Champions League: Hakimi inspires Dortmund to comeback win over Inter

first_imgShare via Email Read more 3Inter Milan404 Salzburg’s teenage forward Erling Braut Haaland continued his prolific season by putting the Austrian champions ahead from a penalty, his seventh goal in four games in Group E and his 23rd of the season in all competitions. Hirving Lozano equalised with a superb strike one minute before half-time but, despite carving out more openings in the second half, Carlo Ancelotti’s side missed their chance to book a knockout-stage place with two games to spare.Barcelona’s patchy form continued as they failed to break down a diligent and bold Slavia Prague side and were held to a 0-0 home draw in their Champions League Group F game on Tuesday.With Luis Suárez injured, Barça lacked a cutting edge and the visiting goalkeeper, Ondrej Kolar, produced an admirable display to shut out the Catalan side, thwarting Lionel Messi and Sergi Roberto from close range in the second half. Lionel Messi has a shot saved by Ondrej Kolar of Slavia Praha. Photograph: Álex Caparrós/Getty Images Share on Messenger Internazionale Champions League Share on WhatsApp PosTeamPGDPts 2Borussia Dortmund417 Share on Facebook Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the class to leave Genk in a spin Borussia Dortmund Chelsea fight back as Ajax pay price for two red cards and two penalties PosTeamPGDPts Pinterest Messi also struck the top of the post in the first half following a thrilling solo charge from his own half and then teed up Arturo Vidal for a tap-in late in the game but the effort was ruled out for offside. news Borussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi produced a blistering individual performance as he scored a brace to help his side come back from two goals down to beat Internazionale 3-2.Lautaro Martínez and Matías Vecino fired Inter into a 2-0 first-half lead before Dortmund came storming back with Hakimi scoring either side of a Julian Brandt effort.The result left Dortmund second in the group on seven points from four games, one behind Barcelona and three ahead of third-placed Inter.Napoli gave another erratic performance as they hit the woodwork twice, wasted a hatful of chances and looked shaky at the back in a 1-1 draw at home to RB Salzburg. Reuse this content European club football RB Leipzig were dominant as they followed up on Saturday’s eight-goal demolition of Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga by beating Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 away to stay top of Group G.Leipzig’s captain, Diego Demme, put the visitors ahead with a dipping shot through a crowded penalty area in first-half stoppage time before Timo Werner found Emil Forsberg, who slipped the ball through to Marcel Sabitzer, and the Austrian took the ball past the goalkeeper, Mikhail Kerzhakov, with his first touch before slotting it into the net.Lyon revived their hopes of reaching the last 16 when first-half goals by Joachim Andersen and Memphis Depay helped secure a 3-1 win over Benfica. 2Lyon437 Gerard Piqué did not shy away from criticising his side’s performance at the Nou Camp. “Playing like this it’s difficult to see us winning the Champions League,” he said.Valencia breathed life into their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 with a stunning second-half turnaround to beat Lille 4-1.The Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen gave the French side a deserved lead in the 25th minute but Valencia drew level in the 65th minute with a panenka penalty from their captain, Dani Parejo.The home side went ahead with an own-goal from the Lille defender Adama Soumaoro before Geoffrey Kondogbia stretched Valencia’s lead two minutes later with an outstanding long-distance strike, and the substitute Ferran Torres rounded off the win with a coolly taken finish in the 90th minute. 1Barcelona428 Facebook Napoli Barcelona Read more 4Slavia Prague4-32 Topics Share on Twitter 1RB Leipzig429 Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Twitter 3Zenit St Petersburg4-14 4Benfica4-43last_img read more

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Robertson hopes Liverpool return to full-strength quickly

first_imgAndrew Robertson is hopeful that Liverpool will return to full-strength quickly after a comprehensive pre-season friendly defeat against Napoli.Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 3-0 by the Italian giants at Murrayfield in Scotland on Sunday, much to the disappointment of the 70,000 supporters watching on from the stands.The Reds have only picked up two wins from their six summer fixtures to date, with a trip to Geneva to face Lyon up next on Wednesday before next Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Liverpool have been without a number of key superstars during their pre-season campaign, including Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.All three men are expected to report for training on Monday following extended breaks after international tournaments, with Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri also set to re-join the squad this week having recovered from injury.Sadio Mane will return slightly later after reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal on July 19 and Robertson is eager for the group to reunite in full before the start of the new season. Speaking after the defeat to Napoli, the 25-year-old told Liverpool’s official website: “The lads coming back, even if they don’t play, it gives you a lift when they train and with the way they go about their business.“It doesn’t matter if they play on Wednesday or not, that’s completely up to the manager three days in, but that’s irrelevant: if they’re back in training and back around the place then it makes a difference. “Mo and Bobby are two of our main men and Alisson was magnificent last season. They are huge characters in the changing room as well so that’ll be massive for us, and then Sadio will come back the following week. “Once we get the whole team back together, and I think Shaq and Naby aren’t far off too, they’re players that are familiar around the set-up and around the system and that’s what we need. The quicker we get all of us back together then hopefully the better. “But it’s not anyone else’s fault, the young lads or whatever who have come in, we’ve all not been good enough and maybe Bobby and Mo and people like that will give us the lift that we need. Hopefully, that does happen.”Klopp has had the chance to blood some of the younger members of his squad in the absence of household names, with the likes of Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson given the chance to prove themselves.Liverpool’s newest signing Harvey Elliott was granted his debut against Napoli and Robertson praised the 16-year-old before highlighting the overall impact the academy stars have had this summer.“They’ve been great [throughout pre-season] and when young kids come in it’s a breath of fresh air sometimes,” the Scotland international added.“Harvey Elliott only signed this morning and he’s come on and done magnificently for 15 minutes. He’s only 16 years old and I think people forget that. “Rhian’s had a great pre-season, Harry Wilson looked good when he came on today. Look, we need these players to push us and they need to push us in every single position and if they do that then the gaffer will give them the chance. “Fair play to them, when they came on and we were all off then it did look better. I was watching and it looked a lot better than we felt in the first half so credit to them. “But now it’s up to us to put in the performances, we’ve got one more game before it gets competitive and we need to get up to speed now.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Overcrowding at Correctional Centres Being Addressed

first_img He noted that inmates are being reclassified and transferred from overcrowded maximum-security centres (Tower Street and St. Catherine Correctional Centres) to underpopulated medium- and low-security centres. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, says the Government is keen on addressing the issue of overcrowding in the country’s correctional centres.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 16, the State Minister said that to alleviate the overcrowding problem at the maximum-security facilities, a 304-cell block was constructed at Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre.“The aim is to reduce the overcrowding at the two male maximum-security facilities by way of classification and transfer to the new block at the Tamarind Farm facility,” Mr. Spencer pointed out.He noted that inmates are being reclassified and transferred from overcrowded maximum-security centres (Tower Street and St. Catherine Correctional Centres) to underpopulated medium- and low-security centres.Mr. Spencer pointed out that protocols have been developed and targets set in order to address inconsistences in the reclassification efforts of the past.“This has already borne fruit. There has been an increase from 443 inmates reclassified and transferred in 2016 to 563 inmates in 2017. This represents a 27 per cent increase in the number of inmates reclassified and transferred,” he noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Spencer said the Administration is considering using electronic monitoring as part of its inmate population-management strategy.He added that the use of electronic monitoring deployment via the Global Positioning System (GPS) for the purpose of electronically monitoring persons on bail or those convicted of minor offences is a tool widely used worldwide.“Last year, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) launched the pilot phase of the electronic monitoring programme. Potential suppliers were given an opportunity to demonstrate the suitability of the electronic tag through appropriate testing and to ensure operational effectiveness,” Mr. Spencer said.He added that 55 inmates participated in the programme, which proved to be a success and will be used to monitor low-risk inmates. Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 16, the State Minister said that to alleviate the overcrowding problem at the maximum-security facilities, a 304-cell block was constructed at Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, says the Government is keen on addressing the issue of overcrowding in the country’s correctional centres. last_img read more

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Free meal for Dhoni fan in Alipurduar

first_imgKolkata: If you love MS Dhoni and happen to be at Shambhu Bose’s restaurant, chances are you might not even have to foot a bill. A die-hard MSD fan, Shambhu not only runs a hotel in Alipurduar district of West Bengal named ‘MS Dhoni hotel’, but the 32-year old also feeds every MSD fan for free, who visits his eatery. “This Durga Puja (festival), we will complete two years. Everyone here knows this place well and come to eat here. Ask anybody around for the Dhoni hotel. There’s no way you can miss it,” Shambhu said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaQuizzed about his affection for the former India skipper, Shambhu said: “He is like no other. I have loved him since I was a child. The way he is, and the way he plays the game of cricket is stuff that legends are made of. He is an inspiration to me.” Shambhu’s small yet well-lit eatery serves mainly Bengali cuisine throughout the day. Posters of Dhoni are on display in almost every corner and there is hardly any space on the walls. “It’s the same at home too. Watching him, I have learnt a lot. I wish to meet him someday but I don’t have the money to go and watch cricket matches. “I know my dream will never come true, but if I get to meet him someday, I will request him to come to my humble eatery. I know he likes bhat macch (rice and fish curry),” Shambhu quipped. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWith the World Cup on in England and Wales and India winning their first two games against South Africa and Australia quite comfortably, Shambhu is hopeful of reliving April 2, 2011 when he and his friends had watched Dhoni hit the famous six off Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara to win the ultimate prize. “I used to run a tea shop then. It did not have a name but had small posters of Dhoni. I used to love his long hair too. I remember watching the final (2011 World Cup) with all my friends on TV near my tea stall. I can never forget that night, I cried so much,” he recollected.last_img read more

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Load capacity tests for Aurobindo Setu Bijon Setu

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has decided to conduct load capacity test of two more flyovers in the city after the health study of Sealdah flyover. The KMDA has already informed the Kolkata Police verbally about their plans to have similar kind of health study for Aurobindo Setu in North Kolkata and Bijon Setu located over the Ballygunge Station railway tracks in South Kolkata. The bridges need to be shut for traffic for three days for the study. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, the KMDA wants to take up a detailed health study of these flyovers in August end or in the beginning of September. The KMDA has roped in a common agency for conducting the load test of all these three flyovers who will carry out the exercise in a phased manner. It has been decided that the Sealdah flyover will be closed for traffic movement from the evening of August 15 to the evening of August 18 (72 hours). “The KMDA has identified eight bridges in the city and their health conditions are being examined on a regular basis,” said Subrata Gupta, Principal Secretary of the state Urban Development department. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We have not received any written communication but the KMDA has informed us that after the load capacity test of Sealdah flyover, they will take up similar exercises for both Aurobindo Setu and Bijon Setu. We need to plan in advance the necessary traffic diversions for smooth management,” said Santosh Pandey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic). The Aurobindo Setu at Gouribari area connects Ultadanga with the Khanna junction while the Bijon Setu connects Rashbehari Avenue with EM Bypass via Kasba. There is a huge volume of traffic that passes through them everyday and it will be a big challenge on the part of the Kolkata Police’s Traffic department to manage it. The Kolkata Police has more or less finalised plans for traffic maintenance during the period when Sealdah flyover will remain closed. All South-bound vehicles will be diverted through M G Road and Amherst Street and Lenin Sarani in order to reach Moulali Crossing. If the pressure of traffic increases at any point of time, it may get diverted from Maniktala Crossing to Amherst Street. The North-bound vehicles will be diverted using S N Banerjee Road via Janbazar/Esplanade, Bidhan Sarani, College Street and M G Road in order to reach Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road in Sealdah. On the other hand, vehicular traffic will also be diverted through Beliaghata Main Road and Canal West Road to reach North Kolkata.last_img read more

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Bill And Melinda Gates Reveal Which Superpowers They Want

first_imgBill and Melinda Gates have released their annual letter, this year answering the question “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?”The question was asked by a group of high school students in Kentucky, and tickled the couple’s imagination.“To fly. To be invisible. To travel through time. All good options,” wrote Bill Gates. “Trying to keep up with our foundation work and our three children’s schedules, we gave responses that will be immediately familiar to other parents.“More time!”“More energy!”“When we sat down to write this year’s letter, those answers stuck with us. Sure, everyone wants more time and energy. But they mean one thing in rich countries and something else entirely when looked at through the eyes of the world’s poorest families.“Poverty is not just about a lack of money. It’s about the absence of the resources the poor need to realize their potential. Two critical ones are time and energy.“More than one billion people today live without access to energy. No electricity to light and heat their homes, power hospitals and factories, and improve their lives in thousands of ways.“Likewise, a lack of time creates obstacles too. It’s not simply the feeling of not having enough hours in the day. It’s the crippling effect of having to perform the backbreaking work that needs to get done when there’s no electricity.“We are dedicating this year’s letter to talking about the opportunities we see to overcome these often overlooked challenges. We’re writing to high school students because you’re the ones who will ultimately be solving these problems. (Our interests in time and energy are separate from our foundation’s work on health and poverty. But it’s all related. Solving these problems will make it easier to save lives and make the world a more equitable place.)“More time. More energy. As superpowers go, they may not be as exciting as Superman’s ability to defy gravity. But if the world can put more of both into the hands of the poorest, we believe it will allow millions of dreams to take flight.”To read the letter, click here.last_img read more

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Morocco Confirms Participation in USSponsored Economic Forum in Bahrain

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has confirmed Morocco’s participation in the US-sponsored economic conference in Bahrain, which begins on Tuesday, June 25.The foreign ministry said on Monday that a member of the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance will represent the country. The statement also reiterated Morocco’s position on the Palestinian cause, emphasizing that the kingdom remains attached to the “two-state solution.” The confirmation of participation comes following several calls from Palestinian officials urgingArab states to boycott the symposium.Spokesperson of the Palestinian government, Ibrahim Melhem, said last week that his country rejects any proposal that opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.Read Also: Moroccans Protest Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ in RabatMelhem also called on countries, including Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan to protest the conference.The three countries confirmed their participation, along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.Palestine has reaffirmed its  rejection of the event, stating that any Palestinian who chose to participate would be nothing but a “collaborator for the Americans and Israel.”Ahmed Majdalani, Palestine’s Social Development Minister said that “there will be no Palestinian participation in the Manama workshop.”On Sunday, June 21, in Rabat, thousands of Moroccans rallied against the conference to express solidarity with Palestinians. Protesters called on the Moroccan government to boycott the conference.Despite Morocco’s participation in the conference, Palestine considers Morocco as a key supporter as it has opposed several provocative moves from the US.In 2018, Morocco criticized the US support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine, with King Mohammed VI addressing letters to both US President Donald Trump and the United Nations to warn against any move that would threaten the status of Jerusalem.Following the US decision to move its embassy rom Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, King Mohammed VI said in a letter to Trump that “the city of al Quds must remain a land of cohabitation and a symbol of coexistence and tolerance for all.”“The city is not only important for the parties of the conflict, but also for believers in the three Abrahamic religions, due to its unique religious characteristics, its ancient identity, and its great political symbolism,”  the monarch said in the letter submitted in January 2018.Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will chair the forum, which seeks to “encourage” investment in Palestine as part of the US Peace Plan. read more

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Fearing US sanctions on Tehran Sri Lanka stops importing Iranian crude oil

In anticipation of new U.S. sanctions against Tehran, Sri Lankan energy officials said Tuesday the South Asian nation has stopped importing Iranian crude oil, the Washington Times reported.“We stopped as soon as the sanctions were announced,” Sri Lankan petroleum resources development minister Arjuna Ranatunga was quoted as saying in Abu Dhabi’s leading English language newspaper, The National. “We didn’t buy [directly] from Iran. We buy from Singapore, Dubai, Fujairah.” While the U.S. has already reimposed some finical penalties against Tehran, in early November major sanctions kick in aimed at punishing countries who buy Iranian oil by blocking their access to U.S. markets and financial institutions. The aggressive Trump administration measures have proven extremely effective, energy analysts said, with data showing that Iranian oil exports have plunged about 35 percent since April. The move is the latest global reaction to the Trump administration’s effort to kill Tehran’s oil exports in the wake of Washington withdrawing from multilateral 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran last May. read more

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UN human rights experts urge Israel not to legalize forcefeeding

The call by the Special Rapporteurs on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, and on the right to health, Anand Grover, comes as the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, delayed its second vote on a bill to amend the Prisons Act to allow force-feeding of prisoners.Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike since 24 April 2014 to protest against the fact that many of them have been detained without charge or trial, and at the treatment they have been subjected to in Israeli prisons. “It is not acceptable to force-feed or use threats of force-feeding or other physical or psychological coercion against individuals who have opted for the extreme recourse of a hunger strike to protest against their detention without charge and conditions of detention and treatment,” Mr. Méndez said in a news release.“The desire of the inmates not to eat must be respected for as long as it is clear that they are making that choice voluntarily. Even if it is intended for the benefit of the detainees, feeding induced by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints are tantamount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” he added. The news release noted that the proposed amendments would also oblige doctors who refuse to carry out forced feeding to identify a colleague who would agree to perform such measures. This would place an obligation on doctors to act contrary to their professional code of ethics. “Healthcare personnel may not apply undue pressure on individuals who have decided to go on hunger strike,” said Mr. Grover. “Prisoners’ rights to control their health, body, and be free from interference such as non-consensual medical treatment are fundamental elements of the right to health that must be respected and protected.” The experts urged the Israeli Government to respect and guarantee the rights to life, health and personal integrity of all detainees and refrain from force-feeding and other coercive measures. They stressed that the authorities have a duty to look for solutions to the crisis generating the hunger strike, including good faith dialogue with the inmates on their detention, its conditions and treatment. In addition, they echoed the repeated call of UN bodies and the international human rights community to end the practice of prolonged administrative detention. read more

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JapanUK auto trade as strong as ever as third more British car

UK consumer demand for Japanese car brands rises 38.2% in five years, with more than 350,000 registrations in first three quarters of 2017.1Japan remains UK Auto’s second biggest Asian export market, as 34.5% more Japanese buyers choose British brands.2UK’s Japanese plants account for half of British car production, highlighting significance of mutual automotive trade and investment in relationship’s 36th year.Trade between the Japanese and UK automotive industries is as strong as ever in the relationship’s 36th year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand for Japanese car brands in the UK has risen by 38.2% over the past half decade, with year-to-date registrations reaching some 352,824 – almost 100,000 more than in the same period five years ago.3At the same time, UK production of cars for Japanese buyers has risen 34.5%, making the country Britain’s sixth biggest export market, and the second biggest in Asia after China. The growth is thanks to an increasing appetite among Japanese motorists for the UK’s growing range of premium, luxury and high performance models. After Germany, the UK is the EU’s second biggest manufacturer of these premium, aspirational products, and latest production figures show that in the first half of 2017, 12,656 Japanese motorists chose a British-built car.The Japan-UK automotive manufacturing relationship has a strong heritage, stretching back to 1981 when Honda set up a joint venture with British Leyland to develop and produce the Honda Ballade, combining Honda engine and transmission with a British Leyland body. By 1989, Honda was making engines at Swindon and five years later, the plant began producing the Civic. Meanwhile, in 1986 Nissan became the first Japanese manufacturer to open a British plant in Sunderland and in 1992, Toyota entered the market with a factory at Burnaston in Derbyshire, where the Avensis and Auris Hybrid models are now built. Japanese component manufacturers have since followed suit, with those based in the UK including five of the world’s largest automotive suppliers.4These investors were attracted to the UK by our large automotive market – now the EU’s second biggest after Germany – access to the European market and strong support from government. Our Japanese-owned plants became some of the most productive and efficient in Europe – and still are. Today they account for almost half (47.7%) of UK car production and exporting to markets worldwide, with the British-built Toyota Avensis and Honda Civic Type R even sold back to Japanese buyers.Speaking today at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,World class engineering and products, government collaboration and huge investment have helped UK Automotive become a global success story. Our relationship with Japan goes back many years and is built on our mutual commitment to trade and investment, with local production of Japanese brands since the 1980s and supply chain following soon after.This summer’s agreement of an EU-Japan Free Trade Deal is welcome news for both our industries. However, for our relationship to benefit post-Brexit, the UK will need to secure trade agreements with both the EU and Japan, underlining the importance of securing the right deal during Brexit negotiations.Top 5 British-built Bestsellers in JapanMINI OneMINI ClubmanHonda Civic Type RRange Rover EvoqueLand Rover Discovery SportToyota AvensisJaguar XERange Rover SportJaguar F-PaceLand Rover DiscoveryNotes1 Japanese brands registered by UK new car buyers (Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota) currently represent 17.1% of the UK new car market.2 The UK exported 12,656 cars to Japan January-June 2017, compared with 9,409 over the same period in 2012.3 97,452 more Japanese brands registered by UK consumers in January-September 2017 than same period five years ago.4 Japanese-owned supply chain companies with operations in the UK include five of the world’s top 20: Aisin Seiko Co; Calsonic Kansai, Denso, Sumitomo Electric Industries and Yazaki.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Man 20s arrested after €42k worth of cocaine seized in north Co

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man (20s) arrested after €42k worth of cocaine seized in north Co Dublin €2,000 of cannabis, other drug paraphernalia and a sum of cash were also seized. Image: Garda Press Office Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 8:45 AM By Hayley Halpin The seized drugs Image: Garda Press Office Aug 31st 2019, 8:45 AM A MAN HAS been arrested after gardaí seized an estimated €42,000 worth of cocaine in Co Dublin. Gardaí searched a house in Rush yesterday as part of ongoing operations targeting the sale and supply of drugs in north county Dublin. During the search, gardaí seized cocaine with an estimated street value of €42,000 (pending analysis), along with €2,000 of cannabis, other drug paraphernalia and a sum of cash. A man in his 20s was arrested. He is currently detained at Balbriggan Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He can be held for up to 24 hours. The operation was led by gardaí from the Balbriggan District Tasking Unit. Investigations are ongoing. center_img 25 Comments The seized drugs https://jrnl.ie/4790267 19,517 Views Short URL Share6 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Wednesday Morning Iditarod Update – Ophir

first_imgTop five mushers as of 6 a.m. on WednesdayJoar Liefseth Ulsom- out of the Ophir checkpoint at 4:42 a.m.Mitch Seavey- in TakotnaRay Redington Jr.- in TakotnaJessie Royer- in TakotnaLinwood Fiedler- in Takotna The winner is expected to reach the finish in Nome in about seven days. Second drop out was musher DeeDee Jonrowe who was scratched from the race at the Rainy Pass checkpoint, officials said Tuesday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sixty-seven teams are signed up for the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek over mountain ranges, frozen rivers and other dangerous terrain.  Defending champion Mitch Seavey is currently in second place- and resting at the Takotna checkpoint with the other veterans. The race saw its first scratch on Monday morning. Zoya DeNure dropped out in Skwentna, citing “personal health reasons.” DeNure has finished the race twice in seven attempts.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for August 5 Driver Throws Beer Bottles Syringe Found Woburn

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, August 5, 2019:A caller reported an erratic operator on 93 North got off at Exit 38. Vehicle passed caller and threw beer bottles as his vehicle. State Police and Reading Police were notified. (7:36am)Police came across a vehicle parked in a handicap spot without a placard  in the Market Basket parking lot. Operator was located inside Panera Bread and given a verbal warning. (10:29am)A caller reported two abandoned bicycles at the front entrance of the old Rite Aid on Main Street. Caller stated the bikes have been there for two days. (3:37pm)Police noted spray paint on the ground and on the bike of the Rite Aide building. A lot of trash and alcohol bottles were also observed. Police will conduct extra patrols of area. (5:45pm)Michael L. Cruz (24, Woburn) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License, Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration, and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Cruz was involved in a 2-vehicle crash at Glen Road and Brattle Street. Stop sign and street sign damaged. Wires possibly affected. Comcast and RMLD notified. (6:09pm)A caller from Kentucky received a package from a Wilmington resident and finds it suspicious. Police contacted Wilmington resident who said his Amazon account may have been hacked and he doesn’t recall sending such a package. (6:30pm)Police retrieved a syringe from Westdale Avenue and brought it back to the station for proper disposal. (6:34pm)Police received report of an erratic operator crossing double yellow lines on Route 38. Police stopped the vehicle over the Tewksbury line near the old Sal’s building. Operator admitted to texting while driving down Route 38. (9:48pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Trump denies knowing of 2016 meeting with Russians

first_imgPolice stand outside Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York City, US, on 27 July 2018. — ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday denied knowing about the 2016 meeting his son Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff held at Trump Tower with a group of Russians who offered damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied knowing about the 2016 meeting his son Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff held at Trump Tower with a group of Russians who offered damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters. The payment to Daniels, who says she had an intimate relationship with Trump, was meant to buy her silence over the affair.Cohen has not been charged with any crime.Trump, who has said in the past he did not know about the meeting in advance, suggested Cohen was implicating Trump in exchange for possible immunity on unrelated charges related to his business dealings.“Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam,” Trump speculated on Twitter, without supporting his claim.The criticism of a man who was once Trump’s fierce defender reflects the tensions wrought by the federal investigations in New York and Washington.The role Cohen, a longtime personal confidant of Trump, might play in the Mueller probe is unknown. On Wednesday, Trump expressed disbelief that Cohen would have taped conversations with him, a day after an audio recording of a conversation between the two men was aired on U.S. television.Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani called Cohen a liar on Thursday night after the CNN report on the Trump Tower meeting. “He’s been lying all week, or for two weeks – he’s been lying for years,” Giuliani told CNN.The Republican president has been infuriated by the suggestion he might owe his White House victory to Russia, and has focused on denying the collusion allegations rather than on concerns about the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Moscow intervened on his behalf.In a series of angry Twitter posts on Friday morning, he again denied any collusion with Moscow and denounced the Mueller probe as a witch hunt. Russia has denied meddling in the election.Cohen did not return a request for comment on Trump’s tweet or the CNN report. His attorney Lanny Davis declined to comment on the report, as did spokeswomen for Mueller and the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., along with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and senior campaign aide Paul Manafort took part in the June 9, 2016, meeting with Nataliya Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer and acknowledged Kremlin informant.Trump Jr. told congressional investigators he did not tell his father about the meeting beforehand, according to documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee.last_img read more

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Henry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time

first_img After last night, there’s only one episode left of Once Upon a Time. The show is starting to feel like it too. There’ll be much more of this next week, but last night’s episode featured a few characters whose only purpose was to remind us of past seasons. And that’s fine. When a show lasts seven years, it deserves a little nostalgia fest. The episode began with a younger Henry seeking adventure. Hi again, Jared Gilmore! He’s still looking for his own epic tale, which apparently means he wants some fairy tale strange. He rides into a cave, finds a sleeping princess and is about to kiss her when he’s interrupted by a dragon. And by the prince who’s actually supposed to kiss this particular Sleeping Beauty.The prince defeats the dragon, kisses the princess, and the two walk off happily ever after. With the princess mentioning Henry’s the brother she never had. Ouch, kid. But it looks like Henry and the Wish Realm Dark One have some history. As Henry’s about to ride away from embarrassment, the Dark One approaches. He offers Henry a little help, which Henry refuses. The kid is finally smarter than that, everybody! It only took seven seasons. As Henry rides away, The Dark One swears he’ll prove Henry needs him to get a happy ending.Robert Carlyle (Photo via ABC)In modern day Seattle, the curse is broken, but not everything is perfect. Regina realizes she hasn’t heard from Facilier in a while. She investigates his apartment, and finds Rumplestiltskin. He breaks the news that Facilier’s dead, and his Wish Realm counterpart is causing trouble in town. How much trouble? Henry is happily spending time with his family in the corniest birthday celebration we’ve ever seen on this show. And that’s saying something. But just as he’s about to blow out the candles, Lucy and Cinderella disappear. Behind Henry, the Dark One reveals he’s sent them to the wish realm.This is how he’s going to force Henry to make a deal for a happy ending. The Dark One tells Henry to get Rumplestiltskin’s Dark One Dagger. In exchange, he’ll get his family back. It appears that if Rumplestiltskin destroys his dagger, all versions of the Dark One will lose their power. So that’s what’s at stake for these final two episodes of Once Upon a Time. While I’m sure this was originally envisioned as a season-long arc, it is a fitting story to end this series on: The defeat of the Dark One in all realms.Lana Parrilla (Photo: ABC/Jack Rowand)Fortunately, Henry is still smart enough not to just do whatever the villain tells him to. He tells his family exactly what’s going on, and Regina reminds everyone that under no circumstances do they negotiate with villains. The Mills (and Swan, I guess) family “kicks ass and protects the ones [they] love.” That’s just a really good line. Fortunately, Hook has a plan. He’s from the Wish Realm, and thanks to Alice’s packrat mentalities, he may have a portal home. He produces a mirror, but there’s a crack in it. It still opens a portal, but the group is split up on the journey. Henry and Regina end up in the Dark One’s castle. There, they find Peter Pan! It looks like in this world, Rumplestiltskin captured his father and put him in stocks. It’s cool that the show is bringing back all these old plot points in these final two episodes. Even if they don’t have that much bearing on the plot, it’s a nice reminder of all the stories this show has told.Meanwhile, Hook and our Rumple have ended up in the Wish Realm’s version of Rumple’s old home. The place he lived with Baelfire before he became the Dark One. The place he proved himself a coward by hobbling himself so he wouldn’t have to fight. Fortunately, he has Hook with him, who is much more familiar with the world of the Wish Realm. He takes Rumple to the Grotto where he nearly gave up on seeing Alice ever again. That is, until he found a friend. It’s Ariel! After some lightly humorous confusion as to why Hook is traveling with the Dark One (or someone who looks like him,) Ariel gives him some squid ink to aid in the fight. Like any good two-part finale, it’s playing all the hits.Robert Carlyle (Photo: ABC/Jack Rowand)That trend continues with Henry and Regina back at the castle. Finding an odd piece of meat meant for an animal, they run into Cruella DeVille! I have to hand it to this show. Even though it’s ending on this odd epilogue, these last few episodes are reminding me of everything I loved about Once Upon a Time over the years. Henry has a swordfight with Cruella, which doesn’t fit the character at all, but it looks cool enough. Once she’s defeated, Henry and Regina find Cinderella and Lucy. But The Dark One appears and puts them in a snow globe. And if Henry doesn’t comply with his demands in time, the snow will kill his family.Hook and Rumple show up, and Henry starts acting like a big ol’ jerk. Hey, he’s gotten better, but he can still be that same dumb kid. Especially now that his family is in danger. He wants to give the Dark One the Dagger, even going as far as saying Rumplestiltskin doesn’t deserve his happy ending. Good thing he has Regina there to tell him what a complete ass he’s being. In a loving, motherly way, of course. Rumplestiltskin does have a plan, though. He runs off with the squid ink to carry it out, and Regina follows to make sure he’s on the up and up. Henry starts researching to figure out a way to save his family. He does find one and starts to run off. Hook offers to go with him, but Henry knocks him out. If Hook knew where he was going, he’d try to stop him. Damn it, Henry! I thought you grew out of this crap.Victoria Smurfit (Photo via ABC)Even worse though, Rumple’s plan to kill the Dark One doesn’t go as planned. He traps the Dark One in place with squid ink, and is about to stab him when Regina interrupts. That allows the Dark One to escape, but not before revealing his true plan. It all revolves around a prophesy that Henry will be the one to defeat the Dark One. He wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. So for the big Once Upon a Time finale, we’re cribbing from Harry Potter. Well, there are worse stories this show has ripped off in past seasons, I guess.Meanwhile, Henry’s gone to get this realm’s version of the author’s pen. I wondered when that thing would show up again. The guardian of the pen looks into Henry’s heart and sees the whole story. He has some great lines about how the timelines alone make it an exceedingly complicated story. Now I just want a whole scene of him reviewing the entire story of this show. I wonder what he thought of that awful Frozen season. Or that worse Once Upon a Time in Wonderland spin-off. In any case, Henry gets the pen, but not for long. As soon as he sits down to write the story, the Dark One appears. The pen was what he was after all along. And he has an author to use it. It’s young Wish Realm Henry. So that’s who we saw at the beginning of the episode. This Henry’s life just kept on being sad. He never got any wishes. And he’s perfectly happy to write a happy ending for the Dark One if it means he gets one as well.Andrew J. West, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle (Photo via ABC)And he does. At the Dark One’s suggestion, he takes away the power of the Guardian. With no restrictions on his power, he traps everyone but Regina in the snow globe. Why leave Regina? That’s what Wish Realm Henry gets out of this: Revenge for her killing his parents and grandparents. Yes, it’s not this Regina that did it, but that doesn’t matter to him. Bitter angry Henry is even dumber than the regular one. So the episode leaves us on a cliffhanger, but not without a moment of hope. Now, I probably would have preferred ending on the cliffhanger. It’s a nice tense moment to carry us through to the finale next week. And the scene that follows, with Alice and Robin finding a magic bean to go help, is too long. It’s long and flat and devoid of tension. At this point, we’re just waiting for the episode to end. And then…They don’t go to the Wish Realm right away. Instead, they go get help. They use the portal to drive right into Storybrooke. They really are bringing everyone back for the series finale, and that’s a genuinely exciting place to leave us on. Again, they maybe didn’t want to cram all this plot into the final two episodes, but the show is doing the best with the hand it’s been dealt. With a return to Storybrooke, it looks like we’re in for a fantastic series finale. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowOnce Upon a Time Brings Back the Magic… and Time Travel center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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The Boys renewed for second season by Amazon

first_imgAmazon has given a second season order to “The Boys” ahead of the show’s premiere next week. The series, based on comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, has been developed by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, the story follows a “group of vigilantes known informally as ‘The Boys,’ who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe first season of the show premiered on Amazon Prime Video on July 26. It stars an ensemble cast of Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Elisabeth Shue, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T Usher, Chace Crawford and Nathan Mitchell. According to Deadline, ‘You’re the Worst’ star Aya Cash has been cast in the second season as the villainous Stormfront. A reincarnated Viking spirit, Stormfront is portrayed in the comics as a virulent racist and active supporter of Nazi political ideologies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the books, the character is a member of the team Payback alongside characters like Tek Knight and Soldier Boy. With the appearance of a character like Stormfront, fans certainly don’t need to worry about the show toning down its brash sensibilities any time soon. Kripke, best known for creating popular TV series ‘Supernatural’, is serving as the showrunner on “The Boys”, while Rogen and Goldberg are the directors. The trio have also executive produced the show alongside Neal H Moritz, Ori Marmur, Pavun Shetty and James Weaver. The Boys comic ran from 2006 to 2012 with 72 issues before being canceled due to its mature, often controversial material. It’s not clear how much of the comics will be covered in Season 1, but there’s certainly a lot to pull from for Season 2 and beyond.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more September 12, 2012  – Positron Corp. announced that Jubilant DraxImage Inc., a Jubilant Life Sciences company, and Positron, have executed a Letter of Intent pertaining to:Positron’s supply of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) grade strontium (Sr)-82 for the JDI Sr-82/rubidium (Rb)-82 generator;JDI’s and Positron’s co-promotion of JDI Sr-82/Rb-82 generators to end-users (upon FDA clearance); andPositron’s lifecycle management for expired JDI Sr-82/Rb-82 generators. Related Content News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | September 12, 2012 Positron, Jubilant DraxImage Collaborate on Supply of Strontium-82, Rubidium-82 Generators New source of nuclear imaging tracers will offer alternative source for radiopharmaceuticals The strategic alliance between JDI and Positron will facilitate the stabilization, security and growth of the industry by increasing the supply of radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. The parties expect that it will also provide considerable benefits to both parties: Positron secures a generator supply for future sales of cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scanners and a customer for Sr-82; JDI secures a reliable supply of Sr-82, a vendor for expired generators management and a strategic partner with a growing customer base of cardiac PET scanners installed and serviced.Martyn Coombs, president of JDI, stated, “Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Manhattan Isotope Technology (MIT), Positron positioned itself as the only private entity in the United States with the practical experience of servicing the Sr-82/Rb-82 generator lifecycle. Their ability to provide a more stable and secure supply of API Sr-82 and management of expired Sr-82/Rb-82 generators fits well with JDI’s pre-launch strategy.”Patrick Rooney, chief executive officer of Positron, stated, “JDI has developed a robust Sr-82/Rb-82 generator and elution system. As the Sr-82/Rb-82 generator on the market has enjoyed tremendous growth and the merits of the technology have been validated many times over, we strongly believe that the arrival of an alternative, upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of JDI’s generator, will be welcomed by the cardiac PET community.”JDI and Positron expect to complete a Definitive Agreement within three months.For more information: www.draximage.com and www.positron.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read morelast_img read more

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Kidnappings in Mexico surge to the highest number on record

first_imgECATEPEC, Mexico — The first time, after the men with police badges had lashed Adriana Carrillo’s wrists and ankles with tape, and she had spent 37 hours in the back of a Nissan, her father tossed the $12,000 ransom in a black satchel over a graffiti-strewn brick wall and brought her nightmare to its conclusion. She took three days off and then went back to work.“I don’t want to live as a victim,” she said.Carrillo returned to the cash register of the family store, where she had worked since she was 8 with her parents and six sisters, amid the floor-to-ceiling jumble of marshmallows and mixed nuts and pinwheel pasta and Styrofoam cups. Their business — cash-based, working class, on the outskirts of Mexico City — happened to put them squarely into the demographic most vulnerable to Mexico’s kidnapping epidemic. And on May 28, 2013, less than two years later, a white sedan pulled up alongside Carrillo’s car as she drove home late from the market. When she saw the guns she covered her face with her hands.“No, not again, no,” she remembered saying. “No. No. No. No.”In Mexico, with its history of drug-war violence and corrupt police, kidnapping is an old story. In the past, the crime tended to target the rich. Now it has become more egalitarian. Victims these days are often shopkeepers, taxi drivers, service employees, parking attendants and taco vendors who often work in cash or in Mexico’s “informal” economy. Targets also tend to be young — students, with parents willing to pay ransoms, are commonly targeted.“The phenomenon has changed. Now it’s the workers, the people in the informal economy, because they are the ones who have access to money quickly,” said Isabel Miranda de Wallace, an anti-kidnapping activist in Mexico. “We have never seen as many kidnappings as we are seeing now.”Last year, Mexico officially recorded 1,698 kidnappings, the highest number on record. Yet government officials concede that only a small percentage of victims — 1 in 10 by some estimates — report the crime, as police are sometimes involved in kidnappings and not trusted. The statistics kept by Miranda’s organization, Association to Stop Kidnapping (Asociacion Alto al Secuestro), recorded 3,038 kidnappings last year. Another, led by Fernando Ruíz Canales, a former kidnapping victim who now helps negotiate for the release of hostages, puts last year’s kidnapping total at 27,740, or 76 per day.Halfway through the year, official statistics claim kidnappings have dropped by 17 percent, to 808 in the first six months of 2014. Miranda’s organization reports an increase of 56 percent in the same period.The kidnapping problem, even as murders and other crimes have tapered off, has intensified the pressure on Mexican leaders to find solutions. Earlier this year, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a new anti-kidnapping strategy to better coordinate state and federal law enforcement efforts. He also created the position of kidnapping czar, given to former prosecutor Renato Sales Heredia.Sales argued that the spike in kidnapping is an unintended byproduct of law enforcement success. Because the government has killed and captured drug cartel bosses, he said, narco-henchmen have been forced to diversify into other money-making ventures, such as kidnapping and extortion. The Mexican police, both active and retired, also play an important role in kidnapping gangs, either carrying out abductions themselves or protecting those who do, according to officials and experts.“There is an important number of kidnappings that are fundamentally linked to ex-police,” Sales said in an interview.The three men who told Adriana Carrillo to step out of the car during the first abduction were carrying police badges, she said. It was 8 a.m. on June 2, 2011, and she was about to drive to the market to work. They ordered her at gunpoint into the back of their tan Nissan X-Trail and told her to keep her head down.Carrillo said she didn’t recognize them, but they must have been familiar with the family business. The market in Ecatepec — a sprawling open-air plaza of 700 shops and nearly 10,000 employees — was like a second home. Her father, José de Jesús Carrillo Ríos, had opened his stall in 1990, and the small business had given the family a bright-yellow two-story house with potted plants on the balcony and paid for Adriana’s university courses in political science.As the nation’s largest supply center, which covers nearly 600 acres in Mexico City, there are as many as half a million visitors on a given day. The crowds and the large quantities of cash changing hands has made such markets a target for kidnappers.Last year, the number of kidnappings of people who work at the main Mexico City market rose 30 percent, to 38 people, according to a trade organization of supply centers in Mexico. Market officials dispute those figures and say they have not had kidnappings inside the market, although they couldn’t speak to crimes outside. But protecting the commerce there is an obvious challenge: Security guards monitor surveillance cameras on dozens of flat screens in a new command center. Police recorded 198 robberies there last year. Merchants move produce at the Centro de Abastos market in Ecatepec, Mexico. The nation’s largest supply center, with 700 shops, 10,000 employees, up to half-a-million visitors per day and large amounts of cash changing hands, Centro de Abastos is an inviting target for kidnappers seeking cash ransoms. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostTwo terrifying incidentsWhen Carrillo was kidnapped the first time, she was taken about 10 minutes from her home. The kidnappers kept her bound and blindfolded in the back seat of the car overnight. Her legs cramped. She begged to go to the bathroom.“They were treating me like a dog,” she said. “It was humiliating.”The kidnappers, negotiating directly with her father, demanded $300,000, a sum the family could not afford. In many cases, kidnappers accept far less. During his time as a ransom negotiator, Fernando Ruíz Canales, of the human rights group, has seen cases in which kidnappers have held people hostage for a couple of hundred dollars, or a grocery list of fruits and vegetables, or a new refrigerator or microwave.Sometimes kidnappers have sent severed fingers as warnings or raped and beaten their hostages. By some estimates, 20 percent of kidnapping victims do not survive.“I thought they were going to kill her,” José Carrillo, her father, said. “One doesn’t know what to do in that moment. I didn’t have that much. My worry was to find money.”Over several calls, José Carrillo managed to persuade the kidnappers to take $12,000 — a large chunk of his savings. He followed the instructions to throw the bag of money over a white-washed brick wall next to a cracked-concrete basketball court in a park near their house. Within two days, his daughter was free.The episode had terrified Carrillo, but afterward she felt that things could have been worse. Apart from the first moment when the kidnappers banged on her car window and screamed at her, they didn’t try to hurt her and focused on the money.The second time she was kidnapped, two years later, she was not so lucky. The two kidnappers drove down major highways and across railroad tracks and canals to what she believed was an apartment building in an industrial neighborhood closer to Mexico City. She was kept in a room with a black curtain over the window.The kidnappers were far more aggressive, often drunk and high, and they beat her and threatened to murder her. They stole her car. They sent audio recordings to the family of Adriana crying and begging for help. On the phone with her father, the caller was loud and threatening and demanded $1 million.The Carrillos didn’t trust the police, particularly after the first kidnapping, but both times they felt a responsibility to report the crime.“This is an obligation of the state, to give us security,” José Carrillo said. “But if I don’t cooperate with the authorities, how can I demand a better situation?”The second time, the government assigned a negotiator to talk with the kidnappers and over the course of the week agreed on a price of $21,000. After José Carrillo delivered the cash, the kidnappers demanded more, and he came back with another $3,000.After nine days as a prisoner, exhausted, dirty, sick to her stomach, in borrowed clothes and with $4 the kidnappers had given her for taxi fare, Adriana Carrillo was let loose on the sidewalk near a Mormon church. She was crying when she asked a shopkeeper to borrow a phone to call her father.After it was over, Carrillo refused to leave the house for a month. When she ventured out, she wouldn’t go alone. She varied the time she left for work and the route she traveled. She gave up jewelry and watches and the basic trust she once felt toward strangers. “I was an idealist,” she said. “I thought all people were good, at first.”Carrillo and her family have considered moving to the United States, where they have relatives. But for now, she just wants to live as if nobody is chasing her.“I don’t want to keep these things in my heart, this rancor,” she said. “I know it could hurt me.”© 2014, The Washington Post  Related posts:Mexico check girl’s DNA after US custody mixup Attacks on Mexico journalists surge, says rights group Independent probe doubts 43 Mexico students cremated Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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