qtapzqce

Gang Members Sentenced in El Salvador for Burning Microbus with Passengers

first_imgBy Dialogo November 14, 2011 A Salvadoran court handed down a sentence of 66 years in prison for two gang members found guilty of killing 20 people who were traveling in a passenger vehicle to which they set fire in June 2010, the press office of the courts announced. “Specialized Trial Court ‘B’ sentenced Juan Antonio Borja Alvarado and Ever Alexis Martínez Méndez to 66 years and six months in prison” for aggravated homicide with multiple victims, the capital’s Judicial Center specified in a statement. In the same case, which provoked an emotional reaction across the country, the court sentenced Rafael Antonio García to three years in prison for “aiding and abetting,” because he was the one who “hid the weapons with which the offenses were committed,” according to the announcement. The fatal attack on the passenger microbus occurred on June 20, 2010, in the Roma neighborhood of the municipality of Mejicanos, on the northern outskirts of San Salvador. Seventeen of the victims burned to death there, and three others died later in hospitals due to the severity of their injuries. The Judicial Center specified that “witness testimony,” which included accounts by police officers who rescued some of the victims, was the basis for convicting the defendants. In addition, the court found credible the testimony of a witness granted anonymity, identified with the code name “Andrea,” who affirmed that it was the defendant Ever Alexis Martínez, a member of Mara 18, who planned and executed the burning of the microbus with people inside, as a response to the death of one of his fellow gang members at the hands of a rival gang. “The defendants planned the act at the deceased man’s wake the day before, since they knew that a fare collector on Route 47 was a member of Mara Salvatrucha,” the statement by the courts indicated. On the basis of witness testimony and other evidence, the court found that the victims were “burned to death.”last_img read more

qtapzqce

Greenlawn Hit-and-run Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Northport man was arrested Wednesday for an alleged hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a woman in Greenlawn six months ago, Suffolk County police said.Alvaro Alfaro was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury, driving without a license and circumventing an interlock device that was mandated following a prior drunken-driving case.Police said the 26-year-old suspect was driving a Ford Explorer southbound on Park Avenue when his SUV struck a Dodge Neon at the corner of Lantern Street at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 2013.The Brentwood woman driving the Neon was seriously injured and her passenger suffered minor injuries.Alfaro fled the scene on foot, leaving behind a puppy, which was turned over to the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter.Alfaro will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

qtapzqce

Your credit card conversion survival guide

first_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Rempe Ben Rempe is COO of fintech CUSO LenderClose. With API connections to every vendor it takes to originate a mortgage or HELOC, LenderClose gives loan officers immediate access to a … Web: https://www.lenderclose.com Details Conversion – it’s an industry term that describes the process of switching credit card platforms. Though it sounds pretty straightforward, the process is anything but basic. In fact, there is no such thing as a simple conversion.  So why does a credit union do it? Largely, the decision to switch platforms comes from a desire to create a better credit card for the members. From digital wallets and advanced fraud protection to competitive rewards and on-point compliance, the capabilities it takes to market and manage a credit card portfolio are far from commonplace. Often a credit union finds the switch is necessary to remain relevant to an increasingly demanding consumer base. Anyone who has navigated the winding path of a credit card conversion can tell you surprises are to be expected. That’s why having the right mindset at the beginning of the journey is so important. If you’re ready for that inevitable surprise around the next bend, the chances of it knocking you off course are far fewer. Fortunately for those new to the process, many have traveled the roads to successful conversions. Their legendary tales help others in the movement avoid some of the roadblocks, snares and traps of what can be a complex voyage. Here are a few pieces of advice to consider as you set your own course to conversion:Talk early, talk often and talk loudlyWhen it comes to the little things in life, change continues to be pretty uncomfortable for most. Making the switch to a new credit card partner with minimal impact on members depends a great deal on cardmember attention, understanding and action. Before any changes that will impact the cardmember occur, share your plans for the conversion. And don’t be afraid to keep talking. If it feels like you are repeating the same thing over and over again, you’re doing it right.Team up with like-minded partnersTo weather the ups and downs of a conversion, teams must be able to rely on pre-established, consistent and honest dialogue. It helps even more if both sides of the partnership share the same core set of values. This is particularly important for credit unions, as finding another organization that lives and breathes the “people helping people” philosophy can be a challenge. Put one foot in front of the other Be aware that a conversion won’t happen overnight. The systems involved in a credit card conversion will not switch simultaneously. Internal and processor systems must be switched in a systematic order, and that process can span several days. Understand system freezes may take place, impacting things like processing payments and opening new accounts. Those freezes ensure every transaction is retained throughout the conversion, leaving members none the wiser.Keep communication openLeaving one partner for another can be awkward, especially when you need the full cooperation of all parties to make a conversion seamless for cardmembers. Set expectations of your current provider up front. Several reports must be generated on a routine basis to assist with the preparation of systems, collections and financial accounting. Even after the conversion is complete, you will still require your former partner’s participation, as there are reports for trailing and posting cardmember activity.Don’t gloss over complianceIt can be tempting to push ahead when the path appears clear. But, thanks to the regulatory landscape we all traverse these days, we must proceed with absolute caution and adherence to the rules. Make sure everyone involved in the conversion understands the regulatory requirements so they can assist in a smooth, compliant conversion. No one likes surprises. Well, some people do. But only the good ones, right? A successful card conversion comes with those, too. When the right mix of experts with the right mindset come together to execute a well thought-out conversion plan, magic happens… ensuring not every surprise is a bad one. last_img read more

qtapzqce

Revenue from tourism grew in the third quarter

first_imgIn the third quarter, the deficit in foreign trade continued to increase (by EUR 0,1 billion compared to the same period last year), with slightly faster growth in exports than imports (8,3% versus 6,8% on an annual basis). On the other hand, there was a strong growth in net exports of services, to which it mainly contributed tourism, although the annual growth rate of tourism revenues was significantly lower than in the same period last year (4,8% compared to 9,1%). Data from the central bank for the period from January to the end of September this year show that revenues from foreign guests amounted to 9,24 billion euros, which is an increase of 6,4 percent or 558,8 million euros compared to the same period last year. At the level of the whole of 2018, growth of 2,7% and inflation of 1,5% is expected, while for the next year, 2019, the same growth rate is projected, which will be mostly contributed by the strengthening of general government investments due to stronger use of funds EU, and further growth of personal consumption, points out from the CNB as part of the report on balance of payments and international investment for the third quarter of 2018. In the third quarter of 2018, the current and capital account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of 4,2 billion. EUR, which is by 0,2 billion. EUR more than in the same period last year. At the same time je realized rast Revenues from tourism exceeded the growth in the number of arrivals (3,1%) and overnight stays (1,6%) of foreign visitors in commercial accommodation facilities. Guests from Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary contributed the most to the growth of physical indicators. The slowdown in tourism revenue growth can be explained by not so many factors. First of all, the strengthening of competition in the Mediterranean should be singled out, which, among other things, refers to Turkey and the countries of North Africa (Egypt and Tunisia), where the political situation has calmed down to some extent. Also, some European tourists probably decided to stay in their country or travel to Russia during the World Cup in June and July, which reduced tourist traffic in traditional summer destinations. Furthermore, after the revenues from tourism in Croatia grew faster than the competition for several years in a row, a high base was reached, so maintaining similar growth dynamics is difficult to sustain in the long run. Weaker results in the main tourist season were also recorded by some other Mediterranean countries, with Spain, Portugal and Italy standing out, the CNB concludes. Thus, in the third quarter of this year, record revenue was achieved on the basis of travel (tourism), which for the first time in the three most important tourist months (July-end of September) exceeded six billion euros and amounted to 6,24 billion euros. Thus, revenues from the consumption of foreign tourists were 4,8 percent or almost 283 million euros higher than in the same period last year.  Source: CNB At the same time, unfavorable developments in trade in goods greatly mitigate further growth in net exports of services, mainly on the basis of non-residents’ tourism consumption. However, the annual growth of tourism revenues at the level of the whole of 2018 should be slower than the previous three years. Attachment: CNB: Macroeconomic developments and forecasts However, despite the lower annual rate of tourism revenues, tourism revenues in 2018 amount to over 10 billion Euros, which is 19,8% of GDP (Table 1). The final report of the CNB for last year is expected at the beginning of March.2019.last_img read more

qtapzqce

Iran starts countdown for satellite launch ‘within hours’

first_imgIran started counting down Sunday to the launch of a new scientific observation satellite scheduled within hours, the country’s telecommunications minister said.The United States has raised concerns in the past about Iran’s satellite program, describing the launch of a carrier rocket in January 2019 as a “provocation”.”Beginning countdown to launch #Zafar_Satellite in the next few hours… In the Name of God,” Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi wrote on Twitter. On Feb. 1, the head of Iran’s space agency said the 113-kilogram Zafar — Victory in Farsi — would be launched into orbit 530 kilometers (329 miles) above Earth by a Simorgh rocket.Its “primary mission” would be collecting imagery, Morteza Berari told AFP, adding that Iran needed such data to study earthquakes, deal with natural disasters and develop its agriculture.In January 2019, Tehran announced that its Payam — Message in Farsi — satellite had failed to reach orbit, after authorities said they launched it to collect data on the environment in Iran.The US said the launch of the carrier rocket was a violation of a 2015 UN Security Council resolution which endorsed an international accord on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program. Resolution 2231 called on Iran to refrain from any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.Iran maintains it has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons, and says its aerospace activities are peaceful and do not violate the Security Council resolution.Tehran confirmed in September that an explosion occurred at one of its satellite launch pads due to a technical fault, and slammed US President Donald Trump for “gleefully” tweeting about it.Replying to a tweet that asked what if Zafar fails like it predecessor, Jahromi said “we will try again”.Iran’s internet services have faced cyber-attacks for the past two days, according to the ministry. Officials have not elaborated on the source of the attack or its likely motives.center_img Topics :last_img read more

qtapzqce

Rules for sector schemes and insurers ‘hamper innovation’, says lawyer

first_img“Insurers or their general pension funds [APFs] are keen to implement arrangements for industry-wide schemes, but can’t compete because of mandatory participation,” said Maatman, who is also a professor of asset management and pension issues at Nijmegen’s Radboud University.Mandatory participation should remain, Maatman said, “because it is a valuable thing, as it ensures that most working people accrue a pension”.“But this goal could also be achieved by shifting the mandatory participation from the sector scheme to a pensions contract separate from the pension fund, enabling industry-wide pension funds, insurers and APFs to compete for a mandatory pension plan,” he explained. This would mean the social partners, when discussing pension arrangements, would have more options for mandatory pension arrangements, including insurance companies and APFs.The lawyer argued that, without the requirement to join a sector scheme, the industry-wide pension funds could implement other pension offerings, which could in turn make consolidation easier and cheaper.However, Maatman said he didn’t expect the social partners to prompt a major switch from pension funds to insurers once they had the option. “They won’t just leave if they are happy with their scheme,” he said. Maatman claimed that, under the current arrangements, “pension funds tend to put innovations on ice out of fear that the insurers will dispute them”.He cited arrangements for contributions outside of tax-friendly pension accrual, and the right for pension funds’ members to shop around for options for defined contribution savings at retirement.He also highlighted the fact that sector schemes currently cannot offer ring-fenced compartments for collective pensions accrual, as is the case for APFs, pension consolidation vehicles typically offered by insurance companies. Regulatory restrictions between industry-wide pension funds and insurers in the Netherlands should be abolished as they limit innovation, a pensions lawyer has argued.René Maatman, partner at law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, said the separation of competences between the two kinds of organisation would not be needed if the requirement for employers to participate in an industry-wide scheme was replaced with mandatory pension contracts.Currently, the roles of pension funds and insurers are legally separate in order to prevent mandatory industry-wide schemes competing with insurers on additional products and activities.In an interview with IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, Maatman argued that participants would benefit if the legal boundaries were removed “as the separation was only meant to prevent conflicts between pension funds and insurers”.last_img read more

qtapzqce

Residents at over-50s lifestyle resort knit for bushfire victims

first_imgGemLife Highfields residents have been busy knitting for injured wildlife.Wildlife affected by recent bushfires are being helped by residents at over-50s lifestyle resort GemLife Highfields who have banded together to knit jackets, pouches, blankets and nests for animals in need. The GemLife Highfields crafting community meets throughout the year, working on many charitable projects to donate to those in need.“This year we also plan to knit scarves for the homeless in the winter, which we also did last year, and after that we are hoping to make booties and hats for babies in the special care unit at the Toowoomba Hospital.” GemLife Highfields.GemLife Highfields resident Barb Robbie said it had been an ongoing project at the resort with many residents keen to contribute to the cause.“There have been some bushfires near the resort, and we wanted to do something to help all the affected animals,” Mrs Robbie said. “Some of what we make goes to the WIRES Wildlife Rescue Organisation and some of it is donated locally, basically wherever there is a need for it.“Each week there are more residents hearing about the initiative and joining in which has been fantastic. We will keep meeting up and working on knitting for animals affected by the fires until there is no longer a need for it.”GemLife Highfields resident Eileen Wiseman said residents of all skill levels were chipping in to do what they could.“There are supplies and different patterns available in the GemLife Highfields art and craft studio, so there is something for people of all capabilities,” Mrs Wiseman said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“Many people start in the studio and then continue on at home whenever they have spare time.”center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenExperts 2020 property predictions02:50last_img read more

qtapzqce

Highlights of the Month: July 2017

first_imgOne Missing After 19 Workers Jump Off Binhai North H2 Offshore Substation on FireOne person is missing as 19 people jumped off of the Binhai North Phase 2 wind farm’s offshore substation into the sea after a fire broke out on 14 July. Siemens Gamesa Integrates Adwen in Its Offshore BusinessSiemens Gamesa has agreed to integrate Adwen within the group’s broader offshore operations, which will allow it to better serve its customers and maximise business opportunities, Siemens Gamesa informed in its Q3 report, released on 26 July.Expertise Hub VIDEO: Bigger Turbines Are Coming (Siemens Gamesa)There is no doubt about even bigger offshore wind turbines than we have today hitting the market over the next several years, according to Bent Christensen, Senior Vice President at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.DONG Orders Siemens Gamesa Turbines for Dutch Offshore Wind FarmSiemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have signed an agreement for the supply and maintenance of 94 8MW turbines at the 752MW Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm being developed in the Dutch part of the North Sea.Report: Macron Good News for French Wind IndustryThe election of French president Emmanuel Macron signals exciting opportunities in the French wind sector, where targets are in place for 32GW of onshore and offshore capacity by 2023, according to A Word About Wind’s Finance Quarterly.GE In Hot Water over LM Wind Power TakeoverThe European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to General Electric (GE) alleging the company breached EU merger rules by providing incorrect or misleading information in connection to the takeover of LM Wind Power.GeoSea Agrees to Buy A2SEA from DONG Energy and SiemensGeoSea is set to acquire the full ownership of A2SEA, owned by DONG Energy and Siemens, after the three companies signed an agreement today, 7 July.First Hywind Turbine Arrives in Scottish WatersThe first floating wind turbine for the Hywind Scotland project has arrived off Aberdeenshire, after setting sail from the project’s assembly base in Stord, Norway.Blyth Demo Foundations On the MoveThe first of the five gravity based foundations built at the Neptune dry dock in Newcastle by the Royal BAM Group for the 41.5MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project has begun its journey along the River Tyne, EDF Energy Renewables said.World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Turns FourThe 630MW London Array, the world’s largest operating offshore wind farm, has marked four years since its official inauguration in Margate, Kent, on 4 July, 2013.last_img read more

qtapzqce

WNBA star, “Chiney” Ogwumike storms Nigeria

first_img On Tuesday, “Chiney” Ogwumike will unveil the renovated basketball court at Queens College, Yaba after which she will distribute basketball kits to students who are aspiring to play basketball. Ogwumike who holds the record for the most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women’s Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference will also meet with young female professional basketball players at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium Complex. read also:BAL will showcase Africa’s rich basketball heritage – Fall The current WNBA Players Association Vice President will round off her visit on Wednesday after meeting over 300 kids at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Los Angeles Sparks player who is one of the fastest rising basketball analysts in the world was a guest to Avi-Cenna International School in Ikeja where she paid them a courtesy visit as part of her give backinitiative. While addressing the students, Chiney said that as young and aspiring sportsmen and women, there is more to basketball than having the regular skills set. The ESPN analyst related her experience as a kid who grew up in Houston and emphasized on the need for kids to be focused, in a society where they can easily get distracted.Advertisement Loading…center_img WNBA star and Nigerian-American basketball star, Chinenye “Chiney” Ogwumike has traced passion and purpose as one of the main ingredients for her success as a professional basketball player.last_img read more