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EPD Sgt. Jason Cullum To Travel To Washington, DC To Work With DOJ COPS…

first_imgEvansville Police Sergeant Jason Cullum has been selected as a 2016 Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Office Law Enforcement Fellow.As a Law Enforcement Fellow, Sgt. Cullum will travel to Washington, DC to work with the COPS Office staff. He will be a Subject Matter Expert with major COPS programs such as the Collaborative Reform Initiative and the implementation of the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He will also be a SME in the Critical Response Initiative, Emerging Issues reform, and other work of the Police Practices and Accountability Initiative section.He will be providing advice and comments on reports, pending publications, recommendations, research on community policing and law enforcement topics, as well as the development of topics for other forums.He will also create a professional development project within the scope of community policing that can be developed and implemented during the fellowship to add value to the COPS mission and the law enforcement field.Sgt. Cullum will participate in the program for 6 months. He will split his time between Evansville and Washington, DC in 2 week blocks during his fellowship. He will begin his work with the Department of Justice COPS Office on Monday May 16th.Sgt. Cullum was selected for this unique opportunity based on his experience in working with local schools, youth engagement in high crime areas, public information/ communications, and social media.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgCOSTELLO, PHILOMENA “MAE”, – 94, of Ocean City, passed away on May, 17, 2019 with her family by her side. Born in Panza, Italy to Leon & Marianna Calise.Philomena and her sister ran Phil’s beauty shop for many years before she left to work at Shriver’s for over thirty years. Philomena volunteered much of her time at St. Augustine’s, where she served on the PTA, Bereavement Committee, and numerous Bible studies. She was very much dedicated to her faith as a member of the Alter Rosary Society.She is survived by her sons; Leon (Jennifer) Costello, Michael (Nora) Costello, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and her sister Carmela Rosch. Philomena is predeceased by her husband Leon Costello, her brothers, Michael Calise, Vincent Calise and her sisters, Jane Palermo and Joanne Kianka.A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from St. Augustine’s RC Church of St. Damien Parish, 13th Street at Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 9 am until 10:45 am. Burial will follow mass in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in her name to either House of Charity/Catholic Strong St. Damien Parish. For condolences to the family, visit read more

APV Baker back to Baker Perkins as sale proceeds

first_imgBakery equipment supplier APV Baker has been acquired by private investors John Cowx and Brian Taylor, from owners Invensys. The process technology company will now trade as Baker Perkins, a name it was known by between 1920 and 1987.John Cowx becomes managing director and Brian Taylor chairman of the company, which has sites in Peterborough, UK, and Michigan, USA. John Cowx said: “We are committed to the long-term development of the business. We believe that the freedom of a stand-alone enterprise will allow us to release the skills and potential within the company through a more flexible, focused and entrepreneurial culture.”Strategic development direc-tor Rex Gibson told British Baker that it will be business as usual for the company and its 400 employees following the takeover this month. He added: “The new name is a return to a name that was familiar to our customers in the last century.”last_img read more

News story: Paramedic students will get £5,000 support payment each year

first_img £1,000 towards childcare costs £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit £1,000 if they’re a new student studying a shortage specialism important to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan dietetics dental hygiene or dental therapy (level 5 and 6 courses) occupational therapy operating department practitioner (level 5 and 6 courses) orthoptics orthotics and prosthetics physiotherapy podiatry or chiropody radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic) speech and language therapy paramedicine midwifery nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work) Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said: The government expects the £5,000 maintenance grants to benefit around 100,000 pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health degree students every year.It comes as part of the government’s manifesto commitment to increase nurse numbers by 50,000 by 2025.Minister for Public Health Jo Churchill said: mental health nursing learning disability nursing radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic) prosthetics and orthotics orthoptics and podiatry The shortage specialisms have been confirmed as:center_img The government first announced the new funding in December. It said that all new and continuing nursing, midwifery students and many allied health students on pre-registration courses at English universities will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant each year if they’re eligible. They will not need to pay it back.Extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year will be available for eligible students. Each year they could receive: From paramedics to physiotherapists, radiographers to speech and language therapists, our talented allied health professionals are the third largest workforce in the NHS and support people to live better lives. As demand grows, we need more of the best and brightest to join our NHS. I want those who would relish the job of saving people’s lives as a paramedic or diagnosing cancer as a radiographer to come forward to train, taking advantage of this fantastic new £5,000 support package. We want to support people with learning disabilities to live full, healthy and happy lives. The expertise of learning disability nurses is essential as they provide tailored care that can help people become more independent. In the years to come we’re going to need more learning disability nurses to provide high-quality care, so I’m delighted that from September all new students will receive at least £6,000 a year to help with their cost of living. I want to see more people considering a career in learning disability nursing, helping to achieve our NHS Long Term Plan ambition to improve care for people with learning disabilities. This is the first time paramedic students will benefit from additional NHS funding while at university.The funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans.The full list of new and continuing students set to benefit from the funding is as follows:last_img read more

Unbearably hot in Maine

first_imgFirst Light (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)One week old loon chicks out with Papa for breakfast and loon lessons. Having been born later in the season they need to learn all things loon quickly to be ready to leave the pond before it freezes in late November or early December. Little Loon One and Two are approximately the same size, but LL One has mastered more skills: short dives, coming upright to flap wings, preening, and catching plants for fishing practice. It’s all quite impressive after just a week. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)The chicks ride on Papa when they’re tired or cold. Here we can see one chick is covered up by a wing and and its sibling’s foot. That foot got a little nibble later on. Lesson learned, feet are not for breakfast. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A family affair. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Papa tries to feed a chick. Loon chicks have to learn to eat live food which they’re reluctant to do at first. Papa was very patient and kept the fish wet and alive until the chick was ready to give it a go. Dropping the fish in front of the chick teaches fishing skills. The answer to the oft asked question, “Do the parents leave the chicks alone to dive for food?” Yes, they do. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Little Loon One, (most likely) practices coming upright for future feather straightening. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Papa made certain that both chicks were fed. He had better luck getting them to take fish than he did with crayfish, although one of the chicks eventually took a wiggly crayfish, tore it apart, and ate it. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Mmmm, fresh wiggly seafood. Seriously? No. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A picture perfect Maine morning. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Week old loon chick, pure cuteness. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Little River Lighthouse, Cutler Harbor. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)An Atlantic puffin socializes with razorbills on Machias Seal Island, a 20 acre nesting island on the border of The Gulf of Maine and The Bay of Fundy, located 10 miles from Cutler Harbor. Its location means that there are no mammal predators to harm eggs or chicks allowing the 5000 Atlantic puffins, 800 common murres, 4000 razorbills and 800 terns to nest undisturbed. There is one predator however, seagulls, which are culled occasionally. The question always asked is, should one species be culled to save another, in this case, terns who nest in grass in the open? (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Atlantic puffin ready for take off. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Atlantic puffin taking a stroll on the rocks. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Puffin in profile. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Tiny dancer. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Puffin calling. A group of puffins calling sound like chainsaws. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Up close with a puffin. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Puffin backside view as it gets ready to fly to the sea below. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Razorbills, social and affectionate seabirds. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A common murre, on the left, hangs out with a razorbill on Machias Seal Island. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Terns (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Tern chick. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Teddy Bear, a very messy eater with sunflower seed mush around his mouth, not rabies foam, wondering about the human. Just to be safe from the big lens aimed at him, he ambled off into the woods leaving the broken suet holder and the branch it was attached to on the ground for us. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Teddy Bear’s picnic, 3:30 p.m. A huge surprise! (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)A big Teddy Bear! (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Doe and fawn checking out my bow target. (Photo by Dennis York)Storm clouds headed our way at Popham Beach. (Photo by Jane Knox)With these temps the water is very inviting. Jump in but be careful at the ocean where the water is still cold! (Photo by Jane Knox)A young robin in nest just before fledging in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)A black bear in western Massachusetts. (Photo by Tom Oliver)(Photo by Tom Oliver)(Photo by Tom Oliver)(Photo by Tom Oliver)Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Wildflowers aglow! (Photo by Marianne Perry/Kents Hill)Splashes for Poppies! (Photo by Marianne Perry/Kents Hill)A Farmington sunset (Photo by Paige Plourde)Another picture of the sun setting in Farmington. (Photo by Paige Plourde)Bigelow Mountain. (Photo by Paige Plourde)last_img read more

Verizon Wireless expands 3G wireless network in Vergennes

first_imgVerizon Wireless,To continue to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless voice, 3G multimedia and Internet access in Addison County, Vermont, Verizon Wireless has expanded its local network. New cell site provides increased wireless voice and 3G data coverage for the town of Vergennes and portions of Route 7 and Route 22A, as well as the surrounding area.Source: Verizon Wireless. VERGENNES, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-last_img

Funding Terrorism With Charity

first_img Donations to Terrorism Nonprofit organizations may or may not even be aware when they are being used to funnel drug money. However, compliance officer research on clients and their companies could lead to red flags that signal criminal activity. Betancourt said a close look at the companies belonging to cifuentes raises several questions. In addition to the two environmental nonprofits he operated was a mining company. The association between a mining company, known to cause pollution, and environmental entities would have prompted suspicion for him as an investigator. More than a decade ago, the exploitation of nonprofits by terrorist organizations drew the attention of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental body created to promote national and international policies to prevent money laundering and terror financing. In 2001, FATF created Special Recommendation VIII to help countries identify when a terrorist organization is posing as a legitimate nonprofit to avoid asset-freezing measures, or to divert funds intended for legitimate purposes. The recommendation calls for transparency, research and cooperation between the public and private sectors. “While the vast majority of charities are honest, fake charities emerge from time to time,” said Henrique Dominguez, vice president of EFG Bank Luxembourg, who also spoke at the conference. “[They are] targeted by criminals to launder the proceeds from tax crimes and other serious offenses.” Dominguez told bank anti-money laundering officials that they must do their due diligence to investigate clients, regarded as “know your customer” in the industry. They also must be alert to an ever more sophisticated scam network that is making nonprofit organizations a high-risk sector for money laundering. “This is very serious,” he said. “The purpose [of the FATF recommendation] is to ensure that nonprofit organizations are not misused by terrorist organizations.” Dominguez said compliance officers should check for a history of donations, large cash donations, a physical address, Web presence, and they should give special attention to foundations set up after a tragedy, such as the earthquake in Haiti when governments are preoccupied and donors are eager to provide funds. Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa by most standards would be considered a prosperous businessman and philanthropist. The Colombian national who also holds Mexican citizenship owned and operated a wide range of companies in several countries, and he oversaw a handful of nonprofit organizations designed to save the rain forest and promote sustainable forestry. Despite the appearance of legitimacy, a bank investigator might have seen red flags. In February 2011, Cifuentes, a.k.a. Elkin de Jesús López Salazar, and his companies were added to the U.S. list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers. The list is part of the Kingpin Act, which applies financial sanctions against significant foreign drug traffickers. Cifuentes’ front companies helped to move drug money to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which is known to use its funds to conduct terrorist activities. The web of companies Cifuentes owns or controls in Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain and the U.S. gave authorities further insight as to how nonprofit organizations are being used by criminals to launder money and finance terrorism. “They have the means to disperse the money all over the world,” said Octavio Betancourt, managing director for the risk consulting firm Milersen LLC, at a Florida conference on money laundering in March 2011. Betancourt explained to bank compliance officers and others how launderers are exploiting tax benefits and the good will of donors to finance their illicit activities. Legitimate-looking nonprofit organizations run by cifuentes, such as Fundación Salva la Selva (Save the Forest Foundation), were not meant to raise money from unwitting donors, but rather were a front for funneling money to a drug trafficking organization. Salva la Selva maintains an attractive website with user-friendly interfaces and hosts photo galleries of indigenous community members, animals and forests supposedly benefiting from donations to give the semblance of truthfulness to investigators. Cifuentes also used companies involved in tourism, construction, real estate, a Visa prepaid card company and investment funds to move money that ultimately benefited the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico and the terrorist group FARC, according to the U.S. and Colombian governments. Electronic payments were used across a variety of sectors to move the funds through his shell companies. Cifuentes and the head of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, were indicted in November 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. “Going forward, Cifuentes Villa will no longer be able to masquerade as a legitimate businessman while supplying cocaine to the Sinaloa cartel,” said Adam Szubin, director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, when Cifuentes was added to the Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers list. Tracking Dirty Money Many countries in latin America support the work of charitable organizations and donors by providing tax relief, but the governments may not have the manpower to investigate every organization for misconduct. Banks and financial institutions have their reputations on the line, and their compliance officers can prevent the organization from even establishing a bank account. When suspicions arise, they can notify authorities. Gonzalo Vila, director of Latin American operations for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, told Diálogo that each bank has its own policies when it suspects money laundering, and each country has a different protocol for notifying authorities to trigger an investigation. However, in general, it is the bank’s responsibility to deny an account to a customer whose information cannot be verified. When a bank has evidence that a current client or potential client receives funds from an illegal source, the bank can file a Suspicious Activities Report to that country’s Financial Intelligence Unit, usually located in the ministry of the interior or finance. Asked by Diálogo to describe how the terrorist threat manifests itself in latin America, Dominguez gave a firsthand example of transfers he was handling in the late 1990s as a bank employee in the Tri-Border city of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. He said his bank identified numerous wire transfers from Ciudad del Este to what clients identified as charities in the Middle East. “So, maybe it’s a coincidence, but after what happened we know that the terrorist attacks were supported by donations.” Ira Morales Mickunas, who analyzes organized crime and financing of terrorism for Milersen LLC, told Diálogo that investigations have proven that terrorism financing is happening from money laundered through nonprofits in the Tri-Border region. “There’s a lot of activity going on in the region … keeping a very low profile of many of these organizations,” she said of charities ostensibly promoted as providing health care and education in the Middle East. “Many of these charitable organizations have been proven in time through investigations by the U.S. government [to be] fronts for terrorist organizations.” Morales Mickunas could not estimate how many millions of dollars flow through nonprofit organizations to terrorist groups because she said these organizations often have a double set of books, with a lot of money unaccounted for; but she noted that globally, money laundering accounts for trillions of dollars. In the decade since the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay have worked with the U.S. to closely monitor money transfers originating from the Tri-Border area. Several entities and people in the region have also been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as known Hezbollah financiers. Dominguez pointed out those areas where “informal” banking relationships proliferate are especially high risk. He identified other areas such as Isla Margarita in Venezuela and the north of Chile, where he said the relations between bankers and their clients are more important than professionalism, and due diligence and client background checks can break down, making banks vulnerable. Betancourt cited terrorist groups within Latin America as exploiting nonprofits as well. “It’s not only the Middle East; you find terrorist groups, like guerrillas, within Latin America,” he told Diálogo. “They use these types of entities to work and to buy arms and to kill people, and [pay for] assassins for hire.” While the designation of Cifuentes and his businesses may be a useful tool to halt his business activity across six nations, studying his and others’ use of fraudulent nonprofits to funnel money can provide clues for preventing fraud elsewhere. “We are going to see much more activity in the Latin American region. The fact that we are not hearing about it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening,”said Morales Mickunas. “I think that we should be very alert.”center_img By Dialogo July 01, 2011last_img read more

XIX Conference of Viña del Mar Agreement

first_img Admiral Gilberto Max Roffé Hirschfeld, general director of navigation for the Brazilian Maritime Authority, will lead the opening ceremony. Vice Admiral Ilques Barbosa Junior, director of ports and coasts will lead the business meetings. The agreement has demonstrated effectiveness in maintaining an efficient system for vessel inspection and guarantees that all foreign nations, without distinction, will follow the safety rules established by the international and national legislation when visiting member countries’ ports. This way they keep ships that are considered deficient, and are internationally known as sub-standards, away from Latin American waters, thereby reducing the risk of incidents and accidents in jurisdictional waters of member countries. The ships are monitored to achieve standardized inspection procedures that will verify the fulfillment of requisites stated in conventions, codes, guidelines, resolutions, and other pertinent documents from the International Maritime Organization, ensuring navigation safety and human life preservation, while preventing environmental pollution in maritime and fluvial areas. By Dialogo October 12, 2012 The XIX Conference for the Latin American Agreement on Port State Control, better known as the Viña del Mar Agreement, will take place from October 15 to 19 at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel, in Rio de Janeiro. The main goal of the agreement is to establish the basis for a close collaboration between the maritime authorities of member countries, with the intent of coordinating supervisory measures of foreign ships visiting their ports. The agreement was established in the city of Viña del Mar, Chile, in 1992, by Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and later joined by Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, a total of 15 countries. The secretariat of the Viña del Mar Agreement is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the headquarters of the Naval City Hall, where the Latin American Agreement Information Center is located. Twelve countries will participate in the event: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. The representatives of both the Black Sea Memorandum of Understanding and the Equasis Memorandum of Understanding will also be present at the event. last_img read more

Europa League final team news: N’Golo Kante makes shock start, Petr Cech picked ahead of Bernd Leno

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery has stuck to his guns by selecting Petr Cech ahead of Bernd Leno for tonight’s Europa League final against Chelsea.Cech, 37, will hang up his gloves no matter the result tonight after confirming his retirement earlier this season.The veteran has played every single knockout game for the Gunners this term but he’s been second choice behind Leno in the Premier League.Emery was under substantial pressure to select the German given the nature of tonight’s clash but Emery has stuck to his word by sticking with Cech.ADVERTISEMENTElsewhere, Mesut Ozil starts in midfield behind a front two of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, with Emery appearing to select a back five.📋 Here it is – our @EuropaLeague final team news!🏆 #UELfinal— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 29, 2019Chelsea’s build-up to the Baku final has been far from ideal with Maurizio Sarri caught storming out of training on Tuesday.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe club claim he was unhappy with the fact that the squad could not practice set-pieces due to the open session but tempers frayed elsewhere as Gonzalo Higuain and David Luiz were seen arguing.N’Golo Kante was an unexpected member of the travelling party to the Azerbaijan as Chelsea gave him every opportunity to prove his fitness.He managed just 20 minutes in Tuesday’s training session but he did enough to convince the coaching staff that he was worth a start.Eden Hazard starts in what is likely to be his final appearance for the club, while Olivier Giroud gets the nod ahead of Gonzalo Higuain.Kante starts for the Blues! 💪Here’s our #UELfinal starting team…— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 29, 2019 Europa League final team news: N’Golo Kante makes shock start, Petr Cech picked ahead of Bernd Leno Chelsea XI: Kepa, Emerson, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud.Arsenal XI: Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Ozil; Aubameyang, LacazetteMORE: How much prize money will Arsenal or Chelsea earn from winning the Europa League? Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 May 2019 6:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link412Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Pool overlooking treetops a big selling point for this Gold Coast home

first_imgThe outdoor entertainment area has plenty of space for guests. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe kitchen is modern and versatile.She said the buyers relocated to the Gold Coast for the lifestyle, including the chance to spend more time outdoors.“It probably would have been the outdoor entertainment area they liked most because it has a big kitchen, spa, a pool and the bush aspect,” Mrs Carter said.She said the previous owners built the pool to make the most of the lush bushland that the home backed onto.“They built the pool up so when you’re in it, you look like you’re looking straight into the bush,” Mrs Carter said. It’s hard to beat the view from this pool.A GOLD Coast home with an elevated pool that makes it look like you’re swimming in the treetops has sold for $1.255 million.The Reedy Creek property at 7 Grampian Court sold to a Sydney family on Monday.Re/Max Regency – Gold Coast director Nicole Carter, who marketed the property, said the dreamy pool was one of the selling points. This media room is perfect for movie marathons! It even looks nice from the street.The four-bedroom, three bathroom multistorey home had been on the market for a few weeks before it went under contract.She said up to 10 potential buyers inquired about it.“Half were interstate and the other half were local,” Mrs Carter said.She said the successful buyers had been looking for a modern property that was large enough to cater for their children for a long time before they came across this one.“They had been looking in The Observatory specifically because they wanted something new,” Mrs Carter said.last_img read more