continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I can remember using a counterfeit detector pen to make a small mark on all large bills ($50s and $100s) when accepting deposits that were being counted by hand. Doing this was a quick way to assure the credit union and our members that we are not passing along counterfeit bills. Sometimes it was necessary to check additional bills due to the operation of counterfeit rings. Once, counting a teller’s bundle of 10s (yes, 10s!) to sell to the vault from a school’s fundraiser deposit, I distinctly felt an odd note and put it aside. It looked genuine, and although a $10 would hardly ever arouse suspicion, I just knew. Nothing compares with knowing how real money looks and feels to also help in identifying a counterfeit note. If you handle currency everyday then you probably know too! Eventually, you will have to take it to your UV light and/or review it closely to authenticate it while comparing it to Federal Reserve Board’s U.S. Currency Education Program that lists important security features. But then what?Here’s a good step by step of how to handle counterfeit currency to ensure frontline staff are ready:If you receive a suspected counterfeit:Do not return it to the passer.Limit the handling of the note.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Indonesia’s aviation industry hard as domestic and international flight numbers have dropped significantly amid social restrictions and a slump in foreign tourist arrivals.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said only 70 flights are still operating of a total of around 79,000 before the virus outbreak.“All the airlines are currently under immense pressure,” Sri Mulyani told House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs in a virtual meeting on Monday. “The airline industry lost income of Rp 207 billion [US$13.65 million] between January and February alone.” She said 240,000 flights were canceled globally between Jan. 23 and Feb. 18, adding that 12,703 domestic and international flights in the country were canceled in the January-February period.The global airline industry is expected to lose up to $314 billion because of the pandemic, according to estimates by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as people choose to stay at home.Read also: Explainer: What’s allowed and what’s not in Indonesia’s ‘mudik’ banStatistics Indonesia (BPS) data showed on Monday that domestic passenger traffic dropped 24 percent in March from the corresponding period last year.This was the fewest foreign tourist arrivals since February 2009 as the coronavirus pandemic led to a slump in travel demand in March.There were 470,900 foreign visitors in March, down 64.11 percent from the same month last year, with tourist numbers from both China and Hong Kong falling more than 96 percent.Foreign arrivals have continued to decline since January, with 1.27 million arrivals in that month, and only 864,000 tourist arrivals in February.Topics :
DES MOINES — The state treasurer says he was “kept in the dark” for too long about an agreement to pay more than $4 million to two women who say a state agency director sexually harassed them.State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald and two other members of a state board approved paying those legal settlements last month.“I don’t want to be a rubber stamp,” Fitzgerald said today. “…I think Iowans want everything to be transparent and open.”Fitzgerald said while he got notice of the deal in February, a recent Associated Press report indicates the governor gave the go-ahead to the attorney general’s office just before the election to settle one lawsuit rather than have the allegations against a former political ally aired in open court.“Sweep it under the rug, if you will,” Fitzgerald said. “…The governor should have recused herself from any involvement in the settlement of that case.”The state solicitor general today said politics did not play a role in the decision and it was in the best interest of the state to settle the cases surrounding Dave Jamison. He’s the Iowa Finance Authority director who Governor Kim Reynolds fired last year after allegations of misconduct first surfaced.Monday, Fitzgerald and the other members of the State Appeal Board approved paying $2.3 million to a former prison guard who says she was retaliated against after she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit. Last month, the same board agreed to pay Kristine Sink more than $1.5 million to settle her original sexual harassment case. Fitzgerald said he’s worried “there’s a real problem” in state government when it comes to workplace misconduct.“I don’t think it’s a problem of the employees. Who are the managers?” Fitzgerald asked. “How are they hiring these managers?”Governor Reynolds has said she has a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual harassment and last year she ordered every state employee to complete a session outlining what’s considered inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
DES MOINES — Almost 400,000 Iowans have asked for an absentee ballot for the June 2nd Primary and early voting is likely to set an all-time record for a primary.“People have listened and they heard. They got the message: let’s vote safe, let’s vote from home right now,” says Secretary of State Paul Pate, the state’s commissioner of elections.His office mailed absentee ballot request forms to every registered Iowa voter, encouraging Iowans to ask their county auditor for the vote-by-mail option rather than in-person voting on Primary Day.“I think the pandemic has put a much stronger emphasis on voting,” Pate says. “People are at home. They’re paying attention to what the government’s doing.”The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is Friday at 5 p.m. and officials suggest any request sent through the U.S. Postal Service be mailed today to ensure it gets to the county auditor on time. Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald says in Iowa’s largest county, an average of about 9000 people typically ask for an absentee ballot for a Primary. His office has already processed 10,000 “and we still have 54,000 requests,” Fitzgerald says.While there will be in-person voting available on Primary day, election officials like Fitzgerald are encouraging Iowans to use this vote-at-home option.“We are in the pandemic,” Fitzgerald says. “You have people now that are voting safely, making sure they don’t spread the virus.”Pate says Iowa National Guard soldiers distributed personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to county auditors last week that will be used by poll workers at precinct voting sites on June 2nd. Each voting booth will be cleaned between uses. Some counties plan to offer voters gloves. In Polk County, each Primary Day voter will be given their own pen to use and take with them after they cast their ballot.“We want Iowans to be able to vote,” Pate says. “We want them to be able to vote safely and we want our poll workers to be safe.”Fitzgerald says in Polk County — and most others — the number of precincts have been reduced, to ensure there’s enough space inside for social distancing and to make sure there are enough poll workers.“I don’t want to wake up like they did in Wisconsin and find out that 400 people have quit, so we’re constantly training,” Fitzgerald says. “We’re constantly talking to our poll workers.”Pate predicts as many as 70 percent of ballots cast in the June Primary, however, will be absentee ballots. He says Iowans can track their absentee ballots on www.voterready.iowa.gov.“When the auditor’s office receives your request i’ll show that. It’ll show when the auditor sends (the absentee ballot) out. It’ll show when it got back to the auditor’s office, Pate says, “so you know it got there.”The two election officials made their comments this weekend on the “Iowa Press” program on Iowa PBS. They both are urging Iowans voting by mail to avoid a common mistake — and remember to sign and date the ballot.