Withdrawal from Anti-drug Agreements Benefits Cartels in Venezuela

first_imgBy Diálogo May 20, 2020 On February 25, in a combined operation, the Colombian Navy and Aruban security forces seized more than 5 tons of cocaine hidden inside a compartment of the cargo ship Aressa. The vessel that sailed under a Cameroonian flag had departed from Guaranao Port, in the Venezuelan state of Falcón, and was bound for Greece.The Aruban news portal 24ora said it was the largest cache seized in the island, according to the Aruban Attorney General’s Office.Mildred Camero, former president of the Venezuelan National Commission against Illicit Drug Use (CONACUID, in Spanish), said that this operation was possible thanks to coordination among Colombia, Aruba, and the United States, without the participation of Venezuelan security forces.This is another example in which first Hugo Chávez and now Nicolás Maduro, have broken off with international cooperation to counter narcotrafficking, in order to participate fully in this activity.The isolation process began in 2005, when Chávez ordered to halt the agreements signed with the U.S. Department of State’s Narcotics Affairs Section. These conventions governed, among several issues, the activities of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the country.Camero was in the United States when Chávez announced the decision. “When I returned to Venezuela, I knew I had been dismissed,” she said.From then on, Venezuela also withdrew from multilateral anti-drug cooperation forums of the Organization of American States and the Andean Community. In 2008, Chávez threatened to leave Interpol, when technicians of that institution validated evidence from computer files seized during a raid in northern Ecuador. The files linked the Chávez government with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.International cooperation for drug interdiction and drug use prevention, as well as money laundering detection, has been declining until reaching the current situation, in which it is “nonexistent,” Camero said.Complicit service members At the same time, several high-ranking officers, who were leading the fight against trafficking organizations, began to favor these groups, taking advantage of their positions of power. One of them would be Bolivarian National Guard Major Néstor Reverol, current Interior minister and former head of the National Anti-drug Office (ONA, in Spanish), the institution that replaced CONACUID in 2008.An indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in January 2015 says that Reverol, together with Brigadier General Edylberto Molina, “alerted narcotics traffickers to future drug raids or locations of law enforcement counter-narcotics activities, so that the narcotics traffickers could change the storage locations of narcotics or alter transportation routes or times and thus avoid detection by law enforcement.”Molina was the ONA’s general director during Reverol’s tenure. Later, when Maduro designated Reverol as Interior minister, he also appointed Molina as deputy minister of the Integrated Police System (VISIPOL, in Spanish).Camero said that Major General Hugo Carvajal, former director of Military Counterintelligence, was conducting a similar activity that favored cartels.In mid-March 2020, U.S. Attorney General William Barr accused Reverol, Carvajal, and Molina of contributing to building Maduro’s “corrupt regime.”With Venezuela’s withdrawal from international drug cooperation efforts — and the fact that more than 50 countries, including the United States and Venezuela’s neighboring countries, do not recognize the Maduro regime — other tactics have been implemented to prevent illegal shipments from leaving the country. International authorities have been using electronic surveillance and confidential informants with greater intensity. According to Camero, this helped detect the preparations for the cocaine shipment on board Aressa in December.José Luis Pirela, head of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN, in Spanish) Subcommission for the Fight Against Drugs, Terrorism, and Organized Crime, shares this view, adding that the increase in surveillance over the country explains why large drug seizures are taking place in the Caribbean and ports of destination, such as Spain and France, rather than in Venezuelan territory.“The breakdown of international cooperation mechanisms has allowed narcotrafficking to reach alarming levels in Venezuela,” he said.The lawmaker believes that it is necessary to resume Venezuela’s participation in all international forums for both drug interdiction and drug use prevention.He added that the AN speaker, Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by the United States and more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s interim president, should seize this opportunity to renew these accords, and also create a parliamentary space to allow discussions to resume on the drug issue.last_img read more

POGOs given three days to settle tax liabilities

first_img Domiguez said then that POGOs operating in the country have unpaid taxes that already amounted to P21.62 billion. The Chief Executive initially ordered POGOs to settle their liabilities in 24 hours but changed it to three days during his television interview on Friday night. “They are now ordered to register with the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and kumuha ng tag number,” Duterte said in an interview with the CNN Philippines. Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators was conceptualized to enable the government to capture a greater share of the growing, yet previously unregulated, online gaming pie. ABS-CBN NEWS “You better settle that utang or else gawin ko kayong pugo,” he added. “Huwag ninyong lokohin ang Pilipino kasi ang Pilipino hindi loko-loko.”center_img Upon the order of Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez to shut down POGOs with tax liabilities, the BIR started its crackdown on POGOs last September. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has given the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) a three-day ultimatum to settle their tax liabilities. Latest BIR data showed that a total of P1.63 billion in witholding taxes was collected from POGOs and service providers from January to August this year. The bureau collected around P579 million in 2018 and P175 million in 2017./PNlast_img read more

Bakewell  renews cricket sponsorship of RHTYSC Cricket teams for 2020

first_img..marks 21st year of a  strong relationshipGUYANA’s  most popular bakery,Bakewell  recently renewed its long standing relationship with Guyana leading Youth and Sports organisation.the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club MS .The company since March 2000 has sponsored the club’s Uunder- 17 and second division teams and in 2020,would be sponsoring the teams for two hundred and sixty thousand dollars.The two teams since 2000 has won a combined thirty one tournaments and has been the dominant teams in the ancient county over the last few years.Club Secretary /CEO Hilbert Foster at the simple presentation at the Bakewell Head office ,Triumph,.ECD noted that the company was one of the main reasons why the club was so successful and has been able to make a positive difference in the lives of others.Foster,who is also the president of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) stated that in an era where sponsorship is difficult to obtain,the RHTYSC has been able to maintain its relationship with sponsors because of its record of achievements,honesty,accountability and fulfilling commitments Foster disclosed that under the sponsorship the two teams has produced over fifty players for Berbice, ,Guyana and the West Indies combined.They include Assad Fudadin,Royston Crandon,Esuan Crandon,Renwick Batson,Khemraj Mahadeo,Delbert Hicks,Shemaine Campbelle,Erva Giddings,Kevin Sinclair,Kevelon Anderson,Clinton Pestano ,Junior Sinclair,Jonathan Rampersaud and James Fraser.Off the cricket field ,the teams have successfully completed over 1200 personal development programmes under the sub headings of sports,culture,charity,youth development,community development,social and religious among others.Among the programmes hosted have been father of the year,mother of the year,senior citizens breakfast project,Christmas village ,say no/say yes,patron fund,school bags ,feeding of the poor,corona virus hamper charity outreach,cricket academy and summer educational camp.With the BCB cricket season been on hold due to the current pandemic ,the teams along  eight  other teams of the club has shared out over 2500 food hampers to less fortunate families across Berbice and is also hosting the ongoing Basil Butcher Memorial project.Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu committed the two teams to upholding their high standards on and off the cricket field.He disclosed that the club would meet shortly to name captains for the two teams as the current captains Kevin Sinclair and Jonathan Rampersaud  are no longer available to play at the levels.Sinclair is now a senior national player while Rampersaud in now an under 19 player.Naidu expressed gratitude to the company for their continued confidence in the club and the second division team has several finals to play in ,once the cricket season restarts .Bakewell General Manger ,Rajin Ganga stated that the club cherishes its relationship with the RHTYSC,MS and the relationship would continue in the future as the club has been outstanding representatives of the Bakewell brand.He wished the teams more success  and urge the players to continue been discipline at all times.last_img read more


first_imgManus Kelly is in 4th place – 15 seconds behindSEAMUS Leonard and John McCafferty lead the Joule Donegal International Rally at the end of Day 2 – after Declan and Brian Boyle’s car engine seized during the Gartan stage today.Leonard’s Subaru has a tiny 3.30 second advantage over Keith Cronin’s DS3 R5.Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett are in fourth place in their Subaru 12b. In the natonal Frank Kelly’s Escort leads Scotland’s David Bogie by nine seconds. O/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS14RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev111Seamus Leonard/John McCaffertySubaru S147O/A8:01.00:001:40:32.227Keith Cronin/Mikie GalvinCitroen DS3 R55O/A7:59.30:001:40:35.50:03.30:03.338Sam Moffett/Karl AtkinsonFord Fiesta R55O/A8:02.50:001:40:50.80:18.60:15.3410Manus Kelly/Donall BarrettSubaru S12717:52.40:001:41:06.30:34.10:15.559Josh Moffett/John RowanFord Fiesta R5518:07.50:001:41:27.10:54.90:20.864Eugene Donnelly/Paddy TonerBMW Mini WRC727:57.70:001:41:54.41:22.20:27.3716Jonathan Greer/Kirsty RiddickCitroen DS3 R5528:08.10:001:42:26.71:54.50:32.3814Stephen Wright/Arthur KieransFord Fiesta R5538:10.60:001:42:33.72:01.50:07.0915Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran GeaneySkoda Fabia s2000548:13.30:001:43:50.23:18.01:16.5106Alaistair Fisher/Gordon NobleFord Fiesta R5558:10.50:001:44:11.63:39.40:21.41129Aaron McHale/Paul McGeeSkoda Fabia568:37.60:001:46:45.86:13.62:34.21258Pauric Duffy/Kevin GlynnFord Fiesta R5578:31.30:001:46:49.66:17.40:03.81334Aidan Wray/Kieran McGrathMitsubishi Evo 10418:57.80:001:47:59.27:27.01:09.61437David Guest/Paddy RobinsonMitsubishi Evo 9429:04.80:001:48:58.08:25.80:58.81556Callum Devine/Keith MoriartyOpel Adam218:57.80:001:49:26.58:54.30:28.51657Paul Rowley/Patrick BridesSkoda Fabia s2000589:00.70:001:50:09.89:37.60:43.31759Gary Cairns/Justin CoyleMitsubishi Evo 9439:00.20:001:50:57.310:25.10:47.51874Gavin Kelly/Elaine Ni SheMitsubishi Evo 9448:57.00:001:51:02.510:30.30:05.219113Cathan McCourt/Brian HoyMitsubishi Evo 9459:13.80:001:51:44.611:12.40:42.12095John Mulholland/Jeff CaseSkoda Fabia s2000599:01.80:001:52:15.011:42.80:30.42163Gus Kearney/Tommy HayesMitsubishi Evo 9468:33.00:001:53:21.012:48.81:06.022112Peter O’Kane/Tommy CuddilyMitsubishi Evo 10479:17.50:001:53:34.713:02.50:13.72332Tony Quinn/Anthony NestorSubaru WRC739:18.60:001:54:23.413:51.20:48.724120Fraser Mulholland/Geoff PattersonFord Fiesta229:34.50:001:54:52.814:20.60:29.42565Marty Gallagher/Dean O’SullivanPeugeot 208239:22.20:001:55:10.514:38.30:17.726135Christopher Boyce/Pascal DillonHonda Civic3110:31.00:002:01:38.021:05.86:27.52762RAshley Dickson/Ryan McCloskeyMitsubishi Evo 9489:45.10:002:05:42.925:10.74:04.92864RJoseph Connolly/Richard ConnollyFord Fiesta R55109:05.30:002:16:18.335:46.110:35.42970RMark Boyle/Charles GallagherMitsubishi Evo 9499:00.80:002:24:52.544:20.38:34.2Results for the National categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS14RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev121Frank Kelly/Michael CoadyFord Escort Mk214O/A8:17.10:001:43:58.1219David Bogie/Enda SherryFord Escort Mk214O/A8:19.70:001:44:07.10:09.00:09.0322Damien Gallagher/Mac WalshFord Escort Mk214O/A8:25.70:001:44:25.30:27.20:18.2424Damien Tourish/Domhnall McAlaneyFord Escort Mk21318:25.30:001:44:26.90:28.80:01.6518Declan Gallagher/James McNultyToyota Starlet RWD1328:34.90:001:45:10.91:12.80:44.0645Richard Moffett/Martin ConnollyToyota Starlet1418:36.50:001:45:34.51:36.40:23.6730Frank Wray/Joe McNultySubaru WRC1518:43.30:001:46:32.42:34.30:57.9848Conor Curley/Nigel FrazerFord Escort Mk21339:07.80:001:47:13.13:15.00:40.7951Patrick McHugh/Pauric O’DonnellFord Escort Mk21348:44.90:001:48:03.94:05.80:50.81047David Moffett/Johnny BairdToyota Starlet1358:58.60:001:48:23.54:25.40:19.61177Patrick Boyle/Donal McColeToyota Corolla1368:41.91:001:48:34.04:35.90:10.51217Jonathan Pringle/Alan KeenaFord Escort Mk21428:44.60:001:48:37.34:39.20:03.31353Peter Wilson/Brendan McElhinneyFord Escort Mk21379:20.10:001:49:27.85:29.70:50.51449Michael Carbin/Darragh KellyMitsubishi Evo 42018:53.50:001:49:34.05:35.90:06.21538Jason McSweeney/Denis O’MahoneyMitsubishi Evo 92028:59.60:001:49:45.65:47.50:11.61627Gary Kiernan/Niall TierneyFord Escort Mk21388:37.70:001:49:52.45:54.30:06.81733Pj McDermott/Niall BurnsSubaru Impreza1529:14.50:001:50:01.96:03.80:09.51836Pat Kirk/John McElhinneyMitsubishi Evo 102038:57.10:001:50:28.26:30.10:26.31985Gerard McQuaid/Thomas TreanorFord Escort Mk21399:05.40:001:50:36.96:38.80:08.72082Liam Doherty/Dermot McGettiganFord Escort Mk211R19:27.40:001:50:41.96:43.80:05.02197Kyle McGettigan/Dale McGettiganToyota Corolla11R29:20.10:001:51:27.57:29.40:45.62289John Reddington/Paddy McCruddenFord Escort Mk21439:22.70:001:51:38.07:39.90:10.52355John Ross Marshall/Dave RobsonFord Escort Mk213109:37.60:001:51:48.07:49.90:10.02440David Armstrong/Martin McGarrityFord Escort R51449:22.80:001:52:02.78:04.60:14.72586Gary McElhinney/Emmet BrosnanFord Escort Mk213119:19.50:001:52:14.48:16.30:11.72680Thomas O’Connell/Emmett SherryFord Escort Mk213129:14.30:001:52:15.48:17.30:01.027117Darragh Kelly/Eamonn DohertyFord Escort Mk211R39:16.60:001:53:03.29:05.10:47.82894Gene McDonald/Emmett KellyFord Escort Mk2919:34.90:001:53:22.09:23.90:18.829137Lee McLaughlin/Aaron McLaughlinMitsubishi Evo 52049:26.00:001:53:27.19:29.00:05.13039Robbie Peoples/Keith StewartFord Escort Mk213139:48.20:001:53:27.19:29.03125James Cullen/Damien ConnollyFord Escort Mk21459:34.20:001:53:27.39:29.20:00.23296Adrian Sweeney/Shane BuckleyPeugeot 20711F19:36.60:001:53:37.49:39.30:10.13371Kieron Graffin/Eoghan RodgersMitsubishi Evo X2059:24.90:001:53:42.99:44.80:05.534101Paul Doherty/Hugh CollFord Escort Mk213149:41.40:001:53:46.19:48.00:03.235166Patrick Bradley/Niall McDaidFord Escort Mk213159:32.80:001:53:53.39:55.20:07.236102James McCarville/Gareth DohertyFord Escort Mk211R49:33.50:001:54:16.110:18.00:22.837106Donal Kelly/Shane ByrneHonda Civic11F29:13.30:001:54:19.910:21.80:03.83860Lee Hastings/Julie McGuireSubaru Impreza2069:44.10:001:54:25.410:27.30:05.53984Conor Watters/John BoyleFord Escort Mk21469:33.70:001:54:56.110:58.00:30.74093Barry McGill/Derek HeenaFord Escort Mk2929:34.10:001:55:34.511:36.40:38.44173John O’Sullivan/JJ CreminFord Fiesta11F39:29.80:001:55:48.111:50.00:13.642108Kieran McGinley/Danny McCloskeyHonda Civic11F49:48.60:001:56:12.912:14.80:24.843111Shaun Callaghan/Paddy McBrideFord Escort Mk213169:53.50:001:56:30.412:32.30:17.54472Jp Logue/James LogueHonda Civic11F510:09.80:001:56:33.112:35.00:02.74520Brian Brogan/Damien McGettiganFord Escort Mk21478:22.60:001:56:34.812:36.70:01.746128Dermot McGroary/Joseph TimoneyTalbot Sunbeam11R59:41.70:001:56:35.412:37.30:00.64779John Dolan/Liam McIntyreFord Escort Mk2131710:06.50:001:56:37.412:39.30:02.04875Jason Roache/John McCarthyFord Escort Mk213189:30.00:001:56:52.612:54.50:15.249129Donal McGrath/Finbarr FogartyToyota Corolla11R610:47.80:001:57:09.413:11.30:16.850127Charlie Heraghty/Barry McBrideToyota Corolla11R710:08.90:001:57:13.213:15.10:03.851100Dermot Cannon/Bobby TrimbleFord Escort Mk2131910:06.30:451:57:15.813:17.70:02.652119Roy Baldrick/Stacey McNuttTalbot Sunbeam132010:09.80:001:57:22.013:23.90:06.253118Darragh Doherty/James McDermottToyota Corolla11R89:45.60:001:57:30.913:32.80:08.95499Damian Campbell/Declan McGarrityFord Escort Mk213219:59.70:001:57:35.813:37.70:04.955162Kieran O’Kane/John FrewOpel Ascona14810:26.00:001:57:45.213:47.10:09.45688Liam Egan/Raymond CoppingerSubaru Impreza15310:05.20:001:58:38.614:40.50:53.457165Daniel McCanny/Martin GallogleyFord Escort Mk2132210:29.20:001:58:42.714:44.60:04.158145Shane McLaughlin/Fiona DevlinFord Escort Mk210110:15.30:001:58:50.514:52.40:07.859126Padraig Coll/Aidan SweeneyToyota Corolla11R910:29.00:001:58:58.115:00.00:07.66083Jim McDowall/Charlotte McDowallSubaru Impreza N101549:50.81:301:59:03.015:04.90:04.961104Vincent Collins/Fintan KilroeFord Escort Mk21219:51.80:001:59:38.815:40.70:35.862164Gerard McGivney/Gavin McGivneyFord Escort Mk2132310:52.90:002:00:34.516:36.40:55.763103James McDermott/Paul McDermottVauxhall Chevette12210:24.60:002:00:42.616:44.50:08.16443John Bonner/Leon JordanFord Escort Mk213249:36.80:002:01:20.917:22.80:38.365159William Vance/Billy VanceFord Escort Mk212310:41.00:002:01:55.617:57.50:34.766152Alan Browne/Michael DonnellanSubaru Impreza20710:21.90:002:02:48.418:50.30:52.867116Eamonn Russell/Gavin O’DonnellHonda Civic11F610:22.30:002:02:50.318:52.20:01.968163Alaistar Hethrington/Dermott FrielFord Escort Mk212410:48.60:002:03:09.319:11.20:19.069114Declan Gallagher/Columba HeenaToyota Corolla11R1011:02.50:002:03:23.219:25.10:13.970121Roy Jarvis/Adam MilnerFord Fiesta11F710:28.80:002:03:24.919:26.80:01.771107Victor Beamish/Susan BeamishVauxhall Nova10210:10.40:002:03:30.419:32.30:05.572156Michael Black/Pauric McGinleyFord Fiesta R211F810:22.90:002:03:30.619:32.50:00.27378RKevin Eves/Chris MellyToyota Corolla1498:44.40:002:03:45.519:47.40:14.974133James Greenan/Darren HarveyOpel Corsa9310:26.30:002:03:56.419:58.30:10.975150Mark Glackin/Michael GlackinHonda Civic11F910:27.90:002:04:49.120:51.00:52.776143Nick Barnett/Martin BradyHonda Civic17O/A10:21.60:002:05:17.021:18.90:27.977167Gary Cooney/Darragh MullenSubaru Impreza1559:35.70:002:06:57.122:59.01:40.178132Shane Carr/Ciaran CarrVauxhall Nova10310:04.30:002:06:58.423:00.30:01.379123Ciaran Brogan/Sean BroganFord Escort Mk212510:48.90:452:11:27.227:29.14:28.880141Johnny Wilhare/Cahor WilhareHonda Civic11F109:58.01:002:12:15.428:17.30:48.281131RBrian Muldoon/Patsy CorrToyota Corolla11R119:57.80:002:13:00.129:02.00:44.78298RDeclan Hall/Christy CorrToyota Corolla11R129:48.50:002:18:54.934:56.85:54.883125Andrew Hegarty/Eoin KellyFord Puma11F119:51.13:302:22:05.338:07.23:10.4END OF DAY 2 STANDINGS: LEONARD INTO THE LEAD AS BOYLES’ CAR PACKS UP! was last modified: June 18th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Day 2 resultsdonegal rallyManus Kellylast_img read more

KCR announces Rs 50 lakh reward to Dipa Karmakar

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 21 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today announced cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in womens vault Gymnastics event at the Rio Olympics.”Exceptional performance by girls in the Rio Olympics is inspiring. There is a need to encourage girls in all fields and entire nation should support them in their endeavour,” KCR was quoted as saying in a release from the Chief Ministers Office.In the Olympics, Dipa, from the north eastern state of Tripura, had ended up just outside a medal bracket with 15.066 points after putting on a superb display in the eight-woman vault final held earlier this month.The Telangana government had yesterday decided to give cash reward of Rs 1 crore to grappler Sakshi Malik, who won bronze at the quadrennial sports event. PTI VVK NRB RGlast_img read more