Colombian Armed Forces Ignorant of Fate of FARC Supreme Leader

first_img The Colombian armed forces admitted Thursday that they are ignorant of the fate of Alfonso Cano, the highest-ranking leader of the FARC guerrilla group, following rumors of his death in a bombardment. “It is the case that the Colombian armed forces have been carrying out intensive and permanent military operations throughout the national territory against the leaders and structures of the various terrorist and criminal organizations,” the general commander of the armed forces, Freddy Padilla, indicated in an official statement. Nevertheless, he clarified that “in the particular case of the terrorist alias Alfonso Cano, at present no information is available regarding his fate.” Cano became the highest-ranking leader of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2008, after the group’s founder, Manuel Marulanda, ‘Tirofijo,’ died of natural causes. The Colombian authorities presume that for the last several months Cano has been in the jungle region of southern Colombia, where intensive military operations are underway. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) — against which Colombian president Alvaro Uribe has focused his security policy — are the oldest guerrilla group in the country, with more than forty years of armed struggle, and are estimated to have around 7,500 fighters, according to Defense Ministry figures. Early Thursday morning, Radio Caracol reported “rumors” about the death of the FARC supreme leader, a report the broadcaster subsequently retracted, citing a source on the Colombian president’s staff. By Dialogo July 12, 2010last_img read more

Prepaid accounts FAQ: Are gift cards covered?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We are getting to the final weeks before the CFPB’s prepaid account rule goes into effect. To help credit unions navigate the complexities of this rule, this month’s NAFCU Compliance Monitor article provides a deep dive into some of the key parts of the rule. As credit unions are implementing this rule, one question that the compliance team has been getting recently is whether gift cards are considered prepaid accounts. And the attorney says…Yes, that’s right. It depends. If a credit union’s gift card program is considered a “gift card,” “gift certificate” or “general use prepaid card” under section 1005.20, then it may not be a prepaid account and not subject to the new rule. Revised section 1005.2(b)(3)(ii) provides a list of products that are not prepaid accounts. The list includes gift cards and certain general use prepaid cards that are subject to section 1005.20: continue reading »last_img read more

Parliament security breached again, this time by singing woman

first_imgThe security of the National Assembly was breached again on Thursday when a woman, who mysteriously had managed to pass through the security in place, started to sing “God is watching us” after Speaker Dr Barton Scotland had ended the morning’s session of consideration of the budget estimates.The woman, who gave her name as Natalie McLennan, was reportedly seated in the Parliamentary Chambers on the Government’s side, and was quickly led out of the Chambers by security.However, the echo of her voice could be heard as she continued to sing the said song while being escorted out.McLennan reportedly told reporters that she had a right to listen to what was transpiring in the National Assembly.The first incident of the security being breach at the National Assembly occurred recently when a woman dressed as Santa Claus barged into the Chambers from the Government side, and was heading towards Leader of the Opposition Dr Bharrat Jagdeo during his budget presentation. This woman was later identified as a secretary to a Government Minister.On Monday, there was chaos in the House when Police ranks stormed the Chambers in an effort to remove an Opposition MP.The drama continued when, on Wednesday, two plain clothes Police officers posing as journalists were ordered to leave the National Assembly.last_img read more

Posthospital discharge home visit helps physicians to provide comprehensive care plans

first_img Source: Jul 19 2018When resident physicians visit the homes of their former hospital patients they are better able to assess patient needs and understand the important role that community services and agencies play in keeping them at home and out of the hospital, according to a new study by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).Resident physicians, commonly known as residents, often develop the discharge plans as part of their training programs. Typically they don’t make a home visit after discharge to assess if the plan worked and many never see their patients again.Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needChildren’s Colorado granted IAC’s Cardiovascular Catheterization accreditation’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesThirty-nine internal medicine residents from Boston Medical Center (BMC) participated in a post-hospital discharge home visit to older patients. They were able to review their discharge plan and determine the effectiveness of the plan, specifically identifying parts that did and did not work. “After visiting the home, the residents were better able to understand what makes for a good hospital discharge of an older patient,” explained corresponding author Megan Young, MD, assistant professor of Medicine at BUSM.After completing the exercise, residents were asked what they learned. These residents were able to better assess patient needs, which highlighted the need for more individualized discharge plans with regard to in-home functioning, communication with caregivers and medication reconciliation.”By being able to go into the patient’s home and see what services patients need (home delivered meals, grab bars in the shower, medication delivery systems), we as doctors are able to provide more comprehensive care plans that allow community-dwelling older adults to stay in their home and out of the hospital,” said Young, a geriatrician at BMC.Adverse events in older adult patients following discharge from the hospital is as high as 25 percent. Since the affordable care act and hospital readmissions reduction program, many hospitals get lower payments if they have too many readmissions. “Although this study did not look at re-admissions, the goal was to teach residents how to develop comprehensive discharge plans that involved community agencies and resources in the hopes that future patients will have fewer adverse events and readmissions.”last_img read more