Mercosur Approves the Creation of a Fund to Support Family Farms

first_img The countries that make up Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay) decided in Brasilia to set up a joint fund to strengthen family farms, in an initial amount of around 50 million dollars. The fund, approved during the fourteenth Mercosur meeting dedicated exclusively to this topic, will be destined for activities to support and strengthen family farms, particularly through the concession of small lines of credit. The representative of the Mercosur Family Producers Organizations, Alessandra Lunas, highlighted the decision to create the fund because “it’s necessary to invest in people who produce food. We can’t allow there to be millions of people in the Mercosur countries suffering from hunger.” Meanwhile, the Argentine agriculture minister, Julián Domínguez, said in the meeting’s opening address that it is necessary that “the public and private sectors work to support” family farms because of their enormous capacity to produce food. In the view of the Brazilian minister of social development, Marcia Lopes, it is fundamental that “governments be bolder” in designing and adopting strategies to “defeat the plague of hunger,” and she added that supporting family farms is one such path. For his part, José Graziano, the representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Latin America, noted that there are fundamental issues that need to be resolved in the fight against hunger, particularly the acute problem of agrarian reform. By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img read more

US, Guatemala and Honduras strengthen narcotics fight

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2012 GUATEMALA CITY – Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. military’s Southern Command, (USSOUTHCOM) said the coastlines of Honduras and Guatemala have become hubs in the trafficking of narcotics from South America into the United States. “Key arrival points in Central America are the northeast coast of Honduras and then the Pacific coast of Guatemala,” Fraser said. “We changed our strategy to be more persistent … to see if we could have a bigger impact on trafficking organizations.” USSOUTHCOM, which is in charge of heading combined military missions in Central America and the Caribbean, recently deployed 171 Marines and four helicopters to Guatemala. The move was in conjunction with Operation Martillo, an international mission that gathers Western Hemisphere and European nations in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. U.S. officials said 90% of cocaine from South America that arrives in the United States is routed through Central America, as Mexico-based cartels have established a presence throughout the region. “These criminal organizations will continue to shift their operations and we will have to shift ours,” Fraser said. “As we put pressure along their routes, they will be making some changes, but we don’t know what those will be.” Fraser met with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez on Aug. 29. [Reuters (Guatemala), 29/08/2012; Prensa Libre (Guatemala), 30/08/2012]last_img read more

The ultimate brand experience

first_imgConsumers experience your brand in a number of ways: through their research related to a particular need; through the purchase process; through your customer service in person, online, or by phone; through their use of your product or service; through your presence in their environment; and through word of mouth.Traditionally, the main consumer experience occurred at the point (or place) of purchase. Today, much of that experience continuum has shifted online. In spite of the increasing reliance on digital channels (or perhaps because of it), consumers have high expectations of their physical interactions with brands. They’re not just looking for good service and attractive, functional retail design – they’re seeking an experience that is memorable and meaningful.Apple stores are a great example of how brands can offer in-person experience value to consumers. They’re not just a place to buy a product, they’re a place where consumers can interact, experience, learn, share, and feel like part of a community. The stores are consistent but unique, and they’re a seamless extension of other aspects of the Apple brand experience. People go there not only to make a purchase or receive service, but also simply to experience the brand. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Instagram strategies that really work for credit unions

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I recently attended The Financial Brand Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Forum hosted over 1500 professionals in the financial sector for a 3-day conference, of which, I attended several breakout sessions on various topics…one session in particular is top of mind for this blog.On day 2 of the Forum, I attended a breakout session about one of the nations largest Banks ($125 Billion in assets) that grew their revenue using social media.  I was curious to hear their Director of Social Media speak on the subject to see what her findings were, and their overall strategy for success.  One thing that was shocking to me about her presentation, was when she said her Bank wasn’t on Instagram.  When an audience member asked why, the Director of Social Media responded with “our Bank likes to take their time when deciding which social media platforms we should be on, and I’m not so sure where Instagram is going to go.”  I can understand her response, but I respectfully disagree with her…and here’s why:Don’t wait.  Run!As we know, most credit union member populations are aging.  With over 700 million monthly active Instagrammers, the platform’s primary age group is 18-29 years old (aka millennials), which is the perfect market for credit unions to target to grow their membership. continue reading »last_img read more

Tioga County accepting cloth mask donations for residents needing them

first_imgHome Central Owego: 151 Central Ave, Owego, NY 13827 Home Central Candor: 309 Owego Rd, Candor, NY 13743 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (WBNG) — Following a New York State mandate to use face coverings in public, Tioga County officials are making sure every resident has access to a mask. If you would like to donate or pick up a mask, you can visit the following locations: The County is accepting donations at Home Central locations in Owego and Candor. Before donating, officials are asking for masks to be washed and placed in bags. If you are picking up a mask, officials say you should wash the mask as an added precaution. “Wearing a mask does two things. It protects the person you’re speaking with, and if that person is wearing a mask, their mask protects you. It’s a safety precaution, it’s a way of staying healthier,” said Sauerbrey. “People began to say they could sew them. We decided that we should encourage the community to make masks,” said Tioga County Legislature Chair Marte Sauerbrey. County officials say if residents can work together, it will keep the community much safer. Both Home Central locations are open the following hours: Officials are stressing that wearing a mask is not only mandatory, but also a necessity. Masks will be given out on a first come, first serve basis, and will only be available as donations come in.last_img read more

In new gaffe, White House hopeful Biden says running for ‘Senate’

first_imgBiden, 77, is known for his verbal stumbles. While they may not be disqualifying — last year he mixed up then-prime minister Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher — they are providing ammunition for critics who question his mental acuity.The latest gaffes come as Biden seeks to make a “comeback” after miserable showings in Iowa and New Hampshire and a second-place finish in Nevada, and days before Saturday’s primary, a monumental test for his campaign.Speaking at a Democratic Party Dinner in Charleston, South Carolina, Biden asked the attendees, many of them African Americans who support his bid, for help in making him the nominee.”Where I come from you don’t get far unless you ask,” Biden said. “I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over. If you like what you see, help me out.” Joe Biden’s White House bid has been rocked by a series of verbal slip-ups days before South Carolina’s Democratic primary, a make-or-break contest as the former vice president struggles to reverse his campaign’s slide.Eclipsed by a surging Bernie Sanders, Biden suggested to supporters Monday that he was campaigning “for the United States Senate” — where he served for 36 years, until a decade ago.Biden also blundered by saying he had negotiated the 2015 Paris climate accord with China’s Deng Xiaoping, who died in 1997. Topics :center_img Several US media reported that he added “if not, you can vote for the other Biden,” although review of the video does not conclusively show him saying his name. No other Bidens are in the race.There was no mistaking Biden’s error at a second event, when he claimed to have worked on the Paris climate accord with a Chinese leader who died 19 years before the deal was signed.”I’m the guy that came back after meeting with Deng Xiaoping and making the case that I believe China would join if we put pressure on them,” Biden said.The error was quickly pointed out by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.”I honestly wish he would’ve retired & not subjected himself to the rigors of this campaign,” added online personality, activist and Sanders surrogate Shaun King.Biden was to take the debate stage Tuesday with six rivals: Sanders, former mayors Michael Bloomberg of New York and Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.last_img read more

Coronavirus: ‘Worst yet to come’ for countries in conflict, says UN chief

first_imgUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday renewed his call for a global ceasefire, urging all parties to conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn nations to combat the coronavirus pandemic.”The worst is yet to come,” Guterres said, referring to countries beset with fighting like Syria, Libya and Yemen. “The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theatres of conflict.” Guterres said there had been some progress following his March 23 call for peace, but that fighting still rages in a number of countries, hampering the ability to put into place plans to combat the virus.”The need is urgent,” Guterres said at a UN press conference.”The virus has shown how swiftly it can move across borders, devastate countries and upend lives.”He said that parties to conflict in a number of countries, including Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Colombia, Libya, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, have expressed support for his call.”But there is a huge distance between declarations and deeds — between translating words into peace on the ground and in the lives of people,” Guterres said.”In many of the most critical situations, we have seen no let-up in fighting — and some conflicts have even intensified.”While expressing gratitude for support of his earlier call from some 70 countries, NGO groups and religious leaders worldwide including Pope Francis, Guterres said more concrete work was necessary. “We need robust diplomatic efforts to meet these challenges. To silence the guns, we must raise the voices for peace,” he said.Guterres did not mention the UN Security Council, where divisions between the United States and China have blocked action.The EU “strongly supports” the call, its foreign policy chief Josip Borrell said after a video conference of the bloc’s foreign ministers.”We urge all those involved in armed conflicts anywhere in the world to engage in efforts to find a political solution to the conflict,” Borrell told a media conference in Brussels.Call for more aid Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the Security Council has not met once on COVID-19, making no statement or joint resolution.On Thursday the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for international cooperation and “multilateralism” in addressing the virus, which has infected more than one million worldwide and killed more than 50,000.Guterres appealed for developed countries and multilateral institutions to do more to aid poorer countries face the pandemic.”To act early rather than later is essential… This is particularly true with the developing world,” he said.Guterres noted that the ceasefire in Idlib, Syria is holding but said it needs to be expanded to the entire country to allow full efforts to slow the coronavirus spread.But he also said expressions of support for a ceasefire by different factions fighting in Libya had not ended the violence.”This war is now not allowing the response to COVID-19 to take place,” he said.”This is the moment to stop. It’s not morally acceptable to continue with this conflict.” Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery explains what made him proud of Arsenal Europa League heroes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette

first_img Read More 1 min. story SPONSORED / Skip Top articles Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scored all of Arsenal’s goals in the 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery revealed he was ‘proud’ of Arsenal’s deadly duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but not just for their goalscoring prowess after they helped seal a place in the Europa League final.Arsenal invested over £100million in transfer fees to sign the former Lyon and Borussia Dortmund forwards who have formed a telepathic understanding this season.The pair scored all seven goals across the two legs of Arsenal’s 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia with Aubameyang taking his tally to 27 in all competitions this season following a devastating hat-trick at the Mestalla.Lacazette, meanwhile, who effectively scored the tie clinching goal 10 minutes into the second half, now has 50 goal involvements since his debut at the start of last season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Manchester United captain Harry Maguire It was not just their efficiency in front of goal which caught the eye of their manager, however, who noted how their work rate and pressing from the front set the tone for one of Arsenal’s most impressive displays of the season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Emery reacts as Arsenal qualify for the Europa League finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:50FullscreenEmery reacts as Arsenal qualify for the Europa League final 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.‘Yes, really they are very good strikers but I am proud of them in how they worked defensively,’ said Emery.‘We needed that today, the big players can be good strikers but when their commitment is like today, working defensively to help us, it’s amazing.‘After their goal, our attacking moments were coming because our positioning and other players can create chances for them to score. But I think it’s the work of every player and they did it perfectly.‘Every player congratulated him and before the match I think we spoke in the hotel, everybody, about our moments, about our experiences, about being together and how we can take the best performance collectively and individually.Signed, sealed, delivered ✍️@UnaiEmery_ x @Aubameyang7— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 10, 2019 Skip Ad Advertisement Read More PLAY Read More Read More 1/1 About Connatix V67539 Unai Emery explains what made him proud of Arsenal Europa League heroes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette Coming Next Read More by Metro Advertisement Video Settings Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 May 2019 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares ‘They made that and after the match congratulations because every player gave us all they can do in 90 minutes and after, individually, we can also speak about some players.‘Aubameyang for the goals, Lacazette for another goal but I think we worked very well and this work is for being proud of them and also remembering our supporters at home.‘We played last week and they were full in the stadium with us. Today they are coming here to support us and I think we can be proud of each single player and each single 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 Commentlast_img read more

Energi Coast Welcomes CfD Round 3 Offshore Wind Winners

first_imgEnergi Coast is well-placed to support the development of the 1.4GW Sofia and the 3.6GW Dogger Bank projects selected in the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 3, this North East of England’s offshore wind cluster said.In total, six UK offshore wind projects have won CfD, including Sofia, Dogger Bank Teesside A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, and Dogger Bank Cryeke Beck B, all located off the North East of England coast.Sofia is being developed by Innogy Renewables UK, and Dogger Bank projects by a partnership between Equinor and SSE.The developments secured strike prices of between GBP 39.65/MWh and GBP 41.61/MWh, which is nearly 30 percent lower compared to the strike prices in the second CfD auction in 2017.“The UK supply chain has matured to become ideally-placed to support the offshore wind developments that have been awarded Contracts for Difference,” George Rafferty, Chief Executive of UK energy sector business development experts NOF, said.“Offshore wind is now a central part of a balanced UK energy mix and the companies within the NOF membership and its wider network for diversified and evolved to contribute to the delivery of these projects through the application of innovative technology-led solutions and effective working practices.”North East England’s offshore wind cluster is well-placed to support these developments, Energi Coast said, adding that the cluster has matured to deliver the majority of what is required for an offshore wind farm, both at design, construction, installation and operations & maintenance phase. This expertise ranges from foundations, cables, installation, ports and logistics, training and specialist subsea services.James Ritchie, Chair of Energi Coast and CEO at Tekmar Group. Source: Energi Coast“This is a significant step forward to the UK offshore wind industry, which presents tangible opportunities for North East England’s cluster of supply chain companies that have the experience and expertise to support their delivery and operation,” James Ritchie, Chair of Energi Coast and CEO at Tekmar Group plc, said.“We do not underestimate the challenges this price reduction will create, but I am confident our cluster will be cost-competitive to support the delivery of these projects and we hope developers will recognise the benefit of using a proven, local supply chain. The innovation that companies from our cluster have brought to the industry will enable these developers to deliver sustainable offshore wind generation and ensure the sector can play its role in decarbonising the UK energy system.”last_img read more

Super Eagles defender closes in on Watford move

first_imgRead Also: Etebo excited after Galatasaray debut winTroost-Ekong joined Udinese from Turkish Super Lig club Bursaspor in 2018. The well traveled centre-back has played professionally in Netherlands (his place of birth), Norway, Belgium, Turkey and Italy while he spent time in both Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur’s academy.The 27-year-old has been capped 39 times by the Super Eagles since making his debut five years ago.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Watford suffered relegation to the English Championship last season after ending the campaign in 19th spot, following a run of three straight defeats in the final three matchdays. They’ve started their pursuit of top-flight football with a win and draw from their first two matches of the 2020/21 season. Super Eagles and Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong is reportedly on the cusp of joining Watford. According Gazzetta dello Sport as reported by Tutto Udinese, Ekong has already said farewell to his Udinese teammates and will join the Hornets’ push for automatic promotion back to the English Premier League.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… last_img read more