Kroc Institute hosts Peace Conference

first_imgYesterday, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies kicked off its annual Student Peace Conference and will continue the event this afternoon. Seniors Erik Helgesen and Nhu Phan, the Peace Conference co-chairs, said this year’s conference theme is “Strategies of Peace Transforming the Modern World.” “We decided on the theme because this is a field that is always transforming and during the events of the past year, especially with the events of the Arab Spring, we’ve seen new and interesting forms of peace building,” Helgesen said. Helgesen said the theme showcases the breadth of peace studies and its impact in transforming the modern world. “We want to showcase more traditional methods of peace building with more modern ones like social media,” Phan said. Phan said they hope the conference can help showcase development and they ways it can make a difference in the world. The conference features 270 representatives from approximately 50 schools from across the country, as well as students from Nepal, India, Poland and Turkey, she said. The conference includes a variety of panels, a documentary, and several workshops. Molly Kinder, a 2001 graduate and current director of special programs for Development Innovation Ventures in Washington D.C., will be this year’s featured speaker. “She has experience in the field and used the methods and strategies,” Phan said. “She’s a practitioner of both.” The peace conference partnered with the University of Maryland International Security School for a workshop and discussion about global security, Helgesen said. “The workshop will focus on the two issues of global climate change and nuclear technology,” he said. “20 to 30 people will really delve into the issues and I’m really excited for the workshop because I’m going to participate.” Another unique aspect of this year’s conference is a panel on the role of the military in peace building. “The panel will discuss if there is a place for the military in peace building and if so, in what capacity,” Phan said. Helgesen said this conference is a way to showcase the diversity of peace studies as a discipline. “It is so cool to see … everything from the environmental challenges to how sports and arts are used in peace building,” he said.last_img read more

Dunkirk Woman Faces Leandra’s Law Felony Charge

first_imgShare: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) Stock Image.SILVER CREEK — A Dunkirk woman has been charged with allegedly violating Leandra’s Law after she was stopped by deputies with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies stopped Lisa Faison, 47, for an alleged traffic violation about midnight Wednesday in the Village of Silver Creek.Deputies said Faison had an eight-year-old child in her vehicle.She is charged with driving while intoxicated, felony DWI Leandra’s Law, unlicensed operator, failure to stop at a stop sign, speed in zone, and endangering the welfare of a child. Faison was processed for the arrest pending arraignment.last_img read more

Colombian Navy Seizes 203 Kilograms of Cocaine

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo October 27, 2017 The Gulf of Urabá, located in a banana-growing region of the northern coast of Colombia, extends from Cape Tiburón, on the Panamanian border, to the town of Arboletes, in the department of Antioquia. On average, 10 large cargo ships pass through its waters each week. Work, for the Urabá Coast Guard Station on constant alert to monitor 4,000 square kilometers of the nation’s maritime jurisdiction, is intense. “Here, we have standing operating procedures with a force – a crew manning a vessel in the loading area of Port Bahía and in the southern part of the Gulf of Urabá,” Lieutenant Commander Diego Alejandro Gil, commander of the Urabá Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo. “In our maritime traffic control, we inspect boats coming and going from Turbo – river boats as well as oceangoing vessels.” On September 5th, during one of these daily operations, Maritime Traffic Control detected a boat on its radar that was leaving the Bocas sector, heading north toward Panama. “We intercepted it, and during the inspection the officer noticed that they didn’t have a clearance document, boat registration or life vests – all of which are required for safe navigation,” Lt. Cmdr. Gil noted. “The officers boarded the boat and noted that the deck had been freshly painted, as their boots were sticking to the vessel’s hull. They also observed that there was no load and little fuel,” Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera Leal, commander of Task Force 73 Neptuno, told Diálogo. “The waterline in relation to the interior showed a difference that didn’t look right.” Service members found a false bottom with several packages on the vessel and took it to the Coast Guard Station in Urabá. During the judicial process, officers identified the substance found as cocaine hydrochloride. “There were 203 kilograms of cocaine in 200 rectangular packages, a value of about $7 million,” Lt. Cmdr. Gil said. “The Colombian Navy crew took them into custody, and the narcotics were seized.” More results for Agamemnon II Throughout 2017, Agamemnon II, a military and police campaign to dismantle the organized armed group Gulf Clan, counted with other achievements as well. Thanks to Agamemnon II, the largest drug trafficking organization in the country, has been cut in half since 2015. “This year [2017], the Urabá Coast Guard Station seized about 3.2 tons of cocaine in its jurisdiction,” Lt. Cmdr. Gil said. “Different methods [to smuggle drugs] were used. One was a parasitic device attached to the hull of the ship in the cargo area where bananas are exported. Our divers found it. In another operation, we found 5,400 banana boxes that contained 1.8 tons of cocaine.” Blocking drug shipments Faced with such hit, narco-traffickers had to change their strategy. In the past, criminals navigated in vessels with large engines and a storage capacity of 15 cubic meters. Today, traffickers use boats with smaller and less powerful engines and a maximum capacity of 6 cubic meters. With these vessels, traffickers smuggle drugs closer to the border to limit their loss in the event of an interdiction. “We’ve been conducting ongoing operational work in critical strategic areas,” Rear Adm. Herrera said. “This is a really important joint operation with Panama, the National Border Service, and the National Air and Naval Service of Panama, which strengthens our ability to continue to neutralize this problem.” Closing off the sea to drug trafficking rendered important results. Among those, in late September, the Colombian National Police – through Agamemnon II – seized seven tons of drugs at a banana farm off the coast of the Currulao sector. “The outcome was very important from the standpoint of quantity because this year opportunities to find such a large amount of drugs concentrated in one place have been few,” Rear Adm. Herrera concluded.last_img read more

Trends are irrelevant in credit union website design

first_imgI was talking with a credit union marketer a few days ago who wants to redesign his website, but he’s facing resistance internally because some of his senior managers and board members say, “All the new credit union website designs look the same right now. So, let’s wait for the next design trend to come along before we redesign our website. That way, we can be at the forefront, instead of behind the trend.”“How do I respond to their concern?” he asked me. I told him, “In truth, design trends are irrelevant and sometimes even wrong.”Right now,  in the world of credit union website design, there’s a belief that being trendy is important, even essential. Many credit unions are eager to follow the latest and slickest design fad. In reality, it doesn’t matter what the credit union down the street is doing; paying attention to design trends is just keeping up with the Joneses.What really matters is design data. In other words, you should design your website based on what actually attracts members and borrowers, instead of designing based on what every other credit union is doing. By designing with data, you can create a truly superior credit union website that gives trendy sites the People’s Elbow (courtesy of Dwayne Johnson).  Below, I’ll tell you how you can get that data.Source: The New YorkerIs trendy the same thing as effective?Whatever generation you grew up in, you probably got caught up in a trend or two. Perhaps you had a killer mullet at some point. Maybe you couldn’t resist those ultra-low-rise jeans, or maybe you still love belting your favorite boy band songs in the shower. There’s nothing inherently wrong with trends, but if you follow them obsessively, you’ll end up with a goal that has a single result. If you try to be trendy, you’ll probably succeed—at being trendy. For example, many credit unions currently use sliders (aka carousels) on their homepages. Sliders are used to promote various credit union products and services, moving across the screen as visitors peruse your homepage.An example of a slider on americafirst.com To some marketers, sliders might seem like a good idea, but the data is overwhelmingly against them. Typically, 1% of people (or even fewer) will ever bother to click a slide. Site visitors dislike sliders because they are confusing, distracting, and resemble ads.Alternatively, data shows that you are much better served by featuring personalized or interactive content on your homepage, which increase engagement and keep visitors on your site.Aren’t the real goals of your credit union website to get more members, deposits, and loan applications? To best achieve those real goals, you’ll need to be more than just trendy, because if you simply follow trends you can run into major pitfalls—like the pitfall of the slider trend. Instead, when you use to data to make design decisions, you end up with a website that’s both beautiful and achieves your goals. How to design with data In order to design with data, you need to gather data. Fortunately, this is 2018 and you have thousands upon thousands of free resources at your fingertips. When you’re searching for an answer to an important credit union website design question, such as “how should I set up my forms?” or “what CTA would work best on this page?” you might check Google for an answer. Instead of going with the advice of the first blog post in the search results, make sure the article backs up the suggestions it makes. Double check that there’s actual data behind the claims, instead of just vague supporting text. We recommended using reputable, evidence-focused sites like GoodUI.org and nngroup.com to learn data-proven design patterns. Their websites are chock full of takeaways, and even include juicy details on experiment setups and certainty levels.Detailed experiment data from GoodUI.orgYou can also gather your own data by conducting tests and running analytics on your own credit union website design. Here are few research-focused resources to help you get started:BloomCU’s Usability Testing Worksheet Without usability testing, users will hate your credit union website design 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Detailscenter_img A Beginner’s Guide To A/B TestingHow to Make Your Credit Union’s Site Navigation Completely IntuitiveGoing the extra mile to design with data is harder than following trends, but it’s incredibly rewarding in the long run. You’ll end up with a website that’s more engaging for your users and you’ll be a marketing rockstar. last_img read more

Arsenal to sell Emiliano Martinez as goalkeeper agrees personal terms with Aston Villa

first_imgMartinez will be allowed to leave (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have made the decision to offload Emiliano Martinez, with the goalkeeper having already agreed personal terms with Aston Villa, according to reports.The Argentine stepped up to the plate for the Gunners last season when injury ended Bernd Leno’s campaign early.Martinez proved his worth with a string of outstanding displays for Mikel Arteta’s side, but has openly admitted he would only stay at the club if he was to remain No.1. Arsenal to sell Emiliano Martinez as goalkeeper agrees personal terms with Aston Villa Advertisement Leno would reassume the No.1 role (Picture: Getty Images)According to the Independent, the 28-year-old has been given no such promises over his role and after rejecting a new contract offer recently, the club have decided to move him on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAston Villa are expected to come in with a new bid, improving on their previous £15 million offer, with the Gunners valuing the stopper at £20m.The report states that Martinez has already come to an agreement with the Midlands club on a four-year contract worth around £60,000 a week.Bernd Leno is also set to reassume the No.1 role this Saturday for Arsenal’s Premier League opener away at Fulham.Given the injury to Tom Heaton, Martinez would start the season as Villa’s first-choice stopper should he complete a move.La Liga side Villarreal are also interested in acquiring the services of the goalkeeper, but he would prefer to remain in England’s top flight.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have already brought in Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes so far in this transfer window, but still have their sights set on Thomas Partey.Despite the Atletico Madrid midfielder’s willingness to move to the Emirates, his £45m release clause is proving to be a sticking point.The sale of Martinez could provide funds to put towards new signings, even though Mikel Arteta wanted the goalkeeper to stay and compete with Leno to be No.1.MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new three-year contract with ArsenalMORE: Paul Merson rates Arsenal’s top-four chances and sends message to Mikel ArtetaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 8:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

US election: Trump win leading to ‘world of unprecedented political risk’

first_imgSaker Nusseibeh, chief executive at Hermes, said the assumption was that Trump would listen to advice from professionals in the US State Department when dealing with foreign affairs, even though on the campaign trail he showed a clear willingness to dismiss professional advice.“Once again, it is not a stretch to imagine Trump in talking to his home constituency might alienate the traditionally supportive Gulf nations with his Islamophobic comments,” he said.This might in turn strengthen Iran’s influence in the region, which could threaten regional stability and therefore the oil price, he said.“Likewise, Trump’s anti-NATO and pro-Vladimir Putin comments could be taken, if repeated when he is in power, as a green light by the Russian president to intensify its revanchist foreign policy in Eastern Europe,” he said.This, according to Nusseibeh, could lead to rising risk premia for European assets.The biggest risk, according to Neuberger Berman president and equities CIO Joe Amato and the firm’s multi-asset class CIO Erik Knutzen, is that Trump tries to turn some of the more populist rhetoric of his campaign into reality. “Whoever emerged victorious,” they said, “the forces that have led to the rise of the likes of Trump, Sanders, Farage in the UK, Le Pen in France and Wilders in the Netherlands are not going away – and partisan shouting matches, assaults on free trade, an interventionist approach to unsustainable industries and a disregard for the financial robustness of the US are not viable solutions.”They added: “The result could be a tug of war between the deflationary forces associated with lower economic activity and the inflationary forces from higher trade barriers.”There are now likely to be more votes against the establishment in upcoming elections and referendums taking place across Europe, according to Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management.Markets will settle down in time, however, and this is a time for a calm head when looking at markets, he said.“Trump will not become president until January and between now and then it will become clearer what a Trump presidency will look like. “His acceptance speech was inclusive and will hopefully help allay some investor fears,” Gilbert said.But David Bertocchi, head of global equities at Barings, said the surprise Trump win marked a rare occasion in politics where uncertainty was now likely to increase rather than fall post-election. “For the United States, such a situation is unprecedented,” he said.“Trump’s contentious and anti-establishment campaign has frayed political alliances, which will make it difficult to muster the congressional support needed to advance his policy proposals for a more protectionist and isolationist US.”David Lloyd, head of institutional fixed income portfolio management at M&G Investments, noted that many commentators had argued that Russia and China’s assertiveness on the world stage had been caused by – or at least coincided with – the US withdrawing somewhat under president Barack Obama, from its previous foreign policy stance of projecting US power and influence around the world.“So, a further move towards an isolationist US – perhaps reflected in less-than-convincing commitment to NATO obligations, or a scaling back of US overseas troop deployments – may actually embolden leaderships elsewhere,” he warned. Last night’s victory for maverick Republican candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential election is likely to herald an era of heightened political risk internationally, but there are still reasons why the market’s worst fears may not materialise, investment managers say.Dominic Rossi, global CIO equities at Fidelity International, said: “We are heading into a world of unprecedented political risk that calls into question the pillars of the post-World War II settlement.”It is no surprise, therefore, that investors are now heading for cover, he said.“The immediate sense of bewilderment at the shift rightwards in American politics will need to give way to a more sober risk assessment,” he said.last_img read more

Cayman creates first special economic zone in Caribbean

first_img Share After the signing, Premier McKeeva Bush shakes hands with CEO of Cayman Enterprise City, Jason Blick (front row, right)GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) — The Cayman Islands government has signed an agreement with Cayman Enterprise City Ltd (CEC) that allows the developer the exclusive right to construct, develop, operate and maintain a special economic zone, intended to attract global science, technology, commodities and derivatives, media, and educational entities to the Cayman Islands.Special economic zones (SEZs) are regions specially established in a country, for which government concessions have been made in order to stimulate economic growth.“CEC represents an opportunity for the Cayman Islands to diversify its economic base,” said Premier McKeeva Bush. “It’s also worth noting that this project requires no government investment, as it will be completely privately funded; and the developer also has not requested waivers for duties on materials or stamp duties.”Although SEZs exist in a number of developed and emerging economies, the SEZ in Cayman will be the first in the Caribbean region, said Jason Blick, who is the CEO of CEC.“The cooperation and inward-investment friendly attitude of the Cayman Islands government, and the civil service, has been outstanding,” he noted. “They truly understand the positive effect the zone will have on Cayman, and their support has been incredible.”The development of CEC’s five “parks” – namely Cayman Internet Park, Cayman Media Park, Cayman Biotech Park, Cayman Commodities Park, and Cayman International Academic Park – will be phased. “We hope to break ground in early 2012,” said CEC’s director of design and construction, and local partner, Cindy O’Hara.The government will now begin to establish the legislative framework for CEC to operate, the premier said. However, with the agreement now signed, certain regulatory processes in departments such as planning can now begin.Cayman Enterprise City• The private investment is valued at more than US$327 million over the next eight years.• CEC will create highly skilled and administrative jobs, and generate indirect jobs in support sectors such as construction and supply services.• The master plan incorporates a state-of-the-art, low-rise campus of sustainable architecture comprising 500,000 sq. ft. in three phases of Class A office space, according to O’Hara.• Two sites have been short-listed for the campus; once a final site has been selected its location will be announced and the project team will start the Planning Department permit process.• There will be no manufacturing or engineering businesses permitted within the zone (this is a knowledge based zone and not a manufacturing one).• There will be no laboratory testing (no applied biotechnology research).• There will be no dredging.• It will have a low environmental impact.• There are three phases to CEC. During phase I, while the project is being built, CEC will take up to 100,000 sq. ft. of existing office space in George Town, so that international brands wishing to establish within the zone will not have to wait until phase one is completed.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Cayman creates first special economic zone in Caribbean by: – July 19, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share 147 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Marquinhos extends PSG contract until  2024

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Of The Most Incredible Antarctica Conspiracy TheoriesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Most Clever Uses Of CGI In CinemaHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half “If all this continues on the right  track, if I continue to be happy here  with the project, we get everything  we want and I have the admiration of  the fans, why not?” he said. Several other PSG stars’ contracts  finish at the end of this season,  including the club’s recordgoalscorer Edinson Cavani, captain  Thiago Silva and full-backs Thomas  Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa. Read Also:Arsenal, Man Utd table transfer offers for PSG star PSG face Borussia Dortmund in the  Champions League last 16, with the  first leg on February 18, as they  continue their bid for a maiden European Cup trophy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 25-year-old Brazilian, who joined  the capital side from Roma in 2013,  has played 271 games for PSG and won  14 major trophies including five  Ligue 1 titles. Marquinhos told AFP last year that he wanted to finish his career at the  Parc des Princes.Advertisement Paris Saint-Germain centre-back  Marquinhos has extended his contract  with the French champions until June  2024.last_img read more

Coco repeats Venus feat at Aussie Open

first_imgCoco Gauff repeated her Wimbledon victory over Venus Williams, winning 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 under the roof on Margaret Court Arena on the opening day of the Australian Open.The 15-year-old’s success in the first round at the All England Club last summer catapulted her to global stardom. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 With Gauff now a top 100 player – and Venus having been a doubt for the tournament with a hip injury – this result came as less of a shock.The young American showed maturity well beyond her years to battle through after nerves kicked in during the first set.Coco repeats Venus feat at Aussie Open #Tennis https://t.co/tNQJ0PYvrR pic.twitter.com/5og5FqJ5ks— Newslocker Tennis (@news_tennis_com) January 20, 2020Read Also:Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record questGauff led 5-3 and had three set points, while a 5-2 lead in the tie-break also disappeared, but a missed backhand volley from Venus at 5-6 helped her young opponent over the line in the opener.There were no wobbles in the second, and Gauff said: “That was really difficult, she played really well. I was really nervous for today’s match. I was a bit shocked, I’m sure everybody was shocked, when they saw that draw, but I’m really glad to get through it.” Loading… Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Best Cars Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

Greensburg man arrested for theft

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man was arrested after multiple theft investigations.According to Police, Michael Johnston, 47, was arrested on the charge of theft.Police say Johnston was believed to be involved in a May 2016 case in which tools were stolen from Rural King.Police also obtained a key and a search warrant for a storage locker in Greensburg.When officers served the warrant, the located a Bobcat skid steer that was reported stolen from a construction site in Shelby County.last_img read more