The Fight Against Human Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2010 How are the youth going to believe in candidates or want to vote or simply strive for a better future if the methods of political governments show us on a daily basis that to live here is a bunch of crap and we screw each other without compassion and as an example; it is a shame to have gotten to the point where we are now where life doesn’t matter and the content of the movies, music, etc., they blame the criminals and they gave these the power. It is all a waste. Mexico has become the first country to launch a national version of the United Nations-led Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking. As part of Mexico’s launch in April 2010, more than a dozen iconic buildings were lit up in blue across the capital, Mexico City. “I admire Mexico’s leadership in fighting this modern slavery, demonstrated through its strong commitment to the Blue Heart campaign,” said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, which spearheaded the global campaign. The blue heart represents the sadness of those who are trafficked as well as the cold-heartedness of those who buy and sell fellow human beings, according to the U.N. campaign statement. More than 2.4 million people — up to 80 percent women and girls — are currently victims of human trafficking, either for sexual or labor exploitation, the U.N. has said.last_img read more

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Schickel wins Anstead Award

first_imgSchickel wins Anstead Award Schickel wins Anstead Award John J. “Jake” Schickel of Jacksonville is the recipient of the 2006 Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for The Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year.The Board of Legal Specialization and Education created the award to recognize exemplary professionalism, excellence, character, and commitment to the certification program.BLSE Chair Harry A. Payton presented this year’s award June 22 at the Bar Annual Convention in Boca Raton. During the presentation, Payton explained the award’s significance: “The Anstead Award is aptly named because of Justice Anstead’s consistent support for the board certification program and his belief that it is ‘one of the crown jewels of the Florida justice system.’”Schickel is board certified in both civil trial and workers’ compensation and practices with Coker, Schickel, Sorenson & Daniel in Jacksonville. He is a member of the Board of Governors and is a past member of The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors. He served on the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation and Civil Trial certification committees and was a two-term chair of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education. July 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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How CUs can succeed in 2015 through technology and design with Filene’s Ben Rogers

first_imgIn this episode we visit with one our fan-favorite, recurring guests Filene’s Research Director Ben Rogers. Ben is always ready with well-researched and practical information to benefit the industry. And in part 1 of 2, he doesn’t disappoint, discussing how credit unions need to ramp it up with technology and design to remain relevant in 2015. What he means by technology and design is some mighty fine insight based on reports he’s produced this year and currently producing. So it’s some fresh content you won’t want to miss — and definitely use in 2015. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Supreme Court schedules oral arguments in CFPB structure challenge

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. Supreme Court is currently scheduled to hold oral arguments March 3, 2020, in the lawsuit filed by Seila Law challenging the CFPB’s single-director structure. The CFPB previously announced it would no longer defend its director structure, following years of lawsuits and calls to reform it from various stakeholders.Following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger reiterated the association’s stance “that a commission structure at the CFPB is absolutely essential to ensuring greater transparency and accountability.”The association works closely with the bureau and CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger on a number of issues affecting the credit union industry – including recent efforts related to small business lending data collection, debt collection, innovation, and more – and is set to meet with CFPB officials and staff in a series of meetings this week. Kraninger also attended NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus in September where she gave an update on the bureau’s efforts to eliminate regulatory duplication.last_img read more

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3 ways credit unions can use a credit program to help members navigate uncertain times

first_img 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Phil Seely Phil is the Senior Director of Portfolio Development for LSC having joined the Illinois Credit Union System in 2011 from Fidelity National Information Services. He has been working with credit … Web: www.lsc.net Details When unexpected events happen, people need to be creative and flexible, but they also need a secure place to stand. In many ways, credit unions are that place for their members. Credit unions regularly connect with members, helping them find solutions to financial needs as they work to achieve life goals. When uncertain times bring financial challenges for members, credit unions are well-positioned to help make a credit card program an effective part of the solution for moving forward.Buying Essentials – According to MarketWatch, credit processors have been observing higher levels of online buying as more people are ordering food and other essentials online. This is also a time when many people are living on a more limited income and may need to pay for unexpected emergency expenses on credit. Yet, at the same time, many credit card companies have been cutting credit limits. Credit unions know their members. This is an opportunity for them to reach out to their members and work with their credit processing partner to ensure their members have the credit limits they need to continue making essential purchases.Easier Fund Management – Emergency expenses and sudden income losses might be causing some members to struggle with paying down new and old debt. Consolidating credit card debt onto one card can make managing it easier and less stressful for members. Now is a good time for credit unions to offer a balance transfer option to their members. Your credit union has the opportunity to show members you are there for them. Let members know you’re available to assist them in creating a plan to get out of debt so they can be ready to start saving instead.Give Members a Break – Many credit card and other financial companies are assisting consumers at this time with relaxed payment schedules and waived late fees. You might consider offering similar options like a skip-a-pay promotion for members who may be struggling to catch up on their finances. Maintaining reward programs is also important to give members more value for what they spend on their cards.The credit union difference and the relationships credit unions have with their members mean the most during times of financial challenge. By drawing on this connection, your credit union can help members use the convenient benefits of a credit card responsibly to help ease some of their stress as they work to move forward. Helping members is important, and sometimes credit unions can better serve members with the help of the right resources. To learn more about opportunities to help your credit union, click here.last_img read more

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Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

first_imgOn internet threads and chat apps used by the pro-democracy movement, there were calls to resume the protests of last year that were largely subdued in recent months because of coronavirus restrictions.”Hong Kong people will have to face the choice for their future,” said one comment on the Telegram platform often used by protesters, calling for people to rally on Sunday. Eroding freedoms Hong Kong has been allowed a limited form of autonomy since returning from British to Chinese rule in 1997, with those unique freedoms enshrined under a “One Country, Two Systems” handover agreement.However, a huge pro-democracy movement has built in the face of fears China has been steadily eroding those freedoms.Activists said the planned national security law, if implemented, would be one of the most significant erosions of Hong Kong’s liberties since 1997.Local pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan said Beijing had “shown zero respect for Hong Kong people”.”Many Hong Kongers must be as angry as us now, but we must remember not to give up,” she added.In announcing the plans late on Thursday night, the Communist Party gave few specifics for the planned law other than it would strengthen “enforcement mechanisms” for Hong Kong.Article 23 of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, says the city must enact a law to prohibit “treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion” against the Chinese government.But the clause has never been implemented due to fears it would destroy Hong Kong’s cherished civil rights.An attempt to have Article 23 pass through Hong Kong’s legislature in 2003 was shelved after half a million people took to the streets in protest against it.China’s move this week would circumvent Hong Kong’s legislature by having it imposed by the national parliament, according to Wong and other campaigners.  Topics : US warnings The United States reacted swiftly to China’s announcement, with State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus warning that imposing such a law on Hong Kong would be “highly destabilizing, and would be met with strong condemnation from the United States and the international community”.President Donald Trump gave a vague initial response that nevertheless warned of a stronger reaction.”I don’t know what it is, because nobody knows yet. If it happens, we’ll address that issue very strongly,” Trump said.The US Congress late last year angered China by passing a law that would strip Hong Kong’s preferential trading status if it is no longer considered autonomous from the mainland.The State Department warned China’s actions could impact its decision on that status.US senators on Thursday also introduced legislation to impose sanctions on any entity involved in curbing Hong Kong’s autonomy. That could include police cracking down on demonstrators and Chinese officials involved in Hong Kong policy — as well as banks that conduct transactions with anyone involved in curbing the territory’s freedoms. Senator Pat Toomey, who spearheaded the legislation, described Hong Kong as “the canary in the coal mine for Asia”.”Beijing’s growing interference could have a chilling effect on other nations struggling for freedom in China’s shadow,” he said.Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s final British governor before the 1997 handover, said the proposal signaled a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy” and would be “hugely damaging”.center_img “This is the end of Hong Kong, this is the end of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, make no mistake about it,” Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters.Prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong said China’s message to protesters seeking to maintain their freedoms was clear.”Beijing is attempting to silence Hongkongers’ critical voices with force and fear,” Wong said on Twitter, while expressing defiance.”HKers will not scare off in the face of wolf warrior policy.” China has launched one of its fiercest assaults on Hong Kong’s treasured autonomy with its move to impose a security law, pro-democracy campaigners said Friday as they vowed to take to the streets in protest.The proposal for the security law — expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition — was introduced into China’s rubber-stamp parliament at the opening of its annual session on Friday morning.It followed repeated warnings from China’s communist leaders they would no longer tolerate dissent in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous city that endured seven months of massive pro-democracy protests last year.last_img read more

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‘Catastrophic’: South Asia reels from virus surge

first_img“The situation is catastrophic,” Abdur Rob, a senior doctor at Bangladesh’s Chittagong General Hospital, told AFP.”Patients are dying in the ambulances on the roads as they shunt between hospitals looking for (intensive care) beds or hospital admission.”Archie Clements, the vice-chancellor of the health sciences faculty at Curtin University in Western Australia, said the situation would likely worsen.The growth curve “is still in an exponential phase”, Clements said.  Topics : “We could be heading towards a larger number of deaths in the weeks ahead.”Worldwide more than eight million people have been infected by COVID-19 and over 446,000 have died, with the virus accelerating across South Asia and Latin America. Easing lockdowns, rising cases Devastating scenarios are playing out as cash-strapped governments choose between enforcing lockdowns or watching low-income families slide deeper into poverty, often with no safety nets to catch them.India is the fourth worst-hit country in the world with more than 354,000 confirmed cases — though limited testing means the true number is likely much higher.The number of fatalities leapt by more than 2,000 to top 11,900 on Wednesday after Mumbai and New Delhi updated their figures.The government won plaudits in late March for imposing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns. But millions of migrant workers were left jobless and, unable to get home, sometimes held in crowded facilities that increased the risk of transmission.  As the government steadily lifts restrictions, cases have surged. “The problem is that in a country like India, with its large-scale poverty and large migrant community, you can’t expect everyone to shelter in place and ride out the storm,” said Michael Kugelman, an analyst from the Washington-based Wilson Center.In neighboring Pakistan, which has recorded more than 160,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths, Prime Minister Imran Khan resisted a nationwide lockdown, saying the country could ill afford it.Many there chose to ignore social distancing guidelines and provincial lockdowns were relaxed during last month’s Eid al-Fitr holiday, helping fuel the current increase in cases. “When Eid celebrations came, the public took the ease of the lockdown as a sign that the disease was all over. They swamped the markets, they went to funerals, there was no enforcement of the (social distancing measures),” said Samra Fakhar, a surgeon in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Authorities have warned that Pakistan would likely see more than one million cases by July, and the World Health Organization has called for new lockdowns, a measure Khan rejected.In Pakistan’s overwhelmed hospitals, doctors say national leaders wasted precious early months to brace for a potential onslaught.”We had a chance to prepare for this but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Things are going to get worse,” said Saeedullah Shah, a doctor with the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association COVID-19 task force. “Are we ready for it? Not at all. … People will start getting violent when they don’t find beds.”Further complicating the crisis is limited testing which is skewing data lower.Last week, burial figures released by nine state-run graveyards in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, as well as dozens of small graveyards in a neighboring city, showed at least 1,600 additional deaths in April and May, a top Bengali news site reported.Yet health ministry data show only 450 people died from COVID-19 in the two cities during the period.Similar anecdotes are emerging in conflict-battered Afghanistan, which has only acknowledged more than 26,000 cases and 500 deaths — seemingly impossibly low numbers for a country that failed to enforce lockdowns amid ongoing fighting and where impoverished day laborers are unable to stay home.”We have reports of increasing suspected deaths, people burying dead bodies at night,” said Kabul governor Mohammad Yakub Haidary last week, adding that the Afghan capital was suspected of having more than a million infected people.”There is a disaster coming.”  Early optimism that South Asia might have dodged the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic has disappeared as soaring infection rates turn the densely populated region into a global hot spot.After several months trailing the US and western Europe, cases of COVID-19 are surging across South Asia — home to almost a quarter of the world’s population — where the virus is wreaking havoc on fragile medical systems and underfunded health agencies are pushed to breaking point.Overflowing hospitals from Kabul to Dhaka are turning away suspected virus patients, mortuaries are being overwhelmed as cemeteries and crematoria struggle to cope, and desperate families are searching for help for critically ill loved ones.last_img read more

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‘No hope for public health’: Lawmakers slam govt’s COVID-19 economic recovery committee

first_img“Health wasn’t the main consideration of the committee’s formation […] I have no more hope for public health because [the committee’s] only focus is the economy,” the PKB politician said on Tuesday.Read also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsNetty Prasetiyani from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) echoed Nihayatul’s concern, saying it was clear that the government prioritized the economy.“It’s not surprising at all. The budget for the country’s COVID-19 response is being [allocated] half-heartedly. As a result, hospitals are overwhelmed and health workers are dying,” she said. She called on the government to focus more on public health instead of economic matters, emphasizing the need for health-based policies and strong leadership in pandemic handling.“Don’t blame the public if they start to think that the government is trying to achieve herd immunity in responding to the pandemic.”Conversely, Saleh Daulay of the National Mandate Party (PAN) lauded Jokowi’s move, saying the committee would help with the country’s health and economic recovery as it was tasked with coordinating and integrating COVID-19 response policies in both aspects.“I hope the committee will pay equal attention to both tasks. It shouldn’t prioritize the economy over people’s health. Both must be resolved simultaneously,” he said.Read also: Economy trumps public health?State Secretary Pratikno said the government would still prioritize public health in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, assuring that the committee’s establishment did not mean the government was shifting its focus to the economy. “Our priority is health and that’s very important. We are now preparing a vaccine,” Pratikno said in a written statement on Wednesday.He added that President Jokowi had come up with the strategy of integrating the government’s efforts in mitigating the pandemic’s impacts on public health and the economy.According to a survey released by Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia on Tuesday, most Indonesians no longer want to face large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), citing economic reasons.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases surpass mainland China as deaths top 4,000However, pulmonologist Erlina Burhan of the Indonesia Medical Association (IDI) COVID-19 task force emphasized that the number of cases was continuing to rise despite the people’s objections.On Wednesday, Indonesia recorded 1,882 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 89,869. Health authorities also announced that 139 more people had died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 4,459.Topics : Concerns have been raised over President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to form a COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery committee tasked to streamline strategic policies on countering the pandemic.Members of the House of Representatives have questioned the move, pointing out that the country had achieved little in its fight against the pandemic.Nihayatul Wafiroh, deputy chairwoman of the House Commission IX overseeing health care, said the committee has been established based only on economic factors, unlike its predecessor, the national COVID-19 task force, which was formed under health, social and economic concerns.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Receives Naloxone Kit for Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 10, 2018 Gov. Wolf Receives Naloxone Kit for Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Weekcenter_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf visited the Dauphin County State Health Center in Kline Plaza today to launch Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week and receive a free naloxone kit, which all Pennsylvanians can do on Dec.13 at one of 80 locations across the state.“As the commonwealth and the nation continue to battle the opioid crisis, it’s imperative that we keep those suffering from opioid use disorder alive, so they can get into treatment,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a disease we are fighting and those with it need to be treated with the same respect and care as those who are battling any other illness. The state is here to help as we launch Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week.”In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Dec. 13, it is carried at most pharmacies across the state year-round. Naloxone is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies either for free or at a low cost. The state’s physician general, now secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, issued a standing order for naloxone so that any Pennsylvanian could obtain the medication.Since November 2014, more than 20,000 people have been revived with naloxone by police officers and EMS providers in Pennsylvania. And since 2016, nearly 3,000 people with OUD have been transferred into treatment via the state’s warm handoff program.“People should know that we are all first responders in the opioid epidemic and we must all be equipped to help in any way we can,” Gov. Wolf said. “Having a naloxone kit in your car or home may mean you can save a life and help someone into recovery.”Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at www.pa.gov/opioids us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

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‘95%’ of hotel rooms already booked for Dinagyang

first_imgShe, however, said these figures didnot yet include tourists who stayed in bed-and-breakfast accommodations andthose who stayed in the homes of local friends. The tourism official said Dinagyang isexpected to attract 100,000 tourists but for the whole year the city governmenttargets to magnet 1.4 million. For this year, the tourism head said,they are expecting 100,000 tourist arrivals for the Dinagyang alone while forthe whole year 2020 their target is 1.4 million. ILOILO City – Around 95 percent ofover 5,000 hotel rooms in this southern city are already booked for themuch-anticipated Dinagyang Festival 2020, according to City Tourism OfficerJunel Divinagracia. Dinagyang isthe Hiligaynon word for revelry or merrymaking. Tourists started arriving as early aslast week, said Divinagracia, but she expects a surge in arrivals beginningtoday. The big hotels are overbooked, so sometourists could be finding themselves in bed-and- breakfast accommodations,added Divinagracia. In the 2019 Dinagyang, touristarrivals were almost 100,000, said Divinagracia while for the whole year thecity welcomed 1.2 million. This year’sDinagyang is the festival’s biggest edition in years, according to MayorTreñas. Dinagyang isknown for its participants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes thatreflect Ilonggo ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry. Spill-over tourists may also beaccommodated in hotels in nearby towns. Divinagracia said some of these hotelshave coordinated with her office. The festivalstarted in 1967. A replica of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought from Cebu tothe San Jose de Placer Church. The image was enthusiastically received by theIlonggos who danced on the streets of Iloilo City. It has beenvoted the “best tourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – bythe Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines./PNlast_img read more

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