Moroccan Shares Open August Trade in the Red

Rabat – Casablanca Stock Exchange opened its first session of August in the red, with the Moroccan All Shares Index registering an acute loss of 0.75 percent to 12.109 points. Moroccan shares fell under their 20-day moving average, putting an end to their upward trend and succumbing to summer lethargy. Trade volumes barely reached MAD 11 million this morning, with Addoha Group taking up MAD 2 million in exchanged volumes with a MAD 1.04 percent loss at MAD 46.52 per dividend. The top performers of this Tuesday morning session are the pharmaceutical company Sothema, with a 4 percent gain trading at MAD 1,300, followed by Risma with 3.05 percent and MAD 135 per dividend. In third place comes SM Monetique with a 2.28 percent gain, trading at MAD 288 at open of trade. Stroc Industries leads the list of the worst performers of today’s session with a 9.99 percent loss, the company is now trading at MAD 55.35 per dividend. IB comes in second, falling 9.33 percent at MAD 102, followed by Sonasid with a 4.96 percent decline at MAD 575 per share. Moroccan shares closed July with a 1 percent loss, with significant losses in the real estate, banking, and construction sectors. The Addoha group lost 2.47 percent at close of trade yesterday, trading at MAD 47 per dividend. Alliances group also registered a 1.44 percent to MAD 225.70, followed by DH & RDS with a 0.06 percent decline to trade at MAD 180. The banking giant Attijariwafa Bank also felt the heat of this summer season with a 0.87 percent loss at MAD 446, followed by BCP with a 1.02 percent trading at MAD 290. LafargeHolcim and Ciments du Maroc, with respective losses of 2.74 and 2.65 percent, also weighed down the MASI on Monday’s session. read more

AG to lead delegation to face torture allegations

The UN committee against torture is meeting in Geneva from 7 November to 7 December to review Sri Lanka and several other countries. The UN committee with review Ecuador (8-9 November); Finland (9-10 November); Monaco (11 and 14 November); Sri Lanka (15-16 November); Namibia (18 and 21 November); Turkmenistan (21-22 November); Armenia (23-24 November) and Cape Verde (24-25 November).The countries are among the 159 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and so are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee on how they are implementing the Convention and the Committee’s previous recommendations. Others in the Sri Lankan delegation include Dr. Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Ajith Rohana, Deputy Inspector General, Legal Division, Department of Police and Sisira Mendis, Director, Centre for National Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya is to lead a top level delegation to Geneva to face allegations of torture in Sri Lanka.The delegation will attend a review on Sri Lanka by the Committee Against Torture (CAT during its 59th session. The committee, which is composed of 10 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the respective Government delegations.The committee will publish its findings, officially known as concluding observations, on the respective states on 7 December. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The Latest S Korea vows stern response to Japan trade move

TOKYO — The Latest on Japan downgrading South Korea’s trade status (all times local):11:30 a.m.South Korea’s presidential office has expressed “deep regret” and vowed a stern response over Japan’s decision to take the country off its list of nations with preferred trade status.In a statement read on national TV, Blue House spokeswoman Ko Min-jung said Seoul had committed to resolving its trade row with Tokyo diplomatically and will now sternly respond to the Japanese measures it sees as “unjust.”Ko says President Moon Jae-in will address the issue ahead of a Cabinet meeting later on Friday and the country’s finance minister will also announce government plans in response to the expanded Japanese export controls.South Korea says the Japanese trade curbs could hurt its export-dependent economy and has accused Japan of weaponizing trade to retaliate over bilateral disputes stemming from wartime history.___10:30 a.m.Japan has approved the removal of South Korea from a “whitelist” of countries with preferential trade status, escalating tensions between the neighbours.Friday’s Cabinet decision expanding controls over exports of sensitive materials takes effect on Aug. 28.It follows an earlier requirement that Japanese companies’ exports to South Korea be approved on a case-by-case basis for three materials used in semiconductors, smartphones and other high-tech devices.The decision will fuel antagonism between the two neighbours already at a boiling point over the export controls and the issue of compensation for wartime Korean labourers.It will ripple across the high-tech sector, further affecting supply chains already rattled by U.S.-China trade tensions.The Associated Press read more

New UN reports calls for major changes in global economic governance management

The study, subtitled Global governance and policy space for development, suggests that “getting back to business as usual has failed to address the root causes of the crisis.” The “new normal” has some worrying parallels with the conditions that initially led to the global financial crisis in 2008, namely rising inequalities and asset bubbles, said an UNCTAD statement to the press. With expected growth of 2.5 to 3 per cent in 2014 keeping the global recovery weak, policies supporting it are not only inadequate but often inconsistent, the report argues. This means that simply relying on buoyant asset prices, trade competitiveness and declining wage shares to maintain growth cannot bring the world economy back to robust health.Indeed, developing countries have managed to recover from the “great recession” after 2009 faster than developed countries, in part by supporting domestic demand with countercyclical policies. However, there have been limitations and the idea that emerging economies have decoupled from events in the advanced economies is no longer tenable. The report also points out that growth in Japan and the United States is not expected to improve in 2014. Growth will exceed 5.5 per cent in Asian and sub-Saharan countries, but will remain subdued at around 1 per cent in North Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, transition economies are expected to further dip to around 1 per cent, from an already weak performance in 2013. Developing countries will continue to face the challenges of a persistent instability of the international financial system. Tackling this requires macroeconomic and regulatory policies. And mirroring economic activity, international trade remains lacklustre due to weak global demands. Breaking from this protracted period of low economic growth requires strengthening aggregate demand through real wage growth and more equal income distribution rather than new “financial bubbles.” Sluggish growth, weak employment conditions, high household indebtedness and persistently high levels of inequality are “neither new nor normal”. Rather, the main problems in the post-crisis ear are insufficient aggregate demand and continuing financial instability, and that both of these issues reflect policy choice. To offer a policy alternative, UNCTAD economists proposed a global model to consider the potential impact of a coordinated package of fiscal, monetary, industrial and trade policies described in this year’s report. The model divides up the world economy into 25 countries and groups and evaluates growth patterns, trade, employment and financial performance in the public and private sectors and also allows a role for international financial flows. The alternative scenario entails growth-enhancing fiscal policies, including public investment, income policies to support demand growth on a sustainable basis and industrial policies to promote investment. It also includes development-oriented trade agreements that would support these policies in developing countries, as well as regulation of finance and capital controls.Making the alternative scenario a reality requires careful consideration of the policy space available to developed and developing countries alike. There will always be a “give and take” on policy space in an interdependent world economy made up of sovereign States of unequal economic and political strength, the report recognized. At the same time, it is worth acknowledging that governance arrangements that have evolved under finance-led globalization have given too much leeway to private corporations and taken too much from the space for government action. The global financial crisis was meant to give political motivation to correct the inequalities, but reforms have been foiled. In light of big policy challenges facing advanced and emerging economies, there is an increasing need for policy consistency and macroeconomic coherence. read more

YouTubers killed the radio star Radio 1 boss admits struggle to find

first_imgOld jingles, including one by ABBA, will be revived Reality TV show Love Island Current breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw As music television hosts fall out of fashion, he said, they have been replaced by the fleeting fame of reality TV stars and talent of YouTubers who are easily lure away from the BBC for lucrative world tours for their fans.Speaking as he announced plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Radio 1, Cooper said is it now “really hard to find those next stars in the radio industry”.He also emphasised the importance of broadening radio’s appeal to online and digital, as fewer people choose to listen on their car or kitchen radios. For decades, they have entertained the nation from behind a microphone, educating generations with their musical tastes.But the future of the DJ looks a little less certain today, after the head of Radio 1 admitted he is struggling to find new talent in a world of Youtubers and reality TV.Ben Cooper, controller of the BBC station, said it is becoming increasingly difficult to find talented new presenters, as tastes in youth culture change. Asked about some of his current Radio 1 DJs, and whether they were approaching an age where they would be moved onto an older station, Cooper said: “I’m always looking for fresh, new talent. I’m always looking for new presenters.”I think it’s really weird, at the moment, how it’s getting harder.”It’s getting hard to find new presenter talent because you don’t have the likes of MTV presenters, T4, CDUk, Top of the Pops… In part of plans to win over fresh audiences to DAB radio, he has now launched a special series of programmes for a three-day “pop up radio”, celebrating five decades of the youth station. Radio 1 Vintage will see the likes of Tony Blackburn return to the airwaves, as they broadcast 50 hours starring 50 DJs and the best of their original shows.Featured DJs will include John Peel, Noel Edmonds, Bob Harris, Kenny Everett, Zoe Ball, Chris Moyles, Mike Read and Tim Westwood, intended to be the best of each generation for listeners to reminisce. “It’s really hard to find those next group of presenters coming up.” Radio 1 Vintage will begin on Saturday, September 30, and will be available on DAB radio, online and on the app.It will include personal interviews with Radio 1 DJs past and present, omitting those who have since been disgraced.As well as classics songs from each era, it will include some of the jingles recorded for the BBC by artists such as Abba, Jimi Hendrix and The Who.Blackburn described launching Radio 1 on September 30 1967 as “undoubtedly, the highlight of my career”. YouTubers Dan and Phil meet a fan Cooper added student radio and community stations were the only remaining reliable source for spotting new talent.On the future of the industry, he said everyone is “addicted to phones”, with all radio stations needing to focus on winning digital audiences.The industry, he added, needs to “wake up” to the “narrow” way it currently measures success, and should swap concentrating on listener numbers alone and focus more on how radio impacts on fans’ lives across all medium.center_img Tony Blackburn will return to his Radio 1 roots Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “So modern youth culture on television, you can’t suddenly pick someone famous off the TV because actually what you’ve got now is a lot of reality television, and people who are very famous for a short burst of time.”So it’s really hard to find those next stars in the radio industry.”We’ve looked at YouTubers, but they get tempted by huge amounts of money and go off on world tours. Zoe Ball and Sara Cox will return to the airwaves Current breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw YouTubers Dan and Phil meet a fan Reality TV show Love Island Tony Blackburn will return to his Radio 1 roots Zoe Ball and Sara Cox will return to the airwavesCredit:PA Old jingles, including one by ABBA, will be revivedlast_img read more

Tempête en Amérique du Nord 17000 habitants privés délectricité

first_imgTempête en Amérique du Nord : 17.000 habitants privés d’électricitéAmérique du Nord – Une tempête exceptionnellement forte a balayé mardi soir le centre du Canada, privant des milliers de personnes d’électricité, après avoir semé la panique dans le nord des États-Unis. Plus de 17.000 habitants de la province canadienne de l’Ontario ont subi des coupures de courant, mardi dans la soirée (à 23H30 GMT), après le passage d’une tempête exceptionnelle pour la saison. Des vents à 100 km/h ont notamment touché Toronto, la plus grande ville du pays. Devant provoquer “d’importantes quantités de pluie et des vents forts” dans le nord de l’Ontario, selon Environnement Canada, la tempête se dirige vers la capitale Ottawa.Dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, elle avait frappé la région des grands lacs aux États-Unis, avec une intensité proche de celle d’un ouragan de catégorie 2 ou 3 (sur 5) sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson. À l’aéroport de Chicago, plus de 300 vols avaient été annulés, les autres décollages et atterrissages étant retardés de 30 minutes en moyenne. Sur le lac Supérieur et dans le Michigan, l’annonce de vagues de plusieurs mètres avait contraint les bateaux à se réfugier dans les ports.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 12:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Players wear antiracism shirts in support of Mesut Ozil

first_imgThe members of Turkish football team Malatyaspor have all donned anti-racism t-shirts in support of Mesut OzilThe Arsenal playmaker, who is of Turkish descent, had recently announced his retirement from international football and cited that he was primarily motivated by the racism he fell victim to by German football federation and president Reinhard Grindel.Ozil has been at the centre of criticism in Germany following his controversial photo with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in mid-May with teammate Ilkay Gundogan.Germany captain Manuel Neuer recently spoke out in support of his now-former teammate and revealed that the whole squad understood Ozil’s decision.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Now Malatyaspor, prior to Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over second-division side Gazisehir Gaziantep, have shared on Instagram a photo of Ozil’s face with the phrases “We are all you” above the picture and “Say no to racism” below it.“Our players wanted to show they support Mesut Ozil,” read a message on the club’s Instagram page.FUTBOLCULARIMIZ SAHAYA MESUT ÖZIL’E DESTEK AMAÇLI PENYE ILE ÇIKTILAR HELAL OLSUN KAPLANLAR ?????? HERKES YORUMA MESUT ÖZIL’I ETIKETLESIN ARKADASLAR @m10_officialA post shared by Ben Malatyaspor’luyum (@ben_malatyasporluyum) on Aug 4, 2018 at 9:10am PDTlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Govt commits 25 million to the development of MSMEs marginalized groups

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration has committed to investing $25 million over the next five years to help develop micro small-medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in The Bahamas.  Funding for the project will amount to $5 million per year for the next five years and will be funded through the sale of Government-owned shares in Aliv and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Hubert A. Minnis said the “ambitious initiative” – which has several objectives – will help to stimulate the economy while boosting growth and employment.  The Prime Minister said the initiative will also provide specific support for entrepreneurship and MSMEs development within marginalized groups, especially poorer communities and youth organizations. This will include organizations that participate in the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative.“We want to enhance business development MSMEs through innovative programmes, through joint ventures with the Government, the private sector and the University of The Bahamas to help provide training and capacity-building for new and existing entrepreneurs,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“If you have dreamed of opening a business or you are an aspiring entrepreneur, I encourage you to look into this initiative.”Prime Minister Minnis said his one of his Administration’s goals, is to foster a greater culture of entrepreneurship and innovation while providing support to existing entrepreneur curricula-based programmes such as Junior Achievement.The Government will also introduce financial literacy and entrepreneurship programmes at the primary, secondary and tertiary school levels (curricula).“Through this initiative, we intend to promote greater linkages between Bahamian MSMEs and the domestic and international segments of the economy,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Related Items:last_img read more

Biodiesel Market in EU Opens for US Soybeans

first_imgConservation practices required for U.S. soybean production meet EU sustainability standards, and biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU, the European Commission has formally announced.The EU requires biofuels to meet a set of sustainability criteria outlined in its Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline, the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) that, with this announcement, the EU acknowledges meets its rigorous RED requirements.Davie Stephens, a soybean grower from Clinton, Ky., and American Soybean Association (ASA) president said, “U.S. farmers have long prided themselves on adopting newer and better methods for producing high-quality soybeans that are grown responsibly and sustainably. The SSAP sets a high standard that demonstrates that commitment, and we are pleased that the EU Commission has recognized our efforts by opening the door for SSAP-certified soybeans to be used in EU biodiesel.”The United States is the lead supplier of soybeans to the EU, and while this announcement applies only to soybeans exported for biodiesel, ASA sees it as a positive step for enhancing its EU market and validating the quality of the SSAP sustainability initiative. The EU’s decision will remain in place through at least July 1, 2021.last_img read more

Jury duty phone scam

first_imgClark County jury manager Kirsten Morrisey said local residents have been receiving phone calls from a man who claims to be with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The man tells the residents that they either missed a court date, there is a warrant for their arrest or they missed jury service, Morrisey said. He then asks for money as a fee to quash the warrant, she said.“These poor people, they’re totally panicked,” she said.She called the number where the alleged scam calls originated, but the number was out of service, she said.“We would never call anybody like that and ask for money,” she said. In rare instances, her office may call jurors to ask them to show up at the courthouse or not to show up, but residents should be wary of any calls requesting money.Anyone who receives a similar call should report it to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 360-397-6079.last_img read more

Rains lash several parts of Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur: Rains on Saturday lashed several parts of Rajasthan but Sikar district, where five persons were killed in recent days due to weather-related incidents, recorded no rainfall, officials said. From Friday to Saturday morning, Vanasthali in Tonk received 99.8 mm rain followed by Jaipur (84 mm), Ajmer (64.2 mm), Bhilwara and Kota (63 mm each), Sawai Madhopur (42 mm), Chittorgarh (31 mm), Churu (2.4 mm) and Bikaner (1.8 mm), the weather department said. Since Thursday, five persons have died in Sikar due to rain-related incidents, District Collector Ram Chandra Dhenwal said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us “The situation in Sikar is under control as there is no prediction for rainfall on Saturday. A few houses have been damaged in rural area and one in the city while the residents were shifted to safer places on Friday,” Dhenwal said. The MeT department has forecast heavy to very heavy rains on Saturday at isolated places in Ajmer, Baran, Banswara, Bhilwara, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Karauli, Kota, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Tonk, Udaipur, Sirohi and Sawai Madhopur.last_img read more

Indonesia tsunami toll rises to over 1200

first_imgA resident walks near the beach after it was hit by the tsunami in Palu, in Indonesia`s Sulawesi Island, 2 October 2018. Photo: ReutersThe confirmed death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has risen to 1,234, from 844, the national disaster mitigation agency said on Tuesday.A 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet), which swept ashore at the small city of Palu, on the west coast of Sulawesi.Rescuers have yet to reach many affected areas leading to fears the death toll could rise again.last_img

A brand new Bergville

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The first article the Ladysmith Gazette ran about the poor condition of roads / pavements and sewer problems in Bergville appeared in the April 29 edition.An update on the state of the town is due, as it has been a little short of three months since the last story. Business owners were again asked to comment on the town’s state and whether or not it has improved.Business owners say they are quite happy, as a lot of work has been done on the roads and sidewalks. There are only certain areas that are still in a bad condition. They further say that the worst problem is the rising crime statistics in the Bergville CBD area.They believe the increase in crime is due to the number of bottle stores and taverns in the main road, and that drinking is causing more and more violence to happen. They are also sceptical as to whether these bottle stores’ licences are valid or have expired.Another problem is the sewer pipe that burst, pushing sewer water up onto a business owner’s premises. The owner stated that he has to get a tanker to come and drain the sewer, and this is starting to become costly.The municipality of Bergville (Okhahlamba) was asked to provide comment on the matters at hand…“We appreciate the positive feedback from the business community. A large number of them attended our ratepayers’ meeting and are aware that, as a municipality, we are scheduled to embark on phase 5 of our Bergville Tar Roads project. This phase of the project will include the tarring of and complete revamp of roads in Bergville.“Through this process, we have recently just completed the tarring of Broadway Street. We have just started a new financial year and a significant portion of our budget has been allocated to the rehabilitation of the town of Bergville.“We are aware of the alarming and increasing crime rate in Bergville. We were approached by residents, the farmers’ association and businesses to try and assist with crime prevention. As a result, we facilitated a meeting between the SAPS, our traffic department and our disaster management unit. “Although crime prevention is an SAPS function, we have committed to assisting them in terms of patrolling the town through our disaster management unit and the traffic section.“With regards to the bottle stores in Tatham Road, our local Economic Development unit is in the process of investigating and assessing the validity of their liquor licences. Should licences be expired, the SAPS are mandated to act accordingly as per the requirements of our legal system.“As a municipality, we are also exploring the option of installing CCTV cameras within the CBD of the town, and part of our rehabilitation plan includes the installation of more streetlights and repairs to the current ones. We are committed to ensuring that the business owners and residents of our town are safe, and we will work closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the issue of crime is dealt with,” said Okhahlamba communications spokesperson Suraya Asmal.A resident also stated that the sewer problem has improved immensely since uThukela has started the sewer system upgrade.So it seems that things have improved and that further improvements are on the horizon for Bergville.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Travel Masters acquires 30yearold agency in Kelowna

first_img Posted by Travel Masters acquires 30-year-old agency in Kelowna Tags: Ensemble Travel Group Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> VANCOUVER — Travel Masters, a top Canadian travel agency that’s affiliated with Ensemble Travel Group, has acquired Mission Park Travel, a 30-year-old agency in Kelowna, B.C.With this newest acquisition, Travel Masters has expanded its reach in the Okanagan, increasing its scale in Western Canada.“We are investing in travel agencies as we firmly believe in the great potential they have in this competitive market,” said James Shearer, Chief Operating Officer at Travel Masters. “These acquisitions make our business stronger and allows us to deliver even greater benefits to our clients. Mission Park Travel is the latest in a series of investments we are making to grow our business, extend our reach into different communities and support our suppliers and partners through growing our overall volume of sales.”Gina Kotsch, Owner of Mission Park Travel, said her decision to choose Travel Masters was based on her desire to spend more time with her family and help the agency reach its future growth potential. She will be staying onboard as a Manager and Experience Specialist, utilizing Travel Masters for its marketing, product and business development expertise.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“Together with Travel Masters, we will be able to provide greater value, service and offerings for our customers, while also rewarding our agents with access to more earning opportunities and higher paying commission agreements,” she said.For more information about Travel Masters go to Sharelast_img read more

Trial sought for high value Guantanamo prisoner

first_imgAssociated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Lawyers for a Palestinian who has been identified by the Pentagon as one of its “high value detainees” at Guantanamo urged the government Thursday to finally charge the man, saying he deserves a chance to address accusations against him after 10 years in custody.In a letter to the Convening Authority, a Pentagon legal official who presides over the tribunals known as military commissions at the U.S. base in Cuba, the lawyers for Abu Zubaydah say they have repeatedly sought a “legitimate evaluation” of his case. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “We think one of the reasons he hasn’t been charged is because of the yawning chasm between who they thought he was when he was the poster child for the torture program and who they now understand him to be,” said Margulies, a Professor at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.Since September 2006, Zubaydah has been held with other “high value” prisoners in Camp 7, a top-secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison, where the U.S. holds a total of 169 men.Under secrecy rules, his attorneys are not permitted to disclose details about the prisoner or the conditions of his confinement. Magulies said that he has been experiencing gradual memory loss and can no longer remember the names of his parents or his birth date as a result of his treatment in custody.“We are very concerned about his welfare, about his mental health,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “He now requests that the Convening Authority commence prosecution of him before a military commission at the earliest possible date,” said the letter signed by four lawyers for the Guantanamo prisoner.Military commissions have begun for one Guantanamo prisoner charged in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen and for five men accused of planning and orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks whose arraignment was held at the base Saturday.The chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, has said the government is reviewing the cases against other prisoners at Guantanamo but has not announced whether any more charges are pending. A Pentagon spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, declined to comment on the letter.Zubaydah was captured in March 2002 and held in a secret network of overseas CIA prisons. He was the first prisoner subjected to the intense interrogation methods that the U.S. has said included 83 instances of the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding. His lawyers say the treatment amounted to torture.Joseph Margulies, a lawyer for Zubaydah, says U.S. authorities have since backed off earlier statements that the prisoner was a leader of al-Qaida and senior associate of Osama bin Laden. He says officials now believe he provided logistical support to militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but not people affiliated with the terrorist organization. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How men can have a healthy 2019 Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

AP IMPACT Cartels flood US with cheap meth

first_img“It’s not plant-based,” Weisheit said. “It can be completely produced in Mexico. It’s very compact, and that makes it easy to smuggle.”___Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson in Mexico City and Christopher Sherman in McAllen, Texas, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ErrorOK ErrorOK “These are sophisticated, high-tech operations in Mexico that are operating with extreme precision,” said Jim Shroba, a DEA agent in St. Louis. “They’re moving it out the door as fast as they can manufacture it.”The cartels are expanding into the U.S. meth market just as they did with heroin: developing an inexpensive, highly addictive form of the drug and sending it through the same pipeline already used to funnel marijuana and cocaine, authorities said.Seizures of meth along the Southwest border have more than quadrupled over the last several years. DEA records reviewed by The Associated Press show that the amount of seized meth jumped from slightly more than 4,000 pounds in 2007 to more than 16,000 pounds in 2011.During that same period, the purity of Mexican meth shot up too, from 39 percent in 2007 to 88 percent by 2011, according to DEA documents. The price fell 69 percent, tumbling from $290 per pure gram to less than $90.Mexican meth has a clearer, glassier appearance than more crudely produced formulas and often resembles ice fragments, usually with a clear or bluish-white color. It often has a smell people compare to ammonia, cat urine or even burning plastic. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   And in February, soldiers in western Mexico made a historic seizure: 15 tons of pure methamphetamine, a haul that could have supplied 13 million doses worth more than $4 billion.The meth problem is spilling into other parts of Latin America too. In December and January, Mexican authorities seized nearly 900 tons of precursor chemicals at Mexican ports, almost all of it bound for Guatemala, which seized about 1,600 tons of meth precursors in 2011 _ four times the 400 tons seized there a year earlier.For now, cocaine remains far and away the cartels’ most profitable drug. The RAND Corp. estimates that Mexican traffickers earn $30 billion in annual export revenue from cocaine, $20 billion from heroin, and about $5 billion from meth.But cocaine is getting more expensive and less pure. According to the DEA, the price per pure gram of cocaine rose 59 percent from 2007 through September 2011. At the same time, the purity level dropped 25 percent.Cocaine also typically comes from Colombia, meaning Mexican cartels serve as middle men who compete against each other to smuggle it into the U.S. That marginalizes their profits.Because methamphetamine is a synthetic drug that the cartels can make for themselves, the profit potential is enormous. “You can look at it and see it has a much more pure look,” said Paul Roach, a DEA agent in Denver.The rise of Mexican meth doesn’t mean that American labs have disappeared. The number of U.S. meth labs continues to rise even as federal, state and local laws place heavy restrictions on the purchase of cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, a major component in the most common meth recipe.The crackdowns that began a decade ago have made it harder to prepare large batches, so many American meth users have turned to a simpler method that uses a 2-liter soda bottle filled with just enough ingredients to produce a small amount of the drug for personal use.But south of the border, meth is being made on an industrial scale. Sophisticated factories put out tons of the drug using formulas developed by professional chemists. The final product is often smuggled into the U.S. taped beneath tractor-trailers or hidden inside packages of other drugs.While clandestine U.S. labs generally supply rural areas, Mexican meth is mostly targeted to urban and suburban users. Increasingly large quantities are turning up in dozens of American cities, including Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, St. Louis and Salt Lake City, according to the DEA. The marketing format follows a well-established pattern. By simultaneously increasing the purity and cutting the price, the cartels get people hooked and create a new customer base.“They’re marketing geniuses,” said Jack Riley, the agent in charge of the DEA office in Chicago.When Illinois authorities recently confiscated 1,000 pounds of Mexican marijuana, they found 10 pounds of meth hidden among the pot _ essentially a free sample for the distributor to give out to drug users, Riley said.Until recently, meth was seldom seen in major urban areas, except in biker gangs and parts of the gay community, Riley said.“We’ve never really seen it on the street like we’ve seen cocaine and heroin,” Riley said. He worries that if the estimated 180,000 members of street gangs in Chicago get involved in meth trafficking, violence could follow.Like the U.S., Mexico has tightened laws and regulations on pseudoephedrine, though some labs are still able to obtain large amounts from China and India. To fill the void, cartel chemists have turned to an old recipe known as P2P that first appeared in the 1960s and 1970s in some parts of the western U.S.That recipe uses the organic compound phenylacetone. Because of its use in meth, the U.S. government made it a controlled substance in 1980, essentially stopping that form of meth in the U.S. But in Mexico, the cartels can get phenylacetone from other countries, DEA experts said.center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project In the third quarter of 2011, 85 percent of lab samples taken from U.S. meth seizures came from the P2P process _ up from 50 percent a little more than a year earlier, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said.Federal agents say the influx of meth from Mexico illustrates the difficulty of waging a two-front war on the drug in neighboring countries. When one source of the drug is dealt a setback, other suppliers step in to satisfy relentless demand.Considering the relatively untapped market of bigger American cities, the rise of Mexican meth is not surprising, said Illinois State University criminologist Ralph Weisheit, a meth expert.“It’s something that was inevitable,” Weisheit said. “This wasn’t hard to predict.”American authorities are not the only ones taking notice. The sharp spike in meth activity is also evident from the other side of the border. Seizures of labs and chemicals have increased nearly 1,000 percent in the past two years.Last year, Mexican authorities made two major busts in the quiet central state of Queretaro, seizing nearly 500 tons of precursor chemicals and 3.4 tons of pure meth with a street value of more than $100 million. In Sinaloa, investigators found a sophisticated underground lab equipped with an elevator and ventilation systems as well as cooking and sleeping facilities. 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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals earned four compensatory 2019 NFL Draft picks based off their free agent losses from last offseason.The NFL awarded its 32 compensatory picks on Friday, and along with the Cardinals, only the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins earned the maximum of four extra draft selections.Arizona earned one sixth-round pick (35th in the round, 208th overall) and three seventh-round picks: 34th in the round, 248th overall; 35th in the round, 249th overall; and 40th in the round, 254th overall. Arizona already had the first pick in each of the first six rounds of the draft.It also acquired the sixth pick in the sixth round in exchange for the selection leading off the seventh round after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who retired from the NFL after 2017. The NFL awarded the Cardinals that swap as compensation for losing Arians, whose rights were still owned by Arizona, the NFL decided.Related LinksReport: Cards receive compensation from Tampa Bay for AriansCardinals need to select Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick in 2019 NFL DraftMarkus Golden to Sirius XM: Agent, Cardinals had talks of re-signingNewest ‘Cardinals Flight Plan’ covers Kingsbury’s upbringing, new coachesThe NFL distributes compensatory picks from the third through seventh rounds of the draft each year based on a selected pool of free agents lost.A formula takes salary, playing time and postseason honors into consideration to value players and determine whether teams should be compensated for those players leaving in free agency. But the compensated-for players are also determined by a formula dictated by individual teams’ gains and losses of unrestricted free agents each year.According to a projection by, the Cardinals received compensation for losing pass-rusher Kareem Martin (Giants), backup quarterback Drew Stanton (Browns) and receiver Jaron Brown (Seahawks) last offseason.They also lost cornerback Tramon Williams (Packers) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (Titans). In free agency, the Cardinals gained offensive guard Justin Pugh and right tackle Andre Smith. 10 Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim joins Doug & Wolf for an interview on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Feb. 13, 2019. (Arizona Sports/Matt Layman) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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