In my world

first_imgAs I sit here on the comfy sofa at iCafé on the Great Western Road, sipping a latte, I can’t help noticing some wee things that could perhaps be a little better and, of course, things that we already do superbly, like this latte in front of me.When I arrived, I was served by one of the newcomers, who very kindly asked me if I’d like something sweet with my coffee. “Perhaps one of our lovely muffins or a pastry, sir?” she asked.”I’m off cakes and pastry for a few weeks my dear, but thanks for asking,” I replied.Of course, she didn’t know I am the managing director of the company and may well still not know, which is even better, as it gives me an opportunity to have a true customer experience without any “sugar-coated” treatment – not that we have any in my company. I’d like to think we are very transparent with things.In this very competitive marketplace, where every coffee shop, deli or sandwich bar is after the same customer, it’s important that we have some fundamentals absolutely nailed down. What is it that we stand for? What makes us different? Why do our customers come back time and time again? Is it our products, service, experience, location or price? Whatever it may be for your company, I think we will all agree that it’s not just one, but a combination of factors. The key, however, is the consistency of the “package”. An establishment may not do the best coffee in the world, or may not sell the tastiest muffin in town, but if they have consistency each time, they have a formula that works. Logically speaking, they meet customer expectations every time; the customer knows what they stand for and they stick to what they know best.Here at iCafé, we try to make each part of the business the best it can be. Of course, no one is perfect and there is always room for improvement, but if we have this mind-set of continuing to benchmark our previous achievements in terms of sales, mystery shop results or other performance and sales measures, we will continue to travel in the right direction.Some of the measures worth considering for your outlet include mystery shopping, surprise visits, feedback from family and friends, from regular customers and from staff members’ friends. We have to remember that not everyone will be honest with their answers, and mystery shopping provides only a snapshot of a business at any given point; it may not give you the true picture but it is still a very popular method now used by thousands of companies.The best method in my opinion is one’s own approach to all the above. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula out there. After all, most of us know what we are looking for and would probably know our company’s weaknesses and strengths inside out, we just have to go through a brainstorming session and nail down some key areas.Nothing changes overnight, but the first step is to acknowledge and realise what needs to improve or change, think of a plan, and what we will hopefully find is that half an orange tastes as sweet as a whole one. On that note, I wish everyone happy holidays and thank you for reading my column.last_img read more

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News story: Esmya: no new treatment courses prescribed until further notice

first_imgIn December 2017, the European Medicines Agency started a review of Esmya (Ulipristal acetate) for uterine fibroids after it was reported that four cases of serious liver injury had occurred after its use. In three of the cases a liver transplant was needed.As of February 2018, temporary safety measures have been introduced whilst the review is ongoing following a further case of serious liver injury requiring liver transplant.The advice is that no new treatment courses should be prescribed until further notice. Those who are already taking Esmya or have recently stopped, it is advisable that they have blood tests to monitor their liver function at least once a month whilst taking the medicine. Treatment with Esmya will be stopped if these blood tests show signs of a possible problem.If women experience symptoms associated with liver problems (nausea, vomiting, feeling ill, lack of appetite, weakness, upper abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin/eyes) then they must stop treatment and seek medical attention immediately.Esmya is used to treat moderate to severe uterine fibroids in adult women who have not yet reached the menopause. It is normally taken for up to three months but the course can be repeated.It’s important to note that there are no concerns for individuals who have taken the emergency contraception ellaOne which also contains Ulipristal acetate. EllaOne is a single use medicine and as no cases of serious liver injury have been reported with its use to date there are currently no similar concerns with this medicine.Further information about the EMA Review.last_img read more

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Finding beauty in the bizarre

first_imgSome of the material in a new Harvard Art Museums show is “a little strange,” admits curator Edouard Kopp. But illuminating the beauty in the bizarre is key to many of the 40 evocative works that trace the evolution of the mysterious cultural phenomenon known as symbolism.“Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870–1910,” made up almost entirely of material from the museums’ permanent collections, borrows its name from the French poet Charles Baudelaire’s 1857 masterwork, by turns decadent and erotic. The exhibit, running through Aug. 14, captures the essence of an artistic movement that sought to render the invisible visible through color, form, and composition.At its peak, near the end of the 19th century, symbolism represented both an important bridge between impressionism and modernism, and a strong reaction to the Industrial Revolution. Many artists, said Kopp, bristled at the consumerism and advanced pace of modern life ushered in by new technologies and sprawling urban centers, and were eager to express their growing angst through their work.The symbolists weren’t united by a style or technique, Kopp pointed out, but instead by their common desire to express “what is ineffable” through their creations. Artists aimed to capture alternative mental states, fantasies, visions of love, and fantastic interpretations of religious themes, even the occult.“Symbolism is a kind of very spirited and spiritual reaction to a world that has become full of tensions and incredibly complex and really puts the modern psyche under a great deal of strain,” said Kopp, Maida and George Abrams Associate Curator of Drawings. “As a result of that, [artists] create the beautiful, the strange, and occasionally the horrific.”Sometimes the beautiful and the horrific appear within the same work, such as “Head of a Young Woman,” an image done in pastels on gray-prepared paper by the French symbolist painter and printmaker Odilon Redon. The artist’s choice of medium lends his piece an ethereal, almost dream-like quality. Yet along its left edge a serpent appears to slither toward the work’s unsuspecting sitter.A drawing, “Head of a Young Woman,” by Odilon Redon, is pictured in detail during the installation. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“It’s a beautiful image and then evil sort of creeps in — or does it?” said Kopp. “Ambiguity is something symbolists really liked.”They also favored the spiritual.A selection of drawings in the show holds examples of a pantheistic view of the world, the notion that the divine resides within everything: plants, animals, and man. Many symbolist portraits and landscapes were “really about connecting with God or a higher power,” said Kopp.Works by precursors to the movement, as well as drawings by those artists active at its end, are central to the show, including pieces by Frenchman Paul Gauguin, American James McNeill Whistler, and the Dutch painters Piet Mondrian and Vincent Van Gogh.“Farmstead” previously Landscape (Twente Farm Buildings Surrounded by Trees IV), 1906-7, by Piet Mondrian. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe bold lines and blocks of red, blue, and yellow that define Mondrian’s famous abstract paintings are nowhere to be found in “Flowers of Evil,” which is installed in the third-floor gallery. In their place hangs his 1906-1907 landscape “Farmstead,” a dark, moody vision of a farmhouse surrounded by a field and trees. The drawing, the largest in the exhibit, done with charcoal and black, red, and white chalk on tan paper, points to Mondrian’s connection to symbolism and his interest in the late-19th-century philosophical movement theosophy.“Mondrian came to view art as an expression of both the external appearance and the spiritual essence of beings and objects,” reads the drawing’s accompanying text.Kopp will lead a series of related gallery talks in June, July, and August.last_img read more

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Choosing personal care products with fewer ingredients may reduce risks from harmful chemicals

first_img Read Full Story Some chemical ingredients in makeup, skin, and hair care products may cause health risks such as allergic reactions, hair loss, asthma, and cancer. But determining which chemicals are dangerous among the many consumers are exposed to in their daily personal care product use—an average of 168 for women and 85 for men—is a daunting task for researchers and the public. The industry is largely self-regulated, which means that ingredients may be left off labels and adverse events go unreported.“Too much of the burden is on the public, and it’s unfair to expect the average person to have the time and scientific background to stay on top of this,” Russ Hauser, Frederick Lee Hisaw Professor of Reproductive Physiology and chair, Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in an article in Prevention, published online Dec. 19, 2017.Research by Hauser and others suggests that chemicals known as parabens and phthalates, used in lotions, nail polishes, and other products, disrupt the hormonal system and may cause reproductive and other health problems. Daniel Cramer, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, also interviewed in the article, has identified a potential link between the use of talc and ovarian cancer risk.Finding definitive evidence on the risks from chemicals is difficult because data comes from observational studies. Hauser said that risk may be different for everyone. “It depends on the chemical and the number of products you use.”Recommendations in the article include using a minimum of personal care products, and choosing simpler products with fewer ingredients.Read Prevention article: Are Your Beauty Products Toxic? Here’s Everything You Need to KnowLearn moreExposure to phthalates may raise risk of pregnancy loss, gestational diabetes (Harvard Chan School news)Harmful, untested chemicals rife in personal care products (Harvard Chan School news)last_img read more

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PowerEdge at VMworld 2017: What Happens in Vegas Rules Your Data Center

first_imgIt’s almost time for VMworld 2017. Less than a year ago Dell, EMC and VMware all combined to form the largest privately held technology company in the world. Recently, Dell EMC launched the 14th generation of PowerEdge servers, or the FIRST generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.The shared vision of Dell EMC and VMware is realized in PowerEdge servers; what we call the bedrock of the modern data center. Whether it’s traditional applications and architectures, Hyper-Converged or Cloud, PowerEdge is the singular platform that forms your entire data center foundation.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIg8ydZXkyE&feature=youtu.beAt VMworld 2017 we’ll be showcasing our full PowerEdge portfolio and you’ll see how PowerEdge is at the heart of data center infrastructure.There are a number of exciting sessions highlighting the integration of Dell EMC and VMware.State of the Union: Everything Multi-Cloud, Converged, Hyper-Converged and More!You have questions? Chad Sakac has answers! The technology landscape is continuously evolving, making it a challenge for IT leaders to keep up. Chad will relate Dell Technologies’ perspective on multi-cloud, converged and hyper-converged, data analytics, and more. (Session: UEM3332PUS)Deliver Real Business Results through IT ModernizationAs businesses embark on new digital transformation initiatives, we’re seeing them simultaneously transform their core IT infrastructure. You will learn how Dell EMC and VMware together are driving advancements in converged systems, servers, storage, networking and data protection to help you realize greater operational efficiencies, accelerate innovation and deliver better business results. (Session: STO3333BUS)Modern Data Center Transformation: Dell EMC IT Case StudyIn this session, learn how Dell EMC IT is leveraging VxRail/Rack, ScaleIO and more to modernize its infrastructure with flash storage, converged and hyper-converged systems and software defined infrastructure, where all components are delivered through software. (Session: PBO1964BU)Workforce Transformation: Balancing tomorrow’s Trends with Today’s NeedsThe way we work today is changing dramatically, and organizations that empower their employees with the latest technologies gain a strategic advantage. In this session, you will learn how to modernize your workforce with innovative new devices and disruptive technologies designed to align with the new ways that people want to work and be productive. (Session: UEM3332PUS)Modernizing IT with Server-Centric Architecture Powered by VMware vSAN and VxRail Hyper-Converged Infrastructure ApplianceWith server-centric IT, data centers can offer consumable services that match the public cloud yet offer better security, cost efficiency, and performance. This session will discuss the benefits of x86-based server-centric IT and the convergence of technologies and industry trends that now enable it. The session will also explain how customers can realize server-centric IT with VMware vSAN and the Dell EMC VxRail appliance family, along with detailed analysis demonstrating these claims. (Session: STO1742BU)The Software-Defined Storage Revolution Is Here: Discover Your OptionsDuring the past decade, web-scale companies have shown how to operate data centers with ruthless efficiency by utilizing software-defined storage (SDS). Now, enterprises and service providers are joining the SDS revolution to achieve radical reductions in storage lifecycle costs (TCO). Learn how Dell Technologies’ SDS portfolio is revolutionizing the data center as we highlight customer success stories of VMware vSAN and Dell EMC ScaleIO. (Session: STO1216BU)Come spend some time with Dell EMC experts to see how we can work together to help you achieve your business and IT initiatives. And be sure to follow us at @DellEMCServers for daily updates, on-site videos, and more.last_img read more

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Dell Technologies Recognized for Diversity and Achievement at CRN UK Women in Channel Awards 2019

first_imgEach year, CRN UK celebrates diversity and excellence with their Women in Channel Awards, praising organizations and “female role models that will inspire the next generation.” At the Women in Channel Awards 2019, CRN UK presented Dell Technologies with the Diversity Employer of the Year Award, hailing our organization’s commitment to driving diversity both within the company and within our partner community. In addition, CRN UK named Sarah Shields, Dell Technologies Enterprise Channel Sales Lead for EMEA, as the Woman of the Year.Dell Technologies: CRN UK Diversity Employer of the YearAt Dell Technologies, we are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, and are honored to receive CRN UK’s Diversity Employer of the Year award.“The winner gave strong evidence that its commitment to diversity comes from right at the top of the company in the form of its eponymous CEO. The judges were also impressed by its ability to not only drive its values inside the company, but to also inspire its channel partners to show leadership in the area of diversity,” CRN UK noted.“Diverse hiring is not only the right thing to do, a diverse team drives better results and solves complex issues faster and with more innovation. At Dell Technologies, diversity matters, and we make it a priority to share best practices with our partners on this important issue,” said Joyce Mullen, Global Channel, Embedded & Edge Solutions, Dell Technologies.Dell Technologies is one of the over 60 companies that are part of Catalyst CEO Champions for Change, an initiative pledging to advance more women, including women of color, into senior leadership and boards positions. Moreover, Dell Technologies has launched a series of initiatives to prepare women returning from a career break, support young women interested in pursuing STEM careers and elevate mid-career female associates into leadership positions.Dell Technologies also introduced Women’s Partner Network (WPN) in 2017 with the mission to support women of the channel through access to networking, mentorship, special events and resources.Sarah Shields, CRN UK Woman of the YearSarah Shields, a member of the Dell Technologies’ WPN and winner of CRN UK’s Woman of the Year Award, is a key figure in evangelizing the role of women in technology and women in channel. The unanimous panel of judges described her as “a truly inspirational entry.”“Every single answer demonstrated this tech leader’s infectious passion for the industry, as well as a much-appreciated candour and self-awareness of lessons she’s learned along the way in her distinguished career,” CRN UK cited. “…Judges described her as being a brilliant role model for both women and men in the channel, as well as the next generation of entrants to our sector.”Sarah believes the recognition gives her the opportunity and responsibility to make a bigger impact.“Winning this award means the world to me, as I’m passionate about making channel a destination for women, not just a landing zone…” said Sarah. “I fully plan to use this recognition to amplify the role Dell Technologies plays in making women more prevalent [in our industry].”A channel veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Sarah has worked with partners to help drive maximum, mutual success. Through strong collaboration, Sarah and her team have enabled partners to better leverage Dell Technologies’ rich portfolio to deliver customized solutions and expedite their customers’ digital transformations.“I love the 1+1=3 math,” said Sarah.Be a Part of Dell Technologies Women’s Partner NetworkAs a member of Dell Technologies WPN, Sarah stands among a group of women who recognize the changes that women leaders can bring to the industry and the channel, and who work selflessly in support of one another.Become a part of Dell Technologies WPN, and connect with industry peers and like-minded women, share best practices and access tools and resources to help grow your business and thrive with Dell Technologies.Join the WPN community today!last_img read more

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Exclusive! Producer John Leguizamo & the Cast of Othello: The Remix

first_imgDJ Supernova, GQ, JQ, John Leguizamo, Jackson Doran & Postell Pringle(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Othello: The Remix has had audiences buzzing about the Bard all over the place, and now the John Leguizamo-produced hip-hop musical has hit New York. Stars DJ Supernova, GQ, JQ, producer and two-time Tony nominee Leguizamo, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle recently filmed a segment of NBC’s 1st Look with host Ashley Roberts (see below), and Broadway.com got in on the action. Othello: The Remix is currently giving Shakespeare his cool cred at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre. Take a look at our hot shots of producer John Leguizamo and the talented cast! Othello: The Remix Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017last_img read more

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State-owned Indian companies moving forward with wind, solar projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Government-owned companies in India are steaming ahead with large-scale solar and wind energy tenders in order to help meet the now-ambitious looking installation targets of 175 gigawatts by March 2022.The latest public sector company to launch a large solar power tender is Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL). The company is jointly owned by the government of India and the state government of Telangana. The tender has been issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on behalf of SCCL.As per the tender specifications, prospective bidders shall be responsible for engineering, procurement, and commission of the 100-megawatt power plant. Additionally, the successful bidder shall also be responsible for maintenance of the power plant for a period of 10 years.We have covered extensively the announcements by several public sector companies in India planning to set up large-scale solar and wind energy power plants. SCCL itself announced plans to set up 550-megawatt solar power capacity in the state of Telangana. SCCL estimated that this plan would cost around Rs 25 billion (US$380 million) and would bring in annual savings of around Rs 24 crore (US$3.7 million). The company had expressed its desire to power its operations from electricity generated through solar power projects compared coal-based power plants.Other government-owned companies and bodies like NTPC, Indian Railways, the armed forces, NLC, and several others have also announced plans to set up similar projects across the country. This push by the government would satisfy two objectives. One, these projects will act as much-needed contributions towards the 2022 target, and two, these projects would create demand for Indian-made solar power cells and modules.More: Indian coal company issues 100 megawatt solar power tender State-owned Indian companies moving forward with wind, solar projectslast_img read more

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The Knights Templar and the Sinaloa Cartel are operating in Costa Rica

first_img History of organized crime activity The Knights Templar, Mexican transnational criminal organization, is transporting drugs from Colombia through Costa Rica and then to North America, according to the Judicial Investigation Division (OIJ) of Costa Rica and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The drug cartel, which is based in the state of Michoacán, is using Costa Rica as a “strategic point for the transit of cocaine from Colombia bound for Mexico and the United States,” according to El Universal. Transnational criminal organizations from Mexico and Colombia are increasing their operations in Costa Rica, according to Michael Soto, an official in the Plans and Operations Office of the OIJ. In addition to the Knights Templar, the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, La Familia Michoacana, the Gulf Cartel (CDG) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are also transporting large amounts of drugs through Costa Rica, Soto said. Steps to crack down on drug trafficking By Dialogo January 10, 2014 Knights Templar incursion into Costa Rica ‘surprising’: analyst Limón, located on the Caribbean Sea on the border with Nicaragua, is a key transport point for drug traffickers.. The country’s entire Caribbean coast is located in this province. However, drug traffickers also operate on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Organized crime groups transport drugs through Costa Rica to 39 different countries, including Mexico and the United States, Soto said. The increase in activity by Mexican drug cartels coincides with an increase in drug seizures by Costa Rican security forces. In 2013, Costa Rican security forces seized 18 tons of drugs, nearly double the amount – 8.9 tons – seized in 2011, according to El Tiempo. More than 80 percent of the cocaine which is smuggled into the United States is transported through Central America, according to a 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report issued by the U.S. State Department. Costa Rican authorities are taking steps to fight drug trafficking. The Costa Rican government is increasing the number of Coast Guard vessels from 30 to 70 and increasing the number of maritime bases along the coast to stop drug trafficking, and increasing its use of radar to detect drug flights, officials said. Authorities will also use trained dogs to detect cash, drugs, and explosives, Col. Martín Arias, director of the National Coast Guard (SGN), said in a public statement in which he announced the initiative to fight drug trafficking. “This is a message to the drug trade: if you innovate, we will be ahead of the innovation,” Arias said. Arrests of Mexican drug cartel suspects Drug trafficking through Costa Rica is not new, Soto explained. “In the 1990s, we had a strong presence of Colombian drug traffickers in our country who transported drugs from Colombia to Mexico, and there were Colombians throughout Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala,” Soto said. “The penetration of drug trafficking is serious.” In recent years, Mexican drug cartels have taken over drug trafficking routes in Costa Rica, Soto said. Costa Rican security officials have focused on Mexican drug cartel operatives in several high-profile investigations. Authorities take down Costa Rican drug trafficking organization In recent years, Mexican drug cartels have taken over drug trafficking routes in Costa Rica, Soto said. CostaRican security officials have focused on Mexican drug cartel operatives in several high-profile investigations. In June 2013, following a six-month investigation, the OIJ arrested two Mexican brothers who are alleged members of the Knights Templar. The two men are suspected of two homicides in Costa Rica. OIJ security agents also arrested four Costa Ricans who were allegedly working with the brothers. Between 2007 and 2012, Costa Rican security forces captured 68 Mexican nationals. The suspects were accused of drug trafficking, crimes of violence and other offenses. The suspects were alleged members of the Knights Templar, the Sinaloa Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, and the CDG. The strong presence of the Knights Templar in Costa Rica is “surprising,” because the drug cartel is known for operating primarily in Mexico and the U.S., said Jesús Aranda Terrones, a researcher at the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE). “The Templars are renowned for being a regional organization. We are facing one more cartel that aims to extend their ties to the Central American region. This puts Costa Rica’s security at risk,” Aranda Terrones said. The Knights Templar is a “strong criminal organization, which is not withdrawing and has the ability to expand internationally,” Aranda Terrones said. In addition to the Mexican and Colombian transnational criminal organizations, Costa Rican security forces are also battling domestic drug trafficking groups. For example, Costa Rican police arrested 12 Costa Ricans who are suspected of smuggling cocaine from Colombia and marijuana from Jamaica into Costa Rica. The suspects allegedly transported the drugs to Europe, and also sold some of the drugs locally, Costa Rica Attorney General Jorge Chavarria announced on Dec. 21, 2013, according to published reports. The organization used $200,000 (USD) for operating expenses, Chavarria said. Security forces must remain vigilant in the fight against domestic and transnational criminal organizations, authorities said. “We cannot assume that we are winning this fight. Every day arise new criminal organizations and ingenious methods for moving narcotics. The goal is to make them believe that it is not easy to settle in our territory,” OIJ Director Francisco Segura said during a press conference. Good articles. It’s impressive how a group of local narcs can expand to other countries thanks to the impunity that exists in Mexico and in other Central American countries. Groups like the Caballeros Templarios can manage to expand their violence, terror and criminal activities wherever and however they want. This will end when the governments actually commit to it, in the meantime it’s all bla, bla……. During the years 2012 and 2013, I performed security tasks on the Nicaraguan border, a place properly known as Delta Costa Rica. Part of the patrolling included long walks on the fringe of the San Juan river, and another part was done using tractor-trailers and ATVs acquired by the government throughout the border trail for different operations to control undocumented aliens, drug activities and other illicit activities. Unfortunately the vehicles were constantly out of service due to lack of maintenance. This is part of the reality regarding our Public Force and Patrolling over waterways, and it surprised me that this wasn’t getting done, because just as the tractor-trailers and the ATVs, the boats are out of service due to maintenance, except for the coast guards who did have two boats to cover extensions from the Colorado river mouth up to Parismina and the entire waterway of the Colorado river, such as lagoons and wetlands of Tortuguero. I found this unfortunate and obviously a good opportunity for the traffickers of the area. These organization in particular I would bekeive had its influences of in the trades of material also produced by them, back tracking previous social interaction would uncover more contributors and participators. I heard this guy use to be a school teacher . Mexican drug cartels fight each other The Knights Templar is a splinter group of La Familia Michoacana. In December 2010, Mexican Federal Police (PF) killed Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, the founder of La Familia Michoacana. He was known as “The Craziest One.” The killing of The Craziest One” greatly weakened La Familia Michoacana. Some of The Craziest One’s top lieutenants formed the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar consists of about 4,000 members, and operates primarily in Michoacán and nine other Mexican states. The Knights Templar is led by Servando Gomez Martinez, who is known as “La Tuta.” The Knights Templar, La Familia Michoacana, the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), Los Zetas, and the Sinaloa Cartel are waging a bloody battle for control of the production and trafficking of marijuana and synthetic drugs on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Costa Rican authorities will collaborate closely with U.S. officials to fight the Knights Templar and other transnational criminal organizations, Aranda Terrones said. Key transport routelast_img read more

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COO of Westbury Body Armor Firm Gets 7 Years for Fraud

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The former chief operating officer of a Westbury-based body armor supply company was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison following her $200 million fraud conviction four years ago. Sandra Hatfield and her boss, David Brooks, the founder of DHB Industries, were convicted in September 2010 of securities fraud, insider trading, conspiracy and obstruction of justice after prosecutors argued that the pair artificially-inflated the company’s stock and looted the business for personal gain. Hatfield also pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return. The 60-year-old from LaFollette, Tennessee was also ordered to forfeit approximately $1.8 million in illicit profits. DHB supplied body armor to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies. Hatfield resigned in November 2005 and Brooks was removed as CEO in 2006. The company later relocated to Florida and was renamed Point Blank Solutions, Inc. Trading on the American Stock Exchange was suspended in May 2006 when the scheme became public. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch said in a statement that “rather than honor the bravery of those who donned DHB’s products, Hatfield preyed upon investors, lied to them, and looted the company.” Prosectors characterized Hatfield as a liar who not only filed a false tax return, but also misled the Security and Exchanges Commission when they came knocking. Brooks was sentenced last August to 17 years in prison for what prosecutors called his “leadership role” in the fraud.last_img read more

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