Ecuador Seizes 362 Kilograms of Cocaine Attributed to an International Cartel

first_img Ecuador seized nearly 362 kilograms of cocaine that were allegedly abandoned on a beach off the Pacific Ocean, informed Police Chief Raúl Aguirre, on Aug. 5. He attributed the shipment to an international cartel. “This is an international drug trafficking organization”, the chief of the police command for the fishing port of Manta (southeast) pointed out to the press, noting that the drugs were distributed in 328 brick-like packages marked with the number 50. Aguirre added that the seized cocaine is valued at about $13.1 million dollars, and it was found inside an apparently abandoned vehicle on Aug. 2, on a beach neighboring Manta. The driver of the abandoned vehicle and a woman who was believed to be the owner of the lot where the drugs were stashed were captured in the operation. The drugs were later transported to the beach to be loaded onto a boat. Since last January, Ecuador has seized about 18.5 tons of narcotics, mainly cocaine. The narcotics seizure totaled 26 tons in 2011, versus the 18 tons in 2010 and the record 68 tons in 2009. President Rafael Correa affirmed on July 25h that Ecuador, “is applying mechanisms to prevent the infiltration of international drug-trafficking organizations”. Correa emphasized that “in the entire Andean region, Ecuador is the only country that does not produce coca”. By Dialogo August 07, 2012last_img read more

The mind-blowing numbers your credit union is probably ignoring

first_img 155SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Monge Matt Monge is a speaker, consultant, blogger, mental health advocate, and the founder of The Mojo Company. His mission? Simple. He’s on a crusade to make the world a better … Web: Details Here in CreditUnionLand, we pride ourselves on being different. We’re not-for-profit entities. We’re cooperatives. Most of us tend to communicate a business posture of people over profit.That’s not to say, of course, that we don’t pay attention to numbers. I mean, let’s be honest, we love our numbers. ROI. ROA. ROE. REO (Speedwagon).But I’ve got some more numbers for you, and these numbers are seriously mind-blowing. Ready?43,000,000That’s the number of adults in the U.S. with a diagnosable mental disorder within the past year. That’s nearly 1 in 5 people. Now look around your workspace. Count five people…42,773That, my friends, is the soul-wrenching number of suicides in the United States in 2014 (the last year data is available). That’s more than the number of homicides.10Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the suicide rate has gone up approximately 25% just in the last 15 years.60%That’s the approximate percentage of adults in the United States who had a mental health condition but didn’t get help. Research shows us that the negative stigma around mental illness is one of the major drivers of this number. Another driver? I’ll give you a hint: it often has something to do with their manager.$193,000,000,000Yes, that’s Billion with a “B,” and it’s the estimated amount of lost earnings here in the United States every year due to mental illness.75%According to the CDC, this is the percentage of people with mental illness who feel like others are not caring or sympathetic when it comes to their condition. Are you seeing the opportunity yet?If you’re still not, try this number out…117That’s the number of people in the United States who will commit suicide today.I’ll let that sink in for a moment.One hundred seventeen people.Today.That’s assuming today is an “average” day, and I can’t even tell you how sick to my stomach it makes me to use the word average to describe a day wherein 117 people die by ending their own lives. That’s more people than will be murdered today, even if there’s a mass shooting.Now here’s the kicker. Our responsibility is huge, and it’s two-fold.First, we have a responsibility, and I’d argue it’s a moral responsibility, to provide workplaces that are conducive to mental health.This is where healthy culture comes into play, and this is why leadership is such a big, big deal.Leadership is the single, biggest driver of mental health (for better or worse) within the workplace. Research shows us that it is the factor that has the largest impact on people’s mental health.I was stunned the further I dug into this within the context of the research I was doing on psychopath CEOs. Not only is there a strong correlation between poor leadership behaviors and mental health issues in employees, but research also shows us causation. In other words, bad managers and executives can and do cause mental health issues in your employees.Now don’t miss this. That’s actually happening. Right now. Today. In our credit unions. It’d be wise of us to start paying more attention to this. Courts have begun holding companies and their boards liable for allowing (and therefore enabling) toxic and mentally/emotionally abusive managers and executives to remain in positions where they’re doing very real harm to people and their mental health.Second — and here’s where we see a huge opportunity to do real good within our communities – if we’re inherently more human in our philosophy than other businesses, why aren’t we throwing more of our weight behind this issue? There are few problems facing our communities that are more human than this. So what if credit unions were a force for good related to this cause? Mental health issues are so pervasive, and they clearly tear at the very fabric of our communities. Isn’t that exactly where credit unions should be?Some of you may be tempted to say I’m overstating my case. Some of you may be tempted to say I’m making too big a deal of this. Some of you may be tempted to say that I’m taking it way too seriously.I say we’re not taking this anywhere close to seriously enough.last_img read more

‘Love Letters’ Raising Funds for Northport Theater Summer Camp

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Luis CentenoLove Letters, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by playwright A.R. Gurney, will debut at the Northport-East Northport Community Theater this weekend for a special one-night-only show to raise funds for the theater’s summer camp.The play, billed as an amusing, heartwarming and poignant two-person performance, stars local actors, Dr. Larry Palevsky of the Northport Wellness Center and Stephanie Sultana, as the star-crossed lovers. Proceeds from the performance will help pay for the theater’s camp in which local students in grades 2 to 12 produce and perform in their own musicals in July and August. This summer, they’ll put on Grease and The Lion King.“All of our fundraisers are for the betterment of the community,” said Bette Silver, founder of the camp and the theater. “We try to keep kids busy and off the streets.”In addition to the camp, the nonprofit theater produces shows in spring and fall, such as recent productions of Mary Poppins, Les Misérables and Annie. Proceeds routinely go to charitable causes. This year, the camp includes a special after-school program for theater enthusiasts for high school and college students.Unlike most theaters, this one focuses on bringing in local talent, including those with acting experience as well as those willing to learn more about show business by working on a stage crew, in costuming or lighting. The theater welcome adults and children of all ages, talent levels and abilities, including individuals with special needs, said Michelle Centamore, whose family is also involved in the theater.Silver, who is also the director of the live orchestra, admits that though it is a tough task at times, but she takes pleasure in giving back to the community while simultaneously putting on a memorable show.Love Letters premieres at 8 p.m. June 18 at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 270 Main St., Northport. Tickets are $25. After the event, there will be live music and a silent auction with prizes worth up to $300. For more information visit northportcommunitytheater.orglast_img read more

Tayshia Adams Denies Ex-Husband Will Appear on ‘The Bachelorette’

first_img– Advertisement – Adams subsequently took to her Instagram Stories.Tayshia Adams Denies Ex-Husband Josh Bourelle Will Appear on The BacheloretteTayshia Adams ABC/Craig Sjodin“I am dating 20 men on ABC, every single week, so the fact that we are continuously talking about my past relationship that was I don’t know, three years ago, I don’t get understand it,” she said. “He’s living his life, I’m living my life. … Why don’t we leave him alone?”The reality TV personality went on to dance to “Smile (Living My Best Life)” by Ball Greezy, Snoop Dogg and Midnight Star.- Advertisement – Adams was previously married to Bourelle, whom she met in college, from February 2016 to October 2017. After the Bachelor in Paradise alum opened up about her divorce on the Tuesday, November 10, episode of The Bachelorette, a TikTok user pointed out that Bourelle’s name was included in the trailer for the rest of the season.“It’s only a matter of time before she realizes the truth,” a man is heard saying in the teaser. In the closed captioning for a promo posted by ABC via Twitter on Tuesday, the man is labeled as Bourelle.- Advertisement – While Adams seemingly shut down that theory on Friday, she has been candid about her past marriage since Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor.Tayshia Adams Denies Ex-Husband Josh Bourelle Will Appear on The BacheloretteJosh Bourelle Courtesy of D&J Roofing Inc./Instagram“I actually married my first boyfriend, and I was with him for about six years or so. I guess I could, kind of, sense we weren’t doing very well. And I think that’s why I fought so hard just to try to do as much as I possibly could [to save the marriage],” she told Underwood during the 2019 season. “Being a Christian woman, you get married once and that’s gonna be it. You know, you expect that from your partner as well. But you can’t make someone want to be married, you know? It’s the toughest thing I’ve gone through, and I think that’s what’s made me so strong and fearless.”During Tuesday’s episode, Adams opened up to contestant Brendan Morais, who was also married before the show.“My identity was him. But unfortunately, it was infidelity and other issues — not on my part — and then we got divorced and I too felt like I failed,” she said. “I too felt embarrassed and ashamed and that fear of, ‘Our parents going to be upset, our friends are going to be upset.’”While chatting exclusively with Us Weekly before Tuesday’s episode, Adams noted that she hasn’t heard from Bourelle about her new gig.“Oh my gosh, no, I have not,” she told Us. “And even if I have, I’m on cloud nine right now, just let a girl live!”The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Over it. Tayshia Adams shut down fan chatter about her ex-husband, Josh Bourelle, after Bachelor Nation was convinced he was going to make an appearance on season 16 of The Bachelorette.“Don’t forget to stretch before you reach,” the 30-year-old former phlebotomist commented on an Instagram post about Bourelle on Friday, November 13. “CAN WE MOVE ON PLEASE AND STOP REACHING!!! Leave him alone this [is] about my journey and not my past!”- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Association of Tourist Guides of Podravina and Prigorje was founded

first_imgThe initiative for the establishment of the association was created in September at the instigation of the Tourist Board of the “Central Podravina” area and several guides. The purpose of founding the association is to form a body that will actively work on raising the reputation of tourist guides, educating members and locals, the quality of tourist guide services, creating tourist products, connecting tourism holders and promoting tourism in Podravina and Prigorje.  Cover photo: Central Podravina Tourist Board About thirty members gathered at the founding assembly, who, among other things, elected the bodies of the association. Ivan Generalić was elected president, Petra Rep was elected deputy, Ksenija Jug is the secretary of the association, and Ivanka Ferenčić Martinčić, Tomislav Embreuš and Ana Čimin are on the supervisory board. Katarina Sitarić was chosen as the liquidator of the association. Photo: Association of Tourist Guides of Podravina and Prigorje The founders believe that the formal association in a professional association can contribute to the overall development of the tourist offer of Podravina and Prigorje, and the first activities start in the first half of March when they announce training “Api tourism from A to Z” in cooperation with the Tourist Board “Središnja Podravina” and Beekeeping Institute of Slovenia. The Association of Tourist Guides of Podravina and Prigorje can be joined by anyone who wants to get to know the rich natural and cultural heritage and actively participate in the creation of new tourist products and promote Podravina and Prigorje. You can contact the association via the following e-mail address: DESPITE THE PROBLEMS SUFFERED BY TOURIST GUIDES HIGHLY AFFECT THE REPUTATION OF THE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD RELATED NEWS: Yesterday, on the International Day of Tourist Guides, the Association of Tourist Guides of Podravina and Prigorje was foundedlast_img read more

Thames barriers

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Pain will outweigh gain in the new planning tariff

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On a target date, Israel signals delay in West Bank annexation moves

first_imgBut with no agreement with Washington yet on the modalities of the move under a peace proposal announced by US President Donald Trump in January, and talks with the White House still under way, no cabinet session was scheduled for Wednesday.”I think that it will happen in the coming weeks or months, but I am not versed in the details,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, said about annexation on Israel Radio.An aide to Netanyahu said talks with Washington – Israel’s main ally – were continuing and that the prime minister had consulted Israeli defense officials on Wednesday, with more discussions to be held “in the coming days”.Palestinian leaders, the United Nations, European powers and Arab countries have denounced any unilateral territorial steps planned by Israel and consider settlements it has built on land captured in a 1967 war as illegal. Israeli annexation in the occupied West Bank might be weeks away, a government minister said as a start date on Wednesday for cabinet discussions of the move slipped by in the absence of a green light from Washington.Palestinians seek the West Bank for a future state. In a show of Palestinian unity, some 3,000 people in the Gaza Strip, including members of the mainstream Fatah party and the rival Hamas group that runs the enclave, protested against annexation.Israeli leaders decided in May that cabinet and parliamentary deliberations on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, in coordination with Washington, could begin as of July 1. Topics :center_img Israel disputes this, citing biblical, historical and political roots in the West Bank.Focal pointNetanyahu has made annexation a focal point of his fifth term in office in what some critics see as an attempt by the right-wing leader to deflect attention from his corruption trial, which began in May, and enhance a political legacy.He has denied charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.A lengthy delay or scaling down of annexation in the face of vocal opposition from many of Washington’s Arab allies would be politically embarrassing for Netanyahu, who has often hailed the “historic opportunity” for Israel provided by the Trump plan.Trump’s blueprint, which he says is intended to help bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians, also calls for creation of a Palestinian state but with Israel sovereignty over 30% of the West Bank. The Palestinians have rejected the plan.In an editorial in Israel’s largest selling newspaper on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for any annexation plans to be scrapped.France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told French parliament that “an annexation decision could not be left without consequences”.He said Paris was “examining different options at a national level and also in coordination with our main European partners”.last_img read more

Wood bags Gorgon gig extension

first_imgOilfield services provider Wood has been awarded an extension of its framework agreement with Chevron Australia to provide master contractor services to the Gorgon Stage Two development located offshore Western Australia.Effective immediately, the two-year contract extends an agreement in place since 2015 and will continue to be delivered by Wood in Perth, Wood said in a statement on Wednesday.The scope of the agreement covers engineering, design, construction management, procurement, logistics, quality assurance, health, environment and safety management services for Chevron-operated onshore and offshore assets.Wood’s multi-disciplinary team in Perth will continue to provide engineering design and logistics support to Gorgon Stage Two.Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive, comments: “We continue to demonstrate our successful track record in delivering engineering, procurement, construction and front-end engineering design projects.”Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project is located on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia. Gorgon comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.It is supplied from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 80 miles (130 km) and 136 miles (220 km) off the northwest coast of Western Australia.The first LNG cargo departed Barrow Island on March 21, 2016 and domestic gas supply to the Western Australian market started in December 2016.Chevron last April announced a decision to proceed with future offshore development at its Gorgon natural gas facility.This planned future development phase at the Gorgon natural gas facility involves new wells in the Gorgon and Jansz-Io fields, and accompanying offshore production pipelines and subsea structures. The development fits within Chevron’s previously announced annual investment range of $18-20 billion through 2020.last_img read more

Energean: Karish-Tanin FPSO to sail away from Singapore in 2020

first_imgGreek oil and gas company Energean expects the FPSO unit for its Karish and Tanin development located offshore Israel to sail away from a yard in Singapore in late 2020 ahead of first gas in 2021. Source: EnergeanEnergean sanctioned the 2.4 Tcf (gross, Energean 70%) Karish and Tanin development in March 2018. The company then revealed it would use $405 million of the $460 million raised from its IPO to fund its 70% share in the project, while the remaining 30% would be funded by Kerogen Capital.In an update on Wednesday, September 12 the Greek company said that operations are progressing in line with expectations and the development remains on track for first gas in 1Q 2021. The first delivery milestone will be first steel cut on the FPSO before 2018 year-end.Energean has contracted TechnipFMC under a turnkey, lump sum EPCIC contract to provide the full suite of FPSO and SURF services during the construction phase and TechnipFMC has subcontracted COSCO to provide the FPSO hull, which will be built at the Fabricator yard in Zhoushan, China. First steel cut is expected by year-end 2018 and Energean said it believes that this is a key milestone to demonstrate that the project is on track.Energean has chosen a new-build FPSO based on an existing design and will adopt a spread moored system, which it believes reduces technical risk on the field. Hull completion is expected to take 12 months. The hull will then travel to the Sembcorp Admiralty Yard in Singapore for installation of the Siemens-built topsides. Energean expects the FPSO to sail away from Singapore in late 2020 ahead of first gas in 2021.Energean also said that Stena Drilling and Halliburton have been selected to provide drilling services and Wood will provide operations and maintenance services once production has started.To date, Energean has contracted gas sales of 4.2 bcm/yr, leaving 3.8 bcm/yr of spare capacity in its FPSO for the monetization of future discoveries. Over the next 18 months, Energean aims to fill this capacity.Karish North prospectIn June 2018, Energean made the decision to drill the Karish North prospect with a planned spud date before the end of March 2019, subject to necessary approvals. Karish North is located within Energean’s Karish lease and will be drilled immediately prior to the three development well program that will target Karish Main.In the success case, Karish North is expected to take 45 days to drill and is budgeted at $25 million. The well will be completed as a potential producer in the event a discovery is made with a view to tie back to the Karish FPSO in the future.The August 2018 NSAI CPR estimated that Karish North contains 1.3 Tcf of gross recoverable prospective resources (Energean 70%).last_img read more