Colombia Approves Stock Market Merger With Peru, Chile

first_img Colombia on 5 November approved merging its stock market with those of neighboring Peru and Chile, which experts said will become the second-biggest stock market in Latin America after Brazil’s. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Economy Minister Juan Carlos Echeverry “signed the decree authorizing the merger,” a statement by the president’s office said. Representatives from the stock markets and central banks of the three nations will meet next week in Bogota to launch the new stock market, it added. A meeting of financial experts headed by Spain’s BBVA Bank said the new stock market will boost overall trading in the three countries anywhere from three to five times the current volume. “That would make this stock market the second-largest in Latin America after Brazil’s,” BBVA said in a statement. By Dialogo November 10, 2010last_img read more

Peruvian National Police Rescues More than 500 Victims of Human Trafficking

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 17, 2020 During the first half of 2020, law enforcement forces carried out 31 operations to combat human trafficking in Peru, rescuing 437 peruvian victims (including 68 minors) and 71 foreigners (including eight minors).The Peruvian Police Directorate for the Investigation of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants published this information on July 30, on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.In 2019, the figures were even higher, as there was no coronavirus emergency. Authorities carried out 161 operations and rescued 1,054 victims (907 women and 147 men), 25 percent of whom were children and teenagers.Nearly half of the 454 victims rescued in 2019 were foreigners. “This is due to the migratory influx of more than 1 million Venezuelans during the last two years,” Juan Antonio Fernández Jeri, general director for Democratic Security at the Ministry of the Interior, told TV Peru.“More than 300 Venezuelan women were victims of this scourge in 2019, in addition to 96 Ecuadorean and 54 Colombian nationals,” he said.One of the trafficking hot spots is the Peruvian Amazon, where traffickers bring teenagers from Colombia and Brazil to force them into prostitution in places known as “prostibares,” the news portal El País Brasil reported.According to the Blue Heart Campaign, a United Nations’ initiative against human trafficking, seven out of 10 victims in Peru are recruited through fake job offers.“Trafficking begins with the person’s recruitment, transfer, reception, and finally their exploitation,” Fernández Jeri said. “During this process, the potential victim is deceived several times to generate confusion.”The official explained that international networks do not operate in Peru; rather, family groups join forces to commit the crime. “In the case of labor exploitation, they mainly go to areas with extractive industries, such as illegal mining sites in departments like Madre de Dios,” he said.The military presence has deterred trafficking in certain regions of the country. “In La Pampa, since February, there has been a permanent presence of armed and police forces, which has minimized this type of criminal action,” Fernández Jeri said.last_img read more

Long Island Pothole Surge Prompts Ramped-up Road Repairs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The havoc wreaked on Long Island roadways this winter has forced officials to accelerate the timeline for state road repairs initially slated to begin next year and beyond.New York State officials announced Friday that $100 million—68-percent from the federal government and 32-percent provided by the state—has been made available for a dozen construction projects across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The projects are expected to begin this fall, though officials did not specify which roads would get priority status.“This particular winter was so brutal that to wait two, three years for these projects would have had a severe impact on it,” said New York State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Eileen Peters.Repairs will depend on the type of damage done to specific roadways, officials said. Resurfacing projects will range from removing the worn top layer of pavement from all travel lanes and shoulders and repairing base concrete, to improving drainage and installing new asphalt.“We identified the most heavily damaged roads, and used every available resource to accelerate these resurfacing projects,” NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a statement. “Throughout construction, we will be ensuring that traffic disruptions are minimized.”Crews will work either overnight hours or during off-peak times (late morning-late afternoon) to mitigate traffic, Peters said.She said some of the projects were originally scheduled for late-2015 and 2017. But the onslaught of snowy and icy weather created dangerous conditions on roads as drivers either attempted to avoid crater-sized potholes, or suffered flat tires and damaged wheels when potholes were unavoidable.From Jan. 1 to April 30, state crews used 2,599 tons of asphalt to fill potholes—up from 1,574 tons in 2013, and 523 tons in 2012.Up-to-date cost of repairs wasn’t immediately available. The Press reported in March that repairs cost $1,397,193 this year, quadruple last year’s price tag.List of Construction Projects:Nassau CountyLong Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) eastbound and westbound mainline between exits 37 and 46 in the towns of North Hempstead and Oyster BayNorthern State Parkway (NSP) between the Wantagh State Parkway (WSP) and the LIE, in the Town of HempsteadMeadowbrook State Parkway (MSP) between Glenn Curtis Boulevard and the NSP in the Town of HempsteadNY Route 25/Jericho Turnpike between NY Routes 106/107 and Robbins Lane, Town of Oyster BayNY Route 25/Jericho Turnpike between Brush Hollow Road and Jericho Quadrangle East in the Town of Oyster BayNY Route 878/Nassau Expressway between Burnside Avenue and Rockaway Turnpike in the Town of HempsteadNY Route 24/Hempstead Turnpike between the MSP and NY Route 110 in the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, Nassau and Suffolk countiesSuffolk CountyNY Route 25A between the Nassau/Suffolk border and Bread and Cheese Hollow Road in the Town of HuntingtonNY Route 24/Flanders Road between County Roads 104/63 and Bellows Pond Road in the Town of SouthamptonNY Route 25A between NY Route 111 and Edgewood Avenue in the Town of SmithtownNY Route 25 between Kings Park Road and NY Route 111 in the Town of SmithtownSimeon Woods Road between the LIE and Kings Highway in the Town of Smithtownlast_img read more

4 signs that your credit union is in trouble

first_imgby: Sean McDonaldNot very pleasant to think about, right? Sorry but the reality is that there are some companies and organizations that are in danger of slipping off the radar. In the vast majority of cases, I firmly believe that steps can be taken to reverse course; however, in order to do that, affected organizations must accept that they are in danger, resolve to take action to “right the ship” and then ACT before it’s too late. Here are 4 red flags that signal your company may be in trouble:You can’t seem to retain young employees. Young professionals are looking for very specific things when they go to work for someone. They want to be compensated properly, want access to professional development opportunities, want to be acknowledged for doing great work, and do not want to be micro-managed. Of course, the job market isn’t great so there may be a temptation to think that these young people should consider themselves lucky to have a job. Not only is that very dangerous thinking but it also ignores the fact that the job market is already on the road to recovery. Therefore, young professionals who don’t feel appreciated have many more opportunities to go elsewhere. And they will.You haven’t updated your strategic plan in a while. A plan is a necessary component of any organization’s short and long-term growth strategies. But these plans need to be examined and reviewed often. Metrics must be put in place to measure and gauge the progress being made. And you must be flexible and realize that plans should be altered and adjusted from time to time to adapt to the ever-changing marketplace. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CDC launches late-season flu vaccination push

first_imgNov 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Although 77 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have already been delivered this fall, distribution delays have left some providers empty-handed, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to intensify its message on the benefits of late-season vaccination.At a press conference today, the CDC announced the designation of the week after Thanksgiving as “National Influenza Vaccination Week.” CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, said the aim is to raise awareness about seasonal flu vaccination and urge more Americans to be vaccinated in November, December, and later.The CDC predicts that flu vaccine manufacturers will produce a record number of doses this year, between 110 and 115 million. Gerberding said the remaining doses will be shipped through November and into early December. She urged healthcare providers to make good use of the final deliveries of flu vaccine by scheduling extra clinics, extending clinic hours, and supporting mass vaccinations at sites such as retail stores.L.J. Tan, PhD, director of infectious diseases for the American Medical Association (AMA), said many patients mistakenly believe that the only time to get vaccinated is before Thanksgiving. “This is a step toward shattering that myth,” he told reporters. Administering the flu vaccine in November, December, January and beyond is consistent with federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations.Gerberding said that though distributors try to provide at least partial fulfillment of all vaccine orders early in the season so that all providers can begin their vaccination activities, some providers are still having trouble getting their doses. “There are still mismatches between the need and supply in certain parts of the country,” she said.Because flu vaccine sales and distribution are handled by private companies, the CDC can’t control the flow of the product to customers.Don Williamson, MD, Alabama state health officer, said some public health agencies have adequate supplies of the vaccine, but others are struggling. He estimated that 40% to 45% of providers in Alabama have received their shipments and about 30% have their shipments of the children’s vaccine.Delays affect family physiciansTan said that smaller providers, such as family practice physicians, are most likely to have been affected by distribution delays. “The biggest challenges are the chronically ill, high-risk patients that seek the vaccine from their family doctors in early October,” he said. “If they can’t get it, they go somewhere else. We want to encourage them to go back to their physicians.”Some AMA members have reported that the delays aren’t as bad as last year, Tan said, adding that there’s still room for improvement in the vaccine distribution system.Gerberding said that despite the record number of doses this year, public health officials worry about supplies going unused. “We’re trying to do everything we can to get every dose used,” she said.The CDC is starting to see some flu activity, but Gerberding said it is too early to say what the predominant strains are and how widespread and virulent they’ll be. According to CDC tracking through Nov 4, Florida and Louisiana have local activity, and North Carolina is the only state showing regional activity.In June, federal health officials recommended that toddlers aged 2 through 4 years be immunized against influenza each year, adding millions of people to the groups included in vaccination recommendations.Children often miss second vaccine doseIn other flu immunization news, a report in the November issue of Pediatrics said that in a 3-year study, most children being immunized against flu for the first time did not receive the second dose recommended for optimal protection.The CDC recommends that children aged 6 months to 9 years who have never received a flu shot should receive two doses of vaccine. Those who receive trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) vaccine should have a booster 1 month or longer after the initial dose, before the onset of the flu season.Researchers evaluated 125,928 children aged 6 months through 8 years who were members of health maintenance organizations participating in the Vaccine Safety Datalink project. The children received their first TIV dose in the 2001-02, 2002-03, or 2003-04 influenza season.Compliance with the two-dose recommendation varied by age-group and influenza season. Among children younger than 2, the proportions who received their second dose were 44%, 54%, and 29% over the three seasons. In children older than 2, compliance was 15%, 24%, and 12% over the three seasons. Children were more likely to receive the recommended second dose if they received their first dose by mid November.Researchers concluded that noncompliance with the two-dose TIV series could decrease the direct and indirect benefits of vaccination programs.Jackson LA, Neuzil KM, Baggs J, et al. Compliance with the recommendations for two doses of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in children less than 9 years of age receiving influenza vaccine for the first time: a Vaccine Safety Datalink study. Pediatrics 2006;118(5) [Abstract]See also:CDC weekly influenza update read more

North Korea shot dead South Korean in its waters: Seoul

first_imgNorth Korean forces shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who disappeared off a patrol vessel and ended up in Pyongyang’s waters, Seoul’s defense ministry said Thursday, calling it an “outrageous act”.The 47-year-old man had been on board a vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong, the ministry said in a statement.After analyzing intelligence, the South Korean military had “confirmed that the North fired at a South Korean national found in the northern seas and cremated his body”, it said. US Forces Korea commander Robert Abrams said earlier this month North Korean authorities issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus entering the country from China, creating a “buffer zone” in the border with special forces soldiers ready to kill. The isolated North — whose crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major virus outbreak — has not confirmed a single case of the disease that has swept the world since first emerging in China, the North’s key ally. Pyongyang closed its border with China in January to try to prevent contamination, and in July state media said it had raised its state of emergency to the maximum level. “We sternly warn North Korea that all responsibilities for this incident lie with it,” it added.It was not immediately clear how the man came to be in the water. Earlier reports said that his shoes were found on board the patrol vessel, leading to speculation he may have been trying to defect.In July, a North Korean defector who had fled to the South three years ago sneaked back over the heavily fortified border into the impoverished nation.His crossing prompted North Korean officials to put the border city of Kaesong under lockdown amid fears that he may have carried the coronavirus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

136 Indonesian doctors have died of COVID-19: IDI

first_imgA total of 136 doctors in the country have died of COVID-19 after four doctors succumbed to the respiratory disease this week, the Indonesian Doctor Association (IDI) has said.“There are nine doctors who died of the disease during the first two weeks of October,” IDI mitigation team deputy head Ari Kusuma Januarto said in a statement on Thursday.The deceased doctors consisted of 71 general practitioners, 63 specialists and two resident physicians from 18 provinces and 66 cities and regencies, he said. Read also: IDI calls for creation of protection committee as more doctors die of COVID-19East Java has recorded the highest COVID-19 doctor death toll at 32, followed by North Sumatra at 23, Jakarta at 19, West Java at 12 and Central Java at 9. The remaining doctors died in South Sulawesi, Bali, South Sumatra, South Kalimantan, Aceh, Riau, East Kalimantan, the Riau Islands, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi, Banten and West Papua.Ari added that the death rate of Indonesian medical workers had become more alarming. “Hundreds of medical workers throughout the country have died of COVID-19. This is a very critical situation in public health,” he said.”Every health worker has the right to feel safe while working. The government and the public must continue to cooperate to enforce health protocols,” Ari added. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil gives advice to Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson over staking Arsenal first-team claims

first_img Comment Ozil has returned to training and will be looking to oust his young teammates from the side (Getty)‘Sometimes it was difficult, I am a guy who always wants to play to help the team, so if you play at such a young age for a team like Schalke, you don’t always have a lot of minutes to [impress].‘I was always giving everything to play in training, and after that if I’m not in the squad, or didn’t play those players always came to me and showed their respect. They spoke to me and told me I have a lot of quality, be calm, believe in yourself and your time will come.’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 Advertisement The German playmaker knows exactly how his young teammates feel (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has told Arsenal youngsters Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson to believe in themselves and work hard as they look to establish themselves in the Gunners’ first team.Both players started on the opening weekend of the Premier League season against Newcastle and impressed again against Burnley as the side maintained their 100% start to the season.But Arsenal have bolstered their squad depth significantly over the summer and both players will have to fight hard to keep their places – and Ozil knows exactly how difficult it is to make that breakthrough. Advertisementcenter_img Mesut Ozil gives advice to Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson over staking Arsenal first-team claims Metro Sport ReporterThursday 22 Aug 2019 10:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link402Shares Willock has made a big impression on Unai Emery in a versatile midfield role (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Arsenal Player, Ozil explained: ‘I just want to say that the most important thing is to believe in yourself. Of course you have some days when it doesn’t go so well but you have to believe in yourself, keep working and the most important thing is to have fun.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘If you don’t have fun, if you are losing and you make mistakes you will be disappointed. But don’t listen to anyone, you know how good you are, believe in yourself and have fun.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I was nervous [when I entered the first-team dressing room at Schalke] but also excited because it was the first time I spent time with the players. I was very, very quiet. I didn’t speak a lot in the dressing room, I was just looking to the left and the right and couldn’t believe I was here now playing with them. It was a great moment for me.‘I was just looking and thinking, “Oh my God, now I am here! Now I have to show my quality”. I remember Altintop, Krstajic, Bordon, Lincoln, Kevin Kuryani, Asamoah – those people helped me a lot, and it was easier for me to show my potential on the pitch because they all helped me a lot. They stood behind me, so I was able to just enjoy playing football.last_img read more

Major Sunshine Coast retail and entertainment hub in residential growth spot gets green light

first_imgBirtinya Town Centre renderA MAJOR retail and entertainment precinct on the Sunshine Coast has been given the green light.Stockland has announced that it has been granted planning approval for its proposed $830 million Birtinya Town Centre masterplan development.The development was approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday.The 18 hectare development, approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday, will include a new shopping centre, a service station, an entertainment precinct, a hotel, apartments, drive-thru restaurants, a town square with green space, and a walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana.“This masterplan approval defines the shared vision for a vibrant mixed use precinct for the $5 billion Oceanside community on the Sunshine Coast,” Stockland CEO and managing director Mark Steiner said.“With the regions’ above average population growth, 130,000 residents are forecast to livewithin the main trade area by 2031. “Our vision for the Birtinya Town Centre is to deliver a true people’s place, with lifestyle amenity for the community now and into the future.”The town centre will be located on Kawana Way and adjoining the Sunshine CoastHealth Precinct, which incorporates the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine CoastUniversity Private Hospital, and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoCycle ways, walkways, boardwalks and bridges will link the town centre to Birtinya Island, Bokarina Beach and the Business Village.Stockland Queensland general manager Kingsley Andrew said the Birtinya TownCentre masterplan was the “next big catalytic project for Oceanside”. “… bringing together commercial, apartments and mixed use development with open green space to create jobs and drive future investment across the Sunshine Coast region,” he said.“This will be Oceanside’s dynamic urban heart, a place that is centralised and accessible – aplace that connects people for business and fun, and, importantly, creates a regionaldestination for the Sunshine Coast.”The developer estimates that more than 550 jobs will be created during construction, with more than 14,600 new full time jobs on completion.The first stage of the town centre masterplan is the $87 million Stockland Birtinya ShoppingCentre, with works expected to commence before Christmas.last_img read more

Gold Coast beachfront package fetches more than $10 million

first_imgThe properties at 67 and 69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, have sold for a combined $10.3 million.DRILLING business veteran Peter Mitchell has sold his neighbouring beachfront properties on one of the Gold Coast’s most illustrious streets for almost double the price he paid.He and wife Dee’s Hedges Ave properties sold for a combined $10.3 million last week.Property records show the couple paid $200,000 for No. 67 in 1981 and $5 million for No. 69 in 2005.Marketing agent Tony Velissariou, of self-titled agency, said the buyer wasn’t in a rush to bulldoze the buildings and develop the double block.“It’s an interstate buyer that’s relocating to the Gold Coast,” he said. MORE NEWS: Former Titan gives home the boot MORE NEWS: House values up, sales numbers down The Mitchells bought the one at No. 67 in 1981.“At this stage, they’re probably going to do nothing for now and they’re reserving their options for later down the track.”Mr Velissariou said it was a welcome sale for the Mitchells, who had owned a slice of the beachfront street for almost 40 years.“They’re happy to move on with the next stage of their lives,” he said.The Mitchells went into the drilling business 50 years ago by drilling water bores for Kingaroy peanut farmers.Today Mitchell Services is a listed company that has more than 400 staff and operates internationally. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThey bought No. 69 in 2005.Despite the couple’s Hedges Ave properties being on the market since May, Mr Velissariou said they attracted a lot of interest.“Right down to the finish line … there was super strong inquiry coming in from all over Australia,” he said.“I think it was the lifestyle and beachfront living (that attracted them).”Prospective buyers were given the choice of snapping up the properties separately with the multistorey house at No. 67 listed for $5.75 million while the two apartments at No. 69 had a $5.25 million price tag.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 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 Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29last_img read more