Myanmar, Russia pose early tests for Biden’s foreign policy

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A military coup in Myanmar and a mass crackdown on dissidents in Russia are presenting early tests for the Biden administration as it tries to reestablish American primacy as a worldwide pro-democracy leader. President Joe Biden and his nascent foreign policy team have been confronted with two serious challenges in two parts of the world. The U.S. has invested decades of time, energy and money into promoting democracy in both Myanmar and Russia but now faces challenges in each that could affect the global balance of power. Yet, the tools at its disposal — sanctions — have proved unreliable in prompting change in the past.last_img

US ends deal with Arizona restricting Biden on immigration

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has terminated an unusual agreement that Arizona’s top prosecutor signed with the agency in the waning days of the Trump administration that would restrict President Joe Biden’s ability to overhaul his predecessor’s immigration policies. The action was revealed Wednesday as Arizona’s Republican attorney general sued to stop the newly confirmed Homeland Security secretary from carrying out the Democratic president’s 100-day moratorium on deportations. A federal judge in Texas has already put it on hold. The action comes the same week a whistleblower compliant revealed a top DHS official under Trump reached last-minute agreements with a union for immigration employees.last_img

Best practices in payments

first_imgTakeaways from CUES School of Payments this week in Lisa HochgrafYesterday in Chicago, Terence Roche summarized some key concepts discussed at the CUES School of Payments. Roche is  principal of CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz.Establish clear performance metrics that target key revenue and expense drivers. People are saying, “I’m calling those out and they’re as visible as loan growth and delinquencies” when management gets together to talk things out, Roche said. These can get pretty granular, and seek to answer such questions as:Who’s using bill-pay? and If mobile is the most important new payment offering, how many members use it?Have a clear plan for “reduce and redirect” spending on payments. If you save money in one area of payments, you can use it to reinvest in your offerings or new payments ventures.Establish clear organizational responsibility.  “If we have 18 metrics, who is the person responsible for each of those 18 metrics? Who’s responsible for your next contract negotiation” with a vendor? Roche said the answer needs to be the name of a person, not a department or group. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Encourages Latino Community to Keep Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgGovernor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Encourages Latino Community to Keep Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Health The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) was established to advise the governor on issues facing the growing Latino community in Pennsylvania. During this pandemic, the commission has been working to ensure that the Latino community around the state is aware of and understands the mitigation actions that the Wolf Administration has taken to keep Pennsylvanians safe, in particular as data shows the Latino and other ethnic minority communities being hard hit by the pandemic.In that spirit, the commission is continuing to encourage the Latino community to follow the strong mitigation actions the governor has taken even as plans to reopen the state are developed.The commonwealth has a public awareness campaign running statewide with helpful information on how to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Messages have been translated to Spanish and are running on Spanish language media.“It is absolutely critical that all Pennsylvanians, including those in the Latino community across the commonwealth – from Philly to Erie – follow Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s recommendations to the letter so that we can prevent the spread of this disease, keep our families safe and together, and get back to our way of life,” said GACLA Executive Director Luz Colon.Pennsylvania’s Latino community plays a vital role in supporting critical industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, restaurants and health care, along with owning and working in small businesses. Now, more than ever, it is critical that every Latino in every community closely follows all safety measures to protect against the virus to save lives and livelihoods.Here are the key measures to keep safe:Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently.Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on or follow GACLA on Facebook. The information is available in Spanish on the website. GACLA posts updates in Spanish and live streams press conferences on its Facebook page.For translated news releases from the Governor’s Office on COVID-19, visit:“Governor Wolf recognizes and appreciates the important contributions of the Latino community to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Colon said. “Let us protect ourselves to guarantee our continued participation in the reconstruction of our great state.” April 28, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wrist Injury Knocks Nadal Out of Shanghai Masters

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia on Day 7 of the 2018 US Open Men’s Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Shanghai Masters due to a wrist injury.The Spaniard was plagued by the injury during the latter stages of the recent Laver Cup and he was unable to compete in his second singles match in Geneva.The eighth ATP Masters 1000 event of the season – which begins on Sunday, was set to feature ‘The Big Four’ of Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray for the first time since January’s Australian Open. However, Nadal’s wait for a maiden Shanghai title will now continue.“I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play in Shanghai this year. It is the second year in a row and in China I have great fans,” Nadal said in a statement.“But, as you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven’t had the time to recover and practice to be ready. I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament.”The 19-time Grand Slam champion is currently on an 11-game winning streak, which featured his dramatic US Open triumph against Daniil Medvedev last month.Nadal has lost just one of his last 29 matches, a run that also included his 12th French Open title at Roland Garros and Masters titles in Montreal and Rome.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more