Drug Trafficking Support Network Disrupted in Nicaragua

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2013 The Nicaraguan police disrupted a drug trafficking support network that operated in several cities, captured 27 people, and seized hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as substantial assets, an official source reported on January 10. As part of the so-called “Operación Sur” (Operation South), 42 raids were conducted in the Rivas, Granada, Carazo, Masaya, and Managua districts, in the southwest of the country, Director of Judiciary Support Glenda Zavala reported. The official highlighted the importance of the operation executed on January 9, the goal of which was to “disrupt organizations that support international drug trafficking.” At the police operation, 27 people were arrested, and $127,000, C$ 62,000 (equivalent to $2,564), 19 properties, 224 cattle, motorcycles, speedboats, trucks and firearms were seized. The arrestees, all Nicaraguan nationals were sent to courts where they will be tried for organized crime, money laundering, and illegal possession of weapons. Police operations are part of the “contention wall” against drug trafficking which is boosted by the government to prevent drug cartels, which operate extensively in Honduras and Guatemala, from settling in the country. In 2012, the police disrupted a drug trafficking support network led by Henry Fariñas, an entertainment businessman who was injured in the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral in Guatemala in July 2011. Fariñas was sentenced to 30 years in prison along with his accomplices. Another important case was the capture and prosecution of 18 Mexican citizens when $9.2 million were seized in August 2012. They were found guilty in December and they are awaiting sentencing.last_img read more

DNA bills move in both chambers

first_imgDNA bills move in both chambers March 1, 2006 Regular News DNA bills move in both chambers Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Bills that would eliminate the deadline for DNA testing, and allow even those who entered guilty pleas to try to prove their innocence, sailed through committees in both chambers February 8.SB 186, sponsored by Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without debate and is scheduled to go next to the Senate Appropriations Committee.The third component of the bill requires that evidence be preserved as long as the defendant is in jail.On the same day, an identical bill, HB 61, co-sponsored by Rep. John Quinones, R-Kissimmee, and Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, passed unanimously without debate out of the House Criminal Justice Committee.Quinones listed the three most recent Floridians, all wrongly convicted of rape and exonerated by DNA evidence after spending more than 20 years in prison: Luis Diaz, Alan Crotzer, and Wilton Dedge.“We are reminded that justice is never relinquished,” he said. “Time is the only thing we can never recover. This bill embodies that concept.”Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, the chair of the committee, called the bill a “great cause and a very moral issue.”“Sometimes we forget that innocent people are in jail and they are victims. It’s a crime, really, against them by the state, unintended, most of the time unintended, I guess. This bill will hopefully prevent these things from happening again,” Kravitz said.“I want to add one caveat. Not to diminish what I just said, but there are some folks who have a different feeling on the guilty pleas and those who plea out. It would help keeping an open mind to see if you can accommodate them without jeopardizing what you are trying to do,” Kravitz told the bill’s sponsors.In an interview after the meeting, Kravitz said, “Various and sundry people on the prosecution side of the argument just want to be sure that the truly guilty aren’t using this to delay the inevitable in some way. In other words, someone who is truly guilty keeps using this extension of time to test your DNA and it just will go on and on and on.”But Kravitz said he supports the bill as written.“If there is one of those people stuck in the system, that’s in jail, who got bad advice or decided to plead guilty because of the inevitable of what his attorney told him, then it’s worth it if a few people take advantage of the system so that one person can get out. That’s the way I feel personally.”Buddy Jacobs, lobbyist for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said he didn’t know who had problems with the bill as written.“Our position has been that if anyone has any DNA evidence that is dispositive of guilt or innocence, bring it forward, and we’ll certainly have it tested.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds New Department of Labor Regulations Governing Overtime Pay

first_img May 18, 2016 Governor Wolf Applauds New Department of Labor Regulations Governing Overtime Pay SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded the Obama Administration and the Department of Labor for extending overtime pay eligibility for 4.2 million Americans. This new regulation will affect 185,000 hardworking Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf released the following statement:“I applaud the Obama Administration and the Department of Labor for extending overtime pay eligibility to millions of hardworking Americans. This new rule will help 185,000 Pennsylvanians, and as I have said, no one who works 40 hours per week or more should have to struggle to pay rent, put food on the table or provide for their family. This rule will put more money in the pockets of middle-class workers and provide future protections and clarity. For too long, large sectors of our workforce have not been treated fairly or compensated appropriately for their work, and this action will provide the necessary economic security. This is an important step, but here in Pennsylvania we must do more, which is why I look forward to working with the legislature to increase the minimum wage to support workers and local businesses, create new jobs and boost state revenue by more than $60 million annually.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Sherwood development hot property with six sales in one day

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoM25 at Sherwood apartments.Lacey Developments has $30 million worth of work in the pipeline but for the time being they are focusing on the Sherwood area just 9km’s from the CBD.The developer is also the builder of M25, giving buyers the advantage of efficiencies in design and delivery, cost effectiveness and a singular vision.DUKE Realty director Sam Patterson said M25’s address was a huge lure for both owner-occupiers and investors.Mr Patterson recorded six M25 apartment sales in the first weekend of its launch.“For buyers who missed out on 9SW, this is their opportunity to secure just as great a product in a fantastic location,” he said.“Sherwood is one of Brisbane’s more established and beautiful suburbs on the Brisbane River.“Residents can walk to fantastic local cafes and restaurants on Sherwood Rd, and are just minutes to public transport.”Pricing for a two-bedroom residence at M25 starts at $475,500, with construction expected to be completed by December this year. M25 at Sherwood apartments are proving popular with six selling in just one day.SIX sales in one day makes M25 at Sherwood one of the hottest apartment developments in Brisbane.With construction now underway, the six-storey development is set to replicate the developers sold-out project at a neighbouring site called 9SW.Lachlan Lacey of Lacey Developments said M25 had a similar design and layout to its popular 9SW development but with higher specifications.“The quality of the apartments is reflected in the exposed brick interior, timber flooring, stone benchtops, high ceilings and broad windows,” Mr Lacey said.“Buyers can have confidence in the product simply by looking at what has been created 100m away at 9SW.”last_img read more

Gold Coast apartment changes hands for $1.55 million

first_imgWhat a view!A GOLD COAST sub-penthouse with stunning views stretching across the Broadwater has changed hands for $1.55 millionAna Tulloch of LJ Hooker Broadwater negotiated the sale of this two-bedroom Labrador residence.The apartment is on the 21st floor of the Lumiere Residences and offers spectacular Broadwater and Hinterland views.2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador. 2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador.“Quality in Lumiere Residences is unquestionable with minimalist & homely style that embraces the concept of light, space and natural airflow in its design complete with timber flooring and outstanding floor to ceiling glass walls to take in the best views the Coast can offer,” the listing states.“Never to be built out this 223sq m Sub Penthouse sits on the fringe of lush parkland opposite the glistening Broadwater with views that have to be seen to be believed.”2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador.last_img read more

EIOPA approach to sponsor valuation ‘inconsistent, arbitrary’, says USS

first_imgThe Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has warned that the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) proposed approach to valuing sponsor support risks being arbitrary and applied inconsistently.The £38.6bn (€45.2bn) pension fund, the UK’s second-largest, also said evaluating the support of its higher education sector sponsors would require a “very significant” use of resources, and urged the regulator to conduct further work on potential methodology.In its eight-page response to EIOPA’s discussion paper on sponsor support technical specifications, seen by IPE, USS said it was unclear how the proposals would “deliver any extra insight” on sponsor stability compared with the existing system.“It could be argued that the alternative approach is overly simplistic and mechanistic,” the response said, echoing concerns by lobby group PensionsEurope. “The assessment of sponsor support should rely on the judgement of the trustees supported by their professional advisers, so a broad principles-based approach, rather than calculating a single number, should be adopted that would reflect the variety and diversity of IORPs,” the response continued.It also rejected proposals by EIOPA to adopt asset or income covers – which the regulator argued in the discussion paper were already successfully deployed by banks to assess creditworthiness – as a means of gauging sponsor strength.Citing the example of a technology company where its value stemmed from intellectual property and brands, USS said: “The asset cover would be low, and sponsor support may be identified as weak.“This would not reflect the real value of the business and could lead to actions that would be damaging for the sponsoring employer and IORP. Similar weaknesses may be identified in respect of income cover.”The fund further warned about the practicality and cost involved in assessing covenants for multi-employer schemes such as USS, which caters to nearly 400 institutions.“The time and resource required to collect and collate the data needed to value sponsor support under the alternative approach would be very significant, especially given the arbitrary nature of any formulaic output.“If EIOPA does wish to proceed with this type of approach, a great deal of further work would be required on the above areas,” it said.Its concerns were echoed by the National Association of Pension Funds, which in its own discussion paper response said it would be “impossible” to operate the sponsor valuations in the non-profit or multi-employer sector – both labels applicable to USS sponsors.The NAPF said it would prove ”completely inappropriate” to apply a methodology based around credit ratings and data derived from corporate bonds and credit default swaps to the non-profit sector.The UK lobby group also said EIOPA would be “well advised” to discontinue work on sponsor support – and, by extension, the holistic balance sheet – until the revised IORP Directive with new governance and disclosure guidelines had passed.“Many IORPs do not have the resources to consider both sets of issues, and there is a risk the debate on sponsor support and the holistic balance sheet will distract attention from securing the best possible outcomes on governance and disclosure,” it said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to National Association of Pension Funds discussion paper responselast_img read more

Improvised gun puts man behind bars

first_imgPrior to his arrest, Parayao allegedlythreatened to shoot his wife after a heated argument ensued between them.Parayao’s wife reported him to the police, which resulted to hisapprehension around 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 14. ILOILO City – Police nabbed a man for illegalpossession of firearm in Barangay Pasil, New Lucena, Iloilo. Alex Jesus Parayao, a resident of thevillage, was taken to the New Lucena police station. The suspect was detained, facing chargesfor violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms andAmmunition Regulation Act will be filed against him./PN Responding police officers were ableto seize from Parayao an improvised 12-gauge shotgun. last_img read more

Remi Garde acknowledges Arsene Wenger’s longevity in demanding Premier League

first_imgAston Villa boss Remi Garde has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger for the way he has managed to remain at the top of club football for almost two decades. It will be the apprentice against the master on Sunday when Villa host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League – 19 years on from Garde becoming Wenger’s first signing as Gunners manager. During a week in which Garry Monk became the latest managerial casualty following his sacking by Swansea, Garde believes Wenger’s reign deserves huge credit. Press Associationcenter_img On Wednesday Arsenal qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the 16th successive season and they will arrive at Villa Park with the opportunity to go top of the Premier League, and Garde believes Wenger is as hungry for success now as he was when he played under his fellow Frenchman. “I’ve got a lot of admiration because I realise how tough this job is in the Premier League, how difficult it is to keep a job and get results,”said Garde. “This is the first side (of the job) and then I remember the club at Arsenal 20 years ago without training facilities without a modern stadium like they have today. All this has to be credited to Arsene. “A football club is not only the results you get today but also how you will build for the future for yourself or for another manager for or another chairman or owner. “It’s part of the credit you have to be given to see where was the club when you got the job and where is it now. Not only in terms of trophies. Of course trophies are the main target all the managers have but also to get trophies in the long term and to build a solid club you have to build other stuff. For that Arsene has done brilliantly. “I think you have to dedicate all your life to football and I’m not sure that Arsene had long holidays or many days off since he took the job at Arsenal. And then you have to be completely focused and more than focused, you have to live for football and your football club. “For some characters and personalities it is more difficult than for others. Arsene has always lived for football and he has been rewarded for that. “For me he still has the spirit to get trophies and he probably still feels strong enough to get trophies.” Jack Grealish will be back in the Villa squad against Arsenal after t he 20-year-old midfielder was overlooked for first-team duty against Watford and Southampton following a breach of club discipline. Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede came off injured against Saints but will be fit for Sunday, although captain Micah Richards is still struggling with the knee problem which ruled him out at St Mary’s. last_img read more

GFF hosts Child Protection Workshop for coaches

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) held a half-day workshop last Friday with National and Academy Training Centres (ATCs) coaches in observance of Child Protection Week, which was observed under the theme: ‘Promoting Social Change to Stop the Violation of Children’.The workshop, held at the GFF boardroom, was facilitated by Senior Child Protection Officer Ms M. Woodroffe and the Agency’s Legal Officer Ms. T. Williams.Woodroffe outlined the objective of the workshop: “It was done to raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse and to have proactive involvement of key stakeholders in enabling the safety, protection and preservation of the rights of children. This includes changing mind concepts, attitudes and behaviours towards children.”In opening comments at the session, GFF president Wayne Forde said education about child protection issues is vital for coaches and will become part of coaches’ continuous education.“As football administrators, we have a moral duty to protect children from those who may betray their trust and take advantage of them. It is therefore important that we educate everyone who will come into contact with players on what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Coaches will now have to undergo Child Protection training each year in order to retain their coaching licence.”In an invited comment, Woodroffe added that “the forum also enabled the strengthening of collaborative efforts and initiatives for the support of children, families and communities in promoting social change.”Child Protection Week was observed from September 22 to 28.last_img read more

Badgers set to take on Duluth

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoAfter facing off against three WCHA cellar dwellers during its last three series, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team will finally play a top opponent this weekend as No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth will visit Kohl Center this weekend.”The games against Duluth are always competitive games,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said in his Monday press conference. “They bring both teams’ level of play up.”Returning to their home ice after two road series, the top-ranked Badgers hope to use their strong puck movement and quickness to their advantage.”Skating well and passing the puck well are good signs heading into this week on the bigger sheet of ice,” Johnson said.It will take a strong effort in net by Bulldog goalies Kim Martin and Riitta Shaublin if the Bulldogs are to have a chance at slowing the Badgers prolific offensive attack. Both goalies boast a goals-against average of fewer than two per game and have been the backbone of the Bulldog squad all season.Slowing the Badger offense is a task easier said than done as Sara Bauer and Jinelle Zaugg, still ranked first and second in the country in scoring, lead an attack that is averaging 4.60 goals per game.Badger goalies Jessie Vetter and Christine Dufour will have their own issues to worry about, however, as the Bulldogs are also averaging more than four goals per game. Led by senior forward Jessica Koizumi, the Bulldog offense has six players already with double digits in points.The much-needed competition that Duluth will undoubtedly bring this weekend has the Badgers excited to defend their stronghold on the conference standings and the distinction as the nation’s top team.”When you compete against one of the top clubs in the country, it’s a fun week of preparation,” Johnson said. “The players get excited about playing UMD maybe a little bit more than other teams.”Unbeaten streak reaches 26With two wins over Bemidji State last weekend, the Badgers extended their unbeaten streak to 26 consecutive games. Despite the impressive feat, Johnson continues to avoid focusing on the streak, instead worrying more about individual games and continuing to improve as a team.”I don’t look at it,” Johnson said of the streak. “I’m not big on looking at numbers or streaks. I try to look at the bigger picture and how we’re playing as a group. I think that once you start looking at individual or team numbers it sets you up for disaster. Your preparation has to be consistent over the season.”Instead of recognizing the team’s remarkable feat, and their dominance over opponents this season, Johnson continues to put team goals as his top priority.”My challenge to [the team] is to try and get better every day individually, and collectively as a team to be better than we were the previous weekend,” Johnson said.Tia Hanson returns to the lineupAfter off-season knee surgery, sophomore Tia Hanson finally returned to the lineup last weekend against Bemidji State, scoring a goal in her first game since last season’s National Championship. Her return to the team will add even more firepower to one of the best offensive teams in the country.”It adds more depth. Tia had a very good season last year, especially in the second half,” Johnson said. “We have a healthy team, and we’ve added more depth to our forward position.”Last season, Hanson spent a lot of time playing on a line with Zaugg and Bauer, but with freshman Kyla Sanders playing in that spot this season, the unit has had a lot of offensive success.”As she continues to get stronger and get more playing [time], we’ll be deeper than we were,” Johnson said. “It’s a good situation to be in. The challenge becomes now where I do put her in the mix.”last_img read more