United States Donates Demining Equipment to Ecuador

first_img The gear will be used for demining the area known as Cordillera del Cóndor, where Ecuador and Peru engaged in armed conflicts back in 1981 and 1995, due to an old territorial controversy that concluded after a peace agreement was signed in 1998. Last June, Ecuador and Peru announced the creation of a bilateral unit for demining that would be used in international operations coordinated by the United Nations. This contribution was provided as part of the Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA) program under the Organization of American States (OAS), according to a statement by the Ecuadorean Ministry of Defense. “In about ten years, we have extracted over 200,000 landmines. I believe there will be about 100,000 more landmines to extract, although it is very difficult to give an exact number,” Cristóbal Carrillo, member of Ecuadorean Army Corps of Engineers, told the press. By Dialogo October 02, 2012center_img During a ceremony in which Adam Namm, the U.S. ambassador in Quito, made the official donation, officials said that the equipment is valued at $500,000, and includes safety gear, helmets, and metal detectors. Part of the cooperation from the United States included having U.S. Military demining experts previously train the Ecuadorean soldiers. The United States provided Ecuador with equipment to demine the shared border with Peru, on September 28. This border area endured armed conflicts in 1981 and 1995, informed official sources. last_img read more

Thought leadership – Partial Authorizations

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The ability for an issuer to approve a “Partial Authorization” has been available since 2005, yet most issuers and merchants still don’t take advantage of it. As a result, transactions on debit, prepaid, and gift cards frequently get declined, resulting in frustrated cardholders, and lost sales.Simply put, a Partial Authorization occurs when an authorization request for a card presented to a merchant is attempted for the full amount of the transaction and, if there are not enough funds in the debit or prepaid or gift account available to cover the full amount, the authorization is approved for the amount available. This allows the cardholder to use the available amount in the account, and for the merchant to obtain an additional form of payment for the difference. For non-reloadable gift Cards, the issuers will also return a card balance which will be printed on the receipt. Partial Authorization keeps transactions alive without the merchant telling a customer it has been declined and allows the cardholder to pay the remaining amount with another form of payment. continue reading »last_img read more

More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with coronavirus symptoms, data shows

first_imgA senior member of the government’s COVID-19 taskforce, Wiku Adisasmito, did not dispute the Reuters findings but declined to comment on the number of coronavirus victims he believed were to be found among the patients classified as PDP.He said many of the 19,897 suspected coronavirus sufferers in Indonesia had not been tested because of long queues of specimens awaiting processing at under-staffed laboratories. Some people had died before their sample was analyzed, he said.”If they have thousands or hundreds of samples they need to test, which one will they give the priority? They will give the priority to the people that are still alive,” he told Reuters.Adisasmito is the most senior public health expert on Indonesia’s COVID-19 taskforce and the press office of President Joko Widodo typically refers queries to the taskforce.According to the Ministry of Health’s most recent COVID-19 guidelines, patients classified as PDP are those with acute respiratory illnesses for which there is no clinical explanation other than the new coronavirus.To be classified as PDP, patients must also have travelled to a country, or an area in Indonesia, where the coronavirus has taken hold within 14 days of becoming sick.”I believe the vast majority of PDP deaths were caused by COVID-19,” said Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, citing their COVID-19 symptoms and that there was no other identified cause of death.Some senior government members played down the risk of an outbreak in January and February with some suggesting that prayer, herbal remedies and hot weather would help ward off the virus. The death toll is now the highest in Asia after China, according to a Reuters tally.Burials The provincial data follows a report by Reuters this month that burials in the capital Jakarta in March were up by 40% on any month since at least January 2018. The city’s governor told Reuters that coronavirus was the only likely explanation.Indonesia had officially recorded 9,096 coronavirus infections as of April 27. It has conducted 210 tests per million people. Neighboring Australia has tested 100 times more per capita, while Vietnam’s testing is about 10 times higher.”The true infection and death rate are higher than the officially reported data because our tests are still a very low number compared to the population,” said Dr Iwan Ariawan, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia.President Joko Widodo’s government has been accused by activists and his political opponents of a lack of transparency in handling the epidemic.The government says it has taken appropriate measures, but Widodo said last month that some information had been withheld from the public to prevent panic.Widodo said last week he had told his ministers to report COVID-19 data truthfully. His government announced a new transparency initiative two weeks ago but a promised new website with all the data has yet to be launched.Daeng Faqih, chairman of the Indonesian Doctors Association, the country’s pre-eminent grouping of doctors, has urged the government to reveal the national number of suspected COVID-19 patients who had died but were not tested.The WHO representative office in Indonesia also said at the weekend that deaths of suspected coronavirus sufferers should be disclosed.Adisasmito said the government was not hiding data and that he was unaware the WHO had called for suspected COVID-19 death statistics to be made public.On Tuesday, the WHO declined to offer any comment beyond its weekend advice, made in its latest situation report on Indonesia. More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of COVID-19 but were not recorded as victims of the disease, a Reuters review of data from 16 of the country’s 34 provinces showed.Three medical experts said the figures indicated the national death toll was likely to be much higher than the official figure of 765.Indonesia has one of the lowest testing rates in the world and some epidemiologists say that has made it harder to get an accurate picture of the extent of infections in the world’s fourth most populous country. The most current data from the 16 provinces shows there were 2,212 deaths of patients under supervision because they have acute coronavirus symptoms. Indonesia’s health ministry uses the acronym PDP to classify these patients when there is no other clinical explanation for their symptoms.The data is collated by provincial agencies daily or weekly from figures supplied by hospitals, clinics and officials overseeing burials. It was obtained by Reuters by checking websites, talking to provincial officials and reviewing World Health Organization (WHO) reports.The 2,212 deaths were in addition to the deaths of 693 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in those provinces and were officially recorded as victims of the disease.The 16 provinces account for more than three quarters of the country’s 260 million population.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Severe or fatal COVID-19 very rare in children, study finds

first_img“The highest level message really has to be that (in children with COVID-19) severe disease is rare, and death is vanishingly rare – and that (parents) should be comforted that their children are not at direct harm by going back into school,” he told a briefing.Global data on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic shows that children and young people make up only 1-2% of cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The vast majority of reported infections in children are mild or asymptomatic, with few recorded deaths.For this study, published in the BMJ medical journal, Semple’s team looked at data from 651 babies and children under 19 who were hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 17 and July 3.The six children who died all had “profound comorbidity”, the researchers said, and this was a “strikingly low” fatality rate compared with a 27% across all age groups – from 0-106 years – of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the same period. While the overall risk of children getting severe COVID is “tiny”, the researchers said, children of Black ethnicity and those with obesity are disproportionately affected, as previous studies in adults have found.The study also showed that children can have a cluster of symptoms including sore throat, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and rash alongside already-recognized COVID-19 symptoms of fever, breathlessness and cough. Children and young people are far less likely than adults to get severe cases of COVID-19 infection, and death from the pandemic disease among children is exceptionally rare, according to UK research published on Thursday.A study of COVID-19 patients admitted to 138 hospitals in Britain found that less than 1% were children, and of those fewer than 1% – or six in total – died, all of whom were already suffering serious illness or underlying health disorders.”We can be quite sure that COVID in itself is not causing harm to children on a significant scale,” said Malcolm Semple, a professor of outbreak medicine and child health at Britain’s University of Liverpool, who co-led the work. Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta tells Mesut Ozil how to win back his place at Arsenal

first_imgMikel Arteta tells Mesut Ozil how to win back his place at Arsenal Mikel Arteta says there were no issues with Mesut Ozil after dropping him from Arsenal’s squad (YouTube/Getty)Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil still has a future at Arsenal and has revealed that the midfielder accepted the decision to be axed for the defeat to Manchester City.Ozil wasn’t even named on the bench as the Gunners sunk to a 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.After the match, Arteta claimed that Ozil was left out due to ‘tactical reasons’ but did not elaborate on why the midfielder was not even named on the bench.Arsenal face Brighton in their next Premier League match on Saturday and Arteta has suggested that Ozil could be in contention to return if he proves he is ready to play.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I have been very open with Mesut from day one,’ said Arteta.‘Since I joined I thought that he was fit and he was willing and he wanted to perform at the level that he can do. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 9:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link257Shares Comment Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s squad for their loss to Manchester City (Getty Images)‘He has played every game with me I think. So that’s it. The moment I see that he is ready again to do that, I will treat him like anybody else.‘I think I have been more than fair with him and I think he has responded in many games the way I want. That’s it.’Asked why Ozil was not ready for the match against City, Arteta replied: ‘A lot has happened to him in the last few weeks and I have to respect the timing of every player that needs sometimes a little bit of time.‘It has been difficult preparation the last two months to get players ready, and again, I am the first one that wants Mesut at the best and I want to put him on the best when he can give his best.’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 CityAsked how Ozil reacted after being dropped, Arteta said: ‘He works very well with me, there were no issues at all.‘My conversation with Mesut is going to remain between him and me.‘What I can tell you is that it was completely fine, an honest and clear conversation, that’s it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Pension funds for bakers, confectioners look to mix things up

first_img“It might help us to reduce costs by 25%,” he said. “If some small company schemes were to join us, our combined assets would be €5bn.“This would reduce costs for pensions provision, actuaries and supervision, and also improve the quality of governance.”In his opinion, there is an overlap in the sectors served by both pension funds.“Among the participants of Bakkers are industrial bakers and traditional pastry cooks, whereas Zoetwaren also accommodates industrial pastry cooks,” he said.Leonne Jansen, chairman at Zoetwaren, said: “Bakkers is the most logical partner for us. The participants have similar jobs, education and background.”But she stressed that a merger would be a “second choice”.“Firstly, we want to investigate a cooperation,” she said. “Our predecessors, the pension funds Cake (Koek) and Candy (Snoep), also had a joint investment committee for years.”Zoetwaren is the product of a merger of the industry-wide schemes for confectioners and chocolatiers (Snoep) and the sugar-processing sector (Koek) in 2011.Jansen said: “We thought we had become quite a large scheme then, but, a couple of years on, we are among the small ones again.”She conceded that a merger would probably the most efficient solution in the end. Bakkers, the €3bn industry-wide pension fund for the Dutch bakery sector, and Zoetwaren, the €1.7bn scheme for confectioners, are investigating a possible cooperation that could culminate in a full merger. Speaking with FD Pensioen Pro – the new partner of IPE sister publication IPNederland – Jacques van de Vall, the employers’ chairman at Bakkers, said the pension funds had set up a joint committee to look into options for “symbiosis between the schemes”.The committee would investigate how sharing an actuary and an accountant, and having a joint pensions bureau or joint communications, could drive down costs, said Van de Vall.He confirmed that a full merger was also an option.last_img read more

Delta announces latest expansion to Caribbean

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel Delta announces latest expansion to Caribbean by: – November 16, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Image via: righttruth.typepad.comNEW YORK, USA — Delta Air Lines has announced its latest expansion in New York City, with 12 new daily flights to 11 domestic and Caribbean destinations in spring and summer 2012.In March, Delta will add new frequencies between New York-JFK and Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Delta also will launch new nonstop service between New York-LaGuardia and Nassau, Bahamas. The new and expanded Caribbean routes will serve significant local demand for flights to those markets.“Our expanded service to these key Caribbean and domestic destinations reinforces our ongoing commitment to our customers in New York,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York. “With our planned expansion at LaGuardia Airport, and our terminal renovation and expansion at JFK, Delta is continuing to position itself as the preferred carrier for customers traveling to and from New York.”All flights will be operated with dual-class aircraft. Delta also announced introductory one-way fares for its new Caribbean service from New York. Caribbean News Now 30 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

World welcomes New Year amid wilds fires, protests

first_imgIn Australia, a million revelersthronged Sydney harbor and nearby districts to watch more than 100,000fireworks explode above the city, even as thousands of people along thecountry’s eastern seaboard sought refuge from the bushfires on beaches. The traditional drop of a Waterfordcrystal ball on Times Square in New York capped a six-hour New Year’s Eve show.Intermittent rain did little to dampen the festivities as hundreds of thousandsof people were treated to performances by pop star Post Malone, the Korea-popband BTS, and singer song writer Alanis Morisette. Large crowds gathered in Europeancapitals for spectacular firework displays that lit up the skies over landmarkslike Big Ben in London, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Parthenon in Athensand the Kremlin in Moscow. The demonstrations came despite PrimeMinister Narendra Modi’s attempts to dampen protests that have run for nearlythree weeks. (Reuters) Sydney decided to press ahead with itsfireworks despite calls by some members of the public for the display to becanceled in solidarity with fire-hit areas in New South Wales, of which thecity is the capital. Thousands in Hong Kong welcomed 2020 onneon-lit promenades in the picturesque Victoria Harbour, breaking intopro-democracy chants shortly after the countdown to midnight.center_img But amid the celebrations of a New Yearand decade, old tensions threatened to flare up. North Korean leader Kim JongUn said on Wednesday his country would keep developing nuclear programs andintroduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future, after the United Statesignored a year-end deadline to restart denuclearization talks. THE world celebrated the New Year onWednesday with fireworks displays from Sydney to London, although celebrationswere clouded by deadly wildfires in Australia, protests in Hong Kong and Indiaand nuclear tensions with North Korea. Thousands of Indians ushered in the yearby demonstrating against a citizenship law they say will discriminate againstMuslims and chip away at India’s secular constitution. Confetti falls at midnight on the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in New York. APlast_img read more

Cole denies exit claims

first_img Press Association Joe Cole has moved to quash reports he will leave West Ham in January. The former England midfielder admitted he was frustrated to be hauled off before half-time in West Ham’s comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. But the 32-year-old rubbished suggestions he is unsettled at the Hammers, and under boss Sam Allardyce. center_img “I was as frustrated as anyone after Saturday’s game with Chelsea but my only focus at the moment is on getting my head down, working hard and helping the team out of the difficult run we’re going through at the moment,” he told West Ham’s official club website. “I’m really enjoying being back at West Ham as it’s a club that means so much to me. “As a squad we’ve still got a lot to play for this season and I’m determined to play my part in making sure we achieve the goals we set ourselves. “I’m happy at the club and the only way I’ll be leaving is if they tell me they don’t want me anymore.” Cole said West Ham are desperate to shrug off that Chelsea malaise, with a victory when they clash with Fulham in Barclays Premier League action at Upton Park on Saturday. Cole said: “The manager has been great to me since I came back and supported me while I was out with a couple of frustrating injuries. I now feel fully fit and I’m ready to help him and the squad whenever I’m needed during a busy schedule in the coming weeks. “We face a really important game against Fulham on Saturday and I have seen from training this week how much the lads want to win it. If we can get the three points that gives us the perfect platform to go into the away game at Crystal Palace three days later and get a little run going. “I know the fans will get behind us on Saturday and hopefully we can give them what they all want to see. They’re up there with the best in the land when they’re on song, so it’s up to us to give them something cheer about.” last_img read more

Odemwingie secures win for Stoke

first_imgPeter Odemwingie continued his fine goalscoring form as Stoke recorded their third successive victory with a 1-0 triumph over Hull at the Britannia Stadium. Overall, though, Stoke were good value for a Barclays Premier League win that takes them to 40 points for the campaign with six more games to go. Mark Hughes’ men are finishing his first season in charge strongly, having lost only one of their last nine matches and won four of their last five. They are 10th in the table and their hopes of improving on their best-ever Premier League final position of 11th and points tally of 47 this term is looking increasingly realistic. Hull, meanwhile, are 14th on 33 points, seven points above the relegation zone. There has been considerable enthusiasm about Stoke’s results and performances of late – particularly their 4-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend – but there was little to get excited about in a scrappy first half of this encounter. After Peter Crouch headed wide from a corner early on, Tom Huddlestone threatened at the other end, bringing a diving save out of Begovic with a drive from outside the box. Moments later a decent opportunity went begging for the visitors when Rosenior, finding space in the Stoke area, connected with Shane Long’s cross but could only direct his header over the bar. Odemwingie struck an optimistic effort from distance that bobbled wide after some patient Stoke build-up play just before the half-hour mark, and in the closing stages of the half the Nigerian squared to Marko Arnautovic, whose scuffed shot was easily collected by Steve Harper. Stoke looked to up the tempo after the break and Odemwingie lashed an attempt goalwards that Harper got behind, before Crouch skewed wide with a shot on the turn. The Potters then breathed a sigh of relief when Meyler’s strike looped off one of their players on its way towards goal and Begovic did well to palm it away, the ball subsequently going wide with Nikica Jelavic unable to make anything of the rebound. Six minutes later, Stoke had the lead as Odemwingie capitalised on Hull midfielder Elmohamady’s misjudged cross-field ball, intercepting it, driving forward, getting past Curtis Davies and cracking the ball home. Hughes’ side continued to press, and after Arnautovic burst through and saw his shot blocked by Rosenior, Stephen Ireland’s effort was pushed over by Harper. Press Association Odemwingie struck in the 62nd minute, firing in from the edge of the box after collecting the ball from a stray Ahmed Elmohamady pass to register his fourth goal in three games, and fifth since joining the Potters from Cardiff in January. The hosts had earlier been indebted to their goalkeeper Asmir Begovic when he kept out a David Meyler shot that had taken a wicked deflection, and in the first half Hull defender Liam Rosenior failed to make the most of a good chance. last_img read more