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first_img The terrorist group is striking small blows and falling back, because the presence of the authorities is not allowing it to carry out large actions, the head of state revealed. In his speech during the Conference for Prosperity, President Santos additionally highlighted the cooperation of Venezuela and Ecuador in the fight against crime along the borders. “The FARC are desperate, trying to strike blows on all sides, because in El Cauca, for example, they’re trying to strike blows on every side, because in El Cauca, for example, we’ve gone up on the mountain and stayed there. So they’re desperate, trying to get the government forces to come down, to get the Army to descend,” the president explained. He said that an example of these blows that the guerrilla group is seeking to strike took place this week in Arauca with the attack on a post held by government forces. There, once the attack was over, they tried to take refuge in Venezuela, where they were arrested by the authorities of that neighboring country. “In Arauca, they attacked a Marine post. Unfortunately, they murdered three of our Marines on [17 March] and rapidly fell back, went to Venezuela; this was on the border. “Two of the ELN bandits who had committed the attack were arrested; they’re wounded. Once they’re able to be moved, they’re going to turn them over to us,” President Santos said. Cooperation on the Borders In view of this action by the Venezuelan authorities, the president highlighted the two countries’ cooperation in the fight against crime along their border. “I want to thank the Venezuelan government for that attitude, that collaboration. They’re going to turn over four other criminals to us on [21 March]; the police are going to go for them, and we’re collaborating there with the Venezuelan government,” the head of state indicated. He also highlighted Ecuador’s cooperation in combatting crime in the border area. “Ecuador’s collaboration has been an increasingly effective collaboration, as both our police generals and the generals of our Army can confirm,” President Santos indicated, reiterating that this collaboration facilitates the fight against crime in both countries. By Dialogo March 22, 2011last_img read more

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Spending psychology, big data style

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian BoglerThere’s no doubt Big Data plays a key role in any financial institution’s (FI’s) ongoing battle to attract and keep customers. Understanding why individuals make the purchase decisions they do is an important piece of an effective marketing plan.One tried and true way to utilize data to categorize consumers’ buying habits is by collecting demographic data. Demographics include factors like age, income, education level, occupation, region of residence and the number of individuals living in a household.A recent white paper from the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council brings to light another type of data, called psychographics, which examines a different set of characteristics.Essentially, psychographics take demographics a step further. Psychographics include characteristics that go beyond the external to focus on target consumers’ psychology, lifestyles and behaviors. Psychographics can include information such as… continue reading »last_img read more

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Millennials are destroying banks, and it’s the banks’ fault

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by Danny Crichton (@DannyCrichton)Millennials are rejecting home ownership across the land. Millennials aren’t buying crap anymore, destroying businesses that, well, sell crap. Millennials are changing the workplace to be, I kid you not, more friendly to “millennial values.” Millennials this, millennials that, and those are just some of the stories published this week on this critical, hot-button issue.Frankly, as a millennial, I’d like to copyright the term and earn a royalty every time it is uttered. Like that Happy Birthday song.I hate this generational garbage as much as the next person, but there is a kernel of truth that people born in the same years face similar contexts in their lives. My generation witnessed 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at a very formative age, and we were hit with the global financial crisis right as we were expected to get started in the workforce. That colors your worldview.Few industries will face a greater struggle targeting these new consumers than banks, who seem wholly unprepared with what to do with us. Indeed, if ever there was a dark evil in the world that millennials as a whole would probably like to see completely destroyed like San Francisco in San Andreas, it is the banking industry.The banks aren’t ignorant. Jamie Dimon, the head honcho of JPMorgan Chase, told shareholders this year that “Silicon Valley is coming” with “hundreds of startups” providing alternatives to traditional banking services.Banks are here to stay – for now. It is clear though that startups, often led by millennials and ushering in millennials as early adopters, are coming for the heart of the banking industry. How it responds will determine who owns the capital of the most important capitalist country in the world. continue reading »last_img read more

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Target settles in breach suit

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Target Corporation has agreed to pay financial institutions almost $40 million to settle a class-action suit related to its massive 2013 data breach.According to an announcement from the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, the proposed settlement of up to $39,357,938.38 will apply to all U.S. financial institutions that issued payment cards put at risk as a result of the data breach. That includes up to $20,250,000 that will go directly to members of the class action and to pay for the notice and administration of the settlement. The remaining $19,107,939.38 will fund MasterCard’s Account Data Compromise program, according to the announcement. continue reading »last_img read more

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first_img 0:26 Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter insists that the biggest challenge in professional rugby is not currently winning trophies, but ensuring the sport survives the challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic – Advertisement – In addition to the players and staff who have returned positive tests, several other members of the squad and support team have been instructed to self-isolate after being identified as close contacts.“Tigers have made the decision to pause all training commitments and close the training ground in a bid to maintain the integrity of the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership season, as well as honouring our responsibilities to the Leicestershire community,” read a club statement.“Leicester Tigers takes its responsibility to maintain high standards extremely seriously at this time and is confident in the measures in place.- Advertisement – “All players will now continue their pre-season programme alone in their household bubbles while the Oval Park (training) facility remains closed. 0:45 Will Greenwood says clubs such as Maidenhead understand why they will not be allowed to continue playing during lockdown, but admits it is a big blow Leicester Tigers' first game of the 2020-21 Premiership campaign is scheduled to be at home to Gloucester on November 21
Leicester Tigers' first game of the 2020-21 Premiership campaign is scheduled to be at home to Gloucester on November 21

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Indonesia records $17.5b budget deficit in H1 as govt seeks to bolster spending

first_img“We are planning to accelerate state spending in this year’s second half to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and bolster economic recovery,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told reporters in a press briefing on Monday. “We will use our fiscal tools to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic and reduce the people’s burden to help them recover.”The government is working to accelerate the disbursement of a Rp 695.2 trillion stimulus package to boost the cooling economy and strengthen the healthcare system after criticism from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as well as from business and health communities for the slow action.While government spending accounts for less than 10 percent of Indonesia’s GDP, it has a multiplier effect on various components of the economy, such as household spending and investment, as social aid can boost purchasing power, while government spending on goods and services helps support demand for businesses, among other factors.According to the Finance Ministry, state spending totaled Rp 1.06 quadrillion in the first half, a 3.3 percent increase compared to the same period last year and equal to 39 percent of this year’s target. Central government spending rose 6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 668.5 trillion, equal to 33 percent of the year’s target, as social and capital expenditure rose significantly. Indonesia recorded a Rp 257.8 trillion (US$17.5 billion) budget deficit in the first half of the year as the government seeks to bolster stimulus spending to cushion the coronavirus-battered economy.The deficit amounts to 1.57 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), the highest half-yearly deficit recorded since the first half of 2016 but still below the government’s expectation of 6.34 percent this year.Read also: World Bank warns of 2% contraction in Indonesia’s economy this year Meanwhile, state income totaled just Rp 811.2 trillion in the first half of the year, a drop of 9.8 percent, due to falling tax revenue as the pandemic hit numerous sectors of the economy and slumping nontax income due to a drop in commodity prices. State income in the first half accounted for 47.7 percent of the year’s target.Read also: Indonesia’s economy could enter recession in Q3: Sri MulyaniAlmost all sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, trade and construction, paid more in taxes in June than the previous month following the gradual reopening of the economy, the ministry’s data showed, signalling improving economic activity after more than three months of partial lockdown to curb the virus spread.Indonesia surpassed China in its total number of COVID-19 cases on Saturday and logged the highest daily death toll on Sunday as the economy reopens.The government is now working on a plan to provide cash transfers to serve as working capital directly for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that have yet to receive financing access from banks in a bid to help them survive the pandemic, Sri Mulyani said, adding that Jokowi would announce the plan in the coming weeks.“We are also expanding the social protection stimulus until December to stimulate the demand side, as well as expanding incentives for medical workers until the end of the year,” Sri Mulyani said, stressing that the government aimed to provide assurance amid the pandemic.Read also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsThe government expects the economy to shrink 0.4 percent at worst or grow 1 percent at best, with second quarter growth expected to shrink 3.54 to 5.08 percent, the finance minister added.Bank Indonesia has forecast a U-shaped recovery, instead of the previous V-shaped recovery projection, for the country’s economy as the coronavirus pandemic took a greater toll than previously expected. The central bank expects GDP to deeply contract by between 4 and 4.8 percent in the second quarter.”The work now begins for the government to spend the stimulus to bolster the economy,” Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “The national economic recovery program will prevent a deeper economic contraction if the government moves fast enough.”Topics :last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in London on June 20

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’ The British boxer posted a picture of himself wearing his belts on his Twitter feed with the words “June 20th”.Joshua regained the WBA, IBF and WBO titles with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December.That victory saw the Briton avenge the first defeat of his professional career, in New York last June.Joshua is set to face Bulgaria’s Pulev at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London.Britain’s Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in London on June 20Read Also: Boxing: Wilder to face Fury for another rematch in JulyPulev, who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, pulled out of a scheduled meeting with the Briton in 2017 due to injury.A much-anticipated all-British “superfight” between Joshua and Tyson Fury suffered a setback when American Deontay Wilder said he would trigger a clause in his contract for a third meeting with the new WBC champion.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua confirmed Monday, March 2,  that he will defend his world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev in London on June 20.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Giro field wide open

first_img Press Association “I don’t think I can win it,” he said. His cousin Dan Martin, who will lead the Garmin-Sharp squad alongside 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal, has made no secret of his ambitions. “It’s all about this race. I am not thinking beyond June 1. I am here to lead the team. Whether that means stages or GC, we don’t know yet,” Martin said. “It’s been the goal for my season to do this Giro. We’re here to do the best possible result.” For Martin to realise those goals, however, he may need a change of luck. A knee injury hampered him through the Classics, forcing him to pull out of the Amstel Gold Race. He shook that off to lead the prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege into the final corner at the end of April, only to have his title defence ended by a crash for which the cause remains disputed. Still, Martin begins this race as a genuine contender, albeit one ranked slightly below the likes of last year’s Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana (Movistar), BMC’s Cadel Evans and Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez, who claimed Wednesday’s press conference for the Giro favourites was not big enough. “The table is too small for all the favourites here,” he said. “I don’t see it as a fight between just two riders. With this demanding course, I think it’s going to be a wide-open Giro – entertaining, and one at a very high level.” Those issues will have to wait until next week, when the race will head back to Italy and the roads will gradually start to ramp upwards. The terrain for these first few days is altogether flatter. The season’s first Grand Tour begins with a team time-trial around Belfast’s city centre, starting in the shadow of the Titanic centre, heading past the array of murals on the road to Stormont and then doubling back towards the city centre. On Saturday, the riders will head out of town through Antrim and Ballymena towards Giants Causeway before heading back to town along the picturesque coast road with an anticipated sprint to the finish once they arrive back in Belfast. There is no Mark Cavendish on the starting list, with last year’s Giro points winner instead at the Tour of California, which leaves his Tour de France nemesis Marcel Kittel as the man to beat on the flat. Team Sky, with no GC contender after the withdrawals of Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh following illnesses while Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins keep their powder dry for the summer, will be hoping the likes of Ben Swift and Edvald Boasson Hagen can muscle in on the action too. Sky boast the third Irishman on the starting line, but Philip Deignan is a climber who will be waiting for the challenges ahead in the Alps. He will not be alone, with the wet roads likely to leave a lot of riders nervous as they simply hope to survive the initial tests. “The keys to the route?” Quintana said. “In Ireland, there’s already one to worry about, and that’s not to lose the Giro here. Then we can try and open up the gaps in the high mountain stages when the race gets back to Italy.” Little of this 21-stage, 3,450-kilometres race will be decided in the first three days between Belfast and Dublin but, with no obvious favourite in the pack, everyone will be looking for some kind of sign as to who has the form. Of the three Irishmen to take the start, two can consider themselves contenders, even if Tinkoff-Saxo rider Nicholas Roche – the son of 1987 Giro winner Stephen – seems reluctant to put himself in that bracket, insisting his only target is a top-10 finish. Grey skies over Belfast were doing their best to dim the bright pink of the Giro d’Italia’s Grande Partenza, but a wide-open field promises to light up the roads when the race gets under way on Friday evening.last_img read more

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Gov. DeSantis to Deliver State of the State as 2020 Session Opens Today

first_imgThe Florida legislative session officially begins today and Governor Ron DeSantis will deliver his State of the State address at 11 am. Watch it here on The Florida Channel.Some of the issues the governor may highlight in his speech and the legislature will address this year are:Teacher payGov. DeSantis allocates $900 million to recruit and retain classroom teachers in his budget blueprint, including raising the minimum starting salary to $47,500 teachers. He also wants to reform the teacher bonus programs.Mental HealthThe Marjory Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in October urged the state spend more funding on the mental health system, and also called for an overhaul of the system, saying better coordination was needed among law enforcement, educators and health care providers. Florida ranks near the bottom among states in per capita spending on mental health. The commission said the money only helps with short-term fixes, instead of long-term solutions.Affordable HousingWith many of Florida’s metro areas struggling to provide affordable housing, lawmakers are calling for more funding and protections for the trust funds that are supposed to be available for this issue. The issue is particularly acute in the Orlando area, rated among the worst for affordable housing in the country, and exacerbated by a low average wage.GunsThe number of bills to expand or rein in gun rights number in the dozens, and most of them fail to pass every year.Florida senators are looking at proposals to expand the red flag law imposed after the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland. The rule allows family members to request a relative’s guns be removed by law enforcement if a person is considered dangerous.E-VerifyOnce again, Gov. DeSantis is calling on the state legislature to impose E-Verify, a system that requires employers to check whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the United States.last_img read more

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GOtv Boxing Night 19: Boxers in War Mood

first_imgIn separate interviews, the boxers boasted that they will see off their respective opponents with ease.Babatunde, who takes part in the event’s headline bout, said he will crush his opponent, Eden Biki of Ghana, in their international welterweight challenge bout.“I’m sure of victory and ready to make Nigeria proud. No Ghanaian will defeat me whether or not I’m fighting at home. Nigeria has always been bigger than Ghana and it will remain so,” he said.Joe Boy, who is due to fight Tope “Berinja” in a national lightweight challenge bout, vowed to make light work of his opponent, whom he described as “baby boxer”.“Berinja is a baby in this sport. I am not losing any sleep over our fight. He will regret agreeing to get into the ring with me. He will not last beyond the third round,” bragged Joe Boy.Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu, who is billed to face West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, is convinced that his opponent will taste defeat for the first time in his career. Both face each other in national lightweight challenge bout.“My fans have nothing to fear because I’m ready to explode and put Rilwan in his rightful place-on the canvas and turn him into the ‘Fake One,” said Ganiyu.Skoro, the former ABU featherweight champion, who faces a daunting task against the all-action Agbaje, said he is unimpressed, let alone daunted, by the profile of his opponent, winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night 16. The former champion said he plans to use the fight with Agbaje as a warm-up for his next fight.“Esepo has been found a tough opponent by low quality boxers. I’m of the highest class and will show him exactly why,” ranted Skoro.Agbaje, however, laughed off Skoro’s boast, branding the former ABU champion as over-the-hill.“I don’t know how good he was, but I know that he is finished and his time is gone. In two rounds, he’d be gasping. I will then finish him off in the third or fourth round. He’s finished,” said Agbaje.Other fights on the card include a national featherweight challenge bout between Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo and Tope “TP Rock” Musa.Two female bouts are also scheduled for the event, with Rodiat Ibrahim challenging Rodiat Yusuf, and Adedeji Abiodun going up against Cynthia Ogunsemilore.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on Africa’s biggest sport channel, SuperSport, in 47 African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Boxers billed to fight at GOtv Boxing Night 19 on Sunday have worked themselves into a war mood, as they conclude their training for the event, which holds at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium.The nine-bout show will have in action some of the biggest names on the domestic boxing scene and two all-female bouts.Among boxers scheduled to fight are Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion; African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph; former ABU featherweight champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman; and Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje, a rising featherweight star.last_img read more

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