European, Latin Militaries Help Fight Drug Smuggling Across Region

first_img Cooperation also was behind Ecuador’s February 2012 capture of Heriberto Fernández Ramírez — alias “Beto” — a high-value target for Colombian authorities. Colombian police had been tracking Beto for four months and alerted counterparts in Ecuador, when he was in the port city of Guayaquil, said the director of Colombia’s counter-narcotics police, Gen. Luís Alberto Pérez. At a news conference, he maintained that Beto played a key liaison role between Colombian trafficker Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias “El Loco,” and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel — and that he met regularly in Honduras with Sinaloa operatives to set up drug shipments. It is believed he coordinated the transport of at least seven tons of cocaine. Last September, Honduran Defense Minister Marlon Pascua claimed that 87 percent of the cocaine that makes its way into the United States from Latin America passes through Honduras. “This arrest bring us closer to Barrera,” the general said. Beto had initially worked for Colombian trafficker Maximiliano Bonilla, alias “Valenciano,” but switched his allegiance two years ago to “El Loco.” Ramírez was confronted by Ecuadoran police while walking on a street and was quickly deported to Colombia. An extradition warrant has been issued for him by a U.S. district court in Virginia, where he’s also wanted on drug-trafficking charges. Just days before the capture of Ramírez, Ecuador’s anti-narcotics chief, Nelson Villegas, announced the seizure of 1.3 tons of cocaine and the impounding of a semi-submersible used for drug smuggling in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The shipment, consisting of 1,177 packages, was stored in on the island of Puna, which was raided by police and navy units. The sub was discovered on the island of Santa Clara, 25 miles south of Puna. In early January, Ecuador’s Navy detected another semi-submersible 60 miles off the coast of Puna, but the three-man crew managed to scuttle the vessel before being arrested. “These vessels are difficult from the air and hard for surface units to detect,” said Coast Guard commander, Mauritius Alvear. Cooperation isn’t only a tactic followed by law enforcement agencies. According to the Cali newspaper El País, three of Colombia’s most powerful drug trafficking networks — the Rastrojos, Urabeños and the smaller Paisas — recently met secretly in Medellín to divide the country’s trafficking routes in western Colombia. The newspaper claims the pact is designed to cease infighting among the traffickers. Fourteen countries on three continents are sending military units to patrol the Central American isthmus and share intelligence in a bid to disrupt drug trafficking, arms dealing and money laundering throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The multinational effort, dubbed Operation Martillo, involves Great Britain, Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and the United States. It began in the last week of January but doesn’t have a set date for completion, say officials. “Many within the region now realize that cooperative security is imperative for eradicating narcotics trafficking,” said Lt. Cdr. Tellis Behel of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force. “This cooperative venture will undoubtedly enhance the effectiveness of counter-drug measures.” El Salvador’s security minister, David Munguia, said at a news conference when asked about Operation Martillo: “Any effort by the international community to combat drug trafficking is very important. As the traffic moves from south to north, it is leaving a trail of violence in all our countries.” Mexican cartels are seeking to expand operations to the Caribbean, say officials there. One example is the Dominican Republic, where authorities have detected the presence of the Sinaloa cartel in the northern Cibao region. Anibal de Castro, the country’s ambassador in Washington, recently told a U.S. Senate hearing that suspected Mexican drug dealer Luís Fernando Castillo Bertolucci confessed after his capture that the Sinaloa cartel “seeks to create a route to Europe via the Dominican Republic.” The diplomat cited evidence that the Sinaloa cartel is now operating in the cities of Santiago de los Caballeros, La Vega and Jarabacoa — and that the cartel may “be getting help from Dominican criminal groups in the Cibao region to acquire chemicals used in the manufacture of narcotics.” EU-funded effort targets West African airports The Caribbean isn’t the only focus of international action regarding the Latin American drug trade. Operation COCAIR III, which is funded by the 27-nation European Union, seized substantial amounts of illicit drugs and cash after monitoring 30 international airports in West and Central Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. COCAIR III was mounted over an eight-day period last December and led to 45 seizures, including 486 kilograms of cannabis, 24 kilos of cocaine, five kilos of heroin and confiscations of Ecstacy pills and other amphetamines and methamphetamines. More than €3 million in cash also was seized. The operation brought together law enforcement agencies from Africa and Brazil, and had the support of the World Customs Organization, Interpol and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. UNODC officials say COCAIR III is likely to be repeated. “Apart from the immediate success visible in the various seizures, the operation also led to increased airport checks, helped to raise awareness and reinforced the exchange of secure information between custom services and police, particularly in cocaine trafficking,” said EU officials in Accra, Ghana. “Disrupting this trafficking requires coordinated international action to reduce both the demand and the supply of drugs.” European governments have become increasingly alarmed at the increase in Latin America-produced drugs smuggled into Europe via West Africa. Ecuador nabs high-value Colombian suspect By Dialogo March 12, 2012last_img read more

Key players’ injuries have further derailed Syracuse’s season

first_imgSydney Brackett sat a foot out of bounds beyond Syracuse’s goal line with her right leg extended, her shirt collar in her mouth and tears in her eyes. The junior had just rolled her right ankle while tracking down Notre Dame’s Brianna Martinez on Oct. 13, and dropped to the ground. Assistant athletic trainer Meagan Bevins tended to her and Brackett limped slowly behind the goal and to the sidelines.Across the field in front of SU’s bench, SU head coach Phil Wheddon stared blankly into the distance with his mouth open and hand on his face. Again, one of the Orange’s key players was down. First, leading scorer Kate Hostage missed three games after suffering an injury against Duke on Sept. 16. Less than three weeks later, goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx was ruled out for the season with a hip injury. Now, Brackett, a leader of the offense, was gone.“Player after player, it seems like it’s a weekly occurrence,” Wheddon said about SU’s injuries. “It’s been a little bit demoralizing for everyone. It’s been an arduous journey.”Injuries to key players have only made Syracuse’s (3-14, 0-9 Atlantic Coast) historically bad season harder. Between limited depth, players playing out of position and late-game fatigue, injuries have had a “massive impact” on SU’s performances, Wheddon said. The growing list of hurt players has contributed to the Orange’s current 12-game losing streak.When Syracuse suffered 4-0 losses to Harvard and Penn State in late August and early September, Wheddon had numbers on the bench, using seven or more substitutions in both games. In recent blowout losses to North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia, Wheddon has only used five substitutes due to a lack of numbers to call on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We haven’t had the depth on the roster that we’d like to have,” Georgia Allen said. “In a perfect world, we’d have everybody fit. We can’t press for 90 minutes.”The Orange’s injuries have their biggest impact in the final 15 minutes of a game, Wheddon said. Players are fatigued and can’t always be rotated out, which results in lots of conceding. In conference play, 10 of Syracuse’s 34 goals allowed have come in the final quarter-hour of play. In consecutive games against UNC and Notre Dame on Oct. 7 and 13, SU surrendered a combined six goals in the final 15 minutes.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThe lack of depth also forced the Orange to play out of position. Abby Jonathan, SU’s starting center back for the first nine games of the season, was shifted to striker against Duke after Hostage went down. Allen started the season as a center midfielder, but has mostly played striker in conference play. Defender Taylor Bennett has left the backline and roamed upfield more frequently, registering a shot in six of the Orange’s last seven games.For the healthy players, seeing a teammate grimace in pain and not return to the game takes an emotional toll.“We have to try and protect the players,” Wheddon said. “Student-athlete welfare is the main thing, not pushing them to the point that they break.”While Syracuse’s injury troubles have primarily affected its performance in games, they have, at times, altered how SU practices, too. At the end of each session, the Orange has an intrasquad scrimmage. When three or more injured players are on the sidelines in a sweatshirt and sweatpants, it makes simulating a live, 11 versus 11 game impossible for Syracuse’s 23-player roster.SU’s injuries have been unavoidable, Wheddon said, as none of them have occurred in practice, while most have been caused by contact in games. The players and coaches have exercised caution in training and are doing their best to distribute minutes so nobody is worked too hard. Yet players continue to drop.“It’s really hard to watch your best players go down,” Hostage said. “It’s not fun for anyone. But it’s part of the game, it’s something we’ve had to deal with.” Comments Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:32 pm Contact David: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 4, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, April 04, 2013•8:06 a.m. Officers investigated a , hit and run, non-injury accident, in the 800 blk of N College involving a vehicle operated by Aaron A. Martinez, 18, Wellington and a parked trailer owner by  Aaron J. Dolezal, Wellington.•8:15 a.m. Aaron A. Martinez, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with leaving the scene and failure to report an accident.•8:43 a.m. Officers investigated a battery by a known suspect in the 2600 block of N. A.•12 p.m. Brianna R. Leighty, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large and no Wellington tags.•1:37 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic dispute in the 200 block of N. Elm.•5:05 p.m.  Officers investigated suspicious activity of an unknown suspect in the 1200 block of North Blast_img read more


first_imgBOURNEMOUTH (4-4-1-1)BORUC,FRANCIS, ELPHICK, COOK, DANIELS,RICTHIE, SURMAN, GOSLING, GRADEL,STANISLAS,KINGCOSTA,PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, WILLIAN,MIKEL, FABREGAS,BABA, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, AZPILICUETA,BEGOVICCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)Chelsea have more points and wins on the road than at Stamford Bridge and arrive at a ground where the Cherries have conceded 29 goals; only relegated Aston Villa (31) have conceded more goals at home. Bournemouth have the upper hand over Chelsea in league games. Overall, the teams have met three times and Bournemouth have won twice, the second victory coming at home in the old Second Division, in September 1988.VILLA (4-4-1-1)GUZAN,HUTTON, LESCOTT, CLARK, CISSOKHO,SINCLAIR, BACUNA, WESTWOOD, RICHARDSON,GANA,AYEWPELLE, LONG,MANE, CLASIE, TADIC,WANYAMA,BERTRAND, VAN DIJK, FONTE, MARTINA,FORSTERSOUTHAMPTON (4-1-3-2)Aston Villa were relegated last weekend the earliest from the Premier League since Portsmouth left with five games to go in 2009-10. They have won just two home league games all season and have two remaining; the club record fewest home victories is four – in the 2011-12 season – so they can equal that at best. After this game their remaining home fixture is against Newcastle.LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)MIGNOLET,CLYNE, SKRTEL, TOURE, MORENO,STEWART, ALLEN,MILNER,OJO, STURRIDGE,FIRMINOCISSE,SISSOKO, WIJNALDUM, TOWNSEND,COLBACK, TIOTE,DUMMETT, LASCELLED, MBEMBA, ANITA,DARLOWNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)Liverpool beat Everton 4-0 on Wednesday and have a good record against Newcastle, who last won at Anfield in April 1994. Newcastle are still in the relegation zone despite taking a point off Manchester City on Tuesday. Since their last win at Liverpool, they have lost 18 and drawn two. Indeed, in the last 11, they have lost 10.last_img read more

Durant says Warriors aren’t to blame for his Achilles injury

first_imgContrary to many reports, Kevin Durant doesn’t place any blame whatsoever on the Warriors for his devastating ruptured Achilles tendon injury during the NBA Finals, he told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.Speaking publicly for the first time since leaving the Warriors to sign a four-year, free-agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets over a month ago, Durant was adamant Golden State did nothing to contribute to his devastating injury.“Hell, no. How can you blame (the Warriors)? Hell, no,” Durant said …last_img

2018 Ohio State Fair Governor’s Cup/Thursday evening shows LIVE

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you’re having issues with the live feed, refresh the page. If that doesn’t work, please click this link to view it on the Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net Facebook Page.Thursday night’s show will be split into two parts on the LIVE stream following the completion of the Governor’s Cup.Here is part two:last_img

Disaster Relief Advances

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Congress provided $3 billion in disaster aid for farmers under a disaster package overwhelmingly approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate.The U.S. Senate passed the $19.1 billion disaster package Thursday 85-8 that would provide more funding, with places affected by Midwest flooding, Southeastern hurricanes, California fires and Puerto Rico’s hurricane targeted as the main areas for aid.On Friday, Texas Republican Chip Roy blocked the legislation in the House, objecting to speeding the measure through a nearly empty chamber and complaining that it didn’t contain any of President Donald Trump’s $4.5 billion request for dealing with a migrant refugee crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Associated Press reported.Democrats said the House might try again to pass the bill next week. If that effort fails, a bipartisan vote would come after Congress returns next month from its Memorial Day recess, AP reported.The bill specifically includes just over $3 billion to pay for farmer losses from disasters that occurred in 2018 and 2019. That is expected to cover Midwest farmers who lost stored grain this spring during flooding along the Missouri River basin.“Today’s announcement of an agreement between the leadership of the House, Senate, and White House on a disaster assistance package is welcomed news to Nebraska farmers and ranchers,” said Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. “The package will provide much-needed aid to help with recovery from the March flooding and blizzards in our state.”The disaster legislation also waives adjusted gross income (AGI) caps for farmers under the Market Facilitation Program, a move that opens up trade aid to a larger group of higher-income farmers.The provision will become more important to those producers now that the Trump Administration is planning a second year of MFP payments that was also announced Thursday. (See…)Lawmakers from Washington State praised the changes on adjusted gross income because that opens the door for cherry producers in that state to receive MFP payments. They had worked to get the AGI cap removed.“The Northwest Horticultural Council is pleased that this bill will provide all sweet cherry growers, who have (been) and continue to be harmed by the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, with the opportunity to apply for the trade mitigation offered by USDA,” said Mark Powers, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council. “This trade assistance will provide much-needed relief to cherry growers as they continue to weather the storm caused by forces outside of their control.”Several other USDA programs get specific funding under the bill to help farmers, ranchers and forests recover from disasters. The Emergency Conservation Program receives $558 million and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program receives $435 million.The bill also provided $600 million more supplemental disaster nutrition aid for Puerto Rico.For communities affected by disasters, the bill includes $600 million for the Economic Development Administration to provide development grants.For the Army Corps of Engineers, the bill includes under multiple accounts just under $2.5 billion total for various flood and hurricane controls, including repairs and emergency operations, as well maintenance and natural disaster repairs.The bill also includes language requiring USDA to create a crop insurance program for hemp starting in the 2020 crop year. Congress removed hemp as a controlled substance under the 2018 farm bill and now as many as 45 states have some form of legislation to allow for hemp production.A full explanation of the legislation can be viewed at…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Military Teen Adventure Camps: Don’t miss out!

first_imgDo you have a teen who would like to spend time whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing, winter camping, backpacking, mountain biking, exploring the environment, running ropes courses, geo-caching, or practicing wilderness skills? What if they could do these activities with other military youth just like them?Military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps at little to no cost scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine, and from Colorado to Georgia, as well as states in between. There are even opportunities for military teens in the Pacific Rim. There will be a total of 50 camps offered at different locations and dates for approximately 1,600 teens. This is the perfect chance for them to experience the outdoors like never before!Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow teens to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire, as well as camps for Service Members and their teens to experience together. There is something for everyone!We would like to thank the Department of Defense, Office of Military Community & Family Policy and the United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food & Agriculture for supporting the funding for our camps. These efforts have been coordinated by Dr. Renee McKee at Purdue University.Please see our main website for camp dates, locations, and registration here. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from last year’s camps and ‘like’ us to receive updates. If know of teens of military service members, please share this information with them.We hope to see your familiy at camp this year!last_img read more

Adobe SpeedGrade Video Tutorial: Fixing Uneven Background Lighting

first_imgFixing unevenly lit backgrounds is easy in Adobe Speedgrade.Getting an evenly lit background is admittedly a very difficult task to accomplish. The naked eye can deceive us into thinking a green screen or solid white background is perfectly lit, when in reality it might have hotspots that can only be seen on camera.If you had a decent external monitor on-set you could avoid these issues, but even if you’re realizing you have a lighting problem in post it’s not the end of the world. Using the built-in tools in Adobe SpeedGrade you can easily fix unevenly lit backgrounds. The following video tutorial shows us how to easily preform this technique. The video covers:Using False ColorsReading WaveformsPushing HighlightsIf you want more info on lighting for green screen check out our Essential Tips for Shooting Green Screen.This video was first shared by Curtis Judd on his YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing Curtis.Have any other tips for fixing background lighting in post? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

End of the road for Ceres in AFC Cup

first_imgUAAP Wednesday games to push through Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Facing a deficit that even the strongest teams can’t overcome, the Busmen were knocked out of the competition after a 1-1 draw with Istiklol of Tajikistan in the second leg of the inter zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here. A 0-4 loss away in Dushanbe three weeks ago meant the Busmen fell 1-5 on aggregate and sent Istiklol to the inter zone finals where it will face either Bengaluru of India or 4.25 of North Korea. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingReturning from suspension, Spanish defender Super Herrera gave Ceres a glimmer of hope with a header off a corner in the 34th minute. But Dimitri Barkov pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break, leaving the Busmen with an even tougher climb.Still, it was an impressive run for the Busmen after they survived a tough group stage and ousted former champion Johor Darul Ta’zim in the Asean zonal semifinals. The Busmen became the ASEAN representatives in the inter zonal semifinals after stunning Home United of Singapore in the zonal finals. It also meant that the Busmen were one of the six teams remaining in the competition that initially started with 52 clubs from 29 countries. MOST READcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Emotions are empty,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “We left it all there on the pitch. It was a good game from us with the 1-1 but we knew after the 4-0 in Dushanbe that it was going to be tough. We needed a miracle.”The Busmen set out with a more attack minded formation with coach Risto Vidakovic going with three at the back. The home side still enjoyed plenty of possession but hardly created a clear cut chance early on. Herrera found the breakthrough off a corner from Manny Ott, but Istiklol also looked threatening with Roland Muller needing to produce some fine saves to keep the Busmen in the tie. Barkov snuffed the life out of the comeback with an instinctive strike inside the box just before the halftime whistle. “I’m sad and disappointed,” said Schrock. “But we showed that we deserved to be in this competition.”ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros’ historic AFC Cup run came to an end last Tuesday night at the hands of a big, strong and organized side from Central Asia. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more