USCGC Campbell wraps up patrol with $80M of cocaine seizures

first_img The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell concluded its patrol of the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean having seized a total of $80 million dollars worth of cocaine.The cutter returned to its homeport at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, on February 14, following a 61-day counter narcotics patrol.In the span of one month Campbell seized or disrupted a total of seven smuggling vessels carrying cocaine from South America bound for the United States. The amount of cocaine seized was estimated to be 4,800 pounds (2,177 kilograms) and worth more than $80 million dollars.In addition, Campbell’s crew rescued eight Cuban migrants attempting to sail from Cuba to the United States in an unseaworthy vessel.Campbell deployed in support of the Joint-Interagency Task Force-South, which is in an international operation to disrupt the transportation of narcotics. In doing so, Campbell worked with air, land, and naval assets from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Western Hemisphere partner agencies, to counter drug trafficking.Campbell’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Michael Nasitka, siad: “The amount of success we experienced is a true testament to the professionalism of the crew and their dedication to the mission.”“The patrol was extremely busy and the crew spent the holidays away from their families. Despite this, the crew rose to every challenge in order to achieve success at thwarting transnational crime in the Western Hemisphere.”Campbell is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, and is the sixth cutter to bear the name Campbell. The new Offshore Patrol Cutter contract has been awarded to replace the service’s 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters, which are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and operate.[mappress mapid=”17720″] February 18, 2016 Authorities USCGC Campbell returns from patrol with $80 million of cocaine seizures Back to overview,Home naval-today USCGC Campbell returns from patrol with $80 million of cocaine seizures center_img View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: USCGC Campbell Share this articlelast_img read more

Maintaining your position as a primary financial institution with connected payments

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dr. Debbie Bartoo Dr. Debbie Bartoo focuses on creating innovative new service offerings in financial services in her role as Head of Innovation at PSCU. Her experience spans innovation, strategy and analytics in … Web: www.pscu.com Details Findings from a recently released white paper indicate that the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a massive opportunity for credit unions. The white paper – which is based on a report by Javelin Strategy & Research – can be downloaded in its entirety here. According to recently released findings by Javelin Strategy & Research, customers of giant banks are more willing to adopt the latest technologies, such as fingerprint authentication and mobile wallets, and tend to have higher ownership rates of smart devices such as smartphones, fitness bands and smartwatches. In contrast, credit union members appear to lag or be at par with the general population in a number of categories, such as smartphone ownership and usage of fingerprint authentication. However, slower adoption rates and lower willingness to use the latest technology should be viewed as both a potential opportunity and challenge for credit unions.The opportunity rests with how credit unions introduce new technologies and features to their members in a way that does not take away from the desired personal relationship. The challenge is that as new technologies become proven and mainstream, credit unions must be able to offer them to their members or else face potential attrition. One potential key driver to consider is that credit union members tend to prefer having a personal relationship with their financial institution (FI) over using technology. For example, among nonusers of mobile banking, 39 percent of credit union members report they, “prefer dealing with people,” compared with 34 percent in the general population. Further, skepticism for new and unproven technology, such as voice banking, is high among credit union members, with 36 percent stating they do not feel it is secure, compared with just 29 percent of the general population. Given these findings, credit unions should consider implementing four strategies to ensure they remain the primary FI relationship:Encourage members to adopt a “set it and forget it” payment preference for all new connected devices and mobile wallets.Promote the credit unions’ debit and credit cards as the preferred payment method, allowing members to concentrate their digital spend with their primary FI (the credit union) and have the greatest control over their cash flow. Getting members to initially sign up with their credit union card as the payment choice (“set it”) for each new connected technology adopted (e.g., smart washing machine) creates an obstacle for competitors due to the mindset of the consumer to “forget it” when it comes to changing the preferred payment method. Only in cases of dissatisfaction or an extreme competitive reward offer will a consumer go back into setup to change a payment preference, and the same holds true for mobile wallets. This “set it and forget it” approach can be a powerful tool for credit unions, as it becomes an educational awareness program that can be accompanied by small, one-time incentives to be effective.Drive mobile wallet adoption among credit union membership. It is no longer a question of if a member will use a mobile wallet but rather a question of when. In order to get ahead of the game, the credit union should proactively educate members about how to use the wallet and incentives to drive its payment cards into that wallet. Once the card is in the wallet, the consumer mindset becomes “set it and forget it,” as described earlier. Develop a strategy to drive credit union cards as the preferred payment choice for six key companies, due to their size and relation to digital payments.Amazon is the largest e-commerce player and has deployed Alexa, its digital assistant, to control connected device paymentsWalmart is the largest physical point-of-sale merchant that has deployed its own wallet and is investing heavily in e-commerceSamsung, a leader in digital technology and IoT devices with its own wallet, is positioned to perform well in tomorrow’s connected homeApple, a key wallet player, is gaining power in the connected world and will soon deploy its digital assistant for the homeGoogle, which is investing heavily in the IoT, the connected home (e.g., Nest) and Android Pay/Google Wallet, is critical to future adoption for credit union members Facebook, the largest social media site and owner of Instagram, is investing heavily in e-commerceCredit unions should focus on these companies as critical to driving their future payment strategies, as these six players are likely to control the majority of digital dollars spent in the near future by all consumers, including members. By promoting their cards as preferred payment choices, combined with a “set it and forget it” approach, credit unions can position themselves to capture significant payment volume from the IoT, e-commerce and mobile wallets. Consider using education to drive adoption of more advanced banking technologies in combination with the desire for a face-to-face relationship.The desire for members to prefer interacting with actual people presents an opportunity for credit unions. For example, they can use this personal touch to explain how fingerprint biometrics can be used as an improved method of authentication for mobile banking login. Credit unions should always consider how they deploy new technologies in light of members’ desire for human interaction. This could be as simple as hosting mobile banking tutorial sessions at a branch or deploying a button on a mobile banking app allowing the user to contact a live agent during a mobile banking session. Providing the option for members to interact with a human being while using their smart devices will further enhance their experience with your credit union. last_img read more

CDC reports 25 West Nile cases in 11 states

first_img About 20% of people infected with West Nile get sick, and about 1 in 150 suffers the severe form, West Nile meningitis or encephalitis. Roughly 17,000 Americans have had the disease since it made its North American debut in 1999. Last year the United States had 2,539 cases with 100 deaths, according to the CDC. Nine of the 25 cases were the severe, neuroinvasive form of West Nile, the CDC said. Another 15 cases were listed as West Nile fever, and one case was unspecified. CDC. West Nile virus activity—United States, 2005. MMWR 2005 Jul 15;54(27):678-9 [Full text] See also: Jul 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The annual invasion of West Nile virus has sickened 25 people in 11 states and caused one death so far this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds, which are believed to be the main reservoir for the virus. The CDC says that infected crows and other birds have been found in 16 states so far this season. Other states that have reported cases to the CDC are California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. This year’s first case was reported in Kansas in May. Colorado leads the list with 7 cases, followed by South Dakota with 5 and Arizona with 3, according to an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The single death occurred in Missouri. CDC’s West Nile virus sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htmlast_img read more

This home at Upper Caboolture offers a serene tropical retreat

first_img4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureSurrounding bushland and gardens make this quaint home feel like it’s in the heart of a tropical paradise.It was one of the main reasons Ali Johnston decided to buy the property at 4 Downey Court, Upper Caboolture. 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureIt has a firepit as well as built-in seating off the main patio and she has put tropical plants along the back fence.“That just gives it that tropical feeling,” she said. “When I wake up in the morning, I have all the birds calling out and it just sounds like I’m at a tropical resort.” 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureMs Johnston said the patio was her favourite part of the home.“The living areas actually look out to the back patio,” she said.“That was a big thing for me – to be able to see from all rooms the garden.”She said the cul-de-sac was quiet and the neighbours were friendly.Ms Johnston is sad to say goodbye to the home but needs to return to Sydney.“If I could pack this house up and take it back with me I would,” she said.center_img 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureShe moved to the area from Sydney after reading reviews of the highly rated suburb online.“I really wanted to be able to have a good-sized block of land and affordability was a big thing as well,” Ms Johnston said.The four-bedroom home is on a 605sq m block.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 20194 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureThe master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, while the other three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.The home has an open floorplan with the living and dining areas flowing into the kitchen and family room. There is access to the outdoor patio from the dining and family rooms.The home was move-in ready, but Ms Johnston has added her own touches to parts of it, including landscaping the large backyard.last_img read more

Man Utd rejoice over changed transfer strategy

first_imgArrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Odion Ighalo, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have had a big impact at Manchester United. Man Utd Manager Ole Gunnar won’t mind having Bellingham in the fold As Manchester United recorded their third victory over Manchester City in all competitions this season, at Old Trafford on Sunday, there were plenty of positives for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take away.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganLook Up At The Most Fascinated Ceilings In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Joining Jurgen Klopp in an illustrious group of only two managers to have outsmarted the Catalan three times in one campaign, the smile could not be wiped from the Norwegian’s face. And who could blame him? Read Also:Wolves plot stunning Real Madrid raid for former Man Utd, Liverpool target It wasn’t that long ago fans were calling for the treble winner to be sacked as United struggled in the league but now, after a 10-game unbeaten run which has seen them close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to just three points, things are looking up in M16 and the euphoria from Sunday afternoon’s 2-0 win will linger. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more