South Indiana prosecutors help take down huge drug cartel run out of Tijuana Mexico

first_img Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 16, 2020 1 559 Google+ (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A drug cartel run out of Tijuana, Mexico has been dismantled but federal investigators in southern Indiana.U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said Tuesday a grand jury that sits in Evansville has indicted nine people from across the country on charges to distribute meth and fentanyl in America’s heartland.“This group threw the kitchen sink at this drug cartel,” said Minkler. “Their goal was to disrupt and dismantle this organization. The seizures in the case have been impressive. As impressive as any case ever prosecuted in this district.”Minkler said 123 pounds of methamphetamine is now off the streets along with 114 fentanyl pills, which carry over 769 grams of the potent drug. He said that equates to 384,500 lethal does of fentanyl. 500 oxycodone pills and 345 grams of heroin were also seized.Those arrested include:– Juan Tellez, 44, Phoenix, AZ– Alexus Ortiz, 21, Clarksville, TN– Rayvin Yates, Aka “Ray,”26, Dayton, OH– Cesar Castro, 45, San Diego, CA– Jovanny Contreas-Vazquez, 30, Los Angeles, CA– Maria Castaneda-Villabolos, 33, Los Angeles, CA– Ruby Hernandez, 37, Federal Way, WA– Tania Gervacio, 30, El Cajon, CA– Angelique McCleary, 31, Carlsbad, CATwo others involved in the drug cartel, Rudolfo Ibarra-Hernandez, 48, and Juan Guzman 33 are still fugitives and believed to be in Mexico. Minkler said those who are in custody will be extradited to Evansville where they will be prosecuted.Everyone indicted in the case faces between ten years to life in prison if convicted, according to Minkler. WhatsApp WhatsApp South Indiana prosecutors help take down huge drug cartel run out of Tijuana Mexico Facebook Previous articleNotre Dame Police develop equity statementNext articleFootball Fridays tailgate event to take place on the Gridiron in DTSB Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

David Smart: Mr Daddy Longlegs

first_imgAs the saying goes, “if you live your life on social media, one day it will bite you” and, of course, we are no exception to that rule. Our Facebook account is updated almost daily, depicting new products and new promotional ideas. We also have Twitter, Instagram and a whole host of other strands of techno wizardry to push the Greenhalgh’s name out there.A short time ago, a legitimate complaint (as we thought) was phoned through: a crane fly (a daddy longlegs to you and me) dared to fly into the bakery, through the van bay, dispatch area, the packing area, and into the dough room, navigate itself past six or more fly zappers and squeeze itself into a practically fully encased machine. I mean this little guy was determined to end up on the bottom of one of our rolls. I am sure it wasn’t pleasant to witness – especially when you are going to take a bite out of it – but sadly it does happen, thankfully very, very rarely indeed.Like most companies out there, we have rigorous procedures in dealing with and trying to appease otherwise loyal customers, as naturally we wish to keep their business going forward. We don’t bribe, we don’t lavish gifts of one form or another in order to placate their alleged hurt feelings. We simply apologise sincerely and try to replace their lunch with Greenhalgh’s product tokens, to the value of around £5. Normally, the general public does see sense and accepts our apology, and we keep their custom, with thanks.Before the advent of the internet, disgruntled customers would try to frighten us with suggestions like, “Getting the health after you!” Little did they know that we have an amazingly enviable association and reputation with our local authority.This customer in question, however, demanded £250, he said, “or else I`ll push the button”. He thought this was a very acceptable form of behaviour as he professed that a fast food business had paid twice that to a colleague of his – we have since found out that this was untrue. We also learnt that he uploaded a video of said daddy longlegs to a ‘cash for news’ website, so that every time a network took the story, he got a commission (I wonder if the tax man knows that one). His main objective, it seems, was solely to discredit us, while gaining money for himself. What kind of malicious, vindictive behaviour and self-pitying, spiteful actions motivate this person? And all because a company stood up to back-door intimidation or blackmail!It is social media that is unrestricted, unregulated by nature and a media for all. What isn’t always obvious is that it is a tool for anybody to spread all kinds of hurtful content – whether it be true, semi-true or just their impressions and whether you like it or not. And there’s not an awful lot you can do about it either.The best way to deal with cyber thugs, we have found, is to have a robust policy and stick to it. Never enter into a war of words via the net, as that’s just cheap entertainment for the uninterested. Don’t retaliate unless they have criminally crossed the line; just hold your head high, believe in your accredited excellent standards and support all those who work hard within every department to produce quality 24 hours a day. 52 weeks of the year. Let’s face it, that ‘news’ is tomorrow’s chip papers and, after a while, it becomes boring, uninteresting and the perpetrators go away.last_img

Bathing in Chinese language and culture

first_imgIn the wake of expanding globalization, the new director of Harvard’s Chinese Language Program is prepping the University’s next generation of students to compete in an international arena increasingly dominated by the growing economic and military power of China.That road to competitiveness, she says, requires both linguistic and cultural expertise.“America’s well-being is tied to the role that China plays in today’s world, and so learning its language — but also its culture — is so important,” said Jennifer Li-Chia Liu, who is focusing on those topics to help develop an increasingly integrated pedagogy within Harvard’s curriculum. “I want to break the boundaries to see how language instruction can be part of the foundational tools of all pursuits.”Liu’s innovative approach builds on the efforts of Diana Sorensen, Harvard’s dean of arts and humanities, who has expanded the language curriculum in recent years to include bridge courses that connect Harvard’s language offerings with content such as history, art, and culture. Liu said her work is also based on the success of her Harvard colleague, Professor of Chinese Literature Xiaofei Tian, and her content-based courses including “Art and Violence in the Cultural Revolution,” which includes readings and discussions in Chinese.This fall, Liu will teach “Chinese in Social Sciences” that will mirror topics covered by Michael Szonyi, professor of Chinese history. Liu’s students will sit in on Szonyi’s lectures about the society and culture of late imperial China in English, but will be required to write a summary of the class discussions for Liu in Chinese. Next spring, Liu will help students appreciate some of China’s written masterpieces, along with David Der-wei Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature. Course work will involve writing research papers in Chinese, and presenting them via videoconferencing to faculty members at universities in Taiwan and China.That type of intense language training needs to be “built into the system,” said Liu, “so that students see that this is part of their whole learning, not just something else that they have to fulfill.”Liu’s multilingual childhood informed her interest in languages and cultures. Growing up in Taiwan, she spoke Taiwanese and Mandarin, and developed some understanding of Cantonese. English classes were a requirement in middle school. But she never imagined herself pursuing a career studying foreign languages. Later, in high school, her exposure to great English literature, creative writing, and rhetoric began to unlock the language’s nuance and meaning and fueled her desire to know more. She majored in foreign languages and literatures at National Taiwan University and headed to the United States shortly after graduation in 1986 to pursue a master’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Oregon.“By the time I graduated, I realized I had learned so much about great American literature, but I had never really experienced American culture.”Not long after her arrival, she changed course. While working as a language instructor, she shifted her focus from the rigorous exploration of books to the creation of teaching methods and practices. Teaching, she said, tapped into her desire to help others “acquire fundamental concepts and language skills.”“I found my passion in dealing with human beings.”Much of that new work involved developing computer models to help students learn Chinese characters and read Chinese texts. She received a master’s degree in instructional systems technology in 1988, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, specializing in applied linguistics and foreign language education, in 1992.Liu landed next at Indiana University. During her 19-year tenure, she founded its Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy. And with the backing of the U.S. government, she created the Indiana University Chinese Language Flagship program. The initiative, part of the National Security Education Program of the Department of Defense, is an intense language training program that includes accelerated learning, a year of study abroad involving a semester of enrollment in a Chinese university, and a four-month, fulltime internship, as well as demanding courses in a variety of disciplines.She wanted, Liu said, to “design something transformative for language education.”The results prove that she has. Many graduates of the program have chosen to pursue advanced degrees in China, while others have remained there to work.She hopes to emulate that type of training at Harvard, continuing to merge language and content and helping Harvard students to immerse themselves in another culture before graduation. “Training and preparing students to have a real, authentic experience before they graduate is critically important,” said Liu. “With today’s global society, this opens doors and worlds for them.”And no place is better suited for the goals she is planning than Harvard, said Liu, who is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues across the University.“It’s extremely stimulating and exciting, especially given the kind of intellectual culture it fosters,” she said.Liu, a self-admitted workaholic, will soon leave for China, where she will head the Harvard Beijing Academy, an intensive, nine-week language immersion program.While she “gets a lot of fun out of work,” she also enjoys crisscrossing the globe with her two teenage children, who have traveled extensively with her, exploring other languages and cultures.“That’s the greatest reward,” said Liu. “I want my children to grow up internationally minded, with an interest in peoples and cultures and languages from all over the world.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s launches chapter of Active Minds

first_imgActive Minds, a nation-wide organization that seeks to create conversations about mental health and provide a supportive community for college students, started a chapter on Saint Mary’s campus, senior Bridget Dedelow said.According to the Active Minds website, the club was started by a college student who lost her brother to suicide. The website states that the club works to “combat the stigma of mental illness, encourage students who need help to seek it early and prevent future tragedies.” Dedelow, who brought the club to Saint Mary’s with the help of associate professor of psychology Catherine Pittman, said she hopes the club will help better inform students about mental health issues.“[We] want to make better the state of mental health and the state of people thinking about their own and others’ mental health as well,” Dedelow said. Dedelow said interest in the club was high, especially because it offered resources that students weren’t finding otherwise.“Basically, we … hope to create awareness around Saint Mary’s campus,” Dedlow said. “We’re aiming to advocate for more resources at Saint Mary’s and to bring people together and say, ‘You’re not alone in this — if you’re struggling with a mental illness at college, you’re not alone.’”Dedelow said the club meets once a month to discuss fundraising and relevant topics, all the while providing a supportive environment for students. “This club is very open and very accepting of all kinds of people,” Dedelow said. “We also tell people that even if they don’t deal with mental illness, they can still be in this club and make new friends and meet new people. We accept all kinds of people.“We all get a space to talk about issues. We don’t talk over each other. It’s not as structured as raising your hand to talk, but you can talk openly without fear of judgement.”Dedelow said the Saint Mary’s community can greatly benefit from the presence of an Active Minds chapter on campus.“Even if you don’t join the club, it has a positive impact on the students,” Dedelow said. “You’ll hear about things that are going on, and everything we try to do in the club is positive.”“Obviously, if the students are having a better time dealing with their mental health, the community will be strengthened,” she said. “Even if you’re not directly affected by it, you’re affected by it in some sort of way. By having the club on campus, we hope there will be an overall understanding that this is a safe place and it will make Saint Mary’s a safer place to be for some people.”The club plans to bring in guest speakers to discuss their experiences with mental illnesses and to host informational panels next semester, Dedelow said. She said the club also plans to host calming events for Stress Less Week around finals week. Tags: Active Minds, Mental health, Saint Mary’s Active Minds, stigma, Stress Less Weeklast_img read more

Beer Blog: Boiled Peanut Beer

first_imgThe boiled peanut. I can’t think of any food that’s more divisive than this slimy, hot, difficult to eat little nut. Either you love the boiled peanut, or you hate the boiled peanut. There is no middle ground.Typically, your preference is dictated by your geography. I believe some people call them “Yankees.” I won’t resort to name calling. I’ll just say that if you’re raised in the South, you’ll have a hard time not liking boiled peanuts. It’s like growing up on an island and not liking fish. Good luck with that. Boiled peanuts are ubiquitous. You find boiled peanuts on the side of the road, at the gas station, at the flea market, at parties, bars…I even found a guy boiling up a batch at the farmer’s market this week.That’s how you know the weather has finally turned for good. The boiled peanut stands pop up.The great irony of the boiled peanut is that it’s a classic road trip food, but it’s hard as hell to eat while you’re driving. It takes two hands so you have to drive with your knee, you get the juice all over you so you need lots of napkins, and you need a trash can to dispose of the empties. And yet, you can’t take a road trip in the South without stopping to get boiled peanuts. That’s sacrilege.Of course, like most things in life, boiled peanuts are better with beer. I finally came across Starr Hill’s new Soulshine Belgian Pale Ale this week, at roughly the same time I found the first boiled peanut stand. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences. What followed was the ultimate warm weather culinary experience—chasing a batch of hot boiled peanuts with this new, warm weather beer. Soulshine is lighter than your typical pale, almost as bubbly as Champagne, but still a little bit hoppy with a pleasant grapefruit nose. In other words, this is good boiled peanut beer.I threw the empty shells over the side of my deck and wiped my slimy hands on my camouflage shorts. Because that’s what we do in the South.last_img read more

Hempstead Man Sentenced for Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life prison for stabbing a 28-year-old man to death in Hempstead two years ago.A Nassau County jury found Luis Moreno, 38, guilty last month of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.“This defendant showed no mercy upon his victim when he stabbed him to death in broad daylight as he tried to defend himself and flee,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said Moreno stabbed Darwin Hernandez multiple times in the chest, hand, abdomen, groin and head behind a laundromat on Clinton Street at 4:20 p.m. on March 2, 2013.Hernandez died from blood loss caused by a puncture wound to his heart, authorities said. His body was later found nearby on Lincoln Boulevard.Hempstead village police arrested Moreno on March 24, 2013, a few doors down from where Hernandez’s body was found.last_img read more

AREC 2019: When it comes to million-dollar agents, the future is female

first_img How to survive in a tough property market AREC 2019 speaker Kylie Charlton (Hodges).Ms Totaro takes a different approach, working her database and energy levels.“When I walk into a listing presentation, my energy is mega high. I may not be that way if someone is quite flat on me … People make decisions based on how you make them feel.”Ms Charlton said asking the right questions was key to unpacking that.“If you can, master your way around questions to get answers that are going to help you help them. When you ask the right questions and you have that connection that’s (unbeatable).”She said it wasn’t inventing anything new, just using “that extra edge”.Mr Panos said Ms Charlton’s approach was heavy community and interpersonal involvement.“Familiarity breeds trust,” Ms Charlton said. “It is absolutely about people trusting in me.” Life lessons from escaping a bomb blast FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER MORE AREC 2019: Ditch the ‘oxygen thieves’ “Everyone’s looking for a special blueprint for success. One (Totaro) is high volume, very process based, using database” while the other (Charlton) is “immersed in community and personal connection”. Ms Totaro and Ms Charlton onstage at AREC 2019 at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, June 02, 2019. Picture: SOPHIE FOSTEROnstage at AREC 2019, Ms Charlton said commissions in Victoria had “come down a bit” to $20,000, which was why it was important to make community and personal connections.“I always put connection before commission,” she told veteran realtor Tom Panos on stage. “To get their referral to their friends and family, I make it obvious that is more important to me. I also demonstrate that I can sell property, that I have sold property. You have to demonstrate your skill.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago AREC 2019: Speaker Lisa Totaro (YPA Sunbury).More young women are becoming million-dollar earners despite the changing real estate market, and here’s how they’re breaking through.Victorian star agents Kylie Charlton, director of Hodges Sandringham, and Lisa Totaro of YPA Sunbury, are among women powering up the real estate market with their strong listings.Industry veteran and real estate coach Tom Panos said the sector was seeing the emergence of million dollar agents in more females every day, and their strategies demonstrated that “there is no one way, there is your way”. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Report: Authorities Again Raid SHI’s Offices Following Crane Collapse

first_imgPolice officials have raided five offices of Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) once again, following a crane incident at the shipbuilder’s Geoje yard which caused the deaths of six workers, Yonhap News Agency reported. In the incident which occurred on May 1, a structure fell from one of the cranes killing six workers and injuring some 25 workers following a collision between two cranes.At the time of the incident, workers were finishing the construction of an oil platform for a French energy company scheduled for delivery in June.On May 4, around 30 investigators were sent to confiscate workbooks and manuals on safety regulations and education in order to analyze the materials and investigate any potential negligence.As informed, investigators now decided to raid the offices for the second time after analyzing the seized materials.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Berbatov: Ighalo proving me wrong

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that Odion Ighalo is proving him wrong at Manchester United so far, praising him for his goalscoring, strength and technical ability. Some eyebrows were raised when United brought Ighalo in on a short-term loan deal in January, given that they had been linked with the likes of Erling Braut Haaland instead, but the Nigerian striker is starting to settle in at Old Trafford. The former Watford forward has now scored three goals for his new club, despite not making a Premier League start since his move – and ex-United striker Berbatov has admitted that Ighalo is impressing him. “I’m really happy to see that Odion Ighalo is settling in well,” Berbatov wrote for Betfair, “and he deserves it with the way he is playing, how he links the plays and the goals he is scoring. “All the team are happy when he scores which shows he is fully integrated, and I like the way he looks for the ball and bullies the defenders. “I’ll be honest, I didn’t know too much about him before he joined, obviously I knew about his record in the Premier League, but I questioned if he was the right man and if he would get into the team, but so far he is doing well and proving me wrong. “When you need to play more direct in a game you need a presence in the box, a guy who knows how to get onto the end of a ball, bully the defenders and win the ball. “Ighalo can do that, but he can also play, is technically good as well, he can keep the ball and give it to his team-mates and get into the box, that’s why I like him. “He doesn’t just stay in the box and try to head the ball. He is linking really well with others and that shows in the team performances when he is involved.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed a few weeks ago that Ighalo’s impact thus far may even put him in contention for a permanent transfer to United.Tags: Dimitar BerbatovFOOTBALLManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordPremier Leaguesportlast_img read more

Torres set for three-week absence

first_img “The 29-year-old will be out for approximately three weeks.” Blues manager Jose Mourinho had expressed his hope after the 4-0 win in Romania that Torres would be fit for the Premier League contest with Cardiff on October 19. Just a few hours after learning he would face no further Football Association disciplinary action following his altercation with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, the Spain international hobbled off after 11 minutes of action at the National Arena. And Mourinho had on Tuesday night been able to confirm Torres would not be available to link up with Spain for World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia following Sunday’s match at Norwich, for which he was suspended irrespective of injury following his dismissal at White Hart Lane. “It’s something in his knee, his ligament, and we have to wait for the scan,” Mourinho said. “The doctor is very confident it’s not a big injury, like we had with Marco van Ginkel (who is out for six months). “He knows that he doesn’t play against Norwich. He knows that he cannot go to the national team. “He knows he has 15 days until the next match he can play, which is against Cardiff. “Let’s see the scan. If the injury is an injury for 15 days, I think he’ll be fine. That’s okay. “The problem is if it’s more time and it’s a pity for the guy, because he’s in a very good moment.” Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee and will be out of action for approximately three weeks, the Premier League club have confirmed. The 29-year-old underwent a scan at Chelsea’s Cobham training base after limping out of Tuesday’s Champions League group game at Steaua Bucharest and the extent of the damage has now been revealed. A statement published on Chelsea’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Fernando Torres suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee in the Champions League group game at Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday evening. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more