By Dialogo August 04, 2010 Honduran president Porfirio Lobo’s administration announced Tuesday evening that jurist Jorge Arturo Reina has been named ambassador to the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). “Jorge Arturo Reina has been confirmed as a roving ambassador to handle all aspects of our relationship with all the Unasur countries,” foreign minister Mario Canahuati affirmed in statements to the press. Due to their close and friendly relations with deposed president Manuel Zelaya, the majority of Unasur countries have not recognized Lobo’s administration, which took office on 27 January. Lobo needs the support of the thirty-two other member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) in order for Honduras to be reintegrated into the inter-American organization, from which it was suspended as a result of the 28 June 2009 coup d’état against Zelaya. Reina, known as a leftist political activist, has close ties to Zelaya, who even named him ambassador to the United Nations, despite the fact that the United States had cancelled his visa due to his ideological militancy.
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By Dialogo May 17, 2012 At least 1.3 million dollars were found on a small plane that crashed in western Ecuador on May 13, causing the deaths of its two Mexican crew members, who are believed to have been carrying out a drug-trafficking operation, the police announced on May 15. “It’s more or less 1.3 million dollars,” AFP was told by Colonel Ulises Parreño, the police chief in the locality of Pedernales, near which the accident occurred. The police commander indicated that the bundles of bills were found by the police when they were inspecting the site where the aircraft crashed, a rural sector of the province of Manabí (on the Pacific coast). Meanwhile, President Rafael Correa declared to the press that “it’s very probably a drug cartel” that is involved in the case, and added that “I would be irresponsible and a demagogue if I dismissed the possibility that drug cartels operate in Ecuador, as in all of Latin America.” “What I can tell you is that they operate much less (in Ecuador) than in other countries of Latin America, and that we are fully determined and resolved to counter this worldwide pandemic,” he added. The president emphasized that Ecuador “is in the middle of the world’s two largest producers of drugs, Colombia and Peru, and despite that, we don’t have drug crops. We take very good care of our airspace and territory, but a small plane could infiltrate us all of a sudden.” According to Interior Minister José Serrano, the money was apparently for a money-laundering operation or to pay for a drug shipment, since “these small planes are generally used for that purpose.” There were no narcotics on board the Mexican-registered aircraft. The aircraft, which did not have permission from Ecuadorean authorities to fly, crashed into a peak, causing the deaths of the pilot and copilot, both Mexican citizens, whose remains were transported to Quito on May 15 for their repatriation. According to authorities, the small plane was travelling without lights and at low altitude, apparently in order to avoid detection by Ecuadorean radar. At least two other drug-trafficking cases involving Mexican-flagged aircraft have been reported in Ecuador in the last nine years. In October 2003, the police discovered a plane with 400 kg of cocaine in Portoviejo (in southwestern Ecuador), in a case involving a former Ecuadorean governor, while in October 2007, 3.7 tons of that drug were seized in the province of Esmeraldas (in the northwestern part of the country) before being loaded on another aircraft. The latter aircraft took off without permission and was intercepted in Mexico, where authorities detected traces of the contraband and arrested a pilot.
By Carolina González, for Diálogo December 04, 2018 Communities of La Guajira department in northern Colombia benefited from U.S. Southern Command- (SOUTHCOM) sponsored humanitarian mission Enduring Promise 2018, aimed at regional partner nations. On its second stopover in Colombia, the mission provided specialized medical attention to Colombian citizens and Venezuelan migrants who live in the region that borders Venezuela. With two scheduled stopovers in the country, Enduring Promise 2018 is the United States’ largest humanitarian mission in Colombia. The first was in Turbo, Antioquia, in the Gulf of Urabá, where in one week, the Comfort’s crew assisted 5,450 patients and performed 131 surgeries aboard the ship. The second stop, in Riohacha, benefited 4,943 people with medical care, while 116 patients underwent surgery aboard. In total, more than 10,000 people received medical care over two weeks in Colombia. Both locations were chosen for the high amount of patients in need of medical assistance. One example is Rubileth and her daughter Emily, age 3, who made it to Riohacha from Maracaibo, Venezuela, in August 2018, fleeing their country’s difficult situation. Emily had a lipoma—a fatty lump—in her right eye. Although the condition only requires minor surgery, she couldn’t receive medical assistance in her country. “We went to many hospitals for help, but there were no ophthalmologists available. When I heard that the Comfort was coming, I said: ‘That’s it!’ I’m happy now that someone finally cares about us,” said Rubileth, who sells candy in Riohacha to subsist. A similar story is that of Herminda Basista, age 86, who belongs to the Wayuú indigenous community, in the north of La Guajira. Basista hadn’t seen an ophthalmologist in two years, because there is no such specialty in her community. “I’m very thankful for this mission, not only for the medical examinations, but also for the new pair of glasses I received,” said Basista. “The help is good, because now with so many people coming from Venezuela there are more needs than usual. So we thank the Comfort for all the help.” Mission success relies on coordination and organization between U.S. and local authorities, and the 2018 mission is no exception. The local governments of Antioquia and La Guajira handled the coordination and had the support of the Colombian Navy and Army. In Riohacha, the Colombian Army’s Comprehensive Action and Development Support Command (CAAID, in Spanish) conducted interagency coordination to organize mission security. CAAID also coordinated civil affairs activities, such as repairs in schools and help for the population. The mission in Riohacha also kicked off construction of two classrooms in surrounding municipalities, as part of SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program. Both schools that served as medical sites during the medical assistance week were also refurbished. In addition, the Comfort team donated 600 school desks and distributed more than 1,000 school kits to students in the region. As part of the partnerships with regional countries, military medical specialists from partner nations, such as Argentina, Chile, and the United Kingdom, actively participated in the campaign. “This experience has been invaluable, because I was able to serve people from this locality during the Comfort’s voyage,” said Chilean Navy First Lieutenant Valentina Martinez, an officer specializing in dental care. “It’s really good for us to take part in these activities to exchange experiences among different navies and combine efforts with one purpose.” U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, newly appointed commander of SOUTHCOM, attended the closing ceremony of Enduring Promise 2018 in Colombia in his first visit to the region as commander. “The Comfort is a visible reminder that the United States will always be here for our friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, and for Colombia as a partner,” said Adm. Faller. “For decades, the United States has stood with Colombia in the fight for peace. Now, almost two years after signing the historic peace accord with FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia], we still stand with them, side by side.” Adm. Faller concluded his speech with a message to all partner nations in the region. “The Comfort’s mission is a symbol of our enduring promise of friendship, camaraderie, and solidarity with the Americas. We honor our promise for one single reason: This is our shared home, our neighborhood, and good neighbors take care of one another.” The Colombian military leadership also attended the mission’s closing ceremony. “In the name of our government and the Military Forces of Colombia, I’d like to thank the U.S. Embassy in Colombia and U.S. Southern Command for facilitating this humanitarian mission, which, with our help, allows us to get us closer to the community,” said Colombian Army General Alberto José Mejía, commander of the Colombian Military Forces. “These activities strengthen bonds between both nations.” Enduring Promise 2018 continues to Honduras, the last country the Comfort will visit before returning to the United States. The ship will offer medical assistance in Puerto Castilla.
Proposed ethics advisory opinion T he Professional Ethics Committee has issued the proposed advisory opinion reprinted below. Pursuant to Rule 4(c) and (d) of The Florida Bar Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics, comments from Florida Bar members are solicited on the proposed opinion. Comments must contain the proposed advisory opinion number and clearly state the issues for the committee to consider. A written argument may be included explaining why the Florida Bar member believes the committee’s opinion is either correct or incorrect and may contain citations to relevant authorities. Comments should be submitted to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert, Ethics Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be postmarked no later than 30 days from the date of this publication. PROPOSED ADVISORY OPINION 02-2 A member of The Florida Bar has requested an advisory ethics opinion. The operative facts as presented in the inquiring attorney’s letter and telephone call to the ethics hotline are as follows. The inquiring attorney represents a husband and wife. The wife was injured in an accident. The husband has a loss of consortium claim. The wife’s claim may have a value of $900,000 and the husband’s derivative claim may have a value of $350,000. The inquiring attorney asks how to figure the contingency fee if the claims settle for the above amounts. Specifically, the inquirer asks:1. Do both amounts have to be added together for purposes of determining the attorney’s fees (i.e. 40 percent of first $1,000,000 recovered and 30 percent or the next $250,000)?2. If wife signed a standard fee agreement and husband signed a separate fee agreement, can the recoveries be kept separate (i.e. not added together) and an attorney’s fee of 40 percent charged on each recovery (e.g. 40 percent of $900,000 and 40 percent of $350,000)?Rule 4-1.5(f)(4), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, states, in relevant part: (B) The contract for representation of a client in a matter set forth in subdivision (f)(4) may provide for a contingent fee arrangement as agreed upon by the client and the lawyer, except as limited by the following provisions:(i) Without prior court approval as specified below, any contingent fee that exceeds the following standards shall be presumed, unless rebutted, to be clearly excessive:a. Before the filing of an answer or the demand for appointment of arbitrators or, if no answer is filed or no demand for appointment of arbitrators is made, the expiration of the time period provided for such action:1. 33-1/3 percent of any recovery up to $1 million; plus2. 30 percent of any portion of the recovery between $1 million and $2 million; plus3. 20 percent of any portion of the recovery exceeding $2 million.b. After the filing of an answer or the demand for appointment of arbitrators or, if no answer is filed or no demand for appointment of arbitrators is made, the expiration of the time period provided for such action, through the entry of judgment.1. 40 percent of any recovery up to $1 million; plus2. 30 percent of any portion of the recovery between $1 million and $2 million; plus3. 20 percent of any portion of the recovery exceeding $2 million,c. If all defendants admit liability at the time of filing their answers and request a trial only on damages:1. 33-1/3 percent of any recovery up to $1 million; plus2. 20 percent of any portion of the recovery between $1 million and $2 million; plus3. 15 percent of any portion of the recovery exceeding $2 million.The issue presented by the instant inquiry appears to be whether the plaintiffs in a personal injury case, one of whose claim is derivative of the other’s claim, should be treated individually or as one unit for the purpose of applying the contingent fee schedule of Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B). Other than the language of the rule itself, there is little, if any, authority for answering the question raised by this inquiry. In answer to the inquiring attorney’s first question, where both the wife and husband are on the same contract, the inquiring attorney must add the amounts together in order to determine the fee. The attorney should not treat their claims separately for purposes of determining the fee. In other words, the schedule must be applied to the grand total of the settlement. For instance, if an answer has been filed or the time for an answer has expired, the inquiring attorney may receive 40 percent of the first $1,000,000 and 30 percent of the remaining $250,000.Addressing the inquiring attorney’s second question, if the inquiring attorney has separate contracts with each client, the prudent course of action would be to treat the recoveries together rather than separately. In other words, if an answer has been filed or the time for an answer has expired, the inquiring attorney may receive 40 percent of the first $1,000,000 and 30 percent of the remaining $250,000. The recoveries should be treated in the aggregate because the husband’s claim is derivative of the wife’s claim and the work done for each client is essentially the same. Treating the fees as separate recoveries under these circumstances would likely result in an excessive fee under Rules 4-1.5(a) and Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B). Further, in a somewhat similar situation, The Florida Bar’s Lawyer Regulation department has taken the position in the past that when an attorney is representing a plaintiff where there are multiple defendants the lawyer must treat the settlements as a single settlement for purposes of the contingency fee schedule.If the clients are unable to obtain an attorney because of the contingent fee schedule, Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B)(ii) sets forth procedures by which the clients may file a petition with the appropriate court to seek approval of a higher amount of attorney’s fees “before suit or simultaneously with the filing of a complaint.” April 15, 2002 Regular News Notices: Proposed ethics advisory opinion
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged burglar is wanted for stealing a laptop computer and a cell phone from the Nassau County Department of Health building in Mineola over Memorial Day Weekend, police said.The suspect fled after breaking into the office on County Seat Drive between 4:45 p.m. Friday, May 23 and 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, police said.Third Squad detectives released a photo of the suspect, who was caught on surveillance video, in a flyer that asks the public for their help in identifying him.The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic man with a medium build, between 5-feet, 9-inches and 5-feet, 11-inches tall. He was wearing a tan jacket with decals on the left arm, blue jeans and sneakers.Anyone who can identity the subject, or anyone with any information about this case, is asked to call the Crime Stoppers toll free hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain confidential.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect was arrested for allegedly killing a 12-year-old girl who was inside her Hempstead home when she was hit by a gunshot he fired from outside it three months ago, Nassau County police said.Jakwan KellerJakwan Keller was charged Sunday with second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 20-year-old Hempstead man fired the gunshot that struck Dejah Joyner in the head while she was in the living room of her Dartmouth Street home at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.The victim was taken to a Winthrop University Hospital where she died the next day.Police had offered a $75,000 reward for information in the case.Keller will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Social media presents opportunities for banks and credit unions to generate meaningful connections with customers and members, attract desirable consumers and achieve ongoing business initiatives. With improved targeting, enhanced advertising, compliance support, developments in ROI tracking and more, social media now has the potential to play a meaningful role in your financial institution’s marketing plan.by: Brenna Keough, Digital Strategist at ZAG InteractiveWho said banking is boring? Okay, so maybe savings accounts and mortgage loans aren’t the top trending topics on Twitter. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk about them on social channels. It just means you have to treat them in a way that makes them approachable, relevant and interesting. That is what social media marketing allows banks and credit unions to do — communicate with existing and prospective consumers in a way that is personal and relatable, while achieving quantifiable business results.Social media is ubiquitous, so to stay relevant, financial marketers will need to understand the capabilities and opportunities of various social media platforms. With a unique ability to establish and maintain relationships, financial institutions will need to embrace, resource and advocate for social media as an integral ingredient in their overall marketing mix.1. Creating ConnectionsSocial media facilitates two-way communication and enables banks and credit unions to talk with — not simply to — customers and members. Financial Social Media reports that 44% of mass affluent consumers that use social media interact with financial institutions specifically. Interacting with customers and members on social media cultivates mutually beneficial, stronger relationships, which can contribute to brand loyalty and customer satisfaction. continue reading »
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kevin CirilliThe chairman of the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday proposed the largest overhaul of financial rules since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, pinning his hopes for passage of the sweeping bill on a small group of moderate Democrats.Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R-Ala.) plan, detailed in a 216-page “discussion draft,” centers on provisions that would dramatically raise the threshold that determines which banks are labeled “systemically important” and thus subject to more stringent federal supervision.The proposal aims to ease regulations on smaller banks and credit unions, while also making structural changes at the Federal Reserve designed to increase transparency and shift more influence to the central bank’s regional outposts.Shelby intends to move legislation forward quickly, and is looking to the panel’s centrists for crucial support. continue reading »
The cardholder should be at the top of the EMV food chainAlthough many financial institutions are engulfed in the back-office activity required to implement EVM chip cards, “the cardholder should be at the top of the EMV food chain,” reminded presenters in an Arroweye Solutions webinar, Best Practices to Navigate the EMV Transition.“A meager 7 percent of banks we surveyed said customer satisfaction was a top EMV implementation concern,” the company shared in a webinar follow-up report. “But issues both within and outside of the bank will impact customer satisfaction. Banks must be customer focused and use this critical opportunity to educate and establish trust with customers.“Despite the numerous players who work together to enable transactions and keep cardholder data secure, banks hold the primary responsibility in consumers’ minds, and must have a solid ongoing communications strategy in place to retain customers and build loyalty,” the payment cards solutions firm reminds.“Start now with pre-launch communications including every available channel, such as online, cardholder statements, direct mail, media, branches, ATMs and more. Maintain, don’t sideline, key marketing strategies. Use the EMV touch point to reconnect with customers by offering a more personalized cardholder experience or introducing new services. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr From big emergencies to minor setbacks, learning how to deal with money crises is a key aspect of healthy financial management. Losses are a part of life, and while planning and preparing for them can help, you can’t always stop fiscal setbacks from occurring.When faced with financial hardship, individuals need to adapt their money plans to deal with present challenges. After all, your normal fiscal approach isn’t going to work when times are tough. For advice on facing financial challenges, GOBankingRates has turned to the best money minds out there: the finalists of the 2015 Best Money Expert competition, presented in collaboration with Ally. Here are eight tips designed to help limit the damage of financial problems and get you and your money back on track. continue reading »