Thursday, April 2, 2020

International Mine Awareness Day (April 4)


by United Nations

New York, NY - April 2, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- Decades ago, millions of landmines were buried in countries across the world. From Cambodia to Mozambique, in Angola and Afghanistan, thousands of lives were lost, with others altered forever because of one unlucky step. The outcry by civil society in the early 1990s drove the multilateral system to take a stand against the use of anti-personnel mines, leading to the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction — known as the Mine Ban Convention — and other crucial frameworks. Today, many countries have declared themselves mine free, with others well on the way.

Now, the world is facing a daunting pandemic. The dangers posed by COVID-19 are forcing every country, and every person, to take steps that would have seemed unimaginable mere weeks ago. It is for this reason that this year’s observance of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action has been scaled back. The football tournaments, due to take place on land cleared of explosive ordnance, have been cancelled. The events aimed at bringing together the mine action community will take place virtually, if at all.

Yet, even amid an unprecedented crisis, we cannot let this day go unnoticed, nor can we allow the rights of persons with disabilities to go unacknowledged. Mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices threaten some of the most vulnerable people in society — women traveling to markets, farmers herding cattle, humanitarian workers trying to reach those most in need.

Moreover, the achievements of the mine action community show that, in working together, we can reach milestones once seen as impossible — a timely message for our efforts today to suppress transmission of the pandemic.

Let us remember the people living under the shadow of explosive ordnance, from Syria to Mali and elsewhere. As many people around the world work safely from home, they will remain exposed and vulnerable. And, when the world emerges from today’s crisis, they will continue to need our support.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Today is National Doctor's Day!


Today, more than ever before, we would like to Thank all the Doctors out there who are putting themselves at risk to care for us.

Happy National Doctor's Day! We hope you have a GREAT one!



We are eternally grateful for all doctors and wish to honor and recognize them on this National #DoctorsDay. Thank you for the outstanding sacrifices you make to care for the people of this country. Your work is profoundly important, today and always. -- Curt T. Hill, Indiana Attorney General

Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Beware of Scammers during the Coronavirus Crisis

Arlington, VA - March 20, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- The coronavirus crisis is forcing people to distance themselves from others, work remotely, and spend time indoors and online. While social distancing is a good health practice to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it may be helping scammers.

Research from the Better Business Bureau, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and the Stanford Center on Longevity found that people are more likely to lose money to a scam when they are socially or physically isolated from others, if they are actively engaging online, and if they are financially vulnerable (BBB.org/ExposedtoScams).

"According to our research, social isolation is a key risk factor for susceptibility to scams, as is financial vulnerability," said Melissa Lanning Trumpower, executive director of the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, BBB's foundation that conducted the research. "Add increased time spent online and coronavirus creates the 'perfect storm' for scammers, because all three of these factors have increased dramatically."

As bricks-and-mortar businesses close or curtail services and the financial markets experience a high level of volatility, many consumers are left to wonder if they will have a job or an immediate way to provide for their loved ones. As people turn to the Internet seeking new or temporary employment, they are also at increased risk of employment scams. BBB research deemed employment scams the riskiest scams of 2019, making up 9.3 percent of all scams reported and a median dollar loss of $1,500.

Despite these factors, there are steps everyone can take to protect themselves and their family from losing money and compromising personal information.

1. Don't be afraid to contact a friend, or a company or organization you trust for advice. Isolation is a risk factor for scams. Feelings of loneliness were associated with being more likely to engage with and lose money to scammers. This was especially true when the individual felt he or she lacked companionship and was isolated from loved ones, according to Exposed to Scams: What Separates Victims from Non-victims.
Fact: Scammers will try to isolate their victims.

2. Before clicking a link or sharing personal information online, stop, pause, and research the company or person. People are more likely to lose money to scams perpetrated online. According to the 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, consumers who are approached online (email, website, social media, internet messaging, and online classifieds) are significantly more likely to report losing money.
Fact: A staggering 81.2 percent of consumers lost money to online purchase scams in 2019.

3. Beware of job offers that sound too good to be true. Employment scams were the No. 1 riskiest two years in a row, according to the 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. As traditional jobs are cut and workers begin to seek new roles or remote opportunities to fill the void, they must be wary of job offers that sound too good to be true. Read BBB's tips for avoiding employment scams.
Fact: Scammers prey on jobseekers, particularly those seeking remote jobs.

4. Learn about scammer tactics to help avoid falling prey to scams and be wary of any offer to "get ahead" that seem too good to be true. Those who are financially vulnerable are more susceptible to scams.

Individuals under financial strain and those with lower levels of financial literacy may be more susceptible to scammers, according to the Exposed to Scams report. Specific risk-factors include:
  • Household income of $50,000 per year and below.
  • Spending more per month than one's earnings, not saving money, and having significant amounts of debt.
  • Feeling compelled to "catch up" or "get ahead" financially.
  • Fact: According to the Exposed to Scams report, those who heard about the scam before they were targeted were significantly less likely to lose money (9 percent vs 34 percent).


    For more consumer information: BBB.org/coronavirus.
    For more business information: BBB.org/smallbusiness.
    To report a scam: BBB.org/scamtracker.
    To report price gauging: BBB.org/adtruth.

    5 Financial Steps You Can Take To Prepare For Coronavirus


    Many Americans are being financially affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As businesses close their doors to keep their customers and employees safe, thousands—if not millions—are facing several weeks of pay disruption and infrastructure shake up.

    In response to the national emergency, consumers are feeling financially insecure and wondering what it means for their wallet.

    What can you do to be financially responsible and vigilant during this time?

    Credit Union National Association (CUNA) released five steps consumers should take to exercise financial caution in the face of a global pandemic:

  • Contact Your Financial Institution
    Credit unions from coast to coast are adjusting their operations to help stem the spread of coronavirus and protect members and employees. Make sure you're up to date on the latest information on lobby closures, hours of operation, and drive-thru services and ATM access by contacting or visiting the website of your financial institution.

  • Protect Your Data
    Be vigilant about protecting your digital identity and personal data. If your credit union reaches out, they won't ask for confidential information such as your name, password, personal identification number (PIN) or other account information. A recent report from NBC News notes that criminals are using COVID-19 as a basis for email attacks to snag personal information, steal money and infect computers with malware.

  • Utilize Online and Mobile Services
    You can easily deposit a check using your mobile device or quickly and securely send money to others with digital payments. Using credit or debit cards for payments is especially important now when we all are being asked to practice social distancing. You can still meet most of your obligations without leaving your home, thanks to your credit union.

  • Research Local Financial Support
    From Miami to Seattle, credit unions are extending low- and no-interest loans, offering fee-free loan deferrals, and finding other individualized solutions that help ensure those facing financial disruptions due to COVID-19 can keep the lights on, keep food on the table, and maintain a secure financial future once the country makes it through this public health emergency.

  • Remember: Your Money is Safest in a Credit Union
    There are a lot of things to worry about these days, but the safety of your money in your credit union account aren't one of them. Your money is safer in your insured credit union than it is in your pockets or under your mattress. There is no risk to keeping money in your credit union account, but there are countless risks to holding cash, as pointed out in this Wall Street Journal piece.