first_img Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Colombian Navy Impounds 246 Kilograms of Cocaine View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Colombian Navy View post tag: 246 View post tag: Impounds The Colombian Navy, in a joined operation with the Magdalena Prosecution Office, seized 246 kilograms of cocaine aboard the Panamanian flagged bulk carrier “Aquagrace”.center_img Colombian Navy Impounds 246 Kilograms of Cocaine The operation was developed through community information, by the units of the Coast Guard Station Santa Marta in the sector Dock Drummond where the ship, which came from Canada and was bound for Holland, was docked. According to the information received from the community, the vessel was apparently transporting  four stowaways. After an inspection six packs containing 250 packages of drugs were found hidden in a compartment of the ship rudder. The officials found no stowaways.The Magdalena Prosecution Office staff tested the material found and confirmed it was cocaine.So far this year about 29 tons of cocaine was seized by the Navy in the Colombian Caribbean.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 11, 2014; Image: Colombian Navy View post tag: Kilograms August 11, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Cocaine View post tag: americaslast_img read more

first_imgThe Tab then traced the emails to Girton College and reported the matter to the college’s Senior Tutor, Andrew Jefferies. After more thorough investigations by the college IT technicians, the hoax emails were traced to Brook’s computer.Brook offered his resignation as Editor to the Cambridge student on Wednesday morning, following a phone conversation with the Tab in which he refused to comment.In an emailed statement to the Tab, Brook declared, “I recognise that my actions were a serious lapse of judgement and apologise unreservedly to all parties concerned.“I would like to make it explicitly clear that I acted in an entirely personal capacity. I did not at any point consult with anybody involved with The Cambridge Student.“All members of the Editorial Team and Board of Directors were unaware of my actions until yesterday evening. I do not wish to make any further comment at this time.”In Feburary of last year, the Tab claimed to have hoaxed the TCS sportswriters into printing an article on “bog snorkling” written by ‘Pete Diver’.The Tab then published an article entitled “Revealed: How we hoaxed TCS” which details how they misinformed TCS, admitting that “our hoax was intentionally misleading.”Following this week’s news, a spokesperson at the Tab commented, “Student newspapers in Cambridge enjoy a healthy – and often very friendly – rivalry. Regrettably, in this case, a line has been crossed.“Both the Tab and St. John’s could have been embroiled in an expensive legal battle had he succeeded, and I’m glad we were able to expose him.“We would, however, still like to maintain a good working relationship with The Cambridge Student.”According to the Tab, Brook may face disciplinary action from Girton and be forced to pay St John’s solicitors’ fees. Rivalry between Cambridge’s student newspapers reached a climax this week as editor of The Cambridge Student (TCS), Philip Brook, offered his resignation after an attempted hoax was foiled by The Cambridge Tab.Brook, a second year Historian at Girton College, reportedly sent hoax emails to the Tab from an anonymous email account, pretending to be the victim of sexual harassment by a fellow at St John’s.The emails suggested that the anonymous student was offered a first “if I went down on him [an unnamed fellow at St John’s]. I said no, and I want something done about it.“The academic is high up at his college and he will lose his job by the time I’m finished with him.“He told me if I wanted to really improve my grades, there was another way to get a first. He said he’d give me a “blow by blow account” back in his rooms the next evening.“Since then, I have received a letter from the college telling me that they’re investigating the allegations.”The hoax emails included a forged letter from Mattias Dörrzapf, the Senior Tutor at St John’s. The letter assured the victimised student that “St John’s college will investigate the accusations you have made against Dr […] but that the investigation into a complaint of this gravity will take time.”When approached for comment, Dr Dörrzapf told the Tab, “I am quite puzzled what this could be about. Also, the phrase you are quoting does not sound familiar and does not remind me of anything I would have written recently.“With the exception of two social events, I was not in College at all during the week 3-9 January and did not write or sign any letters.”A meeting between the Senior Tutor and the Tab confirmed that the letter had been forged, and St John’s college authorities were informed.last_img read more

first_imgThe unusual warm weather in March has helped drive UK retail sales values up by 1.3%, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).Compared to last year when figures had declined by 3.5%, overall, this March saw a 3.6% rise in total sales, against a 1.9% decline in 2011. Food sales growth has remained steady and unchanged since February, while non-food items saw improvement. This included online, mail-order and phone sales, which were up 13.9% on a year ago – the best since December 2011.Stephen Robertson, director general of the BRC, said: “It’s worth remembering the sales comparison is against the weakest month of last year, largely caused by the movement of Easter in the calendar, and we’ll have to see whether this is additional spending or just shopping that has happened earlier than usual. Food sales growth continues to be largely underpinned by food inflation rather than by customers buying more.”The overall retail environment is still difficult. Discounting remains a key tactic for retailers trying to encourage consumers to spend, particularly on big indoor items. People are still struggling to balance household budgets against expensive fuel and utilities. The warmth of March was a help, but it will take more than a week of sunshine to transform retailers’ fortunes.”Helen Dickinson, head of retail, KPMG, said: “Increases in food prices rather than volumes was one of the factors behind the uplift in this month’s figures. Rising petrol prices continued to drive up transport and manufacturing costs, causing food prices to increase each month since the start of the year.“Retailers will be hoping Easter provides a much-needed boost, but many are not holding their breath and continue to focus on controlling margins and costs.”last_img read more

first_imgDBS has been made aware that a number of people have been targeted by fraudsters asking them to pay upfront for DBS certificates that never materialised.Dr Sue Smith, Director of Safeguarding at DBS said: The DBS issue around 4.3 million certificates every year. The type of role you apply for will determine the level of DBS check you are eligible to have carried out. The following details the checks available: Basic check: This is suitable for any role. The certificate will show any unspent convictions and conditional cautions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Standard check: This is suitable for certain trusted roles such as security guards. The certificate shows both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings that are held on the Police National Computer Enhanced check: These certificates show the same information as the Standard but with the addition of further relevant information from the Police. Enhanced with barred list check: This shows the same as an enhanced check plus whether the applicant is on the list of people barred from doing the role. This sort of scam can be really distressing to those involved and we are keen to do all we can to prevent it. We will be working closely with colleagues in SAFER Jobs to raise awareness of the issue and advising people where to go for more support. Recruitment fraud takes many guises including paying for background checks, identity theft, premium rate phone interview scams, and even human trafficking and modern slavery.The public can fall for fake jobs advertised online or they can even be ‘head-hunted’ by criminals finding their profiles or CVs online. We are proud of the impact we have had so far but there is still so much more to do to prevent job seekers from falling victim to fraudsters.It is great to be working with the DBS to help raise awareness of the issue and help reduce the number of people falling victim to this crime. For a standard or enhanced check the person needs to get an application form from the employer who asked them for a DBS check. This would then be submitted to the DBS by an organisation registered to do so.The certificate would then be issued to the individual and it would be up to them to share the information with the potential employer.An individual can request a basic check without using an employer, using the DBS online application route.Dr Smith added: If anyone is concerned that they are being asked unnecessarily for a DBS check or that the person requesting a check may not be a legitimate organisation, especially if they are asking for money, then they should get in touch with us or SAFER Jobs to discuss their concerns. It is also worth remembering that if you are applying for a volunteer position we process you application for free. SAFER Jobs is a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Metropolitan Police to raise awareness and combat criminal activities that may be attempted on those seeking a job.Keith Rosser, Chair of SAFER Jobs, said: For more information or to raise a concern visit www.safer-jobs.com, alternatively you can contact DBS by email [email protected] or call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190 (or 03000 200 191, for Welsh speakers).last_img read more

first_imgGeorgia 4-H members have collected aluminum pop tabs to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia for the past 15 years. The students need to collect 16,500 pounds of the tiny tabs by Nov. 5 to reach their goal, a total 15-year donation of $100,000.“We need $6,442.18 to have donated $100,000 in the 15 years we have been collecting pop tabs,” said Lori Bledsoe, Georgia 4-H Northwest District program coordinator. “We can make our $100,000 goal if we work together to recycle the pop tabs instead of throwing them away with the cans.”In 2002, Georgia middle school 4-H students had the idea to collect pop tabs, recycle them and donate the proceeds to Ronald McDonald Houses.One pound of aluminum is equal to about 1,500 pop tabs.“According to the Environmental Protection Agency, making new aluminum cans from recycled ones saves 92 percent of the energy required when making cans from bauxite ore,” Bledsoe said. “Recycling also cuts down on waste.”Georgia 4-H rotates the donations each year across the locations of Ronald McDonald Houses in Georgia. This year’s pop tabs will support the Augusta house.“Our 4-H members are dedicated to this cause. In Crawford County, Georgia, the kids even went to their county recycling facility and popped the tabs off all their cans,” Bledsoe said.Georgia 4-H members in sixth through eighth grades will bring their pop tabs to 4-H Junior Conference, a weekend retreat set to take place in Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Nov. 5-6. The pop tab community service project is one of many that culminate each year at the conference.This year, 4-H members are also collecting personal care items to create “blessing bags” for families who stay in Ronald McDonald Houses.“Families may forget things like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes if they come to a Ronald McDonald House in a hurry,” Bledsoe said.Diapers of all sizes are also being collected at the conference to support a nonprofit agency that provides diapers to needy parents, a project organized by Evans County 4-H member Hannah Summers.“These service projects, which were designed by 4-H members, provide the students with the opportunity to exhibit generosity and benevolence,” Bledsoe said.To donate pop tabs, personal care items or diapers for these projects, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill, critically injured or medically fragile children who are receiving treatment at area medical facilities. The house offers a nurturing and supportive environment, including a place to eat, sleep, launder clothes and relax. Since opening in November 2002, the house has served over 5,000 families from 125 Georgia counties, 28 states and 8 countries. For more information, visit rmhccga.org.The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation and citizenship. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.last_img read more

first_imgBy Noelani Kirschner / ShareAmerica / Edited by Diálogo Staff March 27, 2020 A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) details the gruesome conditions that gold miners in Venezuela are forced to endure.Twelve percent of Venezuela, a country rich in natural resources such as oil, diamonds and uranium, has gold and mineral deposits.In Venezuela’s southern Bolívar state, pro-Maduro civilian armed groups force miners to work, employing physical abuse and fear tactics to control gold production.The Maduro regime allows the groups using these tactics to oversee gold mining operations. According to the report, witnesses have reported seeing a top government official patrolling mines.HRW spent two years collecting testimonials from Venezuelan gold miners and people living in gold mining towns.According to the report, “many mines in Bolívar are under the tight control of Venezuelan syndicates or Colombian armed groups,” such as the guerrilla organization the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), and the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish).These armed groups enforce arbitrary “laws” to instill fear and keep order among mining communities. They accuse miners and innocent civilians of theft before publicly cutting off their fingers and hands, and, in extreme cases, executing them, according to witnesses interviewed for the report.There is no enforced judicial system to protect the victims.The gold mines, located in the southern part of the country, operate in close proximity to indigenous communities. As a result, indigenous people are often forced to work in the mines against their will.The working conditions of mines are hazardous. Toxic amounts of mercury are used to clean the gold ore, and there are little to no safety measures taken to prevent workplace injury.The report details how a 16-year-old boy sustained a spinal fracture from a falling log that hit him as he was using a high-pressure hose without any protective gear.Additionally, in testimony before the U.S. Congress on illicit mining in Venezuela, a U.S. State Department official reported that people in mining communities are “exploited in forced labor or sex trafficking, compelled through violence and fear by the group running the mine. There have been reports that in some regions, the average age of sex trafficking victims is 13–14 years old.”The HRW report says miners are forced to give up to 80 percent of their gold to the syndicates, and town residents must pay gold to armed groups to keep their businesses operational.The HRW report underscores the concerns voiced by Interim President and National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He requested that Venezuela’s allies stop purchasing Venezuelan gold until human rights abuses end.“The first thing to do is to stop the illegal traffic of gold,” Guaidó said, according to Reuters. “It’s blood gold.”last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The ex-Town of Islip public safety commissioner, who resigned last week citing health concerns, has been accused of accepting bribes and coercing four people into refusing to accept town jobs. John Carney, 54, of West Islip, and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Allen, 41, of Holbrook, both surrendered to Suffolk County authorities Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges in a 16-count grand jury indictment.“It is alleged in the indictment that during the interviews for the Fire Marshal openings, the four applicants were coerced by Mr. Carney and Mr. Allen into declining the position and signing declination letters,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said.  “That way, the defendants could attempt to reach their preferred candidates who finished lower on the civil service list after an exam.”The charges include four felony counts of bribe receiving. The other dozen misdemeanor counts include four charges of official misconduct and eight counts of coercion.Judge Fernando Comacho released the pair without bail. They each face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the felonies. They are due back in court Oct. 12.Attorney and former NYPD officer Anthony D’Amico replaced Carney when Carney resigned Sept. 6.“We thank Commissioner Carney for his 26 years of service working for the Town of Islip,” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said in a statement last week.Caroline Smith, a town spokeswoman, said Allen was placed on modified administrative duty.“No organization is going to be happy to see any of their employees or former employees involved in something questionable,” Smith added. “This administration is focused on ethics reform as well as selecting the best people for the positions that we have available.”last_img read more

first_imghermes is planning to clear out part of its retail portfolio and move into new sectors, which could include residential and continental Europe for the first time.The pension fund’s biggest disposal will be the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton, which is understood to be under offer to Legal & General for more than £80m. Hermes is shedding the centre because it feels that it is overweight in the Midlands. The deal will mark one of the largest shopping centre transactions in the past 12 months.Hermes is also to sell the Lion and Lamb Yard shopping centre in Surrey to Portman Investments for £12.3m and a portfolio of seven town-centre retail units to Dawnay Day for £13.5m.Richard Harrold, head of property, said that he hopes to complete the disposals in the next three months. A decision, he said, on whether to invest in the residential sector is likely to be made before the end of the financial year.However, Harrold said that a view on Europe would not be taken until the full effects of the euro had been assessed.Hermes is to maintain a neutral balance on its £1.5bn property portfolio.Of the recent sales, the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton comprises 39,019 sq m (420,000 sq ft) of retail and office space. The sale is expected to represent a 6.7% net initial yield.The Farnham centre comprises 6,596 sq m (71,000 sq ft) of retail space and the deal will represent a 7.7% net initial yield. The sale of the portfolio of seven town-centre units will represent a 9.1% net initial yield.Legal & General is also to move its property weighting from an overweight to a neutral position. But a spokesman said it is targeting business park and industrial holdings.Jones Lang Wootton acted for Hermes in Farnham and Northampton; CB Hillier Parker acted for Hermes on the retail portfolio. Cluttons Daniel Smith acted for Portman Investments while Lewis & Partners acted for Dawnay Day.last_img read more

first_imgBrutal attacks The Afghan government has released almost 5,000 Taliban inmates already, but authorities had baulked at freeing the final 400 prisoners demanded by the Taliban.The prisoners are accused of serious offences including killing scores of Afghans and foreigners, with 44 insurgents of particular concern to the United States and other countries for their role in “high-profile” attacks.In its final resolution, the jirga said it approved releasing the militants “to remove the hurdles for the start of peace talks, stopping bloodshed, and for the good of the public”.The jirga urged the government to monitor the freed prisoners to ensure they did not return to the battlefield and demanded an immediate and lasting ceasefire in the country.But Shaheen said the ceasefire would form part of the agenda during the negotiations with the Afghan government.The family of French aid worker Bettina Goislard, who was murdered in Afghanistan in 2003, said they would not accept the release of her killers, who are on the list.”Such a decision to free [them] made on the basis of horse-trading would be, to us, her family, inconceivable,” Bettina’s family told AFP.Not all those who attended the jirga favored the release of militants.Lawmaker Belquis Roshan, a prominent women’s rights activist, had protested against their release on the first day of jirga, unfurling a banner that read: “Redeeming Taliban is national treason.” “Our stance is clear, if the prisoner release is completed, then we are ready for the intra-Afghan talks within a week,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told AFP.Shaheen said the first round of talks would be held in Doha, Qatar.”The Afghan government will start releasing the 400 Taliban prisoners within two days,” National Security Council spokesman Javid Fasial told AFP.The prisoner exchange was a key part of a deal signed by the Talban and the United States in February, which saw Washington agree to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in return for a pledge from the insurgents to hold peace talks with the Kabul government. The much-delayed talks are aimed at ending the almost two decades old conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.Shaheen said the Taliban delegation for peace talks would be led by Abbas Stanekzai, who was the group’s chief negotiator in talks with Washington ahead of the February deal. The Taliban said Monday they were ready for peace talks with the Afghan government, as authorities announced that the release of hundreds of militants accused of serious offences would begin in the next few days.The fate of some 400 Taliban prisoners has been a crucial hurdle in launching peace talks between the two warring sides, which had committed to completing a prisoner exchange before negotiations could start.On Sunday, thousands of prominent Afghans approved their release at the end of a three-day “loya jirga” — a traditional Afghan gathering of tribal elders and other stakeholders sometimes held to decide on controversial issues. Topics :last_img read more