United States Sanctions Two More Officials of Venezuela’s Disputed Government

first_imgBy Herbert Zepeda / Sofía Pisani / Voice of America January 14, 2020 On December 9, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned Venezuelan officials Gustavo Adolfo Vizcaíno Gil and Juan Carlos Dugarte Padrón, both members of the Nicolás Maduro regime, over their alleged participation in acts of corruption.In a press release, the U.S. Department of the Treasury indicated that during his tenure as general director of the Venezuelan government’s Administrative Service of Identification, Migration, and Foreigners (SAIME, in Spanish), Dugarte (who was appointed in April 2016), had accepted bribes and was publicly implicated in corrupt dealings involving the sale of passports.The press release also adds that in June 2018, Vizcaíno was appointed as the new general director of SAIME, replacing Dugarte, and that since the fall of 2018, SAIME officials and Vizcaíno have been involved in acts of corruption, charging passport applicants thousands of dollars and transferring those funds to foreign personal bank accounts.According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, SAIME, under Vizcaíno’s administration, sold passports to non-Venezuelan citizens for thousands of dollars, and the entity’s personnel were members of illegitimate armed groups known as “colectivos,” which answer to Maduro.“As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the individuals and entities named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, by 50 percent or more by them, individually or with other designated persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or in the control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC [Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury],” said the press release.The sanctions were announced as part of International Anti-corruption Day, observed on December 9, by a United Nations decree.According to the press release, “the United States will continue to support the people of Venezuela, Interim President [Juan] Guaidó, and the National Assembly.”last_img read more

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Representing the whole: Credit union association leadership

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Michlig Greg Michlig joined the New Jersey Credit Union League as President/CEO in May of 2013. He has a strong background in the credit union, association and related financial services … Web: www.njcul.org Details There has been a lot of discussion lately around the various system associations, their structure, governance, and effectiveness. For some, this is viewed as healthy dialogue, while for others, it is a source of angst. Some will say our system is the envy of most other industries. Others will say there is a need for change. There is a broad spectrum of viewpoints on this topic.This is a microcosm of association life on a daily basis, although in this case, undoubtedly a bit higher profile. Leading a trade association, or any membership association for that matter, means dealing with diverse opinions and expectations on the association’s role and what benefits it should provide members.In the first quarter of this year, I spent a substantial amount of time with New Jersey credit union CEOs, both in their offices and through roundtables and other meetings, asking questions about the value they realize from membership in the New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL). Not only were the answers varied, as one might expect, but the same people answered similar questions differently if posed relative to day-to-day value today or a hypothetical looking back at how NJCUL best delivered value in a scenario five years from now.We also talked about success and growth and what that means to a credit union. The answers in this case also varied to a significant degree. For some, membership, asset, or loan growth was key. For others, strong net worth or ROA were among the variety of responses.You may theorize that there were telling lines of demarcation relative to responses based on credit union asset size. Not the case.I have also been involved in conversations around partnerships and product offerings, as we look to add well-aligned companies to our service corporation’s slate of providers. Through our due diligence process, we spend time discussing product lines with our members. Unanimity in product, service, or brand selection across the membership is simply not a realistic expectation. Gaining consensus with regards to desirable product lines and services – and quality partners for delivery of those – is the best case scenario for providing options a large percentage of the membership will likely embrace.In our case, as a state trade association, advocacy is highly important. The narrative just described relative to products and services is largely transferable in this area as well. There are instances where unanimity is possible in advocacy; however, varying credit union business models will drive the prioritization of certain goals differently for each credit union. It is our job, as the association, to understand the range of these goals and defend credit unions on a broad base politically and legislatively, while also looking for feasible “wins” wherever possible. In some cases it also means addressing advocacy issues of importance for specific segments of the membership, when they arise.This diversity also reinforces our position that credit union regulation should never be prescribed in a one-size-fits-all approach. Whether at the rule-setting level or through individual credit union examinations, evaluation of an individual credit unions’ safety and soundness needs to be relevant to the business model in place. Complexity is not based on asset size, regardless of what the regulator may say. Nor is success. Our role, as associations, is to represent the whole in this regard, as well as the few. Meaning, our broad scale advocacy must match an aggregated opinion of critical mass, yet we must also provide the operational tools and resources to assist individual credit unions in this era of extraordinary regulatory burden.On a global scale, associations address needs that vary from municipal to international levels and everywhere in-between. Efforts in advocacy range from grass-roots to worldwide. Effectiveness at those levels, relative to the industry served, is assessed differently by the members within the associations’ field of membership. Prioritization of an association’s value in New Jersey, for example, is likely different than what is perceived as valuable in many other states. It is our job to understand the niche we serve and the aggregated wants and needs relative to that demographic, while also providing individualized service to assist members as needed.As you know, association CEOs like myself, report to our boards of directors, which are elected to represent the membership. This fact is the core of our call to duty. To represent, advocate for, and provide value to all of our members. To me, there is correlation of purpose with the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”As associations, our number one priority is serving our membership; looking for common ground regardless of diversity in size, complexity, business models, or opinion and striving for the long-term success of those we serve. As discussion moves forward on both the most recent issues of structure and governance, as well as the broad array of other issues relative to the associations of which you are members, I urge you to consider the unique role each association plays in providing for our constituencies, and the powerful value of representation of the whole.last_img read more

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State Senator Seward tests positive for COVID19

first_img(WBNG) — State Senator James L. Seward has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to Seward’s office, the senator was diagnosed with a mild case and is expected to make a full recovery. He will be released from the hospital and placed into quarantine “shortly.” Senator Seward is also battling cancer. State Republican Leaders say Seward has not been in Albany since March 11. The senator’s office says Seward’s wife has also tested positive for a mild case of the virus. She is also being quarantined at home. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. In January, Seward announced he will retire and not seek reelection in 2020.last_img

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Pink’s Daughter Shares ‘Wishes’ for Presidential Election

first_img– Advertisement – Putting in her two cents. Pink spoke to her 9-year-old daughter, Willow, about her “wishes” for the presidential election.“Well, my biggest wish is to go to Hogwarts,” the little one told the Grammy winner, 41, in a Tuesday, November 3, Instagram video, before noting that she wanted “peace” for the country.- Advertisement – Earlier that same day, the Pennsylvania native spoke about the importance of voting. “It is a right and responsibility that each citizen make their voice heard,” Pink captioned an Instagram photo of herself in a “VOTE” sweater. “Many have fought and died for the right to vote. I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I will always use my voice.”As for her husband, Carey Hart, the former professional motocross competitor, 45, tweeted about his support for Biden, 77, earlier this month. “I’m a Republican who hates Trump, so I have no choice,” the California native wrote.- Advertisement – Willow also told the “Raise Your Glass” singer that she would like Joe Biden to beat Donald Trump. “Because he’s good,” she explained.Pink added, “No matter who wins the election that we can all figure out a way to be nicer to each other. That’s what I hope. Do you think that’s fair? Do you think that people should learn how to disagree and still be kind?” When Willow nodded, she said, “That’s what I wish.”Pink’s Daughter Willow Adorably Shares Her Wishes for the Presidential ElectionPink and Willow Sage Hart Rob Latour/ShutterstockJennifer Garner commented on the footage: “Thanks for this little bit of sweetness.”- Advertisement – The Inked author’s comments came just after he posted pictures of Willow and her brother, Jameson, 3, having a “fun morning shooting.” Hart wrote at the time: “Willz is getting seriously good with the rifle and handling of a firearm. And Jamo absolutely loves shooting! And the rate that he is processing the handling of them, he makes me proud. I’m a firm believer in teaching my kids to shoot, but more importantly, handle a firearm. No better sound than the bullet of your kids’ gun plucking a steel target at 30 yards.”When a Twitter user expressed confusion over his Democratic support when the party would “take” away guns, Hart denied that possibility, writing, “Why has none of the 44 [presidents] before been able to take them??”The off-road truck racer previously defended letting Willow shoot a rifle in January 2019. “Haven’t poked the parenting police bear in a few days,” Hart captioned an Instagram video at the time. “Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12-inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old. For the record non [sic] of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I’m raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands. #knowledgeispower.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

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Onuachu tests positive for Coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians RKC Genk striker, Paul Onuachu, has tested positive for coronavirus.Ahead of the club’s exhibition game, all the players were tested and they were all negative except Onuachu, according Belgium news outlet, HLN Sport. Onuachu returned from Nigeria with a delay because airspace over Nigeria remained closed for a long time.The club confirmed that the 26-year-old Nigeria international will have to be quarantined for a week.Onuachu, who joined Genk from Danish Club FC Midjtyland last summer, was part of Nigeria’s team to the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Paul OnuachuRKC Genklast_img read more

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Lagos to Host Eunisell Boot Award

first_imgNasarawa United’s Sunusi Ibrahim and Akwa United’s Mfon Udoh will be presented with cheques of N2million each for scoring 10 goals respectively during the regular season.This edition of the award enters the history books as the first Eunisell Boot with two players on the podium.There is excitement in the land as stakeholders are already looking forward to the event.Junior Lokosa, now with Esperance Sportive won the maiden edition of Eunisell Boot after scoring 19 goals for Kano Pillars.The award ceremony is to take place at The Radisson Blu, in Ikeja, on Friday, June 28.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Group Managing Director of Eunisell Limited, Mr. Chika Ikenga_ Eunisell Boot Award winner, Junior Lokosa_ and SuperSport Presenter, Chisom Mbonu-Ezeoke, at the cheque and trophy The stage is now set for the biggest individual award in Nigeria’s domestic topflight as organisers of Eunisell Boot award for the highest goal scorer have picked Lagos as host of the second edition.This will be the second time Lagos will play host to the prestigious award.Since its introduction, the Eunisell Boot ceremony has become a must-attend in Nigeria’s football calendar as a goal is valued at N200,000.last_img read more

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Bikes mounting, it’s time to break the cycle

first_imgAt high noon on Trousdale Parkway, the walkway is choked by the ritual lunch rush. Among the maze of legs slides a pair of wheels belonging to an intrepid student cyclist. Desperate to reach class on time, the biker darts and weaves like a slalom skier through fleshy gates. There’s a carefree confidence in his eyes.But confidence is not always an indication of skill, and the cyclist slams into another foolhardy rider with a shuddering crash. For a few moments, human limbs and metal frames lie in a heap before the two embarrassed bikers apologize and continue on their way.This scenario sounds like the making of a blockbuster YouTube video, but for the many organizations on campus concerned with student health and safety, such an everyday accident is nothing to joke about.“It is a serious health concern,” said Natasha Mmeje, a health educator for Health Promotion and Prevention Services. “I have witnessed numerous accidents and I think because they’re so commonplace people just laugh them off, but it’s pretty dangerous. It’s dangerous for the bikers and it’s dangerous to be a pedestrian.”Saying that the bicycle situation is “out of control,” Mmeje cited a spring 2009 study conducted by the Student Health Center, which found that there were between 10,000 to 15,000 bicycles on campus at any time. And trends suggest that number is climbing.“I came to this campus in 2004 as a grad student, and just since that time five years ago I’ve noticed a huge change, not just in the sheer number of bikes, but the lack of courtesy as it relates to biking,” Mmeje said. “There are bikes everywhere, and it’s not just the bikes; it’s the carts, other traffic that is just inundating the campus.”Health Promotion and Prevention Services is just one member of the Traffic Safety Task Force, a recently formed university-wide group devoted to addressing the dangers of a campus constricted by vehicle traffic. The organization held its second meeting last Friday.One member of the task force is Ed Becker, USC’s director of environmental health and safety, who said the group is looking at numerous solutions to the difficult problem. Proposed physical solutions to the bike problem range from a large permanent bike-parking facility, advocated specifically by the Undergraduate Student Government, to the addition of thruways or lanes dedicated to bikers.While the task force is not considering a campus-wide bicycle ban — a solution raised by the Department of Public Safety last semester — Becker believes that some restricted access for bicycles lies in the future.“The campus can only accommodate so many bicycles, so in the end one of the ideas that we’ve come up with is having landing spots where you park your bike somewhere and then walk to wherever you’re going,” Becker explained.Becker also said that simple solutions to dangerous situations, which could be bicycles cluttering no parking zones in front of handicap entrances, could be implemented quickly and enforced easily.In a sentiment echoed by numerous members, Becker explained that the variety of voices represented on the task force and the necessity of research and planning made it difficult for more long-term changes to be implemented.“If you’re going to have a large design or redesign, if there’s a proposal for an in-depth study of bicycle use on campus or traffic patterns, that’s something that could take a little longer,” Becker said. “The ideal time line is that by April we could have the formal recommendations submitted, and by the end of the school year, we could have a plan in action.”Beyond the long-term physical solutions to the problem, the task force also sees better bike safety and etiquette education as an essential piece of the solution. Helen Moser, director of campus affairs for USG, said her office is recommending new ways of reaching out to students about the dangers of biking.“We see education being a part of the process for incoming freshmen because we want to make it a part of the culture at USC to know how to operate your bike,” Moser said. “We also want voluntary classes for upperclassmen where you can go and learn about bike safety.”Wyman Thomas, a crime prevention specialist for DPS, also discussed the importance of education to changing the bike culture on campus. According to Thomas, DPS distributes pamphlets and flyers both with bike registration and whenever the Los Angeles Police Department cites students en masse at intersections near campus.Eric Bruins, an officer for the USC cycling team and a self-professed bike safety hobbyist, echoed common student complaints that bicycle citations seem arbitrary, suggesting that education about the rules is necessary for both students and police.“They target certain things that may or may not be against the rules, and they don’t target other things that are against the rules and it’s not even very clear what the rules are,” said Bruins, a senior majoring in public policy, planning and management.In past years, one of the major deterrents against riding through the rush hour-strangled center of campus between Trousdale Parkway and Childs Way were the bike bans, which were enforced from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every weekday. Thomas said that the bans have not disappeared, but that campus construction has forced DPS to turn its focus away from the center of campus.“We have dedicated an officer to 34th and McClintock and that intersection alone is just overpopulated and so we have to dedicate an officer there regardless. So if we have to choose between 34th and McClintock and center campus, we’re going to choose 34th and McClintock,” Thomas explained.Thomas said that the restrictions — along with an officer to enforce them — would return once DPS had reduced crime in other parts of the University Park area.While the proposed solutions to the bicycle safety problem are myriad, each clattering, painful lunchtime collision is a reminder of the urgency of the situation to those concerned. In spite of a campus culture that might take such collisions as an everyday hazard, Moser cited a survey conducted by USG that found that around 90 percent of students said they had been hit or almost hit by vehicles on campus, a number that belies the real danger of the situation.“I’ve been hit numerous times — and that’s not to say that I’m perfect — but I do think it’s dangerous,” Moser said. “I think people are afraid to walk on campus, people are afraid to bike on campus and there’s definitely something that needs to be done about it.”last_img read more

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Hamilton still in the race for drivers’ championship

first_imgLewis Hamilton could still win the Formula 1 drivers’ championship for a third year in a row, after being victorious in a weather-affected Brazilian Grand Prix last night.He finished ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, and it means he cut the German’s lead at the top of the standings to 12 points.The final race of the season takes place in Abu Dhabi later this month.last_img

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United Way calling on 200 heroes to soar closer to campaign goal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — the United Way of Northeast Michigan helps dozens of organizations throughout the area, providing funding and support, so groups like Hospice of Michigan and the Alpena Day Care Center can continue to thrive and serve the community.As the campaign season comes to a close for the United Way, they are working on hitting their goal of fundraising $217,000 for the year. They are kicking off a mini campaign to help bridge the gap. The organization launched ‘200 Heroes’ where they are hoping to get 200 people to donate $100 before the end of March.It’s a unique way of hitting a fundraising goal, calling on superheroes to save the day, but these heroes aren’t Batman or Superman. These are everyday people like David Szydlowski that the United Way of Northeast Michigan is counting on to save the day.“The community is in definite need of supports for folks who are less fortunate, in need of basic human needs, assistance of health, and education,” Szydlowski.Last year, Steve and Alison Jakubcin created the idea ‘100 Heroes’ where they sought out 100 people to donate $100.  This year, they’ve upped the ante to 200 people. It’s a high goal, but the two know that the Alpena area is filled with heroes to answer the call.“We are confident that we’ll get there,” said Alison Jakubcin. “Alpena is such a generous community that we know we’ll get to the 200, but we are a little short on our campaign goal of $217,000, so we wanted to up it to get that push to help us try and reach that goal before the end of March.”so far they’ve raised $2,100, and they are hoping to hit $20,000 in two weeks. They use social media to their advantage, posting pictures of donors and updates on how the campaign is going. At the end of the campaign, a full page ad in the Alpena News will feature all of the donors.If you would like to donate, you can stop at the United way office in the APlex or  Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet, or you can donate online by visiting the United Way of Northeast Michigan website www.unitedwaynemi.org. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 200 Heroes, alpena, Campaign Goal, Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet, Donate, Sunrise Side, United Way of Northeast MichiganContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Tuesday, February 19Next 22-year-old wanted for sex crimes, child abuse caught in Atlantalast_img read more

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More Patients at Broward Assisted Living Facility Test Positive for COVID-19

first_imgThree more residents at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale have tested positive for coronavirus.That brings the total number of infected patients at Atria Willow Wood to 19.In a press release Sunday, the center confirmed the number, which includes six patients who have passed away in recent days.The facility added that another 11 patients have tested negative, and two more are awaiting their test results.“Our primary concern right now is supporting our residents and staff and doing everything in our power to keep the same,” states the press release. “We will also continue to work with the Department of Health and Agency for Health Care Administration as we monitor and respond to this ever-changing situation.”State health officials are at the facility.Gov. Ron DeSantis holds the center responsible for the sixth deaths. He says that “construction workers, staff and cooks who were ill were not screened” and allowed to socialize with residents, despite warnings for such facilities earlier this month.To that end, Atria Willow Wood began screening visitors last week.last_img read more

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