Mexico: Army seizes about 13 tons of marijuana

first_img Colombia: Army destroys six cocaine laboratories By Dialogo November 03, 2010 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Bachata singer Jimmy Bauer was detained after attempting to board a flight at a Dominican Republic airport bound for the United States on Nov. 1, officials said. Bauer, whose real name is Jaime Vargas, became ill at the city’s international airport when a couple of pellets of cocaine he had swallowed are suspected of rupturing, Ramón Alcides Rodríguez, spokesman of the country’s drug control agency, said, according to The Associated Press. Bauer was stopped during the boarding practice because he was “acting strange,” and an X-ray of his abdomen showed dozens of capsules in his stomach, Rodríguez said. Bauer was taken to the hospital, where 88 capsules of cocaine were allegedly discovered in his stomach, Rodríguez said, adding two of them had burst. Bauer’s medical status wasn’t immediately available. He’s being guarded by three officers from the counter-narcotics agency. TIJUANA, Mexico – The Mexican army said it has confiscated about 13 tons of marijuana in the border city on Nov. 1, close to where authorities seized a record 134 tons of the narcotic about two weeks ago. The seizure was made near a rehabilitation center where gunmen fatally shot 13 recovering addicts on Oct. 24, an army spokesman said, according to The Associated Press. Officials said the shootings at the rehabilitation center could be linked to the record bust and may have involved suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose massive amount of marijuana was seized on Oct. 18. More than 28,000 have been killed in drug-related attacks nationwide since 2006, according to government data. Dominican Republic: Bachata singer Jimmy Bauer detained on drug charges Argentine, Chilean officials make major marijuana bust The marijuana, which had a street value of US$2 million, was found hidden in a truck’s tires, according to the Chilean website Emol.com. The bust culminated a two-month operation in which authorities arrested three in Chile and five in Argentina. The seizure was made at Paso Los Libertadores, an Andean mountain pass connecting the two nations, according to the Argentine website Elsolonline.com. Peru: Police capture suspected Shining Path’s Leader BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Army troops have dismantled six cocaine laboratories suspected of belonging to organized crime groups this past weekend in the departments of Chocó, Nariño and Putumayo, officials said. The first raid in the municipality of Linares, department of Nariño, ended with the destruction of three laboratories suspected of belonging to the criminal gang Los Rastrojos. The military also eradicated 455 gallons of coca leaves, 170 gallons of sulfuric acid, 120 gallons of gasoline, 332 kilograms of chopped coca leaf and 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of ammonium sulfate, according to the Colombian website Caracol Radio.com. The second raid in the municipality of Puerto Asís, department of Putumayo, occurred at a facility suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 48th front. Soldiers discovered 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of coca leaves, 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cement, three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of baking soda, 100 gallons of gasoline, two storage tanks, seven plastic containers, a metal press and a scale. In the municipality of Medio Atrato in the department of Chocó, the military raided a laboratory suspected of belonging to the FARC’s 57th front that contained plenty of materials used to produce cocaine, including 250 gallons of gasoline and 13 kilograms (28.6 pounds) of caustic soda, according to the Colombian website El Espectador.com. In the municipality of Orito, department of Putumayo, the army dismantled a complex allegedly belonging to an unidentified group of narcotics traffickers. Soldiers seized 120 kilograms (264 pounds) of coca leaves, several bins and a metal press. LIMA, Peru – Julio Váldez Loya, a suspected leader of the Shining Path, was apprehended this past weekend in the Upper Huallaga Valley, where he allegedly served on the terrorist group’s regional committee, Fernando Barrios, the country’s interior minister, said. Váldez, who goes by the alias “Comrade Franklin,” is the third suspected Shining Path member taken into custody in less than a month, Barrios said, according to the Peruvian website Peru21.pe. Barrios said Váldez was “one of the bloodiest” members of the terrorist group, and his arrest “certifies that the government has emphasized the fight against narco-terrorism,” according to the Peruvian website La Republica.com. TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Five gunmen broke into a military base at the La Mesa International Airport in San Pedro Sula on Nov. 1 and stole a twin-engine plane that officials confiscated during a counter-narcotics operation last year. The gunmen assaulted three security guards stationed at the entrance gate before proceeding to the military hangar near a runway. The men started the plane and soared away toward an unknown destination, Security Minister Oscar Álvarez said. The military had been given possession of the plane while the government decided whether to give it to a state agency, Álvarez said, according to The Associated Press. “It was really a temptation for organized crime or drug traffickers to have the plane there,” said Álvarez, adding the gunmen’s identities are unknown. The theft occurred at around 3 a.m., and military officials immediately launched an investigation into the crime. The base commander has been suspended indefinitely, Armando Calidonio, the vice minister of security, said. “We are fighting a struggle against organized crime and drug trafficking,” Álvarez said, according to the AP. SANTIAGO, Chile – An initiative involving Argentine and Chilean law enforcement officials seized 271 kilograms (596 pounds) of marijuana, a major blow to a network moving the narcotic across the two nations. Gunmen steal plane from Honduran military baselast_img read more

Central American Security Strategy to Be Launched in Washington

first_imgBy Dialogo February 06, 2012 The Central American Security Strategy, which seeks to combat violence in the region, will be launched in Washington, D.C. in February, technical teams meeting in Honduras with delegates from friendly countries and international organizations announced on February 1, according to a statement by the Honduran Foreign Ministry. The agreement came at a three-day meeting between members of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the cooperating Central American Security Strategy Group of Friendly Countries and International Organizations. The meeting in Honduras served “to exchange points of view (…) in order to begin to implement the Central American Security Strategy and carry out its launch” in Washington, D.C. in February, according to the press release. The plan for the regional initiative was agreed on in November 2011 at a meeting of Central American presidents in El Salvador. During the deliberations in Honduras, the delegates organized four working groups on the strategy’s components: fighting crime, social prevention of violence, rehabilitation, reinsertion, and prison security, and strengthening institutions. The Central American representatives laid out “general and specific considerations about the projects and their financing and implementation mechanisms,” which will be the responsibility of the SICA general secretariat.last_img read more

Tourist film “Magic Cordoba” won the Grand Prix at the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival

first_imgIn Zagreb, at the 9th International Tourist Film Festival, Zagreb Tourfilm festival, otherwise a full member of CIFFT – International Association of Tourist Film Festivals, organized Balduci film, awards were given to the best films from 41 countries, from Brazil, USA, China, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Austria, France, etc.  This year, the festival was not held in the usual way, with many guests from the country and the world in a cheerful atmosphere, but due to the situation with the corona virus, it was held without audiences and classic film screenings, while films from the official competition were seen on social media.  An international jury headed by the President of the Jury John Driedonsk from the Netherlands, awarded the prize for the best film of the festival – the Grand Prix to the Spanish film MAGIC CORDOBA. center_img Magic Cordoba from Filmservice International on Vimeo . There were also several Croatian films in the competition, which won significant awards. The awards went to the Rijeka Tourist Board RIJEKA and MISS YOU, Kaštela Tourist Board entitled KAŠTELA – SEVEN REASONS TO VISIT, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board CENTRAL DALMATIA – A DREAM WAITING FOR YOU, Zagreb Tourist Board film “ZAGREB LOVES YOU”, and Croatian National Tourist Board “CROATIA YOUR NEXT FILMING DESTINATION”. See the list of all winners in the attachment:last_img read more

‘Alive but sort of dead’: Retailers to see slow recovery despite restrictions easing

first_imgThe government’s decision to gradually lift the PSBB has allowed shopping malls to re-open their doors and retailers to go back to business, albeit in a limited way and with strict health protocols.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto signed on June 19 a decree on health guidelines for public facilities, including hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. Such establishments are obliged to provide hand sanitizers in public spaces, clean these areas with disinfectant at least three times a day and maintain proper ventilation.It is mandatory for both employees and guests to undergo temperature checks and wear face masks in these areas. Meanwhile, the 50 percent cap on venue capacity that has been widely used by businesses is not included in the decree, which instead has a 1-meter social-distancing rule.Pilarmas Investindo Sekuritas equity analyst Maximilianus Nico Demus also said on Thursday that the malls’ re-opening might not necessarily boost retailers’ performance as the COVID-19 pandemic had shown no sign of subsiding.“As long as the number of confirmed cases has yet to show signs of slowing down, consumers will prefer to save their money instead of going shopping,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone.Indonesia recorded more than 1,200 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total infection number to over 50,100 with at least 2,600 deaths, official data show.Maximilianus believes the recovery in the retail companies’ performance might not happen before next year.“The recovery will start to happen if the spread of the virus declines, scientists find a vaccine for the virus or the government provides a huge fiscal and monetary stimulus package,” he said.Despite the bleak projection, some stocks have an advantage over other publicly listed retailers. “Retailers that have an established online presence can reap more advantages because customers will still have a shopping alternative,” Maximilianus said.Publicly listed retailer PT MAP Aktif Adiperkasa chief digital officer Amit Keswani seemed to be managing his company’s expectations, along with its parent company publicly listed PT Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP), about business prospects this year.“[The year] 2020 is about riding through it, continuing investment and connecting with our customers more closely. I don’t think we’ll start seeing 2019 numbers until 2021,” he said during an online discussion organized by the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia on Tuesday.MAP Aktif sales jumped by 19.2 percent yoy to Rp 7.4 trillion (US$517.61 million) in 2019, while its net profits skyrocketed by 96.14 percent yoy to Rp 693.18 billion.Meanwhile, MAP recorded a 12.47 percent increase in sales to Rp 8.14 trillion last year with net profits of Rp 1.03 trillion, up by 6.8 percent yoy.Topics : “In stark contrast to the minimum-to-no visits to durable goods, besides F&B [food and beverages] stores, people are still rushing to supermarkets to buy basic necessities, while staying vigilant about maintaining their health by purchasing vitamins at drug stores.”The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in several regions, such as virus epicenters and business centers Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Surabaya in East Java, forced retailers, factories and offices to shut down to contain the coronavirus spread, severely limiting demand as people stayed at home.Retail sales slumped by 7.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in April, signaling weaker private consumption. Meanwhile, the trade, services and investment sector on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has recorded a 21.87 percent fall so far this year as investors have dumped such stocks. The main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), lost more than 22 percent of its value during the same period.Mirae equity analyst Christine Natasya in a research note on June 3 expected the retail sector to recover gradually starting the second half of this year following the government’s decision to postpone the Idul Fitri collective holiday to December. The holiday postponement was taken to prevent people from going on mudik (the Idul Fitri exodus) in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Easing mobility restrictions in various regions across Indonesia will not provide an instant boost to the country’s retail sector as wary consumers are expected to still limit their store visits amid a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, analysts have said.Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin found that customers did not immediately flock to shopping malls despite the reopening, adding that even those visiting malls still avoided durable goods stores.“Alive but sort of dead. This is what we thought when visiting several malls in Jakarta and Bekasi [in West Java] as we found that people are still holding back from visiting malls,” he wrote in a research note dated June 19.last_img read more

Call for UK regulator to act as media company scheme ‘dumped’

first_imgFrank Field MP“In particular, it would be helpful to have an explanation of why it was not possible to find a solution that would have avoided the pension scheme entering the PPF.“It is difficult to understand why it is possible for JPIMedia to acquire the business, no doubt in the expectation of generating a profit from it, but without taking any responsibility for its pension scheme.“Might I ask whether, in the light of this and similar cases, you consider that adequate protections are in place to prevent schemes being dumped on the PPF, at cost to pensioners and levy-payers?”A TPR spokesman said it would work with the PPF and administrators “to understand the circumstances surrounding the sale and its implications for the Johnston Press Pension Plan and its members at this challenging time”.He added: “Our role at this stage is to assess the terms of the sale of the business to ensure the pension scheme has been treated appropriately. We continue to work closely with the scheme trustee and the PPF.”A spokeswoman for the PPF said it anticipated a formal notice from the company “soon”, and emphasised that scheme members’ benefits were protected.Deficit pressuresJohnston Press’s board put the company up for sale in October as it struggled to finance a £220m debt payment due by 1 June 2019.Its pension scheme was 92% funded with a £47.2m deficit at the end of 2017, according to the company’s latest annual report.Johnston Press has been paying an annual deficit reduction contribution since 2014 as part of a recovery plan agreed with the trustee board. This contribution was £10.6m in 2017 and was due to increase by 3% a year until 2024.An updated formal actuarial valuation was supposed to have been signed off by 31 March 2017, but the company and trustee board missed this deadline, citing “ongoing discussions”.The annual report stated: “The trustees and the plan’s advisers have met with TPR and had regular conference call updates over the course of the year to keep TPR updated on the progress of the discussions.” “It is clear from Johnston Press’s annual reports that it has been engaged in active discussions with the Pensions Regulator for some time now,” Field said. “Might I ask you please to provide the committee with a detailed description of the Pensions Regulator’s involvement to date with Johnston Press? A politician has challenged the UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) to explain how a media company was able to be bought out of bankruptcy but offload its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.Frank Field, chair of the UK parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee, wrote to TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb yesterday after Johnston Press – publisher of several local and regional newspapers – went into administration.The company was immediately bought by a consortium of bondholders, known as JPIMedia, but as it was officially declared insolvent its £561.4m (€631.5m) is expected to enter the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) assessment period. At the time of writing, the PPF had not been formally notified of the insolvency, a spokeswoman for the lifeboat scheme said.In his letter, Field challenged TPR over whether there were sufficient measures in place to stop schemes from being “dumped on the PPF”.last_img read more

REVEALED: What we want in a home according to our clicks

first_img“Waterfront” is very popular in our real estate searches.One curious omission from the top 10 was something that many Queenslanders would consider a necessity, airconditioning. “That may not be a keyword search because I think a lot of people have just come to expect it,” Ms Hetherington said. “Shed” was the 10th most searched term, which she said could be because they were more popular a generation ago, but current real estate buyers favoured indoor living. Top ten Queensland real estate keywords.When they moved in seven years ago only a handful of their neighbours had a pool, but today, all except two of the houses in the street have their own pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I think it is a family thing, and Coorparoo has a lot of families,” she said. She is selling her home, but she is certain that her next home will have to have a pool. Director and buyers’ agent at Property Pursuit, Meighan Hetherington, said although pools were heavily searched for, they were not always an advantage when it came time to sell.“People are entirely invested in having a pool or not having a pool,” Ms Hetherington said.“It is either ‘we have to have a pool’ or ‘I don’t want to have a pool because of the maintenance’.” Adding a pool, she said, might attract the type of buyer that has to have one but it may not increase the value of the property. Other common search terms were “waterfront”, “granny flat”, “dual living”, “view”, “furnished” and “duplex”.“Nras”, which is short for the National Rental Affordability Scheme, a federal government program to subsidise rents for lower to middle income workers was the second highest search term. Sally Bird believes a backyard pool is essential in Queensland, and the data backs her up. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Queensland’s love affair with the suburban backyard swimming pool shows no sign of ending, at least according to what we search for when looking at homes online.Data from realestate.com.au reveals that we are a picky bunch when it comes to looking for a home, with pools at the top of the list. “Pool” was the most common keyword for people looking at property to rent and buy in Queensland in searches on realestate.com.au in the six months to May 31. And with warm weather across much of the year, the simple backyard (or frontyard, or rooftop) swimming pool might be that luxury that thousands of Queenslanders cannot imagine themselves living without. Coorparoo resident Sally Bird said a swimming pool was essential when she was looking for a home for their family. “Everyone said to me ‘don’t get a pool’ because it cost so much to maintain,” Ms Bird said. But with solar panels on the roof and simple water testing available at shops like Bunnings, she had not found the pool to be costly nor a chore. “It takes five minutes to clean,” she said. center_img Sheds might not be as popular with millenials as they were with Baby Boomers.last_img read more

Udinese chief: Premier League will cancel rest of season

first_imgPremier League will follow Belgium’s top tier and cancel the rest of its season, according to Udinese sporting director Pierpaolo Marino. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature Look With Liverpool 25 points clear atop the table, the Premier League was suspended last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the league announced that its suspension would continue indefinitely. Many leagues around the world have been brought to a standstill, with Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League having cancelled the rest of its campaign and awarded the title to leaders Club Brugge. Marino, whose club are owned by Giampaolo Pozzo – the father of Watford owner Gino, believes England will do likewise. “The Belgian Federation has already sanctioned the end of their league, despite the threats of sanctions from UEFA,” Marino told Sportitalia. “In England, the Premier League is about to release a similar statement, because the situation there is becoming very, very serious. I frankly just hope we can enjoy football again after the coronavirus. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we need to get out of this danger zone. I am worried for the next seasons, not the old one.” Marino could eventually be proven correct, as FA chairman Greg Clarke admitted on Tuesday that it may not be possible to complete the 2019-20 campaign. “We are committed to finishing the professional football season as this resolves the issues of promotion and relegation together with title winners on merit,” Clarke told the FA’s official website. “However, we may not be able to finish the season as football is not our priority, human life is, and we will do as the government directs as the pandemic unfolds.” Should the Premier League season be ended prematurely there will be questions as to whether Liverpool will be declared champions, with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently holding a near-unassailable lead. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin offered some good news for Reds fans on Tuesday, saying he can see “no way” Liverpool will be denied the title whether the season is completed or not. “I see no way for Liverpool to stay untitled. If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it – theoretically, it has not yet reached the guaranteed level, but it is practically close,” the UEFA chief told Slovenian publication Ekipa. read also:EPL clubs ask players to take 30% wage cut amid COVID-19 crisis “However, if it could not be played, it would also be necessary to announce the results in some way and find some key on how the champions should be determined. And, of course, again I do not see a scenario in which that would not be Liverpool,” Ceferin added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Lambert set for Liverpool medical

first_imgSouthampton striker Rickie Lambert is expected to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Saturday after the two clubs agreed a fee for the England international. Press Association Sport understands the Reds will pay an initial £4million for the player with the possibility of further add-ons, although reports of the deal costing £9million are wide of the mark. If everything goes to plan Lambert will travel to Merseyside after England’s friendly with Peru at Wembley on Friday night and could be confirmed a Liverpool player as early as Monday. Merseyside-born Lambert will provide some much-needed back-up to frontline strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and, having fought his way through the divisions to earn a World Cup call, he will relish the chance to return to the club which he left as a teenager after failing to make the grade from their academy. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ interest in Lambert came out of left-field while he was pursuing deals for the striker’s Saints team-mates Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. Lallana was seen as the primary target to bolster the Reds’ midfield, with Lovren less so for the centre of defence, but Lambert looks like being the first through the door at Anfield in what is expected to be a busy summer as they look to strengthen ahead of a return to the Champions League. Liverpool have made a bid, reported to be in the region of £16million, for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno but are still in negotiations with the Europa League winners. Press Association Sport understands further talks with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can over the weekend are likely to give a clearer idea of whether the Germany Under-21 international will also move to Merseyside. Although there is a buy-out clause of about £10million which Liverpool are willing to meet, the player’s wage demands are proving a significant stumbling block. However, what interest the club had in Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to provide competition for Simon Mignolet has cooled and they are no longer considering the Dutchman as a viable target. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Palm Beach County

first_imgThe National Weather Service in Miami has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Eastern Palm Beach County in Southeastern Florida until 4:30 p.m.“60 MPH Wind Gusts, NWS reports.Locations impacted include West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach.CBS12 reported a Significant Weather Advisory for northeast Palm Beach until 4 p.m., with hail, gusty wind and funnel clouds possible as these storms move east at 10 mph.Click here for live updates.last_img