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Mexico extradites alleged member of Zetas cartel to U.S.

first_img MEXICO CITY – Mexico turned over a suspected founder of the ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel to U.S. authorities on Sept. 11 for extradition. Mexico’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspect as Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, who also goes by the aliases “El Mamito” or “El Caballero.” Rejón was being sought by the United States on suspicion of racketeering and drug charges, a statement from the office said. The United States says Rejón led an organization that transported large amounts of marijuana and cocaine for distribution in America. The statement said he was previously “considered one of the founders of the criminal organization known as Los Zetas.” He was handed over to officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Toluca, near Mexico City. Rejón was arrested in July 2011. Mexican authorities said at the time that he was number three in the Zetas ranking. [AFP (Mexico), 12/09/2012; Excelsior (Mexico), 11/09/2012] By Dialogo September 12, 2012last_img read more

Argentinian security forces crack down on methamphetamine production

Organized crime groups, including Mexican drug cartels, are producing larger amounts of methamphetamines in Argentina, authorities said. The country is also an important transshipment point for chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs, such as methamphetamines. Ephedrine can be used legally in Argentina to make cold medicines and cough syrup. However, organized crime groups use ephedrine to produce methamphetamine. Argentina has not experienced a dramatic increase in high levels of violence related to drug trafficking, thanks in large part to the efforts of security forces. The lack of violence may be attractive to organized crime leaders who want to produce and transport drugs without engaging in bloody battles with rivals or security forces, a security analyst said. For drug traffickers, “the advantage in this country is that violence has not ensued with the trade of these drugs,” said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, operates in Argentina. The transnational criminal organization has alliances with local gangs in Argentina, according to security analysts. The Sinaloa Cartel typically smuggles methamphetamines from Argentina to other Latin American countries, the United States, or Europe on commercial flights, Gálvez said. Some Argentine gangs are also allied with Colombian drug traffickers. “The problem now that is being detected is that provinces in northern Argentina are engaged in producing (drugs) that are no longer destined to only Europe (or Mexico and the United States), but to Latin American countries themselves,” Gálvez said. Argentine security forces dismantle meth laboratories Argentine organized crime groups work with Mexican drug cartels Among the criminal groups which are allied with Colombian drug traffickers are the Santa Fe and El Cerrito gangs. A gang which operates in the Puerto Madero region works with the Sinaloa Cartel. In August 2012, security forces in Argentina captured members of a drug trafficking gang which had connections to organized crime operatives in Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay. Federal and local police forces arrested 12 suspects, including nine Colombians, two Argentinians, and a Peruvian national. The security forces seized more than 100 kilos of cocaine in Buenos Aires. The drug trafficking group was allegedly led by John Eduard Martinez Grajalas, a Colombian organized crime operative who is known as “The Doctor.” The Doctor has connections to at least two Colombian gangs which engage in drug trafficking, the Urabenos and Los Machos, authorities said. Improving security in the air In recent years, Argentinian authorities have taken strong steps to improve security in the country’s border regions and in its airspace. For example, the National Gendarmerie, in cooperation with the Argentine Air Force, installed new military radars in various parts of the country to detect small aircraft which may be smuggling drugs. The radars were purchased in 2010 at the request of the then Defense Minister, Nilda Garré. Argentina purchased radar equipment from Spain. The equipment is used along Argentina’s northern border. In July 2011, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner launched Operation Northern Shield, in which sophisticated radar equipment was installed in the country’s northern border region. Since July 2011, Argentine security forces have detected more than 800 illegal flights in the country’s airspace. Of those, 242 were related to drug trafficking, officials said. “Currently, 4500 troops from the Argentine Armed Forces (FFAA), mainly from the Army, will be involved in surveillance and control tasks of the northern border, which includes the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Formosa, Corrientes and Misiones,” Defense Minister Agustín Rossi has said. Between January and September 2013, Operation Northern Shield led to the seizure of 52 tons of marijuana along the northern border of the country. Since July 2011, Argentine security forces have detectied more than 800 illegal flights in the country’s airspace. Of those, 242 were related to drug trafficking, officials said . Since 2010, security forces have dismantled dozens of methamphetamine labs in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Salta, and Tucumán, as well as the city of Buenos Aires, according to Argentina’s Secretary for Drug Addiction and Prevention. The Argentine Armed Forces, cooperating with local police agents, shut down at least 43 of these laboratories in 2012 alone, authorities said. By Dialogo December 16, 2013 El Chapo and other drug traffickers often smuggle cocaine or methamphetamines from Argentina into Mexico in airplane luggage, sometimes without the knowledge of the traveler who owns the luggage. For example, in November 2012, Ernesto de la Torre, a Mexican national, flew home following a vacation in Argentina. At Mexico City International Airport, security forces discovered that his luggage had been replaced with luggage which contained at least 10 kilos of cocaine. De la Torre had departed from Ministro Pistarini Airport in Buenos Aires on a Chile Airlines flight which made a stop in Lima, Peru, before proceeding to Mexico. Authorities detained de la Torre for about 10 hours, then released him after determining the luggage containing the cocaine did not belong to him, but had been placed on the airplane in his name. Security forces keep violence in check Smuggling drugs in luggage read more

‘Best Of Enemies’ Vidal-Buckley Debates Doc: Required Viewing For Presidential Mud Wars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As we plunge headfirst into election season, kicked off Thursday night with the raucous Republican debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s interesting to consider just how we got here. The world of political punditry is diametrically divided into two distinct camps: right and left. The news comes at us through either filter, shaded by not only a shadow of subjectivity, but replete with disdain for all who share a different perspective. [See: Donald Trump.]But it wasn’t always this way.The documentary Best of Enemies—written and co-directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, who won last year’s documentary Oscar for Twenty Feet From Stardom—traces the genesis of the faux debates that operate as standard political punditry to the year 1968, when then-faltering network ABC took a gamble during the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions by changing their coverage to hosting live debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr.At the time, both Buckley and Vidal were the voices of the intellectual elite, their syntax indicative of their American aristocratic upbringings. However, despite their similar social and economic standings, they represented ideologically opposing sides: Vidal, a noted historian, novelist, and playwright, was a voice of the progressive left. He loudly opposed American expansionism and supported the Civil Rights Movement, which was coming to an explosive head at the time. Vidal had famously purported that “we are all bisexual to begin with,” and he sought to dismantle what he believed were the social constructs making homosexuality seem immoral, unnatural or criminal.Buckley stood in direct opposition to Vidal on almost every important issue of the time. As the founder of the conservative movement and the editor in chief of the National Review, Buckley took positions that supported white supremacy in the South during the early Fifties, later distancing himself when the movement grew violent. His devout Catholicism formed the foundation of many of his positions, and informed the moral authority he believed government should operate from. His economic and foreign policy opinions veered drastically from Vidal’s, and, through decades of television appearances on his TV talk show Firing Line and his editorship of the National Review—where he stayed until 1990—helped give shape to the modern idea of American conservatism. He was often credited with paving the pathway to Ronald Reagan’s presidency.These opposing ideals wouldn’t have amounted to much television drama, however, if it wasn’t for the uniquely combative debating style they both employed—and for the personal disdain with which they held each other and nearly everything their opponents represented.While Buckley arrived on set for the first debate in Miami Beach during the GOP convention to discuss issues pertinent to the presidential race at the time, Best of Enemies shows that Vidal came with two goals in mind: to personally crush Buckley by inciting him enough to expose himself, and to use the national stage in order to bring greater attention to his novel Myra Breckenridge (and in doing so, boost book sales).He accomplished both.Vidal came armed with an encyclopedic amount of knowledge about Buckley, his family, and the positions he’d taken in the National Review (including inaccurate stories and editorials based on false premises, according to veteran TV journalist George Merlis, who wrote a blog about the significance of the infamous debate). Buckley came to the set only with his innate intelligence and ample oratory skills.They weren’t enough.Vidal came out swinging, first asking how the party so inextricably intertwined with “Republican greed” could lead the country. The clearly flustered Buckley put his rhetorical prowess to good use, dismantling Vidal’s arguments and accusations as skillfully as possible. The “debates” quickly degenerated into personal and ideological attacks that grew more heated as mudslinging substituted for discussion of national policy and political discourse.Vidal succeeded in two distinct ways: in creating an avenue for marketing for his book—Buckley continued to refer to Myra Breckenridge as a pornographic and immoral work (while Vidal refused to acknowledge the National Review by name)—and in the ninth debate that served as the culmination of the growing animosity between the two, which exploded into Buckley’s striking loss of temper that Vidal regarded as the ultimate exposure of him as “cuckoo.”Vidal’s victory came in Buckley’s outburst of a gay slur and threat of physical violence against him. After Vidal called him a “crypto-Nazi” (the film shows that he’d meant to say “crypto-Fascist”), Buckley lost control of his carefully wrought image.“Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face,” he said, half-rising from his seat. “And you’ll stay plastered.”Christopher Buckley, William F.’s son and brief editor in chief successor of the National Review, once wrote that it was only due to his father’s collarbone injury at the time that Vidal remained physically unscathed in that moment.“During the Chicago debates, he was wearing a clavicle brace,” says Christopher Buckley. “It’s possible that the brace prevented the moment from being truly iconic.”Yet the damage was done. Both Buckley and Vidal knew it.“That was a disaster,” Buckley said as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.“We gave them their money’s worth tonight,” Vidal responded.In their own way, each drew from this exchange for the rest of their lives. Buckley, unable to let it go, penned a 12,000-word defense of his performance in Esquire titled “On Experiencing Gore Vidal” in August 1969. Vidal’s acerbic response in the same magazine earned him a libel suit put forth by Buckley that stretched years into their lives, further fueling the lifelong shared enmity that haunted and inspired them until their respective deaths.Their legacy is the ugliness played out on national television, disguised as reasonable political discourse.Best of Enemies was recently featured at the 2015 Stony Brook Film Festival and is currently playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in Manhattan. Check out for showtimes.last_img read more

ICYMI: WBNG’s Morning Round-up (June 25)

first_imgClick here for more information about LUMA 2020. Click here for more information about how Harpurs Ferry is preparing for students to return. (WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including an update on the motorcycle crash on I-88, the latest information on the coronavirus in the country, an update on LUMA 2020 and much more.last_img

MLS agrees five-year deal with players union

first_img “This agreement addresses key strategic priorities for the league and our players while also retaining the basic player compensation structure that has been the foundation for the growth and stability of Major League Soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber. Salary budgets and player benefits will increase so that by the end of the deal the average MLS player salary will jump above $500,000 with senior minimum salaries over $100,000. Free agency was expanded to include players 24 or older and five years in MLS, down from 28 with eight years in the league. Top-paid designated players will be eligible for free agency as well.Advertisement MLS commissioner Garber called the league’s new agreement with its players union a new era of partnership with players Read Also: Man City star Sterling to miss West Ham clash “We believe that the sweeping changes and increased investment in this agreement will not only be integral to the league’s continued growth, but will also move MLS closer to the systems in place in overseas leagues with which we aspire to compete.” A first-ever revenue sharing agreement between team owners and players will ensure increases in media rights revenue, expected when national and global rights deals expire in 2022, are divided between both groups, with players getting 25 percent of the boost in media revenue plus $100 million. The 26-team league will add clubs in St. Louis, Charlotte, Sacramento and Austin, Texas, over the next two years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association announced Thursday that they have agreed a five-year deal that would boost player salaries and free agency rights. The collective bargaining agreement, which must still be ratified by the MLS board of governors and league players, comes just over three weeks before the kickoff of the league’s 25th campaign. “Players have secured an agreement that will substantially change what it means to be an MLS player,” MLSPA executive director Bob Foose said. Loading…last_img read more

5 Bacolod cops remiss in quarantine duties sacked

first_imgColonel Henry Biñas, city police, said these policemen were transferred to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) headquarters. The reassignment order came out in three separate orders duly signed by Police Lieutenant Fermin Pula, chief , Administrative of the BCPO dated May 6. The BCPO chief, however, refused to give further details as to what specific instructions the policemen failed to comply with. “The five police personnel were temporarily relieved while an investigation or an evaluation of their performance because we have an instruction that they have not complied in relation to the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine),” according to Biñas. BACOLOD City – A station commander and four non-commissioned police personnel of Police Station 8 in this city were relieved from their post.  Police Major Charles Gever was reassigned to administrative section of the BCPO. He was replaced by Police Executive Master Sergeant Voltaire Sy, who was from the administrative section of BCPO and designated as officer-in-charge of Police Station 8 effective May 6 based on the order of Biñas. “We all know that we have a problem on the ECQ, so we want that all of our instructions on ECQ should be followed strictly,” Biñas said. “We will give them an opportunity to give their side.”/PN Chrismar Leduna and Rusty Nino, both with the ranks of Police Corporal; and Philip Cueto and Reenmar Bernil, with the ranks of Patrolman were all transferred to the Headquarters’ Group of BCPO.last_img read more

Decatur County bridge work set for April start

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation say work on a single-span bridge on State Road 3 on Decatur County will begin in April.Franklin-based Duncan Robertson Inc. will complete the $820,140 project that will replace the aging superstructure of a concrete girder bridge over Muddy Fork Sand Creek—originally built in 1929—with a 34-foot-long concrete slab accommodating 33 feet of clear roadway side-to-side. Work is slated to begin on or after April 1, 2019.Operations will concentrate on one-half of the structure at a time. This will facilitate continuous single-lane traffic flow controlled by temporary signals at either end of the worksite.  Access to driveways will be maintained at all times.The State Road 3 bridge is located one mile north of Interstate 74, 0.4 miles south of North Decatur High School.last_img read more

Boateng handed two-game ban

first_imgRelatedPosts Two defeats after coronavirus-induced stoppage cost coach his job Thiago Alcantara out for three weeks Bayern in German Cup final after win over Frankfurt Jerome Boateng has been handed a two-match ban by the German Football Association following his red card in Bayern Munich’s 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.Former Germany centre-back Boateng was dismissed in the ninth minute of the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena after referee Markus Schmidt consulted VAR over his trip on Goncalo Paciencia as the last man.The DFB confirmed the suspension will not be appealed, meaning the 31-year-old will miss Bayern’s home clash with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and the trip to Fortuna Dusseldorf after the international break.Bayern’s defeat to Frankfurt was their heaviest Bundesliga loss since going down 5-1 to Wolfsburg in April 2009 and cost head coach Niko Kovac his job.Interim boss Hansi Flick, who will be assisted by Hermann Gerland, will find himself significantly shorthanded in defence for his first league matches, with Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez long-term absentees.Jose Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri and Erik ten Hag have all been touted as permanent successors to Kovac, though the Ajax boss on Monday confirmed he will not leave the Eredivisie side before the end of the season.He told reporters when asked if he plans to stay with the Dutch champions: “I can confirm that. I feel a strong connection with my team, with everyone with Ajax. I can confirm I will stay in Ajax this season.”Ten Hag, who was previously manager of Bayern’s reserve side between 2013 and 2015, added: “Bayern is a fantastic club – I felt really comfortable and really enjoyed working there. They are still in my heart, but now I am with Ajax.“I’m not a dreamer – I focus on Ajax and that’s important. I live for today, my only focus is on Ajax and tomorrow’s [Tuesday’s] game with Chelsea.”Bayern President Uli Hoeness has since revealed that he expects the Bundesliga side to appoint a new manager within the next three weeks.Regarding matters on the pitch, Bayern face Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with the Bavarians looking to make it four wins from four having won their previous three matches in Group B.Tags: Eintracht Frankfurtlast_img read more

Elliot Vieira eyes Bushy Park lap record

first_imgSUPER-stock rider Elliot Vieira has set his sights on retaining the circuit record at the Bushy Park Raceway when the third leg Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) heads there this weekend.During his last outing there, the CMRC defending champion had set the lap record, a blistering 1:04.269 (one minute four point two six nine) seconds which was later reset by the home nation’s Brook Miller with a time of 1m 04.192s“Hopefully, when I go over there I can retain my circuit record. Brook is pretty quick out there so it’s going to be no easy task but I am up for the challenge,” he told Chronicle Sport.Following a damaged bike in at the second round in Trinidad due to a defective master brake cylinder, Elliot says the bike is in working condition with very minimal work to be done ahead of round three.“I’ve completely gone back to the stock brakes, the OEM, factory brakes, callipers,” he added, noting that for now, the entire bike currently just requires suspension work.“I know that I’m really far back in the points as it relates to my title defence and I’m hoping to make most of those points back up in Barbados and I will continue the fight if it is possible.”Elliot currently sits fourth in the standings with 43 points, behind Jamaica’s Robert McDonald, and his cousins Matthew (105) and Stephen (122) of Guyana.last_img read more