FARC Working with al-Qaeda to Traffic Cocaine to Europe

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_img Peru and Bolivia cooperate to seize two narco-planes Peru and Bolivia cooperate to seize two narco-planes Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda use the cocaine trade to finance their violent activities in the Middle East and northern Africa. They transport drugs originating in South America from West Africa to Algeria, Morocco, and Libya; they also traffic cocaine across the Mediterranean Sea to countries such as Spain, often through the seaports of Barcelona and Valencia, as well as through Madrid’s Barajas Airport. By Dialogo December 04, 2014 Law enforcement authorities in Mexico have more than doubled the number of arrests of oil thieves, according to the Attorney General’s office (PGR). Excellent report. I liked it a lot. Regarding the FARC, I believe their business is in drugs. If the Colombian president believes those who are twisted can go straight, he is mistaken. The guerrilla fighters and narcos never straighten out. It’s good that during the peace talks the government demand that the FARC immediately suspend all recruitment of children and adolescents. Terrorist FARC poses as Robin Hood, meanwhile they kill millions in Colombia trying to defend their drug dealing business. They are just a criminal group, shame on them. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have recently met with representatives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel, the region between the Sahara Desert and Sudan’s savannah, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported on November 30. Bolivian law enforcement officials are investigating where the cocaine came from. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Peru annually is flown by drug traffickers to Bolivia, before they transport it to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The FELCN has confiscated 27 small narco-planes in 2014. Bolivia’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) recently seized two small narco-planes and arrested two pilots on drug charges, FELCN Director Mario Centellas said. Mexican transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, steal large amounts of petroleum from the government-owned oil company PEMEX – typically siphoning the fuel from PEMEX pipelines. Company officials estimate that oil theft will cost 1 billion dollars in 2014. Security forces have documented nearly 9,000 illegal taps of PEMEX pipelines since 2006, according to Mexican daily Excelsior. The narco-jihadists oversee the triangle of land shared by northern Mali and Niger, southern Algeria, Libya and eastern Mauritania. They smuggle large amounts of cocaine into Europe, where there are about four million cocaine users. Mexican security forces crack down on oil thieves Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda use the cocaine trade to finance their violent activities in the Middle East and northern Africa. They transport drugs originating in South America from West Africa to Algeria, Morocco, and Libya; they also traffic cocaine across the Mediterranean Sea to countries such as Spain, often through the seaports of Barcelona and Valencia, as well as through Madrid’s Barajas Airport. center_img Bolivian law enforcement officials are investigating where the cocaine came from. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Peru annually is flown by drug traffickers to Bolivia, before they transport it to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The FELCN has confiscated 27 small narco-planes in 2014. Mexican transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, steal large amounts of petroleum from the government-owned oil company PEMEX – typically siphoning the fuel from PEMEX pipelines. Company officials estimate that oil theft will cost 1 billion dollars in 2014. Security forces have documented nearly 9,000 illegal taps of PEMEX pipelines since 2006, according to Mexican daily Excelsior. The narco-jihadists oversee the triangle of land shared by northern Mali and Niger, southern Algeria, Libya and eastern Mauritania. They smuggle large amounts of cocaine into Europe, where there are about four million cocaine users. The FELCN made the arrests and seizures at two ranches in the northeastern department of Beni, where drug trafficking operatives were allegedly prepared to fill the Cessna 210 aircraft with more than 300 kilograms of cocaine. One of the planes was registered in Brazil, the other in Paraguay. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have recently met with representatives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel, the region between the Sahara Desert and Sudan’s savannah, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported on November 30. From January through September, Mexican security forces arrested 1,415 suspected oil thieves, the PGR reported. That’s a 57 percent increase from the total number of arrests law enforcement officials made for oil theft during the same time period in 2013. Most of the suspects were arrested in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Nuevo Leon. Bolivia’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) recently seized two small narco-planes and arrested two pilots on drug charges, FELCN Director Mario Centellas said. Mexican security forces crack down on oil thieves From January through September, Mexican security forces arrested 1,415 suspected oil thieves, the PGR reported. That’s a 57 percent increase from the total number of arrests law enforcement officials made for oil theft during the same time period in 2013. Most of the suspects were arrested in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Nuevo Leon. Law enforcement authorities in Mexico have more than doubled the number of arrests of oil thieves, according to the Attorney General’s office (PGR). The FELCN made the arrests and seizures at two ranches in the northeastern department of Beni, where drug trafficking operatives were allegedly prepared to fill the Cessna 210 aircraft with more than 300 kilograms of cocaine. One of the planes was registered in Brazil, the other in Paraguay. last_img read more


How to avoid repeating last year’s money mistakes

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Target’s data breach and other financial mishaps show that 2014 provided plenty of lessons for consumersby: Geoff WilliamsWhen you make resolutions and plan and budget for what you hope will happen in the next year, do you ever ask yourself what went wrong this year? Why did it seem like there was never enough money? What resulted in that overdraft fee – or onslaught of fees? Answering questions like that, and making sure you don’t repeat your mistakes, can make for a better future.With that in mind, let’s take a look at some personal finance stories that made the news in 2014 and see what, if anything, we can learn from them to make 2015 an even better year.JanuaryIn the waning months of 2013, hackers broke into Target Corp.’s system and put 100 million customers’ identities at risk by stealing credit and debit card data. While it was a big news story then, it was an even bigger one in January. Also this month, unrelated to Target: The Better Business Bureau warns that credit card scammers were charging stolen credit cards for tiny amounts of money, with $9.84 being a common charge. Criminals evidently believed cardholders wouldn’t notice the charges, and that credit card companies wouldn’t come after crooks for such small amounts.Lesson learned: Complacency doesn’t pay. Monitor your credit card at least on a monthly basis, and for your bank account, weekly or daily isn’t a bad idea.FebruaryThe U.S. Treasury and Justice Department allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally within states where marijuana is permitted. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s second-largest bank, Credit Suisse, makes news because billions of dollars in U.S. taxes are going unpaid due to some wealthy Americans allegedly using secret Credit Suisse bank accounts. continue reading »last_img read more


Survey: Most Americans concerned about avian flu

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgFeb 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More than half of Americans are concerned about the threat of avian influenza reaching the United States, but few are “very concerned” and fewer still have looked into getting an antiviral drug to protect themselves, according to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).In a nationally representative sample of 1,043 people taken in late January, 42% described themselves as “somewhat concerned” and 15% as “very concerned” about the avian flu threat, according to a Harvard news release.However, only 2% had asked their physician about the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or other antiviral drugs for protection from avian flu, and fewer than 0.5% had obtained a prescription.Only about one fifth of the respondents (21%) were worried that they or a family member would contract avian flu within the next year; 78% were unconcerned about that. For comparison, 12% were worried about this risk in a survey taken in December 2004, about a year after avian flu began to spread widely and cause human illnesses in East Asia.Fifty-nine percent thought that avian flu was likely to occur among wild birds in the United States over the next year, while 38% viewed this as unlikely. However, a 53% majority thought it unlikely that the virus would hit farm-raised poultry in this country. Forty-four percent thought poultry would be affected, though only 17% expected that outbreaks would be widespread.Close to two thirds of those polled (64%) thought it unlikely that there would be human cases of avian flu in the United States within the next year. Thirty-four percent thought this was likely, and 14% expected widespread human cases.The respondents were asked what they would do if avian flu did hit the poultry industry or led to human illness in the United States. Close to half (46%) of those who ate poultry said they would stop eating it if poultry outbreaks occurred.Most of those surveyed said that if human cases occurred in their state, they would reduce or avoid travel (75%), avoid public events (71%), try to get a prescription for Tamiflu or other antivirals (68%), and stay at home and keep their children at home during the outbreak (68%).In the Harvard news release, Robert J. Blendon, director of the survey, said this type of response “would likely slow the spread of the disease, but it would also have major impact on the state’s economy and healthcare system.” Blendon is a professor of health policy and political analysis at HSPH.A 54% majority of Americans follow news media coverage of avian flu closely, according to the results. Nearly the same proportion—53%—said the media were giving the subject about the right level of coverage, while 27% said the media were exaggerating it and 11% said they were underplaying it.A 69% majority of the respondents were aware that human cases of avian flu had occurred in Asia, and 73% knew there had been no cases in the Untied States. However, 15% thought human cases had already occurred in this country.Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading advocate of preparedness for pandemic flu, called the survey “an important study in that it begins to track the American understanding of both avian influenza specifically and the general concern regarding preparedness for a future influenza pandemic.” Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.However, he said the survey reflects some public confusion about avian flu and its relationship to the risk of a human flu pandemic. “To most citizens it’s not clear what avian influenza really means as a human health threat,” he said. “They still see this as largely a poultry problem with only occasional transmission to humans.”Thus, most people see the threat to the United States as a possible expansion of the Asian situation, in which widespread bird outbreaks could lead to occasional human cases, Osterholm said, adding, “It’s much more than that.”The immediate risk in the United States “will be much lower [than in Asia] because we’ll have a much lower rate of disease in poultry and much less human exposure,” he said. “But what the public health community is worried about is not that; it’s the risk of a pandemic with avian influenza as the cause. It’s about the birds, but it’s not about the birds. The real concern has to be about the future.”The survey was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:Harvard news release, with links to the full survey resultshttp://www.hsph.harvard.edu/press/releases/press02232006.htmllast_img read more


Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test shortened due to bad water quality

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.The International Triathlon Union (ITU) shelved the swimming leg after tests showed levels of e-coli more than double the acceptable standard. SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT “It was regrettable,” he said, vowing to step up preparations for Sunday’s Mixed Relay, the last in the four-day competition. Former British paralympic triathlete Clare Cunningham tweeted that staging a duathlon was “a completely different race” that “puts some athletes at a huge disadvantage racing in their tri classification.” “Disappointing for all,” said Cunningham.Tokyo 2020 organisers have won widespread praise for their preparations but extreme summer heat and poor water quality have given them a headache at test events, with less than a year to go until the Olympic Opening Ceremony.Competitors at a marathon swimming test event on Sunday complained of smelly water and high water temperature at Odaiba Bay, the location for long-distance swimming and triathlon.READ| Tokyo Olympics 2020: You’ll Never Believe What The Medals Will Be Made FromOrganisers are desperate to avoid the embarrassment of the Rio Olympics in 2016, when the pool used for diving events turned an unsettling shade of green overnight.Brazilian officials also had to scramble to clean up the bay used for sailing and windsurfing that was plagued by sewer bacteria and filthy with rubbish.In October 2017, Tokyo 2020 organisers were left red-faced after tests revealed levels of e-coli bacteria more than 20 times higher than international standards, sparking doubts about the venue’s safety.At the time, the organising committee blamed prolonged summer rain that had brought pollutants from offshore for the high readings between late July and early September.A year later, organisers said that tests using underwater “screens” to filter the water had successfully reduced bacteria levels at the venue.They tested single and triple-layer screens — some 20 metres (66 feet) long and three metres wide — and found that both were effective in bringing bacteria down to safe levels although the triple screen, expected to be employed during games time, worked best.  It was the most recent disappointment at a test event for Tokyo 2020 organisers, after the women’s triathlon run was also cut short due to extreme heat in the Japanese capital.Despite this, French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand was taken to hospital with suspected heatstroke.READ| I Want To Retire After Tokyo Olympics, Says Mary KomAround a dozen competitors and spectators fell ill at a rowing test event, also due to high temperatures, as Tokyo swelters through a deadly heatwave.”I’m so sorry for athletes that we could not prepare the competition conditions effectively,” Shinichiro Otsuka, managing director of Japan’s Triathlon Union, told reporters. LIVE TV Last Updated: 17th August, 2019 12:14 IST Tokyo 2020 Paratriathlon Test Shortened Due To Bad Water Quality The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.center_img The 70 paratriathletes instead competed in a “duathlon” format with two runs and a bike race. WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 17th August, 2019 12:00 IST Press Trust Of India FOLLOW USlast_img read more