Frequently experiencing the stress caused by racial discrimination—whether in the form of lower wages in the workplace than one’s peers or living in a poor neighborhood with a high rate of violence and little access to fresh fruits and vegetables—can significantly impact peoples’ mental and physical health, says David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University in an Aug. 17, 2016 Facebook Live Q&A with the Washington Post.Being exposed to chronic stress has been shown to contribute to the early onset of heart disease, Williams said, highlighting some examples of the cumulative impact of discrimination. “Women who are pregnant and who experience everyday discrimination give birth to lower birth weight infants. Among elderly persons followed over time, discrimination is actually an independent risk factor hastening their death.” Read Full Story
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares have fallen as a reality check sets in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China declined Thursday. The region is looking ahead to earnings season for a read on how companies are faring amid COVID-19 infections, which have been relatively low in some nations such as New Zealand, compared to other global regions. Selling Wednesday was broad, including Facebook, Netflix and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The Federal Reserve’s sobering assessment of the gradual recovery ahead also has dimmed buying sentiment.
Legal setback for coal industry on federal leases in Montana and Wyoming FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge in Montana has given the Trump administration until late 2019 to analyze reductions to mining in the nation’s most productive coal fields as a way to fight climate change.The order from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, issued Tuesday, applies to the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The region supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s coal, much of it from massive strip mines on public lands.The case involves a challenge by environmentalists of U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans issued in 2015 to lease more than 10 billion tons of coal in the region. The plans also guide the leasing of oil and gas.Morris turned down a request from environmentalists to halt new energy lease sales until the climate change review is completed. However, each individual lease issued will have to go through a review similar to the one Morris required for the region as a whole.Government officials had argued unsuccessfully that climate change could be addressed at individual mines rather than across the region.The delay affects 223 parcels comprising more than 160 square miles (414 square kilometers) of public and private lands in eastern Montana.Coal mined from the Powder River Basin and burned in power plants is responsible for 13 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.Coal lease sales in the region slowed considerably over the past decade as demand for the fuel declined.Since his election with a strongly pro-fossil fuels agenda, President Donald Trump has sought to boost the industry. That’s included lifting a moratorium on new lease sales from public lands imposed during the Obama administration over concerns about climate change.A ruling in September by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver cast doubt on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking leasing of federal coal reserves wouldn’t affect climate change because the coal could simply be mined elsewhere.More: Judge: US must weigh cutbacks in top coal region by late ’19
On 3 March, Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened legal proceedings against those involved with drug trafficking, with no exceptions, after his former head of the fight against drugs was extradited to the United States following his arrest in Panama, allegedly trafficking cocaine. “Whoever gets mixed up with drug trafficking, whether civilian, military, police, member of the MAS (the ruling party), union leader, or a vice minister, minister, he has to be judged in the Bolivian courts,” Morales indicated at a public military event. Along the same lines, he revealed that thirty-eight active-duty police officers are in jail due to ties to drug shipments. “Up to now, we have thirty-eight police officers who were on active duty in jail for drug trafficking,” he said. After condemning the alleged involvement with drug trafficking by his former director of the fight against drugs from 2007 to 2009, Gen. René Sanabria, Morales said that “here (in his administration) nothing is forgiven.” Even if Sanabria, until now head of an Interior Ministry intelligence unit, was involved with drugs, “this doesn’t mean that the entire institution of the Bolivian police is implicated in drug trafficking, or the entire Bolivian state,” he noted. Sanabria entered a not-guilty plea in a Miami court on charges of trafficking 144 kilograms of drugs to the United States from a Chilean port. “My client was not arrested in possession of cocaine,” his lawyer, Angel Mercado, said in La Paz. “Not a single gram of drugs was found on him, neither in Panama nor in Bolivia,” he affirmed, speaking to reporters. Sanabria was detained in Panama the last week in February and subsequently extradited by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to the United States, where a judge in Miami had issued an international arrest warrant for the Bolivian police officer in December, without La Paz being informed. Right before his arrest, General Sanabria led an “intelligence and counterintelligence” unit in the fight against drug trafficking: the Intelligence and Information Generation Center (CIGEIN), dismantled following the police chief’s detention. Bolivia expelled the DEA in late 2008 for political reasons, and Morales reiterated on Thursday that the U.S. agency will not operate in the country again while he remains president. By Dialogo March 07, 2011
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Back to School is over, Fall and pumpkin spice are in the air, and your members are already thinking about holiday purchases, and it’s only the end of September. If you have a co-worker who has marked the employee break room calendar with a countdown of the number of paychecks left before the holidays, now is the time for your credit union to create holiday credit and debit usage campaigns to compete for transactions, and capture the projected increase in holiday spending this year.According to the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey, nearly one third of holiday shopping started as early as August. Survey results indicate consumers will spend an average of $728 on gifts this holiday shopping season, with Millennials playing a major role in retail success by spending $554 using their debit cards or cash. continue reading »
30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do you aspire to own a vacation home… or to own a second mortgage? Was your dream in life to drive a red sports car… or to have a low-interest car loan? Too many credit unions focus marketing dollars on discussing the features and product details of their credit union member services, rather than focusing on the benefits these features will provide. Yet, members aren’t looking for a skip-a-payment option, they are looking for the ability to take a summer vacation. Members will act on emotion, not logic. Your credit union can paint an emotional picture for members that speaks of the hopes, dreams and financial freedom. If done correctly, this will lead them directly to your products and services that will help them live their dreams. Consider these ideas in your next marketing campaign:Old way: “We offer wedding accounts.”New way: Picture of a father looking into the eyes of his daughter with the caption: “Give your little girl the wedding she has always dreamed of.”Old way: “Check out our great interest rates on car loans”New way: Present images of a shiny sports car and a brand new minivan turning different ways on a road: “No matter which way your life turns, we can get you there in style.”Old way: “Need a loan for your next vacation?”New way: Images of sightseeing in Rome, hiking a glacier in Alaska, laying on a beach in Mexico, and exploring Hong Kong: “Dreaming of a getaway? We can take you there.” continue reading »
United will work with Premise Health, which will operate a pilot rapid test program for the EWR-LHR flight, and test results are complete within 30 minutes. / / / AGREEMENT BETWEEN EU MEMBER STATES: DEFINED COMMON CRITERIA FOR MARKING REGIONS BY NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTED “We believe that providing rapid, one-day testing on COVID-19 will play a vital role in safely reopening travel around the world, especially to key international destinations such as London.“, Said Toby Enqvist from United Airlines and added that through this pilot program they want to guarantee that all passengers on the flight are negative on Covid19. As far as rapid tests are concerned, St. Catherine’s Special Hospital was the first in Croatia to introduce rapid testing in which test results are ready within 15 to 30 minutes. Also, in a month or two, more rapid tests on the market are expected, which are currently undergoing a validation process. Since the beginning of 2020, 44 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in which the transfer is considered to be flight-related (including confirmed, probable and potential cases), while around 1,2 billion passengers traveled in the same period, the analysis shows. International Air Transport Association (IATA) which showed a low frequency of COVID-19 transmission during flight. / / / IATA: THE CHANCE OF A PASSENGER INFECTING A VIRUS ON A PLANE IS THE SAME AS A THUNDER In the coming weeks, international organizations, the European Commission, as well as private stakeholders, will be invited to join this initiative in order to achieve a fairer and more balanced share of responsibility among all tourism stakeholders in the world after COVID-19. The new UNWTO initiative, which focuses on the legal protection of consumers and passengers, also contributes to the whole story. The International Code for the Protection of Tourists, which the UNWTO is working on with the support of almost 100 member states, will provide legal support to tourists affected by emergencies at the global level. Thus, only 44 cases of covid infection19 were recorded among 1,2 billion passengers in air transport or 1 case for every 27,3 million passengers. Airborne radiation systems, high-efficiency air particle filters (HEPA), a natural seat back barrier, downward airflow, and high air exchange rates effectively reduce the risk of disease transmission in aircraft. The addition of wearing masks amid pandemic concerns adds an extra and significant extra layer of protection, making sitting close by in an aircraft cabin safer than most other enclosed environments, IATA points out. Activation of air traffic is key to the recovery of tourism, and they are needed for that three key prerequisites: Standardization of security protocols in airports and airlines, fast testing, ie fast obtaining of test results, and contactless thermal camera technology capable of automatically screening a large number of passengers. Also, United will share feedback on this pilot with governments on both sides of the Atlantic to further demonstrate the effectiveness of these programs as an alternative to mandatory quarantines or different passenger restriction criteria. And that brings us to the key question: What will the 2021 tourist season be like? / / / AIR TRAFFIC ACTIVATION IS KEY TO TOURISM’S RECOVERY, AND THIS NEEDS THREE PREREQUISITES We learned a lot this year, at least I hope we saw good moves as well as bad ones i.e. where we failed. Now we have time to, as a state, define clear and transparent rules, criteria and protocols for all our destinations, ie as a destination Croatia. This is exactly what will play an important role. United Airlines has launched a pilot program in which all passengers will be tested for free on Covid19 on a flight from New York to London. Find out more about this topic in the attachment: In line with the epidemiological situation in Europe and the world, we are aware that we are entering a difficult period in autumn and winter, in which (as we are currently and daily witnessing) a large increase in new cases is expected. On the other hand, it is during this period that the entire tourism sector at the global level must be clearly and transparently defined common criteria, banners and clear protocols, in order to gain the conditions for the activation of tourism on a global level in the spring. Also, airlines as well as hotels are currently the safest places in accordance with all implemented epidemiological measures. Regardless of the large number of passengers or guests. By the way, there were no confirmed cases of Covid infection in Croatia this summer19. / / / IN THE SPECIAL HOSPITAL OF ST. KATARINA AVAILABLE QUICK TESTING ON COVID19. RESULTS READY WITHIN 15 TO 30 MINUTES! Of course, by the spring of 2021, everyone must somehow survive. It will be a long and hard winter. The measure that the entire tourism sector in Croatia expects, along with the laudable measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia to preserve jobs valid until the end of this year (which does not apply to entrepreneurs and business owners) is primarily the possibility of lending through HBOR and Hamag Bicro or government guarantees so that entrepreneurs can borrow through commercial banks. Thus, entrepreneurs are not looking for free money, but a loan to survive until the spring of 2021, when the first tourist revenues are expected or cash flow. However, as fast tests on Covid9 are a novelty and are just coming to the market, for example Roche launched its fast test on the market at the end of September, and it is certain that this segment will be regulated and harmonized in a month or two, both in Europe and globally. level. It is the example of United, which flies from New York to London, that shows the importance of defining common global criteria. Thus, from November 16 to December 11, the airline will offer free quick tests to every passenger aged two years and crew members on a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR). Anyone who does not wish to be tested will be placed on a second flight, which will guarantee that all passengers on the plane, except children under the age of two, will have a negative test before departure. Also, in addition to the activation of air transport, which is crucial for the awakening of the tourism sector, agreements between countries, ie common criteria, are key. That is why it is extremely important that an agreement is reached between the EU member states in which common and transparent criteria are defined. There is still a step around the validation of rapid tests, ie again a common consensus of all countries in the EU, but in the world, about the recognition of certain rapid tests, so that there is no situation where one country recognizes a rapid test, while others do not. As we know, all three solutions are being actively worked on, and soon air traffic on a global level will stabilize, ie meet all the prerequisites for reactivation. / / / UNWTO LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO DEVELOP INTERNATIONAL CODE FOR LEGAL PROTECTION OF TOURISTS / / / THE QUESTION THAT EVERYONE IS ASKING: WHAT WILL THE NEXT TOURIST YEAR BE LIKE? HERE ARE SOME LOUD THINKINGS A little optimism in this gloomy and uncertain time. It will surely be much better than this one. Air traffic will be activated, Europeans will travel more regionally, where again Croatia as a self-destination has an advantage, people will accept the fact this winter that we must start living with coronavirus and life in the “new normal”, the season will be much more stable and organized, but some new rules will certainly apply. Photo: FB United Airlines
“We’ve taken preventive measures. Alhamdulillah [thank God] the situation is now under control,” Sabrar said.Read also: Military personnel allegedly attack a police headquarters in North Sumatra, injuring sixSabrar also said the assault did not represent the actions of the TNI.”As an institution, it is our duty to maintain solidarity and synergy,” he said.Sabrar explained that the incident started on Thursday afternoon when several police officers were controlling traffic on the trans-Sumatra road at Silangkitang village in North Tapanuli, following a truck accident in the area.A minibus carrying military personnel from Yonif 123/Rajawali forced its way through the police barricade. The police officers responded by trying to stop the minibus and a dispute ensued.”Our personnel were in a hurry so they drove against the traffic, that was the cause of the misunderstanding. Hearsay about the dispute then provoked other personnel, resulting in the attack on the police station,” said Sabrar, adding that he had reported the assault to his superiors.He also claimed that he had instructed the perpetrators to apologize to the victims and repair any damage from the attack on the Pahae Julu Police station.North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin Siregar said he hoped no such incident would recur in the future, and that both personnel of the National Police and the TNI could strengthen their solidarity. “Such an incident should never happen again in the future. I hope we can strengthen the solidarity between the TNI and the National Police. We may have different uniforms but we both serve Indonesia,” Murtani said. (nal) Topics : Bukit Barisan Military Command (Kodam) 1 has removed Capt. Ridwan, company commander of Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 123/Rajawali, from his post following an attack on Pahae Julu Police station in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra.Commander of Bukit Barisan Kodam 1 Maj. Gen. Sabrar Fadhilah said the decision to remove Ridwan from his position showed the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) commitment to punishing its members who commit crimes or breach discipline.”Do not doubt [our commitment], we will definitely enforce disciplinary sanctions on our military personnel who are found guilty [of misbehavior],” Sabrar said during his visit to Pahae Julu Police headquarters on Sunday. Sabrar said Second Sgt. Salahuddin Hasibuan would replace Ridwan in the position of commander of Yonif 123/Rajawali.During his visit, Sabrar also handed over aid to seven victims of the assault, which comprised six police officers and one civilian.”I’m sorry for the incident. I apologize, I hope such an incident will never happen again,” he said.He said Bukit Barisan Kodam 1 and the North Sumatra Police had cooperated to make sure that the assault would not cause further trouble.
Gov. Wolf Highlights In-Demand Trade Careers and Training for Students SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay, PAsmart, Press Release, Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited a career exploration event in Pittsburgh and encouraged 7th through 12th grade students to consider exciting careers in the construction and related industries. Expanding job training so people have the education and skills to compete for good jobs that grow the economy is a priority for the governor.“The number of jobs in Pennsylvania has been at an all-time high and unemployment is at record lows,” said Governor Wolf. “Our economy is growing as many skilled workers are retiring. We need more young people to consider careers in the trades that offer good pay, great benefits and a rewarding life.”The governor has traveled the commonwealth to hear from workers, business owners, and industry leaders about the best way to rebuild the middle class and improve job training so workers can compete for good careers.Using those recommendations, the Wolf administration successfully launched PAsmart last year. The innovative strategy is investing $30 million to expand apprenticeships, job training and science and technology education.“Apprenticeships give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to build a rewarding career and earn a good wage,” said Governor Wolf. “Registered apprenticeship programs provide students and workers with the hands-on experience needed for growing careers, while strengthening the pipeline of talented workers that businesses need.”Building on PAsmart, the governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) creates opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to focus training on jobs that local businesses need.The governor also created the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to expand the collaboration between government and the private sector to address the skills gap and worker shortages. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry, and State will work with external leaders from the Chamber of Business and Industry, AFL-CIO and Team Pennsylvania to build the strongest workforce in the nation.The Wolf administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016. The office has registered 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices in Pennsylvania to 16,866 statewide.The governor last year set a goal of doubling the number of apprentices in Pennsylvania by 2025.The governor joined local officials and labor and business professionals today at the career exploration event held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. March 29, 2019
The regulator said that the funds’ asset allocation had become more diversified compared with previous years.The country’s company and industry-wide pension schemes – known as fondi negoziali – made an average investment return of 2.6% for the 2017 calendar year, COVIP said.Open funds – offered by banks and insurance companies – returned 3.3% over the same period.This brought the average annualised return for the 10 years to end-2017 to 3.3% for pension funds and 3% for open funds.Meanwhile, the two main types of personal pension plans (PIPs) returned 1.9% (Class I plans) and 2.2% (Class III plans), bringing their average annualised return for the same 10 years to 2.8% and 2.2%, respectively.At end-2017, there were around 7.6m participants in supplementary pension schemes, up 6.1% on the previous year.COVIP estimated that the Italian supplementary pension sector boasted assets worth €162.3bn, an increase of 7.3% over 2016.According to Claudio Pinna, head of retirement in Italy for Aon Hewitt, the average returns of Italian pension funds were lower than those for other European countries.Pinna said: “One reason is that the asset allocation of defined contribution funds is strongly influenced by their participants, who can individually select between investment profiles with different risk levels. Generally, Italians decide to allocate their savings to low-risk investments, although they need to be aware that this will lead to low returns.“Furthermore, because of the European Central Bank’s policy of quantitative easing, there are no high returns from anywhere.”In contrast, Pinna said that defined benefit schemes – which have more control over their investment strategy – have diversified their portfolios to include new asset classes such as illiquid investments, alternatives and hedge funds.However, Pinna warned that exposure to this asset classes required “a sophisticated internal governance process, strictly implemented, so as to make sure they get the optimum results”. See IPE’s latest country report on Italy, published today. Italian pension funds reduced their aggregate exposure to government bonds last year as investors diversified their investment portfolios, according to the national pensions regulator COVIP.At end-2017, government securities made up an average 41.5% of portfolios, a five percentage point decrease from the previous year, the regulator reported.Other debt securities reached an average 16.6% of portfolios, with equities at 17.7%, and pooled funds at 14.4%.Meanwhile, real estate represented just 2.9% of assets, almost all of which was concentrated in Italy.