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first_img Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ U.S. Postal Service sealing off some mail boxes out of precaution By Network Indiana – January 18, 2021 0 207 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied/United States Postal Service) The Postal Service is sealing off a few collection boxes in Indianapolis from now through Inauguration Day.The Postal Service said this could cause service delays. They cited possible civil unrest as the reason for sealing off the boxes.Hoosiers like Eric Hoogland are surprised to hear about the possibility of more USPS service delays. Although he hasn’t had any major issues with his mail yet, he is considering mailing his son’s birthday gift earlier now that he knows public unrest could delay it making it in time for his big day.“Sad that it’s come to this. I hope things calm down soon so I’m not having to deal with the issue,” said Hoogland.“If unrests happen we may not get mail for weeks,” said Michael Herrick.Indianapolis is not the only city sealing off collection boxes. It’s happening in major cities across the country.That’s a real concern for some people like Michael Herrick who rely on the Postal Service. Herrick is from Chicago but travels to Indianapolis frequently. He was in town for a cheer competition. He believes delivery delays have become an issues in many communities because of the pandemic.“Our cheer uniforms, usually we will get them a month turnaround. Now there’s girls who don’t have uniforms yet because of the mail delivery system,” said Herrick.The post office has even sealed off a few collection boxes around the city like the one across the street from the Indiana Statehouse.“It’s going to slow everything down. Not everyone can run to the Post Office. It’s not fair. It’s not right,” said Herrick.Now that potential civil unrest could lead to even more delays Herrick said he feels for the postal employees who are trying to work during these chaotic times.“They said they’re going to be very careful with how and when they deliver their packages. I can’t blame them. You can’t blame them at all. You got to take care of yourself before anything else,” said Herrick.Representatives from the Indianapolis Post Office said the collection boxes at the following locations will be sealed off:150 W. Market Street — inside box at the Indiana State Teachers Association — and blue collection box located directly outside the building. The Postal Service is also sealing two collection boxes located inside the State Capitol Building at 200 W. Washington Street, as well as a collection box that sits inside the building adjacent to the State Capitol at 100 N. Senate Avenue. Google+ IndianaLocalMichiganNews Previous articleNew app could help crack Dephi murders caseNext articleMore agreement than not as work begins on next two-year budget in Indiana Network Indianalast_img read more

first_img Pinterest By Tommie Lee – February 19, 2021 3 289 (Tommie Lee/MNC) The US Postal Service is asking customers to please make sure they clear snow and ice from paths and mailboxes.They say their letter carriers are used to the winter conditions, but they still need the cooperation of homeowners to help them reduce the risk of accidents.Banks of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes create havoc for carriers trying to safely deliver mail, so clearing a path to the mailbox that includes steps, porches and walkways as well as approaches from the street, can help keep everyone safe. Google+ Pinterest Twitter Google+ Previous articleBristol man arrested for cab driver attackNext articleBiden visits Pfizer plant in Southwest Michigan Tommie Lee IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market USPS asks residents to clear snow and ice for mail carriers Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img 6. REESE WITHERSPOON 2. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH 9. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY 4. MATT BOMER 5. MARTIN FREEMAN 10. JENNIFER ANISTON 7. STEVE CARELLcenter_img 3. AMY ADAMS 8. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS The Golden Globes are now a distant memory, and despite a few obvious snubs (Into the Woods, hello?!?) we’re thrilled so many Broadway stars were recognized at the ceremony. On the other hand, did you see all of the talented Golden Globe-nominated actors (and now, some winners—we’re looking at you, Amy Adams) who have yet to make their Broadway debuts? From Benedict Cumberbatch to Bill Murray, the untapped talent is unbelievable! We asked you to rank the top 10 Golden Globe nominees you want to see on the Great White Way on Culturalist. See which stars came out on top below. 1. EMILY BLUNT View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgDeclining price of Indonesian coal could be bad news for U.S. exporters FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Jakarta Post:The Indonesian coal price reference (HBA) has continued to decline this month due to shrinking market demand to US$ 81.86 per ton, or a month-to-month (mtm) decrease of 7.86 percent.Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry spokesperson Agung Pribadi said that East and West Asian countries, especially China and India, were currently limiting their Indonesian coal imports.The Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) estimated last year that Indonesia’s annual coal exports to China was around 110 to 120 million tons for a market share of 25 percent, making China its biggest coal importer.The energy ministry had observed a declining trend in Indonesia’s coal price since October 2018, when coal was $100.89 per ton. It then fell to $97.90 per ton in November and $92.51 per ton in December. The negative trend continued this year, dropping to $92.41 per ton in January, $91.8 per ton in February, $90.57 per ton in March and then to $88.85 per ton in April.The government has targeted a national coal production similar to the actual output in 2018 of 485 million tons, of which 25 percent was for domestic market obligation (DMO).More: Indonesia coal price dips nearly 8% on dwindling demandlast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times:Usually it’s the world’s major oil-producing countries that step in when a big drop in prices roils the oil market. But these are not normal times.On Friday, a day after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers led by Russia are set to hold their own meeting, representatives of the Group of 20 wealthy nations are expected to hold a virtual conference to try to stem the recent plunge in energy prices.The volatile oil markets of recent weeks threaten to bankrupt energy companies across the world, causing enormous job losses and threatening financial institutions that have backed the industry.The pandemic has played a critical role in this drama, but there is also a lot of jockeying among the three oil superpowers: Saudi Arabia and Russia, two longtime petro-rivals, and the United States, whose rising prominence as an oil exporter has disrupted the industry.It is far from clear that the G20 meeting will calm volatile markets. The fact that the meeting is occurring, though, may signal the beginning of a very different approach that could be a first step in restoring confidence.“A lot of countries, including those with strong free-market beliefs and credentials, seem to be coming over to the view that the global oil business needs to be managed to an extent, at least from time to time,” said Bhushan Bahree, an executive director at IHS Markit, a research firm.[Stanley Reed, Clifford Krauss, Andrew E. Kramer and Ben Hubbard]More: Oil Markets Are a Mess. Can World Leaders Straighten Them Out? An existential moment for oil companies around the worldlast_img read more

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo March 07, 2018 The Colombian National Navy and the Colombian National Police count on support from the U.S. Embassy in Colombia through a grant program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The program, endowed with more than $15 million since 2013, supported nearly 4,000 low-income youth from Colombian ethnic minorities who want to pursue a military career. “The goal of this program is to help the Navy—its Navy and Marine Corps components—bring in applicants who cannot cover training academy costs [tuition, gear, and other costs] to comply with their recruitment procedures,” Chris Landberg, director of INL in Colombia, told Diálogo. “The grants are intended for Afro-Colombian, indigenous, and at-risk populations who reside in areas where opportunities to secure professional employment are scarce.” The scholarship covers tuition plus a monthly stipend for living expenses, uniforms, and materials required to complete the full training course. INL contributes 75 percent, while the Colombian National Navy provides the remaining 25 percent. “However, it is the responsibility of the selected students to seize the opportunity, maintain their academic performance, and comply with all rules at the naval academy,” Landberg said. The grants are part of INL’s work in Colombia to counter international crime and narcotrafficking, and to strengthen public security forces, courts, and penal system. The operations are coordinated with various ministries of the Colombian government. “[The] institutions that represent Colombian diversity not only benefit themselves, but also benefit the populations they serve,” Landberg said. “The program for the Navy is focused primarily on the San Andrés Islands, areas around Cartagena, and parts of the Pacific region. It’s gradually expanding to young people in [the departments of] Amazonas, Bolívar, Choco, and Urabá,” he added. “It is important to acknowledge the support INL has given Colombia, not only in helping us find ways to gain greater capacities at the operational level, but also from the standpoint of cooperation and development,” Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera Leal, commander of the 73rd Anti-Narcotrafficking Task Force Neptune told Diálogo. “That is we not only seek solutions by force, but preventive solutions as well.” Helmsmen for Peace To increase the chances of success in training Navy and Marine Corps noncommissioned officers, the Colombian government also pushes regional initiatives that foster an interest in young people to join the Colombian Military Forces or continue their university studies. The Helmsmen for Peace program was born of such initiative in Urabá, in the northwestern department of Antioquia. “Helmsmen for Peace is a program we ran in 2017 with 10th and 11th grade students at a high school, and with the University of Antioquia,” Rear Adm. Herrera said. “A helmsman is the person who steers the ship, and he has to know where he’s going to avoid running aground. This means that these young people will know where they want to go, as peacekeepers, because one of the problems in Urabá is youth [gang activity].” Through the program, the Navy brought Urabá high school students together with Marine Science students from the University of Antioquia to participate in meetings, conferences, and recreational activities. The goal was to spark their interest and make plans for a future with the military or the public university. “Through the [Colombian] National Navy, whenever a ship arrived, we invited them aboard, and they sailed on the ship around the Gulf [of Urabá, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast]. That left them with a different attitude,” Rear Adm. Herrera said. Some exercises included their parents. Others consisted of research campaigns in which the youth learned about equipment used at sea and even visited the Cantón de la Armada Nature Reserve in Urabá to observe its biodiversity. Students at the University of Antioquia analyzed the results of the process and concluded that participants’ fear of youth gangs and lack of motivation gave way to their interest in working on a lifelong plan. “[Having had] the opportunity to participate in the Marine Science Program, some of them are interested in entering this profession, while others have said that they want to join the Navy,” Rear Adm. Herrera concluded. “This gave the youth a different view of the opportunities they have to grow and flourish.”last_img read more

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sean WilliamsAsk around, and you’ll likely get the same answer: Saving for retirement isn’t as easy as it sounds on paper.Short of winning the lottery (and actually prudently managing your money following the win), saving money for retirement can be difficult because of life’s unexpected shifts and expenses. Starting a family, buying a home, going to college, and medical expenses are just some of the curveballs we might have thrown our way during our lifetime that could turn what seemed like a straight and narrow road to retirement into a windy road.Overall, Americans do a pretty poor job when it comes to saving money. According to research compiled by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation that took into account data from the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the net national savings rate in the United States as of 2012 was among the lowest of the most developed countries, at less than 1%. By comparison, France was north of 2%, Canada at nearly 4%, and Germany well above the 8% net national savings rate threshold.Saving less can have dire consequences for Americans. It means they may have less time, less money, or less of both to generate sufficient income to retire comfortably and replace the income they would have generated if they were still working. Adding in some of life’s aforementioned curveballs can make this balancing act incredibly tough.Yet, in spite of not saving nearly enough for retirement, Americans could be making a far greater retirement mistake that’s killing their ability to retire by a certain age, or comfortably, on their own terms. This mistake involves being too conservative with their retirement portfolio by focusing on capital preservation instead of genuine investment growth. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgMaybe it was a big, unexpected expense. Maybe it’s crept up so gradually, you didn’t realize it. But no matter how it happens, we — almost all of us — find ourselves in debt at some point. It might be just enough to make you uncomfortable, or perhaps it has become a crushing, sleep-stealing weight you know you can’t handle anymore.There are four basic ways to dig out of debt, be it a small or big amount. You need to look at your debt and your income honestly and figure out which option is best for you.You can sit down with pencil, paper and calculator and build a realistic budget that lets you pay off your bills on a consistent and effective basis, pay for your basic needs and — if you stick to it — gives you all the peace of mind you need to get through it. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When Rodney Hood started talking about the importance of cybersecurity for credit unions shortly after becoming Chairman, to me, he sounded like the guy who comes about an hour late to the party. After all, cybersecurity has been a key priority of financial regulators for years now. But the COVID-19 pandemic has proven me wrong. With the number of credit union employees now working remotely, consumers relying more heavily than ever before on electronic transactions, and hackers being so brazen that they now steal from Robinhood (I couldn’t resist), your credit union is dealing with new cyber challenges coming from directions it could never have anticipated.This puts the credit union senior management, and ultimately their boards of directors, in the hot seat given they’re the entities ultimately responsible for making sure your IT team is implementing the proper policies and procedures to both protect members and keep the place going. But in order to do this, boards have to know the right questions to ask. At yesterday’s board meeting, Johnny E. Davis, Special Advisor to the Chairman on Cybersecurity, provided an easy-to-understand list of questions in his presentation that a board member could use to zero in on how it’s IT staff has responded to the pandemic. For example, has anyone asked your credit union what policies and procedures it has put in place related to remote access by employees? Another basic but crucial question to consider is how your credit union is preparing in the mid to long-term for the changes that have been accelerated by COVID. For example, in it’s quarterly earnings discussion with financial analysts earlier this week, JP Morgan commented on how it has seen an increased use of online banking resources by consumers, and how it believes that much of the shift is permanent. As a colleague of mine recently said, credit unions better have the technology locked and loaded, because even grandparents are getting used to remote deposit.All of this of course introduces a compliance component to consider. Cybersecurity is a point of emphasis for your examiner, and irrespective of your size and sophistication, you should be able to document in your board minutes the steps you are taking with regard to your IT infrastructure.last_img read more

first_imgJapan on Friday vowed to step up testing and containment efforts for the coronavirus after suffering its first death and the confirmation of new cases, including a doctor and a taxi driver.Japan’s health ministry said Thursday that a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, had died. She had been transferred between hospitals as her condition worsened and she was only confirmed to have had the coronavirus after her death.Her death brings to three the number of fatalities from the virus outside Mainland China, where the virus emerged in the city of Wuhan in December and some 1,367 people have died. One person has died in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. There are nearly 450 confirmed cases in some 24 countries and territories outside China, with 33 in Japan and another 218 on a cruise ship quarantined at a Japanese port.A Tokyo taxi driver, who Japanese media said was the woman’s son-in-law, as well as a man in his 20s just east of Tokyo and a doctor in Wakayama, western Japan, were also confirmed to have the virus.”We will stay in touch with local governments and expand our testing procedures and treatment of patients in order to prevent the spread,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, a day after a task force on the disease drew up measures to deal with it, including spending 10.3 billion yen from budget reserves.Planners will also keep in close contact with Japan’s military, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference, without giving details. Officials in Wakayama later said a man who had been hospitalized at the hospital where the doctor worked had tested positive for the virus, and that another three people were being observed.Both Suga and health minister Katsunobu Kato said there was no evidence the coronavirus, dubbed SARS-CoV-2, was spreading widely in Japan, although Kato said that it might, and the government needed prepare for that.The government would send a team of experts to Wakayama, though officials there said they thought hospital transmission was unlikely.Getting off the ship Unease about the virus in Japan is spreading on social media, with some skeptics saying the government’s response resembled its reaction to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, when it took time for the true extent of the disaster to emerge.”All their comments then were ‘there’s no immediate danger to health’ now they’re saying ‘in an epidemiological sense’ it’s not spreading,” wrote one with the handle Kanzu.”They’re trying to misrepresent it all.”Separately, some passengers on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which has been moored Yokohama, south of Tokyo, were set to start disembarking as early as Friday instead of waiting for the originally target date of Feb. 19.Elderly passengers who have medical conditions or are in windowless rooms can complete their quarantine onshore, Kato said.The ship was quarantined on arrival in Yokohama on Feb. 3 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.About 80% of the ship’s passengers are 60 years old or older, with 215 in their 80s and 11 in their 90s, according to media. The ship, managed by Princess Cruise Lines and owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp, typically has a crew of 1,100 and a passenger capacity of 2,670.Separately, about 200 Japanese who returned from Wuhan on a second plane chartered by the government tested negative and left quarantine on Friday. center_img Topics :last_img read more