Panama Seizes 3.7 Tons of Cocaine in the First Days of October

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo November 19, 2020 Between September 30 and October 6, the Panamanian Air and Naval Service (SENAN, in Spanish) seized more than 3.7 tons of cocaine in four operations conducted in Panamanian waters.On October 6, while patrolling north of Colón Island, Bocas del Toro province, SENAN agents seized 1,833 kilograms of cocaine in a speedboat manned by four men, SENAN said in a statement. More than 20 units of this institution, using air and naval means, together with air units of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), took part in the operation to intercept the boat, Commissioner Edson Castillo, SENAN head of Operations, told Diálogo.Another operation was carried out on October 1, in the Las Perlas archipelago, off the Pacific coast of Panama, SENAN reported in a press release. The operation, carried out with the support of JIATF South and the Colombian Navy, which alerted the authorities, Commissioner Castillo said, resulted in the seizure of 1,229 kg of cocaine and the capture of three Colombians who were transporting the drug in a speedboat.“This was a very interesting incident. There, our naval units intercepted a vessel that was sailing southeast of Punta Coco, and there was resistance,” Commissioner Castillo said. During the crossfire, the officer said, a criminal was hurt and taken to a hospital in Panama City.“Very rarely are such actions taken against SENAN; usually when [criminals] feel the presence of air and naval personnel […], they jettison packages into the water and try to run aground and flee,” he added.On the same day, in the Chame area, a municipality in Panamá Oeste province, security forces seized 310 kg of cocaine, SENAN said in a press release.Commissioner Castillo said that the operation began when SENAN agents detected a hideout used to stash narcotics. In addition to the drug seizure, agents captured a Panamanian citizen.Finally, on September 30, in the Río Hato community, Coclé province, service members seized 376 kg of cocaine in an operation to intercept a suspicious vessel.“We have redoubled our efforts to comply with the citizenry, and we have strengthened our maritime interdiction networks to intercept all those opportunities that criminals want to handle behind the scenes,” Commissioner Castillo said.From January 1 to October 7, SENAN seized more than 36 tons of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, in 68 operations, the institution said in a press release.last_img read more

5 reasons not to miss the 2017 CUNA Lending Council Conference

first_imgWhere were you in 1995? Were you just starting your first big job? Were you still in school?1995 was the first year of CUNA Lending Council Conference, and while a lot of fads from then have (fortunately) faded away, the conference is still going strong. As I write this, final preparations are being made for the 23rd Annual CUNA Lending Conference, to be held November 12-15, 2017, in Nashville.What’s the secret to the event’s longevity? Value. Attendees encounter people, ideas, trends and perspectives that challenge their pre-conceived notions, expand their horizons and help them advance their careers.For this year specifically, here are five things I’m excited about.Exploring IssuesThis is an event by and for credit union lenders, and the deep, eclectic lineup of breakout sessions reflects that. In the breakouts, conference attendees hear the latest news on important topics (regulations, economics, consumer behavior) and exclusive, actionable insights that will enhance their loan programs.Some sessions for 2017 include:Affordable Lending-A Good Business DecisionMaking Indirect Members Full-Service MembersBring Your Digital Lending into the End ZoneNCUA MBL Rule Implementation UpdateEffectively Managing Today’s Compliance and Legal Hot TopicsNew Regulatory Requirements Update and Expectations from the Trump AdministrationKeynote PresentationsSpeakers help define CUNA Lending Council Conference, and this year, our two keynoters will put the themes of resilience and resourcefulness front and center in lenders’ minds.Jean Chatzky, best-selling author and financial editor of The Today Show, will share her positive philosophy towards advancement and growth, a worldview that will help lending professionals succeed in tough times. Closing out the conference, artist and author Phil Hanson will teach conference-goers how to “Embrace the Shake” and try new things in the face of limitations.AwardsEach year, CUNA Lending Council uses their conference as a platform to celebrate exceptional lending talent with the CUNA Lending Council Awards. The awards ceremony inspires us with stories of credit unions their professionals whose dedication and ingenuity have resulted in remarkable achievements.If you want to see what’s possible in your field, you can’t miss it. (View the categories and make a nomination here.)ConnectionBecause it concentrates the nationwide credit union lending community in one place, this conference is an incredible venue for networking. Four days may not seem like a lot of time to meet people, but by the end of the conference, you end up with tons of new contacts who face the same struggles you do and discuss solutions.You’ll gain friends, collaborators and—most crucially—partners in your quest to provide better loans to members.The Unexpected My favorite experiences at CUNA Lending Council Conference have been the ones I didn’t anticipate. With so many lending professionals, so many sessions and so many issues to cover, your conference experience is bound to take a few unexpected turns.Maybe you and your new friends will take a tour of Nashville when the conference adjourns for the day, or perhaps you’ll bump into a vendor whose product is the perfect solution you need to streamline your lending operations.Who can say for sure what will happen? All I know is, those who attend CUNA Lending Council Conference will see why this event has been going strong for 23 years—and will continue to for years to come.To learn more and register, visit 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Stowell Bob Stowell is Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer for Firefly Credit Union, a $1B+ financial cooperative serving the Greater Twin Cities Community. In his role, Bob leads the credit … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Fair earns All-ACC 1st-team honors, Ennis makes 2nd team

first_img Published on March 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Syracuse forward C.J. Fair was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team Monday and freshman guard Tyler Ennis was a second-team selection. Jabari Parker, Marcus Paige, T.J. Warren and K.J. McDaniels join Fair on the first team and Rodney Hood, Malcolm Brogdon, Lamar Patterson and James Michael McAdoo join Ennis to make up the second team. Ennis was also named to the All-ACC defensive team and all-freshman team for the conference.SU forward Jerami Grant, who has battled a back injury for the past few weeks, received All-ACC honorable mention.Fair finished seventh in the conference in scoring with 16.9 points per game and his 37.8 minutes per game were second only to Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins.Ennis earned a reputation this season for his clutch play, highlighted by a game-winning 35-footer against Pittsburgh in February, but he also became the first freshman in ACC history to lead the conference in both assists per game — with 5.5 — and steals per game — with 2.1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe point guard was one of two unanimous selections to the all-freshman team. Parker was the other, with North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks, Virginia Tech guard Devin Wilson and Virginia guard London Perrantes rounding out the team. Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller, UNC forward J.P. Tokoto, UVA forward Akil Mitchell and McDaniels join Ennis on the All-ACC defensive team.The league’s player of the year, freshman of the year and defensive player of the year awards will be announced Tuesday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘Madden’ predicts Super Bowl 53 result: Video game heavily favors one team

first_imgThe spread for Super Bowl 53 is currently Patriots by a field goal, giving them the equivalent of a 59 percent chance to beat the Rams. But in running well over 100 full game simulations in “Madden NFL 19,” it became evident that the video game engine believes the underdog Rams will prevail.And the game suggests so with a stunningly high level of confidence.”Madden NFL 19″ gives Los Angeles an eye-popping 72 percent chance to win Super Bowl 53.MORE: Top 10 Super Bowls of all time When looking at the positional breakdown for Patriots vs. Rams through “Madden NFL 19” ratings, the teams appear evenly matched. New England has advantages at quarterback, tight end and linebacker. Los Angeles gets edges at wide receiver, defensive line and special teams. The teams are rated relatively close at running back, offensive line and in the secondary.That means strength vs. strength could determine the winner. The Rams’ defensive line will need to disrupt Tom Brady and prevent the QB from getting into a rhythm. If they’re unsuccessful, and if Brady gets rid of the ball quickly and moves the chains consistently, the Patriots will be in great position to win.One big question mark about the Super Bowl is how Rams running back Todd Gurley will be utilized. Since returning from injury for the playoffs, Gurley largely has been supplanted by backup C.J. Anderson, barely even seeing the field in the NFC championship game against the Saints. Gurley is the highest-rated rusher in “Madden NFL 19” at 95 Overall, while Anderson is just an 80 Overall. While “Madden” picked the Patriots last year, it did give the Eagles a much better chance (48 percent) in our simulations than most believed them to have (betting odds of 36 percent). So the game gets partial credit for seeing that Super Bowl matchup as a toss-up.Below are the “Madden” predictions for Super Bowl 53 between the Rams and Patriots.SUPER BOWL 53 PICKS:Patriots-Rams predictions from SN’s experts’Madden’ predicts Super Bowl 53 result EA Sports EA Sports EA Sports EA Sports’ “Madden NFL” franchise has long been recognized for its above-average accuracy in predicting Super Bowl results. In some cases, the accuracy has been frightening.Going back to 2004, “Madden” is 10 for 15 in picking the Super Bowl winner. More impressive, though, is that on multiple occasions the game has predicted the precise margin of victory or even the exact final score. Rams QB Jared Goff is the most likely MVP according to the video game, though it’s important to note that “Madden” has a heavy bias toward QBs in its MVP awarding. Goff won Super Bowl MVP for 52 percent of the simulations in which the Rams were victorious. Gurley was next at 26 percent.In one instance — and something the NFL might consider a worst-case scenario — Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, infamous for the non-call pass interference/hit to the helmet in the NFC championship game, was awarded Super Bowl MVP.MORE: Ranking all 52 Super Bowl MVPs One trend that could be quickly identified in the simulations: The Rams scoring 30 or more points nearly ensured their Super Bowl victory. They scored 30 or more points 61 percent of the time, and the Patriots only managed to win seven percent of those games. However, when New England held LA under 30 points, the Pats won 64 percent of the time.So while the Rams defense’s ability to get to Brady is a key for most evaluators going into Super Bowl 53, the game believes the Rams’ scoring output is more critical. Based on the results, “Madden NFL 19” believes the Rams will hit the 30-point threshold and hand the Patriots their second straight Super Bowl defeat at the hands of an underdog.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at, hosts the Press Row Podcast and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.last_img read more


first_imgA CONVICTED sex offender at the centre of a massive Donegal investigation has been sentenced to nine-months in prison by Judge Eamon O’Brien at Limerick District Court, after he failed to notify gardai of his address within seven days of his release from prison.In July 2010, Leo Forde, 28, with an address in Laghey Road, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old schoolgirl in 2003.Forde was the fifth person to be convicted of sex crimes against the girl, who was assaulted by the now 28-year-old three times at school shed when he was 19 and she was 13. Donegal Circuit Court suspended the last year of the sentence, and Forde was released on Christmas week in December of last year.Prior to his conviction, Forde was a maintenance worker at a Limerick apartment block but had since lost his job.Gardai arrested Forde in Limerick on December 31 last after he was detained by security staff in Dunnes on Harvey’s Quay for the theft of a box of Budweiser worth €18.He was also charged with the theft of a bottle of wine at a Spar store on Henry Street, three days earlier.Evidence was given that Forde, with an new address in Limerick city centre, gave gardai a false name during his arrest for the alcohol thefts.Forde failed to inform gardai of his address within seven days of his release from prison.Ted McCarthy, solicitor for the accused, told the court that his client had difficulty in registering as he did not have a permanent address, and the compliance to register under legislation could not be done if “you were of no fixed abode”.“This is where my client had difficulty, but he did, and has complied with the requirements, and in fact, registered an address within 10 days and has been compliant ever since”.Judge Eamon O’Brien heard that the maximum sentence upon conviction for the breach of the section 12 requirements of a registered sex offender was a fine not exceeding €5,000 or 12 months imprisonment, or both.In the matters of the thefts, the court heard that the goods had been recovered.Forde was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for a period of two years, and bound to the peace for two years.DONEGAL PAEDOPHILE JAILED FOR FAILING TO GIVE ADDRESS TO GARDAI was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL PAEDOPHILE JAILED FOR FAILING TO GIVE ADDRESS TO GARDAlast_img read more