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Costa Rica and Panama Cooperate to Fight Crime Along Shared Border

first_imgThe cooperation follows an agreement signed on February 12 by Panamanian Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera and his Costa Rican counterpart, Luis Gustavo Mata Vega, who signed the memorandum of understanding during a binational security meeting in Panama’s Bocas del Toro Province. Panamanian and Costa Rican security forces are sharing intelligence, technology and training to fight organized crime along their shared border. “The idea is to monitor migration routes for criminals,” Aguilera said during the binational security meeting. Since January 1, Panamanian security authorities have seized 10.4 tons of drugs in the border region and throughout the country. In 2014, they confiscated 39 tons of drugs; between 2009 and 2014, the security forces seized 209 tons of drugs, most of which would have been transported to the United States. The Panamanian National Police has also seized 342 firearms that did not have the necessary permits. Comprehensive development in Paso Canoas Sharing information and resources In addition to working together to improve security along the border region, the two countries also are strategizing to encourage comprehensive development in Paso Canoas in order to provide economic opportunities for the civilian population. Officials from Costa Rica and Panama intend to meet in the months to come to formulate a strategic plan for development in the area. Officials from Costa Rica’s Customs, Migration, and Police forces, in addition to representatives from the Andean Development Corporation, will participate in the meeting, Aguilera said. In addition to working together to improve security along the border region, the two countries also are strategizing to encourage comprehensive development in Paso Canoas in order to provide economic opportunities for the civilian population. Officials from Costa Rica and Panama intend to meet in the months to come to formulate a strategic plan for development in the area. Sharing information is a key component of the binational effort. Security forces from the two countries are sharing information about criminal suspects from their respective computer databases. By mid-2015, the two countries plan on establishing a joint task force to fight drug trafficking and other organized crime. Mata Vega said he hopes the binational effort will lead to clear, specific policies to help Costa Rica and Panama cooperate effectively in their fight against organized crime. By Dialogo March 30, 2015 Authorities are planning on building a binational security post in Paso Canoas, an international city shared by Chiriquí Province in western Panama and Puntarenas Province in Costa Rica. The idea is to duplicate the positive experience that Panama has had along the Colombian border, where since 2014 Panamanian and Colombian authorities have shared a surveillance post in the Colombian locality of La Unión. Comprehensive development in Paso Canoas “There is a black market, operating in parallel to the market for transferring second-hand weapons, which we view with concern, and we must attack that activity as soon as possible along the border,” said Aguilera, who assured both countries are working to exchange information regarding the documentation for weapons that are transported across the border. “This re-design is arduous work, and we certainly cannot do it alone,” he said. Sharing information and resources Mata Vega said he hopes the binational effort will lead to clear, specific policies to help Costa Rica and Panama cooperate effectively in their fight against organized crime. The cooperation follows an agreement signed on February 12 by Panamanian Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera and his Costa Rican counterpart, Luis Gustavo Mata Vega, who signed the memorandum of understanding during a binational security meeting in Panama’s Bocas del Toro Province. The goal of the joint effort is to crack down on organized crime groups that transport drugs and various types of contraband and engage in other criminal enterprises, such as human trafficking. Panamanian and Costa Rican security forces are sharing intelligence, technology and training to fight organized crime along their shared border. “The idea is to monitor migration routes for criminals,” Aguilera said during the binational security meeting. “There is a black market, operating in parallel to the market for transferring second-hand weapons, which we view with concern, and we must attack that activity as soon as possible along the border,” said Aguilera, who assured both countries are working to exchange information regarding the documentation for weapons that are transported across the border. Both countries are fighting the same criminal activities; Aguilera pointed out drug trafficking, smuggling merchandise from the Colón Free Trade Zone, illegal trade in agricultural and livestock products on both sides of the border, as well as weapons smuggling as common issues that deserve prompt attention. Neither country has a standing Army. For public safety, Costa Rica relies primarily on its Public Security Force, which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Security. Panama’s Public Forces – which include the National Police, the National Aeronaval Service and the National Border Service – provide security in that country. “This re-design is arduous work, and we certainly cannot do it alone,” he said. Officials from Costa Rica’s Customs, Migration, and Police forces, in addition to representatives from the Andean Development Corporation, will participate in the meeting, Aguilera said. Both countries are fighting the same criminal activities; Aguilera pointed out drug trafficking, smuggling merchandise from the Colón Free Trade Zone, illegal trade in agricultural and livestock products on both sides of the border, as well as weapons smuggling as common issues that deserve prompt attention. Since January 1, Panamanian security authorities have seized 10.4 tons of drugs in the border region and throughout the country. In 2014, they confiscated 39 tons of drugs; between 2009 and 2014, the security forces seized 209 tons of drugs, most of which would have been transported to the United States. The Panamanian National Police has also seized 342 firearms that did not have the necessary permits. Neither country has a standing Army. For public safety, Costa Rica relies primarily on its Public Security Force, which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Security. Panama’s Public Forces – which include the National Police, the National Aeronaval Service and the National Border Service – provide security in that country. Authorities are planning on building a binational security post in Paso Canoas, an international city shared by Chiriquí Province in western Panama and Puntarenas Province in Costa Rica. The idea is to duplicate the positive experience that Panama has had along the Colombian border, where since 2014 Panamanian and Colombian authorities have shared a surveillance post in the Colombian locality of La Unión. The goal of the joint effort is to crack down on organized crime groups that transport drugs and various types of contraband and engage in other criminal enterprises, such as human trafficking. Sharing information is a key component of the binational effort. Security forces from the two countries are sharing information about criminal suspects from their respective computer databases. By mid-2015, the two countries plan on establishing a joint task force to fight drug trafficking and other organized crime. last_img read more

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first_imgerrata April 15, 2005 Errata ErrataBecause of incorrect information provided to the News, pictures and a caption in the April 1 issue featuring Justice Raoul Cantero at the Order of the Black Bean Pig Roast in Tallahassee reported that the event, sponsored by the Cuban American Bar Association, was in honor of the justice and that it was organized by CABA as a way for Cantero to continue celebrating his Cuban heritage while in Tallahassee. Actually, the event was organized by the Order of the Black Bean, a group of Cuban Americans who live in Tallahassee — and sponsored by CABA — to benefit Mission San Luis, a historical Spanish mission in Tallahassee. The event was co-hosted by Columba Bush, wife of Gov. Jeb Bush. Cantero, a member of the Order of the Black Bean, said his only role in the event was behind-the-scenes planning and helping to cook the pig. The News regrets the error.last_img read more

The art and science of brand balance

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Mathes John Mathes is the Director of Brand Strategy at Weber Marketing Group, a strategic branding and marketing consulting agency focused on the financial industries. He’s honed 30 years of … Web: www.webermarketing.com Details At Weber Marketing Group, we unlock brand insights that shape human behavior. We then influence this behavior by crafting emotive creative built on solid strategy formed from intelligence.Pretty cool, eh? I really like this graphic flow that sums up our approach:Intelligence > Strategy > CreativityMakes sense, right? One step leads to another. Seems linear and logical. And the process flow happens this way. Well, sometimes. However, more often than not, at Weber Marketing Group (WMG), there is a blending and balancing of intellectual capital as our teams cross-pollinize and share insights and ideas with each other as we solve complex growth problems for our clients. Even though at WMG I anchor the middle position as Director of Brand Strategy, you’ll just as often find me digging around in the data looking for patterns. Or, much to the creative department’s partial chagrin, I might be writing strat lines because I know the clients so well. And it doesn’t matter to any of us, as we’re all working together in an agnostic and holistic way to build our clients’ business and fuel their growth.This cultural balance of ours finds its way into all aspects of our thinking and approach. Take our intelligence practice for instance. We’ve been analyzing and leveraging data insights from our clients for decades as we’ve helped them shape their branching strategy and network optimization. Recently we added to our data analytics firepower by acquiring BancTrac Solutions, a data warehouse and analytics firm that turns complex data into advanced analytics, dashboards and business intelligence to help our clients make adaptive decisions that increase performance, market share and profits. We have exciting plans ahead to really ramp up this aspect of our business to provide even more robust views, analysis and recommendations to help our clients achieve their KPIs.Combining client data points with syndicated data leads to the identification of key consumer segments, which in turn are developed into personas. These personas become the starting point for crafting personalized and individualized marketing that can be delivered with precise timing. All this can happen because data is becoming easier to accumulate, analyze and visualize on handy dashboards, accessed by everyone.While this data provides incredibly detailed and actionable information on things such as: how consumers behave; who are the most profitable consumers; where do they live; what do they like to do; what media do they consumer; etc., what’s missing from the data set is WHY they behave the way they do. Relying totally on quantitative data can be limiting to a total understanding of consumer motivation and the emotional influence driving the decisions they make when it comes to things like brand preference and loyalty. Qualitative information (yes, it’s still data), can fill in the blanks and provide the texture precisely where a pure quantitative approach falls short. At WMG, we balance the strategy we generate by also tapping into the human and emotional drumbeats we uncover that in turn help guide and influence creative development, insuring the results are different, relevant and motivating.The voice of the consumer is an important data point that often gets overlooked in this new age of data analytics. It’s important to ensure data metrics are always synced up with less tangible emotional inputs in order for the brand to remain human in its quest to develop deep and meaningful dialogue with targeted consumers.Data-driven marketing should be balanced by impactful branded creative, made possible by including qualitative insights whenever possible.last_img read more

Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China, officials

first_imgThe Trump administration is “turbocharging” an initiative to remove global industrial supply chains from China as it weighs new tariffs to punish Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to officials familiar with US planning.President Donald Trump, who has stepped up recent attacks on China ahead of the Nov. 3 US presidential election, has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas.Now, economic destruction and the massive US coronavirus death toll are driving a government-wide push to move US production and supply chain dependency away from China, even if it goes to other more friendly nations instead, current and former senior US administration officials said. “We’ve been working on [reducing the reliance of our supply chains in China] over the last few years but we are now turbo-charging that initiative,” Keith Krach, undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the US State Department told Reuters.”I think it is essential to understand where the critical areas are and where critical bottlenecks exist,” Krach said, adding that the matter was key to US security and one the government could announce new action on soon.The US Commerce Department, State and other agencies are looking for ways to push companies to move both sourcing and manufacturing out of China. Tax incentives and potential re-shoring subsidies are among measures being considered to spur changes, the current and former officials told Reuters.“There is a whole of government push on this,” said one. Agencies are probing which manufacturing should be deemed “essential” and how to produce these goods outside of China. Trump’s China policy has been defined by behind-the-scenes tussles between pro-trade advisers and China hawks; now the latter say their time has come.”This moment is a perfect storm; the pandemic has crystallized all the worries that people have had about doing business with China,” said another senior US official.”All the money that people think they made by making deals with China before, now they’ve been eclipsed many fold by the economic damage” from the coronavirus, the official said.Economic prosperity network Trump has said repeatedly that he could put new tariffs on top of the up to 25% tax on $370 billion in Chinese goods currently in place.US companies, which pay the tariffs, are already groaning under the existing ones, especially as sales plummet during coronavirus lockdowns.But that does not mean Trump will balk at new ones, officials say. Other ways to punish China may include sanctions on officials or companies, and closer relations with Taiwan, the self-governing island China considers a province.But discussions about moving supply chains are concrete, robust, and, unusually for the Trump administration, multi-lateral.The United States is pushing to create an alliance of “trusted partners” dubbed the “Economic Prosperity Network,” one official said. It would include companies and civil society groups operating under the same set of standards on everything from digital business, energy and infrastructure to research, trade, education and commerce, he said.The US government is working with Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Vietnam to “move the global economy forward,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said April 29.These discussions include “how we restructure … supply chains to prevent something like this from ever happening again,” Pompeo said.Latin America may play a role, too.Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos last month said he was in discussions with the White House, National Security Council, US Treasury Department and US Chamber of Commerce about a drive to encourage US companies to move some supply chains out of China and bring them closer to home.China overtook the United States as the world’s top manufacturing country in 2010, and was responsible for 28% of global output in 2018, according to United Nations data.The pandemic has highlighted China’s key role in the supply chain for generic drugs that account for the majority of prescriptions in the United States. It has also shown China’s dominance in goods like the thermal cameras needed to test workers for fevers, and its importance in food supplies.Hard sell for companies Many US companies have invested heavily in Chinese manufacturing and rely on China’s 1.4 billion people for a big chunk of their sales.”Diversification and some redundancy in supply chains will make sense given the level of risk that the pandemic has uncovered,” said Doug Barry, spokesman for the US-China Business Council. “But we don’t see a wholesale rush for the exits by companies doing business in China.”John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy at the US Chamber of Commerce, said that US manufacturers already meet 70% of current pharmaceutical demand.Building new facilities in the United States could take five to eight years, he said. “We’re concerned that officials need to get the right fact sets before they start looking at alternatives,” Murphy said.Trump White House pledges to punish China have not always been followed by action.A move to block global exports of chips to blacklisted Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, for example, favored by hawks in the administration and under consideration since November, has not yet been finalized.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Releases AAPI Language Education Schools (AAPLES) Initiative

first_img March 29, 2018 Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Releases AAPI Language Education Schools (AAPLES) Initiative SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Advocate to state and local educational institutions for space to hold classesSeek private and federal grants for resources for capacity buildingShare curriculum, instructional materials, and pedagogical strategies for mutual benefitHold professional development meetings, with the scholarly input of educational faculty in Penn State and other interested universitiesCollaborate in undertaking research on home/school connections, student needs, learning strategies, and instructional practices to enhance teaching.Such schools may include teaching arrangements that are not formally established such as those that meet outside of a school setting. In areas where no such arrangements exist, local community leaders or parents who intend to start schools can send their information. This network will help provide information and resources to start community-based schools in your area.The AAPLES initiative is part of ongoing work by the Commission to learn about the challenges facing the AAPI communities and how the Commission can leverage its collective strengths to effectively advocate, promote resources for, and best serve the state’s diverse AAPI communities.Any community-organized school interested in participating in AAPLES may complete the online form for their community-based school here; registration is free. Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs released online a statewide initiative entitled Asian American and Pacific Islander Language Education Schools (AAPLES).The Commission is looking to establish a network of community-organized schools in Pennsylvania. Community-organized schools are community-based schools that teach Asian or Pacific Islander heritage languages, English as a second language, and other school subjects specifically to students from Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.The purpose of the AAPLES initiative is to bring together teachers and administrators of these schools to:last_img read more

Pension costs push UK financial regulator into the red

first_imgFollowing a full actuarial valuation carried out last year, the FCA agreed a recovery plan with the pension scheme’s trustees. This involves annual payments of £29m for 10 years, which began on 1 April 2017. The Financial Ombudsman Service, which also contributes to the scheme, will pay a further £1m a year.The FCA added in the report and accounts: “In order to mitigate the risks of significantly increased future annual pension deficit funding contributions, the FCA has agreed with the trustee a set of triggers whereby the level of exposure to equity securities will be reduced in favour of debt securities (ie corporate bonds and index-linked gilts). These triggers have been determined to identify material improvements in the plan’s funding position, measured relative to its long-term funding target.”The UK regulator is funded chiefly by fees paid by regulated financial firms, and receives no government funding.Elsewhere in its report and accounts, the FCA said it had spent £6.1m on work related to the European Union’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) in the 2016-17 period. The regulator last week published a wide-ranging asset management market study, recommending a range of measures affecting asset managers and investment consultants. The UK’s financial regulator made a loss of £8.6m (€9.9m) in the 12 months to 31 March due to a £65.3m actuarial loss recorded by its pension fund.The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) defined benefit pension scheme – which closed to future accrual in 2010 – cut its discount rate from 3.45% to 2.45% during the 2016-17 financial year, its annual report and accounts showed.The discount rate cut meant liabilities rose to £886.6m, an increase of 22% year-on-year. Total assets reached £712.5m, leaving a shortfall of £174.1m. The actuarial loss, recorded on the FCA’s balance sheet, meant that a £56.7m surplus – which included an increase in fees collected from regulated firms – became an £8.6m loss.last_img read more

High-rise brothel won’t be fast tracked

first_imgNZ Herald 1 June 2012Auckland Council has declined a request to fast track the resource consent application for a 15-level city centre building, which would include a brothel, directly to the Environment Court.Wellington developers John and Michael Chow want to build the tower on the site of the demolished Palace Hotel in Victoria St.The plan is that the first two levels of the black-toned glass building will be blank and layered by a LED screen mesh facing Victoria St. This will carry graphic images for events such as a countdown to the New Year.Property magnate Sir Robert Jones is among those who have already voiced opposition to the plan, with Robt Jones Holdings Auckland director Greg Loveridge saying the scale and look of the building on its northern face were objectionable.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10810083last_img read more

Tragic deaths show babies’ fragility

first_imgStuff.co.nz 20 July 2012They are tragedies that could have happened to any family. The deaths of three much-loved and well-cared-for Wellington babies have been made public by a coroner to illustrate how vulnerable infants are. All three suffocated in their sleep. Te Atirau Matehaere Hamiora Gerrard, 6 months, died while sleeping on his stomach, alone in his mother’s bed. Ronon John Dittmer-Lokes died while sleeping on a bassinet mattress in a stroller. The 3-month-old suffocated after rolling on to his stomach. Tusitala-John Savaii-Taatiti, 9 months, died after his father fell asleep on a couch while holding him. The father woke to find his baby wedged in the back of the couch. Attempts by the parents and paramedics to bring the baby boys back to life were futile. Coroner Ian Smith recommended Well Child providers such as Plunket and Tamariki Ora engage with expectant mothers from about week 36 of their pregnancies to ensure they and their families are educated on safe sleeping practices.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7312850/Tragic-deaths-show-babies-fragilitylast_img read more

African countries urged to ease travel restrictions to boost sector

first_imgInter-continental business travel is expected to drive growth in Africa’s tourism industry over the next two years. But in order to sustain this growth, experts believe African governments need to ease up on travel regulations and encourage competition, especially in the airline industry. Business travel remains strong while there’s been a marked slowdown in leisure travel due the global economic slowdown and a wave of deadly terrorist attacks in parts of Africa. High costs and stringent travel regulations also makes travelling in Africa expensive and cumbersome.Delegates at the Africa Travel Conference are optimistic about the travel industry. Many say that countries in Africa have made huge strides in making it easier for travellers to get around but infrastructure still remains poor, making it difficult and expensive to travel on the continent. Experts say high travel costs are also driven by the reluctance of African governments to open up their skies to new competitors, which will make travelling cheaper and more efficient.Most countries in Africa still require visas, even for those from the continent.“The cost of entering countries is incredibly expensive. And again being slightly cynical, a number of countries in my opinion are really seeing this as a revenue generation opportunity, a taxing opportunity rather than applying genuine checks on people before they come to the country.” Chris Pouney, Partner, Nina and PintaAfrica still has some way to go in improving the environment making it more conducive for business and leisure travellers. The travel industry believes changes are being effected and that growth in this sector will soon tick up again.last_img read more

Chelsea boss Lampard eyes £5m raid on Derby midfielder

first_imgThe teenager, who has just over two years remaining on his current contract, has played 27 times in Derby’s first team.And eight of those appearances in central midfield were when Lampard was in charge.Football Insider claim the Rams are unlikely to let their promising academy prospect leave for less than £5million.The club see Bird, who was a regular scorer and playmaker at youth level, as one of the best talents to emerge from their academy.But with the coronavirus crisis affecting the coffers of Championship sides, the Rams could be at risk of having to sell the highly-rated player.Max BirdRead Also: N’Golo Kanté on Real Madrid radar againDerby, who are currently twelfth and 20 points behind league leaders Leeds, have a slim chance of reaching the play-offs when the season resumes.But they will have to close the gap of five points on sixth-placed Preston.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bird, 19, who partners Wayne Rooney in the Rams’ midfield, is said have impressed Frank Lampard during his time in charge at Pride Park. Chelsea may have to cough up at least £5million if they want to see Max Bird swap his Derby shirt for a Blues strip.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About China7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible Beauty20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Celebrities Showing Support For George Floyd ProtestsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more