reduce hassle and save time. You can stay on top of work projects, keep up with friends, or gather information. And for many, smartphones allow working from home at least part of the time.Must-have vs. would-be-niceMost credit unions today know digital technology is here to stay and that offering mobile banking is a must-have app, not just a nice alternative aimed at tech-oriented consumers. It’s as basic as the branch, and more widely used – a shift from just four years ago. According to CEB (now part of Gartner), more than half of North American customers said they want to use via a personal channel (e.g., branch or call center) as recently as 2013. But by 2015, 81% favored do-it-yourself banking. Of those, 23% exclusively prefer mobile, while 58% prefer the mobile channel but also want a personal representative available only if needed.Most credit union execs agree they must offer mobile apps today, but here’s the rub: A basic service with few or no complementary financial apps might not be enough – especially if it isn’t easy to use. The CEB/Gartner research also showed that consumers want more functionality, such as digital apps that help them in other areas, such as money management, goal-setting and advice.It’s no wonder; they’ve learned from cloud-based retailers and service providers that there’s even more convenience to be had. Amazon is the obvious example: While the online giant has offered 1-click purchasing since its earliest days, Amazon continually makes upgrades to simplify buying decisions, from targeted suggestions to easy order-tracking and “dash buttons,” to reminders that it’s time to reorder often-used products. And Amazon’s Prime app offers perks like exclusive mega deals, no-cost content streaming and free shipping. Groupon also caught on early that it wasn’t enough to offer an app for discounted merchandise and services through a group-buying model. The Company has gone on to make couponing “cool” again with a splash of technology and enabling consumers to control their own experiences. Coupled with Snap, an app and intuitive browser, Groupon earned its spot as “Best Retail App” last year. But you don’t have to win awards or be the biggest online financial institution to meet members’  expectations. Using the right cloud technology can get you there without breaking the budget. A Walk in the CloudIn talking with credit union executives, I’ve found three reasons why some don’t take advantage of the cloud to expand their digital offerings: 1.“I can’t justify tossing out our legacy system when it still works.” Instead of chucking what you have now, cloud technology can help integrate the old and the new. A sound Application Program Interface (API) strategy allows you to affordably connect current systems to apps that complement members’ mobile banking, such as setting and tracking savings goals, making the home-buying process easier or help staying on budget.2. “We’re swamped now, and everyone already has too much on their plates.”Connecting current systems to cloud technology doesn’t have to be all or nothing; and focusing on one area at a time makes it easier. I recommend starting with enhancing mobile banking because members expect a digital experience that meets or exceeds the standard set by other apps they use. 3. “Data breaches and other cybercrimes happen all the time; we can’t take that chance.”The public cloud can be scary, requiring high-risk industries like financial services to be ultra-secure. That’s why Virtual StrongBox provides its secure customer engagement platform to clients. It offers peace of mind with patented end-to-end encryption technology, secure file-exchange with permission-based document sharing, private-cloud infrastructure that is SSAE16SOC-complaint and redundant servers. “Banking is necessary, banks are not”Famous words from Bill Gates more than 20 years ago and still relevant. While banking is our business, it isn’t all that important to consumers; most want to spend as little time as possible doing it. To help them appreciate your credit union, offer the financial tools and apps members want and need. Choose those that can make their lives easier and be used on any digital device – an important consideration for those experiencing nomophobia.No one wants the anxiety of a misplaced smartphone. But technology can help here, too. For example, Virtual StrongBox’s clients offer their members/customers secure, online “safe-deposit” boxes. Each member has a private space (My Virtual StrongBox), where they can store and access copies of vital documents anywhere there is an internet connection, and on any device. Files stored from their smartphones can easily be retrieved on their laptops or tablets.The busier we get and the more we rely on our digital devices, the more your m will demand a fully-functioned app. Sure, if you’re a nomophobe, it’s frightening when you can’t find your phone. But apps like “find a phone” or Tile Mate can help track them down and even lock them up. So, take a deep breath and relax; your phone will turn up … eventually.last_img read more

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CUNA member to testify before SBC, CHOICE on House floor

first_imgCUNA is engaged with both House and Senate proceedings this week, as the House prepares to vote on a piece of regulatory relief legislation and a CUNA board member will testify before a Senate Committee. Dallas Bergl, who also serves as CEO of INOVA FCU, Elkhart, Ind., will testify before the Senate Banking Committee Thursday.Bergl will appear before the committee at a hearing titled “Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Institutions in Local Communities,” scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. (ET).“In his testimony, he’s going to present a number of common-sense solutions to stimulate economic growth, I would expect he will discuss the role credit unons play in serving their communities through small business loans, and the need to provide parity for 1-4 family non owner occupied residential loan,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer. “He’ll also discuss the impact the member business lending cap has on credit unions’ ability to serve communities.”Live video of the hearing will be streamed on the committee’s website.Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act, an alternative to Dodd-Frank, is expected to be considered by the House this week. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Disney shares jump on positive vaccine news

first_imgShares of Disney were up more than 9% Monday after drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech reported positive results from their Covid-19 vaccine trial, leading investors to flock back toward travel-heavy stocks.Traders have spent the last several months piling into technology stocks that benefitted from people staying at home, such as Zoom Video and Peloton. But after the pharmaceutical companies announced their vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, investors seemed to step back from the high-flying names and flocked toward companies that would benefit from the economy reopening.Disney has continued to feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with its parks and studio entertainment segments suffering steep losses. The pandemic also forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products division in late September.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Disney cast members welcome guests to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.(Photo by Kent Phillips/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)center_img The company said in its fiscal third quarter earnings report that it took a $3.5 billion hit to its operating income from parks being closed during the quarter. Revenue for the Parks, Experiences and Products segment, which includes cruises, resorts and merchandise, fell 85% to below $1 billion during the quarter. The company’s studio entertainment revenues also dropped 55% in the quarter to $1.7 billion. The company is set to release its fiscal fourth quarter results Thursday after the bell.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Trump refusing to leave looks less likely, reassuring markets

first_img“I think that we’ve got a situation where, maybe, there’s a little more certainty,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street,” as stocks rose Friday morning during a volatile week of trading. “The idea that the president would vacate the White House is going to make it so that we feel that there won’t be something that is such a wild card that we can’t even bear to think about.”Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden, despite media organizations, including NBC News, projecting the Democratic former vice president as the winner. Trump’s campaign has filed numerous lawsuits in states such as Pennsylvania related to the voting process or vote counting.Trump has falsely claimed he actually won the race, suggesting his projected loss is due to “illegal votes.” And on Thursday, he tweeted about a right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges millions of ballots cast for him had been deleted and hundreds of thousands were switched from Trump to Biden.- Advertisement – CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday that investors should feel more confident that an orderly transition of power from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden should occur — suggesting a “black swan” event of Trump refusing to leave the White House, despite losing a democratic election, appears unlikely.Cramer pointed to a number of developments that took place Thursday, including Biden’s projected victory in Arizona, according to NBC News, and an authoritative statement on election integrity released by a group of government agencies.- Advertisement – “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” read the statement from the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council. “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”Trump responded in a tweet Friday, with the tagline, “Rigged Election!” Twitter labeled it as disputed.- Advertisement – Following Trump’s baseless allegations, a coalition of government security agencies put out a declarative statement later Thursday that said, in bold text: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”center_img Cramer said the government statement indicated that despite Trump’s claims about the election being compromised, “There is a security apparatus that has spoken up.”“I think that took the ‘black swan’ off the table,” the “Mad Money” host said, a reference to so-called “black swan” events, which are highly improbable but can have severe consequences if they do happen.Cramer also said he believes Trump’s tweet on Thursday about a decline in ratings for Fox News was an indication that Trump’s mind may be focused on a post-presidency endeavor. Axios recently reported that Trump is considering launching a digital media company to rival the conservative cable network.Taken collectively, Cramer said, these three developments around a peaceful, democratic transition of power should be viewed positively by investors. Instead of worrying about presidential uncertainty, Cramer said, Wall Street is able to focus on the U.S. coronavirus outbreak and corporate earnings. “The idea of vacating the White House is becoming increasingly on the table,” he said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Encouraging smart tourism solutions for EU destinations through the European Capital of Smart Tourism

first_imgContracts arising from the tender are provided for on duration of a maximum of 36 months, and the aim of the competition is to contribute to the nurturing of innovative, smart and sustainable solutions in tourism in tourist destinations through the organization of competitions for European Capitals of Smart Tourism and for European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN). A tender has been announced for the Promotion of Smart Tourism Solutions for EU Destinations through the European Capital of Smart Tourism in the total value of two million euros. Participation in the tender is open under equal conditions for all natural and legal persons falling within the scope of the Treaty, as well as international organizations. “Turizam predstavlja značajan udio BDP-a Europske unije i zapošljava više od 10% zaposlenika u Europskoj uniji zbog čega je važno poticanje stvaranja zajedničkih rješenja za izlazak iz krize turističkog sektora uzrokovane pandemijom COVID-19, ali i stvaranje programa i planova za suzbijanje sličnih ugroza u budućnosti“, izjavila je ministrica turizma i sporta Nikolina Brnjac. The overall goal is to support European destinations and cities and their transformations towards smart and sustainable solutions, giving the winners recognition and the opportunity to achieve outstanding success in the field of tourism. The aim is also to contribute to the establishment of a framework for the exchange of examples of good practice between the destinations participating in the competition, including mutual learning and networking and the creation of opportunities for cooperation and new partnerships. By registering on eTendering, you will be able to ask questions and be automatically informed about changes to the competition (additional documents, answered questions, etc.). The tender documentation is published on the eTendering platform of the European Commission and can be downloaded via the link for download documentation. The deadline for applications is October 20, 2020. year (until 16:00 local time in Brussels). More information can be found at the link: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/fostering-smart-tourism-solutions-eu-destinations-european-capital-smart-tourism_en.last_img read more

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Happy hour in the City

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PREMIUMJokowi congratulates Malaysia’s eighth prime minister

first_imgLog in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Indonesia offered congratulations to Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, a presidential spokesperson said, after his inauguration on Sunday to replace veteran politician Mahathir Mohammad, who resigned on Feb. 24 during a week of political turmoil.Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his sincere good wishes and congratulated Muhyiddin for his inauguration.“God willing, [he will] fulfill his mandate and be successful. Hopefully [God] will continue to bless the good relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries that share the same roots,” Fadjroel tweeted on behalf of the President on Sunday.Later that day, in a video that aired on Malaysian broadcaster TV3, Muhyiddin was seen receiving a phone call from President Jokowi, who congratulated him on his appoi… Malaysia Indonesia politics leadership successionlast_img read more

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COVID-19: World Dream crew members ready to go home after 14-day quarantine

first_imgThe commander of an Integrated Joint Task Command (Kogasgabpad) handling the quarantine, Rear Adm. Yudo Margono, said on Thursday that the quarantine would end on Friday.All of the crew members will be transported to mainland Jakarta on Saturday using naval ship KRI Semarang-594, before returning to their homes. Each member will receive a certificate from the Health Ministry declaring they are free from COVID-19, Yudo said as reported by Antara news agency.He added that around 60 percent of the crew members were from Bali and had mainly worked as cooks. “The latest test results show that all of the crew members are healthy,” he said. (vny)Topics : The 188 Indonesian crew members of World Dream cruise ship will soon leave Sebaru Island in the Thousand Islands regency of Jakarta after completing their 14-day quarantine for COVID-19.The World Dream suspended operations after docking in Hong Kong in early February. It spent days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal after three Chinese nationals who had been aboard the ship between Jan. 19 and 24 tested positive for COVID-19.The Indonesian Navy evacuated the 188 crew members from the virus-stricken cruise ship on Feb. 26 and transferred them to Sebaru Island for quarantine.last_img read more

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Interfaith leaders join opposition to jobs law, call for judicial review

first_imgIndonesian religious figures have joined members of the public who stand in opposition to the newly passed Job Creation Law, calling for a judicial review petition while arguing that the law is a threat to social and economic justice and environmental sustainability.The interfaith network, represented by Muslim clerics Maksum Mahfudz, Busyro Muqoddas and Roy Murtadho, Christian pastors Merry Kolimon and Penrad Sagian, and Syncretic Beliefs Council representative Engkus Ruswana, declared their stance in rejecting the law in a statement issued on Monday.An online petition posted by Penrad on change.org also called for the public to join the call in opposing the law. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 1 million people had signed the petition. The House of Representatives and the government passed the controversial omnibus bill on job creation into law on Monday amid mounting objections from various groups.The law aims to improve bureaucratic efficiency and cut red tape, particularly in regard to business permits and investment, both foreign and domestic. Among the key changes are lower maximum severance pay for laid-off workers, the relaxation of environmental license requirements for businesses and the central government’s stronger role in issuing business licenses.Indigenous groups have long sided with labor unions, environmentalists and rights activists in opposing the law since its deliberation stage, citing concerns that once it is enforced, it would open up even larger swathes of land for investors and potentially lead to more conflicts with indigenous groups over their customary land.“The Syncretic Beliefs Council is still worried about openly criticizing the government as we are still being discriminated against. However, now we see that the law will further hamper the lives of indigenous people,” Engkus said.He cited as an example the indigenous people of East Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara who claimed that their customary land was taken over by sugar company PT Muria Sumba Manis in 2019. The people lost their main source of livelihood and their tribal land, Engkus added.Roy, a young Muslim cleric, called for interfaith groups in Indonesia to unite in criticizing what he called oligarchic practices and social injustices manifested through the newly passed law.Read also: Amnesty dubs new Omnibus Law ‘catastrophic’, petition urges no confidence motion“Love can only stand above justice. But now, the justice for labors, fishers, farmers has gone,” he said.The people of Kodingareng, South Sulawesi, he said, were an example of a group that was intimidated by members of security forces for protesting against sand mining investor PT Royal Boskalis. The company, activists allege, are responsible for damaging the marine ecosystem and threatening the lives of traditional fishers in the area.“Claiming it is for development and the economy, the law has become a tool to destroy the livelihoods of the people. It will provide easy access to corporations and the authority to take away land and natural resources belonging to society,” the community further wrote in its statement.Labor unions and civil society organizations took to the streets in various cities across the country on Tuesday to protest the law. They plan to stage the protests until Thursday.In response to the opposition, lawmakers advised the public to turn to the Constitutional Court to challenge the law by filing a judicial review petition.Topics : “The church sees that religious leaders must stand for the marginalized communities in society,” Merry, the chair of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Timor (GMIT), said in a webinar on Tuesday.“This law is threatening the lives of marginalized groups such as workers, poor farmers and poor urban society and indigenous communities. That’s why the church needs to fight for social justice and encourage a judicial review.”Read also: Unions, groups brave COVID-19, police threat to protest Job Creation LawA women’s rights activist, Merry added that the law also widened the vulnerability of women workers, in addition to the environment and democracy.last_img read more

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