Unemployment claims continue upward trend

first_imgWeek Ending February 7, 2009. There were 1,377 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 38 from the week before.  Altogether 16,794 new and continuing claims were filed,  546 more than a week ago and 6,352 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,858 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 42 from last week. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external) Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:  http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img

Hackers accused of stealing Military Police data may be prosecuted under new IT law

first_img Brazil’s new law against information technology (IT) crimes – the Carolina Dieckmann Law – may aid in the prosecution of hackers who allegedly broke into the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro’s network and stole the personal data of 50 thousand police officers. Suspects associated with the Anoncyber & Cyb3rgh0sts hacker groups accessed data in the State Program for Integration and Security and published 8,900 pages containing emails, phone numbers, ID numbers, bank account numbers and home addresses of police officers, prosecutors allege. When captured, the suspects will be prosecuted within the framework of the new law against IT crimes enacted last April. They face prison sentences ranging from six months to two years as stipulated in Article 154-A of the law. The Delegation against IT Crimes (DRCI) is investigating the case as required since the crime was committed against the government, according to lawyer Gustova Teixeira. The law also is known as the Carolina Dieckmann law since the actress was a victim of a cyber attack in which photos and personal information were stolen. It criminalizes breaking into electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, tablets and other products in order to steal personal data, alter existing information or obtain some type of illicit advantage. The sentence includes a fine in addition to prison time. “We can’t deny that this should have been part of Brazilian law for a long time,” said Renato Opice Blum, a lawyer and president of the Technology Council for Information of the company Fecomercio. Opice Blum agrees with specialists who attended the V Congress on IT Crimes in Sao Paulo, last month: the law isn’t strict enough and sentences aren’t long enough to serve as deterrent for criminals. “Given the frequent news of ruined lives, companies gone bankrupt and firings because of IT crimes, the sentence for this type of crime is not long enough,” said Opice Blum. Others worry that criminalizing general IT practices could limit the fundamental rights and freedoms inherent in the Internet. “The law worries me because there could be broader implications and it could affect the reputation and competitiveness of Brazilian companies and the country in general,” said William Beer, Director General of Information and IT Security at Álvarez and Marsal. “Flexibility is the essence of Internet – the ability to share information to perform research in the broadest way possible,” said Beer. Internet and IT security issues stretch across geographic and political borders, he said. “Precisely because of this, regulation and legislation to control Internet and related matters are difficult to apply and can become obstacles that do not solve current problems,” explained the specialist. Before the current law, the only law that to deal with this type of crime dated from the 1940s. Security problems compelled the creation of a new law. Brazil ranks fourth in phishing crime, for example, which in 2012 cost banks $700 million. During the V Congress on Electronic Crimes, the company Fecomercio presented results from research analyzing the impacts of information theft and IT crime in Brazil. About 33.52 percent of respondents said they were victims of credit card cloning; 17.32 percent reported the theft of personal data; 15.64 percent reported bank account theft during Internet transactions; and 12.85 percent reported purchases from ghost companies. To fight against these problems, William Beer, from Álvarez and Marsal, thinks that a broader approach is necessary. “Brazil needs a national IT security strategy known by everyone. Its creation requires the participation of a broader group that should include businesses, academia, security forces, multinational companies and consumers,” he said. “It is important to realize that more technology will not solve the problem but, instead, it will create greater risks because it will increase the level of vulnerability,” Beer said. The investigation concerning the military police in Rio de Janeiro continues. The group Anoncyber & Cyb3rgh0sts apologized in a note published on Facebook and withdrew the document it had published on Internet. The group claimed it was an isolated action by one of its members and that the group did not support it because it put at risk the lives of police officers By Dialogo September 30, 2013last_img read more

First Female Brazilian Navy Officer to Serve in Abyei

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo April 12, 2018 Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Maria Aparecida de Almeida contributes to the pioneering history of women in the institution. The officer will be Brazil’s first female service member to participate in a peacekeeping mission in Abyei, South Sudan. She will serve as a military observer in the United Nations (UN) Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). UN Security Council Resolution 1990 established UNISFA on June 27, 2011. The focus of the UN mission is to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian aid, and monitor and verify the demobilization of armed Sudanese forces to demilitarize the area. During her tour in Abyei, Lt. Maria Almeida will monitor, review, and report to the competent authorities from March 2018 to March 2019. According to the UN information, the region’s 50-year-old territorial conflict forced more than 100,000 people to abandon the area. UNISFA counts with 4,841 professionals responsible for local security—4,791 service members and 50 police officers—as well as support from non-governmental institutions. Shortly before her deployment, Lt. Maria Almeida explained to Diálogo that Abyei is an oil-producing region on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, which has been one of the main points of tension since the peace agreement of 2005. “This is a heavily disputed border region for socio-political and economic reasons. It’s also disputed between the Misseriya tribe, a Muslim group from the north, and the Dinka Ngok tribe, who are Christians from the south,” she said. “The people of Abyei predominantly belong to the Dinka Ngok tribe.” The opportunity to participate in the mission is very gratifying for Lt. Maria Almeida. “Beside the personal and professional satisfaction, I hope that my work will contribute to guaranteeing the preservation of human rights and peace among people during my operational role there,” she said. Training in Brazil and abroad The officer trained for the mission at the Naval Peace Operations School, located at Almirante Sílvio de Camargo Training Center in Rio de Janeiro. “My training was taught by service members experienced in peacekeeping missions. I’m certain that the lessons learned will help me carry out my duties during the peacekeeping mission,” Lt. Maria Almeida said. In addition to the training completed in Brazil, the officer will also take two more courses before she can actually begin exercising her new role. The first one-week Initiation Training will be completed in Entebbe, Uganda, where she will get her first briefings on the mission, mainly related to security. The other weeklong course will be in Abyei, Sudan, the actual site of the mission. “I’ll learn about specific situations that happen in the area, and I’ll also take tests in English and driving in a 4×4 vehicle,” she said. The importance of women in conflict zones Lt. Maria Almeida noted that the UN increasingly encourages female participation in peacekeeping missions in conflict zones. “Women in these regions are more vulnerable to violence in general. It’s extremely important for women to join these missions. Providing shelter and support to someone of the same gender tends to be more effective,” she explained, adding that the increased number of women in field activities during UN missions created the opportunity to participate in the mission in Abyei. “This is the first time that I’ll participate in a mission abroad.” As for being the first female Brazilian officer to serve in that role in Abyei, Lt. Maria Almeida said that she feels confident and happy, because she believes in the importance to stir interest in peacekeeping missions among other service women. Self-confidence, she said, is a must for anyone who wishes to take part in more operational activities. “We’re capable, regardless of the circumstances, even facing imminent danger. We believe that obstacles makes us stronger and to have confidence is knowing that we’ll achieve our goals,” she said. The officer rejoiced in the growth of women’s roles in MB with the recent authorization to admit women to officer training courses at the Brazilian Naval Academy. “It’s an unequivocal testimony to the Navy’s dedication as an institution to embrace social changes. It was the first of the three service branches to integrate women into its ranks,” she pointed out. “That accomplishment shows that the Navy recognizes us for our competence to fulfill any given task.” Lt. Maria Almeida joined MB in 1998 as a seaman, but always sought professional growth as a service member. In 2004, she became a sergeant. With a degree in Accounting, she was promoted to the officer ranks in 2010. Over the course of her professional career, her duties focused in the financial area, as supervisor of the Budget Office, accounting analyst for Military Service Providers, budget manager, financial manager, bidding agent, broker, and requisition assistant. Brazil’s participation in peacekeeping missions According to the Ministry of Defense of Brazil, the country’s participation in UN peacekeeping missions continues to increase. “About 250 Brazilians, including Armed Forces service members and police officers, contribute to peace building and peacekeeping in conflict areas,” the Ministry of Defense stated on its official website. Since the beginning of Brazil’s participation in peacekeeping missions, the country took part in 50 UN missions and sent about 50,000 service members abroad. In addition to South Sudan, Brazilians also serve as military observers and General Staff officers in missions in Cyprus, the Central African Republic, Western Sahara, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, and Sudan.last_img read more

Police investigating ‘incident’ on Main Street Tuesday afternoon

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department temporarily shut down Main Street between Beethoven and Schiller streets as it conducted an investigation Tuesday. Police declined to tell a 12 News crew at the scene what the department is investigating. Authorities told 12 News they have yet to determine if they are searching for a suspect. Officers say no injuries have been reported in their investigation. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. A K9 unit is also on scene.last_img

In the zone

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Bourse announces new trading suspension policy on brink of bear market

first_imgThe JCI has lost 17.12 percent of its value so far this year, with foreign investors selling Rp 7.12 trillion worth of stocks more than they bought during the period. The index crashed 6.58 percent to a three-year-low on Monday amid fears over the spread of COVID-19 and the ensuing oil price war between oil titans Saudi Arabia and Russia.It now tiptoes on the brink of a bear market as the index has fallen almost 21 percent from its record high in January 2018.The JCI closed Tuesday’s session with a 1.64 percent jump on Tuesday and opened 0.54 percent higher at 5.249.27 on Wednesday. Stocks of state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) and Bank Mandiri jumped by more than 1 percent in the early session.Read also: Panic selling hits Indonesia, Philippine stocks set for bear runThe issuance of the new policy is part of a series of efforts to calm the market. On Monday, the IDX issued a new auto-rejection regulation that capped stock prices falling to a maximum of 10 percent for stocks at all price ranges from a variation of 20 percent to 35 percent depending on the price range. The policy came into force on Tuesday.The bourse also decided to temporarily halt short selling on Monday until further notice to help anchor the index. It stops publishing the list of stocks available for short selling and advises brokerage firms to refuse short sell requests from their clients.Short selling is an investment or trading strategy that speculates on the decline in the price of a particular stock or other security. It is often used by investors and portfolio managers as a hedge against the downside risk of a long position in the same security or a related one.On Monday evening, the OJK also announced it would allow listed companies to buy back shares up to 20 percent of paid-up capital without a prior shareholders meeting to ease market volatility. “This is as an effort to stimulate the economy and reduce the impact of the significantly fluctuating market,” the OJK said in a statement.State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry spokesperson Arya Sinulingga told reporters on Tuesday that a total of 12 state-owned companies would buy back shares worth around Rp 7 trillion to Rp 8 trillion. “A few state-owned enterprises believe that their fundamental value exceeds the transaction value in the market,” Arya explained, adding that the buyback had started. (ydp) Topics : Read also: Indonesian bourse caps stock drops at 10% as equities start to rebound after bruising day“In order to maintain orderly, fair and efficient stock trading, it is deemed necessary to change trading halt guidelines on the Indonesia Stock Exchange,” the bourse’s statement reads.Under a 2012 IDX board of directors decree, the bourse can halt stock trading in an emergency situation, such as a natural disaster, political emergency, technological and infrastructure disruptions as well as steep declines in the JCI.The decree stipulates that if the index plunges 10 percent, the bourse will halt trading for 30 minutes. If the decline continues to 15 percent after the first suspension, the IDX will stop trading for an entire session or longer with approval from the Indonesian Capital Market and Nonbank Financial Institutions Supervisory Agency (Bapepam-LK), now the OJK.center_img The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has announced a new trading suspension policy amid a volatile domestic equity market following the spread of the coronavirus and the ensuing oil price war.In the policy, made public on Tuesday evening, the bourse will halt stock trading for 30 minutes if the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), falls by more than 5 percent. If the index keeps falling to more than 10 percent after the first suspension is lifted, the bourse will halt trading for another 30 minutes.Trading will be stopped for the whole session if the JCI continues to plunge deeper than 15 percent. The suspension can last for more than one day with approval or upon instruction from the Financial Services Authority (OJK).last_img read more

Follow these 7 tips to ensure you find a buyer

first_imgMake a big colourful floral impact.On trend colours for vases this season are blue or grey hues. Embrace natural light Let natural light filter through your home. Change heavy thick curtains for sheer fabrics, linens, light cotton and synthetic curtains. Also place your flower arrangements in front of mirrors to add some dramatic reflections throughout the house.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoMs Wilson said there was a big shift from roller blinds and timber shutters to white plantation shutters and semi sheer blinds. Add lush greenery Plantation shutters are in for Spring selling season.PROPERTY listings usually jump substantially in Spring, so how do you make your property standout against the crowded pack?Well according to stylist Justine Wilson of Vault Interiors, it’s not that hard to make your home the one that potential buyers remember the most and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.“A few little changes to the presentation of a property can mean the difference between a mediocre result and a record-breaking sale,’’ she said.Her tips for styling are: Get the basics right “Declutter your space to create a clean platform,’’ she said.Remove excess furniture from living areas and think about rearranging chairs to make the most of nice views. Floral impact Spring blooms can make a big first impression and aren’t expensive. The trick according to Ms Wilson is to play with heights and textures of vases and fill them with beautiful flowers until it looks balanced. Scented candles can help you sniff out a buyer.“Winter interiors can trap unpleasant odours so if you are looking to list your home on the market ensure it looks and smells delightful. Get a stylist As with all things, if you are not sure what to do, call in an expertcenter_img Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. “Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings,’’ Ms Wilson said.“Bring the lushness of the great outdoors inside your home by introducing bunches of greenery to draw the eye and create a focal point in any room. Refresh accents Heavy throws should be tucked away after winter.“Now is time to introduce new cushions to refresh your living zone with fresh patterned fabric or bright colours.’’ Spring scents Citrus scented candles can offer a zesty and fresh aroma.last_img read more

Chronic non-communicable diseases leading cause of premature deaths in Dominica

first_img Tweet Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img HealthLifestyleLocalNews Chronic non-communicable diseases leading cause of premature deaths in Dominica by: – July 22, 2011 37 Views   no discussions Dr. Martin Christmas. Photo credit: GIS NewsChronic Non-Communicable Diseases have continued to be the leading cause of premature death in Dominica-an issue that the Ministry of Health has vowed to address.Stakeholders in the health sector met to discuss plans for the observance of the 4th Caribbean Wellness Day carded for the Second Saturday in September.     According to Acting Director of Primary Health Care Services is Dr. Martin Christmas, “These chronic and non communicable diseases continue to be our main threat in terms of premature deaths among our persons both male and female. Heart disease continues to be at the top of the list provoked by a number of risked factors which we have identified as unhealthy diets and practices,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

P200-K bail bond for ‘sexual abuse’ suspect

first_imgBY CYRUS GARDE AND MAE SINGUAYBACOLOD City – The court recommended a P200,000 bail bond for the temporary liberty of a suspect arrested in Barangay Talaptap, La Castellana, Negros Occidental. Police identified him as 49-year old resident Edgar Taclima, a former village chief of the place. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the La Castellana municipal police station./PNcenter_img Taclima was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant for the crime of sexual abuse around 8:50 a.m. on May 6, a police report showed.Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City dated March 10, 2020.last_img

Karl W. Droege, 84, Olean

first_imgKarl W. Droege, 84, of Olean passed away at 6:20am, Friday, March 30, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Dillsboro on April 8, 1933 the son of Wilkie and Martha Schutte Droege. He was married to Doris Thomas Tebbing on June 12, 1999 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Vicky Caviness of Seymour; one son Michael Droege of Versailles; one step-son Randy (Toni) Tebbing of Jamestown, Ohio; three step-daughters Cheryl Tebbing of Olean, Cathy (Ed) Meyer of Delhi, Ohio, and Jenny (Larry) Martinez of Mission, Texas; 6 grandchildren; one brother Paul “Butch” (Cathy) Droege of Aurora; one sister Helen (Elvin) Newman of Aurora. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Droege was a 1951 graduate of Cross Plains High School where he played on the Wildcat basketball team. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was stationed in Okinawa. He entered the US Army on July 22, 1953 and was discharged as a Corporal on June 3, 1955. For service to his country Karl received the National Defense Service Medal and the Sharpshooters M-1 Badge. Karl’s first job in civilian life was driving a huckster truck for the Farmers Retreat grocery. He later drove trucks for Wonder Bread and for Hussmans’ in Cincinnati. He later worked as an agent for Combined Insurance and was also employed with Delta Faucet in Greensburg. Karl was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean, the VFW, and the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, April 4th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in St. Peters Cemetery at Olean with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to St. Peters Cemetery, the St. Paul Lutheran Church Improvement Fund, or the Fisher House in Cincinnati in care of the funeral home.last_img read more