By Lizeth Hernández/Diálogo October 18, 2016 Strength through unity. After Hurricane Matthew left a trail of destruction in Haiti on October 4th, the Guatemalan Army deployed 52 blue beret soldiers serving the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, per its French acronym) The tasks assigned to the Guatemalan soldiers include helping rebuild and developing public infrastructure. So troops are focusing primarily on removing rubble from the streets of Port-au-Prince and highways in the country’s interior, to reestablish communications and allow aid to reach the places that suffered the most damage. They also provide security support in collaboration with police operations. “It is very satisfying to know that our country provides assistance during natural disasters and especially to the people that need it most. In this case, Haiti is one of the countries hit hardest by Matthew, and we are proud to say that we have 52 soldiers giving their full support,” said Colonel William García Alvarado, press director of the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense. The blue berets are a group of soldiers trained to be part of the military police for peacekeeping missions organized by the United Nations in various countries around the world. The Guatemalan members are stationed in the Congo, and a military contingent was sent to Haiti in February of this year. Col. García explained that this group will help with the rebuilding effort and maintain security in the streets until February 2017. After the one-year tour of duty, a new contingent will be sent to continue providing assistance to the neighboring country. “They are trained to post guards and do rigorous work in the form of providing security. Our brothers and sisters need many kinds of support, but our group will provide security in the streets during this tragedy,” emphasized Col. García. Lieutenant General Ajax Porto Pinheiro, commander of the MINUSTAH Force, informed the media that they mobilized 600 peacekeepers to the hardest hit areas. Among them are Guatemalans representing the military police, as well as soldiers from Chile, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, and Paraguay. A herculean task UN Deputy Special Representative of MINUSTAH, Mourad Wahba, reported by telephone from Port-au-Prince that in the wake of Matthew, the members of the mission sprang into action to help rebuild this nation ravaged by natural disasters. “We focused on opening up these roads in order to allow humanitarian relief to reach these populations. So thanks to the combined efforts of MINUSTAH engineers and the local authorities in Haiti, the roads have been cleared and there is now access from Port-au-Prince,” he said. The Guatemalan Military Police are guarding Haitian police stations. In addition to this task, the soldiers help distribute water and purification systems to prevent the spread of disease. As of October 16th, MINUSTAH have reported approximately 560 deaths, but the number could rise as rescue work continues. Approximately 175,000 people are living in shelters, and more than a million and a half Haitians have been affected. The Guatemalan Army press office reported that despite the magnitude of the disaster, no further contingents of the Humanitarian Rescue Unit have been deployed because the Haitian authorities have not requested them. “We are completely willing to send more assistance and more soldiers if our sister country asks for them. We have every intention to help,” said Lieutenant Colonel Karen Pérez, spokeswoman for the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense.
continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Financial Services Committee is expected to vote on the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) today after it concludes its third day of mark-up. Thus far, no democratic amendments have been adopted to the bill, which is expected to pass the committee along party lines.A manager’s amendment offered by committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, which retained the NAFCU-backed provision for repeal of the Durbin interchange amendment, is expected to be adopted before final passage.NAFCU will keep members apprised of today’s vote on the bill. If the bill passes, it will be sent to the full House and await action there.Throughout discussions of the bill yesterday, Democratic members of the committee raised numerous amendments aimed at stripping out various provisions of the bill, though none were approved.In addition to Durbin amendment repeal, the CHOICE Act contains numerous other NAFCU-sought measures, including one requiring 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 and mandate agency budget transparency.
Over the holidays, our budget tends to get a little out of control. Between events, parties, food, and gifts, we can tend to spend more than we should. The holidays are a great time to be home and spend time with friends and family. If you want to be able to stay social without breaking the bank, here a few ways you can save.Make it a potluck: If you’re looking to throw a big Christmas party, don’t feel responsible for making everything come together on your own. Instead of cooking all day or spending a small fortune on catering, make it a potluck and let everyone help compile the feast. This will save your wallet, and with a little bit of coordinating, you’ll be able to provide your guests with a pretty awesome spread.Keep it cheap: There’s no reason to spend a fortune on gifts over the holidays. Sure, it’s fun to spoil the kids or grandkids a little bit, but when you really stop to think about it, the holiday season is really about much more important things, like the ones you love. Instead of dropping big money on gifts, spend a small amount on some cheap, thoughtful gifts. You can also set a spending limit and have a few laughs by having a White Elephant gift exchange.Prioritize your shopping list: If you have a certain amount you’d like to spend on your Christmas party, stick to your budget. Make a list of everything you need for the party and then rearrange the list and order everything by importance. Find out how much each item is going to cost and then start cutting from the bottom until you meet your goal. 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
– Advertisement – The U.S. came in 15th, ranked behind Germany (11th), Australia (13th), and Hong Kong (14th). It was just ahead of Ireland (18th), Taiwan (20th) and the U.K (23rd).Among the bottom 10 countries were: Russia, Bulgaria, Mexico, Romania, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Slovak Republic, with India and Mongolia coming out last in the ranking.Now in its seventh year, the IMD annual ranking seeks to provide a picture of leading economies’ talent pools, and therefore their global competitiveness. It does so by drawing on a mixture of hard data and surveys to measure markets.- Advertisement – Switzerland was praised for its high-quality education system and focus on apprenticeships, as well as its ability to attract overseas professionals with high living standards and strong pay packets. Denmark, meanwhile, performed well for its emphasis of equal opportunity across society, and Luxembourg ticked up followed sustained investment in its workforce over recent years.Here are the top 10 countries on the list of 63 countries, which was heavily led by Western Europe.1. Switzerland 2. Denmark 3. Luxembourg 4. Iceland 5. Sweden6. Austria 7. Norway 8. Canada 9. Singapore10. the Netherlands- Advertisement – Countries are assessed across three key criteria: ‘Investment and development’ looks at how a country fosters domestic talent; ‘Appeal’ assesses the extent to which an economy retains homegrown talent and draws international talent; and ‘Readiness’ measures the quality of skills and competences available.As with previous years, the latest study was conducted between January and April, and as such, does not fully account for the impact of the pandemic. However, Jose Caballeros, senior economist at the IMD World Competitiveness Center, told CNBC Make It the findings provide some indication of which job markets may feel the greatest social and economic fallout.“The performance of the top talent-competitive countries remains relatively strong,” said Caballeros. “It is among the other economies where we see more fluctuation.”Indonesia, which came in at position 45, and Malaysia, which was 23rd on the list, both fell in the rankings this year. That was due to “brain drain” — the emigration of educated workers away from their home country — and a reduced ability to attract foreign highly skilled workers and international managers, Caballeros said. He added that the pandemic will likely make that problem worse.Meanwhile, other countries that are largely reliant on overseas talent, such as Singapore, Australia, the U.S. and the U.K., could also see a negative impact from recent border restrictions, the report noted.But Caballeros said the pandemic has also provided a spot of opportunity for economies to invest in their people and adapt to new ways of working.“Enabling employees to acquire new or redeploy existing skills — to transition to remote working for example — will also be essential to sustaining the effectiveness of the talent pool in the near future,” he said.“This effectiveness will be necessary to tackle the new challenges that may arise following the current crisis. Facilitating the adoption of flexible new technologies will also be helpful for such economies since they will be able to be redeployed to address the needs of a continuously changing context,” Caballeros added.Don’t miss: Happiness expert: One technique for staying upbeat during the pandemicLike this story? Subscribe to CNBC Make It on YouTube! Switzerland has been named the best place in the world for attracting and nurturing skilled workers, even as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on many countries’ ability to win over top talent.Retaining pole position for the fourth year running, the central European nation beat out other continental neighbors including Denmark, Luxembourg, Iceland and Sweden to secure the top spot in IMD’s World Talent Ranking 2020 released Thursday.- Advertisement –
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment Read More Read More Skip Advertisement 1/1 Coming Next Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette is keeping Arsenal supporters guessing over his future after issuing a cryptic response to speculation he could be on his way out of the club this summer.The 29-year-old striker had his worst season yet in front of goal for the Gunners last term, scoring just 12 goals in all competitions, and Mikel Arteta is open to selling the forward to raise funds for further summer signings. Atletico Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation after missing out on Lacazette when he was at Lyon back in 2017 and recent reports suggested they are prepared to offer three of their players – Thomas Lemar, Angel Correa or Vitolo – in exchange for the Frenchman. SPONSORED Video Settings ‘I’m happy with my career because I played for Lyon, my club since I was a child,’ he said ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.‘I played for Arsenal, my dream club in the UK. ‘I’m still happy about my career but obviously I would love to win more trophies and this one can make me happier in my Arsenal journey.’ Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Read More Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1 min. story Read More Skip Ad Read More About Connatix V67539 Top articles And shortly after Arsenal’s pre-season clash with Aston Villa on Saturday, Lacazette dropped another possible hint that he expects to remain in north London for the forthcoming season. ‘One word. STAY,’ Arsenal fan account ‘lacazettesquad’ replied to the attacker’s post on Instagram following the friendly.Lacazette responded with a cheeky wink emoji which many supporters in the comments section took it as a sign he was staying.A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to prevent the Gunners from losing their behind-closed-doors match with Villa at the Emirates this weekend. Goals from Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey (2) sealed the win for the visitors as Willian made his first Arsenal appearance.Arteta handed Mesut Ozil his first competitive match since March and Dani Ceballos was also given a run out after completing his second successive loan move from Real Madrid earlier this week.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCeballos said there was ‘never any doubt’ in his mind about returning to Arsenal this summer, despite receiving offers from Madrid and other La Liga clubs to remain in Spain for the upcoming campaign.‘I’m very pleased to be back with Arsenal – I’m very happy to have come back to a club where I feel important,’ the Spanish midfielder told Arsenal’s official website.‘It’s true that I had other options, such as staying at Real Madrid and going back to the Spanish league, where there were teams interested in me. ‘I spoke to the coach last year, before the FA Cup final, and told him that I wanted to stay at Arsenal and win titles. I’d been really happy with what Mikel had built at the club since he came in. ‘I had a great time at this club last season and there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to come back.’Will Lacazette still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementAdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic crucial to new AC Milan signing’s decision to snub ArsenalMORE: Man Utd cult hero Rafael da Silva fires dig at Alexis Sanchez over Arsenal claim Alexandre Lacazette issues cryptic response after fan begs him to stay at Arsenal by Metro Lacazette was given a run out as Arsenal were defeated by Villa on Saturday (Picture: Getty)However, Lacazette poured cold water on rumours of a possible departure last month and reassured fans that Arsenal were his ‘dream club’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Sep 2020 10:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.3kShares PLAY Advertisement
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt, pictured here at a sod-turning event for a Brisbane development late last year, has refused to extend the first home buyers grant beyond new construction. Picture: Claudia BaxterQUEENSLAND Treasurer Curtis Pitt has been accused of “killing off the goose” by refusing to consider the use of first home buyers grants on existing homes.The grant, which sits at $20,000 until June 2017, is currently only given by the Queensland government to first home buyers who decide to build a new home in Queensland.The decision was welcomed by the building industry, with Master Builders deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell saying it would help create jobs in construction “specially in regional areas”.But the Real Estate Institute of Queensland warned the Treasurer was creating much bigger problems as new construction was exacerbating oversupply issues in regional markets.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“House values are falling, with some markets as much as 30 per cent below levels five years ago. Continuously adding supply of housing to oversupplied markets is irresponsible and will slow down any future recovery,” said REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella . “The Treasurer wants us to believe the only way to economic stability is through residential housing construction, but that’s simply not true.”She said 25 regional mayors had given their full support for broadening the grant to established houses but the State Government “simply isn’t listening”.““The Government should offer first-home buyers the choice between new builds or established homes. Bring buyers to the market where there is ample supply — don’t keep adding to the supply. Real estate has long been this State’s golden goose, but this Government is in danger of killing off the goose.”Housing affordability in the regions was believed to be nearing the same levels as Melbourne. “A recent CoreLogic report into affordability identified that regional Queensland’s housing affordability was nearing similar levels to Melbourne. Wages are flat or are going backwards, the cost of living is higher and it’s harder to save for a deposit. Bankruptcies in regional Queensland are rising, with more than 80 reported last quarter in Mackay alone.”
LA Times 15 May 2012…the first wave of polling is in, and the results aren’t looking particularly good for Obama. Taken together, four different national opinion surveys over the past week, by reputable organizations with good track records, indicate that the president’s stand could well hurt him politically. Unsurprisingly, the numbers are fairly close; but as often gets pointed out, tight elections are decided by small numbers of votes.…Specifically, 23% of independents and 10% of Democrats say it makes them less likely to vote for Obama, while a smaller 11% of independents and 2% of Republicans say it makes them more likely to vote for Obama. Those figures suggest Obama’s gay marriage position is likely to cost him more independent and Democratic votes than he would gain in independent and Republican votes, clearly indicating that his new position is more of a net minus than a net plus for him. However, those figures also underscore that it is a relatively limited group of voters — about one in three independents and fewer than one in 10 Republicans or Democrats — whose votes may change as a result of Obama’s new stance on gay marriage.http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/15/news/la-pn-analysis-gay-marriage-decision-not-working-in-obamas-favor-so-far-20120515
Hunter Marriott was the $3,500 IMCA Modified feature winner at Hancock County Speedway’s 24th annual Night of 1,000 Stars special. (Photo by Chad Meyer)BRITT, Iowa (Aug. 9) – Hunter Marriott starred on a different night Thursday at Hancock County Speedway.Marriott battled Cayden Carter and Kyle Strickler before taking charge late in Thursday’s 24th annual Night of 1,000 Stars main event at Britt, earning $3,500 for the 50-lap IMCA Modified victory.“I was patient and when I had opportunities I took advantage of them,” Marriott said following his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying win. “I got to second right away after the break and passed for the lead with about eight laps to go.”Last year’s event runner-up as well as the two-time defending Night of 10,000 Stars winner, Marriott had worked his way toward the front from the 12th starting spot as early leader Strickler gave way to Carter following a restart.Carter was dominant to the mandatory pit stop on lap 25, pocketing $1,000 for leading at halfway.Marriott was up to third at that point and soon in pursuit of Strickler after the race went back to green.The last 25 laps ran caution-free and Strickler, Marriott and Carter battled back and forth the last 10 times around the oval.Strickler and Marriott touched twice racing for the lead before Marriott was able to work his way through lapped traffic and pull ahead by a couple car lengths.Carter, Strickler, Mike Mashl and Jeff Aikey completed the top five. Kelly Shryock started 19th and finished sixth.George Nordman won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and $750. The $600 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win went to Jake Masters and Cody Nielsen topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for a $500 check.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Cayden Carter; 3. Kyle Strickler; 4. Mike Mashl; 5. Jeff Aikey; 6. Kelly Shryock; 7. Benji LaCrosse; 8. Ethan Dotson; 9. Tim Ward; 10. Todd Van Eaton; 11. Joel Rust; 12. Jeremy Mills; 13. Clay Money; 14. Mike Mullen; 15. Corey Dripps; 16. Josh Long; 17. Tom Berry Jr.; 18. Aaron Benson; 19. Randy Foote; 20. Jason Wolla; 21. Kody Scholpp; 22. Kollin Hibdon; 23. Nick Meyer; 24. Stacey Mills; 25. Troy Swearingen; 26. Jay Noteboom; 27. Mark Noble; 28. Richie Gustin; 29. Jesse Hoeft; 30. Jimmy Gustin; 31. Ryan Ruter.Stock Cars – 1. Jake Masters; 2. Craig Berhow; 3. Heath Tulp; 4. Randy Brands; 5. Cody Frerichs; 6. Pete Alexander; 7. Kody Scholpp; 8. Scott Yale; 9. Derek Moede; 10. Jeff Dolphin; 11. Parker Slagle; 12. Andrew Borchardt; 13. Buck Schafroth.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen; 2. Chanse Hollatz; 3. Drew Barglof; 4. Scott Dobel; 5. Tony Smidt; 6. Blaine Hanson; 7. Ben Peterson; 8. Tommy Beekman; 9. Kenzie Ritter.Northern SportMods – 1. George Nordman; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Mathew Hanson; 4. Johnathon Logue; 5. Colby Fett; 6. Andrew Inman; 7. Ryan Hiscocks; 8. Ethan Braaksma; 9. Nate Whitehurst; 10. Brady Joynt; 11. Brett Meyer; 12. Autumn Anderson; 13. Tyler Bragg; 14. Gerald Curry; 15. Nate VanSchepen; 16. Thomas Nelson; 17. Jeremiah LaDue; 18. Greg Magsam.
New Fulham owner Shahid Khan has met with manager Martin Jol for the first time during a stop-off on the club’s pre-season training trip to Costa Rica. “I’m delighted that Mr Khan has such a passion for football and has great ambitions for what we can achieve,” he told fulhamfc.com. “A link with the Jacksonville Jaguars is very exciting and I know we’re all looking forward to a successful future together. “Mr Al Fayed was a fantastic chairman and I would like to publicly thank him for what he did for Fulham and the fans. Without him, the club would not be in this position so we all owe him a great debt of gratitude as he passes his custodianship over to Mr Khan.” American billionaire Khan was in London last week to complete the takeover but did not get chance to meet with Jol and will be present for the Cottagers’ pre-season friendly against Deportivo Saprissa this weekend. “The one regret from last week was leaving London without the opportunity to meet with Martin Jol or Brede Hangeland,” he said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly welcome Martin and Brede, thank them for their commitment to Fulham and wish them the best as we begin our 13th season in the Barclays Premier League.” Press Association Khan, who owns the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, bought the club off Mohamed Al Fayed last week ending the 84-year-old businessman’s 16-year association with the Cottagers. Jol and club captain Brede Hangeland were flown from Costa Rica to Jacksonville to meet the new owner on Friday and the Dutch manager is hoping to form a strong working relationship with his new boss.
Press Association Remi Garde is ready for a post-Christmas clear out at Aston Villa. Agbonlahor, who made his Villa debut in 2006, has played just one minute under Garde and has not scored since March. Leicester’s Gokhan Inler and Bordeaux winger Wahbi Khazri interest Garde but he is also prepared to let players leave. Ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Ham he said: “There are some players who are here who haven’t been playing for a long time and I think it’s not very healthy for the the group or for themselves. “As a player you want to play and I can understand they are frustrated and they are not happy about their situation. We will have to find a solution. “I can’t tell you how many players but there are a few.” The squad will train on Christmas morning before spending the rest of the day at home with Garde hopeful a relaxed atmosphere will inspire a result. The Hammers have drawn their last three games 0-0 but Garde recognises they will be a tough hurdle to overcome. “I don’t believe too much in gifts, we don’t have to rely on anyone else but us,” he said. The boss wants to change his squad after admitting it is not healthy to have players out of the picture at Bodymoor Heath. Long-serving Gabby Agbonlahor could leave while Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos are also likely to go. “It is (winnable), like every home game, but West Ham are very solid. They don’t conceded any goals, the good news is they didn’t score but they’re a tough team. “They are very efficient away. They are fourth if you have the table only on away games. “They are also very dangerous on the counter attack. We need to find the right balance, playing a home game but to be very aware of the counter. They have quick players.” Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood in November, is attempting to somehow galvanise a relegation-haunted Villa side that lies 10 points from safety. Villa’s only Premier League victory so far this campaign came on the opening day of the season against newly promoted Bournemouth and they have scored only 14 goals from 17 league matches.