More Than 500 Dead in Mudslides North of Rio de Janeiro

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2011 I am from Angola but I keep abreast of the news from Brazil, about this disaster that affected the country in a way not seen in 4 decades, I am really sorry and hope that the situation resolves itself as soon as possible, with faith, harmony and solidarity that it appears Brazilians have to give to one another, keep doing what you are doing as God will always be close to you. I will follow the happenings on Record News, or R7. May God protect you and set you free from all evil. Rafael van-dùnem. My email is more of an effort to unite with the people of Brazil, when a brother country is affected, the most important thing is to partner with and console those families that are going through such a terrible time I’m sending to them greetings from the people of Uruguay and Argentina. I would need to know about the Praia do Rosa zone, and whether it is affected by the flooding and what are the risks. In a vast landscape of debris and devastation, aid teams returned to work on 13 January, seeking victims of the torrential rains that caused more than 500 deaths in a mountainous tourist region north of Rio de Janeiro. Three large municipalities in that mountain region, 100 km north of the city of Rio de Janeiro, suffered massive landslides and river flooding that carried off people, houses, trees, and everything that stood in their path, in what the press has judged to be the worst natural disaster to take place in Brazil in the last four decades. In Nova Friburgo, an industrial and agricultural city 140 km north of Rio de Janeiro, at least 225 people died, municipal officials told the local media. Communications with the city, overwhelmed by floodwaters, remained practically non-existent on 13 January. In the tourist center of Teresópolis, around 100 km north of Rio, at least 223 people lost their lives, and in neighboring Petrópolis, once a residence of Brazil’s emperors, there were 36 deaths, spokespeople for the mayor’s offices of those two cities told AFP. Rescue teams returned to work in force on 13 January – many efforts had been interrupted overnight due to lack of light and difficult access – with searches in many areas that remained isolated and amid scenes of total destruction, with houses leveled by rivers of mud and water that came down from the mountains. “It’s raining a lot, the soil is saturated with water, and there’s a risk of new mudslides,” an AFP photographer in Teresópolis reported. The death toll is rising dramatically hour by hour as rescue teams reach the more difficult areas. “Some locations in the interior have not yet been reached,” AFP was told by a spokesperson for the mayor’s office in Teresópolis, where at least fifteen mountain residential neighborhoods suffered floods and mudslides coming down from the high mountains. In that city, the mayor’s office estimated that more than 2,200 people had had to abandon their houses or had lost them. A shelter had been improvised in a local gymnasium, while corpses were piling up in the local police station, and the Navy was hurrying to set up a field hospital near city hall. The Civil Defense authorities were asking residents not to return to their homes in areas at risk. The scenes of destruction were joined by scenes of the desolation of those looking for family members. Shelters, morgues, and first-aid stations had been improvised in numerous places in the three municipalities, which have many neighborhoods scattered in the mountains. Many residents set to work as volunteers to rescue and transport those injured. “In more than thirty years of experience with these problems, this is the most extreme situation I’ve seen, not only due to the spatial dimension, but rather chiefly due to the destructive impact and the number of dead,” a specialist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Ana Luiza Coelho, told the television news channel Globonews. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was preparing to fly over the affected areas, and the government approved a budget of more than 450 million dollars for aid to the victims and rebuilding of the devastated areas.last_img read more

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Resources for credit unions affected by Hurricane Harvey

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Louisiana and other places in the southeast is heart-breaking. The rain may have stopped over Houston, but the flooding continues to pose a real and active threat to the lives and livelihoods of those in and around the city. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the hurricane’s path and suffering in its aftermath. If you would like an opportunity to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey by helping the credit unions that serve those communities, join me in donating to CUAid.coop.Resources for Credit Unions Affected by the HurricaneDisaster AssistanceThe President has issued a disaster declaration, so disaster assistance is available for credit unions. NCUA issued a press release describing some available resources for affected credit unions including guaranteeing lines of credit for credit unions through the NCUSIF, making liquidity loans through the CLF, and rescheduling examinations to affected credit unions. Credit unions in Texas wanting to access these resources can contact the Region IV office in Austin at (512) 342-5600 (open Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm Central). Credit unions in Louisiana can contact the Region III office in Atlanta at (678) 443-3000 (open Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm Eastern). continue reading »last_img read more

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6 ways to better leverage your credit union branch locations

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over the last few years a lot has changed in the Credit Union world, but one thing has stayed fairly consistent… declining branch traffic. According to a recent article by the Financial Brand, “consumer visits to retail bank branches are set to drop 36% between 2017 and 2022!”So, does this mean it’s time to stop building branches? Well, not so fast!According to another recent 2017 study by TimeTrade, “Despite the convenience of online banking, personalized service at the branch is what wins and retains customers.” And Business Insider reports that as of December of 2016, 61% of bank users had visited a branch in the last month.And I DO believe in the value of face-to-face interactions with credit union members, which is why it’s essential to use all the tricks of the trade to continue to position your brick-and-mortar branch locations for more traffic and new business. So, here’s 6 ways to maximize traffic to your Local Credit Union branch locations: continue reading »last_img read more

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Chelsea star Jorginho was ‘absolutely outstanding’ against Brighton, says Paul Merson

first_imgJorginho impressed Arsenal legend Paul Merson as Chelsea beat Brighton (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson showered Jorginho with praise after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Brighton and backed Frank Lampard’s side to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.Brighton frustrated Chelsea for 50 minutes at Stamford Bridge before Adam Webster fouled Mason Mount inside the penalty area to allow Jorginho to break the deadlock from the spot.Willian’s deflected strike with 15 minutes remaining sealed three points and Lampard was delighted to come away from the match with his first clean sheet as Chelsea manager.Jorginho impressed from the base of Chelsea’s midfield throughout and Merson claimed the Italian was ‘absolutely outstanding’ after the final whistle.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityThe former Napoli star has now scored three goals in 11 appearances for the Blues this season.‘I thought Jorginho was absolutely outstanding,’ former Arsenal midfielder Merson told Sky Sports.‘What’s helping him is he’s got legs around him. He’s got [Mason] Mount, Willian, [Ross] Barkley, and he just gives them the ball, he can spray it around the pitch.‘He is probably one of the best penalty takers in the league in my opinion, too. Comment Advertisement Lampard’s men recorded their first clean sheet of the season (Picture: Getty)Merson claims Chelsea are ‘a lot stronger than people think’ and believes Lampard’s side are more than capable of finishing in the top four.‘There were phases in the game where they played very well.‘In between those goals there were a lot of nerves from Chelsea and you could feel the nervousness in the stands from the fans.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The fans got nervous, the players got nervous but when they got that second goal they started passing it around again.‘Every week they get another Premier League game under their belt and when you win football matches that breeds confidence.‘It was stability at the start of the season and now you’re thinking “this could be top four”. They’ve got some very, very good players, Chelsea are a lot stronger than people think.’MORE: Frank Lampard highlights the ‘only negative’ from Chelsea’s win over Brighton Chelsea star Jorginho was ‘absolutely outstanding’ against Brighton, says Paul Merson Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Sep 2019 11:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wellard Inks Deal to Sell Livestock Carrier

first_imgAustralian livestock ship owner and operator Wellard Limited has signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to sell one of its livestock vessels, the M/V Ocean Outback.The company is selling the ship for a total of AUD 34.9 million (USD 26 million) to the Israeli company, Dabbah Slaughterhouse Limited.Wellard said that the sale of the mid-sized M/V Ocean Outback, which was built in 2010, is part of the company’s ongoing review of its fleet to match the shipping capacity to current market conditions and future fleet additions.The transaction will result in an estimated USD 12.17 million reduction in existing debt, USD 13.57 million increase in cash on hand and USD 9.7 million non-cash accounting loss resulting from the impairment in the book value of the asset and related inventory.Wellard expects to finalize the sale in first quarter of fiscal year 2018.“Wellard continues to work through very difficult trading conditions, which have remained soft in the second half of the financial year,” Mauro Balzarini, Wellard CEO, said.“The company is reviewing the carrying value of its assets, and subject to valuation, this may result in impairments when it finalises its accounts at year-end, which, together with expected higher trading losses, will lead to a second half loss higher than the first half,” Balzarini added.last_img read more

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High Court upholds decision to strip Family First of charitable status

first_imgStuff co.nz 4 September 2018Advocacy group Family First has lost its appeal to have its charitable status reinstated.The controversial group, whose objectives include opposing abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage, was stripped of its charitable status by the Charities Registration Board last year.The board said Family First did not exist solely for charitable purposes, one of the criteria for being classed as a charity and therefore not being required to pay income tax.In a High Court decision, Justice Simon France backed the board’s decision, saying Family First’s agenda was not charitable or in the public interest.“The board considers that Family Trust has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” the judge said.It is the second time the group has been stripped of its charitable status.In an earlier ruling, the Charities Board based its decision on a premise that any group which promoted a political agenda could not be charitable.But based on a Supreme Court precedent, that assumption was later refuted and Family First successfully appealed.This time, while acknowledging a charitable organisation could still carry a political purpose, the judge ruled Family First had not acted objectively in its cause.“Family First has not satisfied me the board erred in its decision. Its core purpose of promoting the traditional family unit cannot be shown to be in the public benefit in the charitable sense under the [Charities] Act.“Further, it has other purposes, some of which have previously been held to be non-charitable, and the rest of which present a weaker public benefit argument than the core purpose.”The judge said promotional material circulated by the group was “merely a method of presenting its advocacy to the public”.Rather than advancing education on topics discussed, Family First had simply expressed a “one-sided perspective intended to persuade the public to a particular point of view”.Of all its publications, only one of them – based on research from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research – was capable of being objective, but even that failed, the judge said.“As with other reports, the media release accompanying the report does not present the results objectively, and instead uses them in a manner that advances Family First’s views.”Family First says it will appeal the decision.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/106802590/high-court-upholds-decision-to-strip-family-first-of-charitable-statuslast_img read more

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Ten Organizations Receive Grants From Rising Sun

first_imgThe Rising Sun Regional Foundation recently awarded grant money to several regional organizations. Ten grants were handed out on December 18 that total $188,250. These grants included:• $40,000 to the Town of Versailles toward the renovation of the former Versailles Volunteer Fire Department building so that it can be used for town council and other meetings;• $6,750 to Family Connections, a regional social service agency, toward the purchase of new computers;• $25,000 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation toward a pilot educational technology program for its Middle School; and• $5,000 to the Ripley County Community Foundation to be invested in the permanent designated endowment fund of Milan 54, Inc. to honor Board President Marianne Wiggers’ 17 years of service;• $50,000 to the City of Rising Sun toward the construction of the permanent Bicentennial Walk along the riverfront, which is scheduled for replacement in 2014, as part of its 2014 Bicentennial Celebration;• $23,500 as a challenge grant to the Ohio County Commissioners toward the purchase and installation of a standby generator for the Ohio County Courthouse basement and the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department;• $22,000 to the Ohio County Commissioners toward the purchase and installation of a new and updated digital 911 system;• $10,000 to the American Legion Post #59 toward the purchase of a cross mold to produce memorial crosses for annual Memorial Day displays at the Ohio County Courthouse;• $3,000 to the City of Rising Sun to serve as the fiscal agent toward the implementation of a regional comprehensive arts program to be conducted in downtown Rising Sun;• $3,000 to the Ohio County Convention, Tourism, & Visitors Commission to purchase a citywide public address sound system;In announcing the awarding of these new grants, foundation President Marianne Wiggers stated, “RSRF was able to end a very challenging financial year in 2013 while still awarding almost $900,000 in new grants to government, educational, and other non-profit organizations in its region comprised of Ohio and Ripley Counties and the City of Aurora.”“These new grants,” she added, “increase the total grants awarded by the foundation to over $27 million during the past 17 years, which we feel, have clearly and permanently had a positive impact on the lives of many, many residents of southeastern Indiana.”The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun in conjunction with the development of the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort.. The foundation began its grantmaking program in early 1997, which it has continued to implement. It is now funded by the Rising Star Casino Resort, which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its Adjusted Gross Revenue.last_img read more

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Late charge by Larson leads to Sibley County Shootout checkers

first_imgAfter taking the lead with four laps left, Jeff Larson took the $1,500 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win at the Sibley County Shootout. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 1) – Jeff Larson took the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers and was joined by Luke Sathoff and Matt Speckman as the big winners money-wise at Wednesday’s Sibley County Shootout.Larson made his move to the front with four laps left in the Arlington Raceway show, passing Sathoff and leading to the $1,500 checkers.Sathoff took second and his position was drawn for an extra $500 bonus from Sunoco NAPA of Arlington. Speckman also received a $500.00 bonus for his 10th place finish.Damon Murty, David Moriarty and Dean Cornelius rounded out the top five. Hard charger Shaun Bruns was sixth.Derek Green chased Sathoff early before falling out with mechanical problems. The only caution was on lap nine for a spun car and Larson, Murty and Moriarty were all on the move following the restart.The top four cars were all in the mix and racing side-by-side before Larson took charge.Cory Probst prevailed in the caution-free IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock headliner and Matt Looft led the way to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers.The midweek special was sponsored by Geib Well & Water and MS Trucking and saw just three yellows interrupting the main events.Feature results – 1. Jeff Larson; 2. Luke Sathoff; 3. Damon Murty; 4. David Moriarty; 5. Dean Cornelius; 6. Shaun Bruns; 7. Matt Schauer; 8. John Oliver Jr.; 9. Dan Mackenthun; 10. Matt Speckman; 11. Jeff McCollum;12. Rick Mees; 13. Chad Schroeder; 14. Zachary Foesch; 15. Chad Overgaard; 16. Brad Lange; 17. Jason Goddard; 18. Dan McCain; 19. Taylor Willms; 20. Jake Bruns; 21. Kevin LaTour; 22. Dan Eckblad; 23. Charlie Rustman; 24. Andrew Zimmerman; 25. Ryan Grochow; 26. Derek Green; 27. Dakota Robinson; 28. Dan Dhaene; 29. Brent Uecker.last_img read more

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Fairfield seeks revenge on Rider

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRider (16-12, 10-8) vs. Fairfield (11-17, 7-10)Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Sunday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Fairfield seeks revenge on Rider after dropping the first matchup in Lawrenceville. The teams last played on Jan. 31, when the Broncs shot 53.2 percent from the field while holding Fairfield’s shooters to just 35.4 percent en route to a 16-point victory. February 29, 2020 .DOMINANT DIMENCIO: Dimencio Vaughn has connected on 38.4 percent of the 86 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 18 over his last five games. He’s also converted 67.5 percent of his free throws this season.SLIPPING AT 64: Fairfield is 0-11 this year when it allows 64 points or more and 11-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 64.STREAK STATS: Rider has lost its last four road games, scoring 67.8 points, while allowing 76.5 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Rider is rated first among MAAC teams with an average of 72 points per game.___center_img Fairfield seeks revenge on Rider For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Williamson’s umbeaten 106 guides Kiwis to victory over SA

first_imgSCOREBOARDSOUTH AFRICA inningsQ. de Kock b Boult 5H. Amla b Santner 55F. du Plessis (c) b Ferguson 23A. Markram c Munro b de Grandhomme 38H. van der Dussen not out 67D. Miller c Boult b Ferguson 36A. Phehlukwayo c Williamson b Ferguson 0C. Morris not out 6Extras: (lb-7, w-4) 11Total: (6 wickets, 49 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-59, 3-111, 4-136, 5-208, 6-218.Bowling: M. Henry 10-2-34-0, T. Boult 10-0-63-1, L. Ferguson 10-0-59-3, C. de Grandhomme 10-0-33-1, M. Santner 9-0-45-1.NEW ZEALAND innings (target: 242 runs from 49 overs)M. Guptill hit wicket b Phehlukwayo 35C. Munro c & b Rabada 9K. Williamson not out 106L. Taylor c de Kock b Morris 1T. Latham c de Kock b Morris 1J. Neesham c Amla b Morris 23C. de Grandhomme c du Plessis b Ngidi 60M. Santner not out 2Extras: (lb-1, nb-1, w-6) 8Total: (6 wickets, 48.3 overs) 245Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-72, 3-74, 4-80, 5-137, 6-228.Blowing: K. Rabada 10-0-42-1, L. Ngidi 10-1-47-1, C. Morris 10-0-49-3, A. Phehlukwayo 8.3-0-73-1, Imran Tahir 10-0-33-0 BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Captain Kane Williamson’s patient unbeaten century led New Zealand to a tense four-wicket victory over South Africa in a low-scoring Cricket World Cup match at Edgbaston yesterday.Chasing 242 to win a match reduced to 49 overs a side by rain, New Zealand looked set to comfortably reach the target with Martin Guptill and Williamson at the crease.But Guptill, on 35, was dismissed hit-wicket trying to pull Andile Phehlukwayo to the boundary and Chris Morris bowled a fiery spell to get rid of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, both caught behind for one run.Morris also had Jimmy Neesham caught at slip for 23 to leave New Zealand struggling at 137-5, but Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme (60) shared a composed 91-run partnership to ease New Zealand nerves.South Africa had a golden opportunity to run Williamson out after a mix-up with de Grandhomme left the Kiwi skipper well short of his ground but David Miller fluffed the chance, whipping the bails off without collecting the ball.de Grandhomme fell before the end but Williamson reached his century with a six in the final over and guided New Zealand to their fourth win of the tournament with three balls to spare.“It was nice to be there at the end,” said Williamson who finished unbeaten on 106. “It’s just trying to do the job as well as you can, I was fortunate I was able to do it today. There were a number of contributions that were so vital.“It was one of those surfaces that provide a great spectacle. It could have gone either way.”South Africa’s batsmen, apart from Hashim Amla and Rassie van der Dussen, failed to build on starts after being put in to bat in the face of a disciplined bowling effort from the Kiwis.Amla was bowled for 55 by Mitchell Santner but van der Dussen’s unbeaten 67 off 64 balls gave the South Africans a respectable total to defend.“We were aiming 260-270 … we fell short,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said. “We also had a lot of stop-start, stop-start innings but Kane batted through for the hundred and that was the game changer.“We did everything we could, we threw ourselves around. The energy was unbelievable. Sure, there were some times that we dropped intensity. But Kane took it away from us.”The result left South Africa, who have won only one match, virtually out of the running for a semi-final spot while New Zealand kept their unbeaten run intact to move to the top of the standings with four wins in five games.last_img read more

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