COVID-19 testing now available inside terminal at Orlando International Airport

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The testing is available to anyone and appointments are available, but not requiredFrom AdventHealthTravelers have a new option for receiving a quick and convenient test for COVID-19 as AdventHealth has launched their COVID-19 testing site inside a terminal at Orlando International Airport.“We are pleased to offer this service to Central Florida residents and those who are visiting the region,” said Dr. Scott Brady, CEO of AdventHealth Centra Care. “While much attention has been on the vaccine rollout, testing remains an important factor in keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors safe as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.”The testing is available to anyone and appointments are available, but not required. The testing site, located in the Terminal A atrium across from the security checkpoint, is open Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesday-Wednesday) from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.The site offers the COVID-19 rapid antigen test, with results in approximately 15 minutes. For more information and to book an appointment, visit www.mcocovidtests.com.The testing is separate from AdventHealth’s recently opened vaccination site at the airport. The vaccination site is not located inside the terminal and is not open to anyone who has not registered for an appointment. Vaccinations are NOT available at the testing site inside the terminal. The station for the automated people movers to the main terminal in the Orlando International Airport Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSAdventHealthCOVID-19Orange County GovernmentOrlando International AirportTesting Previous articleTips to Improve Employee Satisfaction at Your Small BusinessNext articleOrange Co. shares warning of vaccine-related scams, updates on vaccine assistance, COVID numbers and more Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name herecenter_img The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

New Blackbaud NetCommunity supports mobile and social networking

first_imgNew Blackbaud NetCommunity supports mobile and social networking AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 September 2008 | News  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The latest version of Blackbaud’s NetCommunity™ tool includes features that enable organisations to produce web content for mobile phone users, collect mobile phone donations at reduced cost, and develop online communities that integrate with popular social networking sites.Robert McAllen, Blackbaud Europe’s programme manager, explained: “New functionality will allow our clients to create mobile specific web pages within their Blackbaud NetCommunity site, helping them engage with the ever-growing base of mobile phone users.“…Not-for-profits will now be able to send links to their website via text, automatically capturing visitors’ details, then using this information to further engage with these donors or prospects.”He added that, with the latest release, “we have addressed a key industry issue of how charities can collect donations via mobile phone without incurring the exorbitant service provider fees, which had previously hampered this type of fundraising”.The new release also includes improvements to website accessibility, allowing Blackbaud NetCommunity-based sites “to achieve a level of accessibility compliance not possible before”.NetCommunity now includes a new social networking feature called ‘Wave‘ which Blackbaud claims “is the first natively-developed social network in an Internet solution designed for not-for-profits”. Organisations can use it to create online communities and social networks that integrate with popular social networking sites like Facebook.www.blackbaud.co.uk/products/internet/bbe_bbnc5.5.aspx Tagged with: Digital Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

FIST publishes ‘Red Flag’

first_imgThe revolutionary socialist youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) has begun publishing a quarterly magazine entitled “Red Flag.” The magazine contains articles about ongoing struggles against injustice and oppression as well as the revolutionary science of Marxism-Leninism.The first issue, now available, contains the following articles: “Think Revolution Is Impossible? Check out Ferguson, Missouri”; “Justice for Michael Brown: End Racist Police Killings”; “The National Question and Black Liberation”; “Baltimore Youth Slam New Curfew Laws”; “The Central American Child Migrant Crisis and Neoliberalism”; “FIST Salutes Palestinian Resistance! We Must Do Our Part to End Imperialism”; “FIST Stands with Palestinians in D.C.”; “In Detroit, Water Is Not a Human Right”; “Why We Defend Workers’ States”; and “Why We Are Marching Against Capitalism.”Contact local FIST or Workers World Party activists about ordering individual print copies or bulk orders for distribution.A PDF file of Red Flag Issue 1 is available at fightimperialism.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Which road to socialism: Bernie Sanders and voting in a pandemic

first_imgThis article is for the thousands of young people who supported Bernie Sanders and for the social organizations that came out for Sanders, some endorsing a presidential candidate for the first time. It is for the thousands of nurses leading the way in the fight for Medicare for All and for all those seeking a more progressive agenda for this country.Wisconsin voters stand in line during April 7 presidential primary.On April 8, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the 2020 election. For thousands among his base, it must have been a painful day. Activists who identify as democratic socialists like Sanders must have been disheartened.For young Sanders supporters facing one existential crisis after another, a loss of hope in the political arena that is the bourgeois elections is probably no small thing.Among the revolutionary left, it is another matter.There are no uniform views among communists in the U.S. toward the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. There are communists who historically and consistently vote Democratic, while others in the left consider this a class betrayal.The Democratic Party is seen by revolutionary socialists as the party of the bosses, one that defends the interests of the capitalists just as the Republicans do. At times it may have a more liberal program and a more diverse social base, but historically the Democratic Party functions more as a brake on the struggle than as a defender of the interests of the people.The danger is that the Democrats are closer to the masses than the racist, reactionary, super-rich Republicans.For example, when the vicious police beating of Rodney King led to a righteous rebellion in Los Angeles in 1992, it was the Democratic Party leaders and allies who came out in sympathy for King, yet criticized the rebellion. The left cheered the expropriation of goods as a righteous act of justified reparations and supported the rebellion. The Democrats called it “looting” and “riots.”Not everyone on the left agrees that voting for a Democrat is the “lesser of two evils.” Evil is still evil even if it might look like you and smile at you. There is ample evidence to demonstrate that, despite some differences, both parties unite to defend the capitalist system and not the workers and oppressed.Countless imperialist wars prove their allegiance to the capitalist class. Just ask the Iraqis if a Democrat in office made a difference.Capitalism at a dead end: A democratic socialist arisesIn both 2016 and 2020, running as a democratic socialist, Sanders got attention and rose not only in popularity but in fact got airtime. Though never as much as Trump did in 2016 when CNN covered Trump rally after rally.Sanders gained momentum without having to tap into corporate money, a monumental feat considering the millions spent to buy the elections. It was understandable that democratic socialists by the thousand-fold, as well as others, supported or gave critical support to his campaign.Why did Bernie rise? More than any other reason, it was the material conditions of capitalism that propelled him to come forward. The economic crisis — which is in an acute freefall today — meant more unemployment and underemployment, no affordable education, foreclosures and skyrocketing health care costs.The war on migrants took one ominous turn after another as racism toward Black and Brown people continued unabated. In fact, racism intensified, and white supremacy acquired a supreme place in society as the Trump administration right-wing zealots enveloped the White House.These conditions gave room for a democratic socialist to become popular. Excitingly, socialism became more accepted than capitalism, especially among younger people.So why did the most progressive candidate — the one calling for Medicare for All, for cancelling student debt, and the one who believes in climate change — get defeated?The answer lies in the Democratic Party itself — and in Wall Street.On April 9, USA Today wrote: “[S]tocks rose Wednesday after … Sanders dropped out of the Presidential race. Many investors feared a Sanders nomination … because of his policy proposals on health care and the economy, which analysts warned could crimp profits at insurers and other companies.”Young people hung their heads, Wall Street cheered.Wisconsin: ‘A day that will live in infamy’“It’s not going to be a safe election. People are going to get sick from this,” said Brook Soltvedt, a 60-year-old in charge of running a polling place in the April 7 primary in Madison, Wis. (Portside, April 7)Wisconsin has been ground zero for many reactionary policies, including union busting and so-called welfare reform. But it was also the scene of a heroic battle in 2011 when people occupied the State Capitol for several days. Even as progressive forces mobilized for the April 7 election and even though public health officials called for a postponement because of the pandemic, the right-wing State Supreme Court ordered that the election proceed.The Portside article stated: “The U.S. Supreme Court added insult to injury … overturning a lower court ruling that extended the deadline for absentee voting.”Absentee ballots had to be postmarked Tuesday or returned by 8 p.m.On April 9, the Wisconsin State Journal reported: “[A] postal worker had discovered ‘three large tubs’ of absentee ballots … that never reached voters.”Wisconsin is another sign that the reactionary right wing of the bourgeoisie, manifested currently through the Republican Party, has moved more and more to position itself to deny even the most basic rights to the masses. The movement must be on guard: The chicanery in Wisconsin may foreshadow events in November. Trump is openly stating he opposes mail-in voting because it benefits his opponents.Black people and women fought like hell for the right to vote. Black people in particular died for that basic democratic right. History has shown that it is mass struggle that creates real change, not elections. But every basic right that workers have won must be defended.Rights are being hammered, from the right to vote in a pandemic to the right to an abortion, education, a home, a job — and especially the right to live, as COVID-19 destroys communities, particularly communities of color.And now Sanders, at a high level in the government, with a social movement behind him that could have helped to delay these attacks, has withdrawn.Class struggle: Ballots or bullets?On April 12, 1964, exactly 56 years ago in Detroit, Malcolm X gave one of his most inspiring speeches ever: “The Ballot or the Bullet.” He asserted that liberation cannot be won through the ballot box; it can only be won through our struggle.A lot has happened since then, including Malcolm’s assassination. What has not happened is revolutionary fundamental change that makes the ballot box as irrelevant as an 8-track cassette player.But what has happened is anti-capitalist sentiment has become more mainstream, something the Democratic Party machine is completely threatened by.This wing of the Democrats sold out the Sanders’ movement. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and all those comfortable, wealthy fat-cats were determined to undermine the Sanders’ campaign — and Sanders ultimately allowed it. This is what is so tragic about the Sanders’ movement and momentum.At the very moment that the Trump administration criminally mishandles the COVID-19 crisis to the detriment of the masses, the Democrats prefer to put forward a pathetic candidate. Joe Biden’s record on racism, sexism and imperialist wars is despicable. The line of least resistance — Biden’s electability — was preferred over the life-and-death issues that the Sanders’ movement was fighting for.The Democratic Party is incapable and unwilling to fight the fight.Fighting for socialismWhich way then towards socialism? In the context of what could be an economic crisis worse than the Great Depression, socialism must be desperately fought for if humanity is to survive.The only way to defeat white supremacy, COVID-19 and all the reactionary rest is to remember Malcolm’s words and put them into today’s context: people power, mass resistance, general strikes, occupations, door-to-door organizing when that is safe — these are what make real change. When the workers are struggling and developing class consciousness, this is what will stop the zealots in the White House and the fat-cats on Wall Street.In 2016, a Chicanx actor took the stage during the Democratic Party Convention and said, “We did not cross the border, the border crossed us.” This year at a Sanders event in San Antonio, Texas, a Black actor closed his speech with the Assata chant spoken at many Black Lives Matter and other revolutionary events.While deeply moving, it is tiring to have these slogans— developed in the streets — co-opted by the very party machine that is not only complicit in, but completely loyal to the capitalist system.The revolutionary socialist movement should embrace the young people and others who wanted to see “Tio Bernie” win. We should hold them close because, together, we can create a new future: Real socialism will be just around the corner.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

President Promises More Aid if Farmers Need It

first_img President Promises More Aid if Farmers Need It By Eric Pfeiffer – Feb 23, 2020 SHARE IF OUR FORMALLY TARGETED FARMERS NEED ADDITIONAL AID UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE TRADE DEALS WITH CHINA, MEXICO, CANADA AND OTHERS FULLY KICK IN, THAT AID WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PAID FOR OUT OF THE MASSIVE TARIFF MONEY COMING INTO THE USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2020After months of hearing Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue tell farmers to not expect any additional trade aid in 2020, President Trump has apparently changed course. Via Twitter on Friday, Trump says if, “farmers need additional aid until such time as the trade deals with China, Mexico, Canada, and others fully kick in, that aid will be provided by the federal government.”According to Agri-Pulse, Perdue was asked as recently as Thursday, the day prior to the tweet, about whether there would be new Market Facilitation Program payments this year to which he responded, “Probably not.” He added, “I’m not advising any farmers to expect Market Facilitation Program payments. They’ve got to farm for the market and what it’s telling them and what their capabilities are from a production perspective.”USDA sources also told Agri-Pulse that they hadn’t received instructions to assemble a 2020 aid package but that the department could do so quickly.COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, that has struck China continues to leave uncertainty about the Phase One trade deal officially struck last month. Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist for INTL FCStone and regular HAT market analyst, told us recently, “China needed to be able to focus to get all the administrative processes changed in order to move forward with this phase one agreement and now it’s all hands on deck trying to control this disease at the top. So, that’s going to make it more difficult for them to focus on the changes they needed to make administratively to open the door for purchases of US ag commodities.” Home Indiana Agriculture News President Promises More Aid if Farmers Need It Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue Webinar to Cover Crop Insurance Decisions and 2018 Farm Bill SignupNext articleIndiana Pesticide Legislation Remains in Limbo Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Horoscope: November 19, 2020

first_imgHoroscope: May 1, 2021 printA baby born today has a Sun in Scorpio and a Moon in Capricorn until 3:25 p.m., when the Moon enters Aquarius.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020:Powerful, rebellious and constructive, you’re a brilliant individual indeed. In 2021, you convince many with a successful creation of yours. You won’t have to worry about money. You are up to date with everything. If single, you’re highly sensuous and physical, so you have many dates, but no tomato until 2022. If attached, you love your relationship…until you don’t. You hang through such a time now, but soon it’s over. SCORPIO doesn’t mind.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★★A presentation before a group could inspire the confidence of business associates. Do research connected to career goals. The additional information can open a real window of opportunity. You want to advance at work. Tonight: New horizons beckon. Get excited.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★Travel plans and opportunities are available. Your mental energy will be in top form. It’s especially easy to assimilate new information. And you have much to express. But preserve the status quo at work. Tonight: A change made in haste now could lead to regret.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★Your feelings will be very intense today. Add a note of humor if you sense you’re coming across as overly opinionated. Be true to yourself, yet sensitive to the needs of companions. Observe others’ facial expressions in order to maintain perspective. Tonight: Relax.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★Responsibility, commitment and a reality check directly linked to marriage issues are a certainty. A partner might need more encouragement and support from you. Patience is important, but be honest and let go if a situation just isn’t working. Tonight: Date night.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★Plan for the future by establishing good habits. You can effectively work on your health today, making changes for the better. Conversations can be a little confusing. Insist upon clarity. When your concern for others lessens, you should experience an enhanced vitality. Tonight: Emails.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★★Love and appreciation for all that you do and are will be given freely today. This sets the stage for commitments and a cycle of meaningful creativity. You experience a burst of artistic energy. Tonight: A new project can be shared with one you love.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★Today could find you dreaming of a residential move, and at the same time brings some wonderful opportunities to acquire a different dwelling. Shop for items you would especially like to have in your home. Tonight: Your day dreaming continues.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★Animal companions heal and comfort. Make certain that cherished critters are current on their shots and veterinary checkups. A new animal companion may join you. The love and advice of a neighbor or sibling can make a difference for the better. Tonight: Up late.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)vv★Enthusiasm to add to your income is at an all-time peak. Be careful, however, not to overwork yourself. Peace of mind, rest and wellness must not be sacrificed for material security. Control any irritation with others about money matters. Tonight: Finding constructive solutions.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★★You’ll have tremendous energy and motivation today, but could be quick to anger. Focus on only constructive thoughts and actions, and the world will be at your feet. An aromatherapy or home remedy suggested by a friend could be a godsend. Tonight: Celebrate yourself.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★You are more introspective than usual today. Dream activity accelerates. Try keeping a journal as an aid in understanding your personal motivations. Solitary meditations and rituals will be quite effective. Tonight: An herbal soak followed by a good, long night’s sleep.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★★Friendships will offer many a new opportunity. Creative projects, including musical studies, will provide a catalyst in selecting long-term goals. It will be especially easy for you to read others psychically today. Tonight: Experiment with aura gazing and telepathy.Born today: Actress Allison Janney (1959), actress Jodie Foster (1962), choreographer Savion Glover (1973) Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 + posts Previous articleThe Skiff: Nov. 19, 2020Next articleHoroscope: November 20, 2020 Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ ReddIt Twitter Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Linkedin Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ ReddIt Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Twitter Linkedin Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Donegal councillor calls for restoration of LIS grants

first_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also A Donegal County Councillor has called Minister Leo Varadkar  to reinstate the Local Improvement Schemes across the Country which he says are hugely important for Donegal.The LIS Scheme allowed the council repair lanes or roadways outside the County Roads network providing  10% – 15% of the cost was paid by the users of the Roadway.Councillor Seamus O’Domhnaill spoke on the issue a recent meeting of the Border Regional Authority held in Co.Louth which backed a motion calling for the scheme to be reinstated.He says cutting the scheme underlines how the current government favours urban areas over rural…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/seamam.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Donegal councillor calls for restoration of LIS grants Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Previous articleUpdated: Manager ‘delighted’ having bought the Sandhouse Hotel for 650KNext articleMajor education cuts protest to take place in Letterkenny News Highland center_img Newsx Adverts Twitter Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report By News Highland – March 2, 2012 Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

Alaska LNG project secures final approval from US DOE for exports

first_imgThe approval allows the project to export LNG to to any country with which the US has not entered into a free trade agreement The LNG project is expected to complete all federal reviews and authorizations by the end of the year. (Credit: SatyaPrem from Pixabay) Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s (AGDC) $38.7bn Alaska LNG Pipeline Project has secured final authorisation for gas exports.The approval from the US Department of Energy (DOE) allows the project to export LNG to all countries, including those without US free trade agreements (FTA).The announcement follows the US Department of the Interior (DOI) issuance of rights-of-way permits for the project last month.The Alaska LNG is an integrated project, which involves construction of about 1,400km of pipelines.It also includes construction of a 20 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) liquefaction facility at Nikiski, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, US and a gas treatment plant in the Prudhoe Bay.The natural gas produced at the Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson oil and gas fields on the Alaska’s North Slope will be supplied to the project.The natural gas treatment facility of the project will have three process trains with a total average capacity of 3.5bcf a day.All federal reviews and authorizations for Alaska LNG to be completed by end of 2020DOE Deputy Secretary Mark Menezes said: “I am proud to sign this export authorization that allows a path for the otherwise stranded gas resources on the North Slope of Alaska to be made available both to the people of Alaska and to the export market.“Major infrastructure investments like the Alaska LNG Project will bring long-term benefits to Alaskans, the United States, and to importing nations.”Furthermore, the project is expected to complete all federal reviews and authorizations by the end of the year.In June, AGDC reduced the cost estimate for the Alaska LNG project by 12% of $5.5bn from the previous estimate of $44.2bn.last_img read more

Colombia Openly Fighting Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega / Diálogo June 08, 2017 Colombia has 100,000 hectares of coca to deal with. Its goal for May 2018 is to eliminate half through crop substitution and the other half through forced eradication. On May 23rd,Colombian Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas went before the Second Senate Commission and testified that, among other things, 3,500 hectares have thus far been voluntarily destroyed, and 15,000 hectares forcibly so. In terms of the effectiveness of the methods used, the minister clarified that “aerial spraying is 33 percent effective, that is, in an area that might have 100 coca plants, aerial spraying will kill 33 of them, which means you have to do three fumigations to finish the job.” Manual spraying by land, which is 95 percent effective, is what is now used. According to the Colombian Agricultural Institute, this prevents the regrowth of coca. While this crop intervention is direct, Colombian Army Major General Ricardo Jiménez Mejía, chief of Staff of Operations, told Diálogo that it is not the only intervention used. “We are working on different levels in the fight against drug trafficking, not only with crops, but we also attack agricultural inputs and precursors, production, distribution, and transport, as our main effort. In one way or another, we support both the Police and the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, in terms of money laundering and agricultural supplies.” Forced eradication happens in industrial crops where growers are unwilling to voluntarily replace the crops. “We have 9,000 men dedicated to the fight against illegal crops, 6,000 from the Armed Forces, and 3,000 split between police officers and civilians. It is an exercise that is coordinated within the ‘Victoria [Victory]’ and ‘Comunidades seguras y en paz [Secure and Peaceful Communities]’ plans, of the Armed Forces and the National Police, respectively,” Minister Villegas said. Territorial control After the signing of the peace accords, it became essential to have government presence in areas that FARC will be leaving (160 municipalities) in order to stop the expansion of coca crops and prevent Organized Armed Groups (GAO, per their Spanish acronym) from taking control of any territory. For that reason, the government seeks to promote socioeconomic development, infrastructure and security. The goal is to improve the standard of living of the civilian population. For that purpose, the “Strategic Military Stabilization and Consolidation Plan Victoria” of the Armed Forces General Command is outlining the path forward to achieve government control of the territory and to promote the creation of a stable and lasting peace. Currently, joint, coordinated and inter-institutional operations are conducted through the plan, which among other tasks seeks to neutralize guerrilla cells, GAOs and other criminal phenomena affecting the civilian population and national security. “The Armed Forces and the National Police are working hand in hand to affect these [GAO] structures because one way or another they harm the nation’s territory and threaten national security,” Maj. Gen. Jiménez said, adding that “the coordinated joint interagency work has allowed each and every one of our military victories in the past few years over phenomena of instability or those groups that have upset the country’s public order.” Minister Villegas specified that during the month of May, 132 members of the Gulf Clan were arrested, among them, 11 leaders. He also added that since the current government was installed, the group has lost more than half of its armed members. “They went from 4,200 to 1,570 thanks to support from the National Police and the Army during ‘Operation Agamenón’” he said. “Within the characterization made by the Ministry of National Defense, we have the responsibility… to practically attack four structures that are all throughout the country. One of them is the Gulf Clan, which represents around 92 percent; the ELN and ‘Los Pelusos,’ which represent four percent; and ‘Puntilleros,’ which represent two percent, both in Vichada and in Meta,” Maj. Gen. Jiménez said. Strategy at sea “Thanks to the maritime strategy that is being applied, we have an apparent blockade on drugs leaving. Go-fast boats and sailing cabotage vessels have been reduced this year. This assault on drug trafficking stems from our coordinated work,” Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera Leal, commander of the Task Force against Drug Trafficking “Neptuno 73,” told Diálogo. “The Air Force has given us the opportunity to quickly identify contacts at sea to which we direct our assets for maritime interdiction.” Twenty-four percent of drugs arriving in the Caribbean are smuggled through the Atrato River. “Important blockades have been set up by the Titan Task Force – from Quibdó (Chocó) to Riosucio (Antioquia) by the Colombian Navy, and Brigade No. 17 of the Colombian Army from Riosucio to Bocas del Atrato. Finally, the work is completed thanks to alliances among peers in the Caribbean like Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica,” Rear Adm. Herrera concluded.last_img read more

How credit unions will win over millennials in 2015

first_imgRemember Occupy Wall Street? Seems so long ago, but it’s only been four years since the “Millennial Movement” took place. And since then, the echo boomer generation has been flocking to credit unions to avoid the big banks. Just this past summer, credit unions reached and passed the 100-million member mark — largely in thanks to young people.While CUs are expected to grow by 2 to 3 percent each year through the next decade, they are projected to hold less than 30 percent of the financial industry market by 2025. Yet how much of that percentage will be made up of what may be the biggest generation ever?Studies have shown that over 80 percent of millennial credit union members are in love with their customer experience, and almost all of them are satisfied overall with their CU. With almost 40 percent willing to recommend, why then do over 70 percent of people between 18 and 34 still not know what a credit union is? This fact is especially confusing given that millennials are way more likely to choose a brand based on recommendations from friends and family.We know that in order to continue to woo millennials, our jaded view on this generation has got to go. They aren’t the selfie-obsessed overgrown teenagers that we’ve labeled them as — at least not all of them. They’re growing up, and their wants and cares are changing. Pew’s research showed the top four concerns among the older half of the generation are being a good parent, having a successful marriage, helping others and owning a home. The key to all of those is financial security. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more