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20Dec/20

Uruguai: Cyber Fraud Hits Latin American Banks

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2012 Banks in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are the hardest hit in Latin America by fraud in online commerce and theft of confidential data, a practice known as phishing. The total bank losses in the region top $93 billion a year, found an investigation conducted by Proyecto Amparo, a Montevideo-based group that aims to strengthen regional capacity for prevention and response to cyber security incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean. The report explains that these threats are becoming more complex and more sophisticated. The average cost of a cyber attack is $50,000 to a bank, or $50 to $60 per affected account, the study added. The scope of cyber crime in Latin America is worrisome, with very likely scenarios of cyber attacks and distressing consequences for the population, the report said. Source: Agence France-Presselast_img read more

18Nov/20

On the eve of the tourist season, the cleaning lady is most lacking

first_img“Here is another Croatian paradox. A country with more than 150 unemployed on the stock market has a shortage of 15 cleaners”, RTL presenter Tomislav Jelinčić announced the show”Potraga“In which the topic was the departure of cleaners abroad in search of better conditions. The fact is that a large number of cleaners leave Croatia and are employed in other Western European countries where they work for twice the salary. This activity is currently the most sought after in Croatia. According to some estimates, there will be a shortage of over 15 of them on the Adriatic this season, and in Zagreb they will be missing throughout the year. “Tu se pojavljuje iproblem što smo mi računali da ćemo tu radnu snagu naći u zemljama bivšeJugoslavije, prvenstveno Bosni i Hercegovini, pa onda Makedoniji, dijelomSrbiji, međutim i ti ljudi su shvatili da im je bolje otići u Austriju,Njemačku, Irsku… Kad već odlaze od kuće bolje im je tako nego doći uHrvatsku. Tako da evo sve to je dovelo do toga da mi stvarno u ovoj sezoniimamo veliki problem”, Concludes Andrić. If something does not change in the Croatian legislation, this situation could happen next year, if not worse. Although cleaners Marta Budimir, Ines Jurić and Fahreta Nuhanović agree that working in Croatia has its advantages, they point out that working abroad means far higher salaries. “Dobro, u dijeluprijašnjih godina bili su krivi poslodavci. Mi smo imali situaciju kad sesmanjio PDV pa poslodavci, suprotno očekivanom, nisu digli plaće zaposlenima. Međutim,sad su oni dovedeni u poziciju da moraju dignuti plaće.  To im je jedino rješenje i sad su krivi i onii država koja ne shvaća da im mora otvoriti prostor da bi mogli dignuti plaće”, Andrić emphasized. Josip Željko Đurinek, vlasnik servisa za čišćenje, naglasio je: “The service currently has 28 employees and is still missing. There is definitely a job on the market and a dozen more employees could certainly be hired.” “In Zagreb, I worked in some places for 35 kuna per hour, in some 40, and here there is still a big difference. Here I get 15 euros per hour”, Said Goja Šantek, a cleaner who currently works in Munich, Germany. “Most of these poor women work for three thousand kunas. And in the end they were exploited for no pay. And the fact is that both those individuals and private individuals who employ them, employ them on contracts for a month, thus blackmailing them, anything that objections the second month will not get paid”, Andrić points out. Eduard Andrić believes that an increase in salaries and job security would greatly improve the whole situation. “The problem is that our tax policy in relation to this activity, tourism and catering, cannot be competitive with those countries we mentioned in the region, and our politicians do not understand that the only way out of this situation is the exodus of our young people. those of middle age from Croatia, in increasing wages and job security”, He points out. “The fact is that the countries in our area from Austria onwards, Austria is perhaps the closest in this regard, offer far higher wages. In Austria, maids can earn, say, 900 euros. Plus accommodation, plus food”, Said Eduard Andrić, President of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services. He adds that this has never been the case. The shortage of labor, primarily maids and cleaners, has led to an increase in Croatia’s import quota. However, Andrić says that even that will not save the season. On the websites where jobs are advertised, but also on the pages of the Labor Exchange, most ads are for cleaners. Employers who advertise for seasonal jobs often do not offer food, and some even apply. If they offer an application, then it is assumed that they will lower the salary. Working hours are mostly slippery, as are days off. The situation is somewhat different in hotels, camps and larger companies. Often at least one meal and one day off a week is offered, as well as paid accommodation, but that is why salaries are lower and there is more work. On the other hand, cleaner Fahreta Nuhanović stated that she does not intend to go to the season. She says her salary is less than what seasonal workers get, but at least she’s safe. Although many owners of cleaning agencies and services claim to offer starting salaries of at least four thousand kuna, but that they can not find workers. “Well basically I think people generally don’t want to work, there’s definitely work to be done here in the market, but I think it’s generally made some rumor that there’s something better out there”, Explained the owner of the agency Josip Željko Đurinek. And what does this lack of seasonal staff mean for full-time workers? “And what that means is that those who are permanently employed and who have experience will take, as in these past years, the burden of doing the season on their backs and simply these people will be exploited to the end at the end of the season.”, Concluded Andrić. Source / photo: RTLlast_img read more

19Oct/20

North Korea rejects South’s offer of envoys, vows to redeploy troops to border

first_imgTopics : Moon “greatly favors sending special envoys for ‘tiding over crises’ and raises preposterous proposals frequently, but he has to clearly understand that such a trick will no longer work on us,” KCNA said.”The solution to the present crisis between the North and the South caused by the incompetence and irresponsibility of the South Korean authorities is impossible and it can be terminated only when proper price is paid.”There was no immediate comment from Moon’s office.Any moves to invalidate cross-border peace deals pose a major setback to Moon’s bid for more lasting reconciliation with the North, while complicating efforts to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea said on Wednesday it had rejected South Korea’s offer to send special envoys to ease escalating bilateral tensions, and vowed to redeploy troops to demilitarized border units in the latest step towards nullifying inter-Korean peace accords.The announcements made by state media agency KCNA came one day after North Korea blew up a joint liaison office set up in a border town as part of a 2018 agreement by the two countries’ leaders, as tensions flare over propaganda leaflets sent by defectors into the reclusive state.South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Monday offered to send his national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and spy chief Suh Hoon as special envoys. But Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a senior ruling party official, “flatly rejected the tactless and sinister proposal,” KCNA said.center_img Kim Yo Jong also harshly criticized Moon in another KCNA statement, saying he had failed to implement any of the 2018 pacts and had made inter-Korean ties a “U.S. puppet.”In Monday’s speech, which marked the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, Moon expressed regret that North Korea-U.S. and inter-Korean relations have not made progress as hoped but asked Pyongyang to maintain peace deals and return to dialogue.In a separate KCNA dispatch on Wednesday, a spokesman for the General Staff of the (North) Korean People’s Army (KPA) said it would dispatch troops to Mount Kumgang and Kaesong near the border, where the two Koreas had carried out joint economic projects in the past.Police posts that had been withdrawn from the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) will be reinstalled, while artillery units near the western sea border where defectors frequently send leaflets will be reinforced with the readiness alert heightened to the level of “top class combat duty,” the spokesman said.The North will also restart sending anti-Seoul leaflets across the border, he added.”Areas favorable for scattering leaflets against the South will open on the whole front line and our people’s drive for scattering leaflets will be guaranteed militarily and thorough-going security measures will be taken,” he said.The KPA said on Tuesday it had been studying an “action plan” to re-enter zones that had been demilitarized under a 2018 inter-Korean military pact and “turn the front line into a fortress.”Seoul’s defense ministry has urged North Korea to abide by the agreement, under which both sides vowed to cease “all hostile acts” and dismantled a number of structures along the DMZ. last_img read more

26Aug/20

UFC Phoenix: What if Cain Velasquez had stayed healthy?

first_imgEven though Cormier no longer plans on retiring when he turns 40 next month, the current heavyweight champion isn’t going to stick around too much longer, which would clear a path for a healthy, active Velasquez to once again challenge for championship gold, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.First, let’s see what he looks like this weekend against Ngannou and whether he can emerge with a clean bill of health.If he clears those two major hurdles, then we can start discussing whether 2019 is the year Cain Velasquez returns full-time to potentially fulfill his destiny as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. Join DAZN and watch Paul Daley vs. Michael Page at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16Unfortunately, it’s a familiar position to be in when it comes to Velasquez, as the now 36-year-old heavyweight has spent far more time dealing with injuries and extended absences over the last half-decade than he has contending with actual opponents.Velasquez has fought just twice in the last five-plus years, as his triumphant return at UFC 200 came after a 13-month layoff following his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City. That fight was preceded by a 20-month hiatus that started after he wrapped up his rubber match with Junior dos Santos in convincing fashion at UFC 166.It seems absurd even as I write it — going three fights back on Velasquez’s resume takes us all the way to October 2013, when Lorde burst onto the music scene with “Royals” and her debut album Pure Heroine and Gravity was enjoying another week atop the box office charts.To put it into perspective, the whole of Ngannou’s UFC career has transpired in the time since Velasquez’s loss to Werdum, with “The Predator” making nine appearances in the Octagon to the former champion’s one.Between the injuries and the layoffs, there is no way to know how Velasquez will look on Sunday because while he showed no signs of rust or decline when taking Browne to the woodshed at the UFC’s bicentennial show, that was still well over two years ago and not only is he that much older, but he’s also stepping in with one of the most dangerous threats in the division.But as Velasquez’s return draws closer, it’s impossible not to wonder what the landscape of the heavyweight division might look like had the ultra-talented former champion not lost so much time to injuries.A Dominant ForceBefore delving into what might have been, we first have to remember what we know to be true and that is that for a two-year, four-fight stretch between his losses to dos Santos and Werdum, Cain Velasquez was one of the most dominant forces to ever grace the heavyweight division.Velasquez was a new breed of heavyweights — a 240-pound attack dog with the skill set and conditioning of a lightweight. Sure, he could knock you out with a single clubbing blow like the majority of elite heavyweight competitors, but he could also bury you with volume, maintaining a ridiculous pace for a man his size, all the while threatening to dump you to the canvas and maul you from top position as he did Silva, twice.He was heralded as a something different when he arrived in the UFC with a first-round finish of Brad Morris at UFC 83 and validated his advanced billing by steamrolling the competition on the way to snatching the heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar in a one-sided beatdown that lasted four minutes and change at UFC 121.Even after losing the belt to dos Santos in November 2011, Velasquez returned to re-affirm his standing as the best heavyweight in the sport over the next two years. In twin fights with both Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and dos Santos, the former Arizona State Sun Devil crippled the wills and stole the souls of the two Brazilians.Silva was never the same fighter following his second fight to Velasquez, which lasted just 81 seconds, while “Cigano” alternated wins and losses over his next four appearances, battling myriad injuries of his own. It wasn’t until the second half of this year that the former champion returned to looking like a potential title threat.Unfortunately for Velasquez, he would spend the better part of the next two years on the sidelines before losing the heavyweight title to Werdum, followed by another extended layoff before returning to beat Browne.Even then, despite all the time off, the numerous surgeries and various other injuries, Velasquez still looked like a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.What Might Have BeenGiven that he’s never been anything other than a champion or elite contender over the last decade, let’s start by agreeing that had Velasquez remained healthy and active in the time since his title loss to Werdum at UFC 188, he would have remained in the championship conversation.His performance against Browne is the only evidence needed to support this assumption.That puts Velasquez competing against the likes of Werdum, Stipe Miocic, dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem, with the possibility of him facing newer additions to the contender class like Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis or Alexander Volkov as well.His history with dos Santos plays a big part in trying to determine what the division may have looked like had Velasquez been active because while the possibility existed, as it does for every heavyweight and every fighter, that he could get caught with something that puts him down, the truth is that Velasquez would have been no worse than a coin flip against all of the top competitors in the division.A rematch with Werdum never materialized and would have been truly compelling, as the Brazilian’s submission skills would have given Velasquez pause when it comes to pursuing takedowns, especially given how their first encounter ended. That said, a healthy Velasquez was far quicker, far sharper and more of a finisher on the feet than Werdum, so meeting him in the center of the cage and turning it into a slugfest would have been a viable strategy.Overeem would have been the inverse of Werdum — a threat on the feet thanks to his assorted weapons, quickness and power, but could he had prevented Velasquez from bullying him the way he did dos Santos in their second and third meetings? It would have been an interesting pairing, but chances are bettors would install Velasquez as a clear favorite.The most intriguing matchup of the bunch is a potential pairing with Miocic, who took over as the division’s well-rounded cardio freak in Velasquez’s stead and possesses the talents and intangibles to match the former titleholder shot-for-shot. In another lifetime, they could have been what the UFC envisioned Velasquez and dos Santos being — the well-matched rivals who pushed it each other to new heights, trading the title back-and-forth in a series of massive pay-per-view main events.As for the new crop of contenders, the results of some of their most recent outings illustrate how hypothetical encounters with Velasquez would have most likely played out.Against Ngannou and Lewis, he replicates the tactics deployed by Miocic and Daniel Cormier, respectively, wrestling each to the canvas and working them over where they’re least comfortable. The same goes for Volkov, who struggled in a clinch-heavy contest with Timothy Johnson. While Blaydes has the wrestling pedigree to potentially stop an onslaught of takedowns, he’s still too hittable to hang with powerful heavyweights on the feet, so a slightly less violent, less rapid replica of his losses to Ngannou serves as a pretty sound template for the approach Velasquez would take.The Daniel Cormier RippleThe most interesting part of a hypothetical “What if Cain stayed healthy?” thought exercise is trying to figure out what becomes of his close friend and training partner Daniel Cormier?“DC” famously departed the heavyweight division in order to stay out of Velasquez’s lane, despite being 13-0 and looking like a mortal lock to eventually challenge for the heavyweight title. With Cain out of the picture, Cormier made the move back to heavyweight last year for a superfight with Miocic, claiming the heavyweight title and successfully defending it against Lewis at UFC 230 in New York City.Now as Velasquez prepares to return, Cormier is once again serving as his biggest cheerleader, telling anyone who will listen that Velasquez is the same fast, strong marauder that once dominated the division.But had he not been limited to just one appearance since losing the belt to Werdum, Cormier’s current situation likely never would have come to pass.Maybe they would have sat down and talked about Cormier returning to the division, depending on whether or not Velasquez had the title and the results he had against the other top contenders, but a healthy Velasquez being in the thick of the title chase or reclaiming the throne probably results in Cormier staying at light heavyweight and never becoming the “Double Champ.”Current Legacy and What’s Still to ComeRight now, Velasquez is the Bill Walton of UFC heavyweights — a dominant force, but someone whose brilliant career was beset by injuries and ultimately cut short.He’s a two-time champion with victories over divisional stalwarts like Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and “Bigfoot” Silva, as well as former champions “Minotauro” Nogueira, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. He was the prototype for a new wave of heavyweights — a little smaller with well-rounded striking, excellent wrestling, smooth footwork and elite conditioning. He was a nightmare matchup who could beat you in numerous ways and whose only career losses came in championship fights where he was dealing with injuries.Although it’s impossible to say for sure what the heavyweight division might have looked like had Velasquez remained healthy, his return this weekend against Ngannou is an obvious peak into what might have been.Despite returning from a 952-day layoff, Velasquez is nearly a 2-1 favorite heading into Sunday’s main event and a victory over Ngannou, who rebounded from poor showings against Miocic and Lewis with a 45-second knockout win in November, would put him right back into the thick of the title conversation. 952 days — that’s how long it will have been since Cain Velasquez last set foot inside the UFC Octagon by the time he marches to the cage to face Francis Ngannou on Sunday night in Phoenix, Arizona.Two years, six months and 16 days will have passed since the former heavyweight champion collected a first-round stoppage win over Travis Browne at UFC 200 and as he readies to return, there is absolutely no way to know with any certainty what to expect from the American Kickboxing Academy product.last_img read more

12Aug/20

Chaos in Hong Kong at Polytechnic University

first_imgPolice have issued an ultimatum to protesters they’ve now surrounded at the city’s Polytechnic University.Protesters who spent days trying to keep police from getting into the campus are now desperately trying to get out.Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on a surging crowd. The U.S. is condemning what the Trump administration calls the unjustified use of force against pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.A senior official Sunday said China needs to protect the semi-autonomous city’s freedom and that both sides need to refrain from further violence.The official also said the White House wants both sides to engage in constructive dialogue.The threat of violence continues to escalate in Hong Kong as police sealed off a university and protestors armed themselves with bows and arrows.last_img read more