The More You Give, the More You Get

first_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 30 March 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The More You Give, the More You Getlast_img read more

The Phone Room introduces ‘risk-free’ fundraising

first_img Howard Lake | 22 November 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Phone Room offers a two-stage Audience and Visitor Fundraising Programme which includes database segmentation, creation of fundraising letters and scripts, training of agents in local venue knowledge, social media support, a complete donor development plan and ongoing fundraising Tagged with: Individual giving Telephone fundraising The Phone Room The Phone Room introduces ‘risk-free’ fundraisingcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Arts fundraising company The Phone Room is offering to take the risk out of donor campaigns by pledging to refund the difference if organisations do not raise more money than they pay the agency.The fundraising programme, offered to arts, heritage, museum and theatre venues, is based on The Phone Room’s track record. David Dixon, Director of the company, said: ” In 20 years’ of running campaigns for arts organisations, we’ve never lost money for a client.”He explained why he was making the offer. “Everyone knows they need to invest in fundraising, but they also know they can’t afford to take risks,” he said. He added that most organisations were failing to capitalise on potential fundraising opportunities and, as a result, were missing out on tens of thousands of pounds worth of income. Advertisement  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Journalist brutally beaten in Kirovograd

first_img Follow the news on Ukraine November 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist brutally beaten in Kirovograd Receive email alerts Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemned a brutal attack on Alexander Danutsa, head of news and presenter on TV-Stymul in Kirovograd, central Ukraine in ongoing systematic harassment of independent media ahead of presidential elections on 21 November.The worldwide press freedom organisation warned the interior minister Mykola Bilokon in a letter “what might happen next to Alexander Danutsa” and urged him “to do everything possible to protect the journalist”.Danutsa was attacked in the early evening of 18 November as he got into the lift at the Turist Hotel that houses his TV studios. Two blackclad men followed him in and seized his camera and videotape and then brutally beat him.The tape contained evidence linking local authorities to fraudulent activities in advance of polling.His assailants told him that it was his last warning and that he should stop reporting on the election campaign. He was taken to hospital with concussion and bruising.Danutsa said he had been receiving constant threats in connection with his reporting. A few days earlier an anonymous caller told him, “there’s a plot reserved for you at the cemetery” and on another occasion, “they are waiting for you at the hospital”.The channel itself has also received numerous threats since it began broadcasting the news programme headed by Danutsa. TV-Stymul also relays opposition television Kanal 5 in the Kirovograd region. UkraineEurope – Central Asia Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Help by sharing this information March 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img News to go further News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV February 26, 2021 Find out more News News September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Gun battle leaves 1 dead, 3 injuredECSO deputies were there to serve a warrant

first_img Joshua Pool, left; Ricardo Rodriguez, center; Cody Smith Neighbors on Tuesday described a Monday night gunfight as sounding like “fireworks.” The gun battle in north Odessa left a man who opened fire on an Ector County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team dead and injured three deputies, who were all treated and released at Medical Center Hospital.Ector County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety officials on Tuesday would not release the names of two men who were involved in the Monday night shooting. ECSO deputies Josh Pool, 28, Cody Smith, 26, and Ricky Rodriguez, 28, were all shot by the now dead gunman. The other man was taken into custody.Pool is part of the special investigative unit, while Smith is a criminal investigation division investigator and Rodriguez is a reserve officer.All three were treated and released from Medical Center Hospital less than four hours after being shot in the line of duty.“It was a great relief to know their injuries weren’t as major as they could have been,” Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said via phone Tuesday afternoon. “When I first got the phone call, it was devastating news to me. Once I got to the hospital and saw the guys and I knew they were going to be OK, I don’t have words to describe my feelings.”The three deputies were working as part of a SWAT team serving a search warrant for narcotics at 9:30 p.m. Monday at 7321 Kentucky Ave.One of the suspects was killed during the shooting and another taken into custody and charged with failure to identify. Griffis said the suspects’ names could be released as early as Wednesday morning.Bullet casings littered the ground in front of the trailer house, but ECSO spokesperson Sgt. Gary Duesler said the three deputies were each hit once. Pool and Rodriguez were each shot in the leg, while Smith had a bullet graze his lip. ECSO declined to say what type of firearm the gunman had.Griffis said deputies fired into the trailer house after the gunman started shooting. The sheriff said it’s typical protocol for the SWAT team to enter the residence first during a search warrant and then be followed by deputies conducting the search.“SWAT team will make entry then the actual search will begin,” Griffis said.An investigation into the shooting is underway by the Texas Rangers, which is standard procedure, said DPS spokesperson Sgt. Oscar Villarreal. He said over the phone the Texas Rangers have been on the scene throughout Monday and Tuesday, but declined to comment further on the investigation.Neighbors spoke about the incident Monday night and Tuesday morning.James Hancock lives two doors down from the house where the shooting took place. He said he had spoken to both of the men who lived at the residence before, but didn’t know them very well.“We heard a bunch of gunshots, that’s all we heard,” Hancock said. “I opened the front door and an officer told me to shut it.”Hancock said he hadn’t seen anything like this on his street in some time. He said a boy living in the trailer next to him had been shot several years ago.Dearl Flowers drives a wrecker for Odessa Wrecker Service, located in the 7300 block of Kentucky Avenue, but he couldn’t see anything last night.“We’re on 24-hour call, but we couldn’t get in or out,” Flowers said. “They had it all blocked off.”Flowers said he knew one of the drivers who lived on the street, who told him last night it just looked like “red lights everywhere.”Frankie Arebalo lived in a trailer behind the residence where the shooting happened, but said she only heard the shots.“It sounded like fireworks,” Arebalo said.Griffis said the last time an ECSO deputy was shot in the line of the duty was in 2014 when Javier Leyva was shot in the leg.Pool, Smith and Rodriguez have all been placed on workers compensation and Griffis explained the three deputies will stay on that program until they are released by their respective doctors. Griffis said each will likely be on alternative duty until they are cleared to go back to work.“Hopefully, that will be sooner rather than later,” Griffis added.The local agencies that responded to the officer-involved shooting included ECSO, Odessa Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Midland County Sheriff’s Office, University of Texas Permian Basin Police, Ector County Independent School District Police, and Odessa College Campus Police.OPD spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur said 26 officers and five crime scene technicians responded to the shooting.“We got agencies from all over the area,” Griffis said late Monday night. “It’s very much appreciated.”At 1:02 a.m. Tuesday morning, the local agencies initially thought a third suspect was involved in a high-speed chase that lasted 44 minutes. Duesler said Tuesday afternoon it was a completely separate incident. The vehicle was in a location known for narcotic sales and distribution and the driver was arrested and charged after cocaine, marijuana and marijuana oils and wax were located in the trunk of the vehicle. Three deputies involved in a shooting in north Odessa Monday night were all listed in fair condition and later released from the hospital, but the sheriff’s office is still looking for a third possible suspect who may be still at large. The deputies, working as part of a SWAT team, were serving a narcotics search warrant at about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 7300 block of Kentucky Avenue, near Shlemeyer Field, when the shooting began, Sheriff Mike Griffis said. When the deputies entered, the suspect of the search warrant opened fire and officers returned fire. Griffis said there was one person killed in the residence that may be their suspect. Another was taken into custody, who Griffis said he believed was not shot during the incident, and a third possible suspect is at large.“We really have not confirmed that,” Griffis said about a third suspect. “Upon myself getting out there, we think there might have been a third individual in there. We haven’t confirmed that. We have a perimeter set up and we are looking for that possible third person just to make sure.”Griffis said they have not confirmed there was a third person, but they were searching the area just in case and K-9 units had been deployed. Two of the deputies were shot in the leg and one was “grazed in the mouth,” the sheriff said. “It’s the greatest news ever,” Griffis said. “The good lord looked down after us tonight. It sure could have been way worse. The injuries those guys sustained is very minor compared to what it could have been.“All I can say is the good lord above us is looking down after us.”Odessa Police Department and Texas Rangers were assisting with the investigation. Griffis said he was unsure if any drugs had been recovered, but after the shooting took place, their officers vacated the residence and set up a perimeter. The sheriff’s office is now waiting for another warrant to re-enter and re-search the home. About 30 to 40 officers were estimated to be on scene following the shooting and Griffis said at about 11:30 p.m. he expected they’d be there for three to four more hours.  Robert Ciccone, a man who lives in the neighborhood on Alabama Street, between Florida Avenue and Kentucky Avenue, said he just moved to Odessa six months ago from Lubbock and the shooting didn’t surprise him. “I knew they were doing drug raids around here … There are some here, there are some down the road on Florida (Avenue),” Ciccone said. “This isn’t the area that you want your kids walking around in at night.” ORIGINAL STORY Three deputies are being treated at the hospital after a shooting in North Odessa on Monday night while trying to serve a search warrant. The shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. near Golder Avenue and Yukon Road near Schlemeyer Field, Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said. The sheriff’s office is searching for one of the suspects, who is still at large, but has confirmed one person has died and another is in custody. The three deputies should all be OK, Griffis said. Two of the deputies were shot in the leg and one in the mouth. Medical Center Hospital spokesperson Rhonda Lewallen said Monday night all three deputies were in fair condition. WhatsApp TAGS  Facebook Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous article010919_Sandhills_ToddHooker_Iraan_PD.jpgNext article012619_PBVE_Tourney_TV_01 Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Local News Twitter Gun battle leaves 1 dead, 3 injuredECSO deputies were there to serve a warrant Twitter Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

SDLP Foyle MLA condemns bomb threat in Derry

first_img Pinterest SDLP Foyle MLA condemns bomb threat in Derry By News Highland – March 3, 2013 Previous articleState of Donegal property market revealed as 25k Letterkenny flat fails to sellNext article3,300 euro raised for robbery victim Margaret Lilly News Highland Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter A SDLP Foyle MLA has condemned yesterdays incident, where a viable explosive device was found in the Hollymount Park area of Derry.The device, which was discoverd shortly after 8am, lead to a number of homes being evacuated while bomb disposal experts examined and removed the object.Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has called on anyone with information on the incident to come forward and assist police with their investigation. He stated that it was lucky nobody was injured as the device posed a real threat to residents.[podcast][/podcast] Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Plea Challenging Delhi HC’s Order Dismissing Plea For Prosecution Of BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing

first_imgTop StoriesPlea Challenging Delhi HC’s Order Dismissing Plea For Prosecution Of BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing Srishti Ojha15 May 2021 10:16 PMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Thursday adjourned the plea filed by Chandigarh dentist Mohit Dhawan’s plea against Delhi High Court’s order dismissing with cost his plea seeking prosecution of former Special Director CBI, and present DG BSF, Rakesh Asthana, under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act on allegations of extortion from the dentist. The plea has also sought a stay on the impugned judgement dated 15th Feb 2021 as an interim relief. A division Bench of Justice UU Lalit and Justice BR Gavai directed the matter to be listed after four weeks, after a request for adjournment was made by the petitioner Counsel. During the hearing, Adv Sushil Tekriwal, appeared for the petitioner Mohit Dhawan and Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appeared for Rakesh Asthana. Submissions In The Dhawan’s Petition: The present plea has been filed challenging the judgement passed by Single Judge Bench of the High Court dismissing Dhawan’s plea seeking directions to CBI and Central Vigilance Commission, and State bodies, to adjudicate, enquire, investigate and to launch consequential criminal prosecution against Asthana upon the complaints submitted and lying pending with them. The plea before the top Court has stated that contrary to the prayers, the High Court entered into the disputed question of facts and gave findings on the innocence of Asthana by exceeding its brief and territory owing allegiance to a private respondent in an extraordinary writ jurisdiction bypassing entire constitutional obligations. “This judgement leads to a constitutional crisis and manifest and explicit travesty and injustice. The basic fundamentals of a Writ mandate are seriously breached in the impugned judgement.” the plea has stated The plea has also argued that even the leave granted by Supreme Court to pursue other remedies was interpreted conservatively. Further, the matter being heard and decided bypassing the roster system, raises an eyebrow on the propriety, probity & correctness of the impugned judgement. The petitioner has argued that the entire writ forwards on the premise of seeking relief from the State Agencies and in the garb of not entertaining the writ, the private respondent is being brandised. While stating that the findings in the impugned judgement are extra·constitutional, extra-judicial and extra-terrestrial and bloomed out of proportion and out of context , the petitioner has alleger that it was done to further benefit to a private respondent by conducting a trial without appreciation of evidence. The petitioner has stated that Rakesh Asthana, while serving as Special Director of CBI, hijacked the entire criminal justice system in connivance with other police officers of Chandigarh conspiring to obtain undue advantage from the petitioner with the intention to cause performance of his public duty improperly and dishonestly The petitioner has contended that Asthana falsely and illegally implicated and intimidated the petitioner by abusing his official position through corrupt means and corrupt activities and further attempted to extort money through the police officers in connivance with them in the garb of settling the matter by exercising his personal influence. This was done in contravention of various provision of Prevention of Corruption Act, particularly Section 7 & 7A of the Prevention of Corruption Act in order to favour the complainant Gertrude D’Souza and her spouse Bryan D’Souza to dispense his proximate relations. According to Dhawan, Asthana has absolutely demolished, destroyed and devastated, for his personal venom and vengeance, his name, repute, stature, esteem, eminence, honour, reputation and image and also has caused a shattering storm in his peaceful and professional life. The present plea has been filed by Adv Venkateswara Rao Anumolu and drawn by Advocates Sushil Tekriwal, Anupam Singla, and Mamta Tekriwal. Delhi High Court’s Order: Delhi High Court, while dismissing Dhawan’s plea had noted that there is no iota of evidence which establishes that the Asthana had ever influenced police officers at Chandigarh by any communication. The Bench had added that even if it is presumed that the complainant is known to Asthana, if something wrong has happened with her and he had suggested her to take appropriate action in that eventuality, Asthana has not committed any offence. However, If Rakesh Asthana had misused his power being an officer of CBI, then certainly action would be warranted against him.. The Court had also observed that Dhawan’s writ petition was not maintainable before the Delhi HC, after being informed by CBI’s Counsel that Dhawan’s complaint, referred by CVC to CBI was sent to Chandigarh office as the alleged incident has taken place in Chandigarh. Supreme Court’s Order: Supreme Court had on 8th February dismissed as withdrawn Dhawan’s plea seeking criminal prosecution of Rakesh Asthana, under section 7 & 7 A of the Prevention of Corruption Act. A division Bench of Justice Nageswar Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat had allowed Mohit Dhawan to pursue other remedies. The petitioner had informed the Court that a complaints were made before the Central Vigilance Commissioner and Central Bureau of Investigation on 18th September 2019, 27th July 2020 and 17th August 2020 but the said authorities did not initiate any action or adjudication or prosecution against Asthana in consequence of the said complaints. The plea therefore sought the Court’s intervention alleging that Asthna is enormously powerful and highly connected and has become totally immune Before Punjab and Haryana High Court: The Punjab and Haryana High Court had in November 2020 dismissed a petition filed by the present petitioner Mohit Dhawan against Rakesh Asthana and former Chandigarh DGP Tajinder Luthra in the case for filing a fake FIR against him and seeking transfer of a probe into a cheating case registered against him to outside the Chandigarh Police’s jurisdiction or any other agency. The petitioner, Dhawan was booked in a cheating case back in 2018 where a complaint was filed by Gertrude D’Souza, a US citizen, who had got a dental implant procedure done at his clinic in 2017. Another cheating case was filed against him in September 2020 by another woman , Enid Nayabundi, from Nairobi, Kenya. Dhawan had alleged before the High Court that he was a victim of malice, vendetta and extortion, by Asthana, who was known to D’Souza and he had also instigated to lodge another complaint against him. According to him, Gertrude had contacted him for treatment through e-mail and after the surgery, she did not pay the fees and threatened him that she was close to Rakesh Asthana and asking for money would cost him his life. He had also alleged that after the woman returned back to the United States he was constantly threatened by the Chandigarh Police for the return of paid fee, and once the police also took him to the DGP’s office and demanded Rs 50 lakh for the settlement of dispute. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had observed that the petitioner’s assertions that there was a close proximity of former CBI special director with D’Souza were mere assumptions and not substantiated by any material on record. The Court observed that merely because the police official is a Facebook friend of the complainant, it cannot be presumed that he shall favour him in an illegal manner. “If a person appears in the friend list of a Facebook page of any public servant, it cannot be assumed that an official shall favour such a person in an illegal manner and maneuver investigation of a crime…. Sending of complaints by way of emails to the officials on their personal email IDs or having them as friends on social media do not give rise to any presumption of mala fide.”, Justice Sant Prakash of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had observed. The High Court had added that the high ranking police officer who had never remained posted in Chandigarh and had only graduated with the husband of complainant from same university/college in the year 1982 would not necessarily lead to any inference that he was instrumental in getting the investigation conducted in a biased manner.TagsSupreme Court Mohit Dhawan Delhi High Court Rakesh Asthana Justice UU Lalit Justice BR Gavai Next Storylast_img read more

Brundidge spreads the news about peanut butter

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits There’s nothing pretentious about the Peanut Butter Festival. That’s what makes it unique. A unique festival based on a true story of yesteryear.The story of how the peanut industry got its start in Brundidge is a part of the town’s folklore.It’s a tale of J.D. Johnston who had the first commercial peanut butter mill in the Southeast. However, that’s been challenged but no one yet has been able to disprove the claim. In 1927, J.D. Johnston realized that peanut butter was gaining popularity as a tasty, inexpensive source of protein so he set up a crude machine in the small upstairs of a wood-frame building just off Main Street and started “the first” commercial peanut butter mill in the South. Latest Stories In 1991, the Brundidge Historical Society sponsored the first Peanut Butter Festival, a harvest and heritage celebration.The whole town pitched in along with area farmers and a festival that began without great expectations proved to be just what the community was looking for – a day set aside to come to town and celebrate the harvest season with friends and neighbors.The year 2018 will be the 27th annual Peanut Butter Festival and it’s much as it was on that first last Saturday in October, a bunch of folks coming together in fun and friendship. Published 11:34 pm Thursday, October 25, 2018 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img Email the author Brundidge spreads the news about peanut butter The peanut wagons no longer rumble down Main Street in Brundidge. No longer does the sweet aroma of freshly roasted peanuts drift over the small South Alabama town. Those days are gone and will probably never be again.The agricultural climate of Pike County has changed in recent years, leaving only memories of how it used to be when the Brundidge peanut butter mills were in their heyday. But a group of folks that wanted to make sure that the town’s proud history in the peanut butter industry was not forgotten and that the little peanut would always be held in high esteem for the role it played and continues to play in the local economy. Print Article You Might Like Registration still open for Homecoming parade From babies to senior citizens and Troy natives to Troy University students from around the world, the Troy University Homecoming… read more By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Peanut butter’s popularity spread and the Johnston Peanut Butter Mill flourished. Before long the mill was shipping out more than two million jars of the popular foodstuff each year.In the early 1930s, Grady Johnson and his brother, Oscar, opened another peanut butter mill on the south end of town. Grady Johnson named the company and the peanut butter after his children, Louis and Anne, and they were featured on the label.The Louis-Anne Peanut Butter Mill provided a giant economic boost to the Brundidge community and together the two mills sustained the town during the Great Depression by providing jobs and an available and inexpensive source of protein. An interesting tag to the Louis-Anne story is that Louis Johnston went on to be a World War II pilot. Johnson was given permission to have the Louis-Anne peanut butter label painted on the nose cone of a popular general’s plane, which Johnson piloted. Anne (Anise) married Pike County sawmill giant Jeff Sorrell, whose Troy University’s connection are prominent.An unconfirmed story is that, a few years down the road, the Johnson brothers unintentionally gave their peanut butter secrets to the owner of an upstart peanut butter mill who sat on the porch and shared some of Josie’s best with them.In later years, big processing companies proved to be too much competition for the small mills and by the late 1950s the smell of fresh roasted peanuts in downtown Brundidge faded into memory.But the townspeople have refused to let the memory die so the last Saturday of October is set aside as a day of remembrance and the rediscovery of what’s it like to be in town on a fall day and celebrate the harvest season with friends and neighbors, a turkey leg and some good old time music.Y’all come. You’ll be glad you did.last_img read more

Six charged after massive cocaine seizure at Philadelphia port

first_imgRapidEye/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Six men have been charged in connection with one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history this week at the port of Philadelphia, where nearly 17 tons of cocaine with a street value of more than $1 billion was confiscated.None of the men are U.S. citizens and all have been charged with one count of knowingly conspiring to posses cocaine abroad a vessel in a U.S. jurisdiction, which carries the possible sentence of up to life in prison if convicted, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania William McSwain told reporters Friday.“To those who were aboard the ship, and are now in federal custody, I say this: You thought you could breeze into our port and then leave with enough cocaine to destroy millions of lives without getting caught,” he said. “You thought you were clever. You were wrong.”McSwain said that the case was “a prime example of why this country needs strong border protection.”“We must do everything we can to dismantle international drug trafficking organizations who destroy the lives of those who are addicted to drugs,” he said. “That begins with strong border protection and ends with aggressive prosecution of those who seek to profit from peddling poison.”The MSC Gayane ship, which was the length of three football fields and operated under the flag of Liberia, was escorted into the Philadelphia port after “anomalies” were detected in several of its containers. Further inspections involving fiber-optic scopes, narcotic-detector dogs and an X-ray scanner led to the discovery of 15,000 bricks of cocaine, weighing a total of about 35,000 pounds, officials said at the news conference.“Laid end to end, all the bricks cover a distance of about two and a half miles,” said Casey Durst of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “Really, it’s just incredible.”McSwain emphasized that he was limited in what he could say “at this early stage in the investigation.”“We’re not going to get into the details of how the cocaine got onto the boat and what the plans were,” he said.According to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, the MSC Gayne’s second mate told investigators that he was told by the ship’s chief officer to come down to the deck after the ship departed Peru. He said he saw nets near the ship’s crane that contained bags with handles, and that he and four others had hoisted the bags onto the ship and loaded them into containers. He said he had been promised $50,000 for the job, according to the complaint.Another crew member also told authorities that he assisted in loading bales of cocaine that were brought alongside the ship by smaller boats both before and after they docked in Peru.By the time all the operations were complete, officials said, $1 billion worth of cocaine was secured, secreted and headed to Philadelphia, where it was ultimately seized and impounded.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Control Mosquitos

first_img Asian Tiger mosquitos are one of the most prevelant types of mosquitos in Georgia. Mosquito control is very important in stopping the spread of disease. Photo:Leonard Mustermann As spring arrives, Georgians treasure the amazing azaleas and dogwoods but dread those menacing mosquitoes. After last year’s outbreak of West Nile Virus in Georgia, many are fearing the biting problem.”The 2001 mosquito season was one of the most eventful mosquito seasons in recent memory,” said Elmer Gray, a University of Georgia Extension entomologist. West Nile Virus Ready “The rapid and widespread occurrence of the West Nile Virus this past summer,” he said, “is one of the most interesting and unique occurrences in the entomological field in a long time.”Since its discovery in the New York City area during the summer of 1999, WNV has spread from Ontario, Canada to the Florida Keys, most places in between and some beyond. While many experts predicted the disease’s spread, it would have been hard to predict how fast it would spread last summer.Fortunately, the Georgia Department of Agriculture had already begun the Georgia West Nile Task Force before the disease arrived, Gray said.”The task force had members from most of the primary parties that could and would end up being affected by the disease,” he said. “Little did any of the participants realize that Georgia would become a focal point for WNV by midsummer 2001.”Main Mosquito-borne DiseasesBefore WNV showed up in Georgia, the state’s main mosquito-borne diseases had been Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis and LaCrosse encephalitis.”While each of these diseases can be serious, debilitating and even deadly, they’re fortunately relatively rare,” Gray said.Since 1964, Georgia has had only 41 confirmed cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (23), St. Louis encephalitis (5) and LaCrosse encephalitis (13).The latest figures show that seven people died from West Nile Virus in 2001 in the United States. One of them was in Georgia, where six cases were reported. In three years nationally, the virus has killed 16 people, or 11.5 percent of the 139 human cases reported.Horses have been severely affected, with many U.S. cases and a mortality rate of about 23 percent. A vaccine has been rushed to market that should help reduce the risks to horses.”Considering these numbers and the fact that there were six human cases of WNV in Georgia in 2001, it may pose a more serious mosquito-borne risk than we have had before,” Gray said.”Unfortunately,” he said, “the surveillance and reporting of all of these diseases has been inconsistent and poorly supported during the time frames reported. With the arrival of WNV into Georgia, it’s more important than ever that the accurate and timely reporting of all mosquito-borne diseases be conducted.”Integrated Mosquito Control ImportantThe risk of WNV and the other mosquito-borne diseases can be reduced if everyone supports comprehensive and integrated mosquito control, he said. This includes education, surveillance, source reduction and, when warranted, using insecticides to kill larvae and adult mosquitoes.”Often, mosquito production occurs around our homes and properties as a result of a lack of information or diligence,” Gray said. “Mosquitoes develop in standing water. By reducing the amount of standing water, the number of adult mosquitoes that could possibly transmit disease can be reduced.”No one knows what this year’s mosquito disease season will hold.”But considering the lengthy drought Georgia has had,” Gray said, “when normal rains return, increased mosquito populations are sure to follow. Considering the new threat presented by the WNV, suppressing our state’s mosquito populations has never been more important.”For the latest information on mosquito control, contact your county Extension Service office.last_img read more

The Institute of Tourism is working on branding Vinkovci as a tourist destination

first_imgAccording to the CNTB Public Invitation, the Tourist Board of the City of Vinkovci applied for tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas in the project “Branding of Vinkovci as a tourist destination”, and the support that the CNTB will award to the Tourist Board of Vinkovci is HRK 60.000,00. from the budget of the city of Vinkovci.As they point out from the Vinkovci Tourist Board, the executor with whom the contract was signed is the Institute for Tourism, which has so far been involved in the preparation of various documents in Vukovar-Srijem County, as well as in the development of the Master Plan for Tourism Development in Vinkovci.As part of the preparation of the documentation, an interview with the tourist staff of the city of Vinkovci is planned, so on behalf of the Institute of Tourism in Vinkovci come Snježana Boranić Živoder, Ph.D. Sanda Čorak and Katarina Miličević. The meeting with the stakeholders will be held at the Tourist Office of the Tourist Board of the City of Vinkovci on November 6 at 11:00 am and press statements are scheduled at 10:45 am.Side dish: TOURISM DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN OF THE TOWN OF VINKOVAC Related news:SPECTACULAR DISCOVERY IN CROATIA – THE OLDEST CALENDAR IN EUROPE FOUND!VINKOVCI AS THE OLDEST CITY IN EUROPE MUST BE THE MAIN STAR OF EUROPEAN TOURISMlast_img read more