United States Agrees to Divide Assets of Extradited Individuals

first_img The United States agrees with the principle of fairly dividing the assets seized from Colombian criminals extradited to the United States, Colombian Attorney General Luis Eduardo Montealegre declared on July 12, after meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Eric Holder. Both countries will begin the steps to update their legal agreements to make that division possible, the attorney general said at a press conference at the conclusion of his first visit to the United States. Since 2007, Colombia has succeeded in taking possession of assets inside the country worth 3 billion dollars, as a result of investigations in collaboration with the United States, Montealegre explained. Colombia also asked the U.S. Government for its support for the creation of a school to train prosecutors and police that could have a regional dimension, in order to fight organized crime. For his part, Holder proposed a meeting of regional attorneys general, one of the topics discussed at the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Montealegre revealed. “Colombia expressed to the attorney general the need to review and update earlier agreements that mention the possibility of a fair division, for the purpose of dividing up the assets seized in the United States (…) from extradited individuals,” Montealegre said. “The United States accepted” that those assets “are going to be divided fairly,” Montealegre added. Also present at the meeting was the administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Michelle Leonhart, with whom agreement was reached to reinforce collaboration in order to pursue the seizure of assets elsewhere in the world, again according to the attorney general. The Justice Department’s press services were unable to immediately confirm Attorney General Montealegre’s account. The Colombian attorney general also met with members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State Department officials, and representatives of human-rights organizations during two days of working meetings in Washington. In regard to the school for prosecutors and police, “the attorney general (Holder) demonstrated complete readiness to talk to other departments (of the U.S. Government) with the aim of promoting its creation,” he said. Following years of extraditing major drug traffickers, members of paramilitary militias, and guerrillas to the United States, Colombia wants to have definitive convictions or acquittals in order to potentially continue legal proceedings against those individuals on its territory, Montealegre said. By Dialogo July 16, 2012last_img read more

UK government backs pension dashboard project

first_imgThe UK government has pledged to take the lead on developing a “pension dashboard” to allow individuals to see all of their savings through one portal.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) conference in Manchester yesterday, Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, pledged that the Department for Work and Pensions would take forward work on the project “at pace”.“Be in absolutely no doubt: The dashboard will happen,” Opperman said.The project has been pushed forward by industry bodies so far, with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) leading work on a prototype. The ABI co-ordinated work between pension providers and technology firms to attempt to address data issues and other hurdles to displaying all an individual’s savings and pensions in one place.Huw Evans, director general of the ABI, said a dashboard was “vital to helping workers keep track of their pension savings as they move employment as well as helping them track down lost pension pots likely to be worth billions in total”. Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “The minister’s support of the pensions dashboard is great news for savers – who will be placed at the heart of the project. The dashboard could have a revolutionary effect on the way people engage with pensions, but it needs regulation and strong governance underpinning it. This is a job for government and we are pleased DWP has been tasked with leading the project.”center_img Guy Opperman MPThe Pensions Regulator also backed the project. Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment, said: “The work to date is also a clear demonstration of what industry can achieve when it works together and showcases the huge benefits the pensions industry could get from the application of such technology.”The People’s Pension, one of the UK’s leading defined contribution providers, has been a vocal supporter of the dashboard concept. Darren Philp, director of policy, described the government’s support as “an important milestone”. “While there are still significant challenges to overcome, this is a substantial step to help bring people closer to their pensions,” he added.last_img read more

Police need public help with bank robbery suspect

first_imgDillsboro, IN—Late Monday morning several law enforcement agencies responded to a report of a robbery that had occurred at the US Bank located at 12899 Bank Street in Dillsboro, Indiana.Upon arrival, investigators learned that a female entered the bank alone, demanded money and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery. The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation with assistance from the Dillsboro Police Department, the Indiana State Police, and the Lawrenceburg Police Department.If anyone recognizes the female in the photo or has any information regarding this case please contact Dearborn County Dispatch at (812) 537-3431.last_img read more

What the Heck is This Thing That Washed Up in Hobe Sound?

first_imgA massive, mysterious, bright yellow object with lots of wires and strange gadgets attached to it washed up on Hobe Sound beach Monday morning.Locals are buzzing about the beached doodad/doohickey because no one seems to know what it is.Ken Mears and Mike Gomes took pictures of the object that washed ashore on the north end of Jupiter island.The object has a large, round yellow top with a long metal arm coming out of it.The underside is loaded with metal rods, wires, and chains, and there appears to be a tank attached to the bottom as well.Officials are still trying to figure out what this object is and how they will remove it.last_img read more

Gregory signs off amateur career as Europe’s No1

first_img12 Oct 2017 Gregory signs off amateur career as Europe’s No1 England’s Scott Gregory has bowed out of his spectacular amateur career as Europe’s number one player.The Walker Cup player has won the European Golf Association’s gold medal after finishing first in the 2017 rankings, ahead of Scotland’s Connor Syme and Germany’s Maximilian Schmitt.Gregory, from Corhampton Golf Club in Hampshire, commented: “Any time you can top an order of merit it shows that you have performed consistently and for me that’s what it’s about! If I can top an order of merit every year of my career I will be a very successful player.“For me, this is of the same importance as winning the England Golf Order of Merit in 2016, it says you have performed consistently and it’s a great way to sign off an amateur career, together with the Walker Cup.”Gregory, 23, spent his last three years as an amateur as a member of England Golf training squads and this period coincided with a series of individual and team triumphs.Among them was his win in the 2016 Amateur Championship, which gave him places in The Open, the Masters and the US Open. He also helped England to win silver medals in World and European team championships and he represented GB&I in the 2017 Walker Cup.Gregory turned professional at the end of the amateur season and remarked: “It’s been an incredible journey and I was fortunate enough to spend my last three years as an amateur with England Golf.“The support, coaching and guidance I have received has been incredible and I know it stands all of us in good stead when we make the switch to the paid ranks. I would like to say thank you to England Golf for all of their hard work and belief in me over the past three years.“Even having left the system I will continue to keep a close eye on how the team does and wish everyone the very best.”Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director, commented on Gregory’s latest achievement: “I am delighted for Scott. He has been an excellent member of the England squads and teams over recent years. He will look back on his amateur career with great fondness and we wish him every success in his career as a professional golfer.” Tags: Europe, Scott Gregorylast_img read more

Soil District Employee Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribe

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – An official responsible for soil conservation for property developments pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting a bribe.John Tonon, a 51-year-old Manasquan resident and district official for the Freehold Soil Conservation District pleaded guilty in state Superior Court to official misconduct and bribery, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Tonon had solicited a $700 bribe from a builder constructing a home in Hazlet, authorities said.The prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation after getting a tip and used an undercover officer to catch Tonon on tape accepting the $700, authorities said.Tonon was a resource conservationist for the Freehold Soil Conservation District. As a conservationist, Tonon would inspect construction sites for soil erosion, storm water run-off and sedimentation problems that can occur from land disturbances caused by building.During a walk-through at the Hazlet construction site, Tonon told the builder that the Freehold Soil Conserva­tion District inspections and subsequent reports could cost between $1,400 and $3,000. Tonon, the prosecutor’s said, offered to speed up the process and offered the needed approvals for the property in exchange for the $700 payoff.These approvals, authorities said, would allow the developer to obtain the needed certificate of occupancy for the property.Tonon met with a person he believed to be the builder’s partner, but was, in fact, an undercover detective, who recorded the conversations. Authorities said Tonon accepted the bribe, promising the quick issuance of soil approvals.Tonon is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 5. Under the terms of the negotiated plea agreement, the prosecutor will recommend that Tonon receive a five-year prison term in a state facility, with a two-year statutorily mandated period of parole ineligibility, authorities said.The Freehold Soil Conser­vation District, where Tonon worked, is responsible for inspections in Monmouth and Middlesex counties. It is one of 15 districts in the state, responsible for soil and water resources management and conservation.last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Deli positions open in thriving convenience store

first_imgJOBS: A busy Letterkenny store is seeking deli staff to fill positions in their expanding team. Management at the prosperous store are recruiting for full time and part time roles with immediate start. Candidates must have experience in this environment and working in the customer service industry. They must be fully flexible as evenings and weekends form part of this position. The new candidates will be joining a motivated, hardworking and friendly team in a fast-paced environment.Please forward your CV to [email protected] Closing date is Tuesday 22nd of November.Job Vacancies: Deli positions open in thriving convenience store was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hear Ye: Another Darwinian Prediction Falsified by Fossils

first_imgIn a classic test of evolutionary “post-diction” (predicting what should be found in the fossil record), scientists made a bold prediction of what insect ears would look like before the evolution of bats.  Believing that the presence of bats, a new predator with sonar, would spur the evolution of insect ears, the scientists predicted that earlier insects would have less-developed ears, or none at all.  Then they found exceptionally-preserved insect fossils from the Green River formation in Wyoming, and compared the fossil evidence with their prediction.  What was found?PhysOrg summarized the results that were published in the Journal of Paleontology.1 The abstract of the paper unveils the falsification of Darwinian expectations:Tympanal ears in insects are important for both intraspecific communication and for the detection of nocturnal predators. Ears are thought, based on modern forms, to have originated independently multiple times within insects and can be found on multiple regions of the body. Here we describe and document the exceptionally well preserved tympanal ears found in crickets and katydids from the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado, which are virtually identical to those seen in modern representatives of these groups. These specimens are among the best preserved insect ears in the fossil record and establish the presence of ears in two major clades of Orthoptera 50 million years ago. Also discussed and evaluated are previously described insect ears from the Mesozoic and the implications of the findings of the present study for studying the evolution of ears within insects.PhysOrg dressed up the story in progressive language: “50 million year old cricket and katydid fossils hint at the origins of insect hearing.”  But further down, the article admitted, “The fossil ears measured half a millimeter in length, and were virtually identical in size, shape, and position to their modern counterparts.” Yet earlier, the article quoted lead author Roy Plotnick (U of Illinois) clearly stating that they expected the opposite:“The big evolutionary trigger for the appearance of hearing in many insects is thought to be the appearance of bats,” Plotnick said. “Prior to the evolution of bats we would expect to find ears in relatively few insects, but after that we should see ears in more insect groups,” he explained.How can such a falsification of expectations be spun into a “hint at the origins of insect hearing?”  The only hint would seem to be abrupt appearance, or stasis at least, if not intelligent design.  The press release did its best: “The findings suggest that this group of insects evolved their supersensitive hearing long before bat predators came to be, the researchers say.”  Dena Smith (U of Colorado), co-author of the paper, used her imagination: “Their bat-detecting abilities may have simply become apparent later.”PhysOrg stated that the paleontologists were working for the National Evolution Synthesis Center (NESCent), a “nonprofit science center dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in evolution,” sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  The Center “promotes the synthesis of information, concepts and knowledge to address significant, emerging, or novel questions in evolutionary science and its applications,” according to its mission statement.  “NESCent achieves this by supporting research and education across disciplinary, institutional, geographic, and demographic boundaries.”1. Roy E. Plotnick and Dena M. Smith (2012) Exceptionally Preserved Fossil Insect Ears from the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado. Journal of Paleontology: January 2012, Vol. 86, No. 1, pp. 19-24.Well, the NSF needs to close up shop at the NESCent, now that Darwinism has been falsified (again).  Two paleontologists went hunting, but returned wanting.  The insect ears are identical to modern ones on live insects, they found, despite having 50 million years (in their timeline) to do the Darwin thing.  Not only were those ears working just fine long before bats “came to be” (did you catch that cute little miracle phrase?), but they want us to believe that “Insects have evolved ears at least 17 times in different lineages.”  Let’s see what this means.  If one miracle has the probability of 1 in 10150, then 17 different miracles occurring by evolution should have one chance in (10150)17.Plotnick wrote with a straight face about the “appearance of hearing” and the “appearance of bats.”  Tell us, Dr. Science, how did they appear?  Out of a magic hat?  To evolutionists, saying that something “evolved” is synonymous with saying it “appeared.”  No evidence is necessary.  Evidence can even contradict it, but Darwin marches on, working miracles out of thin imagination.  Stephanie Pappas at Live Science (the same reporter who got all bent out of shape on New Year’s Day reporting that school boards want to expose students to the flaws in Darwinism, see Live Science) told her readers this wondrous fairy tale: “Now, a new examination of 50-million-year-old cricket and katydid fossils finds that these odd ears evolved before even the appearance of the predators that these ears can hear.”  Let’s try to understand this sentence.  Darwinism has no foresight, no plan, and no ability to even get one mutation right, but it was able to equip insects with complex organs they would need millions of years later.  What did the bugs  listen to in the meantime?  The bee gees?Another thing you should notice about the story is the amazing preservation of detail in these fossils.  “You can see every tiny feature down to the veins in their wings and the hairs on their legs,” Smith said.  Try this experiment: drop a cricket in mud, wait 50 million years, and see how much detail remains. Odds are, grasshoppa, after the winter rains, you would find nary a hair, even if you were knee high to a cricket.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Comet Lander Working, But Not Optimal

first_img(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Rosetta’s Philae lander hopped twice before landing in the shade in a tilted position, but the instruments are working.The Rosetta team’s second day Media Briefing was a mix of celebration and guarded optimism, after analysis showed good news and bad news.The good news was that the lander touched down in a near perfect position as planned.  The bad news was that the surface was harder than expected, causing the lander to undergo a two-hour bounce, landing some distance away.  A third bounce put Philae into the shadow of a rocky cliff, where its solar panels will only be able to receive about a third of the solar power it needs to run its instruments for the nominal mission.  It also appears that one of the legs is pointing up, not on the ground.Because of the precarious orientation and reduced power budget, mission planners are having to think hard about what scientific instruments to run.  Lead lander scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring believes it may be possible, after initial standalone science data is received, to run a mechanical operation that might right the lander or make it hop to a more sunlit place.  Scientists would love to be able to run the drill and sample collection instruments, so that analysis of the comet’s chemistry could be performed, but it is too risky in Philae’s current orientation.  If the solar panels cannot get more sunlight, science planners will have to prioritize what can be done with the limited power on board.  The BBC News posted a good summary of the mission status, with the latest pictures.Comets are known to have very low density.  Philae settled down on at a gentle speed of about 2 km/hr.  Scientists expected it would simply rest on fine dust.  Dr. Holger Sierks, manager of the OSIRIS (remote imaging) camera expressed surprise at bouncing off hard ground:The rebound of the lander is an indication of a higher strength material that was a surprise to us. So with this picture of dust falling back to the surface in high porosity layers, I would think we failed to explain the rebounds.  But we have seen the variety of surfaces there—this snowfield of soft stuff—and we have seen this rocky-like (but no rock) stuff, which is perhaps higher-strength material.  We also see stuff shining through the dust layer, where the dust is wiped away, following the gravity field, and exposing the higher strength material, and this is something that we could consider be the reason for the rebound.The first images show a series of terrains, from a rocky “cliff” on one side to smooth plains on the other.  Despite the less-than-optimal final landing position, the team was elated and as enthusiastic as could be after many hours of work without sleep.  Even under worst-case scenarios, Philae has already made history.  When its power lapses, the Rosetta orbiter is still in good shape to fulfill another two years of science collection.  Things could get exciting as the comet approaches perihelion next year, its volatiles sublimating into a long tail.Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko joins the few bodies in the solar system whose surfaces have been studied by man-made landers with scientific instruments: Venus, Mars, the moon, and Titan.  Jupiter has no surface, but Galileo sent a probe into the clouds, and then went in itself at the end of its life.  Stardust collected material from a comet, and Deep Impact drove a probe into another comet.  All the other space missions have flown by objects, or orbited them from a distance.  There’s nothing like “ground truth.”Update 11/14/14: Science Magazine posted a status report.  The battery’s lifetime is running out, but the Rosetta team is getting some science from the Philae lander, and considering rescue options.  The drill is being tried for sample analysis.  Even if the battery fails by Saturday, Philae has already achieved a major historical success.It’s to be expected that problems will occur in first-time explorations like this.  The Rosetta teams deserve immense credit for succeeding in this high-risk, high-reward endeavor that began with its launch 10 years ago (and years of planning beforehand).  We hope enough good science will be salvageable to help us understand comets better, because it will undoubtedly take many years to follow up this mission with another like it.What looks like rocky crust may be as flimsy as meringue.  The new data will need to be integrated with findings from Giotto, Stardust, and Deep Impact to present a unified picture of comets.  As with just about everything else in the solar system, what has been learned so far went contrary to earlier theories.It’s worth re-emphasizing that creationists are enthusiastically supportive of scientific discovery; the only problems arise from materialistic interpretations of science data.  It was good to hear a complete absence of speculation at this press conference about the origin of life and the origin of Earth.  BBC reporter Jonathan Amos, though, couldn’t resist: comets “could have ‘seeded’ the Earth with the chemistry needed to help kick-start biology,” he said.  Just the facts—that’s good for everyone.last_img read more

20 days agoEngland coach Southgate challenges axed Spurs midfielder Alli

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say England coach Southgate challenges axed Spurs midfielder Alliby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate has explained axing Dele Alli from his latest squad.Tottenham midfielder Alli has only just returned from injury but, while Southgate admitted dropped players is the hardest part of his job, he insisted he will never pick players on reputation or name as was the case in the past.England boss Southgate said: “I think when you’re selecting a squad, the players need to see some sort of meritocracy when possible, and like I said in there, to bring those guys back in, who am I going to leave out?“With Dele [Ali] and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] in particular, they haven’t really had the number of games this year to get themselves into a rhythm. They’re both recovering from different injuries, one long term, one a bit shorter term.“So, I’m expecting those guys to really push – you know they are both fighters, there have been good conversations with both of them. The pressure is on guys who go in to play well and impress.“But we want to look at some of the young players. Let’s invest time in some of those younger players. Let’s have a closer at them, knowing that we’ve got to keep winning matches now by exposing people to the level and the environment and seeing how they cope with it.” last_img read more