Nicaraguan Navy Sinks Drug Boat in Caribbean Sea

first_imgBy Dialogo July 24, 2012 The Nicaraguan Navy exchanged fire with four alleged drug traffickers in the Caribbean Sea, resulting in one arrest and the burning and subsequent sinking of the vessel on which they were traveling, the Army announced on July 22. The alleged trafficker, Florentino Solís, is a native of Laguna de Perlas, located in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), was arrested while three other, unidentified members of the vessel’s crew succeeded in escaping, according to a statement by the armed service. The incident took place between the night of July 21 and early morning of July 22, six nautical miles northeast of the Miskito community of Wounta, in the jurisdiction of the RAAS, the announcement said. The Navy patrol detected the intruder vessel and pursued it and its occupants, who upon seeing that they had been discovered, fired at the officers, leading to an exchange of fire in which no casualties or damage on the Military side were reported, the announcement added. Authorities assume that the vessel was transporting drugs and fuel, and that as a result of the exchange of fire, the boat caught on fire, and its occupants jumped overboard and fled, except for Solís. Navy divers are searching the area where the drug vessel sank in order to learn more about the cargo this boat was carrying, the statement said.last_img read more

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Mitigating PINless debit fraud exposure

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ann Davidson Ann assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends sound loss control measures to help reduce loss exposures.Davidson has over 40 years working with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Details Various financial institutions around the country have experienced counterfeit activity resulting from “PINless” debit transactions, some of which have led to losses in excess of $100,000. PINless debit authorizations involve purchases under $50.00 that do not require consumers to key in a PIN or supply a signature at a point-of-sale device (POS). As EMV technology continues to be adopted by merchants, more and more of them will choose to enable PINless debit transactions, to offer consumer convenience and reduced interchange fee costs, and fraudsters are taking full advantage.When a merchant allows PINless debit transactions, fraudsters can more easily use stolen card information, since they are not being asked to supply a PIN or any other authentication when making these types of purchases. An account holder’s card may be used multiple times prior to the fraudulent activity being detected. So fraudsters make numerous PINless transactions and walk away with big rewards. Here are steps you should take to help mitigate PINless debit fraud exposure:Confirm that your card processor’s fraud monitoring system recognizes and is paying special attention to PINless debit transactions at the POS, especially recurring transactions at the same location. Make sure you are not one of the many financial institutions that haven’t signed up for their card processor’s program to monitor PINless debit authorizations.See if your financial institution can decline all debit authorizations that are conducted without a PIN, and consider disallowing these transactions if this option is in fact permissible.Check that all networks used for PINless debit authorizations are in place with your card processor, so that you can monitor PINless debit authorizations. Ensure your fraud monitoring system has strategies in place to help address any uptick in PINless debit fraud exposure. Connect with you card processor to make sure they have velocity parameters in place for transactions requiring PINless debit authorizations.Consider blocking and reissuing cards that may have been impacted by a data breach, as this card data could potentially be compromised. Confirm your fraud monitoring system is identifying “chip PINless” authorizations and confirm strategies are in place to monitor and prevent PINless fraud exposure on these cards.Understand your card association’s PINless debit network liability rules, since Visa and Mastercard do not apply the same zero-liability program benefits to PINless debit.Understand the Durbin rights and how PINless debit transactions are routed. Read articles about how your account holders could be affected by PINless debit fraud.Educate your account holders! You will likely see a large decrease in risk exposures if your account holders know what they can do to protect themselves. Your financial institution should continue to learn about PINless debit fraud so that you can fully understand the risks and take actions to help mitigate this type of debit card exposure. This content was previously published in Allied Solutions’ Risk Alert newsletter. Click here to sign up for this email list.last_img read more

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EEEGR, Orbis, UK DIT Discuss Offshore Wind Opportunities Over Breakfast

first_imgManagers from companies in the local supply chain met for breakfast on Tuesday morning at the Orbis Energy building in Lowestoft to hear a presentation delivered over a video link from Michiel Hendrickx, the UK Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Senior Trade Advisor in the Netherlands.The Dutch Offshore Wind sector provides long term opportunities for many companies working in this sector including those represented at the breakfast meeting.These opportunities, including ones for companies looking at a cross-over from offshore oil and gas to offshore wind, are looking far into the North Sea and far into the future with the offshore hub island on the Dogger Bank projected to be a reality by 2050.Michiel described the Dutch Model for tendering and gave details of projects already in a planning phase and those due for tendering in years to come starting with Hollandse Kust Zuid in December. The new Dutch Government has yet to define their plans for the industry but have already given indications that the growth will be there.A good initiative from the 3 parties, and who can resist a bacon sandwich?Dick Hill, Offshore WINDlast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic wins third US Open title, 14th Grand Slam by defeating Del Potro

first_imgNovak Djokovic won his third US Open title and equalled Pete Sampras’s record of 14 Grand Slam titles as he beat Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 in the men’s singles final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York on Sunday.Djokovic was the favourite in the match considering the fact that this was his eighth US Open final appearance while for Del Potro, this was just his second Grand Slam final appearance after his historic US Open triumph in 2009.With the win now, Djokovic has extended his head-to-head record against Del Potro to 15-4 as the Argentine was unable to upstage the Serb.The win at Flushing Meadows enabled Djokovic to complete a Wimbledon-US Open double after lifting his fourth Wimbledon title earlier this year at the All England Club in London.US OPEN 2018 MEN’S SINGLES FINAL [email protected] defeats Del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to win his 3rd title in Flushing Meadows!He now ties Pete Sampras for third place all-time on the Grand Slam singles titles list with 14.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/xwzzmr22E0 US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018Djokovic’s strength lay in his returns. Ahead of this match, he had a return percentage of 82 per cent, the most by any US Open competitor this year.On the other hand, Del Potro was relying heavily on his serves and power. Ahead of the final, Del Potro had fired 68 aces during the tournament, winning 82 percent of his first serve points.But against one of the best returners in the business, Del Potro needed to be far more assertive.advertisementJust like last night’s women’s singles final, the match was played under closed roof with rain in New York. However, unlike Saturday night, this match remained all about tennis and the brute quality that the two players put on the court.Relief…@DjokerNole#USOpen pic.twitter.com/TiKYL6TfXH US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018While Djokovic’s athleticism graced the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Del Potro was buoyed by the ‘Delpo, Delpo’ chants of his friends who have reverberated the stadium throughout the tournament.Throughout the tournament, the two struggled and rose above New York’s searing heat and difficult humidity. On the day of the final, Djokovic just showed why he was the holder of 13 Grand Slam titles.He put out his best tennis for the Arthur Ashe Stadium, countered some of Del Potro’s best play and shone at Flushing Meadows for the third time in his career.Pure class…@[email protected] #USOpen pic.twitter.com/QsxuVU0fOf US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018Djokovic and Del Potro began the match judging each other’s moves and holding their serves comfortably. Both of them displayed their dominant self early on to exchange honours.Leading 4-3, Djokovic caught Del Potro off guard with his exceptional patience and strong strokes to break Del Potro’s serve. From there Djokovic comfortably served out the set.Djokovic began the second set in the same vein applying immense pressure on Del Potro’s serve. At 1-1 in the second set, Djokovic suffocated Del Potro from the baseline to force out errors from the big man and got an early break.Also read – Serena Williams fined USD 17000 for rule violations in US Open finalThereafter, there were two service holds and the set was poised at 3-2 and suddenly, Flushing Meadows saw a massive momentum shift.Backed by his singing boys, Del Potro roared back in the set by breaking Djokovic to go back on serve. And it all started with Djokovic getting erked by crowd reaction and constant singing for Del Potro.OléOléOléDelpooooo, Delpooooo#USOpen pic.twitter.com/aXM0eWecwM US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018For quite some time after that Djokovic looked towards Del Potro’s singing friend with utmost anger, unable to get them out of his head and that showed on the court.A 20-minute service game for Djokovic followed.In the middle of that there was some world class tennis on display. The Argentine put his all in the rally stretching out to put balls back at Djokovic. Twice, the Serb tried to attack at the net. In the end, it was an overhead smash that earned Djokovic the point.Djokovic fended off break points from Del Potro, wasted his own advantage points but eventually in a little over 20 minutes, he was able to make it 4-4.Also read – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US OpenAfter that, the two showed no signs of fatigue, held their serves comfortably and took the set down to the tiebreak.advertisementIn the tiebreak, Del Potro looked susceptible to forehand errors and Djokovic showed immense courage and quality to take it away from Del Potro, going up 2-0 in the final.Djokovic takes the 2nd set after 1 hour and 35 minutes of grueling tennis!He grabs the tie break and now takes a 2 set lead over Del Potro…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/xvSXOt8yZB US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018The third set followed the pattern of the second, where Djokovic took an early break to go 3-1 up in the set. What was different was that the quality of tennis only kept getting better.The noise levels inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium was deafening as Djokovic and Del Potro got the crowd roaring with their display on-court.Just when it looked like Djokovic would stay calm and take it to Del Potro, the Argentine fought back hard and how.Also read – When I step on court, I’m not a Serena fan: Naomi Osaka after US Open triumphHe broke Djokovic back with some brilliant movement on the court, leaving Djokovic stranded to take the third set back on serve.But the twist of the tale happened when leading 4-3, Djokovic broke Del Potro yet again to enforce a third break in the third set and set up the match on his serve.Without much trouble, Djokovic held his own and took the Championship in New York for a third time.last_img read more

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