Two civilians and two soldiers died due to guerrilla attacks perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an insurgency that is currently holding peace talks with the Colombian government in Cuba, Colombian authorities reported on March 23. In the first attack, two men, age 45 and 16 respectively, were killed by guerrillas with rifle shots while they were shooting at civilian vehicles on a highway in César department. Another six people were also injured in the attack, three of which were women and one of which was pregnant, according to reports from Agustín Codazzi hospital, where they were taken afterwards. General Adelmo Fajardo, 10th Brigade Commander, told the press that guerrillas from FARC’s Front 41 set up a check point, where the incident took place on the night of March 22. “The criminals (…) appeared on the road, shooting randomly against civilians, and hitting a taxi with civilians inside,” apparently because they did not stop at the illegal check point, he told the press. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos condemned these actions in a public address in Aracataca, Magdalena department. “Colonel Peña, I heard that an incident took place on a road on March 22, in César department, municipality of Codazzi. Please, tighten the security on the area because this is unacceptable,” Santos said to the military officer responsible for the area. The second incident in which two Soldiers were killed, occurred during combat with the FARC in a rural area of Chaparral municipality, Tolima department on March 22 in the evening, the Army reported in a statement. The FARC, Colombia’s main insurgency group, is carrying out peace talks with Santos’s government since November 2012 in Havana, without a ceasefire of armed confrontation. By Dialogo March 26, 2013
by: Nicholas BallasyThe NCUA spent $150,000 on a legal opinion for the risk-based capital proposed rule, which NAFCU said was an astronomical amount.CUNA acquired a separate legal opinion but would not reveal the cost to CU Times. “There are many questions about this legal opinion, not the least of which is cost,” Carrie Hunt, NAFCU SVP of legislative affairs and general counsel, told CU Times.She added, “If NCUA needs to go outside the agency’s expertise and spend such an astronomical amount for legal counsel and analysis, why not commit to disclosure from the outset, regardless of the outcome? NCUA should be focused on sound public policy, not trying to justify a position.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act considerations by credit unions typically revolve around accessibility of their branch network. However, websites and mobile applications may present obstacles to people with physical and visual impairments as well. Updating online channels to ensure that they are fully accessible to all membert can help ward off legal challenges. A recent Los Angeles Times article reports that nearly 5,000 ADA lawsuits were filed against businesses in federal court in the first six months of 2018 alone, alleging that people with disabilities could not access their websites. “With online sales, reservations and job postings now a huge part of modern commerce, advocates for the disabled say websites need to be as accessible to everyone, just as brick-and-mortar stores, restaurants and schools are,” the article notes.An equally important consideration for banks and credit unions is that websites and mobile apps are essential components of omni-channel service delivery that offers convenient access and ease of navigation to all members, including the 63 million people with disabilities living in North America.New federal standardsSeveral sets of regulations address accessibility rights and requirements at the federal level. The ADA prohibits discrimination and “guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life—to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in state and local government programs and services,” according to the ADA.gov website.Other laws address electronic accessibility, or information and communication technology (ICT), more specifically. Most recently, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was updated to provide current standards for ICT accessibility, effective January 2018. Though Section 508 applies to federal agencies and businesses with federal contracts, these new regulations provide a model for financial institutions in ensuring that their remote channels are accessible. For example, Section 508 requires that all Internet content should be accessible to people with disabilities, including those with blindness or other visual impairments. Accountholders with visual disabilities visiting a financial services website or using a mobile app should be able to use screen readers that translate written content into audio transmissions and direct users how to interact with the content. Websites also need to support navigation that is compatible with a keyboard. If people with physical disabilities can’t use a touchpad, touchscreen, or mouse to get around a webpage, they should be able to use their keyboard or adaptive device to do so.Section 508 is just one source that financial institutions can consult in working to ensure that their online channels are fully accessible. These new regulations are designed to align with industry guidelines set out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium.Accessible appointment appKronos recently completed a redesign process for its branch appointment app with an aim to make this member service interface fully compliant with current accessibility standards. The new features of the Kronos FMSI Appointment Concierge include screen reader compatibility that “speaks out” options for services requested and appointment times, dates, and branch locations and then prompts users to select their choices. Banks and credit unions offering the app to accountholders can also select the fonts, colors, and color contrast on content to support optimal readability for people with visual impairments, including color blindness. And the new version of the app is also navigable by keyboard.Another useful feature for people with disabilities is a comments field that allows them to specify if they will need special accommodations during their appointment. Kronos partnered with the company Accessible 360 to test the functionality of the new app. Accessible 360 is owned and staffed by people with disabilities, so they can provide training and guidance through the redesign process and test the finished product with a first-hand perspective on functionality and accessibility.The new regulations include standards for a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), a document that specifies how information and communication technology complies with Section 508. Under those guidelines, the Kronos FMSI Appointment Concierge will be 99 percent compliant; only the Google map that displays branch locations through the app is not fully accessible. The new version of the appointment app is also more responsive, with a cleaner and simpler design. With options for multilingual translation, this website and mobile application is positioned to provide a convenient and fully accessible means for account holders to connect with financial professionals to provide assistance with their personal money management needs.Like many other aspects of regulatory compliance, staying current with accessibility standards across delivery channels is an ongoing responsibility for financial institutions. In the case of making online banking and mobile applications convenient for all consumers, it’s also just good business. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Davis Chad Davis is Industry Sr Solutions Marketing Manger, F5 Networks, which is the leader in app security and multi-cloud management. He can be reached at [email protected] Web: https://www.f5.com Details
The USC women’s tennis team returned to action on Tuesday with a rousing victory over visiting San Diego State.The Women of Troy, who entered the matchup ranked No. 6 in the nation, showed no signs of rust after a weeklong break from competition, thoroughly dominating the Aztecs on their way to a 7-0 victory.USC was on point throughout the match, beginning with doubles play. The first victory of the day came courtesy of the pairing of sophomores Gabriella DeSimone and Giuliana Olmos. The duo opened up with an 8-0 thrashing of their opponents and, with that, opened the floodgates for a dominating afternoon for the Women of Troy. Following that victory, USC’s top pairing of junior Kaitlyn Christian and sophomore Sabrina Santamaria clinched the team’s first point, winning 8-2 on court one. It was the first match that the two have played since being ranked as the top doubles team in the country in the most recent round of ITA national rankings.Santamaria also was ranked as the top singles player in the nation, and she continued her season-long dominance against the Aztecs, starting off singles play with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Julia Wais. Christian followed that win with a near-perfect 6-0, 6-1 victory on court five. With the count standing at 3-0 in favor of the Trojans, DeSimone was next to claim a point, and in doing so clinched the match for the Women of Troy, winning 6-0, 6-2 on court three. Following her triumph, newcomer Ellie Yates and Olmos were next to clinch with 6-0, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-2 victories, respectively. Last to finish was senior Danielle Lao. Lao entered the match ranked third in the nation in singles play and did nothing to hurt that mark, winning 6-1, 6-3 on court two and capping off a 7-0 victory for the Trojans.The win on Tuesday left the Trojans standing 8-1 overall (the lone loss being at the hands of No. 8 ranked North Carolina at the ITAs), and 5-0 at Marks Stadium. The Women of Troy will now look to their rematch against Cal this weekend in Berkeley. The two teams first met a little under two weeks ago in the consolation round at the ITA National Team Indoor championships. Following a trend this season, Lao and Santamaria led the way in that matchup, both defeating top-10 opponents en route to a 4-1 victory for the Trojans.Following the match against Cal, the Women of Troy will travel to San Diego and UCLA before returning to home action on March 12 against Texas.