20 Dec

Tijuana Cartel Leader Sentenced to 15 Years

first_imgBy Dialogo August 21, 2013 Currently, Benjamín and Francisco Javier Arellano Félix are serving time in U.S. prisons. Federal Judge Larry Burns stated that, “Eduardo Arellano Félix was a crucial part” of the operation and “he was totally aware of its methods,” although his activities were less violent than those of his brothers. The organization’s manager was found guilty of money laundering and illicit investments coming from drug trafficking in May, after a settlement with the Prosecution in which Arellano Félix would pay $50 million obtained from drug trafficking and be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years of prison. Eduardo Arellano Félix, aged 56, was sentenced by the San Diego Federal Court in California (on the border with the Mexican city of Tijuana) for laundering dozens of millions of dollars earned illegally through drug trafficking, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. He also pointed out that the Tijuana Cartel’s operations seriously affected the communities on the border. center_img He had inherited control of the organization after Ramón, the most violent of the nine siblings, was killed in 2002, and following the arrest of Benjamín and Francisco Javier in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Arellano Félix, aka “The Doctor”, was arrested after a shoot out between Mexican authorities in Tijuana in October 2008, and was extradited from Mexico to the United States on August 31 of last year. “There were terrible long term consequences… and you should be ashamed of that,” the official said when talking to the financier. The former second-in-command of Mexico’s Tijuana Cartel was sentenced in California on August 19 to 15 years of prison for being the criminal organization’s manager, the U.S. Department of Justice reported. last_img read more

18 Dec

Referral programs increase business for credit unions

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Smith David M. Smith is the Director of Statement Services for OSG Statement Services, specializing in statement print, mail and electronic presentment. He brings thirty plus years of experience in the … Web: www.osgbilling.com Details Studies have shown that referrals are extremely important to the success of a business. Take a look at these statistics and then see if maybe you want to devote your next staff meeting to beginning to develop a referral program for your credit union.According to The New York Times, 65% of new business comes from referrals.Nielsen reports that people are four times more likely to buy when referred by a friend.A member who is referred by another member has a 16% higher lifetime value, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Satisfied members make the best advocates for your credit union. And since they know both your credit union and their friends/colleagues, they can actually target the right people for the right product/service. So not only can they act as your brand ambassadors, they can do the initial audience segmenting for you too. They’ve had a good experience with your credit union and products. Now encourage them to tell their friends, family and colleagues about your credit union and the great service you provide. Not only will they bring in new members, everyone will benefit as you increase your revenue stream. Be sure to offer them an incentive for their efforts. That’s important. They’re helping you out so you should do something for them. It doesn’t have to be cash back but consider offering something your members would appreciate such as a charitable donation to an organization in your community. Not only will it reward your members but it will reward your community as well.When your members make referrals, everyone wins. Use referral programs as part of your lifecycle marketing campaign and watch your credit union and your bottom line grow. You and your members will be glad you did.last_img read more

18 Nov

Revenues of the Crikvenica Adriatic are 22 percent higher this year

first_img“In the first nine months, our income from accommodation was 18 percent higher than last year, and our income from rent by as much as 51 percent. We are especially pleased with the increased revenues in the peak of the main tourist season. Thus, in August, when all the newly renovated capacities in hotels and camps were in operation, we recorded an increase in revenue of as much as 37 percent, although in our country, as in other destinations on the Adriatic, there was a shortage of guests compared to last year.”, Said the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd Goran Fabris. “In consolidating the company, we have paid great attention, in addition to improving the quality of our services, to increasing efficiency at all levels. That is why the good results were reflected in the income of our employees. In addition to the 6 percent incentive supplement to the salary, we paid each employee an additional thousand kuna in bonuses with salaries for June, July and August.. ” The realized profit before taxes and contributions (EBITDA) in Jadran dd for the first nine months amounted to HRK 33,8 million, ie 55 percent higher than last year in that period, and at the Group level higher by almost 70 percent and amounted to slightly more than HRK 40 million. Net profit in the Adriatic was HRK 22 million, higher than last year by 74 percent, and the Group’s profit is slightly more than HRK 26 million. Last year’s loss of HRK 13,9 million will be covered in part by retained earnings from previous years of HRK 3,7 million, and the rest from future gains. Particularly successful was the third quarter in which revenues were 26 percent higher than in that period last year. The growth of the Company’s income is largely the result of a new investment cycle, which, with increasing competitiveness, ie increasing the quality of services and raising the category of accommodation in hotels and camps, enabled an increase in prices. And all this despite the fact that part of the accommodation capacity was not in function for part of the year due to works on their arrangement. This year’s main tourist season was welcomed and refreshed by some of the facilities, such as the luxury hotel Katarina in Selce, which renovated the southern facade, and the wellness center was completed with a newly built indoor pool. A novelty are the renovated outdoor swimming pools of the Katarina Hotel, whose total area exceeds one thousand square meters, which makes them one of the largest on this part of the Riviera, and they are also open to outdoor guests. All accommodation units of the Omorika hotel, together with the new annexes and the pavilion complex of the Ad Turres Resort, have been given a completely new look this spring. About HRK 106,5 million has been invested in the renovation and arrangement of the facilities so far, and according to the words of the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd, Goran Fabris, the works have continued since the autumn.center_img Crikvenički Jadran dd achieves better business results. In the first nine months of this year, total operating revenues amounted to HRK 101,3 million, which is an increase of 22 percent compared to the same period last year. Photo: Jadran ddlast_img read more

20 Oct

St Modwen share price hits high after 20% NAV growth

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18 Oct

Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Mar 2020 8:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Italy’s Serie A have already been playing matches behind closed doors (Picture: AFP )So far major sporting events in the UK have gone ahead as planned – including Six Nations games, Premier League matches and the Cheltenham festival.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveBut that could change depending on the outcome of the government’s Cobra committee meeting on Thursday morning, with a move from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase expected to see a ban on large public gatherings.The Premier League and Football Association have already been in discussion with the government and, according to The Times, the football season will not be postponed but instead played exclusively behind closed doors.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWhile the 3pm television blackout will still be observed on Saturdays – with officials worried about setting a precedent that would remove the protected slot – matches look set to be moved from that time period and live streamed instead.All Premier League season ticket holders, and individual match ticket holders, will be able to stream the games live from their homes.center_img PSG played Dortmund behind closed doors – though fans turned up anyway (Picture: Getty)Broadcasters will also be permitted to screen multiple games in the lunchtime and tea-time slots on Saturday, as well as on Sundays andMonday nights.Matches will be blocked from being broadcast in pubs, however, to avoid large public gatherings and will be threatened with the loss of their license if they flaunt the rules.The Premier League’s broadcasting contracts mean it would face a huge penalty if the season was terminated, hence the reluctance to follow the lead of the NBA and suspend the current campaign.MORE: Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus 48 hours after making light of the worldwide panic over the diseaseMORE: Diego Costa coughs on reporters after win against Liverpool amid coronavirus outbreakFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan Matches could be played behind closed doors from this weekend onwards (Picture: Getty)The Premier League have put plans in place to live stream all matches played behind closed doors should the government decide to upgrade its response to the coronavirus pandemic.Football matches in Italy and France are already being played behind closed doors – with PSG beating Borussia Dortmund in an emptyParc des Princes stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Juventus also took on Inter Milan in their Serie A title clash behind closed doors, with both teams now suspending training and going into isolation after Juve defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for Covid-19.last_img read more

27 Sep

Why I’ve lost my hunger for violent, unethical games

first_imgOPINION: Sydney Morning Herald 3 April 2012Clare Cannon is editor of GoodReadingGuide.com.The arrival of The Hunger Games on the big screen has sent thrills around the world. Already a publishing blockbuster, Suzanne Collins’s sensational trilogy is cleaning up at the box office as well. The first instalment is an enthralling film that keeps audiences spellbound throughout. Or so I hear, for I won’t be going. I read all three books in my professional capacity as a reviewer and experienced first-hand their hypnotic quality. But while they may provide gripping entertainment, they carry some worrying ethical messages….. Firstly, Collins distorts the meaning of heroic rebellion. The lead character, Katniss Everdeen, clearly has more courage than most people on the planet. In addition, she seems to have no choice but to go along with the Games and try to survive. If she refuses, not only will she die, but her family and friends will also suffer. But is it real rebellion to allow herself to be trained up for a killer-survivor episode? Could one say no? Other heroes have shown it is possible. Passive resistance was the ”weapon” of choice for Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and anti-Nazi activists Sophie Scholl and her brother. And may we mention Christian martyrs? In all these cases, even where their protests led to sudden death, their story didn’t end. Katniss is courageous, but her ”rebellion” is a compromise.Secondly, survival justifies killing in this story. By participating in the Games, even the heroes allow themselves to be infected with its kill-or-be-killed ethos. Katniss reluctantly begins by dropping an insect nest on someone’s head so they swell up and die ”naturally”, then destroys others’ food so they will starve. Later, she has no problem shooting a citizen who blocks her path.Thirdly, characters are desensitised to sexual exploitation. The reality television framework makes body appearance important: each contestant has a stylist who must first assess them without clothes (Katniss ”bravely” resists the urge to cover herself), and then a full body wax makes them camera-ready. This is probably normal for reality TV, but don’t tell me it’s brave. A fake relationship between Katniss and the male lead, Peeta, is also played up to win sponsorship. So physical affection is given for food, or later because she’s ”so desperately lonely [she] can’t stand it”. This selfish mockery is all the love that is shown in The Hunger Games.Fourthly, feelings replace right and wrong. For Katniss, the pattern is repeated over and over: a catastrophic situation is followed by her passionate but often unethical reaction, then a soul-searching analysis of her feelings to deal with her guilt, followed by defiant justification that she had no choice, or that she was confused, which is the fault of those who created the catastrophe. Thus she becomes the victim-hero: they made her do it.Finally, there is the seductive sensationalism of the storytelling. It is like watching a graphic news story that turns horrific events into entertainment. The screaming, the blood, the broken bodies – and when all this is no longer enough, the slow and graphic death of some poor, innocent character we’ve come to like. How can this series be a critique of using injury and death for entertainment when it does the same itself?http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/why-ive-lost-my-hunger-for-violent-unethical-games-20120402-1w8pl.html#ixzz1quyZy5Uhlast_img read more

27 Sep

Why Can’t Two Gay Brothers Marry?

first_imgCharismaNews 23 October 2015  One of the strongest arguments against consensual adult incest is that incestuous unions could result in children with genetic defects, but since that concern wouldn’t apply to same-sex couples, an Irish political leader has argued that gay cousins should be allowed to “marry.” And that only begs the next obvious question: Why not gay brothers or gay sisters?As reported in The Irish Times, Independent Senator David Norris, himself gay, “has said that gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other following the same-sex marriage referendum.”“It would not take a feather out of me if two cousins married each other,” Mr. Norris said. “What is the problem with that?”So, no sooner does the Irish Legislature officially announce the legalizing of same-sex “marriage” than an Irish Senator calls for gay cousins to be allowed to marry.Yes, “Mr. Norris said the regulations covering cousins marrying were introduced to protect the genetic pool, but that this would remain relatively untroubled by same-sex marriage.”Then wouldn’t the same line of reasoning apply to gay brothers or sisters who wanted to “marry”?http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/52814-why-can-t-two-gay-brothers-marrylast_img read more

25 Sep

‘Selective’ martial law in Mindanao mulled

first_imgPresidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said he plans to recommend martial law extensions in Sulu, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao due to the presence of terror groups that have pledged allegiance to international terrorist network of Islamic State (ISIS). “We might recommend to the Secretary of National Defense some areas lang in Mindanao where there is presence ng mga ISIS-inspired groups,” says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. GMA NEWS “As an independent body, we might recommend to the Secretary of National Defense some areas lang particularly Sulu, area ng Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, where there is presence ng mga ISIS-inspired groups,” Galvez said. “Any decision on Mindanao martial law should be thoroughly assessed since terrorists could conduct attacks in any area in the island region,” Galvez said. MANILA – As martial law in Mindanaonears its deadline, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Processmight recommend an extension only in selected areas in the region. He agrees with the proposal to have a “selective” implementation of martial law but will abide by the final recommendation of security forces and local officials. “Martial law would no longer be needed if the Human Security Act is amended to allow warrantless detention of terror suspects up to one month. The current maximum detention of three days is not enough to build the case and disrupt the terrorists’ plans,” he added. President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 because of the Marawi siege. He has since asked Congress to extend it three times. The latest martial law extension in Mindanao is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019 unless President Duterte will asks for another extension and Congress approves it./PNlast_img read more

22 Sep

Manchester United Board to blame for club’s on-field woes, says Neville

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United’s struggles are the result of poor planning by the club’s board and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs time and money to get the team back on track, former defender Gary Neville has said.United, once the dominant force in English football, made their worst start to a Premier League campaign in 30 years and dropped to 12th in the table two points above the relegation zone after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United.Solskjaer is the fourth permanent manager to take charge since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with the 20-times English champions enduring mixed fortunes under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho despite spending heavily on players.“United are getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level,” Neville told Sky Sports.“The board (is) responsible for this with poor recruitment, poor selection of managers, going with them and then pulling off them.“If you change direction as a board every two years, investing 250 million pounds ($308 million) along the way in each manager, you’re going to have big problems.”Solskjaer, who sanctioned the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku in the close season, is trying to rebuild the side with a greater emphasis on youth, and Neville said the board would have to be patient with his former team mate.The club signed centre back Harry Maguire, right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James before the season started, but need to bring in another “five or six top players”, he added.“Solskjaer needs… the opportunity to spend the money the others have had to spend.“If United recruit well in the next three or four windows, they’ve got the bones of something. If they recruit badly, they’ll end up suffering.“There’s no quick fix and it has to be done methodically. I hope, because of the poor results, they don’t come off the path they’re on which is to develop a young, progressive team but they do need some quality and experience in there,” Neville said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Gary NevilleManchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

16 Sep

Footballers can topple Armagh says former All Star Lacey

first_imgPeter Creedon’s men will get their league campaign underway this Sunday in their opening game in Division 3. They’ll travel to the Athletic Grounds to take on Armagh and Brian Lacey says the Tipp Seniors have the ability to defeat their Northern opponents. He said: “Kieran McGeeney’s teams are built around a defensive system and they’re very strong and aggressive and physical. But I think that’s one area where Tipperary could exploit them.  “I don’t think they [Armagh] have the forwards up front to put up huge scores against a team whereas Tipperary does have a lot of natural forwards.“If they can get a run at all against Armagh, Tipp have the scoring forwards  to actually put up a good score and come out with a victory up there.”Throw-in is at 2 o’clock on Sunday and Tipp FM will bring you full live coverage in association with Supermacs.last_img read more