Biden pauses Trump policies as Blinken takes diplomatic helm

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat takes the helm of the State Department. The administration is placing at least temporarily holds on several big-ticket arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, new Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he is looking urgently at a terrorism designation against Yemen’s Houthi rebels that his predecessor enacted shortly before leaving office. On his first full day on the job Blinken also said the administration has initiated a comprehensive review of the U.S. relationship with Russia and is examining details of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed nearly a year ago.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Modernizes its Armored Vehicle Fleet with Guarani Project

first_imgBrazil’s Army is expanding its fleet of vehicles as part of Project Guarani, a key initiative that aims to modernize them for the Cavalry and Mechanized Infantry Divisions. The Military launched the project after determining it needed to modernize its fleet of armored vehicles — an analysis that began in 1999 with the investigation of basic operational requirements to replace Brazil’s 30-year-old fleet of Urutu and Cascavel armored vehicles. “Project Guarani is the primary initiative of the Brazilian Army,” Colonel José Henrique de Cássio Ruffo said during a presentation at the 4th annual Latin America Armored Vehicles conference in Bogotá, Colombia, on July 1. “We will be finishing it 20 years from now.” By the end of 2015, the Brazilian Army will choose a developer for the 4×4 VBMT-LR (Armored Multitask Vehicle – Light Vehicle Class), which, just like the 6×6, will be built and produced in Brazil. The Military will order at least 186 vehicles of this kind, Major Cardoso Brites said. A similar plan for about 13 Guarani 8x8s is also in the works. The 4×4 and 8×8 Guarani armored vehicles are designed to complement and expand the Army’s operational capacities. Extensive testing By Dialogo July 24, 2015 It was with interest that i read the article. According to another source an alternative will be employed as weapon on the vehicle that is promoted as an “alternative to Remote Control Weapon Stations”.It would be of interest to see this system that will act as alternative as the newest drive / tendency is to develop a more cost effective Remote Control Weapon Station complementing the price of a vehicle. Thus from our company perspective we are launching a new range of Remote Control Weapon Station (especially in the 12.7mm and 20mm class weapon) termed Rogue LITE. In conclusion it really would be interesting to compare performance and price of such a remote control weapon system vs this new system. That decision follows the testing of over 300 operational and technical requirements in Italy, Germany and Brazil; at the request of the Armed Forces, manufacturers in those countries evaluated the vehicles for their amphibious capabilities, maneuverability in different kinds of terrain, mileage capabilities (kilometers per gallon) and fire hazard systems. The Brazilian Military also deployed the Guarani in Rio’s favelas for pacification purposes; in Mato Grosso do Sul for border protection; and in Paraná, where the 15th Motorized Infantry Battalion uses them for peacekeeping missions and to fight organized crime. Since then, Iveco has begun delivery of the vehicles: 86 VBTP-MRs 6×6 Guarani armored vehicles in December 2012, and an additional 102 6×6 vehicles as of June 2015. Each is designed to transport 11 passengers using a Brazilian-made 383- horsepower Iveco Diesel Engine with six-speed automatic transmission and independent hydro pneumatic suspension in each wheel. The VBTP-MR has a modular design capable of utilizing a variety of weapons systems, ranging from manual and automated turrets for close protection to the REMAX (Reparo de Metralhadora automatizada X) remote weapon system, a flexible component that can be adapted for 7.62x51mm NATO cartridges, .50 Browning machine gun cartridges or grenade launchers. Production begins For that purpose, Brazil is seeking and developing various kinds of weapon systems, including anti-tank laser-guided missiles for the 4×4, and 105mm self-propelled howitzers for the destruction of high-value targets for the 8×8. The Army is also preparing ambulance, command post, fire direction, mortar carrier and repair and recovery variants for the Guarani family. “With the Guarani, the mechanized infantry can maneuver faster and with more depth,” Colonel Ruffo said. “They can combat with a high degree of security, and with firepower that can respond to all threats.” Through Project Guarani, the Army will build at least seven types of armored vehicles, including several variants of 6×6, 4×4 and 8×8 vehicles, according to Colonel Henrique Ruffo, the initiative’s Project Manager. After the tests, the Brazilian government in December 2009 signed a $3.4 billion, 20-year deal with Iveco to develop and produce 2,044 VBTP-MRs (Armored Personnel Transport Vehicle – Guarani Midsize Vehicle Class) in Brazil. More than 100 Brazilian suppliers have been directly involved in the effort. last_img read more

Spotting elder financial exploitation red flags

first_imgElder financial exploitation and elder fraud are rising at an alarming rate and continue to be serious crimes in the United States. With no signs of dissipating, it is just a matter of time before an incident happens in your customer base, if it has not happened already.While each state defines elder financial exploitation a bit differently, in general, it is when someone illegally or improperly uses or steals a vulnerable senior’s or disabled person’s money or property. These crimes can result in significant loss of financial resources for the victims and often greatly impact their quality of life.An increase in financial crime and fraud against the elderly is expected to continue to climb as the baby boom population (those born before 1964) age. According to the National Council on Aging, this heartless crime is most likely under-reported due to the victims’ fear, shame and embarrassment. NCOA estimates the cost of elder financial abuse to older Americans up to $36.5 billion annually.A recent American Bankers Association Foundation research study found that older Americans hold 70% of the deposited wealth in the United States. What’s now being referred to as the “Age Wave,” 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day until 2030, creating an even larger pool of potential victims for fraudsters and scammers. These crimes can be a financial nightmare for seniors, leaving some destitute and despondent. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CFPB extends sunset date for the GSE patch

first_imgOn October 20, 2020 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule extending the expiration date of certain “temporary” qualified mortgages (QM) also called the government sponsored entity (GSE) patch. This type of QM had a sunset date of January 10, 2021. Rather than extend this deadline to a specific date, this rule is effective until the bureau finalizes additional changes to the ATR/QM rule, or when the GSEs exit conservatorship, whichever occurs first.As background, the Dodd-Frank Act and section 1026.43 of Regulation Z require credit unions to make a reasonable, good faith determination that a borrower has the ability to repay (ATR) any consumer credit transaction that is secured by a dwelling, with some exceptions (e.g. home equity lines of credit). This involves consideration of eight specific underwriting factors. If a loan meets certain criteria, it is a QM and is considered to be in compliance with the ATR requirements. Currently, there are four types of QMs in the regulation:General QM, where the debt-to-income ratio is capped at 43%;Small creditor portfolio QM;Small creditor balloon-payment QM; andTemporary QM, which must be eligible to be purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the GSE patch)Note – a fifth category of QM was added by statute in 2018 and has not been implemented into the regulation. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Rob Holding reveals the message David Luiz sent him before he joined Arsenal

first_imgRob Holding reveals the message David Luiz sent him before he joined Arsenal Advertisement Rob Holding started for Arsenal during their 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Rob Holding has revealed that David Luiz sent him a message of support after he ruptured his cruciate ligament while playing for Arsenal against Manchester United in December.The 24-year-old had emerged as a first-team regular under Unai Emery in the first half of last season prior to the setback and has only just returned to action following nine months out.Arsenal’s defence suffered without Holding and Emery looked to strengthen that area of the pitch with the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m deal on deadline day.Holding is yet to play alongside Luiz since the Brazilian moved to the Emirates but he was impressed with his teammate after he offered him encouragement while still playing for Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Oct 2019 11:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link223Shares David Luiz sent Rob Holding a message of encouragement after he ruptured his cruciate ligament (Picture: Getty)‘David Luiz messaged me out of the blue and I was taken back by it,’ Holding told Arsenal’s website after the win over Standard Liege.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He just said that it happens and that I’ve got a great career ahead of me. He told me that I just need to focus and I’ll be all good, so I felt if he was doing that for me why I can’t I do that for someone else, because it may give them a little boost.‘I never played in the England Under-21s with Lewis Cook, but because we had the same injury at the same time and we had surgery on the same day, we’ve sort of kept in touch with each other. I remember when Sol Bamba for Cardiff did his injury too, so I also sent him a message.‘When you go through an injury like that and you’re out for nine or 10 months, football and rivalry is put aside and you’re just getting behind each other. But I’m ready whenever the boss needs me now, so we’ll see what happens.‘I’m happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I feel comfortable.’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 CityHolding has enjoyed a solid return to action, helping Arsenal to keep two clean sheets in both of his appearances – a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup followed by a 4-0 victory over Standard Liege.Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in the Premier League this season and there have been calls for Holding to be recalled to the side, possibly at Luiz’s expense with the summer signing struggling for form since his move.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 Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

William A. Hertel

first_imgWilliam A. Hertel, age 76 of Whispering Pines, North Carolina and formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Whispering Pines.  Born October 30, 1939 in Ripley County Indiana, he is the son of Stella (Nee: Meister) and Lester Hertel.  He married Connie Pfeifer September 14, 1962 and she died July 24, 1977.  He married Joy Jordan  December 16, 1996 and she survives.  Bill served in the Air Force Reserves.A manager and executive, Bill retired from Traveler’s Insurance Company after 30 years and in 1995 moved to Whispering Pines to enjoy his passion of playing golf.  A 1974 trip with several friends was all it took for him to fall in love with area and they would return every year until the late 1980’s to play the numerous courses.  Bill also was an avid fan of college sports and loved playing cards.He is survived by his wife Joy; sons Charles (Wendy), Mark (Denise), Eric (Kari); step-son Kevin Driscoll (Marde DeLeon), sisters Pauline Bower and Barbara May; grandchildren Emily, Abigail, Madelyn, Dalton, William and Megan Hertel; step grandchildren Adryiana Haar, Alexa Driscoll, Annaleasia DeLeon and great grandchildren Maribelle and Shelton Driscoll.  In addition to his wife Connie and parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Margaret Oswald, Helen Franzese and brothers Richard and Charles Hertel.A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 11th at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  His ashes will be interred at St. Louis Cemetery.  Following services at the cemetery the family will receive friends at a luncheon at the Knights of Columbus.  The family requests memorials to First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 242 Campground Road, West End, North Carolina, 27376.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

Humphries glad to be at Dixieland

first_imgBy Jim HainesELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (June 27) – Tom Humphries took the win at the first of two Virginia Sprint Series visits to Dixieland Speedway Friday night, holding off Jerald Harris and Glenn Worrell.The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car tour victory was Humphries second straight and third in seven series events so far this season.Charlie Ware and Chris Ware paced the field as the green waved with Charlie Ware taking off bringing Worrell along. The two were glued together until Worrell got by on lap four and Charlie was left to deal with the closing pack. Worrell was leading when a quick yellow waved at halfway with Humphries and Harris right be­hind. Worrell took off and stayed fast but Humphries was on the attack, chopping high and low lap af­ter lap until he and Harris both got by with six laps to go. Humphries stayed out front with Harris right behind. Worrell, Troy Severin and Anthony Linkenhoker completed the top five. Eastside Speedway will be closed for the upcoming holiday weekend so the next series race will be a pavement show at Shenandoah, Va., Speedway on Saturday July 12. Feature results – 1. Tom Humphries; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Glenn Worrell; 4. Troy Severin; 5. An­thony Linkenhoker; 6. French Grimes; 7. Tony Harris; 8. Charlie Ware; 9. Carl Simmons; 10. Chris Ware; 11. Eliah Omwake; 12. Kevin Fletcher; 13. Mattie Feldman; 14. Brian Lawson; 15. Chad Worrell.last_img read more

IMCA Modified stars shine at Hancock County specials

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – Three very rich nights of racing give the stars of the IMCA Modified division the opportunity to shine at Hancock County Speedway.The Thursday, Aug. 9 Night of 1,000 Stars at Britt pays a guaranteed $3,500 to win and $300 to start, plus a bonus of $1,000 to the leader at halfway and another $1,000 if the winner has perfect attendance at Britt this season.The Night of 10,000 Stars on Friday, Aug. 10 sports a $7,000 top check, plus $1,000 bonuses to the halfway leader, for perfect attendance and for having won on Thursday as well. A minimum of $400 will be paid to start that main event.And the Saturday, Aug. 11 Bob Shryock Memorial All Stars pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $500 to start. The evening’s Kody King Motorsports All Star Dash features 16 cars in a 10-lap $500 to win, $100 to start race.Thirty cars start three-wide in 50-lappers on Thursday and Friday. Twenty-four cars take the green in Saturday’s 40-lapper.All three events are draw/redraw, are qualifiers for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Iowa State points will be awarded each night. Entry fee for each event is $100 if paid by Aug. 3 or $130 after that date.The 24th annual Night of 1,000 Stars is sponsored by Doug Studer Farms and Brakke Implement. Also running will be Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $600 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win. Track officials are pleased to announce that the first 100 Modified or Northern Sport Mod drivers through the gates that evening will receive a complimentary pit pass compliments of MaxYield Cooperative in partnership with Corteva Agriscience.Completing the Friday card are Stock Cars vying for $750 to win and Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks, both in $500 to win features. Corteva Agriculture sponsors the sixth annual Night of 10,000 Stars.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps Thursday and Friday.Top prize for the Stock Cars on Saturday is $600. SportMods and Hobbies both race for $500 to win.The Shryock Memorial is sponsored by Lake Mills Motor Sports. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.National and state points will be given to Stocks, Hobbies and SportMods, with regional points as well for the Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks.Grandstand admission each night is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, veterans and students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.More information about all three events is available at the website.last_img read more

Naples Woman Walks Into Airplane Propeller in Florida Keys

first_imgAs a result, she lost her arm and foot. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot left the plane running when he got out to check a mechanical issue, the unidentified female passenger exited the plane and walked around to the front of the plane and was hit by the rotating prop.The woman was flown to Jackson Memorial Trauma Center in Miami. Her condition is unknown. A Naples woman is hospitalized this morning after being hit by an airplane propeller at Key West International Airport Saturday night. A woman had her arm and foot severed by a plane propeller at a Florida airport.She was hit while removing a block from one of the wheels of the single-propeller Cesna.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 14, 2019last_img read more

Indian Grandmaster Humpy finishes 12th in blitz competition

first_imgLast Updated: 31st December, 2019 10:25 IST Indian Grandmaster Humpy Finishes 12th In Blitz Competition A hat-trick of losses in the last three rounds ended Humpy’s hopes of a second title at the women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships as she finished 12th FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By A hat-trick of losses in the last three rounds ended Koneru Humpy’s hopes of a second title at the women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships as the Indian Grandmaster finished 12th overall in the two-day blitz competition. Kateryna Lagno of Russia and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defended their titles in the women’s and men’s blitz competition on Monday. Humpy, who had claimed the World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship title after drawing the Armageddon game against Lei Tingjie of China on Saturday, was placed second with seven points from nine rounds after the opening day of the blitz competition.READ | KSI Tweets About Contestant Getting His Name Wrong In A Game ShowHumpy finishes 12th in blitz competitionHowever, the 32-year-old Indian failed to continue in the same vein and ended the tournament with 10.5 points out of 17 games. Humpy started the second day of the blitz competition by winning the first two games. She then shared the lead with Lagno after round 13 with two draws. After round 13, Humpy and Lagno had 10 points each but the Indian then drew against Russia’s Alisa Galliamova in the 14th round to drop to the second position, half-a-point behind Lagno, who had claimed another crucial win.READ | Jason Garrett Trends On Twitter After Browns Dismiss Freddie KitchensHumpy, who had taken a two-year sabbatical from 2016 to 2018 after she became a mother, then lost the final three games to bow out of contention. Another Indian Harika Dronavalli finished 25th in women’s blitz competition. Lagno, who had scored 8 points out of 9 games to grab the top position after day one, continued her good run to finish with 13 points out of 17 games to retain the title. Ukraine’s Anna Muzychuk (with 12/17) finished second while the 3rd and 4th places went to Tan Zhongyi of China and Valentina Gunina of Russia, both finishing with 12 points each. READ | Diamondbacks Sign Outfielder Kole Calhoun To 2-year ContractREAD | Redskins Fire President Bruce Allen, Eye Ron Rivera To Coach First Published: 31st December, 2019 10:25 ISTlast_img read more