20 Dec

Nicaragua Sentences 18 Mexicans for Money Laundering

first_imgBy Dialogo December 12, 2012 A Nicaraguan Court proceeded to sentence 18 Mexicans accused of money laundering, international drug trafficking, and organized crime association on December 10. The individuals were detained in August, when they transported $9.2 million. The ninth judge, Criminal Trial District, Edgard Altamirano, opened the process at noon on December 10, under tight security, in the judiciary complex of Nejapa, west of Managua. The Mexicans entered Nicaragua through an immigration post in Las Manos, 220 kilometers north of Managua on August 20, and introduced themselves as journalists and technicians working for the Mexican broadcasting company Televisa, according to the prosecutor. Among the accused Mexicans, there is Raquel Alatorre, only woman and alleged leader of the gang, who said she was a Televisa journalist and anchor. Three witnesses for the prosecution with their heads covered to protect their identity, immigration officials, and police investigators said Alatorre was the person giving orders to the other 17 detainees. The Mexicans were in Nicaragua at least five times between 2010 and 2012, according to hotel registries where they stayed every time they entered the country. “Most of the time, they registered under Televisa or Raquel Alatorre,” stated guest services agent for the hotel in the capital, María Eugenia Mejía. On August 22 this year, the group stayed at the hotel, and Alatorre asked for nine executive rooms again, paid in cash and did not ask for a bill. They were there in July as well, but there was no proof of payment because “nobody picked up the bill or change,” employee Julio Rocha said. The Mexican television company denied any link with the accused, and did report misappropriation of the name and signature faculties, and requested to be represented in the trial with two lawyers of a Nicaraguan firm. News reports said that, since 2008, the Mexicans were moving throughout Central America in a convoy of stolen vehicles with satellite and equipment transmission, as well as Televisa logos, which facilitated their circulation.last_img read more

19 Dec

Bar pledges better services for its sections

first_img October 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Bar pledges better services for its sections Bar pledges better services for its sections Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Florida Bar cares about Bar sections and is committed to improving ties and providing better services.Bar President Alan Bookman and President-elect Hank Coxe brought that message to the Board of Governors’ August 27 retreat in St. Pete Beach that included representatives from most of the Bar’s sections.“I want a free flow of information on both sides,” Bookman said as he opened the retreat. “We want to hear from the sections back to us. . . what the Bar is or is not doing for sections.”Discussions ranged from whether board liaisons to the sections are doing their jobs, to improving diversity in section membership, to ensuring continuity among section leadership.The Bar and section leaders spent hours discussing Bar section relations, the new financial arrangements between the Bar and its sections, and exploring ways that Bar and section operations and services can be improved.It included an announcement from Bar Director of Professional Development Yvonne Sherron that the Bar is working on upgrading its CLE technology.Sherron said the Bar is working on a plan to offer CLE courses by DVD, CD, and MP3 technology, instead of just the current video and audio tapes.Bookman said the budget for making those additional offerings will be presented to the Board of Governors at its October meeting.The group had an extensive discussion about Board of Governors members who serve as liaisons to sections. Bookman said the board, with 52 members, tries to appoint more experienced members to be liaisons with the 23 sections. But he and Hank Coxe said it can be difficult sometimes to match a board member with experience in some sections’ legal areas.General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Chair Linzie Bogan said the section’s protocols include having each year’s chair make contact with the section’s board liaison to encourage participation in section activities.“Communication is the key,” said Julius Zschau, chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. “Our section leadership is not at all shy about contacting our Bar liaison and letting him or her know what we think.”Board member Jesse Diner, who is liaison for the Practice Management and Development Section, said it may be impossible for a busy board member to make all section meetings. But he said he does keep up with section e-mails and attends as many meetings as he can.“When I am there, they make clear to me their state of mind, and vice versa,” he said.In response to a question, Bookman said there is no special training for board members who become section liaisons, but they are advised to attend as many meetings as possible and that they are expected to be a two-way conduit between their sections and the board.The president noted that the new financial arrangements between the sections and the Bar, approved by the board earlier this year after extensive discussions with section leaders, showed the need for good communications.That effort, aimed at reducing the Bar’s losses for supporting section activities, initially caused concerns among section leaders, but most misgivings were worked out in the eventual compromise, he said.Former board member Jerald Beer, who helped devise the financial solution, presented updated figures to the section leaders, showing how the changes would have affected their budgets had it been in place for the 2004-05 budget year.Beer said under the new scheme, the Bar’s costs for supporting the sections would have been reduced from $591,505 to $115,290 for the past fiscal year. Sections on the other hand, would have actually seen their CLE income rise, from $377,684 to $439,970. (Actually, under a phase-in plan, the sections would have gotten $549,962.)Retreat participants spent considerable time discussing ways to attract new members to sections and improving diversity. Young Lawyers Division President Jamie Moses reported that the YLD is compiling a brochure on service opportunities in the Bar and plans to distribute it to law schools this fall. She also said section members in their day-to-day dealings should be on the lookout for potential section members. “An invitation is all somebody wants,” she said.Other members discussed the need to have section and Bar functions at places affordable to young, government, and legal aid attorneys. Mitchell Horowitz, chair of the Tax Section, said the section is copying an ABA approach and offering free lunch CLE programs around the state, paid for by a sponsor who is provided a two-minute pitch.“Many firms are sensitive about associates traveling and running up costs, but they want them to be involved,” he said.Bogan suggested using videoconference facilities to cut costs. Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., said that has been done successfully by the Media Law Committee, but some other Bar groups have been reluctant to use videoconferencing, preferring face-to-face meetings. He said the Bar is continuing to study that issue.On other matters, retreat participants heard:• Council of Section Chair Jeff Wasserman and Board of Governors member Mayanne Downs, liaison to the council, pledge close cooperation for the coming year. “The council can be a very, very strong voice with the Board of Governors,” Wasserman said.• Several sections describe how they prepare their leadership, sometimes using mentors or having them occupy several positions, such as secretary, treasurer, and chair-elect, before becoming chair.• That some sections have set term limits to ensure turnover on their executive councils, and also some have mentorship programs to help new council members.President Bookman closed the retreat by reminding the section leaders that section work is vital to the Bar, especially on CLE programs.“I want to thank you for the things that you do for the profession, for the things you have done for years and years for our profession,” he said. “Without the people in this room running the sections, putting on the substantive CLE, the practice of law in Florida would not be what it is.”last_img read more

18 Nov

Franjo Tuđman Airport certified as safe in the conditions of the COVID 19 pandemic

first_imgIt is a process of examining the conditions and organization for the safe use of airport space, prescribed in accordance with the recommended health measures set out in the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery Guidelines. In the procedure of assessment of all submitted evidence, Zagreb International Airport proved that it provides conditions for safe travel to all users, and received the Certificate: AIRPORT HEALTH ACCREDITATION, for the next 12 months. “We are extremely proud of the high achievement in the demanding process of verifying the management of all measures to protect against COVID-19 infection at the Franjo Tuđman Airport. With the certificate “safe airport in the conditions of COVID-19 pandemic” which we received among the first airports in Europe, we have proven our commitment to protect the health of passengers, employees and all users of our services, which is certainly a prerequisite for gradual recovery, said Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, President of the Management Board of Zagreb International Airport. Zagreb International Airport is one of the first European airports to successfully pass the accreditation program for the establishment of health security measures in the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic The program is designed to identify and demonstrate the fact that airports are safe places to stay when traveling, and to take precautions to reduce any risk to passenger health. center_img Zagreb International Airport has successfully passed the accreditation program for the establishment of health security measures in the conditions of COVID-19 at airports, developed by the Airports Council International (ACI World). Photo: Zagreb Airportlast_img read more

6 Oct

Family home perfect for first homeowner or downsizer

first_imgThe master bedroom has a garden outlook.The kitchen features new stainless steel Blanco appliances and gas cooktop, new benchtops, ample storage space and breakfast bar overlooking the stunning landscaped gardens. The three large, airconditioned bedrooms have built-in robes and ceiling fans and the master bedroom has an ensuite and a huge walk-in robe.The home is on the market for offers in the high $500,000s. The home at 11 Arafura Cresent, Tingalpa has been updated.THIS beautifully-presented home is on a 492sq m block backing on to bushland. The three-bedroom property has undergone extensive updates including a fully repainted interior and roofing, upgraded electrical and plumbing, crimesafe front door, security system, new ceiling fans and airconditioning units.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The open plan living hub has low maintenance tiled floors.Inside, a wide entry hall opens to the air-conditioned open plan living, dining and kitchen area.This space flows out to the covered alfresco area with a has connection for outdoor cooking — perfect for entertaining year round.last_img read more

28 Sep

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference and Navingo Career Event continue in modified set-up

first_img“We opted for a modified set-up: partly digital, partly on location,” says Coert van Zijll Langhout, Managing Director Navingo. “For a long time, and due to a wide range of measures and stakeholder consultation, maintaining the original formats was realistic. The latest developments now force us to change course. Which is what we have done.” Looking at current developments, Navingo has had to adapt to a changing reality and its customer wishes more and faster than ever before in order to realise a full-value Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) and an effective Navingo Career Event (NCE). Therefore, both events will continue on 27 and 28 October 2020 in a digitally enhanced format, where networking, sharing knowledge and visibility will still be leading. The modified format is corona-proof and a combination between an easy-to-navigate virtual environment and activities in RAI Amsterdam. Round-table sessions,showcases and one-on-one conversations, it’s all possible, sometimes even betterthan before. “We have the right tools to effectively bring our exhibitors tothe attention of their target groups. Our team is currently working day andnight to achieve the goals of our customers and visitors: to connect, generate leads,get new ideas and fill vacancies.”  OEEC will be recorded andbroadcasted live from RAI Amsterdam. The event can also be partly visited onsite. Networking and visibility will be addressed by matchmaking, digital roundtables and showcases in a way that supports interaction. Talk shows andindustry insights with thought leaders are part of the programme as usual. NCE will take shape through aseries of thematic online events. For each event, relevant students, (young)professionals and job seekers will be invited to participate, leading tohigh-quality, targeted interaction. The kick-off is part of the OEEC programme. For almost two decades Navingois creating connections in the offshore energy and maritime industry and it hasgrown a large online community in doing so. Both www.offshore-energy.bizand www.navingocareer.com have a wide international reach. Combininga large, real-time online set-up with in-person activities in RAI Amsterdam bringsthe capacity to reach the community of 700,000 monthly users,630,000 social followers and 130,000 newsletter subscribers.  “We are convinced that we can fulfil our role as connector in these turbulent times and are doing our utmost to bring the full potential of the programmes into practice. Stay tuned in coming weeks, as we will update exhibitors and visitors on the programme, participants and key industry leaders you’ll be able to meet on 27 and 28 October 2020.”last_img read more

24 Sep

Bruins Win CYO Games (1-15)

first_imgSt. Louis-1 jumped out to a 18-7 first quarter lead to defeat St. Catherine 58-39.St. Louis kept up its strong play in the second quarter as they outscore St. Catherine 21-3 to take a 39-10 lead in at halftime. Our defensive played extremely well which lead to some easy baskets. This was the best team effort we have had all year.Cardinals Scoring.  Anthony Butz 14, Zach Prickle 10, Sam Bedel 6, Paul Ritter 6, Alex Roell 6, Cooper Williams 4, Caleb Moster 4, Nick Tekulve 4, Nathan Batta 2, Evan Straber 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.St. Louis-2 defeated Holy Family 57-45.STL-2 got off to a slow start as they trailed 16-6 after the first quarter. But in the second quarter St. Louis-2 defensive stepped up as they only allowed 3 points and the took a 23-19 lead in at halftime. Our defensive came up big in the second quarter helping us to get back into the game. St. Louis continued to play well the rest of the game as they were able to pull away to secure the win.Bruins Scoring. George Ritter 15, Gus Cooper 14, Nathan Eckstein 8, Sam Giesting 7, Lane Oesterling 7, Nathan Eckstein 8, Bret Wroblewski 6.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Fuzz Springmeyer.last_img read more

24 Sep

Bulldogs Victorious Over Trojans

first_imgBatesville defeated East Central 4-1 on Monday.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe was defeated by Chase Lambernides 4-6, 6-1, 2-6#2 Singles- George Ritter defeated Brody Taylor 6-3, 6-0#3 Singles- Will Harmeyer defeated Gavin Daniels 2-6, 6-3, 6-3#1 Doubles- Lane Westerfeld & Same Giesting defeated Cole Davidson  Jared Volpenhein 6-4, 3-6, 6-0#2 Doubles- Cooper Williams & Adam Scott defeated Zach Bovard & Allen Pope 6-4, 6-0In JV, Batesville won 3-1. Grant Story won in singles, while the doubles teams of Lane Oesterling & Brayden Worthington and Jonathan Hoff & Sam Voegele won.Batesville will play at Greenfield Central on Tuesday at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

19 Sep

Lucrative prizes up for grabs in tomorrow’s 15th Annual Victor Macedo Memorial Cycle Race

first_imgTHE cream of Guyana’s cyclists will be on their saddles tomorrow when the Flying Stars Cycle Club organises the 15th edition of the Victor Macedo Cycle Road Race.The race begins with a roll start at 07:00hrs from the Macedos’ residence, Peter Rose Street, Queenstown.Among the starters expected are defending champion Stephano Husbands, who clocked three hours 11 minutes 20 seconds in winning the event last year as well as the in-form Jamal John, Paul DeNobrega, Andrew Hicks, Briton John, Junior Niles and Romello Crawford.The seniors and juniors will proceed to Long Creek on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway before turning back to finish at the place of origin, while the veterans, juveniles and mountain bikers will turn back at the top of the hill just past Splashmin’s Fun Park and finish on Homestretch Avenue.The first eight finishers overall as well as the top four juniors, the first three juveniles and the top three mountain bikers will be rewarded with cash prizes and trophies for their efforts.Ten prime prizes will be on offer during the course of the race.The event is being sponsored by Macedo Transportation Services, in collaboration with Floyd Macedo, a former cyclist who was very competitive during his time.The winning junior last year was Raphael Leung, while Junior Niles won the veterans category, Adelie Hodge was the first juvenile to cross the finish line and Ozeda McAulley was first among the mountain bikers.The presentation of prizes to the top finishers in each of the categories will be done at the Macedos’ residence, Peter Rose Street, Queenstown.last_img read more

17 Sep

Rohr Recalls Joel Obi, Ideye for Next Month International Friendlies

first_imgAccording to the website, the Italian Serie A side Torino confirmed the invitation of Obi who has been one of their top players this season by the coach of the Nigerian team.“Torino confirmed his invitation via a statement on their official website. So far the Nigerian has made 15 Serie A appearances with four goals to his name despite playing as a defensive midfielder,” the report said.The 26 year-old Obi is staging a return to the national team set up after a four-year absence. No thanks to injuries and fitness issues. He last represented Nigeria in a pre World Cup friendly game against Scotland on the 28th of May 2014.Ideye who recently moved to Spanish LaLiga side Malaga has also earned his recall to the team on the strength of his impressive showings for the struggling side since his move to the team in January.The former West Brom striker has played in all of the four games of the team since his arrival with a goal to his name despite the team struggling to remain in the top division in Spain.The match against Poland is scheduled for Wroclaw on Friday, 23rd March while the game with Serbia is for The Hive, London on Tuesday, 27th March 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 BUILDUPFemi Solaja with agency reportThe duo of Joel Obi and Brown Ideye may have gradually warmed themselves back into Super Eagles’ setup following the invitation coach Gernot Rohr extended to them ahead of the international friendlies the team will play next month in the build up to the World Cup finals in June.Although the technical crew is yet to release the team list of players invited for the build up matches against Poland and Serbia, Owngoalnigeria.com scooped on the official letter sent to Joel Obi’s Serie A side, Torino FC last week requesting for the release of the former Flying Eagles midfielder.last_img read more

17 Sep

USC freshman creates rainwater collection system

first_imgThe severe drought in California forced Catalina Island to enter Stage 3 water rationing last Sept., causing a 50 percent reduction in its water allotment, according to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center. That’s when Elizabeth Shakhnazaryan, a freshman majoring in economics and environmental studies, decided to install 25 additional rain barrels on Catalina Island. On campus, Shakhnazaryan works as an ambassador in the Environmental Student Assembly. But Shakhnazaryan’s drive for environmental advocacy started at a young age. “My dad would help me collect recycling stuff from parks,” Shakhnazaryan said. “What I used to do then was personal, but after coming to college, I [saw] so many incredible opportunities to expand that and reach beyond just me.” Shakhnazaryan’s original ideas included composting, recycling clothes and installing sustainable landscaping at USC. She then met with Karla Heidelberg, a co-sponsor of the proposal and the director of the USC Environmental Studies Program, and Jessica Dutton, the director of special projects at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. These faculty members helped Shakhnazaryan devise the implementation of rain barrels on the island. “Jessica brought up the fact that the people at the WMSC are really struggling,” Shakhnazaryan said. “The idea of installing the rain barrels served as an immediate solution to the problem the people on Catalina Island have been facing.”The USC Green Engagement Fund offered $2,400 grant to support Shakhnazaryan’s project, with the ultimate goal of raising awareness about environmental concerns that affect the community. The grant will help Shakhnazaryan set up the rain barrels along with water meters used to measure the amount of water collected.Dutton believes the 50 percent water rationing move is both an institutional challenge and an educational opportunity.“Elizabeth’s initiative will have a significant and timely impact at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center,” Dutton said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Her project gives us the rain barrels we need to collect and reuse more water at the island, particularly in residential areas.” According to Dutton, the initiative will also encourage student awareness and promote participation by all the visitors in the Wrigley Institute’s sustainability practices. The WMSC has 16 existing rain barrels in the cafeteria and dorm areas, which are mainly used to do laundry and wash dishes. If the rain barrels have any extra water left, then the residents can utilize it for their personal use. “The additional water that the existing rain barrels had was usually in short supply and [was] used up very quickly,” Shakhnazaryan said. “But after the project [is] complete, they will actually have water to take home for their personal use.” Shakhnazaryan’s project will be used mostly by students and faculty at WMSC and for the staff that lives in the housing units at Two Harbors on the island. The 25 rainwater barrels will add up to 1,575 gallons of water, in addition to the water that the existing 16 barrels can hold. Shakhnazaryan hopes to finish the project in a couple of months to get as much water as possible before the start of spring. According to Shakhnazaryan, USC can also do a lot to improve the sustainability of the University by installing rain barrels on campus or increasing the number of solar panels on its roofs. “I want to do as many projects as possible,” Shakhnazaryan said. “I would love to work with Jessica and Karla again because they were very helpful and helped me put the project in its final form.” Shakhnazaryan encouraged students to email their representatives about environmental concerns and get involved with such initiatives by joining the Environmental Student Assembly and the Environmental Core at USC. She added that students can also receive funding from the Green Engagement Fund to implement their own environmental projects. Shakhnazaryan hopes to practice environmental law in the future, with her primary goal being to protect environmental interests. “[The environment] is an issue which many put in the back of their heads, and that frustrates me,” Shakhnazaryan said. “It is an immediate problem, and once it becomes something that cannot be ignored, it’s going to be too late to do anything about it.”last_img read more