Ecuador Judges that Conditions for Normalizing Relationship with Colombia Have Been Met
Ecuador judges that its requirements for fully normalizing diplomatic relations with Colombia have been met, although the naming of ambassadors has not yet been determined, both countries’ foreign ministers announced following a meeting in Quito. “With this, we have to make it absolutely clear that the requirements that were part of the sensitive issues have been taken care of,” the Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, said at a press conference with his Colombian counterpart, María Angela Holguín. Nevertheless, the Colombian minister indicated that a date for naming ambassadors has not been determined at present. “I’m personally not going to put a date on it; we have a very positive relationship, there’s an ongoing dialogue, we’re working in cooperation with one another, and the defense ministers have been working very well on security,” Holguín indicated. Following the meeting, the Colombian defense ministry confirmed in Bogotá that a fifteen-year-old Ecuadorean girl died in an attack against the FARC guerrilla group near the border Monday. The military affirmed that a total of sixteen rebels were killed in the action. The meeting aimed to discuss the so-called sensitive issues for the complete normalization of relations and included defense ministers Javier Ponce (Ecuador) and Rodrigo Rivera (Colombia). By Dialogo November 22, 2010
U.S. Ends Anti-Drug Support Program in Bolivia and Transfers Equipment
By Dialogo July 09, 2012 The U.S. Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS) has announced the start of the transfer of infrastructure, equipment, and weapons to the Bolivian Government, as a donation, in advance of the September conclusion of its program to support the fight against drug trafficking. “At this time, the corresponding transfer to the National Council against Illicit Drug Trafficking is being made,” said Felipe Cáceres, the Bolivian official responsible for the fight against drugs. The transfer encompasses small planes, “eight helicopters, 1,500 station wagons, about 45 Caimans (vehicles), boats, armaments, and equipment” assigned to the different Military and police agencies involved in the fight against drug trafficking, and “all the infrastructure that the U.S. Government has built” over 20 years, the official added. He specified that this set of assets will become the property of either the Joint Task Force, by way of the Defense Ministry, or the Special Anti-Drug-Trafficking Strike Force, which falls under the police. Cáceres explained that the withdrawal of the NAS is due to budgetary reasons: “We understand that it’s strictly a question of a financial deficit.” Nevertheless, he said that the withdrawal of U.S. support will not have a negative effect on the Bolivian Government’s current work. The fight against drugs “is going to be sustainable, is not going to vary for any reason, any operation. On the contrary, we’re going to increase the number of operations,” the deputy minister stated. The operations will be the responsibility of the Executive Unit for the fight against drug trafficking, which falls under the Interior Ministry, “with a budget of more than 20 million dollars.”
Would blockchain have blocked Wells Fargo’s misconduct?
It’s been over a year since the Wells Fargo banking scandal came to light. Currently, Wells Fargo estimates their employees opened 3.5 million unauthorized accounts. In response, the bank’s leadership continues to be criticized by leading politicians and Wells Fargo has yet to fully recover from the scandal.There are lingering questions, too, if technology could have helped prevent the opening of fraudulent accounts at the bank. Or do financial institutions need do undergo fundamental cultural change?On one level, Christian Catalini, a professor at MIT, said blockchain technology “could have made it easier to spot that these accounts were not being opened by the consumers behind them.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Are there benefits to migrating to Office 365 for credit unions?
Microsoft’s Office 365 provides unparalleled productivity for private users, students, and businesses alike. However, because it’s a relatively new product, some are reluctant to adopt it. Here are a few benefits of moving to Office 365.And before we go too far, let’s get a few things straight. We don’t condone moving to a platform just because it’s new, nor do we recommend rethinking business strategies every time a company releases a new product. In fact, we know that there’s very little “new” about Office 365 in general, aside from an update to its business model.With that said, it’s time to take a real look at how you can benefit from moving to Microsoft’s Office 365. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Gold Coast mansion resembles Shakespearean castle with modern twist
MORE NEWS: How analysis paralysis is crippling buyers Lovers of William Shakespeare will get a chance to ensure all’s well that ends well when it goes to auction on October 26.Owners Marie-Louise and Joseph Barakat have always loved the home at 3-5 Westminster Court.“We had a weekender on the islands so we used to watch this property being built and admire it,” Mrs Barakat said.“It came up for sale while we were overseas.” It’s grand at every turn. Now that’s a wine cellar!They loved it so much that when they returned, they packed up their life in Brisbane and moved in.“We just fell in love with this home and we’ve been here 11 years,” Mrs Barakat said.“It’s been a beautiful family home and even though it’s a large home, it still feels warm.”The residence has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a basement garage with space for up to 10 cars.There are two French oak-panelled circular offices on the ground and first floors. Downstairs a steam room and relaxation lounge occupy part of the basement.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Cool down in the pool and admire the water view. A second block next door offers the perfect place to entertain a large group of guests.A waterfront pool and entertainment terrace with built-in barbecue and teppanyaki grill make entertaining easy.Mrs Barakat said it was the perfect house to entertain guests.“We’ve had many family parties and long lunches under the tree outside,” she said. “I don’t think we’ll ever find a home as beautiful as this again.“It’s a one-in-a-million home.”Which is as you like it. The Sovereign Islands property at 3-5 Westminster Court resembles a castle.THERE’S a bit of theatre in all of us and you can live out your Shakespearean dreams in a modern-day version of the castles that were the scene for many of the Bard’s plays.A turret and towering pillars set the scene at this Sovereign Islands mansion, and the balconies and grand staircase will make you feel like Juliet awaiting her Romeo.Step into the present and it’s a matter of much ado about plenty, with state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, a home theatre with built-in speaker system and a lift servicing all three floors. The grand staircase will leave you in awe. The house has been built to the highest of standards. MORE NEWS: Insane $45 million mega-mansion hits market Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen6 Australian wow homes that have just sold01:20
Russian section of Turkstream completed. Work in Turkish waters starts
The Russian section of Turkstream, a pipeline that will carry Russian gas to Turkey via the Black Sea, has been completed, and the construction in the Turkish waters has begun.According to Gazprom, the first pipeline of the Turkstream project entered the Turkish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on Saturday, November 2017.Turkstream will consist of two offshore pipelines, both with a capacity to transport up to 15.75 billion cubic meters (BCM) of natural gas per year (31.5 BCM in total)Allseas-owned Pioneering Spirit, world’s largest pipelay and construction vessel, marked the occasion of entering into Turkish waters by laying down on the seabed the section of the pipeline with Russian and Turkish flags, symbolizing the crossing of the EEZ border between the two countries.“The border crossing also marks the completion of construction of the two offshore lines within the Russian EEZ. In total 448 kilometers of the pipeline were laid down, equally divided over the two lines. Construction of nearly 25% of the offshore pipeline section has been realized in less than 6 months. This is in line with the planned construction schedule,” Gazprom said.Gazprom has also shared that the average speed of pipelaying by Pioneering Spirit is more than of 4 kilometers per day, with a record set by the Allseas crew on November 1, 2017 by constructing 5.15 kilometers of Turkstream pipeline in one day.The offshore section will run approximately 930 kilometers through the Black Sea, from the Russian city of Anapa to the Turkish town of Kiyiköy.Gas transported via the first pipeline is destined for the Turkish market. The other pipeline will be directed towards the Turkish-European border. First gas is expected to flow through Turkstream in December 2019.
OceanTools Expands Its Team
OceanTools has welcomed Brian Hector and Diane Smith, both formerly part of Teledyne Bowtech, to its team. Their roles are to assist in the development and expansion of the OceanTools camera and lighting range.The company is looking to create a range of industry leading cameras (including IP and GigE) and lights, which will include the development of Ethernet controlled LED lights.Brian is the new technical sales manager and will be involved in developing the new product range, along with working with the customers to ensure the continuous development of the current and new products.Brian Hector said, “I am very excited to be part of the OceanTools team and to be part of their very ambitious future plans and, of course, to be working with Diane again. I have known OceanTools for many years and have always been impressed with their world leading underwater technologies. Their strong company focus on technology and very capable engineering team who have many years’ experience designing underwater products were the among the main reasons I’m excited to be part of the team. This coupled to my experience in subsea cameras and lights puts us in an enviable position to be able to deliver leading solutions to our customers. Even after 25 years new technologies in this arena still excite me and working for a small technology company again will ensure we can develop these technologies in a timely manner to add real value to our customers.”In addition, Diane has been appointed to the role of product line manager (Camera Systems) and will be responsible for everything from the sales & marketing through to the production of the new product range.Diane Smith said, “It’s great to be involved right at the beginning of the development of the cameras and lighting range. I’ve gained a wealth of experience in this area over my 22 years with Bowtech and I am really looking forward to putting all that knowledge to use to help develop a very successful and innovative product range.”Kevin Parker, managing director of OceanTools added, “It’s a real pleasure to welcome Brian and Diane onboard. Our plans are very ambitious: our intention is to develop a fabulous range of world-beating cameras, lights and associated products and to become the de-facto global standard for such products.”