Dominican Authorities Arrest Colombian Cocaine Smugglers

first_img On March 27, off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, security agencies seized 1,909 kilos of cocaine on a boat abandoned by its crew when authorities arrived. Authorities managed to detain two Colombian nationals during the process. “The boat carrying the drugs was deserted on Saona Island; due to the pressure of the units participating in the operation, the crew was forced to abandon the vessel,” said Rolando Rosado Mateo, President of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD). “Two crew members were arrested, both Colombian nationals,” Rosado Mateo said in a press release, in which he also informed that the authorities were pursuing two others who remained at large. One of the detainees was presented to the press as Andrés Ramírez Quiroz, while the other has not been identified, and both remain incarcerated on Saona Island, in the Dominican territory of La Romana province, 110 km east of Santo Domingo. The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in the operation, reported Mateo. In addition to the drugs, agents confiscated an M-16 rifle with two magazines, three outboard boat motors, and 25 208-liter containers filled with gasoline. The southern coast of the Dominican Republic has the highest presence of drug trafficking organizations that use this country as a transit route to the United States and Europe. By Dialogo March 29, 2013last_img read more

Crapo calls on regulators to support FIs facing higher balance sheets

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, last week sent a letter to NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood and other financial institution regulators calling on them ensure credit unions and banks have the flexibility to meet members’ needs amid the coronavirus pandemic.Crapo highlighted that financial institutions stepped up to support struggling small businesses through the paycheck protection program (PPP), which caused the institutions to “inadvertently experienced significant balance sheet growth.” While this growth is expected to decline as PPP forgiveness begins, “many banks and credit unions may now unexpectedly face surpassing certain asset-based regulatory thresholds.”“Crossing these thresholds would entail new, expensive and burdensome regulatory requirements to which they would not have otherwise been subject,” Crapo wrote. “Banks and credit unions must not be deterred from continuing to play a key role in the recovery and must maintain ample flexibility to serve customers and work with those affected by the pandemic.“As each of your agencies continue taking actions to provide liquidity to the marketplace and support lending to households and businesses, I urge you to use your discretion to minimize the regulatory impact on banks and credit unions resulting from their participation in the PPP,” he concluded.center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Showcase features American and Israeli start-ups

first_imgStudents, faculty and investors gathered in the Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom on Sunday to network with start-ups from the United States and Israel as well as to learn more about the startup ecosystem in the world at large.Emily Smith | Daily TrojanRoot of innovation · (From left to right) James Bottom, Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia, Guy Katsovich, Howard Singer and Arik Benzino participated in a panel held during the Cal-Israel Innovation Expo on Sunday morning.The Cal-Israel Innovation Expo was hosted by the TAMID Group in partnership with Blackstone Launchpad USC. Thirty-four startups were present at the expo, with some looking for employees and interns, and others looking for funding to take their ideas to the next level. These budding companies showcased innovations in areas such as medical, energy and water conservation, mobile and cyber technology and agribusiness.USC TAMID is a nationwide student organization that connects business-focused American students with Israeli companies in a wide variety of educational and professional opportunities. The organization provides free consulting services to small businesses in Israel and organizes a fund to invest in businesses in the area. The ultimate goal of these programs is to orient members in the economic landscape of Israel and, by extension, the world at large.According to Noa Braun, the president of USC TAMID, the event sought to have representation from as many industries as possible.“We look for a breadth of companies,” Braun said. “That’s really important to us. We don’t want to have everybody concentrated in just biotech, or just security, so you’ll see if you walk around the expo everybody is scattered across all industries.”According to Wharton Magazine, Tel Aviv is the number five startup ecosystem in the world behind Boston, Los Angeles, New York City and Silicon Valley. Yoram Dahan, volunteer CEO of the Cal-Israeli Innovation Expo, said that this atmosphere of innovation could come from Israel’s military, which is building strong young leaders with ideas to solve real world problems.“Israel has a unique opportunity to bring a lot of innovations, mostly because the young students and audience providing these kinds of startups and thinking usually go into military service and gain a lot of confident knowledge leadership and come out with some amazing innovations,” Dahan said.According to James Bottom, director of Blackstone Launchpad USC, the atmosphere of innovation could also come from the country’s global circumstances surrounded by enemies and with few natural resources.“They have had to be really innovative with how they have been able to create partnerships and trade deals to be able to bring resources into their country, which has allowed them to prosper,” Bottom said. “And I think because of that they have built up really good relationships.”Bottom was an honorary speaker on Sunday’s panel. On Monday, guests will hear from Yannis Yortsos, the Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering. The event is open to all USC students interested in learning about new innovations and the startup ecosystem of Israel.last_img read more

Bookee upgrades to EveryMatrix full suite tackling UK’s tough landscape

first_img PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Adam Kalmanson, BookeeSwipe-to-bet mobile app Bookee has confirmed that it has completed its successful migration onto EveryMatrix’s full-suite of platform provisions, as the company seeks to become the best application for recreational betting audiences.The mobile incumbent, which operates under the tagline ‘the tinder of sports betting’, originally sought a binary integration of EveryMatrix’s OddsMatrix sportsbook and MoneyMatrix payment provisions.However, following a review of applications, Bookee has chosen to integrate EveryMatrix’s full suite of services, including the firm’s flagship CasinoEngine platform, alongside the technology firm’s new PartnerMatrix affiliate marketing programme.Adam Kalmanson, Bookee Co-founder & Head of Marketing, said: “This is an important step for the business. We have proved that Bookee can operate in the UK, the toughest landscape in the industry. EveryMatrix is perfectly positioned to support Bookee and our goal to launch in multiple markets in the coming months and years”.Kalmanson and Bookee Co-founder Adam Wilson seek to develop the best socially-led and personalised mobile app for online gambling engagement.Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrixThe EveryMatrix partnership will allow Bookee to significantly amplify its online gaming product portfolio, whilst improving product functionality across verticals.Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix CEO, backed Bookee as new partner stating: “Bookee started as the most basic of products but by adopting a lean approach to product development, they now have a product that stands out as something genuinely mobile, user-friendly and feature-rich, which is quite rare in this industry.” Related Articles Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Todd Frazier would be ‘OK’ if Mets dealt him

first_img“I am playing the game, just like Zack is, and we’re trying to play to the best of our ability,” Frazier said. “And until I hear something from my agent or Brodie [Van Wagenen, general manager] or somebody within the Mets organization, then I will start thinking about it because it’s out of your control. You want to be thoughtless up there when you hit.”By now, Frazier is used to the trade talks and speculation around the deadline as he’s been part of two deals since he started his career with the Reds in 2011. Cincinnati sent him to the White Sox in 2015 and then just under two years later, he was dealt to the Yankees before the 2017 trade deadline. He then signed with the Mets the following offseason.  Yankees activate Domingo German to pitch against Mets Mets third baseman Todd Frazier isn’t concerned about a potential trade. “If I get traded, OK,” Frazier said Wednesday before the Mets’ 5-1 loss to the Yankees (via The New York Post). “If not, I am glad to be here as a Met. I am doing something, so it’s always good to be wanted.” MLB trade rumors: Mets will ‘have no issues’ sending Zack Wheeler to Yankees Frazier’s name popped up in rumors earlier this week indicating New York may move some of its veteran players before the July 31 trade deadline. With his two-year, $17 million contract set to expire after the 2019 season, the Mets reportedly are looking for a return before he heads into free agency.Pitchers Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas are among the other Mets veterans expected to spark interest before the deadline who possibly could be moved.  Related News “The Mets gave me this opportunity, and I have got to fill that out until my last day here with the Mets,” Frazier said. “I give it my all every day, and the bottom line is if somebody else was willing to take me and [the Mets] are willing to get a trade and get something back in return, that is part of it. But right now I am a Met and happy to be a Met.”Frazier, 33, is slashing .256/.335/.450 in 63 games this season with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs.The Mets (39-48) enter Thursday’s play in fourth place in the National League East, trailing the division-leading Braves by 12 games. MLB trade rumors: Mets open to moving Todd Frazier, Jason Vargaslast_img read more

‘MCN’ all score as PSG thump Anderlecht

first_imgSpaniard Emery made four changes to the side that stumbled to a 2-1 Ligue 1 win at Dijon on Saturday, with Cavani and Marco Verratti returning to the starting line-up. Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  Paris Saint-Germain’s front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all scored as the French side romped to a third straight Champions League win by thrashing Anderlecht 4-0 in Brussels on Wednesday.Mbappe put PSG ahead inside three minutes and Cavani grabbed his fourth goal in three Champions League outings before half-time.Neymar scored a free-kick midway through the second period with his ninth goal for the club since his record-breaking move from Barcelona, before Angel Di Maria came off the bench to complete the rout.Swiss prosecutors opened a corruption probe into PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi last week over the sale of World Cup media rights, but the Qatari was in attendance in Belgium to watch his expensively-assembled side cruise to victory.The French Ligue 1 leaders are now three points clear of Bayern Munich, who saw off Celtic 3-0 in Germany, at the top of Group B ahead of the home match against bottom side Anderlecht on October 31.“In the first period it wasn’t perfect with the level of control of the match,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.“We were sometimes surprised on the counter-attack, but in the second half we found a better balance.“The match started very well with that goal in the third minute. But then, for a moment, we lost track. We know there will be no easy games this season.” Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img PSG scored eight goals in the opening two wins against Celtic and Bayern Munich, and they didn’t waste any time in breaking the deadlock on Wednesday.Close-season signing Mbappe found space inside the area before drilling home his second Champions League goal for the club through goalkeeper Matz Sels’ legs from a tight angle.Anderlecht, bottom of the group after a disappointing 3-0 home defeat by Celtic last time out, grew into the game though as midfielder Sven Kums shot wide.Paris retained a serious threat going forward to keep their hosts honest, but Neymar and Cavani both missed half-chances.The away side found a second goal shortly before the interval, with the feted attacking trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani all involved.World-record signing Neymar’s powerful strike from distance was well saved by Sels, but 18-year-old Mbappe headed the rebound back across goal for Cavani to nod in his 12th goal of the season.Anderlecht were tidy in possession without ever getting in behind the PSG defence, and they were hit on the counter-attack again early in the second half, only for Cavani to rattle the crossbar.The Uruguayan could have had a hatful of goals as he had two efforts disallowed for offside and also produced a tame chip into the legs of Sels with only the ‘keeper to beat before Mbappe blazed the loose ball over a gaping goal.Neymar ensured that all three of PSG’s forwards scored for the second Champions League away match in a row, as the Brazilian rolled a clever free-kick under the wall and into the bottom corner from just outside the box.Anderlecht went close to a consolation goal as Henry Onyekuru hit the woodwork, but Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s men remained pointless and goalless.Argentinian Di Maria raced clear before dinking in to complete the scoring, as PSG reached the halfway stage of the group having scored 12 goals without reply.last_img read more