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Colombian Army Seizes FARC Weapons

first_imgIn one case, the Army’s Third Brigade arrested an alleged member of the FARC found with explosives in the municipality of Dagua in the Department of Valle del Cauca. In another operation, Soldiers with the Gaula Cundinamarca Group carried out an arrest warrant that had been issued for an alleged member of the FARC’s 51st Front, who was accused of kidnapping, stealing vehicles, and committing acts of rebellion. Separately, Soldiers with the Gaula Tolima Group in the Department of Tolima arrested a third suspect — an alleged member of the FARC’s 21 Front suspected of charging millions of pesos in extortion fees. Troops with the Colombian National Army’s Joint Task Force Omega found weapons, including an anti-aircraft gun, that the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) allegedly planned to use against Soldiers in the departments of Caquetá and Meta, the Army said on January 12. Bolivian Army and FELCN cooperate In the Department of Meta, Troops seized a cannon pointed at a clearing where Military helicopters would land to transport Soldiers in pursuit of the FARC. Additionally, Soldiers in the village of Santa Helena in Meta destroyed a homemade improvised explosive device (IED) the FARC was allegedly planning to use against Troops. It was 1.1 meters in length, 50 centimeters in diameter and held 25 kilograms of explosives and shrapnel, with a blast diameter of 50 meters, according to the Army. The country’s largest cocaine seizure in 2014 occurred in November, when Bolivian law enforcement officers found 412 kilograms, worth more than $15 million, hidden inside 3,522 boxes of salt lamps aboard a trailer-truck. The Bolivian Armed Forces played a major role in the year-end results of the country’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking, which incinerated a total of 34 tons of illegal substances in 2014, according to Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres. And in another operation on January 15, the Army’s Vulcano Task Force, which is part of the Second Division, confiscated grenades, grenade launchers and ammunition cartridges belonging to the ELN in the Department of Norte de Santander. The ELN – the country’s second-largest terrorist organization behind the FARC – was stockpiling weapons to unleash attacks on civilians, security forces and key points of infrastructure. In another operation, in the Department of Caquetá, Bomb Technicians of the Specific Command of Caguán safely detonated an explosive device it found in an area along the Caguán River known as “Kilometer Seven,” a popular spot for Soldiers to get water while on patrol, according to the Army. The Army didn’t release the names of the suspects, who were captured on January 15, according to the Army’s website. The Army didn’t release the names of the suspects, who were captured on January 15, according to the Army’s website. For example, FUSINA captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas, in an upper-class neighborhood about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa on October 7, 2014. “I want to highlight the work of the Armed Forces for providing support, mainly the Army,” Cáceres told reporters on January 15. “This is because drug traffickers are in inhospitable places and they can’t be reached by air or water.” The country’s largest cocaine seizure in 2014 occurred in November, when Bolivian law enforcement officers found 412 kilograms, worth more than $15 million, hidden inside 3,522 boxes of salt lamps aboard a trailer-truck. “The anti-aircraft gun had a length of 2.2 meters, a diameter of 30 millimeters and was in perfect working order, indicating that it would be used to attack the aircraft that would have evacuated wounded people and delivered supplies to the Troops,” the Army reported. “The anti-aircraft gun had a length of 2.2 meters, a diameter of 30 millimeters and was in perfect working order, indicating that it would be used to attack the aircraft that would have evacuated wounded people and delivered supplies to the Troops,” the Army reported. FUSINA has been proactive in combating narco-trafficking groups, which include Mexican drug cartels that have established a presence in the Central American nation. The Bolivian Armed Forces played a major role in the year-end results of the country’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking, which incinerated a total of 34 tons of illegal substances in 2014, according to Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres. Honduras: FUSINA works to improve security in San Pedro Sula Honduras’ National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA) pursued narco-traffickers and gang members who residents claimed were trying to steal property in the zone of Rivera Hernández in the city of San Pedro Sula on January 16. “The main conclusions from this are prosecutors are complying with the law, and they are doing so with transparency and in the presence of witnesses and the media,” de Leo told reporters. FUSINA has been proactive in combating narco-trafficking groups, which include Mexican drug cartels that have established a presence in the Central American nation. For example, FUSINA captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas, in an upper-class neighborhood about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa on October 7, 2014. Troops with the Colombian National Army’s Joint Task Force Omega found weapons, including an anti-aircraft gun, that the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) allegedly planned to use against Soldiers in the departments of Caquetá and Meta, the Army said on January 12. The Colombian National Army captured three alleged members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), dismantled a shelter used by Clan Úsuga, and seized an array of weapons from the National Liberation Army (ELN) during recent operations nationwide. In one case, the Army’s Third Brigade arrested an alleged member of the FARC found with explosives in the municipality of Dagua in the Department of Valle del Cauca. In another operation, Soldiers with the Gaula Cundinamarca Group carried out an arrest warrant that had been issued for an alleged member of the FARC’s 51st Front, who was accused of kidnapping, stealing vehicles, and committing acts of rebellion. Separately, Soldiers with the Gaula Tolima Group in the Department of Tolima arrested a third suspect — an alleged member of the FARC’s 21 Front suspected of charging millions of pesos in extortion fees. “I want to highlight the work of the Armed Forces for providing support, mainly the Army,” Cáceres told reporters on January 15. “This is because drug traffickers are in inhospitable places and they can’t be reached by air or water.” In the Department of Meta, Troops seized a cannon pointed at a clearing where Military helicopters would land to transport Soldiers in pursuit of the FARC. The Colombian National Army captured three alleged members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), dismantled a shelter used by Clan Úsuga, and seized an array of weapons from the National Liberation Army (ELN) during recent operations nationwide. Cáceres made his announcement after Antonino de Leo, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) representative in Bolivia, said that security forces destroyed more than 18 tons of cocaine base, four tons of cocaine hydrochloride and 12 tons of marijuana in 2014. “The main conclusions from this are prosecutors are complying with the law, and they are doing so with transparency and in the presence of witnesses and the media,” de Leo told reporters. Cáceres made his announcement after Antonino de Leo, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) representative in Bolivia, said that security forces destroyed more than 18 tons of cocaine base, four tons of cocaine hydrochloride and 12 tons of marijuana in 2014. Additionally, Soldiers in the village of Santa Helena in Meta destroyed a homemade improvised explosive device (IED) the FARC was allegedly planning to use against Troops. It was 1.1 meters in length, 50 centimeters in diameter and held 25 kilograms of explosives and shrapnel, with a blast diameter of 50 meters, according to the Army. Bolivian Army and FELCN cooperate Agents with FUSINA, an elite security force comprised of Army Soldiers and National Police officers, kept a close eye on vehicles, buses and residences, while sniffer dogs searched for narcotics in one of San Pedro Sula’s roughest areas. Honduras: FUSINA works to improve security in San Pedro Sula Colombia Army Scores Victories against FARC, Clan Úsuga, ELN A day after Soldiers captured those three suspects, the Army’s Tenth Brigade made it harder for members of Clan Úsuga to operate in the Department of Antioquia by destroying one of the narco-trafficking group’s clandestine camps in the town of Cáceres. As part of Operation Sword of Honor III, Troops dismantled the encampment, which had the capacity to accommodate up to 20 people. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Troops captured any suspects or seized any narcotics at the camp. A day after Soldiers captured those three suspects, the Army’s Tenth Brigade made it harder for members of Clan Úsuga to operate in the Department of Antioquia by destroying one of the narco-trafficking group’s clandestine camps in the town of Cáceres. As part of Operation Sword of Honor III, Troops dismantled the encampment, which had the capacity to accommodate up to 20 people. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Troops captured any suspects or seized any narcotics at the camp. And in another operation on January 15, the Army’s Vulcano Task Force, which is part of the Second Division, confiscated grenades, grenade launchers and ammunition cartridges belonging to the ELN in the Department of Norte de Santander. The ELN – the country’s second-largest terrorist organization behind the FARC – was stockpiling weapons to unleash attacks on civilians, security forces and key points of infrastructure. Colombia Army Scores Victories against FARC, Clan Úsuga, ELN Honduras’ National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA) pursued narco-traffickers and gang members who residents claimed were trying to steal property in the zone of Rivera Hernández in the city of San Pedro Sula on January 16. Agents with FUSINA, an elite security force comprised of Army Soldiers and National Police officers, kept a close eye on vehicles, buses and residences, while sniffer dogs searched for narcotics in one of San Pedro Sula’s roughest areas. In another operation, in the Department of Caquetá, Bomb Technicians of the Specific Command of Caguán safely detonated an explosive device it found in an area along the Caguán River known as “Kilometer Seven,” a popular spot for Soldiers to get water while on patrol, according to the Army. By Dialogo January 20, 2015last_img read more

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Committee explores putting disciplinary records online

first_imgCommittee explores putting disciplinary records online July 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Committee explores putting disciplinary records online Also being considered is whether members should be able to expunge records of older cases Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A special commission has heard a recommendation that all Bar disciplinary records should be available online, which prompted the panel to appoint a subcommittee to explore whether Bar members should be able to expunge records of older cases.The Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation met June 23 during the Bar’s Annual Meeting and worked on putting its finishing touches on recommendations to the Bar Board of Governors about the Bar’s discipline system.The commission expects to meet again at the Bar’s General Meeting in September in Tampa, which Chair and Bar President-elect Hank Coxe said could see the group finish its work.Currently, the Bar makes no disciplinary information available online, but extensive information is available to someone who calls the Bar. That includes all past disciplines from admonishments to disbarments (private reprimands issued in cases before that discipline was eliminated in 1990 remain confidential), records on all cases closed within the past year, and in some cases confirmation of an ongoing investigation.A commission subcommittee looked at that policy. “The subcommittee recommends that all the information available on the phone would be available on the Web site,” reported Tony Boggs, director of the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Division. “I can tell you from a resource perspective, it would take fewer resources if people could look at it on their own [on the Internet, instead of calling the Bar.]”Boggs also noted the present policy creates a system where disciplinary records are public, but the Bar provides different access depending whether the request is made online or by phone.“I think the public looks to the Bar for information, and if it’s hard to get then you’re not fulfilling what the public expects,” said commission public member Roddie Bailey, who also serves on the Bar’s Citizens Forum.But other commission members said they were concerned that the Bar could overwhelm the public with too much information and cause confusion. Others also said it could penalize an exemplary lawyer who received an admonishment or reprimand early in his or her career but then went on to decades of outstanding service.Coxe asked for a show of hands from those interested in allowing lawyers to expunge old records of older cases, and about half of the commission members raised their hands. Coxe appointed a subcommittee to look at that and report back in September.Commission member Judge Barry Stone moved that all disbarments, disciplinary resignations, and suspensions be posted online, along with all public reprimands for the past 10 years. “My thinking is we read about it when we get the Bar News [in Disciplinary Actions] and what they get in the Bar News should be available to the public for years,” he said.The panel ultimately tabled that motion while the subcommittee studies the matter.On other matters, the commission discussed reinstatement procedures where lawyers suspended for 91 days or longer must have a reinstatement hearing (lawyers suspended for 90 days or less are automatically reinstated). That included whether the Florida Board of Bar Examiners should have a role in determining whether a suspended lawyer has shown rehabilitation.Boggs noted in some cases before referees, judges have reversed the burden of proof and required the Bar to show that suspended lawyer is not rehabilitated. He also said the reinstatement hearing process typically adds seven to 12 months to a suspension.The reinstatement issue also led members into debating whether only circuit judges should be appointed as disciplinary referees. Some members said that some county judges had rendered poor decisions. But other members said they needed more than anecdotal evidence.Commission member and former Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding suggested that problem could be addressed by asking chief circuit judges to only appoint experienced judges, either circuit or county, to be referees, noting that the Second and 13th circuits already use only circuit judges.The commission directed Bar staff to assemble statistics on referee reversals, and a subcommittee was appointed to review that issue and make a recommendation at the commission’s next meeting.Also addressed were the standing to file a grievance and the requirement that in most cases the complainant file a sworn statement before a discipline file is opened. Boggs said if the Bar has enough information on its own, such as a bounced trust account check, it will proceed without a sworn statement.After an extensive discussion, commission members agreed that no change is needed, noting that a sworn statement isn’t required to access the Bar’s ACAP program. That system aims to resolve minor attorney-client problems without entering into the grievance process.Commission member and Assistant U.S. Attorney Anita Cream brought two concerns about pending rule changes that could affect prosecutors. One, she said, could make attorneys responsible for statements to the press by other office employees over whom they have little or no control.The second, Creamer said, could inhibit prosecutors in the limited cases when they seek testimony from an attorney about a client.The commission agreed with Harding, who observed it was premature to discuss those suggested rules as they are still pending at the Florida Supreme Court.last_img read more

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Nominate a Credit Union Hero

first_imgCredit Union Magazine is celebrating the credit union movement’s heroes—and you can be part of the nomination process.CUNA’s monthly magazine is seeking candidates for its 12th annual Credit Union Hero of the Year Award. These individuals exemplify the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” go the extra mile to make a difference in their communities, and demonstrate their service, advocacy, and commitment to the credit union movement.“We seek to recognize those who are making significant contributions that advance the credit union movement,” says Ann Peterson, CUNA’s vice president of publishing. “We’re looking for people who have truly invested their hearts and souls into creating a lasting impression not only at their credit union, but on behalf of all credit unions.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The Vis archipelago has become the second UNESCO Geopark in Croatia

first_imgGeologically, it is the most attractive area of ​​the Adriatic composed of the oldest and youngest rock formations. Parts of the Vis archipelago are built of volcanic rocks. Such rocks are unique in the Adriatic and are easily distinguished from other Adriatic islands that are predominantly built of sedimentary rocks. For more information on the Vis Archipelago Geopark, see here. The Vis archipelago also has great geotourism potential, great biodiversity and landscape diversity, rich cultural, historical and traditional heritage, and above all diverse and extremely valuable geological and geomorphological heritage recognized by this Ministry. The establishment of the Vis Archipelago Geopark, the second geopark in the Republic of Croatia, would primarily contribute to raising awareness of the importance of protecting geological and geomorphological heritage and recognizing geotourism as a unique tourist offer. As of today, the Vis Archipelago Geopark is a member of the UNESCO World Network of Geoparks, they performed from UNESCO-And. Thus, the Vis Archipelago Geopark, after the Papuk Nature Park, became the second UNESCO Geopark in Croatia. Related news: PAPUK NATURE PARK THE FIRST CROATIAN GEOPARK UNDER UNESCO PROTECTION The area of ​​the Vis archipelago consists of the island of Vis, the surrounding islets belonging to it, Biševa, Saint Andrew, Cranberry, Apples i Palagruže. The network of UNESCO World Geoparks consists of areas of geological and geomorphological heritage of international importance, while the goal of the UNESCO World Geoparks program is to protect geological, geomorphological and other values ​​of geoparks and manage the area through education and implementation of activities in accordance with sustainable development goals. and for the benefit of the local community. last_img read more

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Highlands to Zumba its Way Toward Mammogram Awareness

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnHIGHLANDS – Combine fun and camaraderie with exercise and the opportunity to make women aware of the necessity of mammograms and what do you get? You get the big Zumba event that will mark the Highlands inaugural participation into the Paint the Town Pink campaign.Two Zumba instructors, Margo McCray Gough and Jenny Correa Cervantes, will be leading a free class for those age 15 and older on Monday, May 6, at Henry Hudson Regional High School in Atlantic Highlands. Participants are being asked to arrive at 6:15 p.m. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. “The first hour will be like a beginner’s class and anyone who wants to remain for the next hour can do so,” said Mary-Margaret Kurta, who is the Paint the Town Pink chairwoman for Highlands.“So many people have been impacted by (Super Storm Sandy) that we thought it would be a nice way to have people do something for themselves, something enjoyable … It will be a good way to take their mind off of things,” said Kurta, who is already talking about what the town might do for next year’s commemoration.Kurta thought that a Zumba class would be a good entry into Meridian Health System’s mammogram awareness campaign because of her own experience at a gym in Atlantic Highlands whose owner is a Highlands resident. She takes a Zumba class there along with many others. “I enjoy it and there are so many women from the area of all different ages that go to the class. So we thought, we enjoy, we like seeing each other and it gives you something to do for yourself,” she said. “That’s how the class came about.”The borough’s participation came about because Kurta had watched during the last seven years how paint the Town Pink “had brought such joy and awareness to the area. I thought, how can we do something?”After talking to a number of people about the idea, she attended a borough council meeting last spring to inquire why Highlands was not involved. Council members asked Kurta “if I’d like to volunteer and I said absolutely.“I personally don’t have any family members who have been impacted by breast cancer but I have many co-workers who have been and whose families have been,” said Kurta, who works as a speech therapist for the Middletown school system. “That really increased my awareness.”The events of the past six months also have acted as an impetus for Kurta to get involved in the campaign.“There are so many people without insurance lately that I’ve talked to in the area, especially with the storm. I think people have let themselves take care of all the other issues and I wondered how many people are really taking care of themselves,” she said.Making an appointment for an annual mammogram is one way for women to care for themselves, she noted.In addition to the Zumba class, pupils and staff from Highlands Elementary School will be wearing pink to show their support for Paint the Town Pink.Students from Henry Hudson Regional also will be helping the Highlands’ businesses participating in Paint the Town Pink by painting store windows with designs to increase awareness of the campaign and the need for mammograms.“It’s great how Atlantic Highlands and Highlands have gotten the students involved,” Kurta said.Though only a few businesses in town have opened since Super Storm Sandy ripped into Highlands, the owners of those that have, have contacted Kurta to see what they can do for Paint the Town Pink. This year “will be just a small stepping stone for something that will be great for this town,” she said.Kurta has been letting people know about Highlands’ participation by talking at town meetings about the campaign. She also has “pinked her ride” – decorated her car with signs and stickers to attract attention for the event. The car was driven by her daughter and son in the Highlands St. Patrick’s Day parade last month.The Zumba class is expected to be open to about 150 participants. Organizers are asking that those who expect to attend register by Wednesday, May 1, at 855-PINK411 (855-746-5411).last_img read more

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RECENT SANTA ANITA RENOVATIONS EARN L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL’S PRESTIGIOUS ‘BEST HOSPITALITY PROJECT’ AWARD

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2015)–Santa Anita Park, which has undergone extensive modernization and renovation projects over the past three years, has been awarded the prestigious “Best Hospitality Project” award for 2015 by the Los Angeles Business Journal–long considered metropolitan Los Angeles’s leading chronicler of business innovation, activity and investment.“When this award was announced Tuesday night, it seemed to send a jolt through the audience, which included the biggest players in L.A.’s design, development, real estate finance and brokerage communities,” said Billy Lehman, who on behalf of the Stronach Group and its West Coast Chairman Keith Brackpool, oversaw modernization upgrades to several areas at the track, including Santa Anita’s new luxury suites, the box seat area, mezzanine, Club House Terrace, Eddie Logan Suite and Chandelier Room.“The fact that the L.A. Business Journal trained their eye on Santa Anita Park for the first time and recognized our redevelopment above new, white-hot area hotels and other projects in this category, further validates Keith’s theory, which is to generate interest and attract large numbers of people via great design.”(Under Lehman’s direction, AvroKO Design and Shawmut Design and Construction Corporation were key players in all facets of Santa Anita’s redevelopment efforts).Santa Anita Park, which attracted 40,810 on-track fans for its current Winter Meet opener on Dec. 26, will host the 78th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday March 7, and will conduct live racing through closing day, June 28.For more information on racing, group or specialty events, please visit santaanita.com. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF BEST COMMERCIAL DESIGN & REDEVELOPMENT SENDS MESSAGE TO MAJOR PLAYERS IN L.A. AREA’S DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, FINANCE & BROKERAGE COMMUNITIESlast_img read more