13 Colombians Detained as Members of Money-Laundering Network Whose Boss Surrendered to the U.S.

first_imgBy Dialogo June 22, 2009 Bogotá, 18 June (EFE). – Today Colombian anti-narcotics police arrested thirteen alleged members of a money-laundering network led by Fabio Ochoa Vasco, a cocaine trafficker who surrendered to U.S. law-enforcement authorities in January. At least 200 million dollars were laundered by this organization, according to the Anti-Narcotics Office of the National Police, which conducted the roundup in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). The network controlled accounts in banking institutions located in the United States, Panama, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Ecuador, and several European countries, the anti-narcotics police indicated in a report issued in Bogotá. The report explained that these money launderers carried out their operations by means of legally-established businesses supposedly dedicated to construction, carpet sales, property management, accounting, and legal consulting, among other fields. The anti-narcotics police added that these firms are part in a group of fifty properties owned by the same network, which will be confiscated by the state, and assess the value of this property at around 30 million dollars. The operation was carried out in the departments of Antioquia (northwest), Cundinamarca (center), and Valle del Cauca (southwest), the capitals of which are Medellín, Bogotá, and Cali. The press release did not identify those arrested, but it indicated that they include “lawyers, statutory auditors, business executives, and accountants.” Ochoa Vasco, nicknamed “Carlos Mario” or “the man of the cartel,” turned himself in to the United States almost five months ago after three years of negotiating his surrender to U.S. law-enforcement authorities, who offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture. The Colombian drug trafficker conducted the negotiations from Mexico, where he was living in hiding. The Colombian authorities said that Ochoa Vasco, who was allied to the Mexican Juárez cartel, was the subject of an extradition request by a court in Tampa, in the U.S. state of Florida. With a twenty-year history of drug trafficking, this criminal boss had his center of operations in Medellín and, according to the anti-narcotics police, shipped six to eight tons of cocaine a month to the United States.last_img read more

Reminder: Bar fees now due

first_imgReminder: Bar fees now due July 1, 2001 Regular News Reminder: Bar fees now due Florida Bar members should now have received their annual membership fee statement, containing the first fee increase since the 1990-91 fiscal year. The annual fees $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members are payable July 1 and become late after August 15. Members will receive one of two statements, depending on whether they are active or inactive members. Bar finance director Allen Martin said the statements have changed little from last year. This year, members will also have the option to complete their annual fee statement and pay their fees online via the Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org. Members have an option to make a voluntary contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Challenge for Children campaign and the Supreme Court Historical Society. They can use the fee statement to join one of the Bar’s many sections or the Out-of-State Practitioners Division. “Members should be aware that the fee statements are two-sided and must be completed both front and back and be mailed along with their payment to cover their fees and sections joined,” Martin said. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a $50 late fee (up from $25 a year ago). Members who do not pay by September 30 will be deemed delinquent. The delinquency may be cleared by petitioning the Bar, paying the fees, the late fee, and a $150 reinstatement fee. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, members delinquent for five years will lose their Bar membership on October 1. To be reinstated, those members must meet all the requirements of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Expanded Programs The Supreme Court approved the higher annual fees after hearing oral arguments, during which Bar officials reported on some of the changes and new programs that have occurred since the previous dues increase. Among those changes: • The Bar greatly expanded its unlicensed practice of law operations, including adding a UPL counsel to each of the Bar’s branch offices. • The Bar’s Center for Professionalism was created, along with the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, to offer courses and materials and conduct other activities to promote the highest standard of conduct by lawyers. • The Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Division, while continuing to be a national leader in grievance issues, implemented new programs, including grievance mediation and the recent Attorney-Client Assistance Program, designed to resolve minor disputes before they become full-fledged discipline cases. • The Bar has worked in several ways to keep up with technological changes and help Bar members adapt. Perhaps the most visible is the Bar’s website, FLABAR online (www.FLABAR.org), which opened in 1996. Aside from public and member information about the Bar, it now allows members to go online and change their membership information and, for the first time with the 2001-02 budget year, to pay annual membership fees electronically. Members can also sign up for CLE courses via the Bar’s website, and some courses can even be taken online. Reflecting the electronic revolution, the Bar Journal directory issue now allows members to list e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers, as well as regular telephone numbers. The past decade has also seen an explosive growth in Bar membership. In June 1990, the Bar had 45,825 active members and 976 inactive members, or a total of 46,801. June 2001, membership had grown to 62,579 active members and 6,433 inactive members, or a total of 69,012. That’s a 47.5-percent increase.last_img read more

Can credit unions be disruptors?

first_imgby: Anca VoineaPotential disruptors in the financial sector are a cause of concern even for big players like GP Morgan, whose chair warned that Silicon Valley start-ups would bring new challenges to traditional financial players. In a special breakout session at the World Credit Union Conference in Denver, Karim Habib, director of lending, CUNA Mutual Group, and Patrick McElhenie, director, product management – LDP at CUNA Mutual Group, explained how credit unions could respond to new market entrants.“It’s important to talk about disruptive innovation,” said Mr McElhenie. “Things are moving fast. The more you understand, the better you’ll be able to take decisions.”There are two types of disruptive innovation, he explained. The first one enables new entrants to target consumers at the bottom of the market and climb their way up. This happened in the automotive industry in the 1920s, when the Duisenberg, an expensive car at the time, faced competition from Ford, which offered an affordable alternative, disrupting the whole manufacturing market. In the 1970s, Ford was itself disrupted by the very inexpensive Honda Civic, came in at the bottom of market and worked its way up. Later, the Honda Accord was in turn disrupted by the Kia Optima.“That’s one way of disruption. Now we also have big bang disruption, which is an innovation that from moment it enters the market it is better and cheaper than the products and services it competes with. It uses new technology in the internet, cloud-based computers and computing devices, competing immediately rather than starting at bottom and working their way up,” explained Mr McElhenie. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Five life lessons from Edward Filene, father of the credit union movement

first_img continue reading » The other day, I was reading through the website of one of Zogo’s partners when a particular quote caught my eye. It read something like this:“As Edward A. Filene, father of the credit union movement, once said, “A credit union is an educational institution.” Well put, I thought — but I had no idea who this “father of the credit union movement” was.One Google search later, I was deeply entrenched in the life story of Edward Filene, the twentieth century businessman and philanthropist who helped launch credit unions across America.The fact that thousands of financial institutions across the country can trace their existence back to one man’s influence is pretty interesting already. But when I found out this guy was advocating for equal wages and progressive banking before the Model T hit the highway? I knew this was a blog post in the making. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

ADAC: Istria at the top of the wish list of German camping guests

first_imgAccording to a new announcement from ADAC, the largest German and European car club, Istria has been declared the most popular holiday region for German motorists in this time of crisis caused by the pandemic, who have been showing their commitment to it for 10 years! The recently announced results of the ADAC on route planning of their members bring great news – Istria is again at the top of the wish list of German guests, camping lovers!  During the corona crisis, most Germans put vacations on hold, so the number of route planning in the observed period is lower. Greater interest than last year was shown for the German regions, and the Italians were absent from the rankings this year. Among tourist destinations, Croatia positioned itself for the first time in second place, behind Germany, with a significant gap in relation to Italy, which came in second from fourth place, and Austria, which is now in fifth place.  Among the regions, interest in the Istrian peninsula was expressed through 11 percent of all inquiries, followed by Germany’s Upper Bavaria with 6,4 percent. That Istria is the most popular holiday destination for German campers was first announced by the ADAC in the 2010 results. From then until last year, for a whole decade, Istria remained the most popular region on the annual list of planned trips of ADAC members.  The survey included 85.000 inquiries, realized during the two pre-season months: Germany accounted for 37 percent of inquiries received for travel planning (last year 30 percent), while Croatia recorded 14 percent of inquiries (last year 9 percent, in third place). The highest category ADAC Superplatz for 2020. Aminess Sirena and Aminess Maravea Camping Resort in Novigrad, Val Saline and FKK-Camping Valalta in Rovinj, Lanterna Premium Camping Resort near Tara and Istra Premium Camping Resort in Funtana, which also won a special award for innovation and development – ADAC Innovation & Progress Award 2020. In the article entitled “Vacation by car: the most popular destinations despite the crown”On July 6, 2020, the ADAC announced the results of the most sought-after travel routes of its members in the period before the main season. According to inquiries from members of the largest German car club realized during May and June, two crisis pandemic months, Istria has taken a firm position at the top of the list of most popular destinations-regions to which German guests want to travel.  ADAC is the largest German and European car club with more than 18 million members whose camping guide is the most important source of information.German guests. In the edition of the popular “camping bible” for 2020, Croatian camps recorded the highest growth in quality in Europe, among which Istrians have the highest average rating of 4,1 (the highest is 5). Since the beginning of July, Croatia has been visited by 107.000 Germans who spent 807.000 nights, which is 90 percent of the results of overnight stays in the same period last year. ADAC: Holidays with the car: The most popular herbs – Trotz Coronalast_img read more

School shootings must stop

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Feb. 14, there was another school shooting in 2018, and I’m sick of us choosing inaction as a solution. I sent my two kids to the bus today with “I love you” and hope after we spent yesterday — again — talking about their contemporaries dying in a school.But hope is not a plan. I can’t spend today with my children thinking that I chose to do nothing to better their safety.My children are now statistically more likely to die at the hands of a shooter than they are likely to be abducted and killed by a serial predator. We’re selling our kids’ lives for gun manufacturers’ profit margin, and it’s time it stops.I know the pressure gun control brings elected officials. But I’m asking Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer: Can we remove legislative barriers to civil action against gun manufacturers? Can we make it illegal for gun manufacturers to lobby? Are there any other solutions that hit the the gun lobby finances?Please help. Some day it will be my kids, or yours. We owe them a solution for their safety. It’s #TimeToTalk.Paul SonnleitnerHopewell JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Jan De Nul Orders Another Giant TSHD

first_imgImage source: Jan De NulJan De Nul Group has signed a contract with Keppel Singmarine for the construction of a 6.000m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), bringing the current newbuilding order at the shipyard to four hoppers. An option for a fifth hopper dredger has been provided in the contract, Jan De Nul said.The vessel is in diesel-electric execution, allowing optimal use of the generated power and lowering fuel oil consumption and emissions. In addition, an exhaust gas treatment system is installed, and pollutant emissions will comply with the future EU Stage V regulations for inland waterway vessels.The system is similar to the one installed on the three 3.500m³ TSHDs ordered in July of last year and currently being constructed by Keppel Singmarine.“We are glad to be leading the way in meeting the most stringent global emission limits with the world’s first EU Stage V dredgers, which will be highly fuel-efficient, versatile and productive,” said Robby De Backer, New Building Director at Jan De Nul Group. “Their use will enable execution of dredging projects with the lowest level of pollutant emissions, even better than that of LNG powered vessels using dual-fuel engines.”Main characteristicsHopper capacity – 6.000m³;Deadweight – 9.880 ton;Length o.a. – 111.7m;Breadth – 24.6m;Maximum dredging depth – 35.0m;Diameter suction pipe – 1.000mm;Speed -12.5kn;Pump power (trailing) – 1.500kW;Pump power (discharging) – 4.000kW;Total installed diesel power – 7.700kW.last_img read more

One World: Together At Home’ Global Special to Air on Digicel Home & Entertainment and Digicel streaming apps on Saturday

first_img 35 Views   no discussions Share Share EntertainmentLifestyleNews One World: Together At Home’ Global Special to Air on Digicel Home & Entertainment and Digicel streaming apps on Saturday by: – April 15, 2020 Today, Digicel announced that One World: Together At Home – a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic – will air on SportsMax + and Catch  on Digicel Home & Entertainment and on the PlayGo, SportsMax and Loop apps on Saturday 18th April from 3pm EST. It will also be available on D’Music the following day.Launched by international advocacy organisation Global Citizen, and the World Health Organization, One World: Together At Home will show unity among all people who are affected by COVID-19 and will also celebrate and support brave healthcare workers doing life-saving work on the frontlines.Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, One World: Together At Home will include performances and appearances by Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Andrea Bocelli, Awkafina, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, David & Victoria Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, LL Cool J, Lupita Nyong’o, Maluma, Matthew  McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jones, Sam Smith, Shah Rukh Khan, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, and Usher.Commenting on the partnership, Digicel Group Chairman, Denis O’Brien, said; “At Digicel, our mission is to help create a world where no one gets left behind. That is manifested in our work to connect people across our markets using world-class technology and to connect communities via our philanthropic outreach activities.”He continues; “On Saturday 18th April, we will experience a powerful moment of unity as we come together to honour and pay tribute to our frontline healthcare workers who put duty ahead of self each and every day. As we celebrate their heroic efforts, One World: Together At Home will also uplift, inform and entertain the at-home audience, who, by staying home, are also playing their vital part in the fight against the pandemic. The Digicel family is humbled by the incredible strength of the human spirit on display and honoured to be part of celebrating it and sharing it with the people of the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions.”One World: Together At Home is not a telethon – it is a historic, first-of-its kind global broadcast event to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers, and to support the World Health Organization in the global fight to end COVID-19. The broadcast will feature stories from frontline healthcare workers on the COVID response, commitments from philanthropists, governments and corporations to support and equip frontline healthcare workers around the world, with masks, gowns and other vital equipment, and to local charities that provide food, shelter, and healthcare to those that need it most.For more information about Global Citizen and its campaign to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, powered by the UN Foundation, please visit globalcitizen.org and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen.To learn more about WHO’s response to the pandemic and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, please go to www.who.int/COVID-19 and follow @WHO on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.For information about how to tune in and take action, visit www.globalcitizen.org/togetherathome.###ABOUT GLOBAL CITIZEN:Global Citizen is the world’s largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. With over 10 million monthly advocates, our voices have the power to drive lasting change around sustainability, equality, and humanity. We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives. By downloading our app, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards, which can be redeemed for tickets to concerts, events, and experiences all over the world. To date, the actions of our community, along with high-level advocacy efforts and work with partners, has resulted in commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $48 billion, affecting the lives of more than 2.25 billion people by 2030. For more information, visit www.GlobalCitizen.org.ABOUT DIGICEL:Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets, including Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes. For more information, visit www.digicelgroup.comcenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Lady Cardinals Fall Short Against Lady Pirates

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team had a tough loss against the Greensburg Lady Pirates 19-25, 25-21, 15-0. Even though this was our best passing game in the 1st 2 sets, the Cardinals struggled in the 3rd set. Kate Weber led the team at the serving line with 18 points for the game followed by Maggie Beiser 3 points, Catherine Streator 2 points, Izzi Price, Rhea Miller and Isabelle Wonnell 1 point each. Ingrid Tuveson and Ava Owens passed solidly so the team could setup the offense.  Weber had the only kill of the game as Lucy Abplanalp and Ella Moster each had strong hits in the game.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team fell short against the the Greensburg Lady Pirates 25-13, 25-18.  Mary Hunter led the team with 7 points followed by Ryanna Phillips and Audrey Beiser with 3 points each and Megan Raab with 1 point. Emma Livers passed the ball well so Kate Weber could set the ball up for the 2 kills by Raab and Isabelle Wonnell.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

RACEceiver returns as official one-way radio of IMCA

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Ga. – RACEceiver returns this season as the official one-way radio of IMCA, renewing awards given in eight divisions and at two of the biggest events on the sanctioning body’s schedule.Designated as the official one-way radio of IMCA through the 2019 season, RACEceiver again gives Fusion Plus custom driver packages to the runners-up in national point standings for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.The same awards go to second-place finishers in all main events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and the RaceSaver Sprint Car Nationals in September.“It’s a great pleasure to be partnered with IMCA again this year. We find there are so many benefits working with such a well-run organization,” sad RACEceiver’s Joe Vinson. “One of those benefits is the great feedback we get from IMCA and its racers, which help us develop new products and offer better service. We are looking forward to being a part of the IMCA family for years to come.”Information about all RACEceiver products is available by calling 866 301-7233 and at the www.raceceiver.com website.“RACEceiver is the name people trust when implementing this technology and they’ve been active in making sure IMCA racers have access to the best units on the market,” stated IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re grateful for their support and we’ll continue to ensure their use at every opportunity.”last_img read more