By Dialogo January 24, 2013 On January 17, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation of the Meza Flores Drug Trafficking Organization, including its leader, Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, several key family members, and three companies, all of which help facilitate the operations of the organization. The announcement, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), is the first designation and listing of the Meza Flores narcotics operation as a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO). This means that anyone providing material support to, or acting for or on behalf of the Meza Flores DTO, can be designated by OFAC in future actions. This designation generally prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with these eight individuals, three entities, and the entire DTO, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction. The Meza Flores DTO operates out of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico and since 2000, has been responsible for the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and cocaine to the United States. The Meza Flores DTO is one of the primary rivals to the Sinaloa Cartel in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. As a result of this rivalry, the Meza Flores DTO has engaged in an extremely violent turf war with the Sinaloa Cartel which has resulted in the quadrupling of drug-war killings in the last four years and an increase in kidnappings and arson within the state of Sinaloa. “By targeting the leaders of this extremely violent Sinaloa-based drug trafficking organization we are protecting the U.S. financial system from yet another source of illicit money tied to the narcotics trade,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “OFAC will continue to target this organization as well as other Mexican drug trafficking operations that are threatening the United States.” OFAC is designating Fausto Isidro Meza Flores (also known as “Chapito Isidro”), the leader of the Meza Flores DTO for his role in the narcotics trafficking activities of the organization and for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. Fausto Isidro Meza Flores’ wife, Araceli Chan Inzuna; his father, Fausto Isidro Meza Angulo; mother, Angelina Flores Apodaca; sister, Flor Angely Meza Flores; and uncles, Agustin Flores Apodaca, Salome Flores Apodaca, and Panfilo Flores Apodaca were also designated for acting on behalf of Fausto Isidro Meza Flores and the Meza Flores DTO. In July 2012, Agustin Flores Apodaca, was arrested in Mexico for distribution of narcotics and he remains in Mexican custody. Finally, three companies located in Guasave, Sinaloa, that are owned by and acting on behalf of the Meza Flores DTO; a grain transportation company, Autotransportes Terrestres S.A. DE C.V.; a gas and service station, Auto Servicio Jatziry S.A. DE C.V.; and a construction company, Constructora Jatziry De Guasave S.A. DE C.V., were also designated. This action would not have been possible without the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command Arizona, and U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,200 businesses and individuals linked to 97 drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.
Lukaku has had an outstanding campaign since joining the Baggies on loan from Chelsea and they would like him to return to the club. But there have been suggestions the lure of European football might be enough to lure Lukaku to Swansea, who qualified for the Europa League thanks to their Capital One Cup success over Bradford in February. But Clarke said: “There is nothing in it. I read in the press he’s going to Swansea – but I would be very surprised if he ends up there.” At the end of his first full season as a manager in his own right, Clarke faces the delicate task of attempting to strengthen a squad currently on course for an eighth-place finish, whilst warding off predators with bigger budgets, attracted by the results West Brom have achieved this season. “We’re not concerned about losing players,” he said. “It’s a compliment. “It means we’ve had a good season. “But if anyone comes for our players they will have to pay a lot of money.” West Brom have cemented their status as a top-flight club by adopting a prudent approach in the transfer market, whilst loosening the purse strings for one significant new arrival, which last summer was England goalkeeper Ben Foster. The policy has clearly been a successful one. And, for Clarke, if nothing is broken, there is no need to fix it. “I see no reason why the policy would change,” he said. “Over the recent seasons we’ve been successful and I imagine that’s the model that will continue.” West Brom manager Steve Clarke has dismissed suggestions on-loan forward Romelu Lukaku will join Swansea next season. Press Association
Sick of repeatedly being played away from the central forward areas the 27-year-old feels he is best suited to, it seems Rooney’s Manchester United career has been saved by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. There certainly appeared to be little future for Rooney with the Scot in charge. Yet under David Moyes he is flourishing again, restored to the position he likes best. “There came a point where I had to be a bit selfish for my own career,” said Rooney. “Everyone at the club knew where I wanted to play. That wasn’t happening. “I’ve had no problem playing out of position in the past, but I’m a forward and I felt I deserved the right to play in my position. “David Moyes has come in, he’s playing me up front, and I’m enjoying it.” The knowledge Ferguson, who was handed a seat on the board by United and retained at an estimated cost of £2million, would remain an influential figure led the former Everton man to conclude his days were numbered. Instead, Moyes made keeping Rooney his major summer target. And with United refusing to countenance selling to a major domestic rival, he had no choice but to stay. As Ferguson remains in the background and easily capable of causing major difficulty should he so wish, Rooney’s future is not entirely resolved. But Ferguson did make placatory statements in his United States TV interview last week and although Rooney’s contractual situation – he has less than two years to run on his current deal – is also uncertain, it now appears, more than at any other stage, he will be staying at United. “I know from the outside looking in it might not have seemed like that, but I have been settled all summer,” he said. “I spoke with the people who matter at the club and we knew what we were doing. The club made that clear. “My wife had a new child and I’ve been really happy. “I’m not going to go on saying I wanted to stay or I wanted to leave. “I just want to concentrate on my football. We’ll see what happens after that.” Rooney’s comments endorse the word that came out of United’s training ground very early in the summer that he was looking sharper than he had done for any pre-season in years. It was Ferguson’s belief if Rooney missed one game he needed two to get fit. Under Moyes’ training regime that does not appear to be the case. “The training has been so hard,” said Rooney. “We’ve done a lot of different types of training, a lot more running; long running, quicker running, sharper running. “That’s been of benefit to me. I feel as fit as I have done at any point.” Wayne Rooney believes he had to adopt a selfish approach to make the most of his career. Press Association
highlights MS Dhoni scored 3 consecutive fifties since 2014MS Dhoni won Man of the Series award after 2011India have not won series in New Zealand since 2009 New Delhi: MS Dhoni had a woeful 2018 with many questions raised about his ability to finish games and make big scores. However, in the first three games of 2019, he has already silenced the critics in style with the bat and also showed that his ability to finish games had not waned. After his knock of 51 was panned by critics in Sydney, Dhoni turned the clock back with a brilliant, unbeaten 55 which saw India clinch a tense chase in Adelaide while in Melbourne, his 70th fifty and third consecutive half-century knock saw India winning a bilateral ODI series in Australia for the first time.Following the win, the Indian section of the crowd at the MCG were going berserk. The Indian players were being congratulated by the Australian players and the support staff. When Sanjay Bangar, the batting coach of the Indian cricket team, came to congratulate Dhoni, the former Indian skipper responded hilariously by saying, “Ball le lo nahi to bolega retirement le rahe ho (Take the ball or they will say you are retiring).” The quote by Dhoni has gone viral on social media and it was another dig at his retirement speculations. During the 2018 ODI series against England, India had lost the series 1-2. Following the loss, match footage emerged of Dhoni taking the match ball from the umpire and social media raised doubts that the former India skipper was contemplating retirement by doing this action. However, Dhoni brushed aside the rumours, stating that he wanted to see how we can work on reverse swing with the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup being played in England.We must know what we have to do to get the reverse swing going. The opposition is getting it, so we should also get it at some point or the other. That’s why I did that [took the ball from umpire]. After 50 overs, the ball is useless to the ICC, so I requested the umpire for the ball and gave it to our bowling coach and said we need to work on it so that we can get a bit of reverse swing going. That will help the fast bowlers get those yorkers or wickets towards close or after the 40-over mark. That will help us restrict the opposition in the last 10 overs.” Dhoni told the official website of the International Cricket Council.Dhoni won his first Man of the Series since 2011 when India whitewashed England 5-0. This was the first time since 2014 that Dhoni had scored three consecutive fifties in a bilateral series, having achieved the feat against New Zealand. The Ranchi right-hander also went past 1500 runs against Australia, the second-highest tally of runs against an opposition and during the Melbourne knock, he joined Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as the others to score 1000 runs in Australia.India will now play five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand, with the first match beginning on January 23 in Napier. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Syracuse (12-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) takes on Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1 ACC) on Wednesday evening in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Orange is coming off a double-digit victory against Virginia Tech in its conference opener, while the Demon Deacons most recently dropped a four-point contest against No. 12 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Here’s what our beat writers have to say about the matchup.Sam Fortier (12-2)Can’t see the Forest for the treesSyracuse 67, Wake Forest 63When Wake Forest collapsed down the stretch against North Carolina, it was a familiar result and a familiar way to get there. The Tar Heels battled back into the game by swarming the offensive boards against the Demon Deacons, one of the worst squads in the nation at holding its opponents back on the glass. Syracuse is the third-best team in the country in that regard and should combine that advantage with its defensive strength against Wake Forest, a less-prolific version of Virginia Tech on offense, and ride it to the win. Wake Forest has never beaten Syracuse (0-5) and this team, which struggles with consistency, will have a hard time stringing things together to overcome the Orange.Matthew Gutierrez (12-2)It’s where their demons hideWake Forest 65, Syracuse 60Saturday at No. 12 North Carolina, the Demon Deacons looked complete in a four-point loss. It wasn’t until UNC head coach Roy Williams went with a small lineup that Wake Forest lost traction in the final minutes. Otherwise, the Demon Deacons are a sneaky good team that, despite stalling their way to an 0-3 start, put together a six-game winning streak before a loss to then-No. 19 Tennessee. They have struggled late to close out games, which will make this tight down the wire, but WFU pulls away at home for a win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTomer Langer (12-2)Overcoming demonsSyracuse 72, Wake Forest 67Syracuse was kept out of the NCAA Tournament last season because of an inability to win games away from the Carrier Dome. The Orange basically stole one at Georgetown a few weeks ago, but now gets a chance against a stronger, in-conference opponent. And even though Wake Forest is better than its 7-6 record would indicate, I’ll still take Syracuse. SU’s defense should be able to contain the Demon Deacons. Meanwhile, Wake Forest ranks 322rd out of 351 teams in 3-point defense per Kenpom.com. And while SU is fairly weak on the season from out there, point guard Frank Howard has quietly hit 11-of-21 from deep over the last four games. His hot play will continue and SU starts off conference play with two straight wins. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 3, 2018 at 12:15 am
The Templemore man was a regular on the Tipperary senior football team and he captained the Tipp Under 21 footballers to this years Munster football title before his move down under.Former Kerry footballer Tadhg Kennelly is the AFL’s international talent coordinator and organised the presence of the JK Brackens man at the AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne.Colin will return to Tipperary on Monday but will be signed to the Sydney Swans for two years.
President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake would like to see sport being given its own ministry, as well as the development of more regional sporting facilities, when the new government unfolds. Blake told The Gleaner that a separate ministry for sport would aid in the long-term planning and development of sports locally. “The importance of sports to Jamaica has really grown, especially over the last four years, it has grown tremendously and there are really lots of things that sports can do for this country,” Blake told The Gleaner at the G.C. Foster Classics at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday. “Having a separate ministry for sports would help make this happen and it would help not only track and field, but all sports, so you could start to plan long-term for the development of the country,” he added. Dr Blake added that he would like to see more synthetic track and field surfaces being built across the island. The only all-weather tracks which exist currently in Jamaica are at the G.C. Foster College, the National Stadium, Stadium East, Calabar High School and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I would like to see the development of a number of mini-stadia across the island so that synthetic surfaces could be not only in Kingston and Montego Bay. There is none in the centre or the eastern end of the island, so we would like to see more synthetic surfaces placed across the island,” Blake said.
A formal planning application has now formally been submitted for the redevelopment of Burtonport Harbour in West Donegal, according to local Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher.It is hoped that the redevelopment project, which has an estimated €3m cost, will tackle a number of issues at the site.Cllr Gallagher has welcomed news that Part 8 Planning has begun this week. The Sinn Féin councillor said: “This is a very welcome development. I have been working on securing a major project for Burtonport Harbour for over seven years now and this proposal has the potential to be transformative for the area.“This project will tackle a number of issues currently causing difficulty at the site, these include the problem of limited parking at the pier, the need for better facilities for the fishing community as well as enhanced facilities for ferry operators such a new ferry terminal, tourist information centre, etc.”Donegal County Councill is due to meet with the local community in the near future to explain the changes to the previous proposal put forward.“I am hopeful that this project will get the support of government and that the €3m funding it requires will be allocated to Burtonport,” added Cllr Gallagher. Burtonport Harbour redevelopment progress welcomed was last modified: May 7th, 2019 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)
When I called Twitter out in my post of the top 10 failures of 2009 for “failing to innovate,” what I probably should have said was this: Twitter has done a decent job of implementing features that we first saw being used by third-party apps.The concept of user lists? Sawhorse Media introduced those. Retweet functions? That was a user idea that had already been implemented formally by many mobile and desktop applications. And the hot Contributor API is something that CoTweet has been doing for a while. The geotagging API is hardly new, either. But instead of saying that Twitter failed to innovate, let’s instead name a few features we love from third-party apps that we think they should integrate themselves – maybe with a key acquisition or two.Auto-completing UsernamesThird-Party Apps That Do This: Twitdroid, DestroyTwitterIt’s a rather simple feature, but it would make our lives a lot easier. When typing an @ reply or cc’ing a user, it helps to have a cheat sheet in the form of an auto-completion feature that remembers all your friends.Multimedia Uploading And EmbeddingThird-Party Apps That Do This: PowerTwitter, TwitpicThe convoluted process of uploading media to a third party and getting your content synced up to your Twitter account can be frustrating, especially when bugs arise. And not being able to preview images or videos before clicking through is a pressure point, as well.Threaded Views for ConversationsThird-Party Apps That Do This: Twitdroid, TwiToasterBeing able to see what an @ reply is all about can turn into a trail of digital breadcrumbs 10 tabs long. Seeing a threaded conversation in a single click would be much more convenient.Management And AnalyticsThird-Party Apps That Do This: Bit.ly, TwitterCounter, Tweetmeme, DoesFollow, Twitter KarmaI’m obsessed, you’re obsessed, we’re all obsessed with follower counts! Not to mention click-throughs, reciprocity, retweets, and all the metrics that make up the statistical side of Internet fame. Real-time measurement of Twitter activity would be worth paying for.Official Mobile And Desktop ApplicationsThird-Party Apps That Do This: Tweetdeck, Seesmic, Tweetie, Twitdroid, TwitterBerryThe single greatest opportunity for Twitter innovation (and yes, we’re resisting the very strong urge to make a portmanteau from those two words) is perhaps in the desktop and mobile app space. It’s one of the most clearly monetizable avenues for Twitter to pursue, and the “official” stamp of approval on an application would guarantee that app’s success. Moreover, there would probably be clear opportunities for an official app to come pre-loaded on laptops and mobile devices.Clearly, there’s a universe of features for Twitter to choose from. From social gaming to DM schedule reminders, oneforty is like a catalog of what Twitter could – and perhaps should – be doing next.What do you think – what Twitter features would you like to see launched in 2010? Give us your opinion in the comments. Related Posts Tags:#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos jolie odell Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Siding ChoicesThe Counterintuitive CladdingLstiburek’s Rules for Venting RoofsMore on shou sugi ban: Prescott Passive HouseMore on shou sugi ban: Zip Sheathing Tips Curious to see it in real life, we drove over to take a look. And well, to be honest, we really hated it. Perhaps it was just that the people who did it did a bad job, but it looked really… gross. It basically looked like a house that had had a fire recently go through it (which I suppose is true). I think I would like to test it out on a shed or coffee table or something before I invest thousands of dollars in the siding of my house and ended up hating myself over it.So, we turned to the natural (and perhaps most obvious) option: stain. Stain is all well and good, but you really need to stain your wood every five years (or less) to preserve the wood and keep it looking good. And really, you still should use cedar to have optimal rot protection with plain old stain. That’s what we thought, at least, until my wife came across a little black Swedish house called House Morran.Granted, this house is actually sided in plywood, which I would never do, but what intrigued me was the rich black color, and the fact that the grain of the wood still came through (unlike with painted siding), and that they had used a siding that was not cedar.As I read more about this house, I discovered that they used “black tar” for the siding. Through some detective work, we eventually found this same house linked to a Swedish product called Auson black pine tar.I had never heard of or seen this product before, but I was very intrigued. Also, it was Swedish, and seeing as our house had a lot of Scandinavian inspiration, this only seemed fitting.We found that the product was available in Canada through a website called Solvent-Free Paint. Score. We emailed the company to learn a bit more about it: We knew we wanted a black house. In fact, when designing the house, it was one of the only things that really remained consistent and we didn’t change our minds about. (OK, truthfully, we strayed a little bit — testing the waters. But as they say, once you go black, you probably won’t go back… or something like that.)Our previous house had been painted black by the previous owners (we are soul mates) and we loved it dearly. But really, we did not want to simply paint our new house black. Paint is great for covering up years of other layers of toxic paint, as at our old house, but not as an initial coat. So, what to do?In the process of researching, planning, and designing the house, we collected hundreds of inspiration pictures. The majority of my “architecture” folder on Pinterest is of black houses. I’d look at each one and try to figure out what they used: paint, stain, or something else?One of the first “something else” options we were initially really drawn to was the traditional Japanese siding treatment called shou sugi ban. An article posted at Treehugger said: “This is a traditional Japanese method of preserving cedar, where it is burned enough to create a layer of char on the outside. The char serves a number of functions: it seals and preserves the wood, it makes it significantly more fire-resistant, and termites and bugs hate it.”It is said that this type of treatment can allow the wood to survive for 80 to 100 years without maintenance and much longer if treated with oil every 15 years.A video of the traditional process in Japan.OK, so just imagine doing that 200 times over to clad your moderately sized house. Now that is labor intensive! Most people nowadays, from what I’ve read, use a blowtorch to char each board, then dunk it in water, scrub the charred bits off, and then oil it. Even with a blowtorch, this a crazy amount of work, but in the end you get something really impressive and unique. RELATED ARTICLES An all-natural productWe corresponded with John Sinclair at Solvent-Free Paint, the Canadian distributor, who wrote, “Genuine Pine Tar is one of the more effective wood preservers we’ve seen, and it is all-natural, which is amazing. In Scandinavia, they have been using pine tar for around 1,500 years as a preservative on everything from stave wood churches to wooden splint roofs to Viking ships, and it is still the predominant choice for continuing to preserve these old wooden structures to this day. Amazing. In fact, the heritage arm of the government of Québec has been making studies on this with respect to preserving wooden roofs, and its current recommendation is to use pine tar.“Pine tar is made from burning the pine resin out of the stumps of pine trees. The sticky resin is then collected and cleaned to various degrees, and pigment is added for color. In this state, pine tar has the consistency of molasses and can be used for preserving wood, even below grade. Above grade, we recommend mixing pine tar 50/50 with Allback Purified Raw Linseed Oil and applying it warm so that the pine tar and oil mixture really penetrates the wood. This mixture offers the best of both preservation and nourishment for the wood; it also takes down the stickiness of the surface so that it is more pleasant to touch or walk on.”Even better, this product is ideal for use in Scandinavia, where pine and spruce are much more readily available and cedar is not. It preserves the wood and needs to be recoated only once every 15 years.Bingo, we’d found our product. We ordered a few liters of this stuff. We had debated about using cedar for our soffits as well, but once we saw this, we realized we could use pine lumber treated with a natural clear pine tar for much less than half the cost of cedar. BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Placing the Concrete FloorsAdding Walls and RoofDealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate? Let’s find a more reasonable alternativeI really thought we were going to do this for our place. However, there were a few reasons we abandoned this idea. Firstly was the obvious: OMG, that would be so much work! Second, cedar is crazy expensive right now, running in the range of $7 to $9 per square foot. But the final reason was that we had heard that someone had decided to do a house in shou sugi ban in the City. Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Placing the Concrete Floors. The blog below was originally published in August 2015. (A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.) Soffits come firstWe started with the soffits, which would be easiest to install first. Yes, it is true that most people use aluminum or vinyl vented soffits, which are foolproof but also so incredibly boring. Instead, we purchased 1×6 tongue-and-groove white pine.Now, one thing you need to know about staining (or painting) wood for siding or soffits, is that you mustn’t let any part of the wood be left untreated (otherwise the lifespan of the wood will drop by 50% to 75%, so preparation is key)! That is, you must stain all six sides of the wood. For the tongue-and-groove pine, this meant that, yes, we had to stain the tongue and the groove, which is a crazy, tedious, and annoying task.Pine soffits with slots cut for attic ventilation.We had about 800 square feet of soffit to stain on all sides — twice. It took us about 14 hours, but it looked pretty nice by the time we were done. The pine tar was actually easier to use than we expected. Once mixed 50/50 with the linseed oil, it was really just like a slightly thickened stain. It brushed on easy and evenly.However, we had to keep it warm. On the hot 30°C (86°F) days, it was easy, but on the cooler days we had to heat it up on the stove in the shop. Also, each coat took between four and seven days to dry, and even then it still had a bit of residue on it that, hopefully, will dry someday. Surprisingly, it was not at all sticky. (I had fears of moths and dust sticking to the house.)As for venting the soffits, there is a calculation of square footage of ventilation versus square footage of attic space which is approximately 1 square foot of venting to every 100 square feet of attic. We figured a gap of about 3/4 inches by 30 inches lengthwise along every fourth board would be about right. We used a router to cut the gaps and covered it with a bug screen.I was so impressed with how well these boards turned out. Much better than I’d expected, to be honest.Next up was the siding, which I was most excited about. We ordered the tight-knot white pine siding as a “shiplap reveal” in 1×8. That pile took a ridiculous amount of time for us to work through. I had expected it to go relatively quickly, seeing as we did not have to stain a stupid groove, but 30 hours later we were finally done.We were exhausted, but man, did it look badass. (See the photo below.)