Philippine Navy Captures ASG Member

first_img View post tag: ASG View post tag: Philippine Navy A top member of the Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) was captured by the Philippine Navy with other government law enforcement agencies June 22, 2014. View post tag: Captures View post tag: Naval Sattar Abdulla aka Abu Satar was captured while hiding in Tulnalutan Island, Zamboanga City by the Philippine Navy units.Sattar has a pending Warrant of Arrest and frequently being pursued by government law enforcers. He is alleged to be financing the ASG operations and known as one of the group’s members.Sattar was reported and confirmed to be hiding in the said island near the main land of Zamboanga City. With this report, Joint Law enforcement Operations was organized with the National Bureau of Investigation, Task force Zamboanga, Recon Company, Zamboanga City Police and Naval Task Group 61.1 aboard PG118 as the interim Task Group Commander.BRP Emilio Liwanag (PG118) with the Command group embarked with personnel from other law enforcement agencies together with Naval Operations Unit-6 and Naval Intelligence Service Group – Western Mindanao as the main effort. The mission was successfully accomplished without firefight and without any incurred injury or casualty on the government side and the nearby civilian populace of the targeted area.[mappress]Press Release, June 27, 2014; Image: Flickr View post tag: Navy Authorities June 27, 2014 View post tag: member Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippine Navy Captures ASG Member View post tag: News by topic View post tag: asia Philippine Navy Captures ASG Member Share this articlelast_img read more

Future of Elkhart County Courthouses still a question mark

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook By Tommie Lee – February 25, 2020 1 282 Twitter Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Future of Elkhart County Courthouses still a question mark (Photo supplied/The Elkhart Truth) The Elkhart County Courthouse is still wrestling with security and safety issues, and a study is underway to improve that.The study wants to streamline the county courts system by combining the court buildings in Goshen in Elkhart into one new facility. According to WSBT, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman of Goshen isn’t in favor of that and would prefer to keep the two courthouses.The Indiana Supreme Court says the buildings don’t meet current standards. Elkhart’s court building requires $100,000 in maintenance each year, and Mayor Rod Roberson is concerned about what impact it’s closure would have on the city.There is still a question of what would happen to the two buildings if a new one was built. Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleFord recalls popular F-150 pickup to fix headlamp problemNext articleMichigan angling to become a center for the future of automobiles Tommie Leelast_img read more

John Owen-Jones Begins Performances in Les Miz on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 John Owen-Jones in ‘Les Miserables’ View Comments Related Showscenter_img Les Miserables John Owen-Jones, the Jean Valjean who will bring the Les Miserables revival home when it closes on September 4, begins performances in the production on March 1. He replaces Alfie Boe in the tuner, which is playing at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre.Owen-Jones, at 26, became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Valjean in the West End production of Les Miz. He is one of a handful of actors to have played the role of Valjean both in the West End and on Broadway (in 2007) and he reprised the role for the 25th Anniversary new production of Les Miz in its UK tour in 2010. Owen-Jones is London’s longest-running Phantom with nearly 2,000 performances in the role.Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the current cast of the reimagined production also includes Hayden Tee as Javert, Alison Luff as Fantine, Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras.Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 and was revived previously in 2006.last_img read more

Senate passes ‘jobs bill,’ restores Seal of Quality

first_img(Vermont Business Magazine) The Senate passed S288, the so-called jobs bill, that will use federal stimulus funds in an effort to put Vermonters back to work and encourage small business investment. An amendment to the bill restores the Vermont Seal of Quality program. The Seal is intended to assure consumers that the product, such as maple syrup or dairy products, is a purely Vermont product. The Agency wanted to end the program because they do not have the resources to enforce the strict regulations, and without that guarantee the program is neither valid nor effective. As for the jobs bill itself, the Senate had been chided by Governor Douglas for not moving the legislation through the process quicker. In response, the Senate passed the bill with House and Senate amendments 28-0. The title of S288 is “An act relating to the Vermont recovery and reinvestment act of 2010.” As for the Vermont Seal of Quality, under the Senate legislation, Vermont’s Regional Economic Development organizations will consider the applications to use the seal. “People from across the country have come to associate the Vermont Seal of Quality with quality, Vermont made brands,” said Senator Peter Shumlin.  “The Seal is an effective and valuable economic development tool and I am pleased that the Senate has found a way to continue its use.”The bill uses $8.6 million in federal stimulus funds to make investments into growing green businesses, job training and broadband expansion.“This bill invests in the Vermont businesses that will help lead us out of the recession and back into prosperity,” said Senator Vince Illuzzi, chief sponsor of the bill and Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee.The money will be invested as follows:        ●  $2.85 million for the Vermont Telecommunications Authority to expand broadband access ●  $1 million for the Vermont Jobs Fund.●  $1 million for loans to allow farmers to refinance their debt.●  $1 million for the downtown and village center tax credit program.●  $950,000 for the Vermont Training Program to provide employment training.●  $800,000 for loans to businesses harmed by the closure of the Lake Champlain Bridge●  $850,000 for an entrepreneur’s seed capital fund to provide money to growing green and agriculture businesses. ●  $100,000 for the Vermont Film Commission.●  $50,000 to temporarily restore the Seal of Quality program, which had been suspended by the Douglas Administration.The Senate’s amendment will now be considered by the House before proceeding to the governor for his signature.Source: Shumlin’s office. 4.9.2010last_img read more

U.S. scores major victory against business linked to cartel money laundering

first_img A major operation targeting the Sinaloa Cartel led to nine arrests and the seizure of about USD$100 million by law enforcement authorities in Los Angeles last week. About 1,000 U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agents cooperated in the takedown, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The effort, focused in Los Angeles’s downtown fashion district, was called “Operation Fashion Police.” The operation targeted an alleged money laundering operation by the Sinaloa Cartel, according to a U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) statement. The Sinaloa Cartel is a Mexican transnational criminal organization which is engaged in international drug trafficking, extortion, human trafficking, kidnapping, and other criminal enterprises, according to statements by the FBI and the DOJ. “These indictments and arrests deal a massive blow to complex trade-based money laundering schemes in general, and will therefore severely impair the ability of drug cartels to realize profits and further entrench themselves in our nation’s socioeconomic fabric,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Associate Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam said. Law enforcement agents with the FBI, DEA, the Internal Revenue Service and officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) carried out the operation, according to the DOJ. Operation Fashion Police marks the latest stage in an investigation that began with an earlier drug seizure. Sinaloa Cartel members kidnapped one of their own dealers after U.S. law enforcement seized 100 kilos of cocaine he was supposed to distribute, according to the FBI. After torturing him in Mexico, the kidnappers demanded ransom from the victim’s family to pay down his drug debt. That’s how the FBI learned of the alleged money laundering scheme. The cartel instructed family members to send ransom in payments of USD$100,000 and USD$40,000 to QT Maternity, a business in Los Angeles. QT Fashion allegedly transferred the money to María Ferré S.A. de C.V., a Mexico-based business that collects illicit proceeds for criminal groups, according to a U.S. court indictment filed by federal prosecutors. The scheme used the Black Market Peso Exchange (BMPE), which illegally turns U.S. dollars into Mexico pesos through the sale of legal products, the DOJ alleged in a statement. Drug cartels use drug trafficking money to buy legal goods that are sold in Mexico. The money is returned to the cartels, which use such schemes to avoid moving large amounts of cash from the U.S. to Mexico. Federal law enforcement authorities arrested California residents Andrew Jong Hack Park, 56, of La Cañada Flintridge; Sang Jun Park, 36, of La Crescenta; and José Isabel Gómez Arreola, 49, of downtown Los Angeles for allegedly participating in the money laundering scheme. Federal U.S. law enforcement authorities have issued arrest warrants for three natives of Culiacán in the Mexican state of Sinaloa – Luis Ignacio Orozco Muñoz, 50, Armando Arturo Chávez Gamboa, 43, and Daisy Corrales Estrada, 30. They allegedly engaged in the money laundering scheme on behalf of María Ferré. U.S. federal prosecutors have charged each of the six suspects with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. If they are convicted on all charges, each would face a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison. “[The] arrests and searches should send a message to international drug cartels that the FBI and our partners won’t tolerate the exploitation of American businesses for the purposes of illicit financial transactions that fund hostage-taking and the distribution of narcotics,” said Bill L. Lewis, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division. Undercover operation By Dialogo September 17, 2014center_img International laundering scheme crosses borders U.S. federal law enforcement authorities arrested two men, Xilin Chen, 55 and his son, Chuang Feng Chen, 24 in connection with their activities while running their businesses, Yili Underwear and Gayima Underwear. The Chens allegedly accepted money from an undercover agent posing as a drug trafficker, according to a DOJ statement. Federal prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Xilin’s 28-year-old daughter, Aixia, who also allegedly participated in the drug trafficking scheme. Four other suspects allegedly laundered drug money through the Pacific Eurotex Corp., according to a DOJ statement. The DOJ identified them as CEO Morad Neman, 54 of Los Angeles; CFO Hersel Neman, 55 of Beverly Hills; and Mehran Khalili, 45, of Beverly Hills and Alma Villalobos, 52, of Arleta, whose roles in the company were not made public. They are charged with conspiracy to launder money and illegally structuring financial transactions. “These arrests and seizures should serve as a sobering warning to companies that seek to bolster their bottom line by doing business with drug traffickers—you will pay a high price for your complicity,” Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles, said in a prepared statement. “Unscrupulous companies that help cartels cover their financial tracks by laundering their illicit funds are contributing to the devastation wrought by the international drug trade.” First Ezri Second NemanThird ….. comon “persians”. . .not Iranianslast_img read more

How to prevent your child from becoming a victim of identity theft

first_imgYour Attempts to Open a Financial Account For Your Child Are Denied – If you try to open a student savings account for your child only to realize an account already exists, or the application is denied due to poor credit history, you should take immediate action.Take a Stand! What To Do If You Suspect Your Child is a Victim of Identity TheftContact All Three Credit Reporting AgenciesAsk that they run a free “Minor Check.” If the check returns no results for your child’s social security number, you can rest easy that no illegal activity is taking place.If the check does return results, ask that all three agencies remove all accounts, inquiries, and collection notices from any files associated with your child’s identity.Ask that a fraud alert be placed on your child’s credit report. File a Fraud Report For Your Child This can be done online through the FTC or by calling them at 877-438-4338.The police may need to get involved if the fraud relates to medical services or taxes.Moving forward, be very selective about who you give your child’s social security number to. This will help to protect your child’s identity and give you peace of mind as you work to build a strong future for your child. You Are Receiving Calls From Collection Agencies – If you’re contacted by a collection agency, trying to collect debt in your child’s name, it’s a red flag that that their information has been compromised and is being used illegally.center_img 442SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kara Vincent Kara Vincent is a Finance Officer at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union. With over 15 years in the financial services industry, Kara provides an integral role in serving the needs … Web: Details On the list of things that stress you out, it probably seems ridiculous to worry about identity theft happening to your children. They don’t have a drivers license or a credit card in their name. It’s impossible for their identity to be compromised, right?Did you know that the risk of a minor having their identity stolen is 51 times higher than the risk to an adult? On average, identity theft affects 15 million U.S. residents per year.Carnegie Mellon’s Cylab issued a report on child identity theft in the United States. The report found that 4,000 children had someone else using their social security number. This astounding number is hard to stomach, especially since it is often assumed that it only happens to adults.Learn more about why minors are considered perfect targets for identity thieves and how to prevent your child from becoming a victim.What Kind of Person Would Target a Child?A smart one. While children lack credit or debt card data that can be stolen, or savings accounts that can be depleted, they do have a credit history that is as clean as a whistle.Generally, a minor’s credit history is left alone until it is time for them to apply for student or car loans. This gives identity thieves over a decade’s worth of time to target a minor’s information without anyone taking notice.That exciting bridge into adulthood when your child takes on the responsibility of applying for loans and credit cards is shattered when you realize he is denied due to a less than perfect credit history resulting from years worth of unpaid debt.As an adult, you can understand the time it takes to repair a bad credit history. Your child shouldn’t have to go through this “repair phase” when they haven’t done anything to harm their credit in the first place.Be In the Know! Recognizing the Warning SignsThe following are some tell-tale signs that something is amiss with your child’s identity:Suspicious Pre-Approved Credit Cards Offers Addressed to Your Child– If you begin receiving offers for pre-approved credit cards in your child’s name, this could be an alert that there may be a credit file associated with your child’s name and social security number.last_img read more

Internet firm snaps up West End HQ

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Queenslander-style home moved from New Farm to Brookfield

first_img107 Savages Road, Brookfield.The family living area unfolds to the rear wraparound veranda with a pavilion — the perfect place for relaxing and unwinding with the family. Impeccably maintained, this area overlooks the sparkling in-ground pool and leafy natural surroundings. Designed for comfort and privacy, the master bedroom is tucked away to the side of the home and includes built-in robes and a contemporary ensuite. 107 Savages Road, Brookfield.An elevated original Queenslander at Brookfield that has withstood a journey across Brisbane will go to auction later this month. The property was moved from Sydney St, New Farm, 17 years ago. 107 Savages Road, Brookfield.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Surrounded by lush greenery and native fauna and flora, the home is on an 1000sq m block and perfect for growing families wanting to bring up their young ones in the ambience of nature.Ms Fraser said the home was “set over two levels of generously proportioned living”. “The first floor hosts a light-filled and open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas,” Ms Fraser said. “Adorned with an array of character features, including original polished timber floors, delicate breezeways and VJ walls, this home has been beautifully maintained.” 107 Savages Road, Brookfield.Place New Farm selling agent Ann-Karyn Fraser said the owner of this four-bedroom Queenslander moved the home out to her block of land in serene Brookfield.The property at 107 Savages Rd, is perfect for those seeking a quiet and peaceful lifestyle away from the city, but still close to it all. 107 Savages Road, Brookfield.Further on this expansive level is a study with veranda access, near a separate powder room.Ms Fraser said the home was within the Brookfield State School and Kenmore State High School catchments and close to other highly regarded schools.last_img read more

EMO’s Merkur Service Base Right on Time

first_imgEMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) has celebrated the topping-out ceremony of its second building for the Merkur offshore wind farm service base in Eemshaven, the Netherlands, and expects to have it fully built on time with no delays despite winter weather.Knut Gerdes, EMO Managing Director, said the decision to rely on familiar, regional partners paid off, and due to the work conducted by the Kooi construction company, the works are on schedule with no delays expected in spite of weather conditions.The building is the second service base facility for EMO in Eemshaven, with the site at Beatrixhaven still offering construction areas and free spaces.Merkur Offshore GmbH, the developer of the German 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm, signed a long-term contract with EMO in October 2017 for the construction of the service base.The developer will rent the 500m² office complex with an adjacent 600m² warehouse area from May, while GE Renewable Energy, the provider of 66 Haliade 6MW wind turbines for the wind farm, will also use the entire infrastructure for the upcoming years.The Merkur offshore wind farm, located approximately 35km north of the island of Borkum in Germany, is expected to be fully operational in 2019.Images: EMOlast_img read more

The Way Of The Yogi: Where Does Stress Come From?

first_imgLifestyle The Way Of The Yogi: Where Does Stress Come From? by: – February 8, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! 101 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Have you ever wondered why you sometimes wake up and sail through your day without any sense of stress, frustration or angst – while on another day stress and angst seem to be the themes of your existence? Is it in the water? Are we just the victim of random events that propel us without choice into unhappiness and stress?Do we have a choice in the matter?Seekers, including the ancient yogis, have asked this question for thousands of years. Why do some events bother me while others do not? Why is it that the same event on one day seems to pass without a thought, when on another day it seems to become the very source of my entire life’s suffering? And, most importantly, what, if anything, can I do about this?Where does stress come from?Most of us perceive stress and anxiety as coming from an outside source. You are stuck in traffic going 20 miles an hour on the freeway, and all you can think about is how the traffic is driving us crazy. Outside source to blame for our internal state. You step on the scale and it tells you your weight is five pounds more than 2 days before-your mood plummets. Outside source to blame for internal state. Your daughter announces that she will be moving back in with you indefinitely. You have budgeted the entire year to a penny-for yourself alone-and can finally afford that course you have been longing to take. Well, not anymore. Outside source to blame for internal state. We all have criteria for what we think will make us happy. For some of us, it is losing weight, finding the perfect partner, gaining the approval of our peers, or having lots of money. But there is a hidden subtext to our criteria for happiness that is often the root of the very suffering we are trying to avoid. Implicit in the desire to have money is the fear of being poor. Implicit in the desire to have a partner is the need to not be alone. Implicit in the desire to be thin is the implication that if I’m fat, I am not allowed to be happy.By becoming attached to the idea that life needs to be a certain way in order for me to be happy, I sow the seeds of my own potential unhappiness. If having money means being happy, not having money means being unhappy. If I equate a partner with happiness, then being alone means being unhappy.We are all programmed with a random set of criteria-conscious or unconscious mostly programmed by our past experiences, our culture, family-and even past lives-which determines the unconscious “rules” by which I decide whether I can allow myself to be happy and stress-free or not. If my “rules” are fulfilled – if I weigh 125, I am within the parameters of being allowed to feel happy – so I do. But if my “rules for happiness,” which I myself have set, are not met, if I should get on a scale and see the number 130, I will not allow myself to be happy.Do you see how this works? It is each of us-not-life that determines our level of happiness. How our life circumstances measure up to our criteria determines our level of happiness. In essence, each of us decides whether we can be happy or not. No life circumstance, no person, no event determines our level of happiness – we decide for ourselves.This does not mean that we cannot have preferences. The trap is becoming so attached to our preferences that we cannot let go and allow life to show up as it will. Life has no allegiance to my criteria or me. It will show up how it shows up – like the rain does. The events of life have moved in their own rhythms and ways long before I was born and will continue long after I die.Things happen. They are not personal. But we take them personally. We take the impersonal events of life-events that are much like the rain – and personalize them. We say, “God, if you love me you will not make it rain today.” Then, if it rains, we decide we are mad at God. How is that? God is in every moment as it is unfolding now. How can I put any criteria on how God should show up? And who am I to decide God loves me if one thing happens and that God hates me if something else happens? This is all pure fabrication – another example of how we set up criteria for how life is to show up and then suffer when our criteria go unmet.Rain will rain when it rains. It will happen when the meteorological conditions are present. We are the ones who put conditions on the rain and say, “If it rains, I will be unhappy.” Okay, now I am unhappy – it rained. Whose fault is that? Is it the rain’s fault or is it my fault? It’s mine. I am the one who decided that reality should be different than it is.The Reality Management ProgramYogis saw that our “rules” about how life needs to be in order for us to be happy are the root of all suffering. From the point of view of yoga, we have two choices. Choice number one is what I call the Reality Management Program. We spend our life energy trying to get all the people around us to fit our criteria do, say, act, just how we want so that we can feel happy. We train people around us-our close friends and our loved ones. We let them know, verbally or non-verbally, how they need to act in order to get our love. We do it at work as well. We put our entire sense of self into the success we achieve. We try to make reality fit our idea of success-more money, better title, recognition. People spend their whole lives just working on getting reality to fit this picture of “success” so that they can be happy.Realizing that the Reality Management Program is an uncertain strategy for lasting happiness is something that each of us has to recognize for ourselves. After many years, lifetimes even, of struggling to find contentment in this way, some fortunate people start to realize that for the amount of energy they are putting into the Reality Management Program, it is not producing lasting happiness. It is a dead end. Only when the individual realizes this, can the spiritual journey begin.If Reality Management doesn’t work, why do all of us do it?Take a look at some of the criteria that regularly operate in your life. The ones that you say, “If only _ then, I would be happy.” Now imagine that you have that thing that you so yearn for. Imagine how you would feel. Happy? Content? My guess is that, for a moment at least, you would experience a state of “not wanting anything more.” A state of contentment in which, for that moment at least, you feel complete. Nothing needs to be different than it is and you can completely be at rest. I would call this state the state of Being in which we experience-everything is okay, nothing needs to be different completion or wholeness.I suggest that the reason we all stick so fervently to Reality Management is that in our own convoluted way, we are searching for the state of Being. We are searching for the experience of completeness, of not wanting anything more, of integration. We are searching for that which is the purpose and meaning of yoga-wholeness-could we but realize it.With the Reality Management Plan, we are depending on outside circumstances to create an inner state. Since outside circumstances have a life of their own, this is a gamble. With choice number two, the Way of the Yogi, we begin with the assumption that the state of being we are looking for is already present. It is not a state that can be added to or found by achieving anything outside since it already is here.Choice number two, the Way of the Yogi, comes down to this.Be free from the need for anything to show up differently than it is in order to be happy.If anything you do has a subtext of “in order to,” you are in reality management. In the Way of the Yogi, we sincerely devote our lives to letting go of any conditions we have about how life needs to show up. We practice relaxing into the moment no matter what is taking place. When we face situations that we normally would react to, we catch ourselves and say, “Can I relax with this?” “What about this?” It is not about perfection, it is like a game. Watch what catches you can pull you back into reality management. By and by you will notice that just by putting your attention on this intention you will be able to relax with more and more things happening in your life.How does the physical practice of Hatha Yoga tie into this? The physical practice of yoga is useful in two ways. First, the practice is intended to put demands on the body and mind in laboratory conditions so that we can see our habitual tendency to try to manage reality. We try to escape from the discomfort, physical, mental or emotional in the pose in much the same way we do in life. As we learn to better allow for all sensations, emotions, thoughts to be present without needing to comment, fix, judge, rationalize, or change the experience in any way, we are in practice for life circumstances where we are called on to do the same. Second, as we progressively learn to bypass the tendencies of the mind to manage reality, we drop into the state of being that is always present. In the absence of striving to achieve anything or make anything happen we experience the Being that we are. Yoga becomes the practice ground for learning to live from choice number two-the Way of the Yogi.This article was originally published in Sacred Pathways Magazinelast_img read more