Ecuadorean and Colombian Ministers of Defense Meet in Bogotá

December 20, 2020

first_img Ecuadorean Minister of Defense María Fernanda Espinosa met with her Colombian counterpart, Juan Carlos Pinzón, on March 19 in Bogotá, to review the agreements signed by both countries to guarantee security on the binational border, the Ecuadorean government reported. As part of this meeting, the Ecuadorean Air Force and its Colombian counterpart signed an agreement on “operational procedures for information transfers about targets of interest and unidentified trafficking,” the Ecuadorean Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Both officials evaluated the agreements signed by Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos during a meeting held with their respective cabinets in the Ecuadorean city of Tulcán on December 11, 2012. Some of these included “the control of illegal activities on the border, the development of binational civil-military actions, the strengthening of border security, the operation of the Border Binational Commission and the cooperation among institutions,” the Ministry said. During the meeting in Tulcán, Correa and Santos expressed their “strong commitment to security” of the 720 km border area, where Colombian illegal groups, such as the FARC guerrillas, operate, the Ecuadorean government said. Likewise, the Armed and Police Forces were encouraged to “continue efforts to strengthen security and control in the area, with the aim of protecting citizens of both countries. Ecuadorean Army commander, General Jorge Peña, said on March 14 that a decrease in the presence of Colombian armed groups was noted by the Ecuadorean Military on the border, which extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Amazon jungle. By Dialogo March 20, 2013last_img read more

3 ways to think like an entrepreneur

December 18, 2020

first_imgYou have competition on every corner. In order to stay ahead of the game, you need to think innovatively. Thinking like an entrepreneur will help you find new and creative ideas to solve your everyday problems. Here are 3 ways you can develop an entrepreneurial mindset.Dream big, creative thoughts: Doing things the way they’ve always been done won’t get you ahead. In fact, it may not even keep you afloat. When it comes to problem solving, stop following the rules. Consider the ideal outcome and then brainstorm ways to make that outcome come true. Not every idea will work, but if you want to innovate, you have to take risks and be passionate about them.Focus on the right things: Far too often, we get distracted by things that don’t matter in the big picture. Spend your time focusing on ways you can improve yourself and your product. If there’s something holding you back in your career, change it. If something isn’t working in your business, change it. Innovation is about hustle and hard work. Don’t get complacent, but keep reaching higher and higher towards your goals.Put your heads together: Surround yourself with a team that has a desire to be successful. Looks for employees with a fiery drive. Once you’ve assembled your team, share your ideas and passions. When you have an awesome team, use them. Take everyone’s input, separate the good ideas from the bad ones, and use that collaboration to create next-gen products and services. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Another credit union-bank deal, another misinformed complaint

December 17, 2020

first_imgEditor’s note: The following is a letter from Scott Earl, president and CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association, in response to an article published in American Banker.As president and CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association representing 117 credit unions, I would like to clear the air about a recent American Banker article predicting a slowdown in the number of credit unions purchasing banks.The article quoted Christopher Williston, president and CEO of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, regarding Alaska USA Federal Credit Union’s recent deal to buy bank branches in Phoenix. Williston questioned what reason an Alaskan credit union would have for being in Arizona.I’m hoping to clear up some details regarding the credit union and its growth plan in the Phoenix-metro area. Alaska USA currently has eight operating locations in Arizona. Those locations serve an estimated 61,000 members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Thousands on virus lockdown at China-backed plant in Indonesia

October 19, 2020

first_imgMore than 40,000 workers at a vast Chinese-controlled industrial complex in Indonesia have been quarantined over fears about the spread of a deadly coronavirus strain which has killed more than 200 people in China, it said Friday.PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park has sealed off its nickel mining hub on Sulawesi island and is barring any of its 43,000 staff from entering or leaving without written permission.There are some 5,000 guest workers from mainland China at the sprawling site which hosts nickel ore smelters and stainless steel production. Employees at the 2,000-hectare (5,000 acre) facility, majority owned by China’s Shanghai Decent Investment Group, are undergoing medical tests and none has been found to be infected so far, said company spokesman Dedy Kurniawan.The firm has also imposed a ban on employees or guests from overseas entering the complex and installed thermal scanners at its entrance, he added.”We have identified and screened foreign workers from Wuhan,” Kurniawan told AFP on Friday.”We also stopped accepting foreign workers.” Indonesia has not reported any confirmed infections so far.Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, is at the centre of the outbreak which is believed to have originated in a market that sold wild animals.The city of 11 million has since experienced an unprecedented lockdown, preventing residents from leaving in a bid to stop the deadly virus from spreading further.The lockdown at the Indonesian plant, which started at the weekend, comes as Indonesia said Friday it was preparing to evacuate more than 240 nationals stranded in China near the epicentre of the virus within the next 24 hours.Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago, attracts more than one million Chinese tourists annually to Bali and other holiday hotspots, and also hosts thousands of guest workers from major investor China.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil attracting interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar

October 18, 2020

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 31 Aug 2020 7:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil attracting interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar Advertisement Comment Ozil has been frozen out (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are desperate to offload Mesut Ozil and clubs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar have registered their interest in signing the midfielder, according to reports.The 31-year-old has been frozen out of squad and didn’t feature once after the Premier League restart last season.Ozil was again nowhere to be seen for the Gunners’ Community Shield victory over Liverpool on Saturday, despite Mikel Arteta’s claims that ‘everybody starts from zero’ for the new campaign.The German has made clear that his plan is to see out the remaining year of his contract at the north London club.ADVERTISEMENTReports in Turkey say that Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr are ready to tempt him away with an annual salary of around £15million, while the Telegraph claim that an unnamed Qatari club are also interested in signing the playmaker.AdvertisementAdvertisementOzil’s exorbitant wages of £350,000-per-week have proven to be a burden that the north London club no longer want to take on. Advertisement Ozil didn’t feature after the restart (Picture: Getty Images)Speaking in an explosive interview with the Athletic earlier this month, the midfielder reinforced his stance that he is looking to stay at the club until the end of his deal next summer.‘My position is clear,’ Ozil said. ‘I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.‘I’ll decide when I go, not other people.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.‘Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club — the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time — and I love London, it’s my home.‘Whatever happened in the last two seasons, I’m happy and very strong mentally. I never give up on anything. I want to help my team and I’ll fight for it. If I’m fit, I know what I can do on the pitch.’MORE: Emiliano Martinez or Bernd Leno? Kevin Campbell picks who should be Arsenal’s No.1 for the upcoming Premier League seasonMORE: Arsenal make u-turn on Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future after Wolves talksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Home libraries bound to impress book lovers

September 28, 2020

first_imgThe library at 66 Elimatta Drive, Ashgrove.If your idea of heaven is a private sanctuary with comfy couches and shelves full of books, these home libraries may just tempt you into a property purchase. In Paddington you can live out your bibliophile fantasies with a spacious library complete with fireplace, timber floors, ornate ceiling and built-in shelves. The library at 79 Norman Cres, Norman Park.The property also boasts timber floors, a secret garden, a wine cellar, an entertaining area with outdoor kitchen and a pergola. But bookworms will find it hard to leave the open library with built-in cabinetry, bench seating and stacker doors opening the whole area up to the private upstairs deck. In winter you can soak up the sun through the wall of windows and in summer you can lounge on the deck with a volume selected from your own library. The property is on the market through Dimity Germon of Glenlyon Property Group for $2.5 million. The home at 175 Fernberg Rd, Paddington.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe property is on the market through Tim Douglas of Place Paddington.In Ashgrove there is a 1890s character home with seven bedrooms, multiple living spaces and an impressive outdoor entertaining deck. But most importantly there is a library with its own private balcony. The home at 66 Elimatta Drive, Ashgrove.Situated in the master suite wing, the library features a high ceilings, VJ walls, built-in book shelves and french doors.The home at 66 Elimatta Drive is selling through Richard Hain of Coronis Stafford. If you prefer something a little more open and light-filled, take a peek at the library at 79 Norman Crescent, Norman Park.The 1920s cottage has been beautifully restored and has been featured in some of Australia’s premier lifestyle magazines. The four-bedroom home has open-plan living and an oversized kitchen with huge windows taking in district views. The library at 175 Fernberg Rd, PaddingtonWhere else would you want to be on a winter’s night but curled up in front of a fire with a good book and warm drink? This literary haven is in a classic home, at 175 Fernberg Rd, built in the 1860s on an elevated 1634sq m block with city views. In addition to the library, the property also includes a grand staircase, a drawing room, deep verandas, four more fireplaces and a sunroom. last_img read more

RBA’s record interest rate cuts have buyers buzzing in Townsville

September 28, 2020

first_imgWayne Nicholson, REIQ Townsville zone Chairman. Picture: Shae Beplate.THE Reserve Bank of Australia’s highly anticipated announcement of a historic interest rate cut has the Townsville property market buzzing.The cash rate, which was cut by 25 basis points to 1.25 per cent, has not been as low since it was first regulated in 1990. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The Treasurer is calling on all banks to pass on the full interest rate cut handed down by the RBA. (AAP Image/Stefan Postles)Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe said the board had taken its decision to “support employment growth and provide greater confidence that inflation will be consistent with the medium-term target”. Townsville’s Phillip Lincoln, who is planning to buy his first home with his wife at Haven in Townsville, said the cut would help them secure finance. “This cut is definitely going to make financing it easier for us,” Mr Lincoln said.“Buying has been something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time but it just felt unachievable, and I think it is for a lot of people.” More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Sales co-ordinator at Ellis Developments Meredith Sweeney said the recent election and policy changes had already stirred up the market. “Seventy-five per cent of our clients are first-time buyers and our pipeline is approximately double of what it normally is,” Ms Sweeney said. “The confidence from the election combined with these positive government programs have our phones and emails going off.” READ MORE: Homeowners can take action on RBA cut Best ‘burbs for bargain s “It’s just another piece in the buyer confidence puzzle,” Mr Keyes said.“The cut on interest rates is going to stimulate buyers, and this coming off the back of an election will be a huge catalyst in driving values up in the property market. “I think it might stir up some activity at the high end of the market as well. In cases where people have been thinking of upgrading, it will give them that push to do it.” center_img ScoMo boosts buyer mojo in TownsvilleREIQ Townsville zone chairman Wayne Nicholson said the cut was also a great incentive for investors to get back into the market. “It will allow anyone thinking about getting into the market a great opportunity to do that,” Mr Nicholson said. “It’s great for first time buyers, and hopefully it will bring investors into play with prices down, interest rates low, and rents at a reasonable price.”Principal at Keyes & Co Real Estate and regional director at REIQ Damien Keyes said the cut was also likely to boost the higher end of the property market. MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWS Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it was a “legitimate expectation” that banks would pass on all of the rate cut. “The combination of the tax cuts and today’s RBA decision could see a two-income family, for example a teacher and a tradie, each earning $60,000 a year, with a $400,000 mortgage, almost $3000 a year better off as a household,” Mr Frydenberg said. last_img read more

Friendship resident hurt in weekend fall

September 24, 2020

first_imgRipley County, In. — A Friendship resident is recovering after a fall from a ladder Sunday.A report from the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department says a male fell 10 to 15 feet while working in the 1700 block of County Road 1700 West in Ripley County Sunday afternoon. Paramedics from Rescue 69 took the victim to a local church where he was then flown to a Cincinnati area hospital.No names have been released.last_img

Former SU assistant Troy Weaver reported to become Detroit Pistons GM

September 16, 2020

first_img Published on June 18, 2020 at 11:09 am Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Former Syracuse assistant coach Troy Weaver has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons to become the franchise’s next general manager, Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill reported.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski originally reported the deal was being finalized, noting that Weaver will be the ninth current general manager in the NBA who is Black.Weaver was the primary recruiter for Carmelo Anthony, who led the Orange to the national championship in 2003. He coached at SU from 2000 to 2004 before jumping to the NBA by becoming the Utah Jazz’s head scout. Had Weaver not left for the NBA, he would’ve brought Kevin Durant to Syracuse in 2006, Weaver said this spring on a Facebook Live event reliving the 2003 title run. Durant chose Texas instead and became the No. 2 overall pick, a league MVP and a two-time NBA champion.The Jazz eventually promoted Weaver to director of player personnel, a position he held for a year before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s spent the last 10 years with the Thunder and was its vice president of basketball operations last season.Detroit hasn’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs since the 2007-08 season. The Pistons finished 20-46 this year and weren’t invited to the league’s 22-team Orlando restart plan. Detroit traded center Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers before this year’s trade deadline.Weaver will be tasked with helping Detroit rebuild as star Blake Griffin’s contract expires after the 2021-22 season.last_img read more

HiPay and Play’n GO to sponsor official networking party at #boscon2017

August 30, 2020

first_img Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 StumbleUpon HiPay and Play’n GO have been confirmed as the two headline sponsors for the official Betting on Sports networking party at Altitude 360 on Wednesday 13 September. The world class Altitude 360, located on the 29th floor of Westminster’s tallest building, has been selected by SBC Events for its 360-degree view of the UK’s capital city, renowned party atmosphere and a layout designed to maximise networking and business opportunities.Global payments provider HiPay and slots supplier Play’n GO will get prime brand placement and video promotion space at the party, which takes place after the first full day of the largest international sports and betting trade conference.Entry to the party, free to the estimated 1,200 #boscon2017 delegates, will also include free drinks on arrival and canapes throughout the evening.Renaud Baudry, Marketing and Product Manager at HiPay, said: “We are delighted to be associated with such a high-profile event at the spectacular Altitude 360. SBC is renowned for putting a lot of time and effort into its networking opportunities, so we’re confident that sponsoring this party will be a springboard to even bigger and better things for HiPay.”Stuart Trigwell, UK Sales Manager at Play’n GO, added: “Sponsoring the networking party during Betting on Sports is the ideal fit for Play’n Go. With Play’n Go continuing to make significant strides in the UK Gaming market and with so many influential industry members in attendance, we’re excited to promote our association with the event at Altitude 360.”SBC Founder Rasmus Sojmark commented: “We are delighted to bring HiPay and Play’n GO on board for the official networking party at Betting on Sports 2017. In keeping with tradition, we have placed a huge emphasis on the the networking and business opportunities for both our event sponsors and delegates at Altitude 360, a fittingly impressive venue to celebrate the first full day of this year’s conference.”Find out more about the spectacular venue and the networking party HERE SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 Submit Share SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more