Contraband Gasoline Seized in Colombia

first_img Authorities began their successful investigations with a search warrant for a residence in the municipality of Aguachica, Cesar, where the troops, in a support role with Judicial Police personnel, arrested three men, aged 35, 42, and 19, who apparently dedicated themselves to selling fuel from abroad. The contraband seized from those arrested amounted to 7,230 gallons of illegal gasoline, which is equivalent to around 31,000 dollars. Apparently, a portion of that monetary sum used to fund the drug-trafficking networks engaged in criminal activity in this part of the country. By Dialogo April 16, 2012 An intelligence operation conducted by troops of the 5th Brigade of the Colombian National Army enabled the dismantling of an alleged gasoline cartel engaged in criminal activity in southern Cesar. last_img read more

Get a good strategy for your credit union

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kelly SchmitVolunteers are expected to be involved in a credit union’s strategy development and prescribe a course into the future, John Oliver, president of Laurel Management Systems, Inc., told CUES’ Directors Conference attendees last month.But what is strategy, exactly? According to Oliver, it’s not financial and business planning, but understanding the needs of the marketplace and how your credit union will meet them.A strategy is the purpose or the message of your credit union—where your credit union is going and why, Oliver explained.“As volunteers, you are responsible for giving your employees and members a purpose to follow,” he said. “Be passionate about why your credit is here with a guiding principle, and make sure everyone knows their role.“We are a very over-banked society and you need to meet your market’s needs through strategic leadership—which involves the application of the most simple economic theory, the allocation of limited resources or ‘deciding what to do and not do,’” he explained. continue reading »last_img read more

If you walk with a glass basket around your neck in northwestern Istria, you are no longer “crazy”, in fact, it becomes imperative.

first_imgRELATED NEWS: An attractive offer of Istrian wines, a long walk by the sea and delicious snacks will mark the third edition of the event Wine & Walk by the sea, which will be held on Saturday, September 28 in Novigrad. Lovers of wine and good food will enjoy a 10-kilometer long walk through Novigrad and its surroundings at the beginning of autumn with a glass in hand.  Return to Novigrad is scheduled in the late afternoon, and the goal of the event is in the old town. Here, participants can continue the celebration with excellent music and performances by the Goran Griff Band, delicious snacks and local wine, and a fair of indigenous agricultural products and souvenirs where they will be able to enjoy the riches of Istria.  Pervino, Moreno Ivančić, Stancija Fava, Demark, Leonardo Palčić, Ghira and Novacco wineries will present their wine offer, while delicious Istrian fish and meat dishes will be prepared by Plegius catering, Navigare restaurant, Konobe Nino, Half 8 restaurant, Sergio tavern and restaurant At Marica’s, while bakery Osho will take care of the sweet snack. The beginning of autumn in northwestern Istria will be marked by the autumn edition of Wine & Walk, ie Wine & Walk by the sea in Novigrad. “Top offer of Istrian wines and indigenous gastronomic delicacies, a unique walk through the old town of Novigrad, by the sea, olive groves and vineyards and always a great atmosphere are the main ingredients of Wine & Walka by the sea. This wine tour attracts more and more visitors every year, which motivates us to invest more and more effort in additional content from year to year in order to exceed expectations. I believe that we will surprise all visitors this year as well ”, she stated Vesna Ferenac, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Novigrad-Cittanova. I wrote earlier how the word became a synonym for Wine & Walk – SOLD OUT, because tickets sell out in less than 24 hours and all online. More than impressive. In northwestern Istria, this event already has a cult status, and tourists who walk with baskets for a glass of wine around their necks are no longer considered “crazy”, in fact, but a clear symbol of recognizing Wine & Walk. Even which arouses “envy” because once you experience Wine & Walk it is difficult to accept the fact that this year there. Simply a story that delights and evokes strong positive memories. Also, even some visitors plan a part of the annual according to Wine & Walk, which is another strong proof that Wine & Walk has become a motive for coming, which was the goal of the event. The start of the program is scheduled in the morning from the Novigrad waterfront Porporela where participants will register. Everyone will receive a tasting glass and vouchers, a map of the trail and all the instructions to help them on the wine trail. The adventure begins with a walk along the waterfront and the old port of Mandrač, in the very historic center of the city where participants are waiting for the first point. After the tasting, the walkers will continue along the path that passes partly along the coast, and then enters the hinterland of Novigrad through vineyards and olive groves. A total of seven points await participants along the way where they will be able to enjoy the eno-gastronomic offer of northwestern Istria, meet winemakers and famous chefs and experience many surprises. Find out more about the whole event HERE Such a simple, logical and phenomenal tourist story. By the way, Istria Wine & Walk in the past three years has experienced its new great extensions through Wine & Walk by the sea-in Novigrad in September, where 500 tickets are available, and in April Sweet Wine & Walk for 300 visitors departing from Momjan. Everything in the pre- and post-season. ISTRIA WINE & WALK SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN 24 HOURSlast_img read more

On the trail: Democratic White House hopefuls take aim at Bloomberg

first_imgUS Democratic presidential candidates took aim on Thursday at a rival whose name has not yet appeared on the ballot in the early-voting states, but whose television ads have blanketed the airwaves: former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who trailed in contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, targetedBloomberg over past policing tactics in the United States’ largest city and his comments about a mortgage practice widely seen as racially discriminatory.A late entry to the presidential race, Bloomberg drew crowds of hundreds of people in North Carolina, one of the 14 states that vote in March 3’s Super Tuesday contest, where he will first appear as a declared candidate. Voters at those events said they were evaluating whether Bloomberg, a self-made billionaire, could beat Republican President Donald Trump in November.”I think Mike Bloomberg can stand up to Trump,” said Maureen Scott, 68, a retiree in Winston-Salem.Below are highlights from the campaign trail on Thursday:NEVADA UNION WILL NOT ENDORSE Nevada’s largest labor union, Culinary Workers Local 226, on Thursday said it would not endorse any of the eight leading Democrats ahead of its state’s caucuses, de-escalating a war of words with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.The 60,000-member union, with outsized influence in a state heavily dependent on tourism, opposes Sanders’ proposed Medicare for All government takeover of healthcare funding, amid fears of losing members’ hard-won union health coverage.The union’s criticism of Sanders plan in recent days raised the possibility it could have endorsed a centrist like Biden over Sanders.The Las Vegas Weekly endorsed both Biden and a fellow Democrat, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, both moderates.Several current or former Democratic officials were more decisive on Thursday. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch of Florida and former North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue all endorsed Bloomberg.TARGET BLOOMBERGBiden, a moderate whose early front-runner status has been dented by poor performances so far, said he planned to debate Bloomberg on his record on racial discrimination, while Warren slammed the former New York mayor’s past defense of a discriminatory housing practice known as redlining.Bloomberg, who is self-financing his campaign, has come under fire for comments he made in 2008 that tied a collapse in the U.S. housing market to a ban on redlining, a practice in which banks decline to make mortgage loans to entire neighborhoods.”Once you started pushing in that direction, banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn’t as good as you would like,” Bloomberg said in remarks that resurfaced in a report by the Associated Press.Redlining has long been associated with racial discrimination, although Bloomberg’s 2008 comments described the practice as banks avoiding poor neighborhoods.Biden suggested he would challenge Bloomberg on the matter and on Bloomberg’s past support for a policing strategy known as “stop and frisk” that Bloomberg employed as mayor and which ensnared disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos.”I’m going to get a chance to debate him on everything from redlining to stop and frisk,” Biden told ABC’s The View.Bloomberg has not yet qualified for the Feb. 19 Democratic debate in Nevada, which will be held just ahead of the state’s Feb. 22 nominating contest.Bloomberg is not competing in Nevada or South Carolina, which votes on Feb. 29.Warren also attacked Bloomberg on redlining.”We need to confront the shameful legacy of discrimination, not lie about it like Mike Bloomberg has done,” she wrote on Twitter.The Bloomberg campaign declined to comment on Biden and Warren’s statements. Bloomberg apologized for stop and frisk in November a few days before announcing his candidacy.BLOOMBERG TAKES AIM AT TRUMPAt a coffee shop in Winston-Salem, Bloomberg said he had called Trump a “con man” before his 2016 election, adding, “He’s worse than I thought.””I am a New Yorker. I know how to deal with New York bullies. I’m not afraid of Donald Trump,” he said.Trump on Thursday lobbed a fresh series of insults at Bloomberg, calling him a “loser” on Twitter.Bloomberg’s personal fortune, estimated at around $60 billion, dwarfs that of the president.Several voters in the crowd in Winston-Salem said they wanted a moderate candidate who could beat Trump in November. Some said they were looking for an alternative to Biden after becoming concerned by his debate performances and weak showings in the first two voting states.Cassaundra El-Amin, a black voter, said she was concerned about Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk policy but felt his apology was sincere.”I just feel like he might be able to beat Trump,” she said.Topics :last_img read more

West Java to apply micro-scale restrictions in Jakarta’s satellite cities

first_imgWest Java is set to implement micro-scale social restrictions (PSBM) in Jakarta’s satellite cities, namely Bogor, Depok and Bekasi, with restrictions applied only in areas categorized as “red zones”.Governor Ridwan Kamil and the West Java COVID-19 task force made the decision after a coordination meeting with the local administrations on Monday to consider a stricter approach to fight COVID-19 alongside Jakarta. As Jakarta reimposes large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), health experts have urged other administrations in the surrounding area to also apply stricter measures against COVID-19 to see effective results.“West Java has agreed to support Jakarta’s PSBB by carrying out the PSBM, especially in areas bordering Jakarta. We use the term PSBM as used by the President,” Ridwan said in a statement.“The more we do not depend on Jakarta, the looser [social restrictions] can be. Activities are restricted to 25 percent but not for the whole city. This applies only in red zones, which is at a micro level,” he added, referring to a percentage applied to various activities during the restrictions, such as the number of people allowed to continue working in nonessential companies.Read also: Jakarta back under PSBB, but less strict than beforeJakarta’s satellite cities in West Java have been implementing the so-called proportional PSBB, where the percentage of PSBB is adjustable by each city and regency, with the fifth extension slated to end on Sept. 29.Ridwan suggested that regional heads have an incentive budget allocated to community unit heads to help them be at the forefront of educating the public about the PSBM.“The community unit heads are also in charge of tracking down suspected close contacts of [COVID-19 patients] who must have a swab test,” he said, adding that the province was gearing up to meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) testing capacity standard.Separately, Ridwan said Jakarta residents would be restricted from traveling to West Java as the capital implemented the PSBB. He said the West Java Transportation Agency was currently discussing the restriction scheme.“The mayors and regents are also counting the number of residents working informally in Jakarta. Due to the strict PSBB, they might no longer be able to work, so it affects the amount of social assistance,” he said, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: PSBB to last two weeks ‘but don’t expect pandemic to be over’, Anies saysRidwan expressed hope that West Java and Jakarta could coordinate more closely so that the policies implemented by each province could serve the community as best possible.Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto agreed about the implementation of the PSBM, saying the PSBB was not the best choice in regard to “psychological and economic conditions” in his area.Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi said Bekasi would follow the curfew restriction policy applied in Depok and Bogor to set limits on the hours of activities of citizens and businesses.He said the city had turned the Patriot Stadium into an isolation center for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients ready for use this week as the occupancy rate of hospital beds in the city has reached 90 percent. (syk) Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Extension of Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program January 11, 2016 Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is once again accepting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program thanks to an amendment to legislation that extends the application deadline to Aug. 31. 2018.“Since April 2008, we have compensated more than 11,500 veterans for their service and sacrifice in the Persian Gulf Conflict,” Governor Wolf said. “Our hope is to reach all of those veterans eligible for this program and ensure they receive all benefits entitled to them.”The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.In each case, the service member must have:Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990 until August 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.“We encourage everyone to help us spread the word because qualified Persian Gulf veterans have truly earned this bonus,” said Brig. Gen. Jerry Beck Jr., the state’s deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs. “We believe that there are still many more Persian Gulf Veterans who have not applied for the bonus and this three year extension of the application deadline will allow us another opportunity to reach as many applicants as possible.”Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program. The deadline for applying for benefits under the program extension is Aug. 31, 2018.For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit www.persiangulfbonus.pa.gov.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Kiwis get divorced at the same rate whether they get hitched in a civil union or church wedding

first_imgNZ Herald 7 January 2017Family First Comment: “Civil unions were really just a prelude to the arrival of same-sex marriages in New Zealand in 2013.”Yes – we knew that!Couples are just as likely to live happily never after if they get hitched in a civil union as a traditional marriage in New Zealand.Official figures show 3404 civil unions have been registered here since they were introduced in 2005, compared to 274,693 marriages.However, the dissolution rates are about the same – 9.43 per cent of traditional marriages have been dissolved in that time, while 9.6 per cent of civil unions failed.The figures released to the Weekend Herald by the Department of Internal Affairs reveal when it comes to a marriage ending in divorce, a church wedding makes little difference.Auckland-based celebrant Sheryl Mungall believed civil unions could soon be a thing of the past.“Civil unions were really just a prelude to the arrival of same-sex marriages in New Zealand in 2013,” she said.“Some people like civil unions because there is less of a religious element to them but most of these unions don’t seem to last any longer than traditional marriages.“People are people, no matter what they sign or promise. If they want out, they want out … I’m afraid it is just human nature.”Civil unions were introduced in New Zealand 12 years ago amid a storm of protest from some religious groups.In the lead-up to the bill being passed, about 5000 people gathered in Wellington for a Destiny Church-organised march against the proposed legislation giving gay relationships legal recognition for the first time.“I think the civil unions were brought in really to appease the gay community but they have never really taken off,” Mungall said. “Gay people thought it wasn’t good enough and that they were still being treated as second-class citizens because it did not include the word marriage.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11777364last_img read more

AVB ready for tough Toon tie

first_img Erik Lamela opened the scoring after an hour and Jermain Defoe smashed home a penalty to move clear of Martin Chivers as the club’s all-time top goalscorer in European competition as Spurs booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 2-1 win. Hull also ran Spurs close two weeks ago with a contentious Roberto Soldado spot-kick proving the difference and Villas-Boas expects his players to become even more adept at facing the new challenge in the coming weeks. “It hasn’t been easy for us to try and break in behind but we will persist as this is the way we want to move forward,” he said. “Hopefully we can one day manage to do more combinations that will lead to more goals being created. “It is very, very difficult for a team to hold on defensively due to the amount of time we have the ball. “They have to make a great physical effort that eventually you manage to get in. It happened again against Sheriff, we had so much of the ball in the first half and created so much that I think in the second half they tired and we got in to more space to score the goals. “It is not easy to find the spaces, you need people to start taking on opponents to start unlocking them. We need to take risks, unlocking defences is probably a part of our game where we have to work.” Newcastle have not won in the league at White Hart Lane since a 4-1 victory in 2008 but currently sit ninth in the Barclays Premier League having beaten Chelsea last weekend. Press Association Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his players are starting to come to terms with teams shutting up shop at White Hart Lane but feels Newcastle will travel to north London looking to play on Sunday. Thursday’s Europa League group game at home to Sheriff Tiraspol was another example of a visiting team looking to defend from the back and make it difficult for Tottenham’s attacking talent to break them down. Spurs have started to show signs in recent weeks that they possess the ability to break down the most rigid defence as they look to challenge for honours following a summer of heavy investment in the squad. Villas-Boas is expecting another tough assignment on Sunday, even if he feels Alan Pardew’s side could be one of the few teams who look to play their natural game. “Whatever strategy works for them is fine,” he said. “We just have to make sure we are up to our level, we weren’t for example in the game against West Ham, we hope to be solid and create as much as we can. “I’m not sure what their strategy will be, Newcastle have a great team full of gifted, technical players so I expect them to play against us. “They are a very, very difficult team to predict their starting XI, they have lots of quality options and they have been trying different types of formation, even with a false striker. “Alan is a manager who prepares well for the games so it won’t be easy for us.” Spurs could move to within two points of league-leaders and fierce rivals Arsenal with a win on Sunday as the Gunners kick-off at Manchester United later in the day. But Villas-Boas knows Newcastle have the talent to provide a threat and will be buoyed by their 2-0 win over Chelsea. “They are now picking up great results,” the Portuguese added. “They are always a team that want to be in the competition for the teams that qualify for Europe. That is probably their expectancy given the investment they do every year. “They come here with a victory, the highest morale-boosting victory possible and they will come here full of motivation and it won’t be in any way easy for us. “They have lots of good, good players but overall I think they will have the motivation of beating Chelsea and coming now to play this game against us.” last_img read more

Magpies suspend coach Donachie

first_img The Magpies have launched an investigation into an incident after the Under-21 team’s 2-0 defeat at Sunderland on Monday evening. It is understood the 62-year-old former Scotland international’s conduct is being probed after it was claimed he was involved in an altercation with 19-year-old defender Remie Streete. Newcastle’s loss in the second-string derby came two days after the senior team were beaten 3-0 at home in the Barclays Premier League by the Black Cats. The news of Donachie’s suspension came as manager Alan Pardew prepared to sit down with owner Mike Ashley to plot a way forward for the club. The 52-year-old will send his depleted team into Barclays Premier League battle at Chelsea on Saturday after more tumult on Tyneside. The Magpies sold their best player, Yohan Cabaye, without replacing him, before losing to neighbours Sunderland and then witnessing the departure of controversial director of football Joe Kinnear inside six turbulent days. The transfer window debacle and the derby defeat proved simply too much to take for some fans, one of whom ran on to the pitch to confront Pardew during the Sunderland game, while others have signalled their intention not to renew season tickets. However, asked what his message will be when he meets Ashley to discuss life after Kinnear, the manager said: “My message is always the same, it’s about taking the club forward. “We can’t stand still, we have to go forward, so it gives us an opportunity to do that. “Let’s be honest, it was an emotional game and the fan running on the pitch with a season ticket and all that, that’s what our fans are and they will never take that away from them. “They are passionate, they love the club and the best thing I can try to do is get the best team I can out there to get results for them. “I have no problem with that passion. It comes to the surface. There was a bit of frustration this week with season tickets going forward. “But two years ago, we finished fifth; this year, we are eighth and we have done a brilliant job. “We have lost a great player, we know that, and in the summer hopefully we can bring three or four great players in. Let’s hope so because this club deserves it.” Pardew insisted he was “sad” at Kinnear’s exit – a feeling which was not shared by many on Tyneside – after his reign came to an end a little more than seven months after he was appointed. He left having made only two loan signings in as many transfer windows and with many still wondering what his role was meant to be. The 67-year-old did not carry out any media duties after launching a series of initial salvos – the first came before his appointment had even been officially confirmed – and with Ashley happy to take a back seat, Pardew has found himself having to shoulder that responsibility. The role proved particularly uncomfortable in the wake of the Sunderland game when Pardew was left to field questions about the Cabaye saga, many of which he could not answer. Pardew said: “I have probably been in that position for a long time. I have to carry that responsibility, and I have no problem with that. “I don’t want to talk about other things other than football, if I am honest, but sometimes you do and I give the best answers that I can.” It remains to be seen whether Ashley decides to persist with a director of football, but if he does, Pardew insists he would have no problem with that. He said: “That decision is the board’s, but I have no problem with directors of football. In the modern game, a lot of clubs have directors of football. “There is so much involved in transfers in terms of the other club, agents, the preparation for the bid and the finances that are involved now that it goes way past what we used to do 10 years ago.” Newcastle will travel to Chelsea without key midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has been ruled out of the next two games at least by a hamstring injury and joins Fabricio Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse on the sidelines. Newcastle have suspended reserve-team coach Willie Donachie over an allegation that he hit one of his players. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pellegrini reveals Aguero was not fully fit after five-goal haul stuns Newcastle

first_img But his late penalty winner in Germany on Wednesday appeared to have rejuvenated him and Newcastle found him too hot to handle. It then came as a surprise when Pellegrini substituted him after 66 minutes – denying him the chance to become the first player in Premier League history to score six in a game – but Pellegrini revealed he had been carrying a knock. Pellegrini said: “He had a serious kick from Wednesday in Germany. He was having some treatment during half-time. “To give him more minutes, maybe he would have scored one or two goals more, but we need more to take a precaution about his kick because he could get injured.” When asked more about the nature of his treatment at the interval, Pellegrini said: “Maybe it was very good treatment! “He had a kick in his hamstring, so it was important just to relax him a little bit because he was not 100 per cent comfortable.” Pellegrini was convinced Aguero, City’s top scorer last season with 32 goals in 41 appearances, would soon come good. Aguero did score against Chelsea in the second game of the season but then had a setback after suffering a knee injury in a challenge from Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann last month. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed Sergio Aguero was not fully fit after his striker’s stunning five-goal haul against Newcastle. Pellegrini said: “I am very happy for Kun. He deserves it. He is always a player who makes a difference. “For different reasons in the last few games he missed important chances, but he was calm. That was very clever from him. To see him play at the level he played today, not only must I be happy but all the fans because he is a different player.” Aguero’s stunning performance came after City had fallen behind to an early strike from Aleksandar Mitrovic. Newcastle, who slipped to the bottom of the table following the loss, were actually the better side in the first half and had other chances to extend their lead. Manager Steve McClaren said: “We came here to win. We were bold in our 4-4-2 in the first half we really shook Man City, and scored the first goal. “The second goal that was disallowed was onside, so we should have had that and we had other opportunities. It could have been a different story. “The goal before half-time just gave them a lift and in the second half we just got done by mistakes by ourselves and Aguero’s world-class finishing, which he is well capable of doing to any team.” Aguero destroyed the Magpies by scoring five times in a blistering 20-minute spell as City ran out 6-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium to power back to the top of the Barclays Premier League. Aguero had gone into the game with question marks over his form after scoring just once in open play in 10 previous appearances this season and a patchy display against Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek. Press Associationlast_img read more