Aureliano Cano Flores, one of Mexico’s notorious Gulf Cartel leaders, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for smuggling marijuana and cocaine into the United States, the Public Prosecutor reported on May 13. Cano Flores, aka ‘Yankee’ and ‘Yeyo,’ was given the prison term by U.S. federal judge Barbara Rothstein in Washington, D.C. for conspiracy to smuggle several tons of cocaine and marijuana from Mexico across the U.S. border, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. The judge also ordered him to forfeit $15 billion obtained through drug trafficking. Federal authorities also allege that 1,400 tons of cocaine and 8,000 tons of marijuana were smuggled into the United States by the Gulf Cartel between 2000 and 2010. In 2011 Cano Flores, 40, was extradited from Mexico and was tried in February, where he was found guilty of conspiracy to smuggle at least five kilograms of cocaine and one ton of marihuana, the statement said. During the trial, the Department of Justice was able to submit phone taps and the testimony of other members of the cartel, considered as one of the most powerful and violent Mexican drug organizations. “For over a decade, Cano Flores worked with some of the most dangerous criminals in the world in order to smuggle enormous amounts of cocaine and marijuana into the United States,” prosecutor Mythili Raman said in the statement. According to evidence submitted in the trial, Cano Flores started in the Gulf Cartel when he was a police officer in 2001, and then he became top boss in Los Guerra, a border town in the state of Tamaulipas, where he was in charge of the main influx of drugs smuggled by the criminal organization into the United States. “As a leader” of the Gulf Cartel, he “put the lives of innocent people from both sides of the border in jeopardy,” Raman added. The Gulf Cartel started to operate in 2000 as a 100-member organization which controlled three border towns, and after a decade it was ruling the drug trafficking routes over fifty percent of the Mexican territory, hiring about 25,000 people and resorting to murder, kidnapping, intimidation, and corruption. By Dialogo May 15, 2013
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU yesterday announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors, on the opening day of its 52nd Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in New Orleans.“This is an exciting time for NAFCU and the credit union industry,” said Jeanne Kucey, NAFCU’s board chair and president and CEO of JetStream Federal Credit Union. “I look forward to building upon a successful 2019 and working alongside my board colleagues as NAFCU continues to advocate on behalf of the credit union industry and its 117 million members.”NAFCU officers for 2019-2020 are:Jeanne Kucey, chair and Southern Region Director – president and CEO of JetStream Federal Credit Union in Miami Lakes, Fla.;Debra Schwartz, vice chairman and Director-at-Large – president and CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union in San Diego, Calif.;Thomas W. DeWitt, treasurer and Western Region Director – president and CEO of State Farm Federal Credit Union in Bloomington, Ill.; and
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday signed 21 bills, including measures intended at improving school bus safety and preventing bear poaching.The school bus safety bill (HB 37) will increase penalties for motorists who do not follow traffic rules when buses are stopped to load and unload children.It would increase the minimum penalty from $100 to $200 for drivers who fail to stop for school buses. In addition, the law would double the minimum penalty from $200 to $400 for motorists who pass stopped school buses on the side where children enter and exit.“This bill is a step in the right direction,” Republican House sponsor Ardian Zika, of Land O’ Lakes, said before the House approved the measure last February. “Today, we are sending a loud and clear message that the Florida House of Representatives stands by the safety of our children and our communities.” However, Democratic Rep. Joe Geller, of Aventura, said he was “reluctantly” supporting the bill, as he believes the proposed fines are too high.“We’re fining someone up to $400 because they look away for a second, maybe because their kids are fighting in the backseat, and they don’t see that they’re passing a school bus that’s stopped,” Geller said in February. “That’s just too high. It’s just too much money to be charging for what is likely to be an inadvertent mistake.”Another bill signed by Gov. DeSantis (HB 327) seeks to stop poaching of black bears. It is a practice that stems partially from killing the animals for their gallbladders. Bear bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, can bring hundreds or thousands of dollars on the black market, where it is promoted as a cure for numerous illnesses.The governor is also in the process of signing the upcoming year’s $93.2 billion budget.
‘I need a ruling!’ That’s a common cry at golf championships everywhere – and England Golf’s referees are ready to respond.As the playing season gets underway, 50 of the country’s leading referees have been attending an England Golf seminar to sharpen their skills and update them on championship policy for 2016.It’s the first time the seminar has taken place and the two-day event at Woodhall Spa – the home of England Golf – included practical sessions, a refresher on changes to the rules, an introduction to the new pace of play policy and the R&A’s Level 3 exam.“We’ve been delighted by the response of the referees and the number who have attended the seminar,” said Toby Thorne, England Golf’s Deputy Championship Director. “It’s a great opportunity to get together at the start of the season and ensure a consistent approach throughout all our events.”Feedback on England Golf championships frequently focusses on pace of play issues and this season there will be positive action to keep play moving smoothly and more quickly.Toby Thorne said: “We will be taking a proactive stance, with positive action to speed up the pace of play and keep the field flowing. While we don’t want to start penalising players it is more likely that we will see players on the clock.“This is a big step forward and keeps us in line with other golfing bodies and with the R&A’s new policy.”A new refereeing system, with each championship team led by a Tournament Director, will co-ordinate the policy and ensure consistency at all England golf events.The seminar also focussed on rules changes introduced this year, including one which affects players signing for a wrong score in stroke play (Rule 6-6d); the anchoring of clubs which will affect players using long-handled putters (Rule 14-1); and the use of artificial devices (Rule 14-3).It also looked at relief from ‘temporary immovable obstructions’ such as on-course scoreboards, which has become increasing relevant with the growing use of branding at championships.The referees were asked to sit the R&A Level 3 exam if they had not taken it in the last four years. This will support England Golf’s decision to introduce The R&A Rules Education Programme in 2016, offering the opportunity to graduate through three tiers of Rules tutoring and learning. “We would like to be able to use our referees as tutors but they have to be R&A qualified,” explained Toby.Click here to find out more about England Golf’s championship conditions, including the pace of play policyClick here to find out more about the Rules on the R&A website(Image © Leaderboard Photography) 24 Mar 2016 Referees gear up for the championship season
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Western campus head office opened at the renovated Baptist Manse in Falmouth, Trelawny The University of Technology (UTech) has opened its western campus head office at the renovated Baptist Manse in Falmouth, Trelawny.The opening, which took place on August 22, forms part of strategic efforts by the institution and stakeholders in Trelawny to streamline Falmouth’s development and position it as a ‘university town’.Speaking at the ceremony, Acting Principal of the campus, Professor Geraldine Hodelin, said further development of Falmouth will take place once the residents fully avail themselves of UTech’s training programmes and opportunities.“It is my intention to create a UTECH Oasis in the west; and so the re-purposing work will bear that out. The western campus has approximately 1,000 students and growing. Our nursing, business, law, education, and science students have been forerunners for their programmes in the west. Soon we will add computing as well as increase the availability of graduate level programmes that will join our Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme, currently offered in Montego Bay”, Professor Hodelin pointed out.In his remarks, Falmouth’s Mayor, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, recounted various developmental projects undertaken in the town, pointing out that these have now been complemented by UTech’s input.“The University of Technology is world renowned as a sporting/ training headquarters, as its athletes have mined many gold medals and carried Jamaica’s flag with pride. UTech is, however, not just about sports because the institution has developed the minds of our citizens to reach their goals,” he said.Councillor Wilkinson said the Trelawny Parish Council and the citizens of the parish welcomed UTech’s decision to establish its western campus headquarters in Falmouth, adding that it reflects the institution’s commitment to assist in enhancing the town’s development. Story Highlights The western campus has approximately 1,000 students Part of efforts to position Falmouth as a ‘university town’