Bomb blast wounds 12 outside Colombia spy agency

first_imgBy Dialogo September 10, 2010 Twelve people were wounded Wednesday when a bomb exploded outside the Colombia intelligence agency’s offices in the southern city of Pasto, near the Ecuadoran border, the Red Cross said. A “low-intensity package bomb was left outside the Administrative Department of Security (DAS) building, next to a lamppost, by a man who then ran away,” Pasto Red Cross official Henry Palacios told AFP. He said 12 passersby and workers from the DAS building were wounded in the blast and taken to area hospitals. Narino department Governor Antonio Navarro told Caracol radio that two of the wounded were in serious condition and that the damage wrought by the bomb was considerable. He said authorities suspect the bombing is the work of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s oldest and strongest rebel group. Pasto is the capital of Narino department, one of FARC’s strongholds in southern Colombia.last_img read more

Top 6 credit union technologies that I am thankful for as a member

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details As a late Gen Xer/Early Millennial – I grew up with technology.  I remember distinctly in the 5th grade when the mouse was introduced and our computer lab moved to Macs from Tandys.   I started working in credit union technology on an old EDS World system at 18 as a teller and spent the next 10 years of my career implementing an explosion of technology in credit unions.  As I thought about things I was thankful for – I thought about all of the innovations, software, systems and processes I have implemented and experienced as a member.  Here is my list of technology that I truly appreciate as a credit union member.Remote Deposit Capture in Mobile BankingThis is my all-time favorite.   It is sad that this gets me excited but I really love being able to deposit a check without ever leaving my kitchen.  Just take a quick picture of the front and back, enter the amount and you are done.   I have a corporate account I administer for a networking group and I don’t have RDC with that bank.  It is brutal.  It takes me 4 to 6 weeks to coordinate my schedule and make it to a branch.Automatic Loan DecisioningI am extremely impatient.  Not a little.  A LOT.  Automatic loan decisioning for everything pretty much but a mortgage is what I expect.   Take any longer and I go research and find something else that is faster and more efficient.  Sorry, I won’t wait for a day for a slightly better rate.   Thankfully, my credit union has this and is very efficient with loan processing.E*SignaturesMy credit union supports e*signatures for everything.  This is great – the documents get sent to me and I can complete everything from my phone.  A while back I was cleaning up my files and stumbled across my first car loan from Agriculture FCU.  It was the well worn carbon copy and physical signature. I really -really appreciate – A) not having to sign a physical copy B) not having to store a physical copy.   Thank you Credit Unions who have E*Signatures.7-11 Kiosks connected to Shared Branching If you haven’t used one go try it.  They are Awesome!  Thank you Sarah Bang!   Like many credit union members I don’t live near the credit unions I bank with and can rarely make it into a branch.  Every time there is a transaction that I can’t do through mobile banking, online banking or a call center, the 7-11 Kiosk works.  Everytime.   I have used it on the road to deposit large checks and check multiple credit union account balances.Online Banking & Bill PayI can’t imagine a bank or credit union without these.  My father used to use a phone coupler modem with his laptop in the 80’s and dialed into a Bank.  He downloaded his account data and printed it out on a dot matrix printer.    Thank goodness my first credit union account had online banking.  From my dorm room I could check my balances and avoid bouncing checks as a freshmen in college.  Even though I know how to balance a check book – I haven’t had to since I was a kid.PFM or MintUnfortunately my credit union doesn’t have a great PFM tool.  However, I can use Mint.  It is fantastic for being able to manage my budget, see all of my credit union & brokerage accounts, and manage my full financial picture.   Thank you for PFM software and account aggregation.Thank you credit unions for working hard on my behalf as a member to implement technology, be efficient and provide great rates.  I can’t wait to see the future with digital wallets and for credit unions to use more and more data analytics to improve the member experience and service offerings.last_img read more

BLOG: Combating Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic a Top Priority for Governor Wolf (Round-up)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Combating Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic a Top Priority for Governor Wolf (Round-up) May 03, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Governor Tom Wolf has hosted a series of roundtables across the state to address and discuss the current opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. The roundtables were attended by state legislators, local officials, healthcare professionals, and law enforcement who shared their experiences and recommendations on how best to combat the crisis. Governor Wolf has announced that fighting opioid abuse is a top priority for his administration. The Governor is proud of the work that has been done by his administration so far, but stresses that there more work to do and he is reaching out to legislators, law enforcement, stakeholders, advocates, and local officials to solicit the best ideas to fight this crisis.“The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis,” said the Governor.“These local roundtables give us the opportunity to discuss real solutions that will help Pennsylvania tackle this problem and ultimately save lives. It is my goal to make Pennsylvania an example for the rest of the nation for our work in this epidemic.”The Governor hopes that the bi-partisan effort of these roundtables is the beginning of a larger conversation regarding opioid abuse in Pennsylvania and will encourage state lawmakers and community leaders to work toward finding solution to ending this epidemic.Take a look at the additional coverage below:The Bradford Era: Wolf administration says heroin epidemic ‘a top priority’“Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder,” reads a release from Wolf’s office. “The Department of Human Services will provide 50 new Centers for Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wrap-around services, such as cognitive based therapies.”PA Homepage: Fighting Opioid Abuse[Early] education is on the mind of Governor Tom Wolf who met with some of those educators and law enforcement officials in Williamsport. Wolf wants kids to be talking about opioid abuse and heroin. Governor Wolf said, “Children are very potent disseminators of information and I think that suggestion the Superintendent made is a good one”.Daily Item: Doctor: Too few providers for expanded drug treatmentThe governor intends to use the $34 million to establish 50 Centers of Excellence to treat Medicaid recipients with opioid addictions — an estimated 11,250 additional addicted Pennsylvanians and 22,500 total…Wolf acknowledged the lack of available providers will be a challenge. “That’s a big debate within our administration,” Wolf said after the event. However, the governor stressed the proposal is but one method and that the state won’t be singular in its approach.Sun Gazette: Joining Forces“This is something that people take seriously, and it’s not a money thing,” [Governor Wolf] said. “No one wants to look at this problem and say it’s going to grow because we aren’t devoting adequate resources to it.” Wolf and state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, agreed the opioid issue is a nonpartisan problem, and legislators, citizens and community leaders are all “concerned about what is happening throughout Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.Central Penn Business Journal: State roundtable highlights opioid epidemicEarlier this week Gov. Tom Wolf and state Senator Gene Yaw hosted a roundtable in Williamsport to discuss the state’s opioid epidemic. The goal of the discussion was to combat opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. The governor is conducting roundtables statewideABC 27: Gov. Wolf talks about state’s opioid, heroin crisisWolf said taking care of the problem could save the state money. He said he has already taken steps that include proposing more money to fight the crisis in the next budget. “If we actually come up with a good effective answer, we’re going to save money,” Wolf told ABC27 News. “Think about how many dollars we’re going to save if we get back to $400 million rather than $2 billion in incarceration costs.”FOX 43: The cost of heroin addiction hits everyone in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf said the cost of heroin addiction to the community is not the only concern. “I think the ratios are pretty big, and so there might be some specific costs to programs that we want to put into place, but if we want to do it right, we’re going to be saving money and we’re saving lives,” Wolf said.WITF: Leaders plead for more treatment beds to help people addicted to opioidsLeaders at a roundtable with Governor Tom Wolf delivered a clear and consistent message: treatment programs aren’t keeping up with demand. On a day when President Barack Obama welcomed 10 “Champions of Change” to the White House in praise of their efforts to fight the opioid crisis, Governor Tom Wolf and others gathered for the roundtable in Lancaster.Lancaster Online: Pa. Gov. Wolf in Lancaster for Opioid RoundtableThe governor said the epidemic was one of the first — and biggest — problems he faced when he took office in January 2015. More people died of opioid overdoses in the United States last year than in car accidents; in Lancaster County, 80 people died of overdoses in 2015, and 52 died in car crashes. “What can we do?” Wolf asked a panel of more than 20 addiction counselors, service providers and elected officials Friday morning.Times Herald: Pa. Gov. Wolf visits Coatesville to discuss opioid crisis“We have an epidemic that is not focused in certain areas, it’s all over the state,” Wolf said. “Everyone is facing it.” According to statistics, nearly 2,500 people died of overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2014, Wolf noted, more than those killed in car accidents. “It destroys lives,” Wolf said. “It destroys the families.”WGAL: Wolf weighs in on PA heroin epidemic (video) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantlast_img read more