Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to US

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgThe son of a powerful Mexican drug lord was Thursday extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for trafficking, a government source told AFP.Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, known as “El Menchito,” “was extradited this day on the charge of conspiracy to smuggle drugs” into US territory, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.US-born Oseguera Gonzalez is the son of “El Mencho” Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, head of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel. The Mexican government estimates the Jalisco New Generation cartel has amassed a $50 billion fortune. It has a strong presence in nine Mexican states and connections with criminal organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.In recent years, it has carried out attacks against military and police targets, including the 2015 downing of a military helicopter which killed 20 soldiers and a policewoman.The wife of cartel leader Oseguera Cervantes, Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia, was arrested in May 2018.The US Drug Enforcement Administration has a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of El Mencho.Topics : Oseguera Gonzalez, 30, was denied an appeal against his transfer to the United States, where he will be tried in federal court in Washington.He was arrested and released four times between January 2014 and August 2015, when he was finally imprisoned on charges of being number two in the Jalisco New Generation cartel.The US Department of Justice regards the cartel as one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world, responsible for trafficking tonnes of cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl-laced heroin into the United States, and multiple acts of violence.The gang emerged in 2010 after the death of the regional leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s biggest criminal group.last_img read more


Legal Action Underway To Fight Local Utility Project

Posted On Aug 4 2020 by

first_imgBy Jay CookAfter months of committee meetings, sit-downs with state officials and behind- closed-doors conversations, three local municipalities have taken the next step in opposition to a controversial Monmouth County utility project.As of Oct. 1, the townships of Middletown, Hazlet and Holmdel have formed the “Municipal Consortium,” the name given to the towns pledging legal action against a Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) proposal in the area, the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP).Brought on to fight JCP&L in the legal spectrum are two firms: Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C. of Basking Ridge; and Maser Consulting P.A., which has a headquarters on Newman Springs Road in Middletown.“We wanted a firm that had experience and knowledge of transmission lines, an engineering firm that understood that, had done some work certainly in other parts of the country and in the region here,” Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger said Tuesday evening.A member of the former firm, Murray E. Bevan, Esq., has a body of relevant work that appealed to the consortium.“Murray Bevan has experience, and I believe he actually worked for BPU previously, and has gone through similar cases in New Jersey prior,” Hazlet mayor Scott Aagre said Tuesday afternoon.Scharfenberger also said that Maser Consulting P.A. and Middletown are familiar with one another as the two entities have worked together on Middletown’s geographic information systems.The MCRP is a 10-mile-long, 230-kV transmission line that, if approved, would follow right along with the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter line right-of-way from Aberdeen to Red Bank. It would also cut straight through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown as it currently is designed.When initially announced, the MCRP was slated to cost $75 million, but when the utility filed its petition to the Board of Public Utilities on Aug. 9, that price tag rose to $111 million.Utility spokesman Ron Morano said the project is currently pending before the Board of Public Utilities and the Office of Administrative Law. “The company will be responding to questions and comments about the case as part of that formal proceeding,” he said on Tuesday.The MCRP is also dependent on the decisions of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Transit, which would have to grant JCP&L an easement to use its right- of-way.Scharfenberger said he wanted to keep the cost of legal fees private, though he assured residents not only in Middletown, but throughout the affected areas, that the town- ships are on their side.“We feel we’re going to do it in a cost-effective way and in a significant way, that we’re going to have a very substantial case.”To date, Aberdeen and Red Bank have not formally joined the Municipal Consortium.“There is a time schedule out there with applications and all, so I’m sure we’ll work out something with each of the towns,” said Aagre.Despite some early bumps in the road, Scharfenberger believes that the amount of communication between the two remaining municipalities will prevail in the end.“We’re working with the others, and we’ve been working all along,” he said. “We have a great relationship with each other, and that makes it a little bit easier.”While the strategy of their argument against the project also will remain behind closed doors for the time being, Scharfenberger wanted to ensure residents that there is a plan.“We discussed it amongst ourselves, and we thought this was the best way to do it,” he said. “We are going to be very specific in how we’re going to challenge it; we’re not just going to throw everything against the wall and hope that it sticks.”last_img read more


North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association provides invaluable training and fellowship

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mike Ryan, OCJ field reporterThe North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is a unique and valuable organization for gun dog owners, trainers, and breeders.“The organization is in part driven by breeders as a means to improve breeds and bloodlines. NAVHDA has four levels of tests that apply to every breed of gun dog in all of their training and development stages,” said Steve Spangler, of Sugar Grove, who has bred, trained, and hunted over bird dogs for 15 years. “The first level test is the Natural Ability Test, which is done before the dog is 16 months old. This tests the dog’s natural instincts by exposing the dog to certain situations and scenarios where they are graded on search, use of nose, cooperation, sensitivity, and bird finding. Actual training begins for the Utility Test. The Utility Test mimics everything I want a dog to do in the field, specifically where I hunt in southeastern Ohio. It tests obedience and steadiness, and evaluates how the dog retrieves in water and on land, how the dog searches on both water and land, and how it works before and after the shot.”According to the Association, it is a “non profit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well-trained reliable hunting dogs on both land and water…we provide a proven, standard method of evaluating performance of all versatile hunting dogs, consistent with North American hunting practices, regardless of breed.”Spangler has raised NAVHDA Versatile Champion gun dogs and appreciates the insights into his dogs that the group’s training meetings and tests offer him. As a member of the organization he enjoys the welcoming environment at NAVHDA field tests and the measurable standards on which his dogs are judged.“What I like about the tests is that you know what the judge is looking for when you go out into the field. More than one dog can be rewarded in one day, because they are ‘tests’ and not ‘trials.’ This creates a more collegial rather than competitive atmosphere, with guys cheering for each other’s dogs to score well. I have never come across a person who was in it for the wrong reasons. It’s all about the dogs and supporting their handlers,” Spangler said. “The testing is a good measurement stick — dogs that have the ability for NAVHDA tests and can handle the training and have good breed characteristics. I raise German Shorthairs and the tests and NAVHDA training give me insight into what I should keep around for breeding purposes. Having testing goals and expectations gives you and the dog something to work for in the offseason, which in Ohio, can be pretty long.”These field tests are given by local groups once or twice per year and National Tests are conducted each year for dogs who score well enough on the Utility Test. Dogs who score highly enough at the National Invitational are awarded the title of Versatile Champion.Beyond the tests, NAVHDA groups hold regular gatherings. Spangler’s mid-Ohio NAVHDA group meets monthly at Delaware State Park; these monthly training sessions and group outings are for the dogs to work on test preparation and basic obedience.“These monthly meetings offer different training scenarios for the dogs and opportunities for members to train with advanced handlers,” Spangler said. “The group is good at making connections for people new to the sport and those who train alone. One major obstacle in bird dog training is a lack of birds. With NAVHDA, guys can get together, order large numbers of birds, and get out on the land.”Once a dog has completed the rigors of NAVHDA tests, Spangler can be confident that he has a loyal, adept, and reliable hunting companion.“Once I have a dog trained for the Utility Test, I can feel at ease taking it to hunt public lands, encountering other hunters in the field, public roadways, and a mixed bag of bird species,” Spangler said. “The dog can be trusted to deal with those issues and not cause the handler stress. This makes the hunt more enjoyable.”And Spangler is passionate about chasing woodcock, grouse, ducks, and geese across the southeastern Ohio countryside with his canine companions.“I love the athleticism of German shorthairs and their ability to move about in the grouse woods. I like a dog that has an edginess, as well as the self control to turn that intensity on and off and be an enjoyable companion. I want a dog that has composure and poise when we get into birds. The last thing you want after 4 hours of hunting and you finally get that grouse encounter is for the dog to blow it because it is too excited and amped up,” Spangler said. “Bird hunting is an obsession and what draws me to grouse and woodcock hunting is the obscurity of the birds; they are not well known or often seen. I try to take advantage of the hunting opportunities that Ohio affords. The birds can sometimes be few and the limits are small, and some might say it is a waste of time and effort. But, a lot of guys who haven’t experienced woodcock hunting don’t know what they’re missing. Jump shooting river ducks can be a ton of fun and can be a great experience for the dogs, too.”For Spangler, it is the ultimately the dogs that fuel his interest in this sport.“I like getting outside and I like hunting birds, but it is not all about killing birds or getting my daily limit. What really draws me to bird hunting apart from other hunting is the partnership with the dog,” he said. “Even though field hunting for geese or duck hunting can be easily done without a dog, I would not go if one was not by my side. I like to experience the hunt with the dog and it is rewarding to see the fruits of our NAVHDA training out in the field.”Steve Spangler and the NAVHDA organization are aligned with what author Guy de la Valdene says of bird dogs in his essay, Dog Days: “A half century after my first dog, I still marvel at how quickly they recognize cover, the manner in which they point and retrieve birds, the indolence of males marking territory…I love the every day quirks of a dog’s character, its habits, its independence, the insouciance of its sprawling slumber, and the accepting drop of a dog’s ears at the approach of a trusted hand.”NAVHDA’s website is navhda.org. More information on Steve Spangler’s dogs and breeding program can be found at fairfieldsgundogs.com.last_img read more


Ohio Farm Bureau News Update | June 26, 2019 | Ohio Working Lands Sign Up, disaster declarations and more

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Welcome to this week’s news roundup from Ohio Farm Bureau. Click here for our front page news and information, sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.If you’re a member, thank you for your support. Be sure to take advantage of all of your member benefits, including the updated Ohio Landowner Toolkit.If you’re not a member (or need to renew your membership), this is your invitation to join. Learn more about membership or contact your county Farm Bureau.Current NewsOhio asks USDA for disaster declarationsGov. Mike DeWine has formally asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a disaster declaration following a devastatingly wet spring. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly encourages farmers who have had difficulty planting their 2019 crops to share their situation with the county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. The information provided will assist them in determining if a Disaster Declaration request would be applicable for that county.Cover crop fields under prevent plant can be used in SeptemberIn an attempt to alleviate forage concerns due to the extremely wet spring, farmers who plant cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than this year than the normal Nov. 1 date. Ty Higgins has more info and for full details visit USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s website.New Market Facilitation Program Q & A from USDAIt was a confusing planting season even before the rains made #noplant19 the hottest hashtag north of I-70 and beyond. In late May, USDA announced a new Market Facilitation Program for 2019. That announcement, coupled with a decision about whether or not to plant a crop at all, led to a lot of questions for farmers. USDA released some of the answers to those questions in June.Livestock farm labor guide is availableEnsuring those employed on the farm have the best interests of the operation at heart is paramount when going through the hiring process. To help employers achieve that goal, Ohio Farm Bureau collaborated with Wright & Moore a few years ago to put together a comprehensive Livestock Farm Labor and Crisis Prevention Guide.Ohio Working Lands funds sign-upThe Ohio Department of Agriculture announced a second sign-up period for programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299 – the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program and the Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program. The sign-up period began June 17.Do you qualify for Social Security benefits?Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to helping protect your financial independence and is working with our No. 1 partner Nationwide to deliver a series of valuable online learning sessions designed to help you plan for retirement. The last seminar in the series is June 25 at 2 p.m.Keep agriculture provisions in state budgetFarmers are facing uncertainty. Challenges with wet weather have all but halted planting efforts. It is critical now more than ever for Ohio to have the resources necessary to implement solutions involving all nutrient contributors. Urge your legislators to support farmers through H2Ohio funding and the Business Income Deduction by keeping them in the proposed state budget.Enter the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes todayHave you entered the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes? Grand prize is a two-year lease on a Ford vehicle. Ford is Ohio Farm Bureau’s automotive partner. OFBF members can always receive $500 Bonus Cash toward the purchase or lease of an eligible Ford vehicle, and $750 Bonus Cash toward the purchase of an eligible Lincoln vehicle. Coming July 1 that amount increases with $500 Conquest Cash for a limited time.OFBF podcasts available on iTunes, Google PlayOhio Farm Bureau produces regular audio content that is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. Listen to Town Hall Ohio, Legal with Leah, Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer podcasts and more.Upcoming events and remindersStatewide EventsExploreAg Camps, Columbus, Wooster and WilberforceMember Appreciation Weekend at Kings Island, June 29-30Clippers Family Days, Columbus, July 7, 14, 28, Aug. 11 and 25Ohio Sheep and Hay Day, Jackson, July 13Member Appreciation Weekend at Cedar Point, July 14-15Check your county web page for a list of events happening in your area.Reminders:Ohio Farm Bureau is proudly supporting the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show July 30 in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center at the Ohio State Fair. OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp joins other local celebrities in the competition with one common goal of supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.The Columbus Clippers will be introducing Ohio’s Farm Team on Sundays all summer long at Huntington Park. There is a ticket discount for members as well to Ohio’s Farm Team days.Join the Ohio Farm Bureau Member Benefits Insider group page on Facebook for a first look at the latest, members-only benefits available.Growing Our Generation is an e-newsletter authored by young farmers. It is for anyone who is interested in what is on the minds of farming’s next generation. SubscribeDid you know Ohio Farm Bureau is active on LinkedIn? It’s just one more way to connect with your Farm Bureau.Ohio Farm Bureau has established the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program. The program will assist members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and determining the best ways to manage their energy resources.Farm Bureau has developed a set of steps landowners can take to address concerns about drainage and soil remediation caused by pipeline installation.One of the greatest challenges for many small businesses and sole proprietors is filling the need for health care for themselves and their employees. The Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan is available to qualified participants.Learn more about OFBF’s membership categories. Know a young person in agriculture age 18 to 24? Invite him or her to become a Young Active Member.Stay in touch by subscribing to Ohio Farm Bureau e-newsletters:Buckeye Farm eNews is for members who farm or have careers in food and agriculture. Current members can provide their email address via their account at ofbf.orgSubscribe to the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter to hear from Farm Bureau’s young agricultural professionals.Sign up for the Our Ohio e-newsletter, and each month we’ll connect you with our favorite recipes, feature stories, local experiences and more.Follow Farm Bureau on social media Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Member Benefits Insider Subscribe to our podcasts Town Hall Ohio | Field Day with Jordan Howeischer | Legal with Leahlast_img read more


Parrikar back in Mumbai, may go abroad for treatment

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgChief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday left for Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for further treatment, and could be shifted to a health facility abroad if the doctors recommend it, a statement issued by his personal secretary Rupesh Kamat said. The ailing Chief Minister left a committee comprising Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza and Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar in charge of the administrative affairs. Before leaving, Mr. Parrikar met top ruling politicians, ministers, bureaucrats and police officers. “He told some ministers that Cabinet meetings would be conducted via videoconference,” Arts and Culture Minister Govind Gawde told reporters.“The three-member team will have the power to sanction works up to ₹5 crore, while each individual minister has been empowered to sanction work up to ₹50 lakh,” said Mr. Gawde.In a video released by the BJP on social media, Mr. Parrikar said, “The manner in which you have blessed me till now, I hope your blessings will continue and hope that you will allow me to take a few days’ holiday.” Meanwhile, the Congress found fault with the arrangement made by Mr. Parrikar. Addressing a press conference on Monday evening, Goa Pradesh Congress president Shantaram Naik said, ”We are going to have a State ruled by three chief ministers. Imagine the chaos. This is a clear violation of business rules. We wish him well in his medical treatment, but he has deserted Goa.”last_img read more


WATCH: Roger Who? Without ID, Federer can’t get past Australian Open security

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgEven @rogerfederer needs his accreditation 😂#AusOpen (via @Eurosport_UK) pic.twitter.com/oZETUaygSE— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMELBOURNE, Australia — Maybe Roger Federer isn’t as famous as we thought.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Rules are rules, after all.So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park … the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all … a man who’s spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other … and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet?A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement.In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints.Federer didn’t argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members of his entourage. That’s when he was allowed to proceed and go through the door.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion D’Angelo Russell explodes for 40 as Nets come back to beat Magic LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Saturday was a practice day for Federer at Melbourne Park.He is scheduled to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he’s try to go at the Australian Open. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more


RR Pogoy lifts TNT over Magnolia in OT

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Alaska coach Alex Compton dismisses rumors: ‘Last time I checked I was still coaching the game’ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PBA IMAGESRR Pogoy hit five straight points late on Sunday night and keyed an 80-75 overtime victory by TNT KaTropa over a debuting Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Pogoy first hit a triple that snapped the game’s last tie at 74, before drilling a gorgeous turnaround jumper with 29.9 ticks remaining as the Texters climbed back to .500 after winning their third game in six starts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Pogoy finished with 26 points, with Jason Castro chipping in 24.Troy Rosario sent the game into extension after hitting a short stab courtesy of a Jayson Castro assist for 72-all with 2.1 seconds remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRyan Reyes almost won it in regulation for the Texters after nearly converting on a heave from about 75 feet.last_img read more