Ex-Bolivian Anti-Drug Chief Pleads Guilty in Miami

first_img A former top Bolivian anti-drug official pleaded guilty on 23 June to charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States in a case that has proved a major embarrassment for Bolivia’s President Evo Morales. Retired General Rene Sanabria is a former head of Bolivia’s leading counternarcotics unit. The U.S. attorney’s office in Miami said he was director of an anti-drugs intelligence unit attached to Bolivia’s Interior Ministry when he was arrested in February in Panama and deported to Miami. He had faced a life sentence if found guilty in a trial. Sentencing was set for September 2. U.S. prosecutors accuse Sanabria of providing safe passage for cocaine shipments from Bolivia, the world’s No. 3 producer, to the United States through neighboring Chile. Sanabria pleaded guilty along with an associate, Marcelo Foronda, Sanabria’s lawyer, Sabrina Puglisi, said. Sanabria’s arrest followed a sting operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to American officials, a test shipment was arranged last year and a group led by Foronda shipped up to 144 kilograms of cocaine to Miami hidden in a cargo container containing zinc rocks. The container traveled overland from Bolivia to a Chilean port, the officials said. The case triggered political shock waves in Bolivia and led Morales, a leftist, to order a shake-up of his top security officials earlier this year. A vocal U.S. critic, Morales expelled the DEA from Bolivia in 2008, accusing its agents of spying and conspiring against his government. Morales, a former coca leaf farmer leader, says he opposes cocaine trafficking but supports the harvesting of the leaf, which Bolivians use in rituals and chew for its medical and nutritional properties. Morales frequently promotes coca’s health benefits and encourages legal uses for its leaves, including promoting a new energy drink produced in Bolivia. But Washington has accused him of not doing enough to fight drug traffickers, and the United Nations has said coca growing eventually used in drug production has expanded in recent years. By Dialogo June 28, 2011 It’s good to consider this article, but its also good to make some clarifications, the person in question is not a soldier, but a policemen who was carrying out intelligence services for Morales’s government, from whom today we only hear a sequence of lamentations against Chile and the USA, due to something that surely his collaborators are advising him about; his security. For that reason his trips abroad have been suspended along with the trips of his closer collaborators. There is no solution; the nation is facing a possible Bolivarian drug state of great proportions that is beginning to affect the security of its neighbors. That’s why we’re asking for help from international diplomatists. Apparently he had forgotten about his demagogic song of sovereignty and anti-imperialism; his cry of battle in the Chapar was always “Viva la coca, gringos die”, now he is changing directions Why? What is he afraid of? If there is fear, it is because his government is compromised by drug trafficking… I think it is time to be truefull about the presence of FARC and its involvement in drug trafficking, the presence of Libyans and other members of Brazilian shacks for example, or maybe the presence of Mexican cartels like the Zetas. Anyway, the diplomatic turn over is not casual, as neither the fear of several compatriots which say that history will repeat itself the same as for Noriega in Panama. I want to believe that all will be clear soon and Bolivia will be the same as before, peaceful, cordial, calm and especially gentle. Bolivians are now aware of the direction that the denominated plural government of the 21st century is taking. It is not flattering to live in anxiety and uncertainty and I believe that our Chilean brothers have already given the camapanzo.last_img read more

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North Bay Shore Triple Fatal DWI Crash Getaway Driver Sentenced

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was sentenced Tuesday to one to three years in prison for helping his friend flee the scene of a crash that killed three people in North Bay Shore two years ago.Demetri Stewart had pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident and hindering prosecution last month at Suffolk County court.Authorities have said the 24-year-old man drove his friend, Oniel Sharpe, 26, to Rockville Centre after Sharpe drove drunk at a high rate of speed and rear-ended a vehicle on the Southern State Parkway on July 12, 2015.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.Sharpe, who was convicted in February of vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by Judge Fernando Comacho.last_img read more

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How to conduct an impactful performance review

first_imgPerformance reviews have a bad reputation. Employees dread them because they’re downers. Supervisors approach them with ambivalence because they don’t think that they accomplish much. Even so, the company’s rules stipulate that the reviews should happen at specified intervals. Imagine what would happen if you conducted impactful performance reviews!Understanding the Importance of Performance ManagementBefore you sit down to write your next performance review, it’s time for a mind change. The review isn’t something the organization adds to your schedule. Rather, it’s a part of performance management, which is an essential aspect of employee management.Each employee is more than the check marks on a page. They are people with unique abilities, goals, and strengths. That’s why you hired them in the first place. At some point, you determined that a particular employee was an excellent fit for your credit union.As a supervisor or manager, it’s your job to mobilize the employees you oversee. Remind them of their strengths. Bring their abilities into play. Help them achieve their goals and develop benchmarks for reaching them. However, doing so means that you might need to change your approach.Right now, you might feel like you’re checking off items on a list. You’re more judge than coach. Then, you deliver the evaluation, tie a raise to it, and call it a day. Not surprisingly, the process is as unfulfilling as it is productive. Now, imagine if you shifted your mindset and turned a performance review into a coaching session.Becoming the Coach Your Employees NeedA good coach has a growth mindset. This means that you work throughout the performance period to develop your team. Performance isn’t just something that comes up every three, six, or 12 months. Instead, you talk about it regularly in coaching sessions. During these sessions, you work with individual team members on developing their strengths.Each employee should know, at all times, where they stand. How are they doing with respect to the expectations that you and the company have? By having weekly or monthly coaching sessions, you work with employees on developing their strengths.Motivation. It motivates employees that their supervisors notice hard work. When you can pinpoint situations in which they met or exceeded expectations, you drive team members to work harder.Benchmarks. If there are areas where the employee is not yet meeting expectations, you can coach to improve behaviors. In the process, you might set criteria. Remember that sometimes the enormity of a task overwhelms an employee. Therefore, break it down into workable chunks.Goals. Setting goals is always an essential aspect of coaching. In some cases, you might need to adjust the goals that you set previously. In other cases, you may move the goalposts a little farther. Talking about meeting goals helps employees gauge their performance and puts them at ease. They don’t feel like they’re working hard but accomplishing little. Making the Performance Review a Culmination of Ongoing Coaching SessionsAgainst this backdrop, a performance review is nothing to dread. Employees look forward to it because it’s a positive experience. Supervisors understand it to be a jumping-off point for another round of coaching opportunities.Of course, even here, there are right ways and wrong ways to deliver the review. Because there is often a raise tied to the review, most companies require the use of standardized forms. These forms offer little room for you to coach.Therefore, it pays to go into the review prepared.Documentation. Nothing speaks louder than facts and figures. Sales reports, for example, as well as results from prior coaching sessions show results.Goal reports. If this is a subsequent review, there were some goals that you set previously for this employee. Put together reports on how well the worker met these goals. Are there some goals that still need some work?HR input. If the employee had mandatory meetings with the human resources department for attendance issues or other concerns, bring in these reports as well.On the day of the official performance review, clear your schedule for that time slot. Meet with the employee in person and discuss the data in front of you. Because there have been coaching sessions throughout the year, there should be no surprises for either of you. Because you can tick off the boxes that the corporate office sets forth, you can attach a dollar value to this evaluation.Avoiding Common Mistakes that Rob a Performance Review of Its ImpactJust as there is a list of steps to take for making a performance review impactful, there is a list of situations to avoid. For example, don’t deliver a performance review by phone or – worse – by text message. Reviews should be done in person without interruptions.Most importantly, don’t make the performance review the only time that you address problems with the employee’s work. This is something that should have been brought up during coaching sessions. Granted, there’s the possibility that a worker didn’t improve performance. If this is the case, it’s essential to be honest and open about the problem.If you must deliver the bad news of flagging performance, underscore your comments with the documentation that you have on hand. There’s no need to sugarcoat bad news. Instead, work together with the employee to develop a plan for reaching satisfactory performance levels.If there are HR issues such as attendance, now could be an excellent time to address them, too. Sometimes something as simple as a schedule change of an hour or two could make a significant difference in a worker’s ability to be on time and meet expectations.That said, remember that even a poor performer has good qualities. Don’t focus the entire performance review on only the problems. Find at least one or two positives that you can encourage the employee to continue. Doing so will give the worker the motivation necessary to work harder on the areas where more growth is needed.Constructive Coaching after a Performance ReviewBecause money and even position are frequently tied to a review, it tends to look backward. This is a shame because it embraces a fixed growth mindset. However, you don’t have to deliver the review and end the meeting right there. Instead, provide the feedback that corporate requires you to give at regularly scheduled intervals.From there, you can shift into coaching mode and look forward. Set new goals based on the outcome of the review. If targets have been reached, consider now a good time to identify new ones. If some goals are almost achieved, discuss benchmarks for getting to full compliance within the next few months.In short, lay the groundwork for another three, six, or 12 months of coaching sessions that pave the way for the next performance review. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group.  She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Detailslast_img read more

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USDA to prolong expanded BSE testing program

first_imgNov 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to keep its expanded testing program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) going indefinitely instead of scaling it back at the end of this year, according to recent reports. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said he wants the department to continue testing about 1,000 cattle a day, according to a Nov 12 Associated Press (AP) report. The testing has focused primarily on cattle at increased risk for BSE, including sick, injured, and dead animals. But the original plan called for testing 20,000 apparently healthy animals as well. US officials hope that Japan will soon reopen its market to American beef, which has been barred from Japan ever since the first US BSE case turned up. Previously, Japan was the biggest buyer of US beef. Johanns said the decision to maintain the testing is not a response to Japanese concerns, according to the AP report. He said he wants to make sure testing covers all regions of the country and that healthy animals are tested. Critics of the USDA have said higher testing levels are needed to reassure Japan and other trading partners, the AP reported. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and other lawmakers have been pushing the department to test at least 20,000 healthy cattle before downshifting the program, the story said. Johanns told the AP he was very reluctant to set a date for putting the brakes on the testing program. “It’s safe to say the enhanced surveillance is going to extend beyond the end of December,” he said. Johanns said the testing of healthy cattle is under way. “We’ve been working our way through 20,000 healthy animals,” he told the AP. The department has tested more than 522,000 cattle since the testing program was expanded in June 2004, 6 months after the first US case of BSE was found in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in December 2003. The original plan called for running the program for 12 to 18 months. Previously the government had tested about 40,000 cattle a year.last_img read more

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Indiana has top government in the country

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new study by US News and World Report ranks Indiana’s Government the best in the Country.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sen-Leising.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg).The study ranked all 50 states in seven different categories.Indiana ranked first in Government and fourth in Opportunity.Overall Indiana ranked 22nd in the study, mainly because the Hoosier state ranked 41st in Health Care, 33rd in Crime, and 27th in Education.More weight was given to some measures over others, based on a survey of what matters most to people.Health care and education were weighed the heaviest.You can see the full study here.last_img read more

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Kelly, Wood stampede to checkers in Sprint Series of Oklahoma at Ardmore

first_imgChris Kelly was the winner when the Sprint Series of Oklahoma opened Friday night at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Mike Howard)By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (March 9 and 10) – Chris Kelly and Joe Wood Jr. followed different lines to the same destination when the Sprint Series of Oklahoma opened as part of Southern Oklahoma Speedway’s Southern Stampede special.Kelly found the bottom before all others as he took the lead near midway point and never looked back to claim the Friday feature and $700 in the IMCA RaceSaver series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tires Southwest lidlifter.Wood took the lead early and cruised along the top side to Saturday’s $750 checkers.Running fourth on lap 10, Kelly quickly disposed of Blake Daccus for third and moved into the runner-up position by passing Gary Owens on lap 12. One lap later, Kelly powered past two-time defending series champion Andy Shouse.Not even a heavy dose of lapped traffic on lap seventeen could detour Kelly as he would go on to claim his second career SSO victory by eight car lengths over Shouse. Kevin Ramey settled for third while Owens came home fourth and Daccus rounded out the top five.Night two of the Southern Stampede saw Joe Wood Jr. collect the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers. (Photo courtesy of Southern Oklahoma Speedway)On Saturday, Wood got a run on the top side following an early yellow of and motored by Cody Whitworth for the lead. Michael Day made his way into the runner-up spot on the restart as well but by lap nine, Wood had opened a half-stretch advantage.Caution flags on laps 14 and 15 slowed the pace before the last 10 laps went green-to-check­ered. Wood went unchallenged for his fourth career win with the series.Day held off Ramey for the runner-up position while 18th starting Shouse came home fourth. Jus­tin Melton rounded out the top five for his best feature finish with the series.Next up for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma will be the only scheduled appearance at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and Enid Speedway in Enid on Saturday night, March 31.Feature ResultsMarch 9 – 1. Chris Kelly; 2. Andy Shouse; 3. Kevin Ramey; 4. Gary Owens; 5. Blake Daccus; 6. Michael Day; 7. Austin Mundie; 8. Shane Sellers; 9. Brandon Jennings; 10. Shane Kleochler; 11. Loyd Clevenger; 12. Cody Whitworth; 13. Travis Scott; 14. Blake Scott; 15. Elliott Amdahl; 16. Duane Baker; 17. Dillon Laden; 18. Ty Williams; 19. Shayla Waddell; 20. Chad Koch.March 10 – 1. Joe Wood Jr.; 2. Day; 3. Ramey; 4. Shouse; 5. Justin Melton; 6. Jennings; 7. Sellers; 8. Mundie; 9. Taylor Courtney; 10. Jessie Graham; 11. Laden; 12. Kelly; 13. Whitworth; 14. Chas Wilson; 15. Michelle Melton; 16. Daccus; 17. Travis Scott; 18. Tanner Conn; 19. Owen; 20. Bryson Oeschger.last_img read more

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Gerrard more relaxed over Suarez

first_img However, he accepts next summer could be a different matter if the Reds have not qualified for the Champions League. The England midfielder admits he spent much of pre-season wondering whether the Uruguay international would remain at Anfield, especially after Arsenal’s £40,000,001 bid and the player himself claiming the Reds had reneged on a deal to allow him to join a Champions League side. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard expects to have a worry-free January as he believes striker Luis Suarez is committed to the club. Press Association That is why Gerrard rates the 26-year-old as the best player he has played alongside. “Yes. Simple. He’s out on his own,” added the midfielder. “The only player who comes close to producing what Luis produced in a red shirt is Fernando Torres but Luis just pipped him for me.” Since returning from his ban, carried over from the previous season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Suarez has shown no signs of unhappiness over what happened during the summer. To the contrary, he has frequently made encouraging noises about how happy he is and how well the campaign is going with Liverpool third in the Premier League, five points behind leaders Arsenal. “We’re doing well right now but we need to carry on that form into the Christmas period,” he told Match magazine. “I think our best is yet to come, which hopefully means well for the end of the season and our chances of making next season’s Champions League. That’s one of our aims. “It’s good to be playing well and contributing with goals, but the most important thing is getting three points every week. “I wouldn’t be scoring without the help of my team-mates, so thanks to them.” Fellow striker Daniel Sturridge, who himself has scored eight times in 10 league matches, recently described his partnership with Suarez as “a beautiful thing”. Suarez repaid the compliment by saying: “He’s a fantastic player and strike partner and we get on very well. “I hope we continue to score goals and win more awards, but it doesn’t matter who gets the goals or awards as long as we keep winning games.” Suarez has since revealed Gerrard’s words of persuasion were a significant factor in him not pressing further for a move. Liverpool’s captain said he is not as concerned about the coming transfer window as he was during the last one but admits familiar problems may resurface next summer, especially if the Reds do not re-establish their place in the top four. “I don’t feel like that about January… January will be different because I think Luis is committed,” he told ESPN. “I think he is happy. I think he is pleased with the decision he has made to stay around. “He is in good form. The team are playing well so I think January won’t be a problem. “But come the summer, I think depending how Liverpool have done will determine what goes through Luis’ mind. “He is the key. His goals, his performance and his form will be the key whether we finish in the top four or not.” Suarez scored 30 goals in all competitions for the Merseysiders last season and he has already found the net six times in five league matches in the current campaign after missing the start through suspension. last_img read more

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Tillman leads No. 16 Spartans to comeback win

first_imgTillman leads No. 16 Spartans to comeback win “If you take care of your own business, then you deserve to have something happen,” Izzo said. “Until we beat Iowa, Maryland and Penn State, we didn’t deserve it. We dug ourselves a hole.”Rocket Watts added 18 points, Cassius Winston had 14 and Aaron Henry scored 12 for the Spartans (21-9, 13-6 Big Ten) who erased a 46-31 halftime deficit to win their fourth straight.But they kept digging that hole beforehand.The Spartans trailed by as many as 19 with 4:15 left in the first half, but scored the first nine points to start the second.It sparked a dominant stretch of play in the paint for the Spartans who took their first lead of the game with 14:29 to play when Tillman dunked to make it 51-49. Michigan State dropped 44 points in the paint to Penn State’s 20.TOUGH SENIOR NIGHTStevens, who made his program-record 134th career start, entered his final game inside the Bryce Jordan Center 39 points shy of Talor Battle’s all-time mark of 2,213.After a pregame video lit up the arena with Stevens’ career highlights, all eyes zeroed in on No. 11. Each of his early behind-the-back or crossover dribbles seemed to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from the 13,437 fans on hand, but they began to get restless as Stevens came up short on his first 10 shots.He barely missed what would’ve been a monstrous one-handed, put-back dunk late in the first half, and shook his head in frustration after missing a free throw early in the second. As a quiet crowd started cheering him, Stevens made the next one and added 12 points the rest of the way. March 3, 2020 Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions, who made 10 of 17 3-pointers in the first half, went 0-for-10 from long distance to start the second.The Spartans continued to keep Penn State (21-9, 11-8) at bay from there and used a 14-6 run to take their biggest lead of the night, 65-55 with 9:41 left. John Harrar made back-to-back layups to pull Penn State within two with 4:56 to play, but the Nittany Lions wouldn’t get any closer.Myreon Jones led Penn State with 16 points while Lamar Stevens had 15 and Mike Watkins had 12.“It’s exciting to be on that level now and that can’t drop,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “We’re a damn good team. We just haven’t played 40 minutes yet.The Nittany Lions used a pair of first-half runs to take control early. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tom Izzo thought his No. 16 Michigan State squad lacked toughness earlier this season.To his pleasure, the Spartans played their grittiest game all year and gave themselves a chance to win what Izzo calls the most physical conference.Xavier Tillman Sr. scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds to lead Michigan State over No. 20 Penn State 79-71 on Tuesday night. After No. 9 Maryland’s loss to Rutgers, the Terps and Spartans are tied for the top spot in the Big Ten with one game to go.center_img They opened with a 10-2 advantage that featured two high-amplitude, alley-oop dunks from Watkins and a pair of 3s from Jamari Wheeler and Seth Lundy.Michigan State cut it to 12-11, but Penn State made seven 3-pointers over the next 7:47 as part of 29-11 run that made it 41-22 with 4:15 left.The Spartans scored the next eight points before Jones added his fourth 3-pointer of the half and Watkins jammed in his third alley-oop dunk of the half to make it 46-31 at halftime.GET INSIDEWhile Penn State owned the perimeter in the first half, the Spartans took control of the paint in the second. Izzo heaped praise on Stevens after the game for his entire body of work.“Stevens will never ever have a game like that again,” Izzo said. ”He just missed some shots, some good shots.”THE BIG PICTUREMichigan State: The Spartans’ looked like a completely different team in the second half to hold on to their current momentum. Their movement away from the ball kept Penn State’s athletic defense guessing and helped Michigan State avoid what could’ve been an embarrassing loss.Penn State: A startling trend has shadowed the Nittany Lions for a few weeks now. They can’t hold onto a lead no matter how big. They needed a last-minute 3-pointer from Dread to win their last home game after leading by double-digits at halftime and had all the momentum in this one until they went into the locker room. Associated Press UP NEXTMichigan State: Hosts No. 19 Ohio State on Sunday.Penn State: Visits Northwestern on Saturday.last_img read more

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Sarwan to miss Jamaica Tallawahs CPL season

first_imgFORMER West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will not serve as assistant coach for the Jamaica Tallawahs in this year’s edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after being given leave to return home.The entirety of this season’s tournament will take place on the island of Trinidad and Tobago as organisers, like many around the globe, operate with an abundance of caution due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.The six CPL franchises and match officials reported to the twin-island republic a week ago where they have been quarantined at the Hilton Hotel in St Ann’s.  The tournament will get under way on August 18.Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller confirmed that Sarwan, who was appointed to the post two years ago, was not among that number.“Mr Sarwan requested leave for personal reasons and that was granted,” Miller said in an interview with the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.“It’s a big loss, Sars (Sarwan) brings a lot to the game – his knowledge, his experience and the way he has dealt with the players over the years, so it is a great loss,” he added.Sarwan will be replaced by former West Indies spinner Ryan Austin. In April Sarwan was in the news after a public spat with former teammate and then Tallawahs batsman Chris Gayle.In a Youtube rant Gayle blamed Sarwan after he was released by the team.  Sarwan denied having anything to do with Gayle’s release. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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