Central American Business Leaders Ask for Support to Combat Violence and Smuggling

first_imgBy Dialogo May 01, 2012 On April 26, business leaders from Central America and the Dominican Republic called on their Governments to support plans by the private sector and the police to combat smuggling, extortion, and violence in the region. “We have resolved to request from you (presidents) that within the framework of the Central American Integration System, SICA, you support this public-private alliance” established between business leaders and the police, the chair of the Private Enterprise Senior Council (COSEP), José Aguerri, affirmed. Aguerri made the request of SICA’s president pro tempore, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, during the visit he made to his counterpart Daniel Ortega in Managua on April 26. Lobo’s visit coincided with a meeting held in Nicaragua by representatives of the Federation of Private Entities of Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic (FEDEPRICAP) and regional police forces to analyze security issues. In SICA, “we’re open to promoting the initiatives” of this new alliance, Lobo said, and Ortega expressed the view that “the more we combine our forces” in the region, the easier it will be to fight against violence and extreme poverty. The business proposal seeks to create 200,000 jobs for young people over the next four years with the aim of drawing them away from crime, which is generating problems of citizen security, chiefly in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. According to studies by the World Bank, “the direct and indirect costs for citizen security, judicial proceedings, and the costs of the health system in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras were 8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of those countries” in 2011, the proposal warned. According to Aguerri, that represented a cost of 10.823 billion dollars for the region, money that could be saved if the public and private sectors come together to reduce violence by around 10 percent in the hardest-hit countries. The plan also calls for creating mechanisms of communication with the police in order to guarantee the passage of freight transportation, in order to combat smuggling and extortion. The meeting among Lobo, Ortega, and regional business leaders was held in the House of the Peoples in Managua.last_img read more

Ex-Nassau Cop Gets 15 Years for Killing Wife

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Nassau County police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his wife in their upstate New York home last year, according to The Associated Press.Charles Wilkinson pleaded guilty in May to manslaughter in Saratoga County court. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.Prosecutors have said that the 69-year-old ex-cop killed his wife, Kathleen, “during a physical domestic dispute” in June 2014 and then “continued to live in the house over the weekend while his wife lay deceased in the bedroom.”Deputies from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office made the discovery at the couple’s Malta home when authorities were called to check the condition of the victim, who had not been heard from in several days.Investigators later determined that the woman had been fatally strangled.Prosecutors offered Wilkinson the plea deal because psychiatrists determined he was emotionally disturbed, AP reported.Wilkinson, who retired in 1984, collected a pension of more than $33,000 last year, records show.last_img read more

Credit unions a cure for medical debt?

first_img 115SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Morris Christopher Morris is currently an engagement consultant at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), providing specialized attention to broad and diverse stakeholders throughout the Midwest Region. Previously, Christopher was a … Web: www.cuna.org Details In the credit union world, we hear a lot about credit card debt, mortgage debt, and student loan debt. There seems to be a constant stream of articles about how to get yourself out of these kinds of debt, but while those are important issues, there is little to no talk about the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States; medical debt.According to a 2012 health insurance survey by the Commonwealth Fund, 75 million people or 41% of working aged adults experienced medical bill problems. The same survey found that 48 million or 26% of working age adults had a medical debt or were paying off a medical bill over time.What exactly is medical debt? Well, it’s a personal debt incurred for medical services or for medical products which may be owed directly to a healthcare provider like a doctor’s clinic or hospital, or to an agent of the provider.People who have medical debt often have no idea where to start, or are so afraid of their debt that they just avoid dealing with it.In a study conducted by NerdWallet in 2013, they found that, “While we are quick to blame debt on poor savings and bad spending habits, our study emphasizes the burden of health costs cause widespread indebtedness. Medical debt can completely overwhelm a family when illness strikes.”This information demonstrates just how many people around us may have medical debt controlling their lives. It presents a dire need for credit unions to meet their members where they are in life, and to understand that they may be experiencing broader financial problems because of medical debt.Credit union staff are in prime position to help their members resolve the financial burden of carrying medical debt. It’s time we get the discussion going about this leading cause of bankruptcy, and work together to understand how we can better serve our members.This is the sole purpose for the National Credit Union Foundation creating a Medical Debt Toolkit, a free resource guide for credit unions. It provides the necessary tools for credit union staff to identify medical debt issues, and to help members decrease or resolve his/her debt.This toolkit reinforces the credit union philosophy of people helping people. Helping a member through medical debt can and will change their life.By keeping purpose constant, credit unions can continue to set themselves apart from other financial service providers. As long as we continue to put the member first, we can strive to help our members achieve financial freedom from issues such as medical debt.last_img read more

Strong results from iPhone suppliers are a good sign for Apple, top tech analyst says

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple CEO Tim Cook pose next to an image of the new iPhone 11.Kena Betancur | AFP | Getty Images (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)A handful of strong earnings results from Apple’s biggest suppliers are a good sign for the iPhone maker’s demand picture, according to Morgan Stanley.The Wall Street firm’s Apple analyst Katy Huberty — the 2020 No. 1 ranked technology analyst by Institutional Investor — said seven of Apple’s semiconductor suppliers reported strong quarterly revenue in the past two weeks and gave robust outlooks for the fourth quarter.last_img

Japan warns against Tamiflu use in teens

first_imgMar 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Japan’s health ministry today ordered the country’s importer of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to warn doctors against prescribing the drug to teens, because of continuing concerns that psychiatric symptoms might be linked to the influenza medication, according to news services.The health ministry said in a press release that two teenagers were injured in February and March when they fell from buildings after taking oseltamivir, Reuters reported today. According to a Kyodo News report, on Feb 27 a 14-year-old boy fell to his death from a condominium building where he lived in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, a day after taking Tamiflu. The story also said a 16-year-old girl from Aichi prefecture died on Feb 16 under similar circumstances.However, Roche said in an e-mailed statement issued yesterday that clinical trials in the United States and Japan have shown similar rates of psychiatric symptoms in children with influenza who took oseltamivir compared with their peers who didn’t take the drug. In addition, Roche said US health insurance data from 1999 to 2006 on more than 101,000 flu patients treated with oseltamivir and more than 225,000 flu patients who didn’t receive the drug revealed a lower likelihood of central nervous system events such as delirium, confusion, and hallucination in the treated patients.Oseltamivir, a neuraminidase inhibitor, is used for flu treatment and prevention. Because world health experts regard it as the best available drug for treating a potential pandemic flu strain, the United States and numerous other countries are stockpiling the drug.To address concerns about possible psychiatric symptoms, Roche in November 2006 added a warning to its US labeling for Tamiflu that people who have the flu, particularly children, might be at increased risk for self-injury and confusion shortly after taking the drug and should be monitored for signs of unusual behavior.At that time, the US Food and Drug Administration and Roche both said the drug’s contribution to the psychiatric symptoms was not known. The FDA said influenza itself could contribute to some neuropsychiatric disorders, though not usually delirium or suicide attempts.The warning was prompted by an FDA review of 103 reports of neuropsychiatric adverse events associated with oseltamivir between Aug 29, 2005, and Jul 6, 2006. Of the reports, 95 came from Japan, and about two thirds of the reports involved children and youth younger than 17.A report from the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said the adverse events included three fatal falls. Most of the events (60 of 103) were described as delirium with disturbed behavior. Some of the physicians who reported the events said that problems occurred within a day of starting treatment and quickly resolved after treatment ended. The FDA concluded it was unclear if the neuropsychiatric events were related only to the drug, only to the flu, or to both.The same report noted that oseltamivir is used more widely in Japan than in the United States.See also:Nov 14, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Tamiflu may pose risk of mental side effects”Nov 13, 2006, Roche statement about Tamiflu label revisionFDA staff analysis of adverse-event reports concerning Tamiflulast_img read more

Pennsylvania Remediates Three Former Industrial Sites

first_imgPennsylvania Remediates Three Former Industrial Sites Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced three new approvals through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Montgomery, Luzerne, and Allegheny counties to prepare them for occupation by businesses and residential properties.“The benefits of the ISRP are twofold, not only removing harmful chemicals and contaminants from these sites and protecting our environment, but also making them ready for new occupants,” Governor Wolf said. “Having these sites ready for business is a significant attraction when companies are looking to relocate or expand here.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.“The value of these projects is apparent when you look at what is planned for them: the development of new housing, new university space, and a nonprofit center dedicated to environmental protection,” Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin said. “The advantage of developing those facilities, rather than simply letting the toxic vacant lots sit unoccupied, is incalculable for the local communities.”“We’re pleased to collaborate with DCED on these brownfield redevelopment projects, and thousands more statewide,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These projects provide the crucial foundation of funding environmental and public safety to support communities’ vision of life after blight.”The three approved projects are as follows:The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery (RAMC) was approved for a $1,000,000 grant for environmental remediation costs at the former Keasbey & Mattison Company manufacturing facility located in Ambler Borough, Montgomery County. The project will remediate the asbestos-contaminated 4.6-acre parcel and construct a 134,205-square-foot, 115-unit apartment building. ISRP funds will be used for excavation and disposal of contaminated soil and asbestos-containing material, installation of geotextile fabric for ACM-free utility corridors, installation of environmental cap, testing, and inspections.The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund was approved for a $680,375 grant for environmental remediation of a former manufacturing building located at 116 South Main St. in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. The site contains a 60,000-square-foot building and was the former home of a furniture store, where furniture and coffins were both manufactured and sold. The building was eventually converted into a Sears Roebuck Department Store. ISRP funds will be used for the removal of asbestos, lead based materials, PCB containing light ballasts, mercury containing components, and other hazardous materials. Once the site is remediated, Wilkes University plans on acquiring and renovating the building for a multitude of uses including classrooms, bookstore/retail, and meeting space.The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) was approved for a $198,425 grant for the remediation of the former 5-acre Tippins, Inc. site in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. The URA purchased the site in 2008 and is currently under a long-term lease agreement with Tree Pittsburgh, a local non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring trees and forests throughout Allegheny County. Tree will utilize the parcel to develop an education center, office building, workshop, outdoor classroom, and a tree nursery. ISRP funds will be used for: soil testing; installing a 6-inch cap across the site to include building foundations, road surfaces, and qualifying cap aggregate; installing a vapor intrusion barrier under the foundation of the existing workshop; and capping all testing wells according to Department of Environmental Protection standards.For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse Program visit www.dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 28, 2017last_img read more

Zurich cantonal pension fund targets responsible investment leadership

first_imgBVK also clearly stated that responsible investment could conflict with return goals, and that in such a situation it would prioritise long-term return optimisation.Another principle indicates that the pension fund will communicate openly and transparently about its approach and activities with regard to responsible investment as long as this does not work against its ability to efficiently achieve its goals. It indicated this could be the case in the context of engagement with companies.BVK today announced that it had taken an active role within Climate Action 100+, a major collaborative institutional investment engagement initiative aiming to get corporates with a big greenhouse gas footprint to cut their emissions.The scheme said it had entered into “active dialogue” with one of these companies, which it did not name. BVK said it was the first Swiss Pensionskasse to become an active participant in the network.  When investors sign up to Climate Action 100+, they put their name to a public statement of expectations of companies, and state which ones they would like to engage with and if this would be in the capacity as a lead or supporting investor.“The plan is for one or our team to get involved in dialogue with the company, discuss objectives and measures to achieve the goals and report back on progress,” said Thomas Schönbächler, chairman of the management board of BVK. The CHF33bn (€29.5bn) pension fund for the canton of Zurich wants to set the responsible investment benchmark for Swiss pension funds when it comes to quality of implementation and communicating measures taken.This is according to one of 10 principles that BVK – Switzerland’s third largest pension fund by assets under management – has adopted for its approach to responsible investment, which it said was an integral part of risk management.Also among BVK’s 10 principles was a statement that focusing on efficient processes, transparent structures and low costs had a place in responsible investment.last_img read more

The political opposition will stop at nothing, says PRO of Dominica Labour Party

first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews The political opposition will stop at nothing, says PRO of Dominica Labour Party by: – August 18, 2011 Sharecenter_img 54 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Labour Party, Dr. Philbert Aaron.Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Labour Party Dr. Philbert Aaron says the political Opposition party in Dominica will stop at nothing in its pursuit of power.Dr. Aaron, who was a guest on Kairi FM’s Heng programme yesterday said, based on events which have recently occurred causes him to ponder upon ‘How far will the Opposition go in its pursuit of power?’“The events in the public that you can pick up on in the media because overall it seems that in 2011 the Dominica Opposition has no limit in what it will do to try to get into office; two years after the general elections that they lost and specifically, a week ago a statement was made at Layou by an Attorney at Law, David Bruney regarding linking riots in England, riots that everybody had seen on television and to events in Dominica. It’s not the first time that I have asked that question because the events that the political opposition in Dominica gets involved with make you reflect on those questions,” he said.According to Dr. Aaron, the political opposition will not adhere to the traditional restraints or limits within society in their quest for power.Dr. Aaron further noted that the direction in which the Opposition Party is headed is not a good one nor is it in line with compromise.“I think the evidence shows that the Opposition is on a course going in a particular direction. The evidence also shows that, that course is not towards compromise, consensus or any of those good things that we are accustomed to. They are on a direction trajectory away from that, starting on the night of the elections up to today the United Workers Party has not conceded defeat,” he said.According to the Public Relations Officer, while one may conclude that the United Workers Party are correct in their decision not to concede defeat, they have only petitioned to the Courts to challenge three of the local elections which will not give them a majority.“There were twenty one local elections that’s why they are called general, victory in eleven elections gives you a majority. The United Workers Party from the outset challenged; and by the way the challenge was formally launched in January of 2010 but they challenged, not eleven that would say that they have some hope of within this period getting some redress from the Court, no; they challenged in the beginning five. So even if the Government side had automatically gotten confirmation of its seats it would have been sixteen, a clear majority,” he said.Dr. Aaron is of the view that some of the pronouncements made by United Workers Party members for regime change encourage confrontations which do not promote democracy.“There’ve been calls for regime change, they’ve been all types of atrocious statements, all sorts of statements that are not democratic; that do not push towards democracy and so the clear thing is that they are moving towards increasing confrontation and it seems to me that where they are heading is not a good place. It’s a place that we’ve been before in Dominica in the short history of our independence and it does not look good,” he said.Dr. Aaron is of the view that based on past experience which “Mary Eugenia Charles experienced in the first couple of years her government and other challenges in Dominica; we know enough of how democracy is supposed to be managed to actually be quite concerned about what the Opposition is doing.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

James Edward Burns, 58

first_imgJames Edward Burns, 58, of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis with his family by his side. Jim, also known as Uncle Bo, was born on July 1st, 1959 in Greensburg, IN., the son of Edward Donald and Lou Ann Burns.  Jim graduated from Greensburg High School in 1978.  Soon after graduation, he joined the Navy, serving his country for 12 years.  He lived in California for many years before returning to Greensburg in 1995.  Jim worked at R.J. Knoepfler Company in Cincinnati before retiring in 2012.   Jim was a member of the United Zion Methodist Church. His hobbies included golfing, playing cards, and beating everyone at corn hole tournaments.  Survivors include his mother, Lou Ann Burns; son, Brandon (Emily) Burns, Morgan Hill, CA; daughters, Jamie Burns and Emily Keady of San Jose, CA.; brother, Jeff (Diane) Burns, sisters, Charlotte (Larry) Bailey, Patty (Jim) Luken, Margie (Phil) Poling, Kim Burns, Donna Burns, Dottie (Stephen) Gommel, all of Greensburg; and 5 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his father and niece, Rebecca Lee.  Visitation will be from 9-11 am on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Porter Oliger Pearson Funeral Home with Funeral Services following at 11 AM at the funeral home with Joyce Barker officiating. Burial to follow at Rossburg Cemetery in New Point.  Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the National Kidney Foundation or to the James E Burns Memorial Fund.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Wednesday morning snow showers could bring slick conditions

first_imgVersailles, In. — Meteorologists say a weak disturbance will bring snow showers throughout southeastern Indiana this morning. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles from the Indiana State Police wants you to use extra care on rural routes, interstate exit ramps, elevated roadways, bridges and overpasses.Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio say the high-temperature today is 31, the low tonight is 25.last_img