Twitter calls out ‘policing of women’s bodies’ in sports

first_img Written by August 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Twitter calls out ‘policing of women’s bodies’ in sports FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Just days after Billy Jean King criticized the French Open’s tournament chief of “policing women’s bodies” for saying Serena Williams’ catsuit “would no longer be accepted,” the U.S. Open came under fire after a female player was penalized for briefly removing her top on the court.Once again, King, whose name graces the facility where the grand slam tournament is held annually in Queens, New York, was among the chorus of voices demanding change.“This rule is outdated and impractical,” she wrote on Twitter.Less than an hour later, the U.S. Open released a statement reversing its policy one day after the controversial call against French player Alize Cornet.“We regret that a code violation was assessed to Ms. Cornet yesterday,” the statement said. “We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward. Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no further penalty or fine.”According to the statement, all players will be allowed to change their shirts while sitting in the player chair.The statement added, “Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance.”“The more these incidents come out, that’s a good thing,” Asha Dahya, founder and editor of GirlTalkHQ, told ABC News. “That’s going to lead to culture change more than policy ever will.”Dahya said both incidents point to a bigger systemic problem with the way that women’s bodies are policed.“Women’s bodies seem to be a commodity in public spaces,” she said. “Women’s bodies are regulated through policies, and their bodies are dissected by the media.”Dahya said incidents like these play a part in the #MeToo conversation over assault, harassment and gender disparity.“It’s about who is in the position to take advantage of others,” she said. “In the sporting arena, it’s who is around, who is making these rules. It’s men, not women.”The controversy started last week when French Open President Bernard Giudicelli said Williams and other players would have to dress more conservatively in future tournaments. According to The Independent, a U.K. newspaper, he singled out Williams in an interview with Tennis magazine, saying, “I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”His remarks went viral, with some of Williams’ fans calling them misogynistic and even racist. King was among those responding on Twitter.“The policing of women’s bodies must end,” the tennis great tweeted. “The ‘respect’ that’s needed is for the exceptional talent @serenawilliams brings to the game. Criticizing what she wears to work is where the true disrespect lies.”Williams, who said the fitted suit was designed to protect her against blood clots, laughed off the entire ordeal at a press conference at the U.S. Open days later.“Everything’s fine, guys,” she said. “When it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender.”To her point, Williams showed up for her opening match in Queens wearing a custom-designed tutu by Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh and Nike. She paired it with NikeCourt Flare trainers and fishnet compression tights.Twitter went wild.A day later, as Cornet returned to the court following a 10-minute break from the 100-degree heat, she seemed to realize that her shirt was on backwards. She quickly pulled up her pink striped top and turned away from the court cameras as she took it off, showing her black-and-red sports bra underneath. Within seconds, Cornet put her shirt back on.The chair umpire overseeing the match immediately hit her with a code violation. The Women’s Tennis Association rulebook states that female players are only permitted to remove or change their clothing while they are off the court at the closest, most-private location. There is no such rule for male players.The incident drew immediate criticism on Twitter.“Alize Cornet came back to court after 10 minute heat break. Had her fresh shirt on back to front. Changed at back of court. Got a code violation. Unsportsmanlike conduct….. But the men can change shirts on court,” tweeted Scottish tennis coach Judy Murray, who is the mother of professional tennis player Andy Murray.Other Twitter users didn’t mince words and called the ruling “sexist.”“The most important thing we’ve seen is the backlash,” said Jane McManus, a longtime sportswriter for ESPN and other outlets.McManus recalled the 1999 Women’s World Cup final when Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt and slid on the grass in her shorts and sports bra after scoring the winning penalty kick for the U.S. women’s team.“She wore far more than most women on the beach, but some said it distracted from the victory,” McManus said. “It ended up being such a huge moment for women in sports. It also became part of a conversation about whether it was appropriate.”Twenty years later, McManus said, the conversation has evolved from how women look and what they are wearing to “what is the most functional thing for women athletes to be wearing.”“I think overwhelmingly you’re seeing that women who are sports fans want that agency to be returned to women athletes,” McManus said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Borr Drilling Limited enters into new financing arrangement for a newbuild jack-up drilling rig

first_img Borr Drilling Limited enters into new financing arrangement for a newbuild jack-up drilling rig. (Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay) Borr Drilling Limited (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a new financing arrangement for the newbuild jack-up rig Tivar, scheduled to be delivered from the yard in July 2020. The existing US$50 million bank delivery financing for the rig will be replaced with a new US$100 million take out facility maturing in December 31, 2021. As part of the agreement the delivery of the jack up rigs Vale and Var are conditional upon full repayment of the facility or can be carried out 180 days after an early repayment of the financing.The Company’s total remaining newbuild capex is, as of today, US$707 million, of which US$620 million is now fully financed, and the new arrangement has reduced the unfunded delivery capex for 2020 by US$85 million.The US$100 million in financing and delivery date amendments will, together with the adjustments in the bank agreements achieved in December 2019, substantially improve the company’s liquidity position in 2020 and 2021. Source: Company Press Release As part of the agreement the delivery of the jack up rigs Vale and Var are conditional upon full repayment of the facility or can be carried out 180 days after an early repayment of the financinglast_img read more

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Mayor’s Message: May 24

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends, It was great to see so many cars streaming into town this morning as we all get ready for another summer in Ocean City. Representatives of the city and the Ocean City Beach Patrol “unlocked the ocean” this afternoon and local groups took the first official swim of the summer in the always chilly Business Persons Plunge. The events kicked off what promises to be a gorgeous and sunny Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you and your families enjoy the great weather. But I want to remind everybody that Memorial Day is more than just a holiday and a day off work. It’s a time to remember and to reflect on the ultimate sacrifices made by so many service members and their families. They gave their lives so all of us might live in freedom. I encourage you all to attend our annual Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. Monday (May 27). The ceremony will be at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). Our community has always respected the men and women of our military, and the event is well-attended. This year’s keynote speaker will be Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Carney, who suffered multiple injuries during two tours of duty in Iraq. Carney is now on staff at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. I hope to see you all there on Monday. At 3 p.m. Monday, Ocean City will participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. A bugler will play “Taps” in front of the Ocean City Music Pier, and it will be broadcast on the Boardwalk speaker system during a moment of silence. I’m sad to report the passing of two long-time Ocean City residents who were an important part of our community. John Henry, who was honored at Ocean City’s first Juneteenth celebration in 2017, will be remembered by many as the lightning-fast running back for Ocean City High School in the 1960s. He was one of the greatest athletes in school history. In recent years, when he wasn’t fishing, he could be found cruising the north end on his three-wheeler and chatting with neighbors. Mae Costello passed away last Friday. She was a dedicated volunteer in the St. Augustine’s parish and long-time Shriver’s employee who lived a rich life serving family, church and community in her 94 years. She passed along a spirit of volunteerism to her family, who remain active in the community. Michele and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the extended family and friends of these two beloved citizens. I want to let everybody know in advance that Atlantic City Electric repairs to an underwater cable serving Ocean City could lead to a service interruption up to 30 minutes long on Tuesday, May 28. The outage will occur sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. It will affect homes and businesses in parts of the city north of 11th Street (see maps of the affected areas). Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

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Continuous process

first_imgA visit to an industrial bakery in Britain will usually reveal that its processing lines are continuous, from the make-up plant through to packaging. However, it is not often that you encounter a continuous or fully automated batch mixing system, although there are rare exceptions.With plant bakers increasingly striving for a seamless highly efficient production process, it is surprising that more have not fully automated the dough mixing process. Increasing numbers, however, are beginning to evaluate continuous and carousel mixing systems for new plant or when refurbishing or replacing lines.When doughs are mixed correctly, downstream processing should, all being equal, proceed smoothly. Make a mistake during the mixing phase and you can end up with issues to deal with all down the line.Continuous automated mixing can improve the consistency of doughs – everything from stiff to highly developed – by helping to eradicate those variables caused by human error. By delivering continuously consistent dough, the dividers, sheeters, moulders, ovens and other plant elements can operate at their full potential without adjustments having to be constantly made. The result is a consistently produced quality product.Moreover, with the built-in metering systems now available, any error is indicated and the opportunity to correct the problem – such as an ingredients error – is available before the dough goes down the line.In a batch manual mixing system, the error may not be found until quality control tests are carried out at the end of the line, wasting valuable time and probably a lot of product.Over recent years, a number of major producers have installed continuous automated mixing systems and this has focused the attention of the industry on continuous and carousel mixing and why bread, morning goods and savoury manufacturers have gone down this route.So what are the other advantages of continuous automated mixing? Stewart Morris, a director of Epsom-based European Process Plant says that labour issues have always been top of the agenda. “Recruiting, training and retaining skilled labour remains a challenge and training is a thorny issue,” he says. “If a new, partly trained employee makes a mistake, the results can be costly. Even when fully trained staff change shift or take their holiday, maintaining a process in which skilled workers play a key role, it can be very hard to guarantee product consistency over a period of time.”Dough as neededMorris admits that many bakers can initially feel uneasy because they are used to seeing a large amount of dough being prepared for processing, whereas with continuous mixing they only get it when they need it. But he says that, in his experience, they soon get used to it. He also points out the benefits of this when there is a problem with a downstream piece of equipment.EPP installs and maintains VMI carousel systems both rotary and in-line. This automated system comprises a loading station, one to six stations mounted on feet, a bowl elevator and a dough conveyor. A dough resting station can be added if required. The bowl passes from one station to the next by rotating around a motorised circle. The system can handle up to 6,000kg of dough an hour and is available with fork, single or double spiral mixersThe VMI in-line carousel combines a number of stations: dosing, mixing, dough transfer and resting and can automatically sequence the recipes. It is guided by an integrated process control system.EPP also offers the VMI Verymix continuous mixer. The whole process – from gravimetric dosing through pre-mixing to final mixing – is run continuously. The Verymix guarantees dough of even consistency, says the company, and problems of scrap dough, variations in mixing, resting and fermented doughs can be avoided.In the Verymix system, the mixing rotor can be adapted and the shape of the bowl designed for continuous mixing. Flexible and high-precision dosing with pieces of fat or liquid fat, scraps, special flours, eggs, dried or candied fruit and chocolate chips is straightforward, adds the firm. A triple- jacketed mixing bowl with liquid cooling to regulate the dough temperature with glycol ensures dough consistency and means a wide mix of doughs from 8?C to 30?C in capacities up to 8,000kg can be produced.Morris concludes: “Installing a continuous mixing system is not as radical as many bakers may first think. All you are doing is bringing what is happening downstream back to the mixing. And the benefits can be huge.”last_img read more

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Bill Berloni Will Bring His Broadway Dogs to Reality TV Series

first_imgTony Award honoree Bill Berloni is bringing puppy love to the small screen. The Broadway animal trainer will headline a new reality TV series on Discovery Family Channel beginning in August, Variety reports. The current working title for the series is From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni.The program will follow Berloni’s involvement on the Great White Way, as well as his life as an animal rights activist and his home life—with the 25 plus animals he’s rescued and sheltered personally.This season, pups trained by Berloni can be seen in The Audience and Living on Love. Hs numerous additional credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Bullets Over Broadway, Legally Blonde and Gypsy. He got his start in 1977 when he rescued and trained the dogs for the original production of Annie (he has since served as the animal trainer for both Broadway revivals and the 2014 remake).Take a look below as Audra McDonald and Berloni audition dogs to play Pepe in last season’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. View Commentslast_img read more

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Family-style fun

first_imgBy Diane BalesUniversity of Georgia Mealtimes are one of the best opportunities to help children grow and learn. Families can share conversation and time together, while teaching healthy eating habits in a relaxed environment. Many families are so busy they, unfortunately, don’t set regular times to eat together. Here are some easy steps to set a routine to make family mealtimes possible and enjoyable.Pick consistent days and times. Reserve the time on your calendar and rearrange other commitments so everyone can be there. If schedules are too busy, start by choosing one or two evenings a week to have dinner as a family. Eat at the table. Children tend to get distracted easily. Sitting down at the table helps children focus on their food and pay attention to the family conversation. Make a rule that distractions such as television and cell phones are not allowed at the dinner table.Serve “family-style” whenever possible. Put the food in serving containers on the table, and encourage everyone, including young children, to use serving utensils to put food on their plates. Family-style service may seem like a lot of trouble, but it actually helps children practice motor skills and begins teaching them how to take control of the amount of food they eat. Teach portions. Many children don’t know what a portion looks like. You can guide children while still allowing them to serve themselves by saying things like, “Take just one piece of chicken for now. If you are still hungry after you eat that chicken, you can have more.” A young child’s portion is smaller than one for a teenager or an adult.Handle spills casually. Eating with a fork or spoon is a skill that requires practice. Young children are still learning how to control their hand and finger muscles. They might spill or drop food. Putting a plastic mat under your child’s chair can help contain the mess. When spills happen, stay calm. Acknowledge that everyone spills sometimes. Get your child to help clean it up and continue with the meal. Keep a wet cloth handy to make spills less distracting.Talk with your children. Mealtime is a great chance to share ideas and thoughts and to encourage children’s language development by involving them in conversations. Ask children questions and encourage them to answer. You can also model conversations by including children – even infants and toddlers – in discussions. Even if you and your child are the only ones sharing the meal, be sure to spend some time talking.Encourage children to try new foods, but don’t force them. Many young children are reluctant to try new foods, and will eat familiar foods first. Help your children ease into accepting new foods step by step. Introduce only one new food at a meal. Pair a food they’ve never tried with one they like. Start with smooth-textured foods like corn, chicken or pears. Cut new food into bite-sized pieces to make them easier to handle. Describe the new food, teach children its name and talk about what it looks like. Encourage them to touch and smell it if they are not ready to taste it yet. Remember that children are more likely to try a new food if they see you enjoying it. Be realistic about the length of the meal. Young children have very short attention spans. Don’t be surprised if your toddler or four-year-old is finished eating after a few minutes. Encourage children to sit with the family for a few minutes if others are still eating, but allow them to get up and do another activity nearby when they get impatient or squirmy. Having a few simple toys close to the table will enable children to be near the rest of the family while they finish the meal.Keep mealtime routines consistent. Children’s brains develop best through repetition. Do the same things in the same order every time you eat a meal together. Over time, children will learn what to expect at mealtime. The predictable routine will help them feel comfortable and secure.You don’t have to serve gourmet food. Even a simple, healthy meal like chicken and rice can be an enjoyable family gathering if you take time to follow a consistent mealtime routine.(Diane Bales is a human development specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)last_img read more

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Vermont Health Insurance Assistance Program awarded $227,000 grant

first_imgNearly $227,000 of new funding is being distributed to the Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to help Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont get more information about their health care choices.The funds are part of the $35.8 million being distributed to the 54 SHIPs that provide Medicare beneficiaries with local, personalized assistance on a wide variety of Medicare and health insurance topics. The Vermont State Health Insurance Program serves an important role in providing information and support to people with Medicare all across Vermont, said CMS Acting Administrator Charlene Frizzera. This new funding will help to ensure that the Vermont SHIP continues to work with local governments, community-based organizations and other partners in Vermont to help meet the needs of our Medicare beneficiaries.CMS expects the SHIPs to use the 2009 funding to conduct targeted community-based outreach to people with Medicare who may be unable to access other sources of information. SHIPs will also provide outreach and assistance to current and newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, with a special emphasis on reaching people who will most likely be eligible for Medicare s low-income subsidy if they enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage.The Vermont State Health Insurance Program will use grant funds in part to continue to partner with the Vermont Center for Independent Living, disease advocacy groups, community action agencies, public welfare offices, veteran s groups and faith-based organizations to reach beneficiaries under the age of 65 with disabilities. The Vermont SHIP will also focus on hard to reach rural populations by working with case management staff, nutrition and information and assistance specialists and family caregiver specialists at the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the state.CMS will continue to support the quality of services provided by SHIPs through training, technical assistance, the SHIP Resource Center, and the online tools at www.medicare.gov(link is external) to assist people with Medicare.last_img read more

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Panamá and Colombia Cooperate to Fight Drug Traffickers and Improve Border Security

first_imgTo underscore the close ties between the two countries, Panamá was the first country Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón visited during his September 2013 tour of Central America and the Caribbean. During his visit, which included a meeting with Panamanian Minister of Public Security José Raúl Mulino, Pinzón said he was in Panamá to “strengthen the treaties on cooperation and exchanges of information, and to increase the training levels for members of the Armed Forces.” President Juan Carlos Verela Rodriguez visited the border of Panama and Colombia November 21 to celebrate State Border Service (Senafront)’s sixth anniversary, as well as the graduation of 40 anti-narcoterrorism officers, 35 border patrol agents and nine combat swimmers. In their mission, the graduates are also likely to find themselves working in cooperation with the security forces of Colombia. Their collaborative efforts have led to multiple victories against drug trafficking along the border. Collaboration between the two countries is helping security forces combat drug trafficking by the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC) and other criminal organizations. Silver, who was also wanted by Panamanian authorities, had three Colombian arrest warrants pending for rebellion, kidnapping, terrorism, causing personal injuries, and murder. The United States Department of Justice had also submitted a request for his extradition. The arrests and killings “of significant criminals are definitely the results of agreements between the two countries as part of bilateral cooperation in the fight against threats posted by transnational crime,” Masse said. “Security forces, government agencies and civilian organizations must cooperate and periodically review and evaluate security threats to create preventive mechanisms in order to protect their citizens’ security.” Silver, who was also wanted by Panamanian authorities, had three Colombian arrest warrants pending for rebellion, kidnapping, terrorism, causing personal injuries, and murder. The United States Department of Justice had also submitted a request for his extradition. The arrests and killings “of significant criminals are definitely the results of agreements between the two countries as part of bilateral cooperation in the fight against threats posted by transnational crime,” Masse said. “Security forces, government agencies and civilian organizations must cooperate and periodically review and evaluate security threats to create preventive mechanisms in order to protect their citizens’ security.” For example, in two separate join operations in September, security forces from the two countries and the United States seized more than 800 kilos of cocaine from vessels in Panamanian waters in the Pacific Ocean. About a week later, on September 25, Colombian Anti-Narcotics Police, the Colombian Navy and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cooperating through Operation MARTILLO arrested 13 alleged drug traffickers and seized 740 kilos of cocaine from a ship in Caribbean waters off the coast of Panamá. Law enforcement officials transported the suspected narco-traffickers, who are all Colombian nationals, to Florida to face federal drug trafficking charges. In their mission, the graduates are also likely to find themselves working in cooperation with the security forces of Colombia. Their collaborative efforts have led to multiple victories against drug trafficking along the border. In another victory, the Colombian Air Force, in cooperation with the Colombian National Police (PNC) attacked a FARC campsite and killed Virgilio Antonio Vidal Mora, who was known as “Silver,” during a security operation near the Panamanian border in August 2013. Security forces also killed two other FARC operatives and recovered 15 rifles, El Tiempo reported. For example, in October 2013, police in Panamá captured YamilMosquera Horado, also known as “Alexis” — the alleged leader of the 57th Front of the FARC. They captured him when he and other alleged FARC operatives tried to flee from Panamanian border officers. Improved training has helped security forces from Panamá and Colombia capture a number of drug traffickers since the two countries agreed to the binational strategy. In addition to capturing Alexis and the other suspects, police seized about 100 kilograms of cocaine and a rifle. Panamá and Colombia have been cooperating closely to fight narco-trafficking, improve security along the border the two countries share, and conduct joint training exercises for nearly four years. In February 2011, Colombia’s Minister of Defense at the time, Rodrigo Rivera, met with then-Secretary of Public Security of Panamá, José Raúl Mulino, to sign a Binational Border Security Plan. Rivera and Murino agreed to develop coordinated and synchronized operations along the border, to strengthen both countries’ ability to respond to combat the trafficking of drugs, humans, and weapons. President Juan Carlos Verela Rodriguez visited the border of Panama and Colombia November 21 to celebrate State Border Service (Senafront)’s sixth anniversary, as well as the graduation of 40 anti-narcoterrorism officers, 35 border patrol agents and nine combat swimmers. “Our units at the check point detected the presence of 4 or 5 persons who, when they were ordered to halt, opened fire on our units,” said Panamanian National Border Service Director Frank Alexis Abrego. “Our units responded with gunfire, encircled the suspects, advanced on their position and located Alexis.” In February 2011, Colombia’s Minister of Defense at the time, Rodrigo Rivera, met with then-Secretary of Public Security of Panamá, José Raúl Mulino, to sign a Binational Border Security Plan. Rivera and Murino agreed to develop coordinated and synchronized operations along the border, to strengthen both countries’ ability to respond to combat the trafficking of drugs, humans, and weapons. Close ties include joint training exercises Collaboration between the two countries is helping security forces combat drug trafficking by the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC) and other criminal organizations. To underscore the close ties between the two countries, Panamá was the first country Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón visited during his September 2013 tour of Central America and the Caribbean. During his visit, which included a meeting with Panamanian Minister of Public Security José Raúl Mulino, Pinzón said he was in Panamá to “strengthen the treaties on cooperation and exchanges of information, and to increase the training levels for members of the Armed Forces.” Silver was responsible for trafficking drugs and weapons for the FARC along the Colombia-Panamá border. Intelligence gathered by the PNC revealed the location of the campsite, according to Maj. Gen. al Guillermo León León, commander of the Colombian Air Force. “In this operation, which was performed jointly with the National Police, we were able to gather very accurate intelligence, and execute a very well calculated operation using FAC planes, with the result that Silver was neutralized,” León said. . For instance, in February, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) and the Panamanian National Air Service (Senam) conducted a week-long aerial exercise in combatting drug trafficking, called Pancol I-Binational Air Interdiction Exercise. Other countries, such as Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Brazil and Perú have previously conducted similar training exercises. The goal of these drills is to train to fight drug trafficking and to maintain a uniform aeronautics language among the air forces of different countries, to ensure maximum effectiveness. In addition to conducting joint training exercises, the Binational Border Security Plan calls for Panamá and Colombia to work cooperation to protect indigenous communities that live along the border the two countries share from explosives used by the FARC, and to protect them forced recruitment into the ranks of the terrorist group. In addition to capturing Alexis and the other suspects, police seized about 100 kilograms of cocaine and a rifle. “Each and every one of you are key to the development of our national security strategy, crime prevention and combating serious international crime,” he said. Close ties include joint training exercises For instance, in February, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) and the Panamanian National Air Service (Senam) conducted a week-long aerial exercise in combatting drug trafficking, called Pancol I-Binational Air Interdiction Exercise. Other countries, such as Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Brazil and Perú have previously conducted similar training exercises. The goal of these drills is to train to fight drug trafficking and to maintain a uniform aeronautics language among the air forces of different countries, to ensure maximum effectiveness. In addition to conducting joint training exercises, the Binational Border Security Plan calls for Panamá and Colombia to work cooperation to protect indigenous communities that live along the border the two countries share from explosives used by the FARC, and to protect them forced recruitment into the ranks of the terrorist group. “Each and every one of you are key to the development of our national security strategy, crime prevention and combating serious international crime,” he said. Successes by security forces “In this operation, which was performed jointly with the National Police, we were able to gather very accurate intelligence, and execute a very well calculated operation using FAC planes, with the result that Silver was neutralized,” León said. . Joint training exercises are also part of the improved cooperation between the two countries. “Our units at the check point detected the presence of 4 or 5 persons who, when they were ordered to halt, opened fire on our units,” said Panamanian National Border Service Director Frank Alexis Abrego. “Our units responded with gunfire, encircled the suspects, advanced on their position and located Alexis.” A military-police operation kills FARC leader ‘Silver’ Panamá and Colombia have been cooperating closely to fight narco-trafficking, improve security along the border the two countries share, and conduct joint training exercises for nearly four years. By Dialogo November 26, 2014 A military-police operation kills FARC leader ‘Silver’ For example, in October 2013, police in Panamá captured YamilMosquera Horado, also known as “Alexis” — the alleged leader of the 57th Front of the FARC. They captured him when he and other alleged FARC operatives tried to flee from Panamanian border officers. Silver was responsible for trafficking drugs and weapons for the FARC along the Colombia-Panamá border. Intelligence gathered by the PNC revealed the location of the campsite, according to Maj. Gen. al Guillermo León León, commander of the Colombian Air Force. “Cooperation, exchanges of information and the use of intelligence between the two countries is important if we are to continue to strike hard blows against these outlaws,” said Frédéric Massé, director of the Research and Special Projects Center at the Externado University of Colombia. Joint training exercises are also part of the improved cooperation between the two countries. For example, in two separate join operations in September, security forces from the two countries and the United States seized more than 800 kilos of cocaine from vessels in Panamanian waters in the Pacific Ocean. About a week later, on September 25, Colombian Anti-Narcotics Police, the Colombian Navy and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cooperating through Operation MARTILLO arrested 13 alleged drug traffickers and seized 740 kilos of cocaine from a ship in Caribbean waters off the coast of Panamá. Law enforcement officials transported the suspected narco-traffickers, who are all Colombian nationals, to Florida to face federal drug trafficking charges. In another victory, the Colombian Air Force, in cooperation with the Colombian National Police (PNC) attacked a FARC campsite and killed Virgilio Antonio Vidal Mora, who was known as “Silver,” during a security operation near the Panamanian border in August 2013. Security forces also killed two other FARC operatives and recovered 15 rifles, El Tiempo reported. Successes by security forces Improved training has helped security forces from Panamá and Colombia capture a number of drug traffickers since the two countries agreed to the binational strategy. “Cooperation, exchanges of information and the use of intelligence between the two countries is important if we are to continue to strike hard blows against these outlaws,” said Frédéric Massé, director of the Research and Special Projects Center at the Externado University of Colombia. last_img read more

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Monitoring consumer review sites is key to managing financial institution’s reputation

first_imgIn the not so distant past, if you had a bad experience at the credit union, you might go home and tell your spouse or your neighbor. If you were really upset, perhaps you wrote a letter of complaint, but that might be the extent of it. Likewise, if you loved a certain business or product, you may have recommended it to your friends and family.We know, for fact, that personal recommendations influence buying decisions.But today, we live in a digital world, and these gripes or recommendations take place across the web, instantaneously. Online reviews are increasingly important, both to consumers and the businesses subject to their review. Monitoring review sites should be an integral part of your institution’s social media and reputation management strategy.Research is the first step toward a customer buying a product or service, and online reviews–from describing how a particular product stood the test of time or which restaurant has the best burgers in town–play a huge role in this process. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NAFCU monitors CHOICE Act mark-up today

first_imgNAFCU will closely monitor the House Financial Services Committee mark-up of the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), slated for 10 a.m. Eastern today. The association will keep members apprised of any changes potentially affecting credit unions and their members.On Monday, NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt urged committee leaders to support the legislation and told them that maintaining the Durbin amendment repeal provision is important and that the association urges members to oppose any attempt to remove the provision from the bill.The CHOICE Act contains numerous NAFCU-sought measures, including Durbin interchange amendment repeal and other Dodd-Frank Act reforms. Two separate hearings were held on the bill last week, one of them often citing the Dodd-Frank’s impact on the current regulatory environment and credit unions.The CHOICE Act would require regulatory agencies to improve their cost-benefit analyses and better tailor regulations to the size of regulated institutions. It would also, as urged by NAFCU, preserve the NCUA Board’s current three-member structure (last year, a five-member board was contemplated) and mandate agency budget transparency. However, there are also areas of concern, such as a proposal to subject the NCUA to congressional appropriations. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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