International 4-H Partnership

first_imgThe University of Georgia, The Ohio State University and Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural University, a private university in Honduras, partnered to facilitate 4-H programming during the COVID-19 pandemic at six Honduran schools, reaching 180 students.The project culminated on Dec. 4 with a Virtual 4S Fair — 4S is what Hondurans call 4-H — featuring video presentations from participating schools, virtual blue ribbon awards and recognition of each student participant. Like traditional 4-H fairs, the excitement was infectious as students showcased their produce and, in this case, saw themselves in on-screen presentations.A highlight of the fair was a subtitled video from Georgia 4-H specialist Jason Estep and several Georgia 4-H state officers congratulating the students on their accomplishments, sharing their own 4-H experiences and encouraging 4S’ers to keep up the good work.“They have much to be proud of, that’s for sure,” said Estep, who provided critical leadership throughout the collaboration. “Hopefully, the success of this endeavor will lead us to explore other ways to help Honduran educators continue 4S programming with their youth, even as the pandemic continues.” The pilot project began in the summer as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing students around the world into remote learning situations, including in rural Honduras. Zamorano had already been working with six area Honduran schools to offer 4S to their students. To help teachers continue to engage students in hands-on learning and 4S programming, each school was asked to identify 30 students in primary, middle or high school to take part in a special Honduras 4S From Home project.These students were then sent an educational kit containing all materials needed to complete the 13-week program. The items in each kit included vegetable seeds, pencils, pencil sharpeners, rulers, compost and self-guided educational booklets.The objective of the project was to provide students an opportunity to learn about plant nutrition, soil preparation, fertilizers and compost, participate in hands-on experiences, and develop critical thinking and analytical skills through data collection and presentation. The program began in the second week of August and concluded in early November. For the duration of the project, students posted weekly photos of their progress and communicated periodically with their teachers with questions and for support.“I love how so many of these students turned the project into an exciting family activity,” said Ashley Shunk, World Food Prize Youth Institute coordinator and teacher at Alison Bixby Stone School, one of the participating institutions. “I am still receiving amazing photos from the students of the dishes that they are making at home. Gardening is a skill that students can use for the rest of their lives to eat healthy and have fun.”Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all communications with students, teachers and professionals were conducted virtually.“It has been a rewarding experience to work with colleagues from across the nation and internationally to help Honduras educators deliver 4-H/4S programming to students even under the trying conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Estep. “The partnership and this pilot project have worked so well because we all acknowledged the importance of involving the students, educators and communities we hoped to serve at the outset. The Honduras 4S From Home kits were the product of much input from our local constituents, and those same constituents are personally invested in its success. We are particularly grateful for support from Jean and Rob Fowler, who were instrumental in initiating this collaboration.”Jean Fowler was a UGA Cooperative Extension agent in Jasper County until she retired in 2011, but she and her husband, Rob, continue to promote 4-H and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 Georgia youth annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit read more

A Multi-Faceted Force Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo March 03, 2017 The morning of February 15th was very busy at the Amphibian Division Command of the Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN, per its Portuguese acronym). While preparing for the ceremony to commemorate 60 years of the Fleet Marine Squad (FFE, per its Portuguese acronym), scheduled to take place the following day, the military personnel were informed that two robbers had attempted to steal a motorcycle and were caught red-handed by a Marine patrol. While trying to escape, one of them shot at the Marines. They returned fire, wounding one of the thieves, who later died at the scene. The Marines were patrolling the area following the instructions and procedures set up for their participation in Operation Carioca, a security maintenance operation on its second day in the main neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, as well as in the adjacent cities of Niterói and São Gonçalo. The deployment of federal troops was authorized by President Michel Temer in response to a request from Rio Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão. “I am sorry I had to interrupt our conversation, but right now it is essential to give full support to the Marine who fired in self-defense,” explained Vice-Admiral Alexandre José Barreto de Mattos, the FFE commander who was being interviewed by Diálogo when he was informed of the robbery attempt. “It is important to keep the force’s morale high, and they need to be assured that the admiralty is here to support them in moments like this.” Guarantee of law and order Marine patrols of the streets of Rio de Janeiro are considered operations to guarantee law and order. They are also tasked with other missions, such as participating in security operations during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games and have the full support of the FFE. “We have a very intense training program that includes preparing personnel at all levels for these types of operations. An intense training cycle has to be followed, and we call the main component of this cycle the main axis,” explained Vice Adm. Alexandre, who had been promoted to four stars the day before his interview with Diálogo, and will soon be the general commander of the Marine Corps. A dash of history In order to better understand the scope of FFE’s participation in these types of operations, a little historical background is necessary. The Marine Corps was created as a brigade under Portugal’s Navy in 1808. That same year it was incorporated as an amphibious squad to escort the Portuguese royal family to Brazil in order to flee Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion forces. After the War of Independence of Brazil, also in 1808, the Portuguese Navy remained on Brazilian soil; at the time, the Marines were known as Marine soldiers. “As everything was still in the embryonic stage in the new country, many Brazilian Navy officers were sent abroad for visits, apprenticeships, and courses with the main foreign marine organizations, most notably the renowned U.S. Marine Corps,” said Rear Admiral José Luiz Corrêa da Silva, commander of the FFE’s Reinforcement Squad. “The Brazilian and the U. S. marines have a strong and long-standing relationship. Our two forces have been exchanging experience and knowledge for many years now,” added Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, commander of U.S. Marines Corps Forces, South. As years passed, the need arose to create a more modern force that would allow the employment of landing troops in amphibious operations. That is how, in 1957, a few brave men living in tents and using out-of-date equipment, but imbued with true legendary spirit, gave rise to what would later become the main operational branch of the CFN: the FFE. “At the same time, carrier ships and landing boats were acquired, which were included in the training and operation of human resources, thus contributing to consolidate a mindset of amphibious operations in the Brazilian Navy,” described Navy Rear Admiral César Lopes Loureiro, commander of the Marine Amphibious Division, who was recently promoted to replace Vice-Admiral Alexandre in the FFE Command. For many years, the CFN commander performed both functions, and also headed the FFE. But everything changed in 1981 when for the first time, a Marine admiral was promoted to four stars. General Domingos de Mattos Cortez took on the command of the CFN and transferred the position of FFE commander to Vice-Admiral Carlos de Albuquerque. The general commander of the Marine Corps was therefore detached and became a member of the admiralty, which reports directly to the Navy commander and serves as his advisors. Thus a general command sector was created. It handles human resources, materials, and the doctrine of employment for the Brazilian Marines. The Brazilian Navy’s operations sector “In fact, FFE was created to be the Marine Squad of A fleet, not of THE fleet, as it was the Brazilian Navy’s intention to have other fleets, which will most likely take place in a few more years,” explained Rear Adm. Corrêa. “So the Fleet Marine Squad is a self-organized marine unit available to the naval operations commander. In other words, we are referring here to a Navy’s operations sector that is empowered to conduct amphibious operations and to plan, execute, and control the performance of amphibious operations. It is the only unit within the Brazilian Armed Forces with this capability, since it maintains the troops prepared for this purpose, acquires material specifically for this, as well as the applicable doctrine to deploy in amphibious operations in its six modalities.” During his speech at the ceremony to celebrate the 60-year anniversary of FFE on February 16th, Vice Adm. Alexandre said: “The Fleet Marine Squad, together with its subordinate forces, the Amphibious Division and the Reinforcement Squad, represent the formation of a special force that is not limited to amphibious operations, but is prepared for any mission required of the Brazilian Navy, with the ability to be deployed in multiple activities for the purpose of always fulfilling the aspirations of Brazilian society.” He added that “60 years have gone by since President Juscelino Kubitscheck signed the decree creating FFE but, despite its glorious history, forces are not static in their expeditionary nature or in their vision for the future. We will always scan the horizon in search of new challenges.” “The 60th Anniversary of the FFE is a time to celebrate and a time to reflect on how important our marine partnership is for the success of both of our marine corps. Happy Birthday to our fellow Brazilian marines of the FFE,” concluded Brig. Gen. Iiams.last_img read more

Brazil Extends Program Welcoming Venezuelan Migrants

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo February 13, 2019 The Brazilian government extended the Humanitarian Logistics Task Force’s (FTLogHum, in Portuguese) Operation Shelter for another year. Brazilian Minister of Defense Fernando Azevedo e Silva announced the decision at his January 2019 visit to the state of Roraima that borders Venezuela. This is a combined operation with government agencies, the Brazilian Armed Forces, international humanitarian aid agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. More than 500 service members from the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese), Brazilian Navy, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) participate in Operation Shelter. FTLogHum carries out activities in Pacaraima, Roraima state, as well as in Boa Vista, the state capital, since early 2018. The objective is to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable migrants arriving from Venezuela. Some of the activities conducted include receiving, identifying, screening, immunizing, sheltering, and even relocating people to other regions of Brazil. “The activities are developed in three main areas of operation: border organization, sheltering, and relocation,” said FAB Colonel Reginaldo Pereira Batista, deputy director of the Ministry of Defense’s (MD, in Portuguese) Logistics and Mobilization Coordination Center. “We start by organizing the border, which means organizing the Venezuelan migration flow, from the time migrants arrive at the Pacaraima border. This is followed by shelter, to provide proper housing, food, and medical support to those in need,” said Col. Reginaldo. “Finally, [we conduct] relocation, which is the distribution of Venezuelan migrants across other Brazilian states.” According to the officer, the Brazilian government and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) manage shelters in Roraima. “The Ministry of Defense is responsible for food, infrastructure, waste management services, access control, and other renovation and maintenance activities,” Col. Reginaldo said. Structure FTLogHum maintains a stationary structure in Pacaraima, including stations to receive, screen, and offer advanced services. The unit also provides reinforcement through the 3rd Border Special Platoon for the support area and two shelters. Members of the Warao indigenous population take refuge at the Janokoida shelter, and the rest of the migrants in the other. The city of Boa Vista, capital of Roraima, has 11 shelters and areas for relocation, support, overnight accommodation, screening stations, information, and lockers. The Pacaraima shelters can accommodate 724 people while 5,822 can lodge in Boa Vista. As of early February, they both operate at maximum capacity, according to information from MD. “The shelter’s main goal is to provide temporary housing to homeless immigrants who are completely vulnerable,” said EB Second Lieutenant Sidmar José Cruz Junior, who works at FTLogHum’s Operation Shelter Social Communications Cell, in Roraima. The shelters provide migrants with food, accommodations, sanitary facilities, medical assistance, and services such as waste management and laundry. In partnership with United Nations agencies, educational, recreational, and sports activities take place. “The main goal of Operation Shelter is border organization, controlling migration flow, providing assistance to all migrants at the various shelters to ensure they get access to education and local job opportunities, through the relocation process,” 2nd Lt. Sidmar said. Relocation around Brazil Migration flow control is achieved by relocating Venezuelans who cross the border—nearly 700 per month, according to FTLogHum data. There are still 5,800 migrants in the state while 4,200 were taken to 15 different regions of Brazil. “It’s important to reduce the direct impact to the state of Roraima, guaranteeing health, epidemiological, and sanitation control of our territory by vaccinating the immigrants. In addition to that, the Armed Forces’ relocation process promotes inclusion in the workforce, and enables migrants to contribute in some way to the country’s development,” 2nd Lt. Sidmar said. The EB database carries migrants’ personal information, such as how many family members travel with them and professional history. “After registration, a job search for these immigrants is conducted across various states in the country, and based on companies’ interests in hiring them,” said 2nd Lt. Sidmar. According to Col. Reginaldo, only those with legal status in the country, who were vaccinated, clinically assessed, and signed a voluntary agreement can be relocated. “Immigrants living in Roraima’s public shelters have priority,” he said. The Federal Relocation Subcommittee carries out the process, which the Social Development Ministry coordinates with help from UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration, and the United Nations Population Fund. Since April 2018, the relocation process has had 22 phases. Migration crisis According to data from Operation Shelter, the screening station served 70,000 Venezuelans through December 2018. For Elisa Ribeiro Pinchemel, a Brazilian lawyer specialized in international law with a doctorate in social sciences, the migration problem Venezuela faces is mainly due to basic human rights violations aggravated by a major economic crisis, “from the loss of civil and political freedom to essential rights that should be protected by law, such as food, education, and housing,” she said. Pinchemel pointed out that sheltering migrants is part of Brazil’s foreign policy. “They entered through the land border in the country’s north. The flow of people is significant, and the impact is easily noticed. However, the majority begin their migration into the country on their way to another final destination, often due to language or job opportunities in a neighboring country,” she said. As such, Brazil is one of the countries in the region with the least number of Venezuelans who stay permanently.last_img read more

Onsite: CUES Symposium 2015

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: Details I live in a world that is constantly forcing new technology on me from every direction, and 95% of the time I love it. So imagine my surprise to walk into the conference room for the opening session of CUES Symposium and see on stage an orange school desk. The theme this week? It’s time for the credit union CEO’s, board members, executive team, marketing department, all of us, to go back to school.Our class was lead by Jay Baer today, and had a really simple bottom line: what is your credit union doing to be useful? When you stop and think about it, it sounds easy because you are all doing amazing things, but I want you to really think about it? How you are you being useful without the expectation of something in return; more difficult now right? The point is that marketing is changing and it’s no longer make a pretty billboard that people will drive past and think, oh yeah I’ll stop in and see what promotions they have. In fact more people are being referred by friends or family and/or reading reviews than ever! It applies to our lives as well, if I want a hotel to stay at I don’t see what billboard I pass, I go to TripAdvisor and see the ratings and in a matter of minutes I can make a decision and book it.Gone are the days that members will come in and talk to you face to face about an issue or question they have, instead they post to social media. Customer service and marketing and now tightly intertwined, how and when you respond is just as important as any fancy, new campaign that you might create. This allows credit unions such and opportunity though! For example, Jay used an awesome one, of a business man who was traveling and asked for restaurant recommendations near X,Y,Z hotel in Dallas on twitter, and you know who the first response was from? Hilton Hotels (and he wasn’t staying at the Hilton), they never mentioned staying with them in the future, or made any reference to Hilton at all, just gave 2 recommendations that were walking distance from where he was staying. My guess is that in the future, this guy will consider staying at Hilton. They helped him when they didn’t have to, and with no strings attached.So now what? Marketing is changing and we have to stay in the game. The key to lifetime-membership is to focus marketing efforts on the idea that eventually people will become members. Now, as a millennial myself, I understand the conundrum. No one understands instant gratification more than my generation. We want new members and we want them now. But guess what, that doesn’t make us stand out or differentiate ourselves from banks in any way, and frankly it doesn’t support the credit union values. Let’s show the community that first and foremost we are here to help them. To be a source they can trust and count on when needed, and membership will follow. Amp up content marketing efforts, establish your credit union as the go-to source for reliable information. I hope you are sensing a theme here – it’s trust. It’s why the first thing we think to do when we need advice is to ask our friends and family. We trust them, they love us and they have our best interest at heart. I challenge you to find someone who feels the same about their bank. Credit unions are in the perfect position to win the race, if we can just embrace the term “eventually”.During the session today, I kept continually picturing scenes from the Tortoise and The Hare, and the tortoise didn’t force the race. He didn’t rush to make a decision that was only benefit him short term. He was looking at the big picture. I encourage to take some time with your team to sit in a desk and think outside the box, and to give “eventually marketing” a chance, much like the tortoise I think you’ll be happy with the results.last_img read more

Suffolk County Area Code Changes Coming Soon

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Next month Suffolk County residents will have to start dialing their 631 area code even when calling phone numbers that share their area code, according to telephone service providers.Starting June 18, Long Island callers will have to dial all 10 digits instead of the core seven digits that make up phone numbers. The change is in advance of phone companies starting to assign a new 934 area code for Suffolk starting July 16. Those who currently have 631 area code numbers will keep their current phone numbers.“Given the reality of the way we communicate today, a new area code is needed to expand the numbers that are available,” said Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC).The new area code rollout is called an overlay, meaning 631 and 934 will both be used for Suffolk. The alternative is known as a geographic split, which is what happened on Long Island in 1999 when Suffolk residents had to change their phone numbers to 631 while Nassau residents kept their 516 area code numbers.The change includes business, residential and wireless phone customers, regardless of their service provider. Those in Suffolk who don’t dial 631 when calling those that share their area code will hear a recording instructing them to hang up and dial again, according to the phone companies.The PSC held public hearings to gather local residents’ opinions on the change two years ago after the North American Numbering Plan, which provides the basic numbering scheme for telephone networks in the United States, warned that Suffolk was running out of combinations of 631 area code phone numbers. PSC officials have said that phone number options began dwindling partly because of the increase in cell phone users.The overlay should supply Suffolk with enough phone numbers for 45 years, officials have said. If a geographic split was chosen, the proposed dividing line would have gone through the western Suffolk towns of Islip and Smithtown.last_img read more

Facebook Groups Buzzed With Calls for Violence Ahead of US Election

first_imgOther phrases, like “shoot them” and “kill them all,” were used within public groups at least 7,345 times and 1,415 times respectively, according to CounterAction. “Hang him” appeared 8,132 times. “Time to start shooting, folks,” read one comment.Facebook said it was reviewing CounterAction’s findings, which Reuters shared with the company, and would take action to enforce policies “that reduce real-world harm and civil unrest, including in Groups,” according to a statement provided by spokeswoman Dani Lever.The company declined to say whether examples shared by Reuters violated its rules or say where it draws the line in deciding whether the phrase “incites or facilities serious violence,” which, according to its policies, is grounds for removal.- Advertisement – Such rhetoric was not uncommon in the run-up to the election in Facebook Groups, a key booster of engagement for the world’s biggest social network, but it did not always get the same treatment.A survey of US-based Facebook Groups between September and October conducted by digital intelligence firm CounterAction at the request of Reuters found rhetoric with violent overtones in thousands of politically oriented public groups with millions of members.Variations of twenty phrases that could be associated with calls for violence, such as “lock and load” and “we need a civil war,” appeared along with references to election outcomes in about 41,000 instances in U.S.-based public Facebook Groups over the two month period.- Advertisement – Before Facebook shut down a rapidly growing “Stop the Steal” Facebook Group on Thursday, the forum featured calls for members to ready their weapons should President Donald Trump lose his bid to remain in the White House.In disabling the group after coverage by Reuters and other news organizations, Facebook cited the forum’s efforts to delegitimize the election process and “worrying calls for violence from some members.”- Advertisement – Prosecutors have linked several disrupted militia plots back to Facebook Groups this year, including a planned attack on Black Lives Matters protesters in Las Vegas and a scheme to kidnap the governor of Michigan.To address concerns, Facebook announced a flurry of policy changes since the summer aimed at curbing “militarized social movements,” including U.S. militias, Boogaloo networks and the QAnon conspiracy movement.It says it has removed 14,200 groups on the basis of those changes since August.As pressure on the company intensified ahead of the election, Zuckerberg said Facebook would pause recommendations for political groups and new groups, although that measure did not prevent the “Stop the Steal” group for swelling to more than 365,000 members in less than 24 hours.Meaningful connectionsFacebook has promoted Groups aggressively since Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg made them a strategic priority in 2017, saying they would encourage more “meaningful connections,” and this year featured the business in a Super Bowl commercial.It stepped up Groups promotion in news feeds and search engine results last month, even as civil rights organizations warned the product had become a breeding ground for extremism and misinformation.The public groups can be seen, searched and joined by anyone on Facebook. Groups also offer private options that conceal posts – or the existence of the forum – even when a group has hundreds of thousands of members.Facebook has said it relies heavily on artificial intelligence to monitor the forums, especially private groups, which yield few user reports of bad behavior as members tend to be like-minded, to flag posts that may incite violent actions to human content reviewers.While use of violent language does not always equate to an actionable threat, Matthew Hindman, a machine learning and media scholar at George Washington University who reviewed the results, said Facebook’s artificial intelligence should have been able to pick out common terms for review.“If you’re still finding thousands of cases of ‘shoot them’ and ‘get a rope,’ you’re looking at a systemic problem. There’s no way a modern machine learning system would miss something like that,” he said.© Thomson Reuters 2020 – Advertisement –last_img read more

Money in politics has corrupted our country

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPeople tend to be tribal. We actually belong to many tribes. And all tribes have leaders. Trump is a leader of our country, but also a tribe called Republicans. The problem arises when the leader is self-aggrandizing and only concerned with himself. The problem arises when the leader lies and is lacking in moral character. The problem arises when the leader favors a small subgroup like the wealthy. Lastly, the problem arises when members blindly follow.Another very powerful factor controlling voters today is propaganda. Propaganda is the art of persuasion. Propaganda identifies with their target population and a play to people’s prejudges, and fears. Propaganda demonizes their opponents. The bed rock of propaganda is the lie. The tactics of propaganda are being used today at an ever-increasing frequency because it works. The goal of propaganda is to gain power and wealth.The power of money has corrupted our political system. Propaganda fills the media. An enormous tax cut for the wealthy isn’t going to help the average working person significantly, if at all. During the Gilded Age, the wealthy controlled the government. It was a very bad time to be a worker. Due to the absence of regulations, significant economic disruptions happened every 10 years on average.To win elections and maintain popular support costs money. The wealthy, who finance propaganda, demand a return on their investments. For the wealthy, the return has been “tax reform” and the new budget. With deficits predicted to explode, the next on their list are cuts in Medicare and Social Security, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

Nicolas Pepe reveals Arsenal transfer was ‘logical choice’ amid reported interest from Liverpool

first_imgEmery has helped Pepe settle (Picture: Getty)‘They have the dream of coming back to the Champions League and I am also an ambitious person, so the choice was very logical.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am attracted to the Premier League because it is an extremely intense championship and the best league in the world.‘The idea is to win the Europa League and that is a goal of ours. It’s a European event and our goal is to do better than last season. I believe we will.’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 United and Liverpool were credited with an interest in Pepe (Picture: Getty)Pepe is still waiting on his first start, coming off the bench in both of Arsenal’s games so far.Arsenal travel to Liverpool this weekend with both sides unbeaten and Pepe explained how Unai Emery was key to helping him settle in at the London club.‘It’s been really good because he speaks French and it has been much easier for us to communicate,’ he said.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I am new, the strategy and tactics are new and it really helps that I can get the coach’s assistance.‘Now I need to learn English and this is something he is helping me with also.’MORE: Jamie Carragher fears for Liverpool’s high line against pacey Arsenal attackMore: FootballOdion Ighalo reacts to Manchester United signing Edinson Cavani and Alex TellesTimo Werner’s former manager makes prediction over his Chelsea careerHow former Chelsea star ruined Jose Mourinho’s plans to sign Lionel Messi Comment Nicolas Pepe reveals Arsenal transfer was ‘logical choice’ amid reported interest from Liverpool Advertisementcenter_img Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe revealed he joined Arsenal this summer because the club matched his ambition.The summer signing arrived in a £72million deal in one of the transfer coups of the window, with Pepe also attracting interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.Reports in France claim both Liverpool and United made offers for Pepe, but the forward decided Arsenal was the club for him. Napoli too were scrambling to sign the goalscorer, and Pepe lifted the lid on why he chose Arsenal.‘I chose to come here because it’s a club with a lot of ambition,’ Pepe told the club website.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 20 Aug 2019 6:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShareslast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf ordena que las banderas vuelen a media asta para honrar a las víctimas de la COVID-19

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf ordena que las banderas vuelen a media asta para honrar a las víctimas de la COVID-19 April 07, 2020 Español,  Flag Order,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf ordenó que las banderas estatales en todas las instituciones del Estado, edificios y parques públicos vuelen a media asta hasta el próximo aviso para honrar a las víctimas de la nueva pandemia del coronavirus de 2019.“Demasiados residentes de Pennsylvania han perdido la vida por la COVID-19 y, desafortunadamente, muchos más morirán”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Ya hemos perdido amigos, padres, abuelos y hermanos. Hemos perdido profesionales de primeros auxilios y socorristas. Hemos perdido a miembros de la comunidad. Cada uno de estos residentes de Pennsylvania es irreemplazable. Cada uno merece ser honrado individualmente por sus contribuciones a la comunidad, pero esta cruel enfermedad no nos da un respiro para llorarlos.“Este virus nos impide honrar a los muertos en las reuniones tradicionales. No podemos realizar funerales, velatorios o guardar shiva. Espero que este arriado de banderas brinde un poco de consuelo a las familias y los amigos de luto. Y espero que sirva como un recordatorio del motivo de los sacrificios que los residentes de Pennsylvania están haciendo para ayudar a su comunidad a sobrevivir esta crisis”.Las banderas del Estado deben arriarse a media asta hasta una fecha que se anunciará después de que pase la pandemia. Se invita a los residentes de Pennsylvania a participar en este homenaje.Ver esta página en inglés. center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Germany’s HDI quits insurance-linked pension vehicles

first_imgIn its insurance-linked HDI Pensionsfonds, the company is managing €43m, and in its Pensionskasse it has €1.4bn.Both products will “fulfil the contracts signed with clients” but be closed for new entries.HDI told IPE it was aiming at “market leadership” in outsourcing and financing pension liabilities, adding that it expected demand for such solutions to increase, particularly among small and medium-sized enterprises.It has also started the online portal HDI bAVnet together with service provider xbAV for the online administration and management of company pension plans.Speaking at the recent aba conference in Cologne, Vjaceslavs Geveilers, senior actuarial services manager at PwC in Munich, said insurers had been increasingly introducing alternative guarantees for the last 2-3 years, and that he had recognised a trend towards lower guarantees in products. He acknowledged that most new products still focused on accrual rather than the payout phase, but he said he expected this would have to change, “not least because of biometric trends”.Clemens Frey, a partner at PwC, said a lot of new products in Germany were “more complex”, which meant insurers had to adjust their actuarial models, risk assessment and internal control mechanisms.He also predicted the regulator’s oversight of new products would be “more intense” in future. Meanwhile, the German government has proposed amendments to Pensionsfonds that could make payouts more attractive but also more volatile.A first discussion in the parliamentary commission for labour and social affairs on Monday showed general support for the amendment. No new contracts will be signed from next year for insurance-based Pensionsfonds or Pensionskasse at German life insurer HDI Leben.In a statement, the company said there were vehicles in the occupational pensions segment that were “neither profitable for HDI Leben nor its clients or for which there is almost no demand in the market”.As examples, it cited insurance-based Pensionsfonds and Pensionskasse, also insurance-based.HDI Leben said it would continue to offer occupational pensions and aim to increase business in the unit-linked Pensionsfonds it has provided together with its owner Talanx since 2012-13 via the €395m PB Pensionsfonds.last_img read more

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