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Brazil to Help Haiti Train New Engineers

first_imgBy Dialogo May 31, 2013 According to the Defense leader, Brazil has no intention to withdraw their troops from the country carelessly, but acknowledged that the Brazilian troops must not remain there indefinitely because it will create what he referred to as a “comfort zone” for all parties. “We wish to gradually transfer the responsibility over security and maintenance of law and order to Haiti,” he stated. The Brazilian offer was well received by the Haitian Prime Minister, who said that his country is ready to receive support in professional training in engineering. He noted that in the last three years the country has suffered three disasters, including the tragic 2010 earthquake and hurricanes. Prior to arriving at the meeting, Lamothe and his entourage were welcomed with military honors by the Brazilian minister. Air Force commander, Brigadier Juniti Saito; Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Eduardo Monteiro Lopes; Army Chief of Staff, General Joaquim Silva e Luna; chief of the Armed Forces Joint Staff, General José Carlos De Nardi; and General Secretary of Defense, Ari Matos Cardoso were there to greet the Prime Minister. According to Defense Minister Amorim, part of the financial resources to be invested in the training of Haitian engineers is expected to come from the savings resulting from the demobilization of military forces in the country. Brazil began reducing its contingent, which should soon return to around 1,200 men, similar in size to what it was before the 2010 earthquake. Professors from the Brazilian Army Corps of Engineers will teach the course. According to Amorim, the idea is to train approximately 500 Haitian students in Brazil and 1,000 others in Haiti itself. These trained professionals will not only teach the specific skills of the profession, but also learn how to deal with civil defense actions and responses to natural disasters, very common situations in the Caribbean island. Lamothe emphasized that security is one of his main concerns. He asked for support to train and equip a rapid response force – a military elite corps capable of acting in case the regular police force fails. According to the Haitian representative, this force would consist of 600 troops. Amorim stated his commitment to assist Lamothe. Brazil is expected to help Haiti train engineers, enabling them to prepare and implement projects aiming to contribute to the development of their country. The offer by Defense Minister Celso Amorim was made on May 20 to Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe, during a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Brasília. As examples of structural-type aid, Amorim cited the possibility of Brazil providing assistance to train the Haitian National Police and enabling financing to build the Artibonite hydroelectric plant in the northern part of the country, which will solve the power issue. According to Amorim, the Brazilian aid will not only consist of sending teachers to Haiti and structuring the training course for engineers, but will also include building the physical infrastructure needed to accommodate students in the Haitian territory and the acquisition of equipment and materials for use in the classes. Training engineers is part of a set of initiatives authorized by President Dilma Rousseff to mark a new phase in cooperation between Brazil and Haiti. At this time, the minister explained, Brazil should prioritize actions of a structural nature that can help the Caribbean country create effective conditions for socioeconomic development. “Initiatives such as these are part of the heritage that Brazil wants to leave in Haiti,” said Amorim. last_img read more

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Sanitation Worker Killed on the Job in Oyster Bay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Town of Oyster Bay sanitation worker died tragically Monday morning after a car struck him in Oyster Bay, Nassau County police said.Detectives said 45-year-old Steven Giacobello had just finished emptying trash containers into the truck’s compactor on West Main Street just after 7 a.m. when he was struck by a 2007 BMW being driven by a 25-year-old Bayville woman.Giacobello was walking along the driver’s side of the truck when he was struck, police said.The Westbury resident was transported to a local hospital with severe head trauma but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, police said.Investigators performed a brake and safety check on the BMW at the scene.Police said no charges are pending against the woman.last_img read more

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Water Mill Crash Kills Girl, 6

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 6-year-old girl was fatally struck by a car while crossing a street in Water Mill over the weekend.Southampton Town Police said Tess Burstein was walking across Blank Lane when she was hit by a northbound Toyota Prius at 11:19 a.m. Sunday.The victim was taken to Southampton Hospital and then to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she reportedly died.The driver, 76-year-old Maurice Wittenberg of Water Mill, and his passenger were not injured.Detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have more information on this crash to call them at 631-702-2230.last_img read more

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You can’t make every member happy . . . you’re not a taco

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ricky Nelson hosted a Garden Party and informed us “Ya can’t please everyone, so ya gotta please yourself.” John Lydgate, a 14th-century poet, is credited with “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” And 21st century phenom giphy.com has given us “You can’t make everyone happy…. you’re not a taco.” Try harder, do more. While we all have a grasp on the concept, it’s very hard to put into practice in real life, let alone your credit union. The idea that we can appeal to everyone is difficult to let go of, as we see the value in the value prop: Serve every member your best, and then the credit union will have excellent growth. This sounds wonderful but, history has shown us, is not possible. In order to matter to the people you’re talking to, you have to show value. And value can be defined very differently depending on the person. So one generic message will never be the right message for all.Filene Research Institute shared their findings for growth in one of their most recent reports, addressing best practices for growing your membership long-term. And while you can’t effectively serve and sell to everyone, some strategies are more effective than others in offering superior member services to the majority of people, the majority of times:There is No “We” in Tacos: Not Everyone is Your TargetOnce you realize that not everyone is your target member, you can better focus on ones who are. In the world of marketing, this exercise is often referred to as Persona Development. A “Persona” is a fictional representation of an actual member and includes traits, demographics, shared interests and characteristics about this target representation. Personas are vital to the success of a marketing campaign and product offering/development as they drive decisions throughout the organization. They do so by taking member needs and bringing them to the forefront of planning, providing the team with a clear, concise understanding of goals and capabilities of your target market. Then, instead of having to work on programs and services for all possible members, you can focus on doing an exceptional job for the personas that best represent your most common (and lucrative) members. continue reading »last_img read more

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Statement from Gov. Cuomo on Yom Kippur

first_imgWhile we faced a myriad of unprecedented challenges this past year, I hope that, on this solemn day, New Yorkers are reminded of how we showed that when we act as a community — when we support and care for one another — there is no obstacle we can’t overcome. Our determination to meet New York’s promise of an equal, safe and secure society for all is unfazed. Together, we can and we will achieve it. Governor Cuomo said, “Tonight, members of the Jewish community will gather with family and friends to begin the observance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. The Day of Atonement provides a sacred time to reflect, repent, and forgive — an opportunity to begin the new year stronger and more united. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish all those observing a safe and meaningful holiday, and an easy fast. Gmar Chatima Tova.”center_img (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement regarding the observance of the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur, which begins tonight. last_img read more

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Jacob Elordi Raves About Ex Zendaya Before ‘Euphoria’ Special

first_imgZendaya, 24, made history in September when she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as recovering teen drug addict Rue Bennett in the HBO show. Elordi, who plays troubled athlete Nate Jacobs, congratulated the Greatest Showman star at the time, writing on his Instagram Stories, “Congratulations captain @zendaya. Bravo.”After months of speculation, Us Weekly broke the news in February that the Kissing Booth star and Zendaya were dating. Their relationship ended up being short-lived, however, as he moved on with his current girlfriend, Kaia Gerber, just weeks later.“Kaia is having a lot of fun with Jacob,” a source exclusively told Us in October. “Her family thinks he is a stand-up guy and a breath of fresh air.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While Elordi and Zendaya are no longer an item, they have remained good friends as they continue to work on Euphoria together. The season 1 finale aired in August 2019, and (spoiler alert!) ended with Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) leaving Rue at a train station before Rue relapsed on drugs.The network announced in October that two special episodes are set to air before season 2 premieres, bridging the gap between the story lines. The first, titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” is Christmas-themed and picks up where viewers last saw Rue. Details about the second episode have yet to be unveiled.“We really missed them,” the Spider-Man: Far From Home star wrote via Instagram last month alongside a new promotional photo. “Two special Euphoria episodes coming soon. First one December 6th on @hbo.”- Advertisement – Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Jolly old St. Nate! Jacob Elordi showered his ex Zendaya with praise ahead of the highly anticipated Euphoria Christmas episode.“She’s a power unto herself and so talented,” the actor, 23, told Vanity Fair in an interview published on Friday, November 13, while discussing his costar’s recent Emmy win. “Such a sweetheart.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf firma dos proyectos de ley, veta el proyecto de ley de telemedicina defectuoso y publica una guía para la telesalud para todas las agencias

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf firma dos proyectos de ley, veta el proyecto de ley de telemedicina defectuoso y publica una guía para la telesalud para todas las agencias Bill Signing,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó hoy dos proyectos de ley: el proyecto de ley 1869 de la Cámara de Representantes permite que los miembros de la guardia nacional convocados a prestar servicio activo estén cubiertos por la Heart and Lung Act (Ley corazón y pulmones) si contraen COVID-19 mientras realizan sus deberes, y proyecto de ley 752 de la Cámara de Representantes establece que la Comisión de juego pague un valor justo de mercado por la tierra en el condado de Allegheny.El Gobernador Wolf también vetó el proyecto de ley 857 del Senado, un proyecto de ley de telemedicina que fue aprobado por el Senado por unanimidad el año pasado antes de ser enmendado para crear una versión inaceptable la semana pasada en la Cámara de Representantes.“Apoyé la versión anterior del proyecto de ley, pero tal como se modificó en la Cámara de Representantes, esta legislación restringe arbitrariamente el uso de la telemedicina para ciertas interacciones entre médicos y pacientes”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Según la enmienda, este proyecto de ley interfiere con la atención médica de las mujeres y con la toma de decisiones cruciales entre los pacientes y sus médicos”.El memorándum completo del veto se puede encontrar en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Además del veto del proyecto de ley de telemedicina, el Gobernador publicó una guía sobre telesalud para todas las agencias y mencionó la importancia que tiene como una opción de prestación de atención médica durante la pandemia de COVID-19 y que corresponde a su autoridad en virtud de la Declaración de Desastre firmada a principios de marzo.Dado el potencial de transmisión generalizada de la COVID-19 en todo Pennsylvania y para limitar su propagación, muchos proveedores médicos y pacientes están ampliando el uso de la telesalud en lugar de los servicios de atención médica en persona.Hoy, el Gobernador anunció una guía para todas las agencias sobre las medidas tomadas con el fin de garantizar que los pacientes que necesitan servicios vitales de atención médica los reciban de manera oportuna y adecuada. Múltiples agencias estatales participan de la prestación de los servicios ampliados de la telesalud, incluso los departamentos de Estado, Salud, Programas para el Tratamiento del Consumo de Drogas y Alcohol, Servicios Humanos y el Departamento de Seguros.La guía, disponible en PDF aquí o en Scribd incluye:Función ampliada de los proveedoresAmpliación del reembolso por servicios de telesaludProcedimientos de intervención temprana para bebés y niños pequeños mediante telesaludTelesalud para la salud conductualTelesalud para el tratamiento del trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicasVer esta página en inglés. April 29, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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USS backs Macquarie purchase of UK Green Investment Bank

first_imgOne of these is L1 Renewables, which lends to the UK renewable energy sector. The spokesperson said that USS would expand the L1 Renewables platform as part of the GIB transaction. After this was completed, L1 Renewables and other USS subsidiaries would have combined commitments of more than £500m to UK renewable energy.In late 2014, L1 Renewables acquired a portfolio of around £320m worth of loans in the renewable energy sector.USS will also invest in a new low carbon lending platform alongside GCP Infrastructure, a UK-listed fund managed by Gravis Capital Partners.The GIB’s existing offshore wind farm fund had £1.12bn in assets under management as at January. Investors in the fund include UK local authority pension schemes such as Strathclyde Pension Fund, Swedish life insurance and pension company AMF, and a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund.The three new investment vehicles will mean GIB will manage or supervise more than £4bn of green infrastructure assets and projects, according to the statement.Special shares, designed to safeguard the bank’s environmental purpose, will be held by five independent trustees.Macquarie said the GIB will become its main platform for principal investments in green infrastructure projects in the UK and Europe.It said it was committed to the Green Investment Bank’s newly established target of £3bn of new investment in green energy projects over the next three years, either directly or by arranging capital from other investors.The UK government will invest alongside the GIB in a new green infrastructure investment platform, which the statement said would comprise a small number of the bank’s existing investments.Mike Powell, head of private markets at USS, said: “This transaction has enabled USS to acquire a portfolio of high quality renewable energy assets on behalf of our members. The assets include offshore wind projects and a portfolio of renewable loans, illustrating our capability to invest across the capital structure.”USS’s involvement in the GIB deal comes after it entered into a private debt partnership with Credit Suisse earlier this year. A Macquarie-led consortium that includes the UK’s biggest pension fund is to acquire the Green Investment Bank (GIB) from the UK government for £2.3bn (€2.7bn).The consortium comprises Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (MEIF5), and the £57bn Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). When the deal is completed, Macquarie will be the owner of the GIB, according to a statement from the asset manager and USS.USS will invest in two of three new GIB investment vehicles to be created in connection with the bank’s sale to Macquarie.A USS spokesperson said that the pension scheme had invested in a newly established investment management vehicle that will hold all of the GIB’s existing offshore wind investments. In addition, it has acquired a significant portion of the bank’s existing loan portfolio via a number of its wholly owned subsidiary entities.last_img read more

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Gender-switch decision: Father loses battle over daughter’s ‘brainwashing’ (Aust)

first_imgDaily Telegraph October 2017Family First Comment: Very disturbing. “The father argued ‘Ryan’ (his daughter who wants to be male) was too young to decide to make “such permanent life-changing decision” and had not been given psychological help. Ryan was managed by two doctors: Dr P, who diagnosed gender dysphoria, and Dr T, who assessed whether the teenager was capable of understanding the irreversible effects of hormone treatment. The father¬ noted the two doctors were members of associations which “encourage gender diversity¬ and acceptance”.Activist doctors!A teenager has won the right to switch from female to male over the objection of her father, who claimed she was brainwashed by doctors. The Family Court ruled the 15-year-old, known as Ryan, was “sufficiently competent” to make the decision despite the father’s protests his child was too young and had been “indoctrinated” by doctors “to push their cause”.A judgment states Ryan’s mother, who is separated from the father, applied to the court in August for the teen to be allowed¬ to undergo hormone treatment, which involves the administration of testosterone to encourage male characteristics such as facial hair, deepened voice and increased muscle.At a hearing the father gave evidence referring to Ryan as his daughter and saying she first “expressed thoughts about being transgender” in late October¬ 2016 via text message. “Before this I had known nothing about this matter. Initially¬ I played along, thinking that this may have been some childish fantasy/phase she was going through, but the more I talked to her on the phone the more I realised it actually¬ was not, eventually telling her we need to talk in person,” he said. The judgment reads that when the father did speak to Ryan, the teenager refused to answer his questions about “why she wanted to change her name and who had influenced her to make this decision”. The argument led to the pair becoming estranged.The father argued Ryan was too young to decide to make “such permanent life-changing decision” and had not been given psychological help. Ryan was managed by two doctors: Dr P, who diagnosed gender dysphoria, and Dr T, who assessed whether the teenager was capable of understanding the irreversible effects of hormone treatment. The father¬ noted the two doctors were members of associations which “encourage gender diversity¬ and acceptance”.“Hence I believe rather than treating my daughter’s psychological problems, I believe she has … been brainwashed by these individuals that going transgender will solve all her problems,” the father¬ argued.Justice Stewart Austin wrote in his judgment that he understood the “father’s alarm at such a fundamental change as reversal of his child’s gender”. However, the court had to decide if the child could decide for himself.http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/genderswitch-decision-father-loses-battle-over-daughters-brainwashing/news-story/49fb9043182f05df024c2681f3061378last_img read more

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America’s Opioid crisis

first_imgRadio NZ News 30 January 2019Family First Comment: And they think they can ‘regulate’ the marijuana industry!Not when Big Marijuana sees the dollars.#PeopleBeforeProfitwww.VoteNO.nzWhen two pharmacies in a tiny town of less than 3 thousand people fill prescriptions for more than 21 million opiod pills, you’d think red flags would go up somewhere. But for nearly two long decades, and after  the deaths of tens of thousands of people, dodgy doctors continued to write scripts while regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals were either frozen with inertia or worse, looked the other way.Chris McGreal is a senior journalist at The Guardian. He identifies the problems with corporate interest, and the  American medical, political and financial systems that allowed the worst drug epidemic in American history to happen. His book is called American Overdose: the Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts.https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018680394/america-s-opioid-crisisLISTEN https://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018680394Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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