By Dialogo December 23, 2011 The Colombian police reported the arrest of 15 people involved in trafficking cocaine to Central America and Europe, resulting in the dismantling of two drug-trafficking organizations. The director of the Anti-Narcotics Police, General Luis Pérez, specified that Operation Republic 60 “succeeded in unraveling a drug-trafficking network that was producing and selling cocaine ultimately destined for Central America and Europe.” Following ten months of investigation, the police succeeded in focusing in on and identifying seven people who led a “transnational network dedicated to the manufacture and sale of narcotics” from the city of Cúcuta (in northeastern Colombia, on the border with Venezuela), he explained. “Among those arrested is Juan José Ramírez, who led this criminal network and handled its contacts both in Colombia and abroad for the shipment of cocaine using private cars that he adapted with hidden compartments,” he specified. The investigators “succeeded in establishing that this criminal group had its own ‘rustic’ laboratories for producing the alkaloid, providing them with the facilities to manufacture around 20 kilos of cocaine a week,” Pérez added. On a different topic, the police commander also reported the arrest of four people who led a network for the shipment of cocaine to Central America and Europe via the export of merchandise from the ports of Santa Marta, Barranquilla, and Cartagena (in northern Colombia), on the Caribbean. Juan David Ibañez, the head of the organization, “illegally made the administrative arrangements for the merchandise to be exported, which he ‘contaminated’ at the time it was loaded into containers,” he explained. The investigation, which lasted a year, determined that this process took place every two or three months, with shipments of between 100 and 150 kg of the drug. The four arrests were made in operations carried out in the cities of Pereira (in central Colombia), Medellín (in the northwest), and Barranquilla (in the north).
The industry’s first competition recognizing the incredible young leaders of the credit union movement is back for an eighth exciting year! The search is on for the 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. This CUES® program for the industry’s emerging leaders is powered by Currency and sponsored in part by DDJ Myers.CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge searches for emerging credit union leaders age 35 and under. Participants pitch a current project or program they are working on at their credit union or an idea to advance either their credit union or the credit union industry. The challenge features more than $50,000 in prizes and will award the title of CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec to one evolving leader in the credit union industry.“As the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge enters its eighth year, we’re eager to see the pool of talent the applicants and entrants display,” said John Pembroke, CUES’ president/CEO. “This contest embodies CUES’ mission to bring the finest in talent development opportunities to the industry, and I look forward to seeing the project ideas, as well as the presentations and crowning of the ultimate winner at CUES CEO/Executive Team Network in October.” continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
– Advertisement – UEFA: No plans to change Euro 2020 formatUEFA say it has no plans yet to change the format of Euro 2020 amid reports it is considering moving next summer’s tournament to Russia.European football’s governing body decided in March to postpone the tournament by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has so far stood by the 12-city format it had originally devised.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm Fraser missed Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Friday with the issue, while Hanley was ruled out of Norwich’s 1-0 victory at home to Swansea a day later.Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.The news comes as a blow to Scotland, who will travel to Belgrade this week knowing that a victory over Serbia in their one-legged play-off will see them qualify for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.- Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia after withdrawing from the squad with injury.Steven Reid, who is part of Scotland boss Steve Clarke’s backroom staff, confirmed the news after both Fraser and Hanley sustained hamstring problems.- Advertisement – French newspaper Le Parisien reported that installing Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, as sole host for the finals was one option being considered by UEFA, with infection rates rising again across the continent.While UEFA has not ruled out changing the format, it said in a statement that it currently had no plans to do so.“UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations,” the statement read.“Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither UEFA nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging.” As well as missing Thursday’s game at the Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Fraser and Hanley will also be unavailable for Scotland’s Nations League fixtures away to Slovakia on Sunday and Israel on November 18.
Plait Bread Tired of the usual white bread bought at your local grocery store? Ever wanted to create your own bread? Try Guyanese Plait Bread, paired perfectly with Guyanese Pepper Pot.What you’ll need:3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour1 tbsp dry yeast1 ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp warm water¼ cup of melted butter1 tsp salt¼ cup sugar1 egg yolk + 1 tsp waterWhat you’ll need to do:Preheat oven to 375 degreesIn a large bowl add warm water and sugar, add yeast and let sit for 10 minutesAdd flour, melted butter, and salt and mix to form a doughAdd 2 tablespoon and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.Cover bowl with a cloth and set aside in a warm place to allow dough to rise for 45 minutesAfter 45 minutes remove from bowl and place on floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes and a form into a smooth ball.Cut the dough into 3 even pieces and roll each piece into 14-inch logsBraid the logs to form a loaf. Press the ends together and tuck underneath to form a loaf shape.Let the loaf self-rise for another 45 minutes.In a small bowl, add egg yolk and water and mix. Use this mixture to brush on the top of the doughPlace the dough in over and bake for 30 minutesRemove from oven and allow to cool.Serve to hungry friends and family.