Guatemalan drug lord Waldemar Lorenzana pleads guilty in U.S. court

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Waldemar Lorenzana, aka “El Patriarca,” a Guatemalan narco-trafficker connected to México’s Sinaloa drug cartel, pleaded guilty on Aug. 18 to conspiring to ship cocaine to the United States. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly entered his plea in Federal Court, the U.S. Justice Department said in a prepared statement. Guatemalan authorities arrested Lorenzana in 2011. They extradited him to the United States this past March. Lorenzana is the patriarch of a Guatemalan family authorities have linked to Mexican drug baron Joaquín ”Chapo” Guzmán Loera of the Sinaloa Cartel. Two children of Lorenzana are in Guatemala awaiting extradition and a third is still at large. “For years, members of the Lorenzana family smuggled cocaine to the United States with impunity,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Patterson said in a prepared statement. Lorenzana and three of his children worked with drug cartels to move cocaine into the U.S. between March 1996 and April 2009, prosecutors said. The shipments, which were sent in boats and on planes, departed from El Salvador and Guatemala and were delivered to several U.S. cities. Authorities charged him with trying to move over 450 kilograms of cocaine. No sentencing date has been scheduled. Guatemala has seen a worrisome presence of cartels from neighboring México, particularly Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, as authorities said close to half of the Central American nation’s nearly 6,000 murders annually are linked to drug trafficking and gang violence. [AFP (United States), 18/08/2014; Reuters (United States), 18/08/2014] By Dialogo August 21, 2014last_img read more

Front-line defense: Device recognition raises red flag on fraud

first_imgA fraudster’s easiest path through a financial institution’s defenses often starts in the gray area between security and a seamless experience for consumers.Balancing those two priorities has been a traditional quandary in the financial services market, said John Horn, director in Digital Banking at Fiserv.“Banks and credit unions want experiences to be as seamless as possible,” he said. “But there have been so many data breaches in the market, and brand risk is high.”Historically, the market has presented two options to CIOs and digital banking executives: Emphasize security at the expense of experience or weaken defenses for the sake of speed and convenience.But what if there was a third option? Device recognition, also known as device analytics, holds the potential to do away with that either-or scenario, Horn said, by going straight to a device to answer two crucial questions: Is the person logging in really a customer? Or is it someone who bought the credentials off the dark web? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first kit was Arsenal as Chelsea star loved Thierry Henry

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 May 2020 8:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.4kShares Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first kit was Arsenal as Chelsea star loved Thierry Henry Advertisement Henry remains Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer (Picture: Getty)The midfielder, who signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge last summer, believes Chelsea are going in the right direction under Frank Lampard.Lampard has enjoyed an impressive debut season in charge of his former club, with Chelsea currently fourth in the Premier League.Reflecting on Chelsea’s season so far, Loftus-Cheek added: ‘The young boys have done really well so credit to them. They’ve shown that they can play at this level and help the team win.‘The gaffer always said he would play academy players but they have to be doing well to play.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That’s really encouraging for the youngsters coming through the academy in the future that they have a gaffer who’s willing to play them if they show they can play at the level.‘The whole squad have done really well this season, especially having no new players coming in and the team being very young.‘Considering those things and a new manager with new tactics and a new way of playing, we’ve done really well to be where we are at the moment.‘We’ve had times on the pitch where we know ourselves that we need to improve but that’s just football and if we can improve on what we’ve talked about as a collective then we could really be a team that’s in contention for titles in the future.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal and Chelsea keeping tabs on Gladbach teenager Kaan KurtMORE: Joe Cole hails Chelsea legend John Terry as the best captain in Premier League history Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek loved Arsenal legend Thierry Henry growing up (Picture: Getty)Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed his first football kit was an Arsenal one as he loved Gunners legend Thierry Henry growing up.Former France international Henry remains Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, having scored 228 goals in 376 appearances for the north London club.Henry was particularly prolific during the early 2000s and helped Arsenal win the Premier League in 2001-02 and 2003-04 and go unbeaten through that latter campaign.Asked about his first football kit, Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea’s official website: ‘It was actually an Arsenal kit when I was about six because I really liked Thierry Henry at the time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was obviously very shortly after that I started with Chelsea at the academy.’Loftus-Cheek joined Chelsea’s academy in 2004 at the age of eight and went on to make his first-team debut for the Blues a decade later. Commentlast_img read more

Homicide try suspect falls

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Cauayan police station. The 61-year-old Claro Diamante ofBayawan City, Negros Oriental was caught on the strength of an arrest warranton Dec. 9, a police report showed. Bacolod City – Charged with attempted homicide, a man was arrestedin Barangay Poblacion, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. A P36,000 bail bond was recommendedfor Diamante’s temporary liberty./PN Officers of the municipal policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Conrado Estreller Jr. of theMunicipal Trial Court dated April 22.last_img read more

Batesville Council backs recycling center; other meeting notes

first_imgCity officials offer a design as they plan to transform the former Ivy Tech building into a center housing non-profit organizations.BATESVILLE, Ind. – City Council members have agreed to provide additional funding toward a proposed recycling center in Batesville.The Batesville Recycling Building is estimated to cost 75-thousand dollars and will be operated by Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD).On Monday night, Council unanimously approved funding of up to $25,000 from the Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds.Last month, the Rising Sun Regional Foundation granted $30,000 to the City of Batesville toward the project. SEIRD Board of Directors recently provided a $20,000 donation as well.The Belterra funding request was spearheaded by District 1 Council Member Derrick Cox, who calls the project “a benefit to not only Batesville, but surrounding communities.”Fellow councilman Jim Fritsch inquired on the timetable of the project, which Mayor Rick Fledderman says could be as early as next spring.The proposed center will not alter curbside trash or recycling pickup, officials confirm.The City will own the building but operations and utilities will be covered by SEIRD. The company plans to have an attendant on duty during operation hours which are projected to be three days a week from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday mornings.Recyclables accepted include paper, plastic, glass and aluminum, along with electronics, household hazardous waste, appliances, scrap metal, tires and car batteries.Company officials note that the center will not be a location to exchange scrap metal for cash.Other news and notes from Monday’s meeting: –Curbside trash collection is currently on a weekly basis, as it previously was twice a week. The City agreed Monday to move forward with a contract with Rumpke, but officials are now considering whether to schedule collection weekly or biweekly. Batesville resident Mike Vonderheide shared thoughts on the matter:“Once a week is plenty and twice a year [large trash collection] is plenty,” Vonderheide said. “Also, keep the recycling weekly as well, I know there are hardly any trash cans on our street during the second weekly [pickup] in the summer.”City officials are keeping the discussion open as they look for input from city residents.–A citizen asked the mayor if the City was aware of any ongoing investigation. Fledderman declined any knowledge of an investigation, and told the audience he was unaware of any wrongdoing by city officials.–Drones in Batesville? Council President Gene Lambert asked Police Chief Stan Holt about drones reportedly seen flying over Batesville. Holt says he is looking into the legalities as Lambert inquired on privacy concerns.If you have captured a photo of a drone locally and wish to share it with us, email our news director at–Board of Works members approved the purchase of the former Ivy Tech building at the intersection of County Line Road and Huntersville. An anonymous donor agreed to donate 50-thousand dollars toward the project on stipulation the City receives matching funds. Mayor Fledderman announced Monday that donations have reached $50,000 and the transaction was later approved by the Board of Works.–Council members support a resolution to change the state funding formula for Indiana Schools.Mayor Fledderman reasoned, “I’m in support of this because of how funding is to the Batesville school system, we achieve at a higher level than many other [schools].”last_img read more

Racism should be treated as seriously as match-fixing and doping – Holder

first_imgPLAYERS found guilty of racism should face the same penalties as match-fixers and dopers, says West Indies captain Jason Holder. While International Cricket Council (ICC) rules allow for a life ban for on-pitch racist abuse, culprits are rarely punished to that extent.“I don’t think the penalty for doping or corruption should be any different for racism,” Holder told BBC Sport.“If we’ve got issues within our sport, we must deal with them equally.”Under the ICC’s anti-racism policy, a first offence is usually punished with between four and eight suspension points. Two suspension points equate to a ban for one Test or two one-day internationals or two T20 international matches.Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed missed two one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches as punishment for a racist remark to South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo in 2019.Holder cited the experience of England’s Jofra Archer, who has been a target of racial remarks from the crowd both in home and away Tests, and team-mate Moeen Ali, who it is believed was targeted by India fans in a 2014 match because of his Pakistani background.Holder, whose team will take on England in a behind-closed-doors three-Test series starting on July 8 in Southampton, said that he believed that each international meeting could be preceded by reminders to both teams of their responsibilities around race.“In addition to having anti-doping briefings and anti-corruption briefings, maybe we should have an anti-racism feature before we start a series,” he added.“My message is more education needs to go around it.“I’ve not experienced any racial abuse first-hand but have heard or seen a few things around it. It’s something you just can’t stand for.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more