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Ecuador Seizes Submarine With Capacity For 12 Tons Of Drugs On Border With Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2010 A submarine with the capacity to transport up to twelve tons of drugs was seized on the Ecuadorean border with Colombia, Ecuadorean police and military authorities announced Sunday. “If it were a matter of transporting drugs to different countries, (the submarine’s capacity is) ten to twelve tons,” the head of the anti-narcotics police, Joel Loaiza, told the press. He added that “the drug traffickers, using different methods, continue innovating in their activities in this country.” The custom-made submarine was located empty, near the town of San Lorenzo, in the coastal province of Esmeraldas (in northwestern Ecuador, bordering on Colombia). Another submarine was also seized in May, fifteen meters long by three meters wide and with a capacity of about four tons. That vessel, which was empty and which according to the authorities was used to transport narcotics to the United States and Mexico by way of the Pacific Ocean, was found in the coastal province of El Oro (in southwestern Ecuador, bordering on Peru). Loaiza indicated that the submarine found in San Lorenzo “is much larger” and was located near residential structures capable of housing fifty people and “a special cove where drugs were possibly stored.” At the same time, the head of the Ecuadorean Navy’s Northern Command, Carlos Albuja, declared Sunday that the operation to find the vessel “has been underway for the last week.” He added that the operation was also put into motion “in order to secure other areas where there might possibly be a presence of illegal groups.” Coca-leaf cultivation remains little developed in Ecuador, the Andean country with the least drug production, according to the most recent UN report, released Friday in Quito. “We continue to be a transit country (for drugs), although this isn’t a comfort,” the attorney-general, Washington Pesántez, indicated for his part. Ten laboratories were destroyed in Ecuador in 2009, and 68.5 tons of drugs were seized, including 64 tons of cocaine, according to the police.last_img read more

When it comes to saving money, millennials are killing it

first_img continue reading » If you’re among the crowd who believe the current crop of 18-to-29-year-olds are a wasteful bunch, with zero smarts about money, a new survey may have you eating some crow.It turns out that those youngsters, otherwise known as millennials, are saving a bigger chunk of their paychecks than any other age group, according to a fresh survey from Bankrate.com.Some 191 millennial adults reported saving 6% to 10% of their income. Of those aged 30 to 49, just 169 reported saving as much, with the total moving down to 144 for those aged 50 to 64.“Millennials have a greater inclination toward saving, for both emergencies and retirement, than we’ve seen from previous generations,” said Bankrate’s chief financial analyst Greg McBride, cited in a Bankrate story on the monthly Financial Security Index survey, which polled 1,000 adults in early March. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Increase awareness with infographics

first_imgYou’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and that has never been truer than in today’s age of information overload. Send me an article and I may or may not read it depending on the length and how much time I have. But send me an infographic and I am probably going to take a minute to peruse it. Like me, consumers simply don’t have time to read everything we want them to know about our latest campaign, product, or offering. Consumers want sound bites. But how do you accomplish that when presenting content online? Enter the infographic.Infographics are not a new concept; in fact, they were all the rage in content marketing just 3-4 years ago. Unfortunately, as their popularity increased so did the number of poorly done ones and with the truly good ones harder to find in the ensuing clutter of content, some were left to conclude that infographics were no longer effective. That’s not the case though. Infographics are still a great way to bring your message to life and engage with your audience.What is an infographic?Simply put, an infographic is a way of taking information, data or knowledge and turning it into a graphic, which is much easier to understand. Whether you are telling a story, drawing comparisons or just listing facts, an infographic takes your information and wraps it up in a visually-pleasing package that is not just more fun to read, it’s also easier to comprehend.Infographics tell stories that are in sync with the way most of us like to learn. Sixty five percent of the population are visual learners. We’re visually wired. 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual and is processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. It’s why most people would rather look at an infographic than read text with the same content. Infographics allow the reader to scan and then decide if they want to seek out more information.Not only are infographic more likely to be read, they are also more likely to be shared. The content needs to be good though. A useful and relevant infographic can have a wide reach when it’s pinned, tweeted, liked, shared and embedded over and over. And, when they bear your logo and brand identity they can be a great branding tool. It’s also a great way to drive traffic to your website as people share it and link to it.It’s not about you.Your goal with an infographic should always be to provide value to the audience. An Infographic should not be used to simply promote a product, service or your brand. This may leave you thinking: Then what story do I have to tell? This is where you can get creative. What do you thinking your members need to know? An Instructional infographic could work well for something, say, walking members through the steps involved in setting up a digital wallet. Remember your intent is to provide value, not receive it. Also, look for different angles, especially on common subjects. Looking at the example above, instead of walking members through the steps involved in setting up a digital wallet, show them stats on the benefits of using a digital wallet to make it more appealing to those skeptical to the idea.Make it relevant.What topics are trending in the industry which you could educate members on with a well-done infographic? Google Trends and LinkedIn Pulse are good resources to see what topics are trending. To bring topics closer to home, look at your own content that received high engagement. What could be repurposed into an infographic that you could share again to provide the same information in a different and more engaging way? Just make sure you do your homework and research. You want to be able to back up your information after all.Keep it simple.Less is more on an infographic so keep words to a minimum and use negative space to help readability. Look for unique and visually appealing ways to convey data, keeping in mind that the goal is to highlight key information and quickly and effectively as possible.Share it.One of the appeals of the infographic is that it’s so easily sharable. Make sure you include your social media buttons when displaying so people can easily share with friends. Email a thumbnail of relevant infographics with a link to you member list. And be sure to post to all your social media channels. Infographics can else be easily displayed as posters, handouts, etc.Infographics are a fun way to get your message across and when done right, can be really effective. Take a look at your current content and see what information would work as a good infographic for your organization. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Detailslast_img read more

COVID-19: Regions start locking down as govt works on regulation

first_imgMahfud said the Home Ministry was assigned to coordinate with local administrations that had closed off their borders.The following are regions that have imposed a regional lockdown, and the reasons why they did so without waiting for an instruction from the central government.MalukuThe Maluku provincial administration has limited access to airports and ports, as stipulated in a decree signed by Maluku Governor Murad Ismail. The administration urged its residents to stay at home and maintain physical distance from others to prevent the disease that “disrupts social security and order” from spreading. “Arrivals and departures by land and/or sea transportation are limited except for important and urgent matters,” the decree states.The decree also requires any person arriving in the province to fill out an arrival form and self-quarantine for 14 days under the supervision of a family member and local health center.The policy was imposed after the announcement of the province’s first confirmed COVID-19 case: a resident who moved from Bekasi, West Java, to the city of Ambon. The patient had been placed under surveillance at Dr. Haulussy General Hospital in Ambon since arriving from Bekasi.Read also: Maluku to intensify border restrictions after first confirmed COVID-19 casePapuaThe Papua administration enforced a tougher approach by restricting entry into the province through both sea and air travel for two weeks starting Thursday. However, the transportation of goods is exempt from the policy.Such measure was taken after the province announced its first two COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The lack of medical facilities in the province was a concerning factor, given that Papua has 45 hospitals, only 15 of which can handle coronavirus cases.Papua Governor Lukas Enembe was adamant that the restriction was not a lockdown. “However, we are considering whether it is necessary to completely block [access to] Papua to protect Lapago, Meepago and Animha because they are particularly vulnerable,” he said recently.Read also: Govt suspends Papuan seaport, airport operations to curb COVID-19 spreadTegal, Central JavaThe Tegal city administration is closing its borders for four months from March 30 to July 31.An aerial view of a city square in Tegal, West Java, on March 22, 2020. The administration has closed road access into the city in an attempt to impose a lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Antara/Oky Lukmansyah)”We plan for a full lockdown. All borders will be closed for the safety of all,” said Tegal Mayor Dedy Yon Supriyono on Tuesday.The mayor said the city was in “a state of emergency” following the confirmation of one COVID-19 case: a 34-year-old man with a recent travel history to Abu Dhabi and Jakarta before he returned home by train.Dedy said he had contacted state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia to get information about passengers who were in the same car as the patient so that they could be quarantined and tested. In the meantime, the administration has blocked roads in the city.Read also: Families start Idul Fitri ‘mudik’ early despite COVID-19 warningYogyakartaResidents of Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, have limited access to several hamlets across the regency. For example, neighborhood units (RT) 01 and 02 of Randu hamlet in Hargobinangun village, Pakem district, blocked some roads to the neighborhood, leaving only two roads open.Residents of Kali Tengah hamlet in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, also closed off roads leading to their neighborhood on Saturday, March 28, 2020. (JP/Magnus Hendratmo)“We have blocked the road and put up a ‘lockdown’ sign here yesterday [Thursday],” RT 01 head Wantoro said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com. He added the road closure was initiated by the community.Apart from keeping people from going in and out of the area, the community also urged residents living in other cities to refrain taking part in the holiday mudik (exodus), Wantoro said.Sleman Regent Sri Purnomo said he appreciated the measures. (glh) A number of regions across the country have taken serious measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by imposing their own versions of regional lockdowns, as the central government in Jakarta has yet to issue any regulation on lockdown requirements and procedures.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government had been speeding up the deliberation of a regulation on regional lockdown so that it could be issued immediately.The minister, however, refused to use the word “lockdown” to describe the situation, preferring instead to call it a “regional quarantine”, as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Townsville’s top sales of 2017

first_img9 Cleveland Terrace, North WardThe property also came with 3636sq m of land over two allotments.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 2020The home was only beaten by the Solarus penthouse which was both the highest apartment sale and overall highest residential sale of the year in Townsville after it sold for $2 million.The three-bedroom, two bathroom penthouse on the 12th floor in Palmer St, South Townsville was the highest sale price for unit in Townsville in more than three years. Ray White agent Julie Mahoney, who sold 9 Cleveland Terrace, said she was not surprised the home sold well because it was one of the best property offering in Townsville in 2017. Ray White agent Julie Mahoney out the front of 9 Cleveland Terrace, North Ward which was the highest selling house of 2017 which sold for 1.825 million. Picture: Shae Beplate.TOWNSVILLE’s iconic white house on the hill was the highest selling house in Townsville during 2017.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Californian bungalow at 9 Cleveland Terrace, North Ward sold at auction in August for $1.825 million.The home is in one of the most enviable locations in Townsville with 270 degrees of the ocean. 1201/69 Palmer Street, South Townsville.“People see value in land in the city and it’s in a blue-chip location,” she said. “It’s sold to a long-term Townsville family that are well known. “It didn’t have all the bells and whistles but it did have enduring charm and in 100 years’ time it will still be in demand.”It was the first time the home had been on the market in 44 years after being owned by co-founding director of the North Queensland Cowboys Max Short, who died in 2016 aged 89.The second-highest house sale went to 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hill, which sold to a medical professional at auction on December 16 for $1.56 million. The second highest apartment sale was for 5/92 The Strand which sold in October for $1.4 million.last_img read more

Pirates Boys Soccer – End Of Season Awards Night

first_imgThe Greensburg Pirates held their team banquet Thursday evening and the following awards were presented.Team voted awards:Pirate Award: Logan Yeager.“Team Above Self” Award: Kirk Scott.Most Improved: Trevin White.Most Valuable Player: Drew Reiger.All EIAC: Drew Reiger.2015 Letter winners: Kirk Scott, Jake Buening, Kyle Bumbala, Nicholas Zapfe, David Santiago, Brady Niles, Francis Teague, José Rosales, Camden Rose, Joseph Pacilio, Jordan Kramer, Trevor Lee, Trevin White, Aaron Sia, Logan Yeager, Drew Reiger, Andrew Schroeder.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img

Hornets secure Vydra

first_img “Having penned a permanent deal, the 23-year-old is beginning preparations for the 2015-16 Premier League season with the rest of his Hornets team-mates at UCL London Colney.” Vydra scored 16 goals in 31 Sky Bet Championship starts last season, adding to his reputation in Hertfordshire having managed 22 for the club during the 2012-13 campaign. He had a spell in the English top flight with West Brom – again on loan from Udinese – during the following season, but 16 of his 23 league appearances, in which he scored three times, came from the bench. Press Association Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra has completed a permanent move to promoted Watford, the club has announced. center_img The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal to end his spell with Italian club Udinese after impressing during two loan spells at Vicarage Road. A statement on the club’s official website read: “Watford Football Club is delighted to announce that Matej Vydra has signed a five-year contract with the Hornets. last_img read more

Hamilton named Britain’s wealthiest sports star

first_img(BBC) – Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s wealthiest sports star in the 2020 Sunday Times Rich List.The 35-year-old’s wealth increased by £37M in the past year, to £224M, making him the wealthiest sportsperson in the list’s 32-year history.Golfer Rory McIlroy – worth £170M – was the only other sports star in the main list of Britain’s 1 000 richest persons.Sport dominated the Young Rich List with 18 of the 50 places.Boxer Anthony Joshua is the only non-footballer on the list, made up of those aged 30 or under.The 30-year-old is worth £107M with Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale – also 30 – the only sportsperson ahead of him.last_img

Mourinho Rubbishes Strained Relationship with PogbaÂ

first_imgJose Mourinho says any speculation the relationship between him and Paul Pogba has broken down are “lies”.Recent reports have suggested Pogba is unhappy with the position he is being asked to play in by Mourinho, while others have linked him with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.However, when asked about this speculation, Mourinho said: “I think you are nice with your words because when you say a lot of speculation, you should say a lot of lies.“I can speak on Paul’s behalf without any kind of problem. He accepts he’s not been playing well in the last few matches, but that’s all.“It’s a big lie that our relationship is not good. It’s a big lie that we don’t communicate. It’s a big lie that we don’t agree with his position and his dynamic within the team.“The team needs him at a good level and when he isn’t the team is not as good. So be objective and say what we all know – in the last couple of matches he didn’t play well. Period. “The majority of the things you can read and listen to – don’t be nice, be objective and say lies.”Mourinho acknowledged Pogba preferred to play on the left of a midfield three in a 4-3-3 formation, whereas many argue he has been playing in a deep midfield role as part of a 4-2-3-1.However, Mourinho insisted that was not the case, and Pogba has been given opportunities in his favourite position.He said: “It’s quite ridiculous to speak about his position. I would like somebody to tell me in which position they think Pogba played against Newcastle.“We played with Matic, Lingard on the right side of Matic and Pogba on the left side of Matic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

University re-evaluates sexual assault policy

first_imgThe university is using the start of the semester to boost its efforts to address the issue of sexual assault on campus.Many of the initiatives named in a March 25 email from Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry to students will be in full effect this fall. In addition, new provisions devised by administrators over the summer months will also be announced via an email from Provost Elizabeth Garrett shortly before classes begin.“We’ve spent some time [this summer] attending national conferences, paying attention to legislation coming through our state legislators, as well as our White House Task Force report that also identifies best practices nationally,” Carry said. “We have been comparing what we provide with what’s going on nationally to identify best practices.”The administration’s work this summer is just the latest part of the school’s long battle to combat both sexual assault on campus and allegations of the mishandling of sexual assault reports.The complaint that started it allIn  May  2013, several students filed a group Title IX complaint, accusing the university of mishandling their reports of sexual assault. The U.S. Department of Education then deemed that three of those cases warranted further investigation and subsequently opened a probe.With the complaint came a barrage of media attention on USC, as well as other colleges and universities that received similar complaints around the same time.Scrutiny increased in October, when administrators admitted that they had underreported the number of sexual assaults to federal officials in their Clery Report, a report that documents three years of crime statistics for the university. Carry attributes the oversight to a mix up in accounting when combining the list of reports from the Dept. of Public Safety with the list from the Center for Women and Men, two places where students can report sexual assault. Moving forward, however, Carry said a process has been put in place to ensure this does not happen again.“Now our process is in place to have ongoing reconciliation [of the lists],” Carry said. “In the Deptartment of Public Safety there’s a single officer assigned to this task of making sure that our records are up to date at all times.”According to Carry, at the beginning of the spring semester, federal investigators came to campus to interview students and staff and further examine USC’s process for handling reports of sexual assault. USC is one of 55 colleges and universities nationwide under investigation. It takes anywhere from six to nine months for results of the investigation, in the form of recommendations for the school, to be announced, according to Carry.Once the recommendations are issued, by the Office of Civil Rights, the university will work with the office to determine which should be instituted at USC and which might not work as well.“The federal government also looks at public universities, community colleges, technical colleges, so they may deliver a recommendation that doesn’t make complete sense in our context,” Carry said. Other recommendations, though, he said would be “no brainers.”Improving the systemAdministrators have not been sitting idle as they wait for these recommendations to be passed down, however. The March memo to all students announced initiatives that had been developed by administrators, student leaders, the Dept. of Public Safety, the Title IX coordinator and the Center for Women and Men. One provision particularly influenced by students was the clarification of the reporting process Student leaders met with administrators of a six-month period, according to Carry, to help identify what parts of the process and the code of conduct were unclear.“We had to focus on how to make this more apparent, how do we make this more clear so there’s no confusion about it, because I think the responsibility of clarity is to the writer,” Carry said.Other changes were more quickly instituted. In September 2013, administrators hired a specially trained Title IX investigator to take over all interviews and investigations from Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, who had previously been handling sexual assault cases on top of cases of theft, conflict, plagiarism and more.“This investigator only deals with sexual assault … so they get to identify patterns and themes and get to focus on learning from every interview process,” Carry said.To further assist students who wish to report that they believe they’ve been sexually assaulted, the Center for Women and Men, one of the two places students can file reports and also a space for them to receive confidential counseling, will be moving to a space in the Engemann Student Health Center twice as large as their current one in October.“Being in the health center is going to be really amazing because now we’re also part of a bigger clinical team,” said Ekta Kumar, director of the center. “There’s more researchers, there’s more clinicians to collaborate with.”A new location is not the only recent change for the Center for Women and Men. Kumar is now hiring a larger staff. With its newly enhanced resources, Kumar is hoping the center can do more to assist these students.“I think this year’s going to be really exciting,” Kumar said. “There’s a lot of transition happening, but our focus is to just really collaborate on the university-wide initiative and student-led initiatives.”This includes working with the Title IX office on training for all first-year students in bystander education and interpersonal violence during Welcome Week, as well as further training three weeks later to check in on students and reinforce the message.Within the center itself, Kumar has ambitious plans to revive programs that have fallen out of practice in recent years, including group therapy sessions and a men’s care program, in which a group of men come together to have dialogue on masculinity and relationships and put on events on campus.“I think a lot of times people think of [sexual assault] as a women’s issue when in actuality it’s not, it’s a broader issue,” Kumar said. “We are trying to revamp that by getting more men involved in our office, too.”In addition, the administration hopes that more students will now go to the Center for Women and Men or DPS for help because of the new medical amnesty policy, implemented in the spring, which ensures that those who seek help will not be punished for having consumed alcohol. First passed by the Undergraduate Student Government, the policy was also adopted by the administration and added to the growing list of responses to a poor history of sexual assault.“That’s the best example of how the partnership works,” USG Vice President Rini Sampath said of the collaboration. “It’s all about passing these resolutions, getting into meetings where we get to talk to administrators and address these issues.”Students take chargeStudents have taken the lead on many projects to further sexual assault prevention. The Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils have formed an eight-person student-led task force to address issues of sexual assault.“As a chapter president, I was noticing an alarming rate of girls coming forward and saying, ‘I heard something happened’ or ‘something happened to me,’” said Kaitlyn Hittelman, co-chair of the task force and president of Delta Delta Delta. “As the president, that’s absolutely unacceptable.”Hittelman partnered with other chapter presidents, Greek senators and members of the two Greek life councils to address the issue. The task force has three goals: to educate the Greek community on what consent means, on bystander intervention and to create a culture change.“Our biggest goals are a little intangible. … But I think we just want to bring it to the forefront of everyone’s minds and really make it clear to everyone — because I think it’s clear to the leadership — that this isn’t a men’s issue and this isn’t a women’s issue, it’s a rape issue,” Hittelman said.This phrase seems to be the motto of the group as they attack this problem. Hittelman’s co-chair, Zeta Beta Tau president Micah Solit expressed the same sentiment and added one more distinction: the issue is also not Greek versus non-Greek.“I really want to eliminate the perception that this only happens in fraternity houses because the reality is that’s not true.  Everybody knows that deep down,” Solit said.Though the task force is instituting their program in the Greek system, the program could soon be expanded to other parts of the student body. USG Greek Senator Providence Ilsevich, a member of the task force, plans to introduce a bill to the USG Senate sometime this semester that would expand student-initiated sexual assault programming to other organizations.“The concept behind [expanding the program] is that we would really like to see that this is something that our whole university can hold itself accountable for,” Ilsevich said. “You know, we say this is not a Greek issue, it’s not any individual group issue, it’s a nationwide issue and it’s a university-wide issue.”Because the current task force is specifically tailored toward the Greek community, Ilsevich is working on formulating a program that could work for all organizations on campus and account for the fact that many students are in multiple organizations.“There’s a lot of different restrictions that can possibly prevent this from working, and that’s something we’re really trying to plan around,” Ilsevich said. “We don’t want this to turn into something that’s unrealistic for every group and then it never happens at all.”USG is also working on a social media campaign to open up dialogues about this sometimes taboo issue. Sampath believes that the campaign will work nicely with a resolution if it’s passed to address the issue.“It’s kind of like the carrot and the stick model in that the carrot is that all your friends, your buddies, everyone you care about and your moral compass is telling you not to do this,” Sampath said. “But also, say, giving students consequences if we were to pass a resolution.”With all these new programs in place, many will expect to see progress at USC. Both Carry and the student leaders, however, emphasized that positive results might not be what people expect.“I am hoping that more students, men and women, feel empowered to report cases of sexual assault,” Carry said. “Our numbers may increase, and I will see that as a good result because I think part of the concern with regard to sexual assault on college campuses … has been the shame wrapped around reporting these crimes.”last_img read more