Guatemala, U.S. Perform Naval Exercises against Organized Crime

first_img The activities are part of the State Coalition Program 2013 (SPS), and entail “a series of U.S. Naval Force annual deployments focused on countering transnational organized crime” the communiqué said. In order to improve the fight against organized crime in the Caribbean, Guatemala and the United States are carrying out naval exercises, the U.S. Embassy reported on March 20. This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Cheers! Where are your contact details though? “The goals for these exchanges between the Guatemalan and U.S. Naval Forces are to improve regional maritime capabilities and security operations,” it said. By Dialogo March 22, 2013center_img The United States is performing these exercises on a regular basis “with their partner nations’ militaries, as well as the security forces in Central America, South America and the Caribbean,” the report stated. The exercises, which will end on April 1, will be carried out at Santo Tomás de Castilla Port, 300 km northeast of the capital. According to Washington, D.C., about 90% of the drugs sent from South America to the United States pass through Central America, turning this region into the most violent region in the world. last_img read more

Proposed Code and Rules of Evidence

first_img October 1, 2005 Regular News Proposed Code and Rules of Evidence Proposed Code and Rules of Evidence The Code and Rules of Evidence Committee invites comment on the proposed two-year cycle amendments to the Florida Code and Rules of Evidence shown below. After reviewing comments received in response to this publication, the committee will make its final proposal to the Florida Supreme Court. The full text of the proposals can be found at the Bar’s Web site at Interested persons have until November 1 to submit comments to Aubrey Rudd, Rudd and Rudd, 7901 S.W. 67th Ave., Suite 206, South Miami, 33143-4538.last_img read more

7 steps for credit unions to leverage screen time

first_imgMaking the most of electronic channels can take your credit union to the next level.  We’re sharing this article, “Seven Steps for Smarter Electronic Channels” from the Credit Union National Association because it offers great advice to leverage the time members spend on their screens to drive deeper relationships, offer better online banking options, and increase sales.Members are increasingly dependent on electronic channels to research financial topics and conduct transactions.And savvy credit unions know it’s critical to leverage the time members spend on their screens to drive deeper relationships and increase sales.These seven steps can help you do both.1. Make good use of your home pageAlthough topic-specific search can give visitors a “side door” into your site, the home page is still considered prime real estate. Deliver effective navigation and design that takes advantage of the space offered by today’s larger monitors. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Humpback Whale Found Dead in Lloyd Harbor

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-foot female humpback whale that was found dead in Lloyd Harbor over the weekend may have died of blunt force trauma, marine biologists said.Huntington town bay constables towed the whale, which was found floating 150 yards offshore near Woodland Drive, to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Eatons Neck, where experts performed a necropsy Sunday, experts said.“There is evidence of blunt force trauma on the right side of the whale’s body,” said Rachel Bosworth, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. “It will take several weeks for the exact cause of death to be determined.”This is the seventh large whale that has washed up in New York this year, five of which were humpback whales.The whale is likely one of those seen swimming within the last six weeks near Hempstead Harbor, Bosworth noted.The Riverhead Foundation asks that anyone who has images of the tail, chin or dorsal fin of the recently spotted whales call them at 631-369-9840 or email images to These will be extremely helpful in identifying the deceased whale, the group said.The group also reminded the boating public to stay at least 50 feet away from all marine animals, for the safety of the public and the animals. To report a sighting to the Riverhead Foundation, call 631-369-9829.last_img read more

Hotels Lag in Energy Sustainability. One Project May Change That.

first_imgSlated to open next fall as part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, Hotel Marcel will have a restaurant, a bar, meeting spaces and a top-floor gallery with views of Long Island Sound on one side and the city skyline on the other.The project is being partly financed through a $25 million construction loan from Liberty Bank in Middletown, Conn. The balance is a mix of developer equity, solar tax credits, federal and state historic tax credits, and a utility program grant.Christopher Arnold, Liberty’s senior vice president and commercial real estate manager, said that although the hotel industry faced extreme challenges because of the pandemic, this project’s proximity to Yale, its high visibility and its inclusion in the Hilton network gave him confidence it would succeed. The efficiency measures will help by lowering operating costs and enhancing cash flow, he said.The hotel is likely to gain national attention because its level of sustainability “just doesn’t happen in the hospitality industry,” said W. Chris Green, the president and chief executive of Chesapeake Hospitality, a Maryland-based hotel operator that will manage the property.“I do believe this is going to be a huge test,” Mr. Green said. “Hotels are long-term real estate plays — there is a value to saving money on electricity, sewage and water.” The hotel industry has fallen behind other real estate sectors in adopting energy-efficiency measures, but a Connecticut developer hopes to change that by converting an office building into what could be the most energy-efficient hotel in the country.The $50 million gamble aims to revive the long-vacant Armstrong Rubber Company headquarters, a distinctive concrete box in New Haven that was designed by the Modernist architect Marcel Breuer in the late 1960s, as a 165-room boutique hotel to be called the Hotel Marcel.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some large hotel brands and owners have set companywide greenhouse gas reduction goals, but much of the industry has failed to take advantage of measures that could save energy and reduce operating costs, according to a report by the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance.- Advertisement – Mr. Becker has considerable experience with high-efficiency construction, most recently at a Modernist office building in Hartford that he redeveloped into a 27-story apartment tower. That project, called 777 Main Street, is powered with a fuel cell and a solar array. The U.S. Green Building Council gave the building its highest efficiency rating, LEED Platinum.For the hotel project, solar canopies over the parking lot and rooftop solar panels will supply all of the building’s electricity, Mr. Becker said. High-efficiency air-source heat pumps will be used for heating and cooling.Other efficiency measures will include triple-glazed windows, high-efficiency insulation, an all-electric heat pump HVAC system, and heat and energy recovery systems. These methods should help the hotel meet passive house standards, a set of design principles aimed at creating ultra-low-energy buildings, Mr. Becker said. – Advertisement – Mr. Becker hopes to spur the industry with his all-in approach. Many sustainability strategies, like eliminating single-use shampoo bottles and asking guests to reuse towels, are largely “superficial measures,” he said.“If you really want to change the paradigm, you’ve got to not use fossil fuels and generate all your energy on site,” he said. “I think the time will come when what we’re doing becomes the norm.” Among the leaders is Host Hotels & Resorts, a real estate investment trust that owns about 80 upscale hotels in Brazil, Canada and the United States. The trust is aiming for a 55 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.Such goals are of increasing interest to investors, who regularly ask about environmentally and socially sound business practices, said Michael Chang, the director of energy and sustainability for Host Hotels.The trust uses a diagnostic tool that identifies opportunities to install energy-saving technology — like LED lighting and room thermostats with occupancy sensors — that provide a good return on investment, he said. The trust makes the investments, and it depends on hotel operators to use them efficiently. To that end, it prefers to work with brands that have their own sustainability programs in place, Mr. Chang said.The trust also hopes to increase the renewable share of its energy use by 30 percent in the next five years, primarily through off-site solar agreements.“Even if we blanketed our portfolio with solar, we’d probably only get to 10 percent of our energy usage,” Mr. Chang said. “There is a limited amount of space to put panels on.”The Armstrong building, along Interstate 95 near New Haven Harbor, is notable for a striking Brutalist design that incorporates a two-story open gap between the block of offices above and the ground-level lab space. The building’s beige exterior is made of precast concrete panels and is lined with deep-inset windows.Locals also know it as the Pirelli building; the Italian tire maker moved into the space in 1988. Ikea bought the property in 2003 for one of its warehouselike stores. Much to the consternation of preservationists, the company demolished a taillike section of the ground floors to allow for more parking, but it left the rest of the building intact. The developer and architect, Bruce Becker, is building the hotel to meet net-zero energy standards, meaning it will generate as much energy as it uses. “It will probably cost about $5 per square foot more, but we’ll be saving about $1 per square foot every year on energy,” Mr. Becker said. “So it really does make a lot of sense. It’s an opportunity to create a new paradigm that the hotel industry can look at and study and learn from.” “It’s probably the most challenging project I’ve ever undertaken, particularly since we’re doing it during a pandemic,” said Mr. Becker, whose firm, Becker + Becker, is based in Westport. “But I’ve been intrigued with the building at least since I was a graduate student at Yale in the late ’80s, and I thought it could be fascinating.” In recent years, Ikea has worked with the city to come up with a plan to convert the historic structure into a hotel. Last year, Mr. Becker bought the building and about 2.5 acres for $1.2 million.He recognized the structure’s compact shape as a naturally efficient envelope — the ratio of surface area to interior space is low, a plus for minimizing heat gain in the summer or heat loss in the winter.“It’s hard to make buildings that meander efficient,” Mr. Becker said. “But with a highly efficient envelope and building systems, we’ll be able to use about 80 percent less energy than a typical hotel building.” Among the obstacles to widespread adoption are complicated hotel owner/operator models, a lack of collection of energy use data and concerns about the impact on guests, the report said.“The hotel industry is very well poised to benefit from sustainability — the owner/operators carry the burden of all of the energy costs,” said Marta Schantz, the center’s senior vice president. “The fact that this Connecticut project has decided to do it from the get-go is the perfect, most cost-effective way to do it.”Ms. Schantz said she knew of no other net-zero energy hotel in the United States. But some major hotel brands are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, using various management systems and apps to track their progress.last_img read more

Find out who is involved and who is not, the Initiative for free tourist guides in every city in Croatia “Meet your country”

first_imgRecently, an initiative was launched to provide free tourist guides in every city in Croatia. As part of the project ‘Get to know your country’, the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH), with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, on the occasion of the Day of International Recognition of Croatia, January 14, 2018 (Sunday) starting at 12:00 p.m. to organize free guided tours in all cities where tourist guide associations operate – members of ZDTVH.In particular, it is about the organization of free guided tours by local tourist guides in each city, and all guided tours with tourist guides will start at the same time. The guides are intended for the local population to get to know their city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism, but of course all visitors and tourists.”With this action we want to mark the Day of International Recognition of Croatia in a slightly different way, invite citizens to get to know cities all over Croatia and discover hidden stories they tell, because we believe that every citizen of our country can be a promoter and ambassador of their homeland. Croatia as well as the importance of national identity and cultural heritage, which is the only thing that exempts us from globalization. At the same time, we want to point out the importance of the Ordinance on protected localities that is being drafted. Namely, protected localities will be the only places where the activity of tourist guides and the representation of our country will be able to be performed by guides who are educated exclusively in the Republic of Croatia.”Points out Kristina Niuć Prka, president of the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, and added that she hopes that all cities from Slavonia, through Zagreb, Lika, Kvarner, Istria, Dalmatia to Dubrovnik will join the initiative.So far, about 40 cities have joined this excellent initiative, unfortunately not all, although the CNTB has directly informed all tourist boards in Croatia about the Initiative, and the list of cities that have joined is still much smaller than it should be. List of cities where free guided tours are organized, as well as associations (members of ZDTVH) and associations and tourist boards of the project partners: Trogir, Split, Solin, Klis, Sinj, Trilj, Vrgorac, Makarska, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Sibenik, Knin, Drnis, Zadar, Rab, Rijeka, Trsat, Kastav, Pula, Fazana, Labin, Vodnjan, Porec, Mali Losinj , Rovinj, Karlovac, Zagreb, Varaždin, Čakovec, Ivanec, Ludbreg, Varaždinske toplice, Slavonski brod, Lipik, Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Ilok, Županja, Nin, Motovun, Bakar.Why have other cities, ie tourist boards, not joined the whole initiative so far?A great tourist story and a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. The city is the people, so the local people are tourism and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The locals give rhythm and pulse to the destination, and guests want to get to know us and our culture of living, customs, our stories… because that is the very essence of tourism.In conclusion, this is an extremely important topic, getting to know your city and turning citizens into ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Why other cities, ie tourist boards, have not joined the whole initiative so far, even though it is their “obligation” precisely because of their primary activity and the importance of the topic, and it costs nothing but good will, is a question that all tourism entrepreneurs must ask themselves. of every city.Do we want tourism development or not? Obviously some don’t want to and don’t care. So don’t be surprised afterwards if things stand still. It’s up to the people.Related news: DO WE CARE ABOUT THE STORY WE TELL TO OUR TOURISTS?last_img read more

Ad spending plunges as companies reduce marketing activities amid outbreak

first_imgCigarette manufacturer Djarum, online ticketing firm and online ticketing and hotel booking firm Traveloka, among other companies, each cut their ad spending by 100 percent in the first week of Ramadan compared with a year earlier.“Many companies are no longer advertising because they are not relevant to Ramadan at home,” the executive director, Hellen Katherina, said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday. “Online ticketing firms such as Traveloka and advertised aggressively for last year’s exodus. But there may not be any exodus this year.”Under the social restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus, the traditional exodus leading up to Idul Fitri, in which around 18 million people traveled to their hometowns last year, is not allowed.In April, the 10 largest advertisers were mostly food and beverage companies and online service providers. The ad spending for NutriSari, a beverage brand produced by PT Nutrifood Indonesia, was raised 1,179 percent yoy to Rp 307 billion, the largest during April. It was followed by online stock trading platform with Rp 286 billion and Marjan Boudoin with Rp 231 billion. Indonesia’s advertisement spending dropped sharply in April as most big ad spenders reduced their marketing activities amid the coronavirus outbreak.Nielsen Indonesia, a data and measurement company, reported on Tuesday that total ad spending fell 25 percent month-to-month to Rp 3.5 trillion (US$235 million) in the third week of April, after a steady increase prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.Of the 15 major advertisers during last year’s Ramadan, only four companies raised their ad spending this year. E-commerce company Shopee Indonesia increased its spending by 18 percent year-on-year (yoy), syrup brand Marjan Boudoin by 82 percent, instant noodle manufacturers Indomie and Sedaap by 24 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Nielsen Indonesia also reported that its total spending on television advertising had been recovering since May 1, nearly a month after Jakarta first introduced the large-scale social restrictions.Since people have been staying at home, television views have gone up 12 percent on average and 14 percent among the upper-class group, since the government started ordering people to work from home in mid-March through mid-April.“During the stay-at-home period, the upper-class group who usually spend their time outside, now have more time to spend at home watching television,” said Hellen.However, marketers are moving their money from television to digital advertising. In 2018, total spending on digital advertising grew 18 percent yoy, far higher than the 2 percent growth rate of spending on television advertising, according to a 2019 report by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).Ekhel Chandra Wijaya, the external communications senior lead of e-commerce company Tokopedia, said his company was shifting focus to supporting the government’s coronavirus response, and thus had to make adjustment in various aspects including marketing.Tokopedia, the second-most-visited e-commerce website nationwide, lowered its ad spending by 40 percent yoy to Rp 115 billion in the first week of Ramadan, according to Nielsen Indonesia.“We are emphasizing higher effectiveness in marketing from message, audience, channel and support for business sustainability,” Ekhel told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

Girl who pedaled injured dad across India offered national team trial

first_img“She covered this distance in seven days with her father and some luggage too. I thought she has something in her… that endurance level. We can try her,” chairman Onkar Singh told AFP.”She said she only wants to pursue her studies. We told her that we also take care of studies at our academies.” The cycling body expects Kumari to travel to Delhi after nationwide travel restrictions are lifted.Singh said the federation would test Kumari to see if she is suitable for competitive cycling.Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, praised Kumari’s efforts in a tweet, describing it as a “beautiful feat of endurance & love.”Topics : A 15-year-old girl who pedaled her injured migrant-worker father more than a thousand kilometers across India after a coronavirus lockdown left them destitute has been invited to try out for the national cycling team. Jyoti Kumari rode a bicycle with her father, Mohan Paswan, sitting on the pillion and holding their belongings from Gurugram city, near New Delhi, to their village in the northeastern state of Bihar, local media reported. They arrived home on May 16 after covering 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) in seven days. Paswan, a motorized rickshaw driver, was among millions of migrant workers left jobless after the country was suddenly locked down in March to slow the spread of the virus.With no money to pay rent or buy food and public transport halted, many walked or — like Kumari and Paswan — rode bicycles back to their villages.  The father and daughter’s arduous journey on a second-hand bike bought with their remaining funds made headlines.It also caught the attention of the Cycling Federation of India, which offered Kumari the chance to try out for the country’s team.last_img read more

PREMIUMGovt to spend $37b stimulus by year end through new programs, simpler bureaucracy

first_imgsocial-safety-program stimulus-package government-spending healthcare COVID-19 Linkedin Log in with your social account The government is looking to disburse Rp 534.98 trillion (US$37.04 billion) in COVID-19 stimulus funding in the remaining months of the year, through proposed new programs and streamlined bureaucracy in an attempt to rescue the pandemic-hit economy.The new stimulus programs range from a continuation of existing programs such as fund placement in banks, electricity discounts and the Family Hope program, as well as new programs intended to spur economic growth and boost people’s purchasing power, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on Monday.The new proposed stimulus programs, totaling Rp 126.2 trillion, will be financed from reserves and budget reallocations from the government’s COVID-19 stimulus package of Rp 695.2 trillion.“We will redesign the stimulus to maximize its impact and to allow the economy to recover faster, while also simplifyin… Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Forgot Password ?last_img read more

Walton Sentenced To 16 Years In Federal Prison

first_imgA former Franklin County Jailer will spend the next 16 years in federal prison.Derek Walton, 31, of Liberty, was pleaded guilty in April to two counts of child exploitation. He was also fined $5,000 and will be on lifetime supervised release once the sentence is complete.A federal prison sentence requires 85 percent of the sentence to be served.Walton was arrested after federal agents raided his Union County home in August 2013. Investigators said they found electronic evidence including thumb drive hidden behind a mirror and a video camera during the raid along with sexually explicit photographs of a minor female.Walton was accused of exchanging emails containing explicit photographs with another account. One email account was even accessed from the Franklin County Security Center, according to investigators.last_img read more