first_img Comments are closed. A newweb-based recruitment service, which is to be launched in the next few weeks,aims to help HR managers and recruiters secure top-quality IT staff anddramatically cut the time and cost of finding the right candidate.Intagenis a software-based system that sits either on a corporate website or companyintranet and automatically sorts, ranks and scores candidates’ applications.Itis designed to manage applications from the broad mix of channels that HR andrecruitment managers have to deal with, including job boards, employmentagencies, direct referrals, as well as internal and direct applications. “Intagenenables companies to identify only the most appropriate candidate for theirvacancy. Companies will no longer have to plough through piles of CVs, resum‚sand manually filter and rank the application – only to miss the perfectcandidate,” says Brian Forbes, who co-founded Intagen with GordonDavidson. Thecompany claims it will be possible to cut more than 50 per cent of resourcingcosts, including the direct and indirect costs involved in identifying andinterviewing candidates, and hiring technical professionals.BothDavidson and Forbes have worked in IT for the past 12 years and are mindful ofthe scale of the crisis currently hitting the IT sector. Estimates fromstatistics and research company EITO show that by 2003 there will be 620,000more IT vacancies than candidates in the UK and 3.8 million unfilled vacanciesin Europe. “It’sno exaggeration to argue that there is a global war for IT talent. On aworldwide basis, virtually every private and public sector business isscreaming out for IT professionals and the situation is only going to getworse,” says Davidson.Intagenis based on a bespoke software package developed by Inform Software Solutionsof Glasgow and Infogistics of Edinbirgh, and supported by Oracle, Sun andHostmark technology. Because it is an Application Service Provider, there areno compatibility issues: HR and recruitment staff can access it seamlessly fromtheir own site or intranet. The system’s design and navigation have been keptvery simple, and Intagen could sit comfortably under the IT or vacanciessection of a site. Itsrange of functions includes: l Analysing CVs submitted in digital form andextracting the relevant details–Presenting CVs in a consistent format–Ranking and presenting candidates’ profiles against a firm’s specified criteria–Undertaking skills analysis such as psychometric and technical testing–Scheduling interviews.Companiescan add further testing to the system if they choose. Intagen plans to expandits own staff numbers from 16 to 120 people in the next three years tofacilitate proper client servicing and management. The system is HR-XMLcompliant.Companiespay a “negligible” monthly charge to access Intagen and then astandard rate for each client they recruit. There is no initial set-up cost.Potential candidates can register for free with Intagen.Reactionto date has been positive and the fact that the company managed to securefunding in the middle of last year when the dotcom bubble burst demonstratesits relevance. Itis too early to name clients, says Forbes – the system does not officiallylaunch until they have completed its testing – but he claims to have a numberof “letters of intent” from both UK and international organisations.”Thecompetition for candidates is fierce and no one wants to be left behind,”says Davidson. “Businesses realise that online IT recruitment needs todeliver far more simply than bulletin boards and candidate databases. That’swhy we have already been approached by major organisations in an attempt tohelp them combat the IT skills crisis.”www.intagen.com Intagen system promises to bridge the IT skills gapOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Mortgage broker follows UK partner Purplebricks into Australia previous nextProducts & ServicesMortgage broker follows UK partner Purplebricks into AustraliaMortgage Advice Bureau hopes to repeat success of UK tie-up in OzNigel Lewis12th December 201601,305 Views Mortgage broker network Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) is to following its UK partner Purplebricks and enter the Australian market, it has been revealed.The company’s CEO Peter Brodnicki (pictured) said during an interview with The Advisor that MAB has partnered with Australian counterpart MortgagePort and says it expect to gain a significant proportion of its leads through hybrid agency Purplebricks, which reported first revenues from its Australian operation earlier this month.Brodnicki said MAB’s success in the UK had been underpinned by a “strong lead generation strategy” via strong referral relationships with UK estate agents, including Purplebricks.“Both MAB and Purplebricks carried out extensive research before entering this market, and we both saw a big opportunity to bring a very new and customer-focused proposition to the Australian market,” said Brodnicki.The research included bringing in former Barclays mortgage chief Steve Weston, who has joined 18-year-old MAB as a non-executive board member.“Against this backdrop finding a partner of the quality and ambition of Mortgageport, our partnership with Purplebricks, who are a superb and forward-thinking firm to work with, together with Steve Weston’s continued involvement, means that the timing to test our expertise overseas couldn’t be better.”Steve West added: “[MAB and Purplebricks] have both driven significant innovation in our respective markets, particularly via the use of technology and the leveraging of big data, and we will combine our expertise with that of the team at Mortgageport to deliver a new, exciting and highly scalable new business.”In the UK MAB has over 900 brokers, launched on the London Stock Exchange in 2014 and reported revenues up by 33% for 2015/16 to £75.5 million.Purplebricks Mortgage broker Peter Brodnicki Mortgage Advice Bureau December 12, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Maritime Industry news November 25, 2011 South Africa: Sekunjalo Signs Five-Year Maritime Contract A consortium led by Sekunjalo Investments has been awarded a five-year contract worth an estimated R1bn by the department of agriculture, forestry and fsheries.The deal is expected to accelerate broad-based participation in Cape Town’s maritime industry.Under the deal the consortium, which includes Sekunjalo Industrial Holdings (a subsidiary of Sekunjalo) and ship-building company KND, will conduct technical maintenance, infrastructure and personnel support to eight state-owned research and patrol vessels including the Algoa, the Ellen Khuzwayo and the Sarah Baartman for a five-year period.Sekunjalo CEO Khalid Abdulla said the contract is a significant business deal for Sekunjalo and will create value for the group’s current business operations.In addition, Sekunjalo’s chairperson Dr Iqbal Surve said: “The deal will accelerate much-needed enterprise development and skills transfer in technical areas of the maritime industry, where barriers to entry have previously been high. Our goal is to provide as many job opportunities through this deal as possible.”Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the contract is the first of its kind awarded to a black-owned company; black-owned firms have traditionally shied away from technical areas of South Africa’s maritime sector.“I am confident that Sekunjalo Industrial Holdings has the requisite skills and capabilities to fulfil this contract, based on its fleet management experience and its experience in managing maintenance projects on international vessels.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 25, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today South Africa: Sekunjalo Signs Five-Year Maritime Contract View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Sekunjalo View post tag: Five-year View post tag: Naval View post tag: contract View post tag: Signs Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgSavouries giant Ginsters has opened its first-ever retail outlet at Manchester’s Victoria railway station.The 450sq ft hot food outlet, branded Ginsters, went on trial late last December at a high footfall site at Manchester’s second-largest station.The pilot unit sells a range of hot products, including hot drinks, pasties, panini and hot slices as well as Ginsters’ new Bara product. Ginsters’ channel controller Angus Fewell said: “It is a test scenario, but so far it is proving extremely successful and shows there is a customer demand for hot products.He explained that Ginsters would be refining the offer before starting any roll-out. “You cannot roll it out until you are sure it will be profitable. It might take a year until we even consider opening further sites.”Ginsters said it would look for partners to open any further sites with. The initial trial is a partnership with Manchester Convenience Stores.>>Ginsters broaches NPD with dough-based snacklast_img read more

first_imgNaughty Professor On TourNovember 10 – New Orleans, LA – The Maple Leaf w/ Chali 2naNovember 11 – New Orleans, LA – The Maple Leaf w/ Marcus KingDecember 29 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House w/ TAUKDecember 30 – Charlotte, NC – Heist BreweryDecember 31 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse w/ TAUKJanuary 17, 2018 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise w/ Chali 2na This weekend, acclaimed New Orleans-based future funk collective Naughty Professor will host a cast of special guests to help them record their forthcoming live album, due out in 2018. Their two night takeover of The Maple Leaf will feature legendary emcee Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) on Friday night, and up-and-coming blues/soul phenom Marcus King on Saturday, making each night musically unique.Album Review: Naughty Professor Welcomes Chali 2na, Ivan Neville, Benny Bloom, Dave Shaw, And More On ‘Identity’Chali 2na appears on Naughty P’s most recent album, Identity, and even toured with the band in support of last year’s release. After this weekend’s reunion, they are slated to perform on Jam Cruise in January of 2018. “Chali has a vivid and unique energy that can’t be described but is undoubtedly infectious, and that energy manifests itself in his genuine love for artistry of all kinds,” says Naughty Professor drummer Sam Shahin. “That spirit combined with his continuous desire to expand his personal voice are things Naughty Professor will always relate to and why we will always welcome 2na to the stage, studio, and beyond.”This weekend will however mark the first time the band will be collaborating with blues/soul prodigy Marcus King (The Marcus King Band). Paths crossed this year at The Revivalists frontman David Shaw’s Big River Get Down in his hometown of Hamilton, OH, and Marcus began to discuss the possibility of collaborating with Naughty Professor. “Sometimes the fires on stage begin from the burning of late night hotel parties on the road,” said Shahin of the first encounter, “Such is the case with Marcus, who shares our fiery passion and our burning desire to shred. We look forward to lighting up the stage with him on Saturday night.” Marcus will lend his vocal croons and soulful guitar skills on a variety of tunes throughout the evening, including some tracks off Naughty P’s Identity.Both evenings will also feature local musicians Dexter Gilmore and Sam Kuslan. Doors will open at 10 pm, with the first set beginning at 11 pm each night. Pre-sale tickets can be found here and will be available at the door.last_img read more

first_imgAfter years of building and analyzing sample collections, plant pathologists at the University of Georgia have identified the genes that allow a type of bacteria that causes onion center rot to resist onions’ natural defenses in a “chemical arms race.”The pathogen Pantoea ananatis can enter onions through the leaves — usually as a result of thrips feeding on the onion neck — and induces necrotic symptoms and extensive cell death in onion tissue.When cellular damage occurs, onions and other members of the Allium genus, such as garlic, produce volatile antimicrobial compounds called thiosulfinates, the same compounds that make you cry when you cut onions and that give onions and garlic their characteristic smell and flavor.These compounds normally kill invading bacteria, however an 11-gene cluster of the P. ananatis genome allows the bacteria to tolerate the thiosulfinate allicin and colonize dead onion tissue damaged in its initial attack, according to a paper published this month in the journal Current Biology.Center rot of onion, caused primarily by P. ananatis in the Southeast U.S., can be economically devastating to producers, leading to high crop losses both in the field and postharvest, said Brian Kvitko, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and lead author of the study.Kvitko’s research into this pathogen is important because the bacteria resist onion’s natural defenses.“Onions are a tricky host. Anyone who has ever cut onions knows they release a very potent irritant that can kill some bacteria, but these bacteria have a one-two punch,” Kvitko said. “The onion releases thiosulfinate, a potent reactive sulfur species that causes gross damage to cells by interfering with all kinds of cellular processes. The bacteria have picked up genes that allow it to take the hit from the thiosulfinate and then take over the dead onion tissue environment as a home to make more bacteria. Like little genetic gas masks. The onion itself already had built-in antibiotics and these bacteria found a way around it.”Kvitko said that these bacteria cause disease differently than most other bacteria, which either break down plant cells walls with enzymes or “reprogram” plant cells by injecting them with proteins.“So, bacteria can chew up the plant cells or reprogram them, but this is neither of those. These are not proteins that are being delivered, it is a chemically focused kind of disease. This is not the only example of this we have seen, but it is very rare,” he said.Through genome sequencing, Kvitko’s lab identified differences in the P. ananatis genome from similar bacteria.“These bacteria did not have any of the traits that were associated with a pathogen we knew. It was strange, but we didn’t know why. Now we have been able to find this different way of bacteria causing disease,” Kvitko said. “Knowing more about the pathogen and how it causes disease helps us find treatment and resistance strategies to manage this disease in the future.”Onion center rot was first identified in Georgia in 1997 and can cause latent infections that are activated postharvest even if there were no overt signs of disease in the field.“This is kind of an insidious disease in that the producer sometimes doesn’t know there is a problem until the crop is harvested, packed and shipped,” Kvitko said. “This disease is a big problem in onion-growing regions because bacterial diseases are hard to manage. There are a lot of diseases caused by fungi that we have fungicides to control, but we don’t have that kind of chemical strategy for bacteria.”Although there are currently no identified onion cultivars with resistance to P. ananatis, knowing how a pathogen causes disease is a good step toward knowing how to find good host resistance, he added.“To be able to fight something effectively, you have to know how it works. We know this thing is different. Knowing why and how it causes disease helps us to find a better way to fight it,” Kvitko said.A key part of the research is the work being done by Bhabesh Dutta, assistant professor of plant pathology and UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable disease specialist on the UGA Tifton campus, who has collaborated with growers by collecting extensive samples of diseased plants for analysis. He then works with Kvitko on research both in the lab and in the field, an example of basic and applied agricultural research partnerships, which is a hallmark of collaboration and discovery at land-grant universities like UGA.“We would not have made as much progress without Dr. Dutta’s long history with the systems and the good collection he’s been putting together for years,” Kvitko said. “The key thing that made this work wasn’t just collecting samples from diseased onions, but also from weeds in the fields and the thrips that are important in spreading the disease. That gave us a large panel of diversity to work from. We were able to look at all of the bacterial strains, even those that were very close to one another, to identify the genetic differences. We compared key regions of the genome that were only present in the strain that could infect onions. The genes that make specific regions of the genome different made the difference between which bacteria can and can’t cause diseases.”With Vidalia onions at the top of the vegetable commodities grown in Georgia — at an annual farm gate value of $150 million — identifying the genetic traits of the bacteria responsible for the No. 1 disease in the state’s onion crop is an important factor in preventing financial losses for producers, Dutta said.“There are 21 counties in Georgia with the marketing rights to grow and sell Vidalia onions, with nearly 65-70% of Vidalia onions being grown in Tattnall and Toombs counties,” said Dutta. “This is a high-value commodity for Georgia growers and this bacterial complex has become endemic in the Vidalia onion zone.”While not all bacteria cause disease, Dutta’s research team has identified eight bacterial pathogens that are endemic to Georgia and which cause economic losses. Among the eight, one of the most prominent bacteria is Pantoea sp., which causes center rot. Other than Pantoea sp., Burkholderia cepacia —  the causal agent of sour skin disease — is also prevalent in Georgia.Building on a collection started by his predecessor, Ron Gitaitis, in the 1980s at UGA-Tifton, Dutta has assembled a collection of nearly 250 Pantoea bacteria strains from a diverse variety of sources including onions, weeds and thrips in his research program.“Identifying the strain of bacteria that causes onion center rot allows us to survey producer fields and, if Pantoea sp. is prevalent in the environment, but it is not a disease-causing strain in onion, it gives us the ability to assess the risk that producer might have for center rot developing in onions during postharvest storage,” Dutta said.Now that they have identified the 11-gene cluster responsible for the allicin resistance, Kvitko’s lab can start studying those genes.“That’s where we are now. We know they have a cluster of 11 genes, but we don’t know exactly how it works. Is it specific to this type of bacteria? Or is there a way to keep bacteria from turning that resistance on?” Kvitko said. “Knowing more about the system, we have a nice list of potential weak points we can try to target, either through host resistance or some sort of novel chemical strategy. Bacteria are really tricky to manage; we have a limited tool set to work with and we want to have more.”Because it would be impossible to change all P. ananatis bacteria, Kvitko’s team will also use what they’ve learned to develop pathogen-resistant onions.“We are trying to see if there is any onion out there that the pathogen can’t kill. Finding onions that are resistant to the chemicals that are released by the bacteria and giving growers accurate information is important for mitigation,” he said.For more information on plant pathology research at CAES, visit plantpath.caes.uga.edu. To sign up for updates about Vidalia onion production from UGA faculty, go to site.extension.uga.edu/vidaliaonion.last_img read more

first_img70-year-old Pennsylvania man sets world age group record for marathonSeventy-year-old Pennsylvania resident Gene Dykes set a world record for his age group when he crossed the finish line of the Jacksonville marathon in 2:54:23 on December 15, breaking the previous record set in 2004 of 2:54:48 by 25 seconds. Dykes averaged a 6:39 pace during his record setting run. A retired computer programmer, Dykes discovered his talent for running later in life and is now a frequent racer, competing marathons and ultra marathons. Just two weeks before he broke the world record, he ran a 31-mile ultra marathon on December 1 and then the California International Marathon a day later on December 2. “My ability to recover is my superpower,” he told Runners World.Coal supporter Joe Manchin of West Virginia to be ranking Democrat on Senate Energy CommitteeOn Tuesday Senate democrats named Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) as the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The panel oversees the Energy and Interior departments, including public lands, energy policy, energy efficiency standards and fossil fuel production on federal land and offshore. Manchin is a strong supporter of the coal industry and regularly sides with the Trump administration on energy matters. However, last week he voted against Bernard McNamee, Trump’s nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, because he denied the science of climate change. Still, some environmentalists are calling on Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Minority Leader, to use his authority to name someone else as ranking member. For his part Manchin says he will lead with an open mind and take the concerns of the Democratic caucus, environmentalists, and renewable energy advocates seriously.Endangered monk seals keep getting eels stuck up their nosesA rare phenomenon is baffling scientists in the Hawaiian Islands: juvenile Hawaiian monk seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses. It began about two years ago when the first monk seal was found with an eel hanging out of its nose. Unsure of what to do, scientists ultimately decided to pull the two-and-a-half foot eel from the seal’s nostril. Since then there have been three or four reported cases of eels stuck in monk seals noses. Though scientists don’t know why eels are getting stuck in the noses of young monk seals, theories range from the idea that eels are mistaking the seal’s nostril for a coral reef and swimming in to hide to “snorting eels” as a silly teenage monk seal trend, the equivalent of planking or flossing (the dance, not dental hygiene) in teenage humans. No matter the cause, all eels have been successfully removed with no injury to the monk seals, though none of the eels survived the ordeal.last_img read more

first_imgBy Patrícia Comunello/Diálogo June 01, 2018 Joint and interagency operations of Brazil’s Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies to fight transnational crime have intensified in recent years in the country’s southern region. The seizures of drugs and weapons in April 2018 highlighted the importance of Operation Southern Border (FORSUL, in Portuguese), one of Brazil’s most important ongoing efforts in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) keeps up surveillance and prepares for the next round of FORSUL scheduled for the end of 2018. “Our mission is to prevent and crack down on transnational crimes, especially the illegal entry and outflow of weapons, munitions, and other controlled products, as well as narcotrafficking and contraband,” said EB Colonel Jorge Francisco de Souza Júnior, commander of the 2nd Mechanized Calvary Regiment (RCMec, in Portuguese), located in São Borja, Rio Grande do Sul, on the border with Argentina. According to the Federal Highway Police (PRF, in Portuguese), the state recorded its largest marijuana seizure on April 26th. Authorities seized 6.63 tons of marijuana in a truck hailing from Iraí—a city roughly 160 kilometers from the border with Argentina and an international trafficking route. The drug was meant to supply the greater metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul. Federal highway police officer Alessandro Castro, head of PRF’s Public Relations in Rio Grande do Sul, confirmed an investigation was ongoing on how the marijuana entered Brazil. The Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) reported that the cargo was nearly equal to the total amount seized in 2017—6.6 tons. In 2016, the total was 4.5 tons. On April 13th, civil and military authorities found 13 AR-556 rifles and one AK 762 inside a car with a Paraguayan license plate headed to Bento Gonçalves, in the northeastern part of the state. Among the latest joint and interagency operations, Col. Souza Júnior noted the most recent FORSUL, conducted from December 2017 to early February 2018. He also pointed out to mobile patrols along the borders with Uruguay and Argentina. Patrols, made up of PRF, PF, the Military Brigade (the state’s Military Police), the Civil Police, and the Federal Revenue Office, are constants to oversee operations and prevent crimes along the border. Covering the 1,800-kilometer border with Uruguay and Argentina represents the biggest challenge. “Since this is such a long stretch of land, we focus our efforts on areas where crimes are most likely to occur,” said EB Major General José Ricardo Vendramin Nunes, commander of the 3rd Mechanized Calvary Brigade (BdaCMec, in Portuguese), headquartered in Bagé. The 3rd BdaCMec guards 700 of the 1,068-km border with Uruguay. FORSUL and interaction with Uruguay During the last FORSUL—akin to the Ministry of Defense’s Operation Ágata—Maj. Gen. Vendramin highlighted the simultaneous actions of the armies of Brazil and Uruguay. “They closed it off there [the Uruguayan side] and we did here [Brazil],” he said. “We shared information about each side’s efforts, which increasingly intensified as part of the cooperation between the two countries.” Deployments took place in the area between Santana do Livramento, in Brazil, and Rivera, in Uruguay, and also between Bagé, in Brazil, and Aceguá, in Uruguay. The goal for the next round of FORSUL at the end of 2018 is to replay the bilateral interaction. The area under the 3rd BdaCMec gathered 812 service members and 11 EB organizations. The largest mobilization occurred November 26–December 1, 2017. Up until early February 2018, a few military units conducted mobile patrols along the border. According to the Public Relations Office of the Southern Military Command, which coordinated the operation in Santa Catarina and Paraná, FORSUL mobilized a total of 3,816 units in Rio Grande do Sul—3,389 from EB and 427 from law enforcement agencies. “The most intense operation was conducted in a short spurt, preceded by intelligence work to map out locations and set up surveillance points where crimes were most likely to occur,” Maj. Gen. Vendramin said. “There weren’t any significant seizures, but that wasn’t the objective. The job was to prevent behavior and crime, dissuade, and show our presence on the border.” Another expected outcome of FORSUL operations is to complement the troop’s training. “If the Brazilian government decides to expand an operation similar in time or scope, we’re trained and have plans in place,” he added. Roadblocks curb crime According to Maj. Gen. Vendramin, the strategy to curb crime included troop mobilization, using Marruá and Worker transport vehicles. Service members kept up roadblocks and patrols in 10 to 12 areas. Troops worked for 12 hours on fixed roadblock locations, checking cargo of trucks and passenger vehicles. Mobile blockades monitored rivers along the border and allowed for broader surveillance. “When we conduct an operation, they [criminals] take their foot off the gas, and when we demobilize the troops, a week later there might be seizures,” Maj. Gen. Vendramin said. With surveillance operations in place until the end of 2018, service members also contribute to maintaining roads that need the most work. On the border with Argentina, the 2nd RCMec mobilized three mechanized calvary squadrons for maintenance, health, and supplies. “We are responsible for a 180-km area, encompassing the municipalities of São Borja, Garruchos, Santo Antônio das Missões, and Nhu-Porã [in Rio Grande do Sul],” Col. Souza Júnior said. The troops kept a rigid around-the-clock routine. Roadblocks with checkpoints marked the operation. “Mobilization occurred in short bursts while constantly changing checkpoints, to ensure the element of surprise in areas where crime might occur, which we tracked with intel support,” Col. Souza Júnior added, noting the ongoing cooperation and intensifying operations with other agencies. Activities included joint and interagency roadblocks with PF, PRF, the Military Brigade, the Environmental and Civil Police, in addition to customs at the Integration Bridge, which connects São Borja to Santo Tomé, on the Argentine side. Col. Souza Júnior noted the last round of FORSUL registered a drop in crimes and seizures. Navy and Federal Police fight crime Federal Police Chief Getúlio Jorge de Vargas, coordinator of PF’s Operation Sentinel in Rio Grande do Sul, said that teamwork made crime fighting more successful on the border. Sentinel, kicked off in 2011, is a yearly operation with PF, PRF, and the National Public Safety Force. “We aren’t going to fight crime without intelligence and integrated efforts,” Chief Vargas said. In 2016 and 2017, PF conducted Operation Degraded Nature against crimes along Rio Grande do Sul’s border with Argentina on the Uruguay River. Use of technology such as georeferencing contributed to identifying crimes. A new operation was conducted on the Uruguay River, April 2-6, 2018. According to Vargas, the fight against narcotrafficking must be ongoing. He noted a growing number of marijuana seizures on the routes to Uruguay, originating in Paraguay. “As long as there is a consumer market, there will be a seller, who is the drug dealer,” Vargas said, addressing the migration of organized crime gangs, such as the First Command of the Interior, from the metropolitan region to the border. The Brazilian Navy in Rio Grande do Sul joined the fight against crime in 2017, carrying out three phases of Operation Ágata, according to the Public Relations Department of the 5th Naval District. Their activities included surveillance on the sea, near Uruguay, and on rivers, along the border with Argentina, working with environmental and law enforcement agencies.last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the Credit Union industry is becoming more dependent on technology, credit union hosted VoIP solutions are becoming more and more common. The standard argument for leaving your old, outdated telecom strategy and opting for a VoIP strategy are usually Scalability, Price, and Resiliency. But what about the other great features that come with implementing a credit union Hosted VoIP solution? Let’s talk about a few of these…Call Jump Ever been in a situation where you’re in a rush but you just can’t get off the line? With Call Jump, this is no longer a problem. Call Jump is a great feature that allows the user to transfer a call from the office phone to the cellphone while in the middle of a call. With the press of a button, you can transfer the call to your cell and be on your way!Simultaneous Ring Sick of feeling like you’re being held hostage waiting for someone to call you back? You say you can’t be in two places at the same time? With Simultaneous ring, you are able to have your incoming calls ring in multiple places at the same time. This feature allows you to take your phone number with you, wherever you go. So while you are waiting for that call back, you will never again feel the stress of potentially missing that super important call while making that extremely necessary Starbucks run. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A week after a nor’easter caused widespread flooding on Long Island, a second powerful storm brought strong winds that sparked thousands of power outages across the region, officials said.PSEG Long Island said crews restored power to most of the more than 57,000 customers who lost power since the storm arrived Wednesday. The National Weather Service (NWS), issued a high wind warning through 6 p.m. Thursday for Nassau and Suffolk counties, where wind gusts up to 60 mph may continue to down trees, causing more power outages. The strongest gust so far was a 83 mph gust in Stony Brook at 1 a.m. Thursday, the agency reported.“Due to wet soil and most trees with leaves still on them, strong winds may blow down large limbs and/or trees in addition to power lines,” Upton-based NWS meteorologists said in its wind warning. “Scattered power outages are expected.”As the system pulls away Thursday and moves toward New England, breezy conditions will continue into Fridaybefore winds diminish Friday night, NWS said.The storm comes after a powerful nor’easter sparked a state of emergency in Southampton due to intense flooding on Dune Road and crews had to rescue 50 patrons from a Bay Shore restaurant and 150 wedding guests from a Sayville venue amid rising waters.In the latest storm, a fire destroyed three homes and damaged 12 more in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island. Firefighters from a dozen fire departments worked overnight amid storm conditions to extinguish the flames.Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged drivers to travel with extreme caution and prepare for the possibility of difficult road conditions.“I urge all New Yorkers in the affected regions to use extra caution in the coming days,” the governor said. “We have state personnel and resources on standby and are prepared to help communities handle whatever Mother Nature throws our way.”Once the storm clears the area, the weekend is forecast as sunny with temps in the low 60s Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more