HAMBURG – A magnitude 2.3 earthquake shook parts of the Buffalo Southtowns just before 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was registered at 4:40 p.m. with an epicenter location of Wanakah, a hamlet located on the Lake Erie Shoreline of Hamburg.No damage has been reported as of publish time.Earthquakes that register less than a 2.5 magnitude are hard to feel by humans even if the distance the quake traveled into the Earth’s crust is shallow. Seismic activity in Western and Central New York is not that uncommon. The Clarendon-Linden Fault runs through the region splitting Allegany County and points to the north and is often the cause of most of the Seismic activity across the region. While the fault mainly stays quiet, it sometimes produces little jolts of quakes.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
The Kinks bio-musical Sunny Afternoon will take the stage for the last time on October 29 after playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre for over two years. A national tour of the production, directed by Edward Hall, will begin on August 19 at the Manchester Opera House.The show is set against the backdrop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative ’50s and riotous ’60s and features a book by Joe Penhall, along with music and lyrics and original story by Ray Davies. Sunny Afternoon explores the euphoric highs and agonizing lows of The Kinks and features some of the band’s classic songs, including “You Really Got Me,” “Waterloo Sunset” and “Lola.”Sunny Afternoon was the best performing show at the 2015 Olivier Awards, winning four awards including Best New Musical. Kinks frontman Ray Davies won for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The cast includes Doctor Who’s Danny Horn, Oliver Hoare, Tom Whitelock and Damien Walsh. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies is played by Ryan O’Donnell. View Comments Danny Horn in ‘Sunny Afternoon’
Northstar Vermont Yankee,The other shoe has finally dropped. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced this morning that two of its subsidiaries, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC (ENVY) and Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc (ENOI), have filed a complaint in US District Court for the District of Vermont in Burlington seeking a judgment to prevent the state of Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to cease operation on March 21, 2012. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Attorney General William Sorrell said that they expected the suit, have been preparing for the legal action and will use the full powers of the state to fight it.Today’s request for declaratory and injunctive relief follows the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s March 21, 2011, renewal of Vermont Yankee’s operating license authorizing the plant’s operation through March 21, 2032. The NRC’s action came after what Entergy described as a thorough and exhaustive five-year safety and environmental review of the plant. (Entergy subsequently filed an injunction, April 22, to stop the state from closing the plant, which was what Vermont officials expected.)Shumlin has been a longtime critic of the plant, which he has repeatedly called ‘old and leaking.’ As Senate President Pro Tem he led a successful effort in the Legislature calling for the Vernon nuclear reactor to shut down once its license expires in 2012. That Senate vote followed closely on the heels of a radioactive tritium leak discovered in January 2010 and the subsequent finding that Entergy officials previously had given inaccurate testimony before the Vermont Public Service Board regarding underground pipes at the plant.Entergy has sought to extend the license another 20 years. It said a shorter extension was not feasible because of the capital investment the plant needed. Entergy announced two weeks ago that efforts to sell the plant had failed. It also has stated that to keep operating beyond the end of 2011 that it needed to make another fuel purchase by the end of June. It would not say what the cost of the uranium would be, but other sources have indicated it would be on the order of $50 million to keep the plant running another 18 months.Shumlin has indicated that Entergy is required to get legislative approval to operate beyond 2012. This lawsuit by Entergy disputes that assertion.‘We have made every reasonable effort to accommodate the state of Vermont and its officials while allowing the continued operation of Vermont Yankee ‘ an outcome that benefits all stakeholders, including Vermont consumers and the approximately 650 men and women who work at the plant,’ said Richard Smith, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. ‘Despite the fact that Vermont Yankee is important to the reliability of the New England electric transmission grid, emits virtually no greenhouse gases, and provides more than $100 million in annual economic benefits to the state of Vermont, it has been made clear that state officials are singularly focused on shutting down the plant. That has left us with no other choice but to seek relief in the court system.’ In 2006, the Vermont General Assembly passed a law that invalidated a key provision of a 2002 Memorandum of Understanding signed by ENVY, ENOI and Vermont officials when the company purchased Vermont Yankee. Under that provision of the MOU, Entergy’s two subsidiaries had agreed to seek a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board if it sought to operate the plant beyond March 21, 2012. This was in accordance with the process and standard for securing the state certificate in effect at that time. As the complaint alleges, Vermont repudiated the MOU, breaching that agreement and excusing the two Entergy subsidiaries’ obligation to further comply with that specific provision.‘The 2006 state law took the decision about Vermont Yankee’s future away from the Public Service Board, a quasi-judicial expert decision-maker, independent of legislative control,’ said Smith. ‘It instead placed Vermont Yankee’s fate in the hands of political decision-makers, namely the state General Assembly and governor who could deprive Entergy’s two subsidiaries of the opportunity to operate the Vermont Yankee plant beyond March 21, 2012, for unsupported or arbitrary reasons. This is not what we signed up for in 2002.’Despite Entergy’s disagreement with the 2006 state law, the company said it has made considerable effort to achieve state approvals to allow the continued operation of Vermont Yankee without resorting to litigation. Those actions included: â ¢ Filing a petition in 2008 with the VPSB for a certificate of public good to operate the plant beyond March 21, 2012;â ¢ Offering Vermont utilities a 20-year power purchase agreement at a fixed price of $49 per megawatt hour for the first contract year, followed by a market-adjusted pricing structure that ensured the utilities and their customers would benefit from low power market prices. This proposal was well below comparable offers from other electricity providers. It also included an inflation-adjusted price cap starting at $61 per megawatt hour that would have ensured the utilities and their customers were protected from high power market prices;â ¢ Offering to negotiate with the Vermont Department of Public Service the establishment of a ‘date certain’ for the commencement of decommissioning activities at Vermont Yankee earlier than the 60-year SAFSTOR period permitted by NRC regulations; andâ ¢ Exploring the potential sale of Vermont Yankee. Despite interest from some potential buyers, based largely on the superior operational record of the plant, Entergy was unable to reach commercial terms with any party due to the political uncertainty in Vermont; more specifically, due to the stated intent of Vermont officials to shut down the plant. In a meeting with Entergy representatives on March 30, 2011, the governor reiterated his firm opposition to the operation of Vermont Yankee after March 21, 2012. The lawsuit filed today is based in part on the following legal principles:â ¢ Atomic Energy Act Preemption. Under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court held in 1983 in a case involving Pacific Gas & Electric that a state has no authority over (1) nuclear power plant licensing and News Release: Entergy Files Complaint in U.S. District Court operations or (2) the radiological safety of a nuclear power plant. In violation of these legal principles, Vermont has asserted that it can shut down a federally licensed and operating nuclear power plant, and that it can regulate the plant based upon Vermont’s safety concerns.â ¢ Federal Power Act Preemption and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Vermont is prohibited from conditioning post-March 2012 operation of the Vermont Yankee Station on the plant’s agreement to provide power to Vermont utilities at preferential wholesale rates. The Federal Power Act preempts any state interference with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s exclusive regulation of rates in the wholesale power market. The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution bars a state from discriminatory regulation of private markets that favors in-state over out-of-state residents. ‘Litigation is by far the least preferred approach,’ said Smith. ‘But it is clear our disagreement with the state of Vermont on the scope of its authority over Vermont Yankee cannot be resolved between the two parties. Putting this dispute before a federal judge is the appropriate and responsible way to resolve this disagreement. Our filing today does just that.’ Governor Shumlin, standing with Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell, held a press conference this afternoon reiterating his position that Entergy agreed to the Vermont law, signed by Governor Douglas in 2006, that Entergy is required to receive legislative approval to continue operating beyond March 2011. (See Shumlin’s official statement below.)”We’re prepared to defend Vermont and uphold the laws of the state of Vermont,” Shumlin said.Sorrell said the state has been expecting a lawsuit for months and expected Entergy to take the state to court even sooner. Sorrell anticipates the lawsuit could extend for quite some time, even if Vermont would win its case in US District Court by this fall. There could be an appeal. He said the state would fight any effort to extend the operation of the plant past March 2012. He said Entergy might use the courts to extend the plant’s operation for some time. He also said that he would expect an injunction request coming from Entergy, perhaps within a few days.Sorrell said in its suit filed today that Entergy “threw everythinig in here but the kitchen sink,” including saying that the Vermont law is in opposition to the US Constitution. Sorrell said that the separate criminial investigation over Entergy’s previous testimony to the PSB is ongoing and being undertaken by a separate staff within the AG’s office.The Vermont congressional delegation, Senators Leahy and Sanders and Representative Welch, issued the following statement concerning Entergy’s suit: ‘It appears that Entergy has developed a bad case of corporate amnesia in refusing to honor an agreement it signed with the state in 2002. Entergy agreed to waive any claim that federal law preempts the jurisdiction of Vermont. The company also agreed to comply with the terms of the agreement and Vermont laws. The Vermont laws are clear; Entergy must be approved by both the state Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to receive a certificate of public good to continue to operate the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant beyond March of 2012. ‘Now, reversing course, Entergy is seeking in federal litigation to avoid complying with Vermont law and the agreement. We look forward to the court system resolving this case in Vermont’s favor.’ About EntergyEntergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees. VEC Board to review Entergy Vermont Yankee proposal, not final yet … Apr 1, 2011 … Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) officials responded to a press release issued by Entergy Corporation on March 30, 2011. … Governor Shumlin Interview: Vermont Yankee, taxes, education … Later that same afternoon Entergy and the Vermont Electric Cooperative, the state’s third …Governor Shumlin said, “I don’t think we can be bought.” … Entergy, Vermont Electric Cooperative complete negotiations on … Mar 30, 2011 … Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today announced Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC has completed negotiations on a 20-year agreement to … Statement by Governor Peter Shumlin on Entergy Louisiana lawsuit “Today Entergy sued the State of Vermont in U.S. District Court in Vermont. Entergy’s lawsuit claims that Vermont should have no role in approving Vermont Yankee’s continued operation after March 2012. “As Governor, I have taken an oath to uphold and protect the laws of our state and I want to reassure Vermonters that I will keep that promise. Fortunately, we are ready for this event. The Attorney General’s Office and other state agencies have been working hard to prepare a defense and protect our state’s laws. “In 1972, Vermont Yankee began to operate after our Legislature voted to allow a nuclear plant to be built in our state under a 40-year license, until 2012. In 2006, mindful of its proper role in the process, the Legislature passed a law, signed by my predecessor Governor James Douglas, that clearly outlined the requirements for the continued operation of a nuclear power plant in our state. Entergy’s lobbyists, executives and lawyers all participated in that process ‘ indeed, Entergy expressed its support of that law at the time. “Entergy is now attempting to rewrite history, breaking its own promises and its own support of Vermont law. Instead of following Vermont law, Entergy seeks to subject the taxpayers of Vermont to an expensive legal proceeding. I am deeply concerned about this action because it flies in the face of commitments made by Entergy. When it purchased Vermont Yankee, Entergy clearly agreed that it must obtain a new state license to operate beyond March 2012, and that it would not attempt to claim preemption regarding the state’s licensing decision. The Public Service Board relied upon that promise when it allowed Entergy to purchase the plant. Later, Entergy supported the law passed by the legislature and signed by my predecessor giving the legislature a role in the state licensing process.”Yet now, as March 2012 approaches and the state license is not in hand, we see Entergy’s executives breaking their agreement and their word once again. Vermont has a proper role in granting or denying state approval for Vermont Yankee. We are confident that the Court will recognize that role and we are ready to defend Vermont in this lawsuit.” Vermont Senate votes to close Yankee | Vermont Business Magazine Feb 24, 2010 … Entergy Vermont Yankee is seeking a 20-year extension. The Senate vote comes on the heels of the latest bad news for the plant. … Entergy: No intent to mislead found, but some communication … Feb 24, 2010 … Entergy Corporation today announced it has provided to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell the results of its independent internal … RELATED STORIES: Vermont Yankee reports trace amount of tritium in monitoring well … Fri Jan 8 2010. Vermont Yankee released a statement yesterday reporting that, for the first time, a small amount of tritium, a radioactive isotope, …
Also, the network members took these women to banks and forced them to open accounts, from which they later would send money to Paraguay to pay for the debt. By Dialogo May 01, 2013 Uncovering this human trafficking is only the tip of the iceberg, which shows that not everything has been uncovered, and not only in Spain, but in the entire world.For the effectiveness of the people who were granted authority by God Almighty, they have the responsibility to keep working on making people understand that there is no better way of living, respect each other and not give way to the falsity, iniquity and injustice of the lower instincts of the human nature, satanic, bestial, animal and savage.God help us all. I don’t know what those girls are doing in a poor and racist country like Spain Eleven people were arrested in Spain and 12 more in Paraguay during an operation that busted a ring which sexually exploited over 100 Paraguayan women, the Spanish police reported on April 27. The victims were subject to strict control, and althought they were not allowed to have phones, the organization forced them to attract customers through chatting on a web page. The victims were prostituted in apartments in several northern cities of Spain, such as Pamplona, Santander, Bilbao, and Vitoria, and rotated through them monthly, offering “novelties,” according to the investigation. In exchange for being brought into Spain, the victims “contracted a debt with the organization,” whose leaders “forced them to sign deeds to their houses and other property in Paraguay, which were later confiscated as a security deposit,” the police stated. As a result of an investigation that started in August 2011, prompted by reports from several victims assisted by an ONG, the operation “dismantled a criminal organization that sexually exploited over 100 Paraguayan women in Spain,” the police said in a statement. “Seventeen women, who were likely victims of sexual exploitation, were rescued, 11 people were arrested in Spain and another 12 in Paraguay” for allegedly being involved with a network whose “profits amounted to over one million euros [about $1.3 million] last year, a figure that was actually doubled in previous years,” the report added. The criminal organization “recruited women in the poorest and most marginalized areas of Paraguay, to arrange their trip to Spain through managers and owners of two travel agencies in the country,” the police explained.
By Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 11, 2018 For the fifth time since 2013, representatives from the Caribbean came together to foster regional collaboration, strengthen relationships, and share Information Operations (IO) tactics, techniques, and procedures to counter common threats affecting the region and support coordinated hurricane-relief operations. Military and security representatives from the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Great Britain, Jamaica, Haiti, Netherlands, and Turks and Caicos gathered at the 5th Caribbean Region Information Operations Council (CRIOC) in Kingston, Jamaica, from March 26-29, 2018. CRIOC was hosted by the Jamaican Defence Force and sponsored by the IO divisions of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). “CRIOC is a unique organization. We have NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM, the British, and the Canadians, among other nations, working with our Caribbean partners,” said Dr. Benjamin P. Gochman, chief of engagements at NORTHCOM’s IO division. “It’s two geographic combatant commands working together with other countries, achieving success by fostering collaboration and not only looking at common threats to the region, but also to see how we can work collectively to confront them”. “CRIOC is an example of the effectiveness of NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM collaborating together,” added Dr. Gochman. “We started CRIOC with Bermuda, Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos. In order to grow the organization, we partnered with SOUTHCOM. Jamaica, Haiti, and Trinidad & Tobago also joined. Now we are asking Barbados to join in.” During three days of discussion, participants discussed their hurricane-response capabilities and lessons learned from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. They worked in groups to create a partner nation threat matrix, in which international organized crime, narcotrafficking, illegal weapons, gangs, and natural disasters were identified. They also presented ideas on how partner nations use information-related capabilities to counter their common challenges. The ability to counter common threats is a predominant regional concern. “The British, the French, the Canadians, and the United States are in Jamaica to express that our partners are serious about using information to help mitigate our shared common threats,” said Jamaica Defence Force Major Basil Jarret, civil-military cooperation and media affairs officer. “Through collaboration, discussion, and sharing information and ideas, we can come together with stronger, resilient solutions to the problems we face.” Strengthening IO capabilities CRIOC nations are shaping their IO capabilities. They analyzed their strengths and limitations and shared best practices for their own benefit as well as for that of the region. “IO can help mitigate common threats, as information is a valuable weapon. It’s not in Jamaica’s best interest to keep its knowledge and information to itself, but by sharing and exchanging this information, it opens us up to other and better ways of doing things. It’s a win-win for us,” said Maj. Jarret. “There are no longer any unique challenges, all our challenges are shared. What happens in Jamaica has a ripple effect in Haiti and in the United States, so the best way to treat it is to have all the affected countries sit down and share information and resources to create effective strategies to deal with threats.” Participants recognize the importance of IO. “It’s very important that we understand the basics of IO,” said Royal Bahamas Defence Force Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethell, staff operations officer. “We can communicate our capabilities to our partners and also understand our partners’ capabilities, so we can work better together because we all are trying to achieve the same common goal, security for our region.” “IO help us [so] we don’t have to fight. We don’t have to use aggressive sources or manpower for that matter,” said Lt. Commander Bethell. “We make information work for us in many ways as we shape thoughts and ideas by showing other countries the good things we are doing, but also let our adversaries understand we have the means to deal with all the problems they create for us.” CRIOC partners recognize the importance of supporting each other. “The ability of CRIOC is to link people together. It’s the networks that are pretty important,” said British Armed Forces Colonel Paul L. Fish, British liaison officer at NORTHCOM. “IO gives everyone the ability to understand that we are working in the same environment. We all have different skillsets and abilities that we all can bring in and share amongst ourselves to mitigate threats to our environment.” “CRIOC meetings are important as we have face-to-face discussions and improve our networks,” said French Armed Forces in the West Indies Commander Mikaël Péron, chief of the Joint Operations Center. “It’s imperative we exchange information and improve cooperation for the next hurricane season because we all know, it will happen again.” CRIOC hopes to expand its membership to different branches of government, non-governmental organizations, and other entities. The goal is to gain the citizens’ trust and willingness to work together in defeating criminal activities. “We are in this together. We are all here as equal partners, and we must be able to share information and support each other in times of need,” Col. Fish told assistants at the closing ceremony. “Collaboration is key.”
The data your credit union possesses is only as valuable as the creativity you have on hand to unleash its true power.And generally speaking, no department harbors more creative brainpower than marketing.Certainly, formulaic data analysis yields a sizable number of black-and-white insights that require no interpretation. You can easily ascertain the number of your members under 35, the percentage of your lending portfolio dedicated to mortgages, or trends in ATM usage over the past five years.But to move the needle in any real way — whether that be growth in memberships, lending market share, deposits, or any other desired category — credit unions need to move past those baseline facts, seizing on fresh insights derived from observations of customer data and hypotheses that test those observations. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Nobody can be sure what will happen in banking in a volatile economic climate like this 2018 year. Investors are biting their nails waiting for a recession. Realtors debate whether the next inevitable housing bubble will burst this year, or next. Consumers don’t know whether they will have more money to spend or less, but their debts are starting to pinch again. Trade deficits! Changing regulations! What’s next—robots with bank accounts?Meanwhile, we at Alogent spend a lot of time looking at trends and listening to banks and credit unions—our customers. But we always come back to looking at their customers, or at least looking at financial institutions through their eyes. We scour the studies being done, the results our own clients are getting and why. Okay, we admit it: we harp on this theme.That’s because we see how effective consumers have learned to be at driving the evolution of most marketplaces. Technologies aren’t the primary drivers. It takes everything we’ve got (which is a lot) to stay out in front of the technology curve. Institutions certainly aren’t the main drivers, though we offer kudos to the many individual banks and credit unions that are boldly experimenting with new services and approaches.But the push and pull of tech developments and the cadence of institutional vision-seeking—crucially important as those are—ultimately take a back seat to consumer shifts in behavior and demands. They’re just not sitting around taking what they are offered any more.
continue reading » About one in five financial institutions still do not offer mobile banking and 43% do not offer mobile payments, according to research published this fall by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.The five-question “Quick Hit Mobile Financial Services Survey” (QHS) of 565 financial institutions — including 178 credit unions — found that 82% of respondents offered mobile banking. In addition, 14% of all respondents had “no plans to offer” mobile banking, the report said.Of that 14%, all but one of those institutions had less than $500 million in assets, the FRB report authors noted.“The recent QHS findings underscore the increasing number of FIs that are experiencing greater customer use of their mobile banking services,” they added. “Among the 405 FIs that provided retail customer usage data, only 5% of respondents have very low (i.e., ‘<5%’) customer usage rates, while 69% have customer usage rates between 5% and 35%. Notably, 13% (52 FIs) reported that more than 50% of their retail customers use their mobile banking services, and another 13% (53 FIs) reported usage in the ‘36-50%’ range.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Jun 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Six wild birds in Germany have tested positive for the lethal strain of H5N1 avian influenza in the virus’s first appearance in the country since last August, according to news services.The Friedrich Loeffler Institute, a veterinary institute, said five swans and one goose found dead in Nuremberg in the southern state of Bavaria were infected, according to a Reuters report published today. The cases were found in the course of a national testing program for dead birds.Authorities ordered farmers in the Nuremberg region to confine their poultry and banned the transport of poultry into and out of the area, Reuters reported.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the restrictions apply to an area within a 2.5-mile radius of where the infected birds were found. Officials also warned people not to let cats and dogs roam freely in the area, according to Reuters.The last H5N1 case reported in Germany involved a swan in the Dresden zoo last August, according to AFP.Earlier last year, the virus killed some wild birds on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. The virus eventually was found in wild birds in six of the country 16 states, AFP reported.The new report from Germany came less than a week after the virus was confirmed on a turkey farm in the Czech Republic, leading to the killing of 6,000 turkeys. The only other confirmed outbreaks in Europe this year occurred on a British turkey farm in February and on a Hungarian goose farm in January.
Topics : Forgot Password ? Google Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Thirty-two-year-old Palestinian migrant Mahmoud Omar can say unabashedly that he has learned to love Indonesia like he would his own wife, but that it would never measure up to his love for his homeland.Having come to Indonesia a little over a year ago, and now living comfortably as a teacher at the Al-Masyhad Islamic boarding school in Sukabumi, West Java, Omar said he felt the Indonesian people had welcomed him with open arms.He also felt the extent of Indonesia’s support for Palestinian statehood, which comes almost naturally for a country with the world’s largest Muslim population.Omar said he believed in the prophetic hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) that a group of Muslim peoples would stand firm in preserving the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a sacred site for the major Abrahamic faiths and one of the flashpoints of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict…. Palestine Indonesia Middle-East-conflict US Israel peace-process solidarity UN