Colombia apprehends pioneer in ‘drug submarines’

first_img BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombian police said on March 17 they nabbed José Samir Rentería, wanted by the United States as an alleged pioneer in the use of small submarines to transport illegal drugs. Rentería, alias Morfi, was wanted by U.S. and Colombian authorities for allegedly shipping cocaine in the subs, the police website announced. Arrested in Cali, Rentería is alleged to have started shipping drugs out of the Pacific port city of Buenaventura in the 1980s. Later, the suspect, who is a mechanical whiz, allegedly forged alliances with a front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the crime gang Los Rastrojos. He also allegedly served as a go-between for Colombia’s Norte del Valle cartel and Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, police said. Colombian authorities have intercepted at least five shipments in which the suspect is alleged to have taken part between 2002 and 2009, when 14.5 tons of cocaine were confiscated and another 20 people were arrested. Since 2003, Colombian authorities have seized at least 66 homemade semi-submersible vessels used by drug traffickers, navy figures show. The U.S. state of Florida has sought Rentería since December 2010. [AFP, 17/03/2012; Elespectador.com (Colombia), 17/03/2012] By Dialogo March 19, 2012last_img read more

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Advocacy starts at the personal level

first_imgFor many years I’ve been an ardent advocate for spelling out the credit union difference—contrasting the cooperative approach to mortgage lending and other financial services from the for-profit sector. I still am.I also believe in the importance of advocacy at the national level. But from a broader perspective, I like to point to advocacy on a more foundational level.What I mean is, we put a lot of energy into telling lawmakers and regulators how things should be, but we don’t put that same energy into advocating the credit union difference to our members—both current and prospective—and our employees.I believe advocacy should start with each of us as personal ambassadors for credit unions—to explain to others how we are different: we are member-owned as cooperatives; we believe in being part of this movement, that it’s a shared experience; and that we re-invest in our operations and our people—not handing over profits to stockholders.This is a powerful message, and as we look for new members to join the movement—a given if we are to become stronger—we need to make a commitment to sharing our vision and “spreading the word” to others.Practically, there are many ways to do this:Tailor services to your membership that highlight the credit union difference, including creating niche products to help deserving members into car loans and finding ways to put more members into homes of their own—to help them build good credit and financial independence. Incorporate a lesson about the credit union difference for new employees. Make it part of their interaction with members. Teach them and they will teach others. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Dorsa Bob Dorsa is the President of the ACUMA (American Credit Union Mortgage Association) a professional trade association (co-founded by Dorsa in 1996). ACUMA is one of the most unique niche … Web: www.acuma.org Details Hold listening sessions (for members, but also employees) and work in the message at an appropriate time. Make it part of your marketing and promotion concepts. Include it in newsletters for members and devote a page on your website. Enlist the help of like-minded folks. Consider other cooperatives in your community and develop relationships with Realtors, who also want to put people into homes.To borrow a phrase, advocacy begins with you. Every time you share the message about the credit union difference, you have an opportunity to make a connection. The more connections, the stronger the bond.We believe in the credit union difference. Let’s make sure others know how we feel about it, every single day. Reach out to the community. Include mention in any public appearances and talks.last_img read more

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Colors/Guinness Greatest of the Streets West Dem … Action packed night carded for Pouderoyen

first_imgA PACKED night of action is anticipated this evening for the street football fans of Pouderoyen when the Colors/Guinness Greatest of the Streets West Demerara leg concludes. In a tense opening affair, the balanced and well-rounded unit ESPN will go head-to-head with the hard-hitting Hustlers for the first spot in the final.The second encounter will see the brute force of the Showstoppers come face to face with the Money Team in an all-out battle royal for the second spot.In addition to those games, there will be three exhibition games. In the first GPL will take on their utility counterparts GWI, followed by Broad Street versus Harmony Ballers and Admiral United against the Promoters.In the quarterfinal action, ESPN advanced via the penalty route 2-0 over Agricola while Hustlers had a 3-2 penalty result over their Goal-Getters counterparts as Deon Charter’s 14th minute shot was cancelled out by Goal-Getters Rolex Smith (28th).Games three and four were also decided on penalties as Showstoppers prevailed 2-1 over Brothers United while the Money Team won 2-1 against Tajoe’s Admiral UnitedIn the earlier group stages, West Side Ballers gained a walkover from De Kinderen while Patentia gained the same result against Golden Warriors. Semi-Finalists ESPN won against Goal-Getters 2-1 through sudden-death penalties.Meanwhile, Harmony Ballers were beaten 3-2 on penalties by Young Ballers after a one-goal stalemate. Simeon Peters’ opening goal for Young Ballers was cancelled in the 11th minute when Kevin Richards found the back of the net.Game five ended in favour of eventual semi-finalists Money Team as they registered a 1-0 win over Good Intent through Amoniki Buntin while Hustlers squeezed past Agricola Champion Boys 3-2 on sudden-death penalty kicks.Brothers United through Leon Yaw also produced a 1-0 win over Tajoe’s Admiral United while Dexroy Adams (8th) and Hubert Pedro (12th) helped Showstoppers overcome Jettty.last_img read more

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NASCAR lineup at Talladega: Starting order, pole for Monday’s postponed race without qualifying

first_imgThe starting grid for Monday’s race at Talladega, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in the first four starting spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Homestead winner Denny Hamlin had the first pit stall selection for Monday’s race at Talladega and chose the No. 1 stall.Cup pit stalls for Talladega. Selection order from Homestead results. Draw for lineup Thursday. #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/v6lvO6YAsE— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 17, 2020Below is the starting lineup for Monday’s NASCAR race at Talladega and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Talladega?For the second consecutive week, a JGR driver is on the pole thanks to a random draw for starting positions. Martin Truex Jr. will roll off first at Talladega, and he will be surrounded by his own teammates.Denny Hamlin, who drew the pole for last week’s race at Homestead on his way to a victory, will join Truex on the front row to start the Talladega race. Behind them will be teammate Kyle Busch, who drew the No. 3 position, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Talladega: (UPDATE: Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was postponed to Monday due to severe weather. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.)The starting lineup and pole for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway were set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last four Cup Series races, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions. Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at TalladegaThe same protocol that set the lineup for Monday’s Talladega race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule. NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The only exception will be next week’s Sunday race at Pocono, which is the second leg of a doubleheader. An front-half inversion of the results from the Saturday race will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race.As for Monday’s race at Talladega, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing4Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports5Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Joey Logano22Team Penske10Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing11Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing18Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing21Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing22John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports23Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing29Gray Gaulding27Rick Ware Racing30BJ McLeod77Spire Motorsports31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing33Ty Dillon13Germain Racing34JJ Yeley53Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Brendan Gaughan62Beard Motorsports40Garrett Smithley78B.J. McLeod Motorsportslast_img read more

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Real cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

first_imgMadrid players celebrate after thrashing ApoelParis, France | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time. Tottenham sealed top spot in Group H with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the hosts ahead, but with Real’s thumping win sending Dortmund out, Spurs levelled through Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min curled in a 76th-minute winner.– Liverpool collapse –Five-time champions Liverpool threw away a last-16 spot as Sevilla roared back from three goals down at half-time to draw 3-3.Liverpool looked to be cruising into the knockout stage for the first time since 2008/09 when Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both scored from flicked-on corners. “It was a very good evening for us,” said Zidane.“We’re on the right track. We’re doing things well and we’re building in strength. It’s never easy but it was a complete display and we scored quickly.”The record 12-time winners had to wait until the 23rd minute to take the lead through Luka Modric, but a run of five goals in 15 minutes either side of half-time sent them through in style.Karim Benzema put worries about his recent form to bed with a double either side of a Nacho effort, before Ronaldo got in on the act after the break.The Portuguese climbed highest to power a header into the corner from an inviting Marcelo cross.And the 32-year-old, who has only scored once in eight La Liga appearances this season, scored his eighth Champions League goal this term with an excellent left-footed finish from a tight angle. Winger Insigne made the difference with a magnificent individual effort in the 56th minute, dancing past two defenders before curling into the top corner from 25 yards out.Further late goals from Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens gave their goal difference a boost.Manchester City secured first place in the group with a 1-0 win over rock-bottom Feyenoord as Raheem Sterling scored an 88th-minute winner.Napoli need City to beat Shakhtar in the final round of games and see off Feyenoord in Rotterdam to progress.Turkish champions Besiktas reached the last 16 for the first time in 31 years, as a goal from Talisca secured a 1-1 draw with Porto in Istanbul to wrap up top spot in Group G.Last season’s semi-finalists Monaco are out of Europe altogether, after a woeful performance and 4-1 home loss to RB Leipzig.The French champions saw the German tournament debutants race into a 3-0 lead through a Jemerson own goal and a Timo Werner brace, and although Radamel Falcao pulled one back, Naby Keita rounded off a stunning win that keeps Leipzig in the hunt.Leipzig need to better Porto’s result on the last matchday. The Bundesliga runners-up host Besiktas, while two-time European champions Porto take on Monaco.Share on: WhatsApp A rout similar to the 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in Slovenia earlier in the group phase looked on the cards when Firmino tapped in number three, but Sevilla staged a stirring second-half comeback.Wissam Ben Yedder beat Alberto Moreno to nod in a free-kick, before slotting in a penalty.And Argentinian Guido Pizarro struck in the third minute of injury-time to complete the fightback and leave Jurgen Klopp’s visitors deflated.“Fantastic first half and in the second half we made the mistake that we didn’t continue playing football,” said Klopp.“We have to control the game with the ball and we didn’t play football.”Elsewhere in Group E, Russian champions Spartak Moscow saw their chances hit by an injury-time equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Maribor.Sevilla will book a last-16 spot for the second straight season if they can win in Maribor on the final matchday in two weeks’ time, while Liverpool have to avoid defeat at home to Spartak.Lorenzo Insigne inspired Italian Serie A leaders Napoli to a 3-0 victory over Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk that kept their hopes alive in Group F.last_img read more

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Arsenal held as Brighton make a point

first_imgBrighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal’s top-four bid suffered a setback as Jurgen Locadia’s equaliser gave Brighton a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.Unai Emery’s side had taken an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fine first half strike.But Locadia levelled for Brighton before half-time and the Gunners couldn’t find a winner after the interval.Arsenal have won only once in their last four games in all competitions, a frustrating sequence that started when their 22-match unbeaten run ended at Southampton on December 16.The north Londoners climb to fourth place in the Premier League, but fifth placed Chelsea could move back above them if they avoid defeat at Watford later on Wednesday.Emery started Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front and the pair were quickly into the groove.Despite not often starting together as central strikers this term, Aubameyang and Lacazette have established a good understanding and both were denied well by goalkeeper Mat Ryan early on.Even so, it took just seven minutes for the pair to put Arsenal ahead. Lacazette poked through for Aubameyang, who curled a fine effort high into the far corner for his 15th goal of the season.Brighton, beaten in their previous three games, thought they had equalised, only to see Glenn Murray’s effort ruled out.Murray bundled his way towards goal and forced the ball, seemingly, over the line.But it was adjudged to have been kicked out of the hands of Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno, who still scrambled back to attempt to claw the ball off the line. Share on: WhatsApp Throughout their impressive first season under Emery, Arsenal have remained troubled by the defensive deficiencies that hampered them in final years of the Arsene Wenger era.Brighton equalised in the 35th minute after a horrible error from Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.The Swiss international attempted to head a long ball back to Leno, but succeeded only in finding Jurgen Locadia, who took the ball past Leno and tapped into an empty net.Emery made a half-time change, bringing on Alex Iwobi for Mesut Ozil, increasing the feeling that the out-of-form German midfielder is on borrowed time at Arsenal, where he is the highest-paid player.Brighton began the second period the stronger, twice coming close to taking the lead.Solly March cut in from the right and his low effort was pushed around the post by Leno. Then March turned provider to tee up Locadia who glanced just wide.Iwobi almost won it late on when he blocked March’s clearance and the ball trickled just wide, but Arsenal were force to settle for a point.last_img read more

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Palm Beach Elections Officials See Surge in Mail-in Ballot Requests

first_imgWendy Sartory Link, Supervisor of Elections, has sent mailers to residents, to remind them about the process for requesting a mail-in ballot.“Avoid the crowds, stay safe, vote from home,” a mailer states.The inside of the mailer reads: “We are living in uncertain times, and no one knows what the continued effects of COVID-19 will be as we enter this very important election season. We want the highest voter turnout possible, and we encourage you to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the upcoming elections.” Voters in Palm Beach County can request the mail-in ballots in multiple ways: visiting www.pbcelections.org, calling (561) 656-6200 and selecting #2, or by emailing [email protected] Link also said they are ordering personal protective equipment, sanitizer, and other protective measures to keep polling locations safe.She added that due to social distancing guidelines, fewer people will be allowed inside voting locations at a time.“Lines are going to be a reality and for people who are concerned about that, we want to make sure they have an option [for vote by mail],” Link said.PBC Elections Office Prepares for Surge in Vote-By-Mail Requests Elections officials in Palm Beach County are seeing more mail-in ballot requests than usual this year, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Staff at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office say they are getting about 1,500 requests for mail-in ballots each day, totaling more than 200,000 requests to this point.last_img read more

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England pair selected for European championship

first_img Kelly Tidy and Hayley Davis (Image © Leaderboard Photography) will represent England Golf in the International European ladies’ amateur championship at the Golf and Country Club Diners Ljubjana, Slovenia, from 25-28 July. Kelly Tidy, 20, from Royal Birkdale in Lancashire, won the English women’s amateur championship in May and went on to help GB&I win the Curtis Cup for the first time in 16 years. She is a past winner of the British women’s championship. Hayley Davis, 19, from Ferndown in Dorset, became one of the youngest winners of the English championship when she claimed the title at her first attempt, aged 17. In 2011 she won the English girls’ championship and has since completed a successful first year at university in the USA. The championship is played over 72 holes. After three rounds there will be a cut with the top 60 players and ties qualifying for the final round. 17 Jul 2012 England pair selected for European championship last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Goose

first_imgFacebook119Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Goose! He is a super cute and friendly Boxer-Pit Bull mix with a stunning brindle and white coat. He has a pink heart on the top of his nose! Goose is sweet, loving, smart, and happy. Because he is young, strong, and enthusiastic, children in his home should be 13-years-old or older and sturdy. If you can provide a cat-free home, grain-free diet, love, exercise, and a fenced yard, then you may be my perfect fit family! Let’s get together and discuss the future! Goose is a great companion and family dog who aims to please.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Historical Association Looks Forward To 2018

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithRED BANK – It was a combination of the “Greatest Show on Earth” and the 119th annual meeting of the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) as the association held its election of officers and learned more about some of the former amusement parks of Monmouth County last week at the Two River Theater.Taking her theme from local author and historian Rick Geffken’s presentation at the meeting, Linda Bricker, MCHA president, introduced herself as ringmaster for the evening and termed it a meeting of the “greatest, largest, private-est, nonprofit-est organization completely devoted to history in the entire state of New Jersey.” The theme even flowed through the cocktail hour preceding the meeting, which featured amusement park treats like hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, setting the tone for both an entertaining and professional business get-together of local historians and friends.Bricker welcomed the crowd on behalf of the trustees of the organization and outlined both the achievements of the past year while hinting at the superlatives in store for the future of the MCHA.Bricker grew serious in tracing the association’s history from 1898, when a small group of residents incorporated to collect and preserve the history of Monmouth County, to the present, terming 2017, “an excellent year for the association.”She announced that interim director Charles H. Jones III will remain in the position through 2018, noting Jones’ family’s deep connection to both Monmouth County and the organization itself, in addition to his other qualifications for the position. In his brief tenure to date, Jones is credited with overseeing a new exhibition, overhauling the association website and developing a comprehensive program for future strategic planning.Bricker also highlighted the successful efforts during 2017 that have maximized the use of the Taylor-Butler House in Middletown, thanks to both donations and diligent volunteers; the facility is now available for rent for both holiday events and private parties. The front porch of the historic building, set in the heart of Middletown’s historic district, even served as the backdrop for a commercial shoot for a local car dealership and the house itself was the setting for the first Mistletoe, a holiday cocktail party that will become an annual fundraising event.The association will retain an outside consulting firm in 2018 to begin its search for a new director, Bricker said, and to determine the best direction for the association in the 21st century. “We will seek to partner our hopes and dreams for the organization with the potential for reasonable, sustainable and sound financial resources,” she said, adding, “We expect this strategic planning to be transformational and are very excited to begin.”Marketing chair Lisa Klem Wilson reported on a grant received from a Boonton advertising group which financed the overhaul of the association’s website so that monmouthhistory.org “reflects the work we have been doing.” eMuseum, a new mobile-friendly website, allows patrons to connect to MCHA collections, and view photos and graphics. eMuseum currently includes 389 items from portraits and paintings to drawings and furniture, according to interim director Jones. The furniture module, funded in part by grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the William T. Morris Foundation, currently offers 159 examples of association furniture holdings with another dozen and a half anticipated to be added this year. Since the inauguration of eMuseum in June, Jones said there have been 527 users from 38 states and nine foreign countries.During his report of the past year, Jones also noted that Tracking Sandy, the exhibit which opened on Super Storm Sandy’s fifth anniversary, has been well received. Completed with help from Melissa Ziobro, a professor at Monmouth University, and local designer Stan Cain, the contemporary exhibition continues to draw crowds with the possibility of it becoming a traveling exhibition in the future.Education chair Mary Ann LaSardo noted the association presented 84 trunk shows for schools and private groups in 2017 and hosted 400 guests at the biggest Fourth of July event yet.At the close of the business portion of the meeting, Bricker introduced Rick Geffken, renowned for his programs on Monmouth County history and a featured speaker for numerous organizations, and a retired Army officer and Vietnam veteran and contributor to the Two River Times.George Severini and Rick Geffken , co-authors of “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” were on hand at the MCHA annual meeting to discuss their book.The program was based on his latest book, “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” which he wrote with George Severini, who was also present for the meeting. Geffken gave insight into the popularity of three former amusement parks in Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright.He displayed videos and photography of the Atlantic Highlands Bayview Park on the waterfront in Atlantic Highlands in what is now a residential section, and the Red Clay Hill area where patrons could see the traveling 101 Ranch Wild West show at the beginning of the 20th century. The author also featured a brief history on the Bay Avenue merry-go-round on Bay Avenue, Highlands, and showed the importance of the steamship Mandalay to the industry. A passenger steamer that had a regular route between New York and Atlantic Highlands, the Mandalay brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to the amusement parks throughout the summer seasons.Both Geffken and Severini signed copies of their book and donated a portion of the proceeds of the sales to the association.last_img read more

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