Record Cocaine Seizures at São Paulo Airport in 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo January 10, 2011 The Brazilian Federal Police at the São Paulo international airport, in Guarulhos, seized a record amount of cocaine in 2010, nearly 1.8 tons of the drug, the agency reported on 6 January as it presented its annual report. Between January and December 2010, the federal agents at the Guarulhos airport confiscated around 1,800 kg of cocaine, an increase of 38% over the amount seized in 2009 and a new record. The official figures also indicate the seizure of 3.5 kg of marijuana, 19 kg of methamphetamine, and around 25,000 doses of LSD. In addition, around 2 million euros, 650,000 dollars, and 40,000 reais were confiscated in antidrug operations. Over the course of year, 343 people of 51 different nationalities were arrested at the border control posts on charges of international drug trafficking, the majority of them from Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, Spain, and South Africa. Two-thirds of those detained were men. Another 407 people were arrested for other offenses, such as money laundering, theft, environmental crimes, or falsification of documents, basically passports.last_img read more

Ex-NCPD Deputy Commissioner Gets 60 Days in Jail for Misconduct

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The ex-second deputy Nassau County police commissioner was sentenced Monday before a courtroom packed with supporters to 60 days in jail and five months probation for covering up his friend’s son’s burglary four years ago.Former Second Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan, convicted of conspiring to cover up a burglary, faced a press swarm after his arrest in March 2012.(Photo by Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Judge Mark Cohen sentenced William Flanagan, who resigned upon his arrest last year, but the Appellate Division ruled an hour later that Flanagan can remain free while his appeal is pending.“I still do not believe my actions were criminal,” Flanagan told the court after clearing his throat and later wiping away tears. “I will move on with my life. I am looking forward to closure for all.”A jury convicted Flanagan in February of misdemeanor misconduct and conspiracy but acquitted him of felony receiving reward for misconduct.Prosecutors have said he used his rank to ensure that laptops and a projector stolen in 2009 from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore were returned in an attempt to have charges against the thief, Zachary Parker, dropped. Flanagan is friends with Parker’s father, Gary, a police nonprofit donor who gave Flanagan gifts after the charges against Parker were dropped.The younger Parker, who graduated the year of the thefts, was not charged until the Press exposed the cover-up and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office launched an investigation that resulted in indictments for Parker and three top cops. Parker later pleaded guilty to burglary, violated his probation and was sentenced to a prison boot camp that he’s expected to be released form this week.One of Flanagan’s two co-defendants, former Chief of Patrol John Hunter, pleaded guilty to misconduct and was sentenced to community service in May. The other, retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe, is due back in court next month.Rep. Peter Kin g (R-Seaford) and former Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey were among the dozens of supporters that packed the courtroom, then gave him a round of applause when he came out into the hallway to thank them.Assistant District Attorney Bernadette Ford recommended that Flanagan be sentenced to one year in jail, the maximum for misdemeanors, to serve as a warning to other public servants that break the law.“Mr. Flanagan was no error-prone rookie at the time of his crimes,” she said in court. “He allowed his judgment to be clouded.”last_img read more

How you can holiday at luxury Coast homes for less upfront

first_imgThis beachfront listing is a bargain. The one-bedroom unit rents for $150 a night.It comes as Gold Coast Tourism announced its partnership with Airbnb, marketing the service alongside traditional hotels and apartments in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games. The Games are promising to be a bonanza for Gold Coast Airbnb hosts, with the prospect of being able to fetch more money for a central Gold Coast property in a single night during the Commonwealth Games than what can be made in a week with a traditional permanent tenancy.A luxury hinterland villa in Mount Nathan was also named Australia’s most ‘wishlisted’ Airbnb for 2017, beating out capital city hot spots. For $3900 a night, this Runaway Bay Airbnb listing also includes use of the yacht. This Bali-inspired gem can be yours for $1100 a night.“Given the ability to pay in instalments, hosts won’t lose out on bookings from cash flow-sensitive guests who prefer not to pay the entire amount upfront,” Airbnb’s statement said.The upfront payment will be a 50 per cent deposit in most cases, and guests can pay the rest closer to their check-in date.Other conditions include that the rental must be booked 14 days before check-in and cost at least $250. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe mansion has seven bedrooms and bathrooms.Airbnb said during testing, 40 per cent of people who were given the part payment option opted to do so.The flexible option is predicted to lead to higher-value bookings for hosts, as guests won’t be faced with forking out for an expensive stay in one go, and nearly double the booking lead time.center_img Fancy a holiday? This New York meets French Chateau mansion in Surfer’s Paradise can be rented via Airbnb for just over $3000 a night.AIRBNB bookings are tipped to surge even more, with the launch of an affordable payment option.The short-term rental service has today introduced Pay Less Up Front, allowing guests to pay part of the trip at the time of booking and the rest closer to check-in date, instead of 100 per cent. A stunning hinterland pool at a popular Gold Coast Airbnb listing.last_img read more

Unions, universities in stalemate over USS benefits reform

first_imgTrade unions and universities involved in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) have reached a stalemate as the negotiating committee dismissed proposals as incomplete.The ongoing dispute between the social partners has seen tensions rise, with industrial action threatened by the University and College Union (UCU) and pay-reductions by some employers.However, the joint negotiating committee (JNC) – comprising independents, USS trustees and union and university representatives – saw no concrete proposals submitted at its last meeting, with the social partners to negotiate further until the next formal event in January.A statement said: “The parties have agreed to a series of negotiating meetings between now and the next scheduled JNC to be held in January 2015. “The purpose of these meetings is to close the differences between the stakeholders’ negotiating positions.”The two did agree to discuss postponing industrial action until after the January date.Proposals from both the UCU and Universities UK (UUK) have been dismissed by opposite parties.The UUK’s reforms would see the closure of the final-salary section, shifting all members to the career-average section and a hybrid defined contribution (DC) scheme for earnings above £50,000 (€63,000).The group said this was necessary, as USS’s triennial valuation is expected to reveal a significant deficit of around £11bn for the £41.6bn scheme.In the UCU’s proposed reforms, the union campaigns against the use of a DC scheme and said USS should remain entirely defined benefit (DB) – although it conceded it was willing to negotiate on the removal of final salary.USS’s final salary scheme closed to new members in 2011 with all new starters being enrolled into its career-average section.The UCU also said it was willing to accept a 2:1 ratio for employer and employee contributions, meaning the UUK’s proposed 18% contribution for employers would be met by 9% from members, compared with the current 6.5%.It would also agree to a cap on pensionable salary.The Union, however, continued to argue for changes to the actuarial calculations and assumptions used by trustees, and reiterated its claims the deficit was not as bad as stated.Employer members of the UUK had accused the UCU of working counter-productively.last_img read more

Winter and Whitaker butt heads in Brisbane’s bayside

first_imgThe Ormiston home post Neale Whittaker renovation. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Perpetual adversaries Neale Whitaker and Andrew Winter were back in the sunshine state for another Love It Or List It skirmish and this time battle lines were drawn in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Ormiston. On Whitaker’s team Love It was textile designer Olivia Henry and on Winter’s team List It was business owner Damien Henry, with the couple butting heads over their dysfunctional house with million dollar views. Episode six of season three opened with Winter extolling the virtues of Brisbane’s seaside suburbs.“This area is bit of a hidden gem. It’s locally known as bayside,” he explained to Whitaker. The penny drops when Winter mentions the bay and Whitaker quips, “Moreton Bay, home of the bugs”. Take note Tourism Queensland, “home of the bugs” has a nice ring to it. The entry to the Ormiston home before the makeover. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Translating Winter’s real estate agent lingo, Ormiston is a “bayside oasis” with a “resort feel” (near the water) and “commuter’s convenience” (driving distance to the city) with somewhat affordable real estate, especially compared to the Melbourne and Sydney markets. According to, the median four-bedroom house price for Ormiston is $720,750. Damien and Olivia loved the area but hated the layout of their home, which was valued at $850,000 thanks to its ocean views. The couple, their three children and their dog have lived in the four-bedroom house for the past three years. The living spaces and kitchen before the renovation. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Olivia’s desire to stay in the home was based purely on a feeling. “I absolutely love this suburb. I love the feeling. I love the view. I walked in and I felt this overwhelming energy. And I’m not moving,” she declared. Damien didn’t quite see it that way and admitted to throwing a tantrum or two over the home’s “dysfunctional” layout.“I got shoehorned into this house because she’s got a vision,” he said. “The house just doesn’t work for me. There’s no open-plan. There’s no connectivity.”The house had four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living and dining space, a separate kitchen, which Damien had renovated to a not quite right standard, a garage converted into a storage space and kids area and a large deck. The kids’ play area was in the garage. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Entry to the home was through the closed off front deck and the street presence was sad at best. “I’m delighted. I’ve won already,” Winter Chortled once spotting the home but Whitaker had the last laugh when they took in the “almost 180-degree views of Moreton Bay” from the back balcony. And while Olivia and Damien couldn’t agree on whether to stay or go, in a happy coincidence for the show, the couple did manage to agree on wish lists for their real estate and design godfathers. From Whitaker they wanted a proper entrance to the home, open-plan living flowing to the back deck and a dedicated kids’ zone for under $200,000.From Winter they wanted open-plan living with a separate kids’ space, a swimming pool, double garage, storage, an Ormiston address and a price tag no higher than $1.2 million. The style guru promised the Henrys a “colonial beach house”. His plan included relocating the kitchen to where the dining room and fourth bedroom were and sliding doors that opened the living space to the balcony. The entry to the home after Neale Whitaker worked his magic. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.The fourth bedroom would be pushed back into the garage space, with storage space underneath, and the remaining garage area would be converted into a playroom. “We’re going to rip everything up and start again (in the living spaces),” Whitaker said.While the interior designer got to work supervising people doing work, Winter took the Henrys to a house not in Ormiston. Olivia was not happy. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoDespite the waterfront Victoria Point home having five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a $1.185 million price tag, it didn’t give Olivia that “feeling”. And it was in the wrong suburb.Strike one Winter. New sliding doors link the living area and balcony. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Next up was a house actually in Ormiston but without water views. It did have a pool, five bedrooms, open plan living and the ability to illicit a smile from Olivia. On the market with a price guide between $1.05 and $1.1 million, this one tempted Olivia to join team List It.House three was a fixer-upper on a canal in Raby Bay. Olivia wasn’t a fan but Damien was already considering a bigger boat to match the included mooring. Back at their family home, the couple got to see the completed makeover. It featured what some design-challenged journalists might call a modern interpretation of the Golden Girls’ set but what more artistic television interior designers would call “plantation styling”.“Natural textured cane, rattan and worn elm timbers combined with an abundance of green and coral detailing all set on a fresh white canvas give the house the look and feel of a luxury resort,” were Whitaker’s exact words. The picture perfect nursery after the renovation. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.The kitchen had marble benchtops and splashback, “oak and rattan textures” and a Butler’s pantry. The playroom had feature panelling while the fourth bedroom looked like it belonged to a wealthy and exceptionally on-trend Instagrammer mummy.Damien was left speechless by the transformation, while Olivia cried. Obviously Whittaker hadn’t thrown out that “feeling” with the dated kitchen. Winter revealed the makeover had bumped the value of the Henrys’ home up to $1 million and made one last ditch attempt to convince the couple to think with their heads, take advantage of the “flat market” and List It.But the couple stayed true to Olivia’s feels and decided to Love It. Foxtel’s Love It Or List It Wednesdays at 8:30pm AEDT / 7:30pm QLD – stream new episodes every week or watch on Lifestyle.last_img read more

Norway’s oil output affected by Goliat outage, lower production from two other fields

first_imgStatoil-operated Gina Krog fieldNorway’s oil production during November was affected by the outage at Eni’s Goliat field and lower production from Gina Krog and Draugen fields. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reported on Wednesday that preliminary production figures for November 2017 show an average daily production of 1 813 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is a decrease of 102 000 barrels per day compared to October.Total gas sales were 10.9 billion Sm3 (GSm3), which is an increase of 0.2 GSM3 from the previous month.Average daily liquids production in November was: 1 466 000 barrels of oil, 316 000 barrels of NGL and 31 000 barrels of condensate.Oil production is approx. 9 percent lower than the NPD’s forecast, and about 1.7 percent below the forecast so far this year.According to the NPD, the main reasons that production in November was below forecast is that Goliat was closed during the whole month and production from Gina Krog, Draugen and other fields was less than expected, some of the reasons being technical problems and maintenance work.The total petroleum production for the first eleven months in 2017 is about 217.2 million Sm3 oil equivalents (MSm3 o.e.), broken down as follows: about 84.5 MSm3 o.e. of oil, about 20.0 MSm3 o.e. of NGL and condensate and about 112.7 MSm3 o.e. of gas for sale. The total volume is 5.3 MSm3 o.e. higher than in 2016.Final production figures from October 2017 show an average daily production of about 1.527 million barrels of oil, 0.388 million barrels of NGL and condensate and a total of 10.7 billion Sm3 saleable gas production.last_img read more

Video: Real Madrid mess up penalty routine made famous by Cruyff

first_img It’s the second instance this season we’ve seen the cheeky penalty, after Shakhtar Donetsk Under 19”s players executed it superbly back in October. Mykhaylo Mudryk and Heorhii Sudakov well and truly mastered it in the 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the UEFA Youth League, showing Ramos and Benzema how it’s done. Of course the cock-up didn’t matter too much for Real given Benzema put away the retaken penalty and sealed a 34th La Liga title. Ramos and Benzema try to re create Barcelona’s vingare goal but penalty is disallowed!— Take Ballon D’or 2023 (@TechnicalTake26) July 16, 2020 Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Read Also: Messi predicts Champions League doom if Barca fail to change Zinedine Zidane’s side took 86 points from 37 games, winning 26, drawing eight and losing three in an impressive campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu. They won ten consecutive games after the extended break to bring the trophy back to Madrid and have now won a total of 92 trophies, one more than Barcelona. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen brought the unique penalty routine to the world, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry screwed it up before Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez pulled it off perfectly. Last night, Real Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema tried to be clever from 12 yards but got it badly wrong.center_img With Real 1-0 up and on the verge of winning La Liga against Villarreal, Los Blancos were awarded a penalty and Ramos, reliable as ever, stepped up to take. But instead of smashing it or even attempting a Panenka, Ramos touched the ball forward to Benzema, who slotted home his second goal of the game. Loading… However, the Real No.9 had actually encroached into the area too early and so the spot-kick had to be retaken. Benzema assumed duties for the second penalty and duly converted past Sergio Asenjo.last_img read more

Insurance Policy 2020? Biden Worries Trump Will Try To Steal Election

first_imgFor the 2016 Presidential election, the Democrats’ self-described “insurance policy” was alleged Russian interference in the election.Now in 2020, Joe Biden says his greatest concern is that President Trump will “try to steal the November election.” In a recent interview, Biden said he was worried that some votes wouldn’t be counted.The former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate said that Trump has already cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots.The Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link told 850WFTL that “mail in ballots” are actually “absentee ballots” except you don’t need an excuse to use one.Even President Trump, whose official place of residence is Mar-a-Lago on Palm Beach may be using a mail-in ballot, himself. But there should be no problem in confirming the legitimacy of his signature on his ballot. Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch says, “One man pleaded guilty after forging 1,200 mail-in ballot applications, resulting in 700 suspected fraudulent votes in a 2017 Dallas election. He was identified after a voter, whose ballot he harvested, snapped a photo of him on her cellphone.”However, as Carole Baskin of the Big Cat Rescue Ranch in Tampa has proven, it’s easy to forge a signature.According to handwriting expert and investigators, Baskin was allegedly able to trace the signature of her late husband, Don Lewis, on a new will and power of attorney. Even though SOE Link says that the signature on the outside envelope of the mail-in ballot will be checked with the voter’s signature on file, however, there is still room for fraud according to the President.Biden said his campaign is putting together lawyers to patrol the election.It is possible the November 2020 election won’t be resolved for weeks due to this perceived problem.last_img read more

Ellsworth, Bucksport, Sumner, Deer Isle-Stonington boys fall in prelims

first_imgELLSWORTH — The 2017-18 state basketball tournament didn’t start off well for Hancock County boys’ teams as Ellsworth, Bucksport, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington all lost preliminary playoff games Wednesday.The No. 6 Ellsworth’s boys’ team lost 49-41 at home against No. 11 Orono (7-12) in the Class B prelims. Senior Zach Harris led Ellsworth (11-8) with 15 points, but the Eagles failed to go 3-0 on the season against the Red Riots, who will face No. 4 Presque Isle (13-5) in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.In Class C, the Bucksport boys’ team took a talent-laden Piscataquis squad to the wire before falling to a 59-55 loss. Junior Tyson Gray led the No. 10 Golden Bucks (15-4) with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but Bryce Gilbert provided 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to seal the win for a 12-7 Piscataquis team that is scheduled to face No. 2 Fort Fairfield (16-2) in the regional semifinals at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.No. 14 Sumner traveled to Lincoln to face the third-seeded Mattanawcook Academy Lynx, but the Tigers (8-11) couldn’t overcome a strong defensive performance from Mattanawcook and succumbed to a 64-43 loss. The 13-6 Lynx are scheduled to take on No. 6 Penobscot Valley (14-5) in the regional quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNo. 9 Deer Isle-Stonington (4-13) saw its season end with a 76-65 loss to No. 8 Bangor Christian (6-13) in Class D. Bangor Christian is scheduled to play No. 1 Woodland (15-3) in the Class D North quarterfinals at 8:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.last_img read more