Properties Seized from Organized Crime Groups Benefit Hondurans

first_imgFor example, residential property that security forces seized from the family of Ramón Matta Ballesteros, a convicted drug trafficker who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in the United States, is being used provisionally as office space for the OABI. Through the OABI, the government of Honduras is using seized properties for a variety of purposes which benefit the Honduran civilian population. For example, the government is using some seized buildings as office space or factories, which provide employment opportunities and stimulate the local economy, according to Claudia Solórzano, public relations director for the OABI. Assistance for young people fighting drug addiction It also benefits from other kinds of seized assets. For example, in October 2014, President Juan Orlando Hernández donated 35 cars, including eight which were provided by the OABI, to the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP). These job opportunities are made possible because Honduran security forces confiscate properties that belonged to organized crime groups and leaders on the orders of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP). Under Honduran law, the OABI can distribute 45 percent of the seized assets in a way that would benefit the security and justice sector, and another 45 percent in a manner that would help crime-prevention efforts. The remaining 10 percent of seized properties would benefit the OABI management sector. In addition to helping the economy by using seized facilities to provide jobs, the OABI also provides assistance to efforts which help adolescents who are suffering from drug dependency. “The OABI also supports non-state centers dedicated to rehabilitation for youth addicted to drugs, such as Project Victory, and has donated $36,951 to this project and other institutions to build a gym, eight duplex apartments for housing inpatient youth, access roads to the city center, and equipment for the computer room,” Solórzano said. The cost of a day visit to Joya Grande is $12 for adults and $7 for children. These job opportunities are made possible because Honduran security forces confiscate properties that belonged to organized crime groups and leaders on the orders of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP). Under Honduran law, the OABI can distribute 45 percent of the seized assets in a way that would benefit the security and justice sector, and another 45 percent in a manner that would help crime-prevention efforts. The remaining 10 percent of seized properties would benefit the OABI management sector. The OABI operates a zoo In recent years, Honduran security forces have seized properties and other assets worth tens of millions of dollars from organized crime leaders and groups. The Honduran Administrative Office of Seized Assets (OABI) is working to make the most effective use of the confiscated assets, which include luxury homes, cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and even a zoo. In recent years, Honduran security forces have seized properties and other assets worth tens of millions of dollars from organized crime leaders and groups. The Honduran Administrative Office of Seized Assets (OABI) is working to make the most effective use of the confiscated assets, which include luxury homes, cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and even a zoo. “The OABI also supports non-state centers dedicated to rehabilitation for youth addicted to drugs, such as Project Victory, and has donated $36,951 to this project and other institutions to build a gym, eight duplex apartments for housing inpatient youth, access roads to the city center, and equipment for the computer room,” Solórzano said. In addition to helping the economy by using seized facilities to provide jobs, the OABI also provides assistance to efforts which help adolescents who are suffering from drug dependency. Visitors can also rent one of the 18 family cabins at the zoo for prices ranging between $184 and $360 a night, which includes breakfast, access to the zoo and its 293-acre ecopark, which offers such activities as horseback riding, bird watching, hiking through forests and caves, and go-kart rides. If not, the zoo has also offers a menu with affordable options, such as lunches for $5. Police seized the Joya Grande Ecopark and Zoo after the U.S. Treasury Department identified it as being an illicit asset. Visitors can also rent one of the 18 family cabins at the zoo for prices ranging between $184 and $360 a night, which includes breakfast, access to the zoo and its 293-acre ecopark, which offers such activities as horseback riding, bird watching, hiking through forests and caves, and go-kart rides. If not, the zoo has also offers a menu with affordable options, such as lunches for $5. The OABI operates a zoo The zoo also provides a steady source of employment for 70 people, whileremaining under the supervision of the OABI, Solórzano explained. It does not cost taxpayers any money. Joya Grande is “self-sustaining and earns approximately $3,000 a month, which covers salaries and maintenance of the facilities and animals,” María Díaz, a veterinarian and manager of Joya Grande Zoo said. center_img By Dialogo January 30, 2015 “The employment benefit resulting by keeping projects like these up and running is incalculable because it allows citizens to keep earning a salary and supporting their families with dignity,” said Edgardo Mejía, a private security consultant. “The employment benefit resulting by keeping projects like these up and running is incalculable because it allows citizens to keep earning a salary and supporting their families with dignity,” said Edgardo Mejía, a private security consultant. Rather than dismantling the zoo and using the property for another purpose, the government signed a lease agreement with veterinarians who worked there to keep the facility open for the public. Police seized the Joya Grande Ecopark and Zoo after the U.S. Treasury Department identified it as being an illicit asset. Assistance for young people fighting drug addiction One of the most unusual assets security forces have seized from organized crime and provided to the OABI is a zoo. The cost of a day visit to Joya Grande is $12 for adults and $7 for children. Keeping the zoo open also benefits the public. About 65,000 people, Hondurans and foreign tourists, visit the facility every year to view about 58 species of animals, including a rare white tiger, according toDíaz . Overall, the facility is home to more than 300 animals, including some species which are not native to the Americas. The zoo also provides a steady source of employment for 70 people, whileremaining under the supervision of the OABI, Solórzano explained. It does not cost taxpayers any money. Joya Grande is “self-sustaining and earns approximately $3,000 a month, which covers salaries and maintenance of the facilities and animals,” María Díaz, a veterinarian and manager of Joya Grande Zoo said. For example, residential property that security forces seized from the family of Ramón Matta Ballesteros, a convicted drug trafficker who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in the United States, is being used provisionally as office space for the OABI. Rather than dismantling the zoo and using the property for another purpose, the government signed a lease agreement with veterinarians who worked there to keep the facility open for the public. Through the OABI, the government of Honduras is using seized properties for a variety of purposes which benefit the Honduran civilian population. For example, the government is using some seized buildings as office space or factories, which provide employment opportunities and stimulate the local economy, according to Claudia Solórzano, public relations director for the OABI. One of the most unusual assets security forces have seized from organized crime and provided to the OABI is a zoo. It also benefits from other kinds of seized assets. For example, in October 2014, President Juan Orlando Hernández donated 35 cars, including eight which were provided by the OABI, to the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP). Keeping the zoo open also benefits the public. About 65,000 people, Hondurans and foreign tourists, visit the facility every year to view about 58 species of animals, including a rare white tiger, according toDíaz . Overall, the facility is home to more than 300 animals, including some species which are not native to the Americas. Excellent That is the best thing they could do This needs to be seen in health and education. Otherwise we’re left the same or worse. It’s the best he can do Excellent I like how the police are developing. Very positive. I wish they would do it all over the country so they would motivate the police on my behalf for their good work but I repeat, they have to do it. Not just say it. That is how faith is built where I’m from. Thank you.last_img read more

Boosting lending with digital prequalification

first_img continue reading » USALLIANCE Financial wanted to make a change. The $1 billion, tech-savvy credit union in Rye, N.Y., needed to find a way to match consumers to loans without subjecting them to a full application process and hard inquiry credit check that would affect their credit scores.Before the change, consumers were required to submit a full loan application when they showed interest in a line of credit—everything from auto loans to personal loans to credit cards. And if they didn’t qualify, they still had to absorb a potential negative credit score impact because of the hard inquiry. Even more, USALLIANCE Financial loan officers had to complete a lengthy manual decisioning process for each inquiry, which tied up resources.Defined GoalsUSALLIANCE Financial envisioned an online tool that ideally would:automatically prequalify member and non-member website visitors for USALLIANCE Financial loan products without a hard inquiry that could affect a consumer’s credit score;create a positive educational interaction for applicants discouraged by previous declines or who have little or no knowledge of their credit status; andreduce the workload of loan officers by creating efficiencies with the loan application queue. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why Gautam Gambhir feels IPL 2020 will be the biggest one ever!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/IPLAdvertisement 2lNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsz37gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6qnv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ftbWould you ever consider trying this?😱li4Can your students do this? 🌚bxgt1gRoller skating! Powered by Firework After months of uncertainty amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Indian Premier League is finally making a return in September, and will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates. For the first time in the cash rich tournament’s history it saw a postponement from its original schedule, as well as the second IPL to be hosted abroad. However, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that the  IPL 2020 will be the biggest one ever.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/IPLSpeaking at the latest episode of Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’ show, Gautam Gambhir said that the 13th edition of IPL will be the biggest one in the history of the tournament, as a fresh breath of air for India in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Doesn’t matter where it goes but obviously it goes to UAE, it’s a great venue to play any format and plus most importantly it is going to change the mood of the nation,” Gambhir said on the show.Advertisement The former Kolkata Knight Riders captain, who lead the franchise to two title victories in 2012 and 2014, further stated that this IPL will switch up the atmosphere of the country completely, no matter the results or stats.Gauti continued, “It’s not about which franchise win, which player score runs, which guy takes wicket, it’s just changing the mood of the nation.”Advertisement “So, this IPL probably will be bigger than rest of the IPL because I think this if for the nation,” the 38 year old concluded.Following many rumours and speculations after IPL 2020 was suspended from its original commencement date of March 29th, it was confirmed by the governing body that the tournament will return in the Middle Eastern country, as the virus threat in India is still too high to host such a large scale event.“IPL 2020 which was postponed due to coronavirus will now be held in UAE,” IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed earlier. Sources within BCCI also reported yesterday that the tournament will take place from 19th September to 8th November, the window which was originally reserved for the now postponed 2020 T20 World Cup.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-What could have been: Rakheem Cornwall attracted NFL offers before cricket came to his rescueWhat could have been: Rakheem Cornwall attracted NFL offers before cricket came to his rescue Advertisementlast_img read more

Rhine Tabbed MVC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week For Third Time

first_imgRhine and her teammates visit UNI Friday, Feb. 16 with tipoff with the Panthers set for 7 p.m. The in-state rivalry game is the MVC’s Game of the Week on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS – Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the MVC office announced Monday, Feb. 12 afternoon. This season, Rhine is averaging 15.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, which ranks second and tied for fifth, respectively, in the MVC. She leads the MVC in field goal percentage at 57.5 percent. She was previously named MVC Player of the Week on Dec. 4 and Jan. 15. Rhine has been named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week four times this season.center_img Coming off the bench, Rhine averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 73.9 percent (14-of-19) from the floor, including making 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) from behind the arc to help Drake win at Evansville and Indiana State. She started the weekend against Evansville with a game-high 19 points on a 7-of-8 shooting night to go with four rebounds and one block in just 16 minutes. Rhine followed that performance against the Sycamores with her fifth double-double this year with 16 points and 11 rebounds. She made 7-of-11 shots, added one block and nabbed one steal in 20 minutes.last_img read more

Mokale Koapeng: music chose me

first_img21 January 2011 Humility is not a trait one normally associates with world-renowned musicians. For Mokale Koapeng, it seems to come naturally. Either that, or the conductor, director, lecturer and composer just doesn’t have the time to fit it into his schedule. Not only does Koapeng lecture at Wits University, he is also the first composer-in-residence of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, among all his other projects. Born in Orlando West, in Soweto in 1963, he was exposed to music at a young age. His father was a chorister and gave all seven of his children the opportunity to study music. Koapeng was the only one of them who asked to learn music, though, and he began by asking to be taught how to play the piano. “I took the initiative, but I was in a musical environment,” he says. His favourite quote is by Leonard Bernstein, the famous American composer and conductor: “I didn’t choose music, music chose me.” It sums up his attitude to what has become a successful career. “I feel like I was destined to be involved in music,” Koapeng says. “I find playing music to be an outlet for expressing my thoughts, emotions and state at any given time. But I also find listening to it soothing and good for redirecting my energy.” However, he is quick to point out that there is a big difference between good and bad music, describing bad music as “something that the creator didn’t put much effort into”. Koapeng has worked with a wide variety of national and international musicians and groups, including Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekela and British vocal group I Fagiolini. He has also composed music for the National Symphony Orchestra; University of Pretoria Chorale; Musicatreize, the French instrumental and vocal ensemble; the Sontonga String Quartet; and the Unisa Foundation Youth Orchestra.Collaboration He considers I Fagiolini his favourite collaboration. “It was the first association that put South African indigenous music and Western music on a par. It was wonderful working with a group specialising in Western music that embraced indigenous music, so much so that they started commissioning pieces after the collaboration was over.” And if he had to select one thing to be remembered by, it would be this partnership and the resulting work, the internationally successful CD, Simunye. Another career highlight was composing and conducting the world premiere of Cantus in Memoria ’76 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976. “The issues around 1976 are emotional for all South Africans, but blacks in particular. Because I was there at the time, when it was commissioned, it was not just an academic exercise or artistic enterprise,” he says. “I had flashbacks of running from the cops and being in Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando West, hearing gunshots and realising the struggle was a matter of life and death. “I just hope that the music did justice to the poetry of what happened that day.” The challenge of making his compositions accessible is one that Koapeng regards philosophically. He has found that people not involved in music have embraced his work more than musicians because “musicians have to discard their own emotional baggage before they can enjoy the songs”.Composer “It is not a popularity contest, though. It is my artistic expression on a journey to discover new things.” This, he hopes, stems from his admiration for Mozart. To him, the Austrian artist was an innovative composer who always looked to discover the new and unexplored. This similarity may have contributed to his appointment as the first composer-in-residence of the JIMF, though he certainly does not see it this way. “I don’t subscribe to being a ‘first’ for anything; it’s an accident of history,” he says of his appointment. “There is nothing unique about me being the one chosen. It’s more a possibility of being in the right place at the right time.” He is looking forward to what opportunities may come from this role, which already include “new things tried in the commissioned work [Dipesalema tsa Dafita]”. This piece will have its world premiere on 27 January at the Linder Auditorium, as part of the opening ceremony of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF). The festival will run until 13 February at the auditorium at Wits’ Education Campus in Parktown. He says his role as composer-in-residence will be a challenge he will enjoy, but which he will happily pass on next year as he has “no intention of being the Mugabe or Gbagbo of the JIMF”. The multi-tasking musician does not make music for recognition, but rather focuses on what he considers to be his lifelong project: “to be a good teacher, composer and human being. I am a project on my own, trying to get myself right as a father, neighbour and artist.” Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Amid E-Book Growth, Students Still Prefer Paper Textbooks

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Students love a bargain. Survey respondents said they often buy previous editions of a textbook (16% did this for their current class ) or international versions (18% did this at least once).Piracy is pervasive. More than 40% of survey respondents said they bought a textbook from a pirate website, or know others who have. In addition, many respondents reported copying their friends’ textbooks. Some learning tools have high value. Print study guides, Campus Learning Management Systems — such as Blackboard and WebCT — and diagnostic self-tests held high value for survey respondents.Some learning tools have low value. Online tutoring, audio study guides and “clickers” used in the classroom by instructors held low value for survey respondents.The 12% who did favor e-textbooks — “mostly males, and often MBA-seeking or distance learners” — said they valued the “lower cost, convenience and portability.”Textbook photo by Nina Scaletti | other sources: ResourceBlog A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Over the past half-year, we have written extensively about e-books and e-readers. We’ve discussed the merits of e-books over paper books. We’ve covered Kindle e-books outselling hardcover best-sellers and their strength over the holiday season. We’ve even included the growth of e-readers and e-books in one of our Top Trends of 2010 posts. But, as ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus discussed in “5 Ways that Paper Books are Better than E-Books,” everything from price to packaging to, most importantly, the feel of physical books may keep them on the shelves for a long time to come. Now, in a study called “Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education,” another round in the debate has been settled on the side of paper. 75% of student preferred old-fashioned, paper-and-board textbooks over electronic versions.The surveying entity, the Book Industry Study Group, announced the results yesterday. The 75% who preferred paper textbooks cited “a fondness for print’s look and feel, as well as its permanence and ability to be resold.” Additional findings:last_img read more

Belships Returns to Profit Expands Fleet

first_imgzoom Oslo-based bulk ship operator Belships returned to black during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.The company said that its net result for the period reached USD 6.4 million, against USD ‐14.6 million reported in 2016 which was affected by impairment of the fleet of USD 13.8 million. Impairment reversal in 2017 amounted to USD 2.5 million.Operating income during the year increased to USD 27.3 million from USD 25.4 million seen in 2016.Belships’ net result for the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 3.2 million, up from USD 1.7 million reported a year earlier, while its operating income reached USD 7.6 million, compared to USD 6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The figure for fourth quarter includes impairment reversal of USD 2 million.Following year end, the company expanded its fleet as it took delivery of M/S Belnippon on January 24, 2018. The ship, which was delivered by Imabari Shipbuilding, has been fixed on time charter to Cargill for 10‐13 months at USD 11,500/day.The company operates six Supramax/Ultramax vessels, of which M/S Belstar, M/S Belnor and M/S Belisland have continued the long‐term contracts to Canpotex of Canada, while M/S Belforest and M/S Belocean are both on time charter to Cargill.Belships has one 63,000 dwt eco‐design Ultramax bulk carrier remaining on order with Imabari Shipbuilding. The newbuilding has a long‐term time charter agreement including purchase option for delivery within the first half of 2020.Belships’ vessels are fully covered until October 2018 when M/S Belocean becomes open, followed by M/S Belforest in November and M/S Belnippon in January 2019.The company said that it is well positioned for a dry bulk market that “we believe will be strengthening in 2018‐19.”last_img read more

Bangladesh India set a model of neighbourhood relations Envoy

first_imgNew Delhi: Bangladesh has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing economies thanks to the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the country’s high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said on Thursday.He was speaking at IIMT Engineering College in Meerut at a function attended by about 800 students from different bachelor’s courses, besides officials and teachers of the prestigious institution. Syed Muazzem said Bangladesh today is one of the fastest growing economies of the world with a record 7.86 per cent GDP growth last year, and 8.13 per cent so far this fiscal year. He said India too is fast emerging as a global economic power with strong growth coupled with scientific and technological achievements. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The successes of both the neighbors offer each other opportunities to further deepen their economic relations, the envoy said in his speech on “India-Bangladesh Relations.” He said the neighborhood relations are so strong that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently suggested making joint efforts to showcase this model of relations to the world, in the form of research and study at the University level, in the form of thesis, PhD for a PhD degree. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Indeed, the relations have reached to an exceptional level and the “best ever” one, under the dynamic leadership of our two Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi. It has gone beyond the strategic partnership level and now encompasses all aspects of our bilateral cooperation,” the envoy said amid applauses from the audience. To further the excellent bilateral cooperation Dhaka and New Delhi are now focusing particularly on three key areas: trade and investment, connectivity and energy. The session witnessed a lively interaction during which the students wanted to know from the veteran freedom fighter diplomat various aspects of Indo-Bangla relations, the regional cooperation and the way forward for the South Asian nations.last_img read more