Colombian Army and Police capture alleged Clan Úsuga leader ‘Moña’

first_imgBy Dialogo September 29, 2014 On September 16, PNC anti-narcotics agents, working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested the Clan Úsuga’s lawyer, Luis Felipe Zapata Córdoba, who is also known as “Pipe” or “El Hijo.” U.S. federal prosecutors allege Pipe has engaged in drug trafficking, and seek to have Pipe extradited to the United States. PNC agents also captured five alleged Clan Úsuga operatives who are suspected of using cargo ships to transport large amounts of drugs from Colombia to the Caribbean and then to Mexico and the U.S. On August 30, PNC agents captured 48 alleged Clan Úsuga operatives in Buenaventura. One of the suspects, Eber Alegría, who is also known as “Liso Negro,” is suspected of being a regional leader for the organized crime group. The other 47 alleged operatives are suspected of extortion and homicide. On August 15, PNC agents dismantled an alleged Clan Úsuga cell which operated in the department of Sucre. PNC agents captured five suspects who allegedly engaged in drug trafficking and assassinations. “Moña” – allegedly a high-ranking leader of the Clan Úsuga – has finally been captured. The Judicial Police and troops with the Presidential Guard Battalion of the National Army, Thirteenth Brigade arrested the 36-year-old man August 19 in Bosa, south of Bogotá. The arrest followed an intelligence operation that extended over several months, conducted by the Army in cooperation with the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) of the Attorney General’s Office. Extortion, kidnapping, and drug trafficking The recent captures of so many alleged Clan Úsuga operatives, including the arrest of Moña, represents a “serious blow” to the organized crime group, according to Frederick Masé, director of the Center for Research and Special Projects at the Externado de Colombia University. “The fight against organized crime must range from exerting control, suppression, and prevention to a greater presence on the ground,” Masé said. In a municipality in Sucre in San Antonio de Palmito they captured the soldier using an alias known to be a member of the Usuga clan with a circular from Interpol in the company of the treasurer of that municipality who had been harboring him at his ranch three months agocenter_img When security forces captured him, Moña was seeking to working to increase the number of drug trafficking routes the Clan Úsuga uses. And that’s just the start of his alleged crimes. Army officials suspect that Moña was in charge of a criminal network comprised of at least 14 Clan Úsuga operatives who collected ransom and extortion payments and committed assassinations in eastern Colombia. From 2003 to 2005, Moña was also active in the Héroes de Tolová Bloc, where he became the top lieutenant of Diego Fernando Murillo Bejarano, who is also known as “Don Berna” or “Adolfo Paz.” Don Berna was one of the top leaders of the now-defunct United Self-Defenses of Colombia. Colombian security forces captured Don Berna, and in 2008 they extradited him to the United States. There, he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, and in April 2009 was sentenced to 31 years in prison. A serious blow Moña’s capture is the most recent strike by Colombian security forces against the Clan Úsuga – but it isn’t the first. In just the last few months, Army and PNC agents have scored significant victories against the organized crime group: last_img read more

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Phyllis Hueseman Harrison

first_imgPhyllis Hueseman Harrison, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away July 13, 2017 in Fairfield, Ohio.She was born December 5, 1934 in Aurora, IN, daughter of the late Orliff and Minnie NetherlandPhyllis worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for Ankenman Tax Service. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Aurora. Phyllis was a past Tri Kappa member, as well as a past member of the Eagles Auxiliary, Moose Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of Reach to Recovery through the American Cancer Society support group .Surviving are Son, Douglas (Barbara) Hueseman of Aurora, IN; Step Daughter, Holly (Michael) Dunham of Malvern, OH; Grandchildren, Michael (Ashley) Hueseman, Brandy (Chris) Miller, Amber (Josh) Shipley, Ryan Hueseman; Great-Grandchildren, Hunter and Nicholas Hueseman, Kaylee and Emily Miller, and Lucas and Jonathan Shipley.Phyllis was preceded in death by Husband, Fred Hueseman JR.; and Husband, Gerald “Jerry” Harrison, and siblings Janie Bloom and Herschel Netherland.A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St Mary’s Catholic Church. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

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Selling Evolution with Cuteness

first_imgArtificial selection is not natural selection. Darwin addicts cannot keep that distinction straight.Who can’t resist the sad, pleading eyes of a pet dog? Those eyes, with your dog’s nuzzle on your lap, call out for a treat, or a piece of your meal. But is this evolution?Look at the headlines: “Dogs evolved a special muscle that lets them make puppy dog eyes,” says New Scientist. A casual reader will start having visions of Darwin.Human selection has resulted in dogs evolving more expressive faces. They have a facial muscle for making the “puppy dog eyes” that melt many peoples’ hearts that does not exist in wolves – the ancestors of dogs.This muscle allows dogs to lift up their inner “eyebrow”, which makes their eye look larger. This makes them look more like childlike and also rather sad – the puppy dog eyes look.It really does make dogs more appealing to us. In 2013, Juliane Kaminski at the University of Portsmouth and colleagues videotaped dogs interacting with strangers at a shelter to see what made them more likely to be adopted.And yet this is clearly a case of artificial selection, what the writer called “human selection.” People caused the change, just like they did with all the other extreme attributes in dogs. Collies have long snouts; bulldogs have short snouts. Dachshunds have short legs, greyhounds have long legs. “Kaminski thinks this muscle evolved because people favoured dogs that make this expression.” The misleading headline says that “dogs evolved” this change.The press release from the University of Portsmouth makes the same error:Co-author and anatomist Adam Hartstone-Rose, at North Carolina State University, USA, said: “These muscles are so thin that you can literally see through them – and yet the movement that they allow seems to have such a powerful effect that it appears to have been under substantial evolutionary pressure. It is really remarkable that these simple differences in facial expression may have helped define the relationship between early dogs and humans.”Co-author Rui Diogo, an anatomist at Howard University, Washington DC, USA, said: “I must admit that I was surprised to see the results myself because the gross anatomy of muscles is normally very slow to change in evolution, and this happened very fast indeed, in just some dozens of thousands of years.”The “evolutionary pressure,” though, was caused by humans – not by unguided nature. The scientists admit that humans can cause changes like this in a very short time. That’s exactly what happened with all the other dog breeds, from pit bulls to poodles. Humans select the traits they desire for various purposes: huskies for sledding, greyhounds for racing, sheepdogs for herding sheep. Intentional breeding can cause major changes in short order.New Scientist claims that the muscle that lifts the eyes “does not exist in wolves – the ancestors of dogs.” But the press release says it does not “consistently exist” in wolves. If it exists, humans can accentuate it throw artificial selection. That’s intelligent design, not Darwinian evolution. No new genetic information was created out of nothing.More evidence that Darwinians use propaganda to promote their theory. We can’t let them get away with it. This has nothing to do with Darwinian evolution, but they keep giving “evolution” credit for everything.Exercise: Go to the Baloney Detector and see how many tactics were used in this story. (Visited 103 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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African trade ‘requires infrastructure’

first_img20 December 2010The time has come for “concrete action” to develop Africa’s infrastructure in order to raise the level of intra-African trade, South African President Jacob Zuma told a Nepad Infrastructure Experts meeting in Pretoria on Friday.For almost two centuries, Africa’s development had been dominated by extractive industries specialising in taking the continent’s minerals and commodities to foreign markets, Zuma said.“We have done enough planning on the continent … it’s either we [leave] things as they are and let Africa trail behind forever, or we do something about our infrastructure in order to develop like others,” Zuma said.Friday’s meeting, which brought together heads of agencies and technical experts from across Africa, was a follow-up to the African Union meeting held in Kampala in July, which decided to prioritise infrastructure development on the continent.According to a recent study, intra-Africa trade stands at around 10 percent of exports, whereas other regions such as Asia are closer to the 70 percent mark. Also, African transport costs are said to be around 12.6 percent of the cost of the goods, more than double that of the world average.Zuma told the meeting that raising the level of intra-African trade remained a critical task. “In Africa, only seven percent of our trade is with other countries on the continent, on the other hand in Asia, almost 60 percent of an individual country’s trade is with their regional neighbours.”It was important for Africa to improve regional trade because greater regional integration would help lower transport costs, while at the same time growing the market, Zuma said.Speaking at the same event, the Minister in the Presidency responsible for the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel, said that Africa lagged far behind other regions in the world in respect of economic integration.“So not only is our trade in Africa as low as it is, we also expect poor African consumers to pay so much more for the privilege of acquiring goods made in a neighbouring state, as opposed to those imported from across oceans.“The challenge quite simply is to work tirelessly to turn the effects of colonialisation that stemmed from the decisions taken in Berlin about us in 1885,” Manuel said. “What we want is to change the face of the continent’s economy.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this December

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games It’s all part of the NBA’s emphasis on expanding the popularity of basketball in Mexico. Last season, the Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. The league has played 26 times in Mexico dating back to 1992, the most games held in any country outside of the U.S. and Canada.The games will be televised on ESPN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Netsdies for the ball with Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Mexico City in December for two regular-season games as part of the 25th anniversary of the first NBA game in Mexico.The league announced Wednesday that the Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder will play in Mexico City on Dec. 7. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on Dec. 9. Both games will be in Arena Ciudad de Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EAC’s Laminou out for the NCAA season due to torn ACLlast_img read more

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Manitoba politician who made inappropriate remarks says hes learned his lesson

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Manitoba politician who was investigated for showing an assistant a picture of naked women and making inappropriate remarks says he has learned his lesson.Rick Wowchuk, a Progressive Conservative member of the legislature, admits he violated the legislature’s respectful workplace policy on five occasions, but would not discuss details.CBC News reported that Wowchuk’s former constituency assistant, who was not named, said the politician made a joke leading her to believe there were animal photos on his cellphone before he showed her a picture of naked women holding chainsaws.The woman also said Wowchuk called while he was in the bathtub and made comments about her wearing a bikini.Wowchuk was allowed to remain in the Tory caucus and was re-elected in his Swan River constituency in the Sept. 10 provincial election.Wowchuk says he has apologized and has undergone sensitivity training, which he says has made him a better person.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mia Farrow To Visit Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will visit Lebanon this week to meet refugees from the conflict in Syria.As part of her mission she will appeal for additional international assistance as the needs and numbers of those fleeing Syria continue to rise.The visit of the internationally acclaimed actress to Lebanon comes just days after one of the region’s worst storms battered the country, bringing with it flooding and freezing temperatures, adding to the difficulties already faced by thousands of refugees. Most are living in make-shift shelters and tents or with host families who are often struggling themselves.To date, over 600,000 people have fled the violence and insecurity in Syria for neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. Lebanon is hosting the largest number, with almost 200,000 people registered or awaiting registration. About half of the refugees are children.During her two-day visit, Ms. Farrow will travel to two locations close to the Syrian border, Wadi Khaled in the North and the Bekaa valley. She will speak with both the refugees and host families and visit UNICEF-supported child-friendly spaces, where children who have witnessed the horrors of the conflict are provided with psycho-social support, including counseling. Ms. Farrow will also help distribute winter clothing while there as many of the refugees fled Syria with very few belongings.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

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5 Tips to Avoid a SaaS Contract Nightmare

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 30, 2015 Your business may use 20 or more software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors to manage a variety of company functions. You may use Github for source control, Google App Engine for hosting and serving applications, Zenefits to manage employee benefits, Gainsight for client success management and more.The process to determine which one is right for your business is a long one with multiple sales pitches to hear before implementation. If you participate in these sales demonstrations, especially those for highly technical products like cloud hosting or accounting software, you might notice a disconnect between what’s sold in the sales process — when vendors tend to promise the moon — versus how the product performs when delivered.Within the context of emerging technology, buying cloud infrastructure can be confusing when it comes to sorting out the difference between the flash of a sales pitch and the reality of product performance in everyday use. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get locked into an undesirable contract before any pitfalls can be detected.Related: 6 Leaders Share the Secrets to SaaS Startup SuccessHere are five tips to help you wade through the sales pitch and discover whether what’s being offered is worth it for your company:Ask the representative conducting the sales demo to bring an engineer onto the next call. You don’t want a “sales engineer,” but someone who works on and understands the value of the core product. Companies that conduct a sales pitch that truly represents how the product performs will happily oblige.Ask for several demos right at the beginning of the call. Don’t rely on PowerPoint decks, which can depict an unrealistic, ideal world. These presentations are usually crafted by sales teams and rarely include valuable product information.Ask the sales rep for an example of their slowest deployment (not just their fastest one) to ensure they are being honest. Slow deployments aren’t necessarily bad — everyone has hiccups — but a team that’s willing to talk about it is likely one you can trust on other aspects of the sale.Beware of integrations that supposedly seamlessly connect with every technology on your stack. Historically, more than 70 percent of all enterprise software solutions have failed in this aspect, and there’s little reason to believe your situation may be different — without all of these companies accepting standard data formats or APIs.Always check references, particularly when dealing with someone who has only recent experience implementing the product. The pains of integration (not to mention what happened during the sales process) are usually forgotten by stakeholders a year into usage, so recent familiarity is important.Making sense of an over-the-top SaaS vendor sales pitch and gleaning usable information from it can be challenging. Taking the time to follow the steps above can make the difference between regretting your agreement to a sub-par contract and truly finding the right solution.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cloud Provider Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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