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Ecuador Seizes Explosives from Guerrillas

first_img Furthermore, 477 devices of “high explosive power” were confiscated in the city of Lago Agrio, Amazonia, allegedly intended for Colombian insurgent groups, according to the Army. Explosives and weapons were seized by the Ecuadorean Military during two operations conducted in different areas of the country, the Armed Forces Joint Command reported on May 7. The materials were presumably destined for Colombian insurgent groups. One of the operations was performed in the city of Cañar, where the Army seized about “17 tons of dynamite; 15,500 meters of detonating cord; and two revolvers,” the Armed Forces said in a statement. The seizure was made at a company that “did not meet the security standards prescribed by the Armed Forces for explosive storage,” the institution added. Last March, the Ecuadorean Army reported the seizure of rifle ammunition and supplies that could have been used to fabricate bombs in operations conducted on the Colombian border. center_img On May 3, Ecuadorean Military members confiscated eight antitank rockets that were transported by two civilians, who were arrested on a road northwest of Quito. By Dialogo May 08, 2013 Ecuador shares a 720–km. border with Colombia, extending from the Pacific Ocean towards the Amazon jungle. Illegal groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) operate on the other side.last_img read more

Mastic Beach Hit-and-run Driver Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver struck a 22-year-old woman and left her for dead while the victim was walking in Mastic Beach over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.The pedestrian was walking on Pineway Avenue when she was struck by an eastbound dark-colored SUV just east of Mill Drive at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, according to Seventh Squad detectives.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue, where she was treated for numerous injuries, including a fractured pelvis.The driver was last seen making a right turn onto southbound Stackyard Drive, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.last_img read more

Managing five important finance trends

first_imgby: Allyn Hughes, AdviceIQYour financial plan needs to keep pace with larger socioeconomic trends. Here are smart ways to manage the five trends that we think are important to you over the next five years.1. Your cash and bank savings accounts will continue to earn next to nothing. The combination of too much global debt,aging demographics and low energy prices force many countries in the developed world to lower the interest rates they pay on short-term notes. European countries are paying negative interest rates to short-term lenders, meaning the lenders must pay a fee to own debt securities.Global economic growth remains muted, and there’s little reason for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates significantly over the next five years. This means that savers and investors continue to earn very low returns on their savings and fixed income portfolios.To do: The distinct downside of this trend is an increase of the overall risk and volatility of your investment portfolios. To earn higher returns, you have to modestly increase your allocation to global stocks and real estate. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pandemic as prelude to payment revolution

first_img This post is currently collecting data… 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The COVID-19 pandemic provided the impetus for a lot of members who had been reticent about digital channels and payments to try them out—and for their credit unions to start planning the next steps to streamline and improve the payment experience.“Once you go digital, you don’t go back,” says Fran Duggan, CEO of CUES Supplier member Payrailz, Glastonbury, Connecticut. “Once people start paying for things with a digital method that ultimately is much simpler, easier and faster, there’s no need to go back.”Going forward could lead credit unions toward new solutions that dovetail with members’ embrace of their smartphones, watches and other devices and digital assistants. Rather than encouraging members to enter their card numbers in Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Duggan suggests that the movement could offer its own payment app, such as a product that Payrailz plans to introduce in 2021. The goal is to develop a payment option as part of its mobile app, so that members could press a button on the app and wave their phone or watch to pay at contactless point-of-sale terminals.As more consumers embrace these new payment forms, some credit unions are looking to step up their digital delivery and launch P2P payments to win back business from members who’ve turned to Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash. “I believe people still prefer to use their credit union as their trusted financial institution and main source of transactions, but if we don’t offer P2P payments, they’re going to find another way,” he says.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Military study: Flu shot yields less illness than mist

first_imgMar 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In one of the largest head-to-head studies comparing two different seasonal flu vaccines in a healthy, adult population, those who received trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) had fewer medical visits for respiratory illnesses compared to those who received the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV).The difference between the injected TIV vaccine and the nasal-spray LAIV vaccine, however, was not as great for those who hadn’t been vaccinated in the past season or two.The study, which was posted ahead of print and will appear in the Mar 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), was conducted in military personnel who were stationed in the United States during three flu seasons, from 2004 through 2007.Since 2004, the Department of Defense has increased its use of LAIV—FluMist, made by MedImmune—because it is easier to use and is typically available earlier in the season, according to the report. The surveillance study was conducted to guide military vaccine policy.For each of the three flu seasons, the investigators from the Armed Forces Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Md., measured the incidence of healthcare visits for pneumonia and influenza-like illness among just over 1 million active-duty service members between the ages of 17 and 49 who were eligible to receive the vaccine. They used data from the Defense Medical Surveillance System, which contains demographic information, occupational history, immunization status, and medical encounters throughout each soldier’s military career.The percentage of military personnel who received LAIV rose each year from 33.5% during the 2004-05 season to 47.9% in the 2006-07 season.Service members who had no record of immunization for each of the seasons were considered unimmunized. To reduce bias between the immunized and unimmunized groups, the researchers matched each immunized service member with an unimmunized member who had a similar age, sex, service branch, and basic medical history.The researchers found that the unimmunized group had the highest rates of pneumonia and influenza healthcare encounters for each of the three seasons, followed by the LAIV group then the TIV group.When the study’s authors singled out hospitalizations for pneumonia and influenza, they found that rates were highest in the LAIV group for each of the three seasons, though the difference was significant from unimmunized group only during the 2004-05 season.Results differ for vaccine-naiveHowever, they found that the LAIV and TIV effects were similar in vaccine-naive service members—those who had not been immunized in the previous one or two seasons.”This suggests that preexisting vaccine-induced immunity may play a role in determining the effectiveness of LAIV,” the authors wrote, suggesting that the presence of neutralizing antibodies may blunt the self-replication needed for LAIV immunization to be effective. The same factors might be able to predict a better effect for LAIV in different populations such as young recruits and children, they added.They cautioned readers to keep in mind that the system they used to minimize bias wasn’t able to eliminate important confounders such as smoking. They also wrote that vaccination status could have been recorded incorrectly in the database for some of the service members, though an assessment of anthrax vaccine data showed that the vaccine data collection was solid.Though the findings suggest that TIV may be more effective than LAIV in a highly- immunized population such active-duty military, they warned that the results may not be generalizable to the entire US adult population.Chris Ambrose, MD, director of medical affairs for MedImmune, the maker of FluMist, told CIDRAP News that efficacy findings in adults have been variable and that more data are needed. The idea that preexisting vaccine-based immunity may influence LAIV effectiveness in adults in their 20s and 30s is theoretical, he said.More retrospective studies that can further limit bias between groups would be useful, he said, adding that even before the military service study was published, MedImmune had already discussed the possibility of studying the vaccine issues in a large health maintenance organization (HMO) setting. “This is an area we’ve agreed on,” he said.However, Ambrose said the company has no evidence that casts doubt on LAIV efficacy in children. “The pediatric data have been very consistent,” he said.Effect on recommendations unclearIn an editorial that appears in the same issue of JAMA, David M. Weinstock, MD, an oncologist from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Gianna Zuccotti, MD, an infectious disease specialist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, wrote that, given concerns about oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance in H1N1 seasonal influenza, vaccination remains the most important tool for controlling the disease.They echoed speculation about the presence of neutralizing antibodies possibly compromising the efficacy of LAIV. “Not surprisingly, LAIV is equally or possibly more efficacious in children, who presumably lack preexisting influenza-specific immunity,” they wrote.Weinstock and Zuccotti wrote that it’s unclear if the latest study comparing TIV and LAIV will affect vaccination recommendations. It may be prudent to use TIV in patients who were vaccinated at least once in the past 2 years, they said, but LAIV against pandemic strains maybe be more protective than inactivated vaccines, because the population will probably lack preexisting immunity.Wang Z, Tobler S, Roayaei J, et al. Live attenuated or inactivated influenza vaccines and medical encounters for respiratory illnesses among US military personnel. JAMA 2009 Mar 4;301(9):945-53 [Full text]Weinstock D, Zuccotti G. The evolution of influenza resistance and treatment. JAMA 2009 Mar 4;301(9):[Early online edition]last_img read more

Comment: driving Reading forward

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Asian stock markets reverse losses on global policy stimulus hopes

first_imgAsian shares steadied from early losses on Monday as investors placed their hopes on a coordinated global monetary policy response to weather the damaging economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic.Pandemic fears pushed markets off a precipice last week, wiping more than US$5 trillion from global share value as stocks cratered to their steepest slump in more than a decade.The sheer scale of losses prompted financial markets to price in policy responses from the US Federal Reserve to the Bank of Japan and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Futures now imply a full 50 basis point cut by the Fed in March while Australian markets are pricing in a quarter-point cut at the RBA’s Tuesday meeting.Also helping calm market nerves, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday the central bank would take necessary steps to stabilise financial markets. [In equities, Chinese shares opened higher with the blue-chip index up 1.5 percent.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan advanced 0.4 percent, turning around from a loss of about 0.3 percent earlier in the day. E-minis for the S&P500, which were down more than 1 percent at one point, were last up 0.3 percent while Japan’s Nikkei, which opened 1.3 percent lower at a six month trough, climbed 0.4 percent.Australia’s S&P ASX/200, which had tumbled 3 percent, was last off 1.8 percent.Benchmark US 10-Year Treasuries hit a fresh record low of 1.0750 percent.Despite some stability in the market, analysts still expect volatility to persist.“Any signs that new cases are beginning to taper could be seen as a positive catalyst for the market especially given that some of the market complacency has reduced with equity valuations much lower vs few weeks ago,” Nomura analysts wrote in a note.“In the very near term until 1Q reporting results, we expect Asian equities may remain quite volatile,” they added.“However, on a medium term basis we believe the risk-reward is now getting favorable, assuming the virus does not take the form of a virulent global pandemic.”Leaders in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas rolled out bans on big gatherings and stricter travel restrictions over the weekend as cases of the new coronavirus spread.The epidemic, which began in China, has killed almost 3,000 people worldwide as authorities race to contain infections in Iran, Italy, South Korea and the United States.Both official and private surveys, released on Saturday and Monday respectively, showed China’s factory activity collapsing to its worst levels on record as the virus crippled broad areas of the economy.“It is now highly probable that the coronavirus will spread globally,” Citi analysts said in a note.“Financial markets may over-react until they have visibility on the actual impact.”Investor panic last week sent bonds soaring and stocks plunging. The S&P 500 index fell 11.5 percent, only its fifth double-digit weekly percentage drop since 1940.On Monday, oil extended losses before steadying on expectations OPEC may cut production.Brent crude last traded at $50.41 per barrel and US crude at $45.30 per barrel.In currencies, investors sought shelter in the Japanese yen, which jumped to a 20-week high on the dollar in tandem with the massive shift in money markets to price U.S. rate cuts.All of this leaves just about every major asset class on edge and few analysts sounding optimistic.“So it was right not to ‘buy the dip,’” said Michael Every, Rabobank’s senior strategist for the Asia-Pacific.The yen was last up 0.1 percent at 107.98.The Aussie huddled near an 11-year low at $0.6527, while the New Zealand dollar slipped 0.1 percent to $6238.The euro was up 0.3 percent at $1.1054.That left the dollar index a shade weaker at 97.911.A further set of manufacturing surveys from around the world due later on Monday will provide investors more detail on the virus’ impact on the global economy.Later in the week, central bank meetings in Australia, on Tuesday, and Canada, on Wednesday, will be closely watched.Topics :last_img read more

Syntrus Achmea to launch APF pensions vehicle

first_imgIt had already offloaded its second-pillar operations in the country to the insurer last year. Achmea also indicated that it would develop “specific products” to help employers moving to defined contribution arrangements, noting that “quite a few” companies were still reluctant to abandon the “existing certainties” of defined benefit.In its annual report, it also said Syntrus Achmea would now focus on streamlining and centralising operational processes and teams, with the ultimate aim of achieving a single process, system and location.To minimise costs for its customers, improve its risk/return ratio and increase diversification of investments, Syntrus Achmea said it launched several new investment funds in 2014.It added that it was working to reduce risk and complexity in pensions management – by withdrawing from a number of separate accounts to reduce the volatility of investment returns, for example. Syntrus Achmea saw its institutional assets under management increase by €16.8bn to €86.8bn.It said new customers – including the industry-wide scheme for the dairy sector, as well as extended and expanded mandates for existing customers – had more than offset the departure of the large pension fund for the retail sector (Detailhandel).Syntrus Achmea has more than 70 clients with approximately 2m participants in total.The company covers 13% of the Dutch market for collective pensions and life insurance. Pensions provider Syntrus Achmea is to launch its own Algemeen Pensioenfonds (APF) to exploit new opportunities in the evolving Dutch pensions system, parent company Achmea has said in its 2014 annual report. An APF vehicle can implement various pension plans, enabling pension funds and employers to cooperate whilst allowing them to keep their own identity.Schemes’ assets in an APF are ring-fenced.The annual report also revealed that Syntrus Achmea wanted to transfer its third-pillar operation in Romania to insurer Aegon this year.last_img read more

Barcelona attempt to hijack Inter Milan transfer target

first_img The Tottenham playmaker is expected to leave north London before the transfer window shuts next week. Read Also:I never knew I am the 8th Nigerian to play for Inter, MosesEriksen has played a possession-based game throughout his career with Ajax and Tottenham which would suggest he could fit into the Barcelona system relatively swiftly.Tottenham want £17m for the 27-year-old but so far Inter have only coughed up £11m plus bonuses.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter have been in negotiations to sign the Dane for much of the window as Antonio Conte strengthens his side ahead of a title push.Eriksen met with Tottenham chief Daniel Levy to make it clear he wants a move to the San Siro.But with the Champions League finalists and the Italian side haggling over a transfer fee Barcelona are free to act, reports Sky Italy.The Spanish side have recently appointed Quique Setien as their new manager and he will no doubt want to refresh the squad. Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TV6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPlus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart RaceBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombscenter_img Loading… Barcelona are looking to steal a march on Inter Milan as they plot a late move for Christian Eriksen.Advertisementlast_img read more

Albania seeks arrests for earthquake deaths

first_imgInitial investigations showed “the loss of life in thecollapsed buildings came also because their builders, engineers and owners hadfailed to observe the rules, norms and standards of safe constructions.” Police said that some of the 17 people being sought byprosecutors had fled after the Nov. 26 quake.(Reuters) General view of a collapsed building in Durres after an earthquake shook Albania. REUTERS/FLORION GOGA/FILE PHOTO Prosecutors issued 17 warrants in total, police said. Two ofthe nine people detained on Saturday on murder charges were the owners of twohotels that collapsed, killing four people in Durres, Albania’s second-biggestcity and main port.center_img TIRANA – Albanian prosecutors have issued a series of arrestwarrants on charges including murder and abuse of office over the deaths of 51people killed when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake toppled dozens of buildings lastmonth, police said.  A third was the manager of a police vacation hotel where ahigh-ranking police officer was killed under the rubble.  last_img read more