Guatemala Seizes 335 Kilograms of Cocaine in the Pacific

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo September 01, 2020 The Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish) reported the seizure of 335 kilograms of cocaine on the Pacific coast on July 5. “We received information about a suspicious vessel, and together with international agencies that provide us with information, we proceeded to deploy a vessel from the Pacific Naval Command, specifically from our Naval Special Force to intercept it,” Guatemalan Army Major General Hugo Urbina, chief of the National Defense General Staff, said on Facebook on July 5. “We intercepted this vessel with three Guatemalan nationals on board.”On July 6, the Guatemalan Army reported in a press release that the PNC and the Guatemalan Office of the Attorney General proceeded to prosecute the detainees. “Since we recovered our primary radar capabilities to detect suspicious movements in 2016, the air platforms we have for flyovers and the good communication with other countries in the region […] have enabled us to carry out seizures successfully,” Army Colonel Juan Carlos de Paz, Guatemalan Army spokesman, told Diálogo on July 9. “The majority of the leads are aerial, but this is the first seizure we’ve made at sea this year.”This operation is part of an array of strategic actions known as Cooperative Security, promoted to strengthen international cooperation and information exchange. “The training and instruction that [U.S.] Southern Command provided to the [Guatemalan] Naval Special Force in 2017 was solid, and these actions reflect this,” said Col. de Paz. “There is also cooperation in this fight, with partner nations such as the United States and Colombia, with whom we seek to exchange information and establish common protocols and strategies to facilitate a comprehensive offensive against this scourge [of narcotrafficking].”“Central America continues to be a bridge to smuggle drugs into the United States, and military authorities continue to direct their efforts to increasing operational capabilities,” Col. de Paz concluded. “We think that now we need to have air capabilities that will enable us to be more agile in reaching the places where light aircraft land or fly over the sea; there are large amounts of land and water that we need to cover.”last_img read more

Hispanics own credit cards but prefer other payment methods

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While more than a third of U.S. consumers use credit cards most often to make purchases, just 19 percent of U.S. Hispanics do the same. That is not to say members of this growing and increasingly influential minority group do not own credit cards. In fact, nearly 60 percent have one in their wallets.Why, then, do Hispanic credit cardholders appear to prefer other methods of payment, such as cash and debit cards?It’s an issue I’ve studied for several years as part of an Affiliates Management Company work group. The group counts Corey Skadburg, a credit card expert and the director of credit and risk for Coopera sister company TMG Financial Services, among its members. continue reading »last_img read more

4 reasons you should get a dog

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Dogs are awesome and we all know this is true (except maybe cat people). Sure, dogs can seem like a lot of work, but they make life so much better! Still not convinced? Here are four reasons that may just give you the push you need to find a furry best pal.They’ll make you more active: Who among us has ever said, “I’m too active. I need to slow down.” Put your hand down, Larry. Nobody has ever said that. We all need to be a little more active, and what better way to do it than by taking your new buddy for a walk? Your new dog (let’s call him Douglas) will love to get out and play. You’ll be the one taking Douglas on walks, on trips to the dog park, and occasional outings to PetSmart. See? You’re looking more active already.They can help you relax: Anyone who’s ever owned a dog knows how much they can improve your mood. After a long day, it always feels good to come home to a smiling face and a wagging tail. Studies show dogs can have positive effects on physical and mental health. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a plus to me.They love you even though you’re a jerk sometimes: This one’s not scientific. Sometimes you’re a jerk, and if you’re being a jerk to a fellow human, it may take them a while to get over it. Your dog will recover as soon as your scratch him behind the ears. Advantage: DogYou always have a friend: Unless your dog is the type to go on random vacations without you, he’s usually around when you need him. Your Spouse away on business? You’ll never be lonely as long you’ve got Douglas by your side.last_img read more

Wenger unmoved by Scholes comments

first_img Wenger expects the combative midfielder to continue his recovery in time to play some part in the final matches of the domestic season and also be available for the World Cup. A win this weekend would see Arsenal move level on 66 points with City, who thumped Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in midweek and have two matches in hand on all their championship rivals. “We have not given up (on the title), believe me and we can show that tomorrow. It is our attitude that will decide that,” Wenger said. “Champions keep going when everybody else would give up. We have an opportunity to show that we have that mentality.” Beating City would boost Arsenal’s flagging title hopes, and also put some distance back between themselves and fifth-placed Everton, who are six points behind and with a match in hand ahead of their showdown at Goodison Park next weekend. “If people say that Everton can catch us, that means we can catch the teams above us as well because they play against each other,” said Wenger. “The next game is of massive importance because it is Man City and they fight at the top. “They are the favourites with Chelsea and Liverpool, but when you play one of the favourites, you have an opportunity to shorten the distance with them.” Wenger added: “Let’s not forget we are in an important race in the Premier League, we are in the semi-final of the FA Cup, so it is at the moment not as doom and gloom as everybody paints the situation. “We want to finish first in the league and everything else, the other priorities are still there. “You want to be in the Champions League of course, but it is never good enough to be anything other than first and you hope always you are the best. “If you ask any team, and they have to be in the top four (so) you cannot say as well it is a shame, but you want to be first – you do not work day and night to be second.” Wenger also rejected reports suggesting City were ready to offer Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna a lucrative deal when his contract expires in the summer, branding such a move “illegal”, and remains hopeful the 31-year-old France international will stay on at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not concern himself with criticism of his team from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes – a man with “zero” managerial experience. Following the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Swansea on Tuesday night, in which midfielder Mathieu Flamini netted a bizarre last-minute own goal, Scholes had claimed Arsenal were “a million miles away” from challenging for the Barclays Premier League title. The former United man, who won a string of medals under Sir Alex Ferguson, used his role as a TV pundit to launch a fierce attack on Arsenal, claiming they had “midfield players with no discipline” and “there are no leaders”, as well as questioning the development of Jack Wilshere. However, Wenger – who took charge of his 1,000th Arsenal game in the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend – used his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Manchester City to put the 39-year-old firmly in his place. “Everybody has opinions, people who have managed zero games have opinions and we have to accept that. What you live is what you do on the pitch, and all the rest is only opinions,” said Wenger. “We are in a society where there are thousands of opinions every day, and some go for you and some go against you. You have to live with that. “If six points (from the top of the league) is a million miles away, then I don’t know what the translation from a mile into a point is.” The Gunners boss also took exception to Scholes’ claim that midfielder Wilshere, 22, has “not improved since he was 17”. Wenger continued: “You cannot say that. Jack Wilshere is an exceptional player for me who has been handicapped by many injuries. “Once Jack is back and consistently on the pitch, he will prove everybody wrong about that because he is an exceptional player – and Scholes knows that as well.” Wilshere is recovering from a fractured foot suffered when playing for England in a friendly against Denmark at the start of March. Press Associationlast_img read more

India Women crush Windies by 7 wickets to take  T20 series

first_imgA sterling all-round performance, led by Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 40, helped India surge to a 3-0 series lead after the third T20 clash  at the Providence National Stadium, last night. Batting first proved to be a nightmare for the home team, who were snuffed out cheaply at the end of their 20 overs as they ended on a paltry 59-9.India, in reply, cruised to 60 for 3 in 16.4 overs thanks mainly to Rodrigues who oozed class in her unbeaten 40 from 51 balls with four boundaries, leading the batting charge.Only all-rounder Hayley Matthews 2-7 managed to look threatening as the home team failed to keep the five match series alive.Right-hander Jemimah Rodrigues steered India to the T20 series win with her unbeaten knock of 40.Forced to go at 2.95 runs an over, it was a horrid batting card for the Windies Women as all of their stars misfired terribly, with Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation the only two players to reach double figures with 11 runs apiece.The Indians were nothing short of ruthless in their bowling approach, collectively sharing the 9 wickets among them with Radha Poonam Yadav bowling a magical spell of 2-6 from her four overs and all-rounder Deepti Sharma duly lending support with 2-12.India lost their leading run-scorer in 15-year-old Shafali Verma who was stumped by wicket-keeper Shamaine Campbelle for a duck off Matthews.But  Rodrigues played confidently as she carried her side close to the total, even surviving a caught and bowl chance after spinner Sheneta Grimmond spilled a return catch.Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur fell to Fletcher for 7, but the unfazed Rodrigues pushed on as she took her score into the 20’s as her team crept to 37-3 at the end of 10 overs.Earlier, Windies suffered a huge blow as their top three batters– vice-captain and home-girl, Campbelle (02),  Matthews (05), and Stacy-Ann King (07)– were back in the dressing room with 26 runs on the board.When the team’s 50 came up, the Windies were eight down with just four overs remaining. The innings inevitably ended as the pair of Mohammed (06) and Selman (02) were left stranded in the middle.The two teams will clash in the fourth T20 at the Providence Stadium on Sunday. The match  bowls off from 13:30hrs.last_img read more

Champion Sammie wins again

first_img English women’s mid-amateur champion Sammie Giles kept her good form going to win the Liphook Scratch Cup by the narrowest of margins. The Cornwall player pipped girl international Sophie Keech on countback after they tied on two-under par at the end of the 36-hole event on the Hampshire course. Sammie, 19, (St Mellion, image © Leaderboard Photography) was playing in the event for the fourth time, took the trophy by virtue of her second round score of two-under 70. Third place went to Surrey’s Lauren Horsford who had the low score of the day with her first round 69 and finished two ahead of Carolyn Walley of Leicestershire. Fourteen-year-old England international Hollie Muse finished fifth. Leading scores 142 Sammie Giles (St Mellion) 72 70; Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 70 72 143 Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park) 69 74 145 Carolyn Walley (Cosby) 72 73 147 Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) 76 71; Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 72, 75 8 Sep 2014 Champion Sammie wins again last_img read more

NFL: 3 in 10 ex-players face Alzheimer’s, dementia

first_imgIn this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, former Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. Dorsett is one of more than 4,500 former players that have filed suit, some accusing the NFL football league of fraud for its handling of concussions. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL believes that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and twice as often as the general population.The disclosure Friday comes in data the league prepared for its proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits.Both the league and players’ lawyers estimate that 28 percent of the retirees will develop Alzheimer’s disease, moderate dementia or more serious neurological problems.That would represent nearly 6,000 of the 19,000 living former players. Dozens of them could develop Lou Gehrig’s or Parkinson’s disease.A federal judge in Philadelphia has granted preliminary approval of a settlement plan that offers awards reaching $5 million. However, most men would get far less.The retirees must decide next month whether to participate.last_img read more

Yes Another Pedestrian Close Call in Red Bank

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – An incident recently involving a pedestrian and two motor vehicles on Broad Street, once again reminds us that Red Bank remains a potentially dangerous place for pedestrians.A female employee of a local financial firm on Broad Street told this week of a harrowing incident that could have ended in a serious injury if not death for her or others involved.On Tuesday, July 28, Michelle Bennett was attempting to cross Broad at the Mechanic Street intersection, going west to east. She stressed she was in the designated crosswalk. And while looking to cross, a van transporting an elderly woman stopped as required under law to give the pedestrian the right-of-way. As the woman attempted to walk across the street a young woman driver collided into the rear of the van. “She hit him pretty good,” the pedestrian said of the female driver.The collision pushed the van forward. And had the pedestrian not been quick enough to jump out of the way (actually having to jump out of her shoes to avoid being struck by the van), she too would have been hit in the chain reaction. Her shoes were halfway under the van that had been pushed for ward.“The van was pretty banged up,” the pedestrian said, recalling the driver of the second vehicle had “been moving at a pretty good speed.”Police did respond. However, the pedestrian was uncertain about any violations that may have been issued.Borough Police Chief Darren McConnell on Wednesday said the report was not immediately available and couldn’t recall the incident sufficiently to immediately offer a comment.Mayor Pasquale Menna, an attorney who is a municipal prosecutor for a number of Monmouth County communities and a member of the Two River Times Crossroads initiative, said it sounded like a classic example of careless driving. Which, under state statute, Menna explained, is “any driver who operates a motor vehicle without due care and circumspection.”“And it should be enforced,” Menna added.Unfortunately, he added, it is fact of life that no amount of enforcement would be able to completely protect against such occurrences. “Accidents happen. It’s regrettable, it’s unfortunate,” he said. “How do you account for individual accidents, individual carelessness, day in and day out in all of our lives?” State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), a Red Bank resident, said the emphasis has to be “all about getting expectations from people living in town and visiting the town,” making everyone aware “that we enforce the crosswalks; there are penalties and there also have to be communications for people visiting the town that this is a pedestrian town.”The senator added that the public has to be made aware that Broad Street is a busy thoroughfare, heavily used by vehicles and those on foot. “And if you’re in rush don’t go down Broad Street.”Beck is also a participant in the Two River Times Crossroads initiative. The publication has been actively working with elected officials on the state, county and local level, along with members of the education, business and law enforcement communities and other stakeholders to find ways to improve public safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in the greater Red Bank area. The newspaper will soon hold a public safety to raise awareness and public forum seeking input about troublesome areas and proposed solutions.last_img read more

Bombers hold off late Sahali charge to finish 13th at the B.C. AA Boy’s tourney

first_imgKelowna entered the week as the fourth ranked squad but mowed through the competition before edging Brentwood of Vancouver Island 58-47 in the final.LVR lost to 69-60 to Wellington from Vancouver Island’s Nanaimo before putting together a two-game win streak to finish the season feeling pretty good.The Bombers dumped Charles Hays of Prince Rupert 81-54 Friday.Kingdon was a force throughout contest for the Bombers, finishing the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds.The game was tied at halftime 37-37 before the Bombers turned up the defence allowing Charles Hays to score 17 points in the final two quarters while ringing up 44 points.Zak added 13 points and five assists while Sturrup, Zukowski and Erich Schepkowski had 11, 12 and 10, respectively.The game was the final contest for senior starters Matt Zukowski, Jack Sturrup, Jesse Zak and Adam Berg and Cail Spencer and Erich Schepkowski. The L.V. Rogers Bombers rode into the sunset of the senior boy’s basketball season on a high note, stopping host Sahali Sabres 70-60 at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The result elevated the Bombers to finish 13th overall in the 16-team tournament. The Bombers were 15th in 2012.LVR entered the tournament as the 13th ranked team.Senior forward Matt Zukowski led the change for LVR with a game-high 25 points.Grade 11 forward Isaiah Kingdon added 20 points with Jesse Zak scoring 12 and Jack Sturrup 10.Zak also had five assists.The Kootenay champs led 57-39 after three periods before holding off a late fourth-quarter charge by the Sabres.The Bombers opened the tourney Wednesday falling to eventual champion Kelowna Christian 106-67.last_img read more

Surging Giants hop the Padres, tie the Rockies in NL West on Dickerson’s career night

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceDENVER — When Alex Dickerson’s back tightened up and forced him to miss a pair of games in Milwaukee over the weekend, the left fielder explained he’s dealt with the pain off and on throughout his entire professional career.If Dickerson wakes up feeling out of sorts on Wednesday, the back soreness he’ll experience might feel a little different.No one would blame Dickerson if his back was ailing from carrying the …last_img read more