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President Trump In Erie Tonight

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) Image by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.ERIE — With Election Day just around the corner, President Donald Trump will make a campaign stop at the Erie Airport at 7 p.m. today.This will be Trump’s third campaign rally in Erie. He visited in 2016 as a candidate and again two years later as President. His opponent, Joe Biden, was in Erie earlier this month to campaign as well.Viewers can watch the President’s remarks live on WNYNewsNow’s 24/7 Streaming Network.Both men have focused some attention on Pennsylvania as poll watchers say the Keystone State is up for grabs. Those driving past the airport may have notice preparations being made, including the landing of a C-17 full of security vehicles, bleachers and all the paraphernalia that accompanies a president on the move.First Lady Melania Trump was scheduled to join the President in Erie, but late breaking news is that she will stay in Washington because of a “lingering cough.”last_img read more

Audience Member Removed for Interrupting Keira Knightley’s B’way Debut

first_img View Comments Related Shows What is it with audience members at Studio 54? First, Shia LaBeouf caused chaos at the venue during a performance of Cabaret. And now, Keira Knightly was disturbed as she made her Broadway debut in Thérèse Raquin. During the first preview on October 1, a young man started shouting at the Oscar nominee from the mezzanine, before tossing a bouquet of flowers at the stage.Knightley and Tony winner Gabriel Ebert kept calm and kicked the flowers into the wings; however, according to the New York Daily News, the play was paused for five minutes while the man was removed from the theater and led away in handcuffs.In addition to Knightley and Ebert, Thérèse Raquin stars Tony winner Judith Light, Matt Ryan and David Patrick Kelly. It will officially open on October 29. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Therese Raquinlast_img read more

November Rains

first_imgNovember 2015 was one of the 10 wettest, warmest Novembers on record for Georgia. Some areas of the state received as much as 10 inches more rain than is normal, and temperatures were generally 3 to 7 degrees above normal. The wet weather hampered farmers’ efforts to wrap up their harvest and prepare their fields for winter. Rain also impacted peanut and cotton yields and quality. Wet conditions plagued farmers across the region during November. Inclement weather led to school closings in Telfair and Wheeler counties, in Georgia, on Nov. 9. Due to the wet conditions, all drought was gone from the state by the end of the month. A series of storm systems with lots of precipitation broke a number of daily rainfall records early in the month. On Nov. 1, the rainfall record was broken in Columbus, Georgia. On Nov. 2, rainfall amounts broke records in Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Macon, Georgia, and on Nov. 3 and Nov. 8, rainfall records were broken in Alma, Georgia. For the month of November, the highest total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service station was 9.44 inches in Columbus, 5.34 inches above normal. The lowest total precipitation was 2.55 inches, 0.07 inches above normal, recorded in Alma. Atlanta received 7.98 inches of precipitation for November, 3.88 inches above normal; Athens received 9.30 inches, 5.48 inches above normal; Macon received 6.89 inches, 3.57 inches above normal; Savannah, Georgia, received 3.42 inches, 1.05 inches above normal; Augusta, Georgia, received 5.41 inches, 2.59 inches above normal; Rome, Georgia, received 5.77 inches, 0.92 inches above normal; Brunswick, Georgia, received 4.57 inches, 2.54 above normal; and Valdosta, Georgia, received 3.33 inches, 0.77 inches above normal. According to the National Weather Service, it was the second wettest November on record in Athens, the fourth wettest in Columbus, the fifth wettest in Atlanta, the sixth wettest in Macon and the ninth wettest in Augusta. The highest single-day rainfall amount recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers was 5.11 inches west of Sylvania, Georgia, in Screven County on Nov. 3. A volunteer east of Bainbridge, Georgia, in Decatur County received 4.72 inches on Nov. 19. For November, the highest total rainfall amount recorded by a CoCoRaHS observer was 14.72 inches near Dillard, Georgia, in Rabun County. An observer east of Gainesville, Georgia, in Hall County recorded 13.32 inches of rain in November. Temperatures across the state were well above normal for November. The warmest temperatures were generally in areas where the precipitation was lowest. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 57.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.7 degrees above normal; in Athens, the average was 56.7 F, 2.9 degrees above normal; in Columbus, the average was 61.1 F, 3.8 degrees above normal; in Macon, the average was 59.5 F, 3.5 degrees above normal; in Savannah, the average was 64.2 F, 4.9 degrees above normal; in Brunswick, the average was 66.9 F, 5.1 degrees above normal; in Alma, the average was 64.9 F, 5 degrees above normal; in Augusta, the average was 58.6 F, 3.4 degrees above normal; in Albany, Georgia, the average was 64.5 F, 5.8 degrees above normal; in Rome, the average was 56 F, 3.5 degrees above normal; and in Valdosta, the average was 67 F, 7.1 degrees above normal. It was the seventh warmest November on record in Savannah, the ninth warmest in Columbus and Atlanta, and the 10th warmest in Athens. Two separate severe weather outbreaks produced tornadoes in Georgia in November. On Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, a total of five tornadoes occurred in southwest Georgia, including one in Telfair County that damaged a number of trees and two large irrigation systems. On Nov. 18, three tornadoes occurred near Atlanta, including one EF1 tornado that caused an injury in Fulton County.The outlook for December shows a continuing, increased chance of warmer-and-wetter-than-normal conditions across the state, particularly in the northeast mountains. For more information, please visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at or visit Please email weather and climate impacts on agriculture to share on the blog to read more

US Diplomat Involved in Hostages’ Rescue Decorated

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2009 Bogotá, June 12 (EFE). – American diplomat David Zimov, who was involved in the 2008 operation that rescued fifteen hostages kidnapped by the FARC, was decorated by the Colombian Senate, parliamentary spokespersons reported today. Zimov, who works as joint counsellor for political affairs and first secretary of the US Embassy in Bogotá, received the Title of Caballero on Thursday, in a ceremony held by the High Chamber, which stated that the decoration consists of a medal and a resolution by which it was conferred. In this way “his praiseworthy diplomatic work for the benefit of the ties between the American and Colombian Congresses” was recognized, the Senate press staff explained. The source emphasized that Zimov “acted as chief of the joint task force for “Operation Jaque,” which enabled the rescue of two Americans and the French-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt, as well as eleven Colombian soldiers and police officers, all of whom were kidnapped by the FARC. The operation, in which the Colombian Army simulated a humanitarian mission, was carried out on July 1, 2008 in the jungle of the southern department of Guaviare. The rescued people were on a list of kidnapping victims that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) intended to exchange for five hundred imprisoned insurgents, including several who had been extradited to the United States. After “Operation Jaque” and the further unilateral liberation of six hostages, the number of “exchangeable” hostages dropped to 22.last_img read more

Ecuador combats money laundering

first_img Villagómez said the manual’s goal “is to generate a national culture that seeks to prevent money laundering and organized crime.” The manual promotes ongoing security reviews for workers of financial institutions to guarantee their solvency and moral suitability. Companies must evaluate those employees who demonstrate unusual behavior and pay close attention to changes in their standards of living. Policies must be in place to ensure that workers have adequate and up-to-date information on these directives, the manual states. Financial institutions must know their clients’ backgrounds, professions and businesses, as well as where they are sending their money, the manual suggests. Financial security expert Jeannette Forigua said that there is a need to strengthen the systems in place to prevent money laundering and other crimes, especially as Ecuador’s economy grows. “A globalized system requires strong preventive processes,” she said. By Dialogo March 23, 2012 On Feb. 16, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering, the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, said Ecuador has some “strategic gaps.” Ecuador should have stiffer punishments for those convicted of financing terrorist organizations and be more assertive in freezing the assets of those connected to money laundering, according to the FATF. However, the FATF also praised the Andean nation, saying Ecuadoran officials have shown “a willingness to combat this crime.” The country’s financial system is also looking for ways to tighten its standards and procedures to curtail money laundering. The Quito Stock Exchange (BVQ) and the regional development bank Andean Development Corporation (CAF) presented on Jan. 30 a guide for brokerage houses and financial firms for the developing of internal controls against money laundering. The Analysis of the regulations for preventing money laundering (Análisis de la normativa para la prevención de lavado de activos) seeks to improve the overall operation of the local financial markets by strengthening its security, said Hermann Krützfeldt, a CAF representative in Ecuador. “The globalization and market integration process mandates a permanent self-regulation and improvement and updating of procedures,” Krützfeldt said. Mónica Villagómez, executive director of the BVQ, said the manual “is not intended to be a single, static, mandatory document, [but it should be used to] establish a legal and practical baseline.” The manual defines money laundering as “the concealment of financial assets so that they can be used without detection of the illegal activity that produces them, transforming the revenue into apparently legal funds.” Tightening controlscenter_img QUITO, Ecuador – The Financial Analysis Unit (UAF), a government agency in charge of enforcing laws against money laundering, is making it mandatory financial companies report suspicious transactions above US$10,000. Suspicious transactions are those carried out by individuals or businesses that would not normally deal with large amounts of money or lack documentation to justify the origin and destination of funds, among other criteria, UAF director Gustavo Iturralde said. In 2011, 47 of 397 reported suspicious transactions were deemed illegal and turned over to prosecutors, Iturralde added. Of the 47 reports sent to government prosecutors, 25 involved front organizations. Others involved misuse of banking products (13); exploitations of jurisdictional issues (4); misuse of illegitimate businesses (1); the use of false identities, documents or fictitious buyers (1); criminal involvement (1); links to illegal assets (1); and the export of overvalued goods (1). “So far in 2012, there have been two cases involving front organizations and one involving criminal involvement,” Iturralde said, adding the cases are under investigation. The large amount of reports corresponds with the increased number of institutions that are required to report suspicious transactions, Iturralde added. Last year, authorities added 526 new entities, raising the number of institutions – mainly banks, credit unions and brokerage houses – required to report suspicious transactions to 748. Members of the Ecuadoran financial community support the tightening of regulations. “Anonymity of participants and the speed of electronic transactions could be factors that make it more difficult to trace certain financial operations and boost the chances of impunity for those who commit these crimes,” said Patricio Peña, the chairman of the Quito Stock Exchange (BVQ). Ecuador was one of the last countries in Latin America to approve a law against money laundering, creating one in 2005 that became effective in 2007. Still, the amount of laundered money equaled US$3 billion, which translated to 4% of Ecuador’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011. “The fact that we use the U.S. dollar as currency makes us more vulnerable to money launderers,” Iturralde added. But Iturralde said tackling money laundering extends beyond the enforcement of regulations. “Our aim is to make citizens understand that it’s better to get things through work and earning them instead of acquiring things illegally,” he said. Know the client, the employees and the market last_img read more

Foundation distributes applications for children’s legal services grants

first_img June 1, 2002 Regular News Foundation distributes applications for children’s legal services grants The Florida Bar Foundation has distributed Legal Services for Children Grant Applications to the state’s legal assistance providers.Since 1993, the Bar Foundation has made poor children’s needs a grantmaking priority. Current funding of Children’s Legal Services grants totals $636,000 to 13 local legal aid and law school programs. Children’s legal services grants emphasize legal advocacy for special education, protecting the legal rights of foster children and access to healthcare services required under the law.Florida’s poor children remain among the most vulnerable populations needing civil legal assistance, according to Tallahassee attorney William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee.“Every year we are confronted with the increased legal needs of low-income children, many of whom are routinely being denied their legal rights,” Davis said. “Funds earmarked for specially trained children’s advocates and pro bono programs provide vital support to Florida’s legal assistance delivery system.”Davis said for poor children, legal aid is the only place to turn for help.center_img Foundation distributes applications for children’s legal services grantslast_img read more

Onsite: Gary Vaynerchuk on credit unions at CO-OP THINK 16 in San Diego

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Gary Vaynerchuk, the co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, returned this year to CO-OP THiNK 16. Gary Vaynerchuk is a bestselling author and serial entrepreneur whose company VaynerMedia is one of the hottest digital agencies around. Gary talks about how technology can enable credit unions to grow significantly and rapidly. If you’ve ever witnessed Gary’s delivery you know he doesn’t mince words. Below are some of the highlights of Gary at day one of CO-OP THiNK;Too many credit unions use compliance as the excuse not to do what they should be doing.99% of people don’t market in the year we are actually in.If credit unions want to attract young people you better use Snapchat.Do you think the average consumer knows about the feud between credit unions and banks?Decisions should not only be made on what consumers want now but also what they want in the future.A CEOs who takes wisdom and converts it into romance is on the quickest path out of business.Credit unions didn’t pounce hard enough when banks were hurting. Who’s watched The Big Short?We are in the single biggest communication shift in the past 70 years.Branding and marketing are not sales.I wake up every morning and try to put myself out of business. It’s a lot more fun than waiting for someone else to.“I don’t understand” is not an excuse. You weren’t born knowing how to drive a car. Figure it out.Credit unions need to take a step back and figure out why more people don’t know about them. Then you can move forward.Empathy makes you a great sales person. Most leave empathy at the door.People still don’t know what credit unions are. Your organizations have a communication problem.Ideas are crap without execution.If you want more of Gary Vaynerchuk check out the #AskGaryVee show on YouTube and give him a follow on Instagram and Snapchat. Make sure to follow along with the live updates from CO-OP THiNK 16 all week on Twitter at #COOPTHINKAlso checkout CUInsight on Instagram and Snapchat for pictures and snaps throughout the event.last_img read more

Leading the pack

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Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka is ready to make his Arsenal comeback against Southampton

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery is in need of a win to ease the pressure on him at Arsenal following a poor run of results (Picture: AFP)‘My objective is for him to come back helping us and convincing everyone that he is going to be better in the short or long future with us.‘He’s feeling better and his team is Arsenal now. He wants to come back with the confidence of the supporters.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 Arsenal‘We are going to decide tomorrow (if he plays) but I want to give him confidence and comfort.’After playing and scoring in Monday’s 6-1 win over Gibraltar for Switzerland, Xhaka admitted he was seeking talks with Emery and was still to accept his decision to strip him of the captaincy.He told Swiss broadcaster SRF: ‘I have a clear idea as to how things should proceed, and Arsenal know this as well.‘Although I still have a contract with them, I will be glad to return to the club – so we can finally sort matters out. ‘There will surely be a solution – as I can’t accept what has happened with me.’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 ArsenalMORE: Unai Emery hints claims Granit Xhaka is ready to make his Arsenal comeback against SouthamptonMORE: ‘Arsenal need me focused’ – Lucas Torreira discusses future amid rumours he wants to leave Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka hasn’t played for Arsenal following his outburst against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery believes Granit Xhaka is in the right frame of mind to make his Arsenal comeback having missed the club’s last five matches following his outburst against Crystal Palace.The Switzerland international was stripped of the captaincy after he swore at his own fans having been substituted midway through the second half of last month’s Premier League match.Xhaka has missed the last five matches in all competitions having steadfastly refused to issue a full apology, while Emery claimed the 27-year-old had ruled himself out of the recent match against Leicester prior to the international break.The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder appeared for his country twice in the last week and after holding talks with Emery upon his return to Arsenal’s training base he is now in contention to feature against Premier League strugglers Southampton on Saturday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s coming back better. His mindset is better and this morning I have a very good conversation with him,’ said Emery. Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka is ready to make his Arsenal comeback against Southampton Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Nov 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

UK considers new infrastructure vehicle as LGPS pool assets

first_imgThe UK government has not ruled out launching a national infrastructure platform for local authority asset pools in England and Wales, despite the ongoing efforts of a number of schemes to develop real-asset vehicles.Marcus Jones, minister for local government, said his Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was committed to establishing a national infrastructure platform to serve local government pension schemes (LGPS), which are working on proposals to launch as many as eight asset pools.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s local authority conference, Jones said he was “absolutely happy” to develop “either a new or existing platform to meet the needs of the LGPS”.Asked whether the government would consider using the existing infrastructure vehicles owned by UK pension funds – such as the £500m (€654m) joint venture between the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), or the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) – Jones said he was “well aware” there were a number of existing investment vehicles. A single infrastructure vehicle was also proposed by Project Pool, a report submitted to the DCLG that saw responses from two dozen local authorities, while Greater Manchester suggested its joint venture with the LPFA could become a clearinghouse for infrastructure projects. “We are looking at that very carefully in the context of what we’re trying to achieve,” Jones told delegates.“But, at the moment, we are not ruling out looking at a completely new investment platform for all of the pools, as we are certainly as well not ruling out using, or adapting, one of the existing infrastructure platforms we have.”Addressing concerns the government would encourage the sector to invest in domestic infrastructure, Jones said there was space for investments to take place overseas, as some markets had more advanced infrastructure markets from which the UK could learn.His comments largely echoed the wording of a letter sent in late March to all English and Welsh LGPS in the wake of the first pooling consultation, which concluded in mid-February and asked for potential pools to outline how their collaboration could work.Pooling vehiclesIn the letter, Jones emphasised that he would prefer funds to pool assets into vehicles registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a point he reiterated in his speech at the conference.“Looking back at the initial proposals submitted in February,” he told delegates at the PLSA event, “it will be no great surprise to any of you I have significant concerns about structures that are not FCA regulated, as appropriate for pooled investors – particularly in regards to tax treatment by other governments.”Jones said the emerging pools also needed to be alive to the risk of “unwittingly” launching unauthorised collective investment funds, which he noted was a criminal offense.The minister suggested he could not rule out future changes to accrual within the LGPS, only two years after the funds in England and Wales switched to a career-average system.He also emphasised the importance of preserving the value for money of the LGPS for local taxpayers, later noting that, if the scheme were unable to stay within the budget negotiated in 2013 and no other savings measures were agreed, accrual changes would begin as a matter of default.This contrasts with the previous government’s stance when reforms were announced, at which point assurances were made that the changes would be for at least 25 years.last_img read more