By Dialogo July 31, 2012 The Bolivian Government and Brazilian embassy personnel have flown over regions of the border between the two nations in order to evaluate the future installation of radars to detect drug trafficking by air, Bolivia’s Deputy Social Defense Minister Felipe Cáceres said on July 27. “An overflight was made to identify strategic locations, in order to install radars in the area in the future,” stated Cáceres, the politician with primary responsibility for the fight against drug trafficking, as reported by the Government news agency. He said that “these maneuvers and these exercises have been conducted in complementary fashion by the Bolivian Air Force and the Brazilian Air Force,” but he did not reveal the date on which the installation of the radars is expected to begin. The two countries share a border of 3,133 kilometers, chiefly in the Amazon, taken advantage of for drug trafficking by air, land, and river and for smuggling weapons and stolen cars. In January, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States signed an agreement to support La Paz’s efforts in the fight against drug trafficking. The two pillars of the agreement among the three countries are monitoring of the approximately 31,000 plots of land planted with coca (according to the UN) and air traffic control. Brazil also offered a batch of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the same purpose. Bolivia produces around 115 tons of cocaine a year, according to the United Nations, the majority of which is sold to Brazil and then to Europe.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “We’ve seen mobile become the driving force when it comes to serving our members,” says Jon Reske, VP/marketing at $400 million/34,000-member UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, Hadley, Mass. “It will become the preferred delivery system, especially for our demographic.”The CU serves the Five College Consortium, including these independent institutions: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts’ flagship Amherst campus.Additional UMass satellite campuses include Dartmouth, Lowell, Boston and the UMass Medical School in Worcester, which are also served by UMassFive College FCU. “There’s a high level of technology aptitude in the education and medical markets,” Reske says, making it vital to offer robust digital banking services.Integration Proves KeyUMassFive College FCU has relied on Portico from Fiserv for account processing since 1983. So when it was ready to launch a more sophisticated digital banking offering, the credit union turned to Fiserv for a full suite of solutions, including the ASP (Application Service Provision) versions of Corillian Online and Mobiliti™, CheckFree® RXP® for bill payment, Popmoney® for person-to-person payments, and AllData® for personal financial management. continue reading »
Healthcare, Human Services, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – After recent moves by the federal government to steer more Americans to substandard health insurance plans without protections for pre-existing conditions, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that he will continue to fight to ensure that individuals with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable, quality health care.The Wolf Administration will not request a waiver to allow health care plans that do not offer consumer protections, including for pre-existing conditions, to receive subsidies meant for comprehensive coverage on the marketplace. The Wolf Administration will continue to encourage Pennsylvanians to buy comprehensive coverage on Pennsylvania’s exchange marketplace, where there are more choices and lower prices this year, and will not promote plans that do not cover pre-existing conditions.“I will always stand up to protect and expand quality and affordable health care coverage for all Pennsylvanians, including those with pre-existing conditions,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “This most recent action by the federal government is just another attempt to roll back vital consumer protections on pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps, and essential health benefits. Coverage for pre-existing conditions like cancer, pregnancy, and multiple sclerosis is an essential protection for millions of Pennsylvanians and my administration will stand in the way of any attempt to roll back those protections.”Under the ACA, the federal waivers allow states flexibility to improve their health insurance marketplaces. The federal government’s newly released proposed guidelines, if adopted, would support the proliferation of plans that lack critical elements of meaningful health insurance, such as comprehensive benefits. The proposed guidelines loosen standards by which states can secure such a waiver, which Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said would put the stability of the insurance market at risk.“The Wolf Administration has taken numerous steps to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to comprehensive coverage under the ACA and consumer protection and education remains our top priority. As a result of these efforts, our uninsured rate is at an all-time low and ACA insurance carriers are offering competitively priced plans and more coverage options for the 2019 open enrollment,” Altman said. “The Wolf Administration will never pursue a waiver or take any other step that would jeopardize protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions or otherwise undermine Pennsylvanians’ access to truly comprehensive health insurance coverage with critical consumer protections.” October 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania Will Not Promote Plans That Don’t Cover Pre-existing Conditions
96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.Near the kitchen a staircase leads downstairs, where there is undercroft storage, a bathroom and a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and separate entry.The lower level of the house also includes a pool house with a sink that opens to a covered patio sitting alongside an in-ground pool surrounded by a stone staircase, gardens and a grassy yard. Along with split-system and reverse-cycle airconditioning, the residence with a 20m frontage has a double garage with dedicated bike storage, an alarm system with intercom, Crimsafe screens and a basement-level workshop. 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.THIS former brick and timber two-storey home underwent an amazing transformation into a modern masterpiece.The home at 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia, underwent a major renovation in 2012 through Owen and Vokes Architects.The five-bedroom home has now been listed for sale. The contemporary two-storey residence occupies a double corner block capturing city vistas and featuring an array of indoor and outdoor living spaces. 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.Along the left of the level are four bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry and powder room. The bedroom to the front of the floor has separate external access to an outdoor space leading off the front pathway, along with built-in wardrobes and shelving.The three other bedrooms are clustered together, two of which have built-in wardrobes and are serviced by the bathroom, which has a separate bath and shower. To the rear of the floor, the main bedroom has multiple built-in wardrobes and an ensuite with floor-to-ceiling tiles, a timber-finished vanity and a separate shower and bath. 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.A brick pathway alongside established gardens invites entry into the upper level of the house.Beyond a large glass door, interior features include polished hardwood and concrete floors and high.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoA raised entry foyer turns right to a dining room with a brick fireplace and built-in shelving. An adjoining living room enjoys natural breezes through innovative wall openings, while the nearby kitchen features Miele appliances, a dishwasher, a large Calacatta marble benchtop, pendulum lights and ample cabinetry. Sliding glass doors connect the living room to a covered deck with timber bench seating, a bespoke fireplace and views to the city skyline.
From the air.“It’s a blue-chip investment that continues to show it’s one of the best growth locations on the Coast,” he said.“The Beach Shack at Currumbin is iconic – everyone knows the cafe. There is never a time of the day when it is not bustling with customers, both new and regulars.”The property is on the market through an expressions of interest campaign but is expected to fetch a multimillion-dollar sale figure.The highest sale on Pacific Pde is as a house at No. 764 which changed hands for $4.6 million in 2014. 818-820 Pacific Parade, Currumbin is on the market. 818-820 Pacific Parade, Currumbin is on the market.A PRIME beachfront property that is home to Currumbin’s popular Beach Shack Cafe has hit the market for the first time in 27 years.The 1216sq m block in Pacific Pde combines two properties, comprising units and a commercial premises.The Cerutti family bought the commercial component as an investment for $349,000 in 1991 and later added to their portfolio, snapping up the back block of units for $900,000 in 2007. Ray White Tugun principal John Parkes is marketing 818-820 Pacific Parade, Currumbin.Ray White Tugun principal John Parkes is marketing 818-820 Pacific Pde.“With eight units and the commercial component, this once-in-a-lifetime sale opens up an opportunity for someone to secure the best parcel of land along the famous Currumbin beachfront strip,” Mr Parkes said.“There will be a massive amount of interest around this sale coming from all over the country.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Parkes said there were few sites on the Gold Coast that offered the same size, position and development potential. Currumbin beach. Picture Glenn HampsonMr Parkes said the Gold Coast market was going from strength to strength.“From a southern Gold Coast perspective, we have seen interest levels from all types of buyers shift down the coast in search of the relaxed, chilled environment this area is famous for, which has certainly given our southern market an extra surge,” he said.“We’re continuing to see new cafes and restaurants opening through the southern suburbs on a weekly basis to keep up with the growth.’’
NZ Herald 1 March 2014Same-sex weddings have split the ranks of marriage celebrants.Some celebrants have stepped down in opposition to same-sex marriage, although they are outnumbered by those signing up to marry gay couples.New figures from Internal Affairs also show there are now hundreds more independent marriage celebrants – and hundreds fewer celebrants linked to churches and religious organisations – since a law creating marriage equality came into force in August last year.The law change has prompted the resignation of a small number of celebrants, including Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, who has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.But it has also attracted new celebrants keen to preside over same-sex weddings.The Internal Affairs figures show the overall number of celebrants dropped by about 300 between February and June last year – a period that included the law being passed in April. However, the number of celebrants has since bounced back to near February 2013 levels.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11211834
BBC News 5 June 2018Family First Comment: An abortion victim – who lived to tell her story…..“When Melissa Ohden was 14 she learned a shocking secret – her mother had tried to abort her. She was saved by a nurse who heard her crying as she lay among medical waste at a US hospital. This is the story of her survival, and of the mother who thought she was dead.”www.ChooseLife.nzWhen Melissa Ohden was 14 she learned a shocking secret – her mother had tried to abort her. She was saved by a nurse who heard her crying as she lay among medical waste at a US hospital. This is the story of her survival, and of the mother who thought she was dead.“I grew up knowing I’d been born prematurely, that I had been adopted,” Melissa Ohden, now 41, tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.“What I didn’t know was that there was this great secret behind all of this. That I should have been delivered dead, and instead I was born alive.”In 1977, in a hospital in the US state of Iowa, Melissa’s 19-year-old mother had undergone an abortion using a toxic saline solution over five days.Born at eight months and weighing less than three pounds (1.3kg), Melissa was placed among medical waste.That was, until a nurse heard her weak cries and slight movements.Melissa was rushed to an intensive care unit, where – against the odds – she survived.Doctors thought she would be blind, and at one stage believed she had a fatal heart defect.But she has gone on to live a perfectly healthy life, being brought up by an adoptive family.“It is astonishing”, Melissa admits. “I pinch myself some days.”READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-44357373Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Tweet By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC NewsThe risk of cleft lip goes up by 28% if the mother is a smokerWomen who smoke while pregnant should be aware that they are increasing the chance their baby will be born malformed, say experts.The risk for having a baby with missing or deformed limbs or a cleft lip is over 25% higher for smokers, data show.Along with higher risks of miscarriage and low birth weight, it is another good reason to encourage women to quit, say University College London doctors.In England and Wales 17% of women smoke during pregnancy.And among under 20s the figure is 45%.Although most will go on to have a healthy baby, smoking can cause considerable damage to the unborn child.Missing limbsResearchers now estimate that each year in England and Wales several hundred babies are born with a physical defect directly caused by their mother’s smoking.Every year in England and Wales around 3,700 babies in total are born with such a condition.The experts base their calculations on 172 research papers published over the last 50 years, which looked at maternal smoking and birth defects.The findings, from 174,000 cases of malformation and 11.7 million healthy births, revealed that smoking increased the risk of many abnormalities.The chance of a baby being born with missing or deformed limbs is 26% higher, and cleft lip or palate is 28% more likely.Similarly, the risk of clubfoot 28% greater, and gastrointestinal defects 27% more. Skull defects are 33% more likely, and eye defects 25% more common. The greatest increase in risk – of 50% – was for a condition called gastroschisis, where parts of the stomach or intestines protrude through the skin.Professor Allan Hackshaw, who led the research, suspects many women who smoke while pregnant do not know about these risks.“There’s still this idea among some women that if you smoke the baby will be small and that will make it easier when it comes to the delivery.Women should quit smoking before becoming pregnant, or very early on, to reduce the risks “But what is not appreciated is that smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of defects in the child that are life-long.”He said very few public health educational policies mention birth defects when referring to smoking and those that do are not very specific – this is largely because of past uncertainty over which ones are directly linked.“Now we have this evidence, advice should be more explicit about the kinds of serious defects such as deformed limbs, and facial and gastrointestinal malformations that babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy could suffer from,” he said.Of the 700,000 babies born each year in England and Wales, around 120,000 babies are born to mums who smoke.Amanda Sandford of Action on Smoking and Health said: “This study shows some of the worst outcomes of smoking during pregnancy. Pregnant smokers will be shocked to learn that their nicotine habit could cause eye or limb deformities in their baby.“There is clearly a need to raise awareness of these risks among girls and to ensure pregnant women are given all the support they need to help them quit smoking and to stay stopped after the birth.”Basky Thilaganathan of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said women who struggled to quit should at least cut down on how much they smoke.Professor Hackshaw said the risk was likely dose-related – meaning the more a woman smokes, the bigger the risk to her unborn child. Sharing is caring! Share Share HealthLifestyle Smoking during pregnancy ‘raises birth defect risk’ by: – July 12, 2011 Share 11 Views no discussions
Jarrell Miller has once again tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and has therefore been pulled out of his return fight.The unbeaten heavyweight had been scheduled to face Anthony Joshua last June, but he failed a series of VADA tests last year and as a result his place was taken by Andy Ruiz Jr. Miller was set for another comeback against Jerry Forrest on July 9 this year having now signed a promotion deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank.But The Athletic were the first to report that Miller has failed another test and alleges the American has tested positive for GW1516, a drug used to aid endurance and boost aerobic power.It is also understood that the substance is one of the same drugs which came up before the cancellation of his fight with Joshua. Miller tested positive for human growth hormone, EPO and GW1516 and served a six-month ban as a result in 2019.Top Rank confirmed the news shortly after it broke, with vice president Carl Moretti telling the same outlet: “We are aware of the situation.“He will be placed on temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday morning. We are currently filling the main event from July 9.” Miller has therefore been pulled from the Forrest fight and his future in the sport is now in major doubt.The Nevada Athletic State Commission recently decided to licence the 31-year-old, which paved the way for his return.He has not fought since a win over Bogdan Dinu in November 2018 and will now face an uncertain future for an indefinite period.Upon signing with Top Rank in January, Miller said: “Minor setback for a major comeback.“I’m coming for everything and everyone. No one is safe. Say hello to the bad guy. “Everyone wants to portray the superhero. We don’t live in a sunshine world.“I’ll never be the superhero. In my world, the majority of the time, the villain wins.”Despite his inactivity, the 31-year-old also claimed in April that he believes he is the best heavyweight in the world.“I am number two in the world, the only reason I am not number one is because I don’t have no belt, I know I am a better fighter than all of these guys,” he told BonusCodeBets.co.uk.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight “I’m better than AJ, I’m better than Tyson, I’m better than Deontay [Wilder], I only call myself number two because I don’t have that belt. I’m going to be world champ.”Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaJarrell MillerVADA tests
Related Stories On her feet: After 2 ACL recoveries in 2 years, Brittney Sykes is primed to play for SUBrittney Sykes is still reshaping her game in 1st full season back from ACL tearsBrittney Sykes thrives atop Syracuse’s pressBrittney Sykes shows evolved skill set in Syracuse’s 91-32 win against Texas Rio Grande Valley Published on March 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm Contact Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @connorgrossman Brittney Sykes couldn’t wait for the buzzer to celebrate the highest moment of her career. With 10 seconds standing between Syracuse and its first-ever Sweet 16 berth, she swallowed Cornelia Fondren in a hug at midcourt.It was Sykes’ final moment on the Carrier Dome floor this season, and possibly of her career as next year looms with uncertainty. Syracuse jubilantly spilled out onto the court, celebrating both a historic program win and a season-best 24-point performance from their embattled veteran leader.Just don’t ask Sykes about a small stumble or trip on the court. Thirty-four games into the season, she’s annoyed that others haven’t moved on from her twice-torn right ACL like she has. She proved it Sunday with the biggest performance of her career in SU’s second-round NCAA tournament game, one she’s missed out on each of the last two years because of injuries.“I look at her and I just go, ‘Wow,’” assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “For her to do that today on national TV, in the biggest game of our season, has to just make her heart feel so good.“The moment isn’t too big for her. Lights. Camera. Action. That’s Brittney Sykes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was Sykes’ first 20-point game in more than two years, and she pioneered Syracuse (27-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) to a 76-59 win against Albany (28-5, 15-1 America East) to send the program to its furthest-ever point in the NCAA tournament. She complemented her scoring eruption with five steals and a season-best 9-of-10 day at the free-throw line.MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse advances to first-ever Sweet 16 with win over AlbanyBria Day steps up as ‘MVP’ in Round of 32 winThree observations from Syracuse’s 76-59 victory over the Great Danes At times this year she was a shadow of her former self, the player who drove the paint with reckless abandon and weaved effortlessly through defenders. But against the Great Danes she was back in the limelight. Driving the paint. Splitting defenders. Carrying SU like she once could.“I told a couple of teammates,” Sykes said, “that it felt like the old me. I felt like the old Brittney when it came to attacking the basket and just being confident.”She knew the challenges that awaited her at the start of this season, fully acknowledging the “right of passage” endured by basketball players with torn ACLs. They become shooters. Sykes carved out extra time before the season to refine her jumper and long-range shots, knowing she’d have to compensate for not driving the paint as frequently.Her shooting success has teetered, with a field-goal percentage nearly eight points worse than either of her other two full seasons. But if nothing else, Sykes has been timely. And on Sunday she picked the start of the second half to be her moment, scoring SU’s first seven points of the third quarter.When Sykes pulled up and hit her first jumper in that stretch, she subtly nodded her head toward the basket. On Syracuse’s next possession she leaked outside the Great Danes’ perimeter and swished a 3. This time, a little more demonstratively, she tilted her head to the right as she stretched the Orange’s lead to 10.To cap off the hectic 90-second stretch, she corralled an errant Albany shot. And as if a 2013-14 highlight reel was playing out on the court, she split three defenders en route to rattling down a layup.“The first half I had my four points,” Sykes said. “Second half it was like, ‘You know what? It’s time to make my mark.’”Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff PhotographerThe 5-foot-9 fourth-year player erupted in the latter 20 minutes, scoring 20 of her 24 points in crunch time. In addition to her seven-point run in the third quarter, she went on a six-point tear to push the Orange’s lead to 15, its biggest of the game with three minutes remaining.As the final result grew more inevitable, Sykes’ hand steadied. She sunk all nine of her free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, twice stole the ball from Albany in the final five minutes and both led to scoring possessions.“All in all, yeah, probably her most complete game,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said of where Sykes’ performance stacks up in her career. “(It was) her most timely game because we needed all of those points to be successful.”It’s a career that started with so much promise before crashing down near career-ending lows. Sykes knows she has freshmen teammates who haven’t seen a performance like this out of her, and she joked with them that this used to be a nightly occurrence. Without a drop of cockiness, she reaffirmed her point on the court: this is who she used to be.But with Sunday’s win came an injection of new life, or in Sykes’ case, old life. And it’s never been a more opportune moment.“’Just ride with me. I’m going to be there for you,’” Sykes recalled telling her teammates after the game. “This isn’t anything shocking for me. I know I can do this.’“’It’s just a matter of doing it.’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+