Bolivia and Brazil Discuss Fight against Drug Trafficking in La Paz

first_img Bolivia and Brazil discussed joint programs against drug trafficking on 28 and 29 March in La Paz, the Bolivian Vice Ministry of Social Defense, the chief political office directing drug interdiction, announced. “Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti and Brazilian Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo met to discuss an agenda regarding the fight against drugs,” the communications office of the Vice Ministry of Social Defense affirmed to AFP. According to the public schedule, two technical and political commissions worked in La Paz toward the signing of agreements against narcotics trafficking, while the two ministers inspected coca eradication programs in El Chapare (in central Bolivia) on 29 March. In the town of Chimoré, Llorenti and Cardozo also observed a demonstration of unmanned aircraft, which Brazil will provide, and radar control systems, for the purpose of combatting drug mafias. According to the UN, Bolivia has 30,900 hectares of coca, of which only 12,000 are legal (this production is for chewing, infusion, and Andean religion rites). Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota indicated on a visit to La Paz last weekend that his country intends to support Bolivia (the world’s third-largest producer of cocaine after Peru and Colombia) in the fight against drug trafficking. A significant portion of the drugs Bolivia manufactures end up in Brazil, according to the Bolivian government. Brazil and Bolivia share a border 3,100 km long. Many border towns are centers of a free-flowing drug trade and the smuggling of weapons and stolen cars. By Dialogo March 30, 2011last_img read more

10 traits bad leaders have

first_img 128SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details 1) Can’t lead themselvesLeaders are supposed to inspire others to perform well and help them achieve greater things. But if you aren’t always trying to better yourself, you can’t expect to get much out of those around you.2) No VisionLeaders are there to guide others to the easiest path to success, but you can’t do that if you don’t know how to get there in the first place.3) Push overWhile it is never a good idea to shutdown every idea brought forward to you by your team, accepting everything can be just as bad. If everything they are bringing to you is better than what you bring to the table, perhaps they should lead.4) Poor judge of characterWhen bringing new people on there are a lot of factors. Don’t judge a book by its cover, and remember someone’s potential may outweigh their experience. But remember that regardless of experience or potential, if they are a threat to the team culture, hard pass every time.5) Think they know everythingKnow-it-alls run into a number of problems. Never improving themselves, having trouble seeing the potential in anyone else’s input, and a bloated ego are just a few of the issues. Swallow your pride, you aren’t always the smartest in the room.6) Failure to communicateYou have to listen to your team to know where they are at, and likewise let them know what you are thinking at all times. Have plans in place to make sure your responses are easy to understand as well.7) Fear of changeGet rid of overly conservative notions. If you don’t take risks now and again, you’ll never know what an opportunity could have led to.8) Lack of empathyRuling with an iron fist gets you nowhere. You have to learn the problems your team faces and do anything in your power to help them avoid them.9) One size fits allEveryone is different and when it comes to leading a team of people you may find the cookie cutter approach doesn’t work for everyone. Be flexible and adapt.10) Accountability issuesProblems arise. But at the end of the day you are solely responsible for letting your team know you understand and helping them move forward.last_img read more

2 proven ways to transform the productivity of your credit union

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Fred Kelly Fred is the Co-Founder of OpFin Solutions, a firm that works with the CEOs of credit unions and community banks to help them optimize the processes that drive revenue growth … Details It doesn’t work. I know because I tried. I went to the gym 9 days in a row. Not Thursday obviously because that was a national holiday. No, I didn’t go on the weekend either. That’s Netflix time. Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that I went lots of times to the gym and it didn’t work. So Harry Judd obviously got his 6 pack abs some other way.As absurd as this sounds, it happens in credit unions across the country every single day. Sales teams wonder why they aren’t selling, COOs wonder why their projects aren’t advancing faster, CEO’s wonder why their membership isn’t growing. The reason is that the best outcomes occur as the result of processes over time. Just like going to the gym. The problem is that the improvements are often too small to notice in the short term and our brains don’t like this. Our brains prefer certainty today over uncertainty tomorrow.In a joint study between Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and Princeton’s Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior, researchers found two areas of the brain that appear to compete for control over behavior when a person attempts to balance near-term rewards with long-term goals. The research involved imaging people’s brains as they made choices between small but immediate rewards or larger awards that they would receive later.They found that people behave impatiently today but prefer or plan to act patiently in the future. For example, people who are offered the choice of $10 today or $11 tomorrow are likely to choose to receive the lesser amount immediately. But if given a choice between $10 in one year or $11 in a year and a day, people often choose the higher, delayed amount.To overcome this bias, we need to employ strategies that enable us to defer instant gratification in favor of better longer term results. So how can we get better results?There are two things we can start doing differently today to reach our objectives.1. Identify the process you need to get the outcome you desireIf you want to grow your membership then you will get better results with a customer-centric sales process. When you have a well-designed process, you know that if you follow it consistently you will get results. However, because there’s work today with a pay off in the future, some sales people will falter. If you have a robust sales management process you will be able to pick up on this fairly quickly. Look out for common phrases like, our credit policy is too rigid, the economy is bad, it’s the wrong time of year, we are too expensive, our system is too old and I’m still waiting for sign off.  There only two reasons we don’t reach our objectives: The process is wrong orThe process wasn’t followedGetting buy in to a process can be a challenge. It’s advisable to have the folks that will be using the process, involved in its design. The process will be better and you’ll get more commitment to it. Of course, the world isn’t static. Our processes need to be able to adapt to change. What works today may not work as well tomorrow. If we don’t map out our processes and measure them at each stage it’s hard to figure out where the problem is and how to fix it. 2. Focus your energy exclusively on the processes that align with your objectivesMost credit unions (indeed almost all organizations) have too many projects on the go simultaneously. This creates bottlenecks and competing priorities. Culling projects is the single most effective way of getting more done. This is simple to understand but notoriously difficult to achieve in practice because prioritization can be uncomfortable and takes consistent discipline. Greg Mckeown, author of the superb book Essentialism, suggests that we ask this question before every task: “Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time and resources right now?”The basic philosophy behind this approach is that once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, you can make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.The Eisenhower Matrix – a Framework for PrioritizationThe 34th President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower was incredibly productive. He had a process for prioritizing his tasks in order to generate the best return on his most valuable asset, his time. The Eisenhower Matrix is a method of prioritizing your tasks on the basis of their urgency. It helps to determine the activities which are important and the ones which do not deserve your attention at all.The matrix is divided into four parts or quadrants:Quadrant 1: Important and urgent (tasks you will do immediately)Quadrant 2: Important but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later)Quadrant 3: Urgent but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else)Quadrant 4: Not important, not urgent (tasks that you will eliminate)The idea is to make a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish and sort them into the applicable quadrant.If you are interested in optimizing your organization’s productivity, I really recommend James Clear’s blog. James is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Atomic Habits.The Kanban SystemAnother tool that I use religiously, and wish I had known about when I was a community bank CEO, is The Kanban System. It has been popularized by project management software companies such as Trello, Monday.com and, my personal, favorite Asana.Kanban requires you to limit the flow of tasks and prioritize.  Visualizing your workflow and tasks on a Kanban board helps you better understand your processes and gain an overview of your workload. Its roots lie in the Toyota production system and was given a new lease of life with the emergence of agile project management for software development. The beauty of Kanban is the concept of Work In Progress (WIP) limits. WIP is the number of task items that a team is currently working on. It frames the capacity of your team’s workflow at any moment. Limiting work in progress is one of the core properties of Kanban. It allows you to manage your process in a way that creates a smooth workflow and prevents overloads.For more on Kanban, I recommend the Atlassian series of videos, the first of which can be found here.You can start todayThe beauty of both process mapping and focusing on the things that create the greatest value for you and your organization, is that they are simple and can be implemented without any significant investment.Credit unions of all sizes can get started on this today.last_img read more

Forecasters eying two tropical systems

first_img Sharing is caring! Atlantic tropical cyclone activity. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — According to the national Hurricane Center in Miami, an area of low pressure over the western Caribbean Sea is centered about 170 miles east of the coast of Nicaragua. The associated shower activity has become better organized and there is a likelihood that a tropical depression will form during the weekend.Little motion is anticipated in the short term but a slow northward drift should begin on Sunday. This system has a high chance — 60 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.Another broad area of low pressure has formed about 350 miles east-southeast of Trinidad in the southern Windward Islands. Cloudiness and showers associated with this low have become a little better organized and the potential for development has increased. This system has a low chance — 20 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.Regardless of development, cloudiness and heavy rains will likely spread over northern Venezuela and the southern Windward Islands during the next few days.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 5 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Forecasters eying two tropical systems by: – October 22, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 be in doubt? Survey shows disgruntlement in Japanese companies

first_img 3 weeks ago Hoge in four-way tie for Wyndham lead after two rounds 3 weeks ago UK’s Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 Be In Doubt? Survey Shows Disgruntlement In Japanese Companies Tokyo Olympics 2021 could be in trouble after a survey conducted by Tokyo Shoko Research showed half of the Japanese companies want it cancelled/postponed again COMMENT WE RECOMMEND 3 weeks ago Events around the UK mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE 2 weeks ago National Sports Award’s dignity has to be maintained: Sushil Kumar 2 weeks ago Narsingh Yadav returns to national wrestling as Olympics hopeful after 4-year doping ban Written By Sporting activities worldwide came to a standstill in March due to COVID-19 pandemic with players been forced to put themselves under self-isolation. One major sporting event that received a major setback was the Tokyo Olympics which was earlier scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 this year.Also Read: Tokyo Olympics 2021 To Cost IOC Additional $800 Million: Thomas BachWhile the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the Olympics until next year, a recent survey suggests that half of the Japanese companies want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled or postponed again. Back in March, a report emerged claiming that Japan is officially spending close to $12.6 billion to organise the Olympic Games, but a national audit put the figure at more than twice that figure. Also Read: Usain Bolt Net Worth, Records, Personal Life And THAT 9.58 Second FeatTokyo Olympics 2021: A number of Japanese companies want Olympics postponed Japanese news agency kyodo on Thursday reported that in the online survey done by Tokyo Shoko Research, which covered 12,857 companies, 27.8% want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled while 25.8% said the Olympic Games should be postponed again. The report further states that Xinhua has claimed that a combined 53.6% of the responding firms are against holding the Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8, 2021.Also Read: Thom Brennaman Suspended From NFL Broadcasting Team After Using An anti-gay Slur On Air The report further states that the survey, which was conducted between July 28 and August 11, shows that 46.2% want the Olympic Games to go ahead in some way while 22.5 % are in favour of holding the Tokyo Olympics 2021 as planned. Another 18.4% want Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be held but with fewer spectators, while 5.3% want the Olympic Games to be held without any spectators.Also Read: Conor McGregor To Return To UFC? Irish Star Drops Hint On Diaz Rematch Anniversary PostPV Sindhu and Sushil Kumar eye glory at Tokyo Olympics 2021 Back in 2016, when the Olympics were held in Rio, Brazil, Indian badminton star PV Sindhu made the country proud by winning a silver medal in the singles event. Sindhu was all set to fight for a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2021. However, with COVID-19 forcing the Olympic Games to be postponed, PV Sindhu welcomed the move, saying that nothing is more important than human life.On the other hand, Sushil Kumar could be playing in his final Olympic Games and the wrestler will look to sign off in style. The 37-year-old was struggling to make the cut for Tokyo Olympics 2021, however, the postponement of the event due to COVID-19 has only given him another chance to have a shot at winning a medal. Image credits: Olympics/Instagram FOLLOW US Suraj Alva last_img read more