Brazilian NGO Reports New Drug Trafficking Attack against Premises in Rio

first_img “The facade was shot, it is completely destroyed (…) it is an attack perpetrated by drug trafficking against AfroReggae,” José Junior, the NGO’s coordinator, told Brazilian radio station CBN. In addition, Junior said that several young people that participate in social work organized by the NGO, were being threatened. By Dialogo August 05, 2013 Fifteen days ago, the NGO reported that one of their departments in Alemão Complex had been set on fire. The Alemão Complex, dominated by drug trafficking for several years, was retaken by the Army and the Police in 2010 in an operation that took several months, with confrontations that left 37 dead. Since 2008, Rio de Janeiro has been working against time to “pacify” poor neighborhoods in the city that are controlled by drug traffickers and paramilitaries, before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.center_img A well-known Brazilian NGO, AfroReggae, reported a new attack against its premises located in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, and blamed drug trafficking networks for the attack. The AfroReggae office in Vila Cruzeiro favela suffered the attack when two people on motorcycles opened fire against the facility, the Police told the press. After that incident, Junior said that AfroReggae suspended activities in the complex to keep their collaborators out of danger. last_img read more

Will mobile banking and EMV-chip cards boost check fraud?

first_imgEvery year for the past decade or so, fewer checks are written as consumers switch to cards and, lately, mobile apps. Total losses from check fraud have also dropped. So, thwarting check fraudsters can be crossed off your financial institution’s to-do list in 2016, right?Not so fast.According to a white paper just released by Bluepoint Solutions, Cheating With Checks: An Update on the Shifting Check Fraudscape, stemming losses from checks continues to merit serious executive attention.For one thing, checks are still a leading source of attempted fraud, according to the Federal Reserve. For another thing, the dollar value of each check transaction averages significantly more than the average card transaction. This means that each check poses a relatively larger risk than card transaction, and in fact, the average loss per fraudulent check is actually rising.It also means that check fraud losses are not falling off nearly as quickly as the drop in volume might imply. Check losses are still near three-quarters of a billion dollars a year, and they affect almost all financial institutions. Are these losses within “tolerable” limits? What about the total cost impact of fraud, which affects shareholders and account holders alike?Looking ahead, the boom in mobile deposits may make checks once again a more attractive target for counterfeiters, kiters and other cheaters. Virtually all banks and credit unions either offer or plan to offer mobile check deposits, despite the belief that they are riskier.They have little choice. Account holders, at first mostly the millennial generation, but now all demographic groups, are demanding the convenience of more mobile self-service features. A current study by Celent, for example, shows that about a third of the entire U.S. population across all age groups will use mobile banking to some extent in 2016. A huge amount of this market remains to be tapped, leaving the threat of fraud largely undiscovered.Fraudsters, who are nothing if not adaptable, may also be attracted to checks as a better alternative to attacking EMV-chip cards, which are being deployed rapidly and are more difficult to abuse.The good news is that financial institutions are actively pushing back the proportion of successful attempts at check fraud, largely through the implementation of collaborative data bases that help identify potential fraud right at the point of presentment. With the right technology in place, duplicate detection and other validation steps can be applied equally to in-branch and remote deposits, including mobile capture. And moving from an environment with multiple legacy vendors and systems, toward today’s affordable, fully-integrated systems has become one of the most effective prevention loss prevention strategies available.Checks will be with us for many years yet. And taking into account the explosive growth of mobile banking, to say nothing of the general unpredictability of the financial environment, check fraud could even be on the rise again. Continued vigilance and extended early detection are the keys to a successful future-facing risk mitigation strategy. It’s not time yet to check this off our lists.The new white paper from Bluepoint Solutions is the third in a series of biennial surveys of check fraud.Updated information from the most recent Federal Reserve payments study, the ABA Deposit Account Fraud Survey Report, the AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, and other industry sources.Examination of trends in the changing sources of fraud, total vs. successful attempts, volumes vs. losses.Impact analysis of mobile deposits and other recent developments in the payment realm.Click here to view the white paper summary and download the full report. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alissa Fry-Harris Alissa Fry-Harris is the director of marketing for Bluepoint Solutions, which provides integrated, end-to-end payment processing and content management technology solutions that help credit unions achieve the strategic goals of … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

Garnar addresses 44th COVID-19 death, protests, Rec Park fire

first_imgIn total, 559 cases of the virus have been reported since the outbreak began in Broome County. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the 44th death from COVID-19 at his June 1 news conference. The victim was a Willow Point Nursing Home Resident and a man in his 70s. Garnar says he is concerned after around 1,000 people showed up in Binghamton to protest against the death of George Floyd. Reopening criteria and protests: Coronavirus numbers: In total, Garnar says 44 Willow Point residents have tested positive for the virus. The county executive says its important people continue to wear their masks, remain socially distant and wash their hands. He says he supports the message of the protest but worries if it will result in a spike of coronavirus cases in the county. Broome County June 1 coronavirus update:center_img Binghamton Mayor Rich David and District Attorney Michael A. Korchak denounced the arsonists early Monday. 392 people have recovered from the virus in the county. Throughout Broome County, there are 123 active cases of the coronavirus. Recreation Park Fire Additionally, Garnar says he was upset over the Our Space Playground being destroyed by arson early Monday morning following a night of peaceful protests. The county executive says it was an “incredibly difficult 24 hours” since the fire destroyed the playground. Garnar says the Southern Tier continues to meet reopening criteria after phase two started on May 29. Garnar says he has hope the community will come together to help rebuild the park.last_img read more

Valamar concludes Acquisition Agreement in Obertauern, Austria

first_imgValamar Riviera has signed a purchase agreement on the acquisition of the Petersbühel 4 * hotel in Austria, and the acquisition of the hotel in Obertauren represents an important step in expanding the company’s business outside Croatia. The hotel has 80 accommodation units and is in a great location in the winter tourist destination of Obertauren. Austria is a significant tourist country for holiday tourism with a number of potential synergies for Croatian tourist companies and is therefore a logical choice to start internationalizing. Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviere and added “Internationalization of business is one of the key strategic goals of the company’s development in the coming period, and this is an important step in expanding the company’s business outside Croatia. Austria has a developed holiday tourism, especially in winter, and represents a logical first step in expanding beyond Croatia, given the projected synergies in employment, operational management and emitting markets that are very similar to those we have in summer. I believe that this is the beginning of the development of Valamar’s new business model, which will further raise the company’s value for shareholders, but also create added value for other company stakeholders.” Kukurin concluded.Valamar is recognized as a top employer in tourism with 6.600 employees, and in its 33 hotels and resorts and 15 camping resorts along the Adriatic coast – from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik – it can accommodate about 57.000 guests a day.last_img read more