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first_img Recommended Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. MIAMI (AP) A quarter-century after he vanished on the eve of a major drug indictment, the last of Miami’s fabled “cocaine cowboys” was in custody Thursday, nabbed on a suburban bike ride with his wife near Disney World.Prosecutors say the man living under an assumed name is Gustavo “Taby” Falcon, who was part of a homegrown drug gang that used super-fast speedboats to smuggle 75 tons of cocaine in the 1980s “Miami Vice” era.Falcon, 55, had been on the lam since 1991, when his older brother Augusto “Willie” Falcon and fellow drug kingpin Salvador “Sal” Magluta were indicted by a federal grand jury. U.S. Marshals spokesman Barry Golden said investigators were surprised to find him living in a typical pink stucco home in a quiet, middle-class Kissimmee suburb.“Nobody thought Gustavo Falcon was still in the United States,” Golden said.At his initial court hearing Thursday in Orlando, Gustavo Falcon agreed to be sent to South Florida to face charges of conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. He was ordered held without bond, court records show.Augusto Falcon and Magluta were small-time drug dealers when they dropped out of high school in the late 1970s to begin building their cocaine empire that would amass more than $2 billion, according to trial evidence. They eventually owned world-class ocean racing boats and lived like royalty.Mickey Munday, who did prison time for flying cocaine loads for Colombia’s Medellin Cartel, said the pair was known for their honesty in business deals – legal or otherwise – and the expertise of their boat-building operation.They also drove flashy cars and lived in seaside mansions, even when murders and shootings linked to their organization brought police scrutiny.“They were so flamboyant,” Munday said. “Everybody in the world knew what they were doing. Why attract attention to yourself?”Gustavo Falcon was not viewed as a top leader of the organization, and vanished just ahead of a 1991 indictment that charged him along with his brother, Magluta and others. He had not been seen since until Wednesday, when U.S. marshals surveilling his rented home in Kissimmee watched him and his wife leave their garage for a bike ride.A neighbor, David Pera, said he frequently saw the couple riding their bikes and never saw them in a car. An older model pickup truck sitting in the driveway never moved, he said.“I’d say hi, they would say hi, and that was about it,” Pera said Thursday.It took an exhaustive records search to bring the marshals there. Weeks earlier, they discovered a Florida driver’s license issued to a Luis Reiss, traced back to a South Florida home that had been owned by Gustavo Falcon. Then they found 2013 car accident involving Reiss, which eventually led to the house he was sharing with his wife, Amelia. She also had fake identification, in the name of Maria Reiss.Marshals followed as the couple got on their bikes and headed out Wednesday for what turned into a 40-mile ride. Because they were both wearing helmets and sunglasses, it took a while for investigators to make a positive identification, Golden said. Once they felt sure enough, marshals with guns drawn stopped the couple at an intersection a few blocks from their house.“We had to be 100 percent certain this was the guy,” Golden said.After his arrest, Gustavo Falcon told authorities he had been living in the Orlando area since 2009 and in the rental house since 2012. It’s not clear where he was during all the other years, but officials say it’s believed he was living overseas for some of that time. Authorities said they did not know if Falcon had a job. His wife was not arrested.His brother and Magluta were acquitted of all charges at their trial in 1996, leading to the resignation of then-Miami U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey. Despondent at the loss, Coffey and others went to a strip club where he got into an altercation involving the biting of a stripper.Later, it turned out that Augusto Falcon and Magluta had bought off witnesses and at least one member of the jury, a foreman who did 17 years in prison after accepting $400,000. Magluta, now 62, was tried a second time, convicted of drug-related money laundering in 2002 and sentenced to 205 years in prison. That was reduced to 195 years in 2006.Augusto Falcon, now 61, then accepted a plea deal in 2003 on similar charges. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and is scheduled for release from a Kentucky facility on June 17.Their mansions, boats, cars, planes, bank accounts and other ill-gotten gains are long gone, seized and sold by the government.Munday, the former cartel pilot, said Augusto Falcon and Magluta should have disappeared as well, after their initial not-guilty verdicts.“They were guys who went from nothing to having just about anything they could imagine that they wanted,” he said. “As soon as they got the innocent verdict, they should have hauled out of here to Argentina.” SHARE Deputies respond to Murphy USA gas station in Lehigh Acres Immokalee man arrested, faces second-degree murder for shooting death Author: Associated Press Published: April 13, 2017 5:36 PM EDT Marshals nab last of ‘cocaine cowboys,’ on lam for 26 years last_img read more

first_imgI introduced a debate at the 6 February Law Society Council meeting on how the council can better represent the profession. The Society encourages solicitors to take an active interest in equality and diversity, and yet our council does not reflect the diversity of the profession. I quoted statistics which show that: women constitute nearly half of the profession but fewer than one-third of the council; black and minority ethnic solicitors make up around 12% of the profession and 6% of the council; and younger solicitors are also under-represented, with those under the age of 35 accounting for around 35% of the profession and 5% of the council. Against this background, I made clear my view that a Law Society whose primary role is to represent the profession needs a council which is more representative of the profession. This is not a plea for perfect percentage ‘representativeness’ but it is a plea for improving where we are. We recognise that MPs, the judiciary and the police need to reflect our diverse society; equally, a council which more closely resembles the profession it represents is more likely to ensure that the Law Society remains focused on the needs and aspirations of the whole profession. Although the tasks that council undertakes have changed significantly since day-to-day regulation was delegated to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it is still the apex of the governance structure of the Society. The officeholders, including the president, are the most visible outward-facing representatives of the Society, but it is council which agrees the annual presidential plan, changes to Law Society policy and rules, and the strategic direction of the Society’s work. Furthermore, council members populate the boards which deal with policy work on behalf of council. And our specialist committees, which provide so much expertise in their work for the profession, also have dedicated seats for council members. So why do so few people stand for council? Solicitors interested in legal politics are probably a small part of the profession, so that cuts down the numbers, and work pressures and other priorities reduce the numbers even more. But I suspect that another barrier might be misperceptions about what being a council member entails and how you can get to be one. Did you know that formal council meetings only take place six days a year? Or that anyone can stand in a constituency where they live or work? Many of those who are active in their local law society stand for council, but local law society membership or involvement is not a pre-condition to standing. For instance, I was first elected to council without having ever being a member of my local law society – although I am happily so now. And it is certainly not the case that years of experience in practice is necessary to be a useful council member. Solicitors who will still be working in the profession in 20 or 30 years, and who are ready and willing to seize the opportunities that new ways of thinking and working will bring to the profession, will have a great deal to offer. In our debate we discussed raising the profile of council elections to attract a more diverse pool of candidates and more voters – perhaps through better advertising or even media campaigning. We also discussed adjusting the working methods of the council that may be discouraging people from taking part – for example, the frequency, length and times of meetings. The debate has led to some fresh ideas that we will tell you about shortly, but there are elections coming up over the next couple of months that many of you will be eligible to stand in. I wanted to take this opportunity to alert you to them so you could start thinking about whether this would fit in with your future plans. If any of you want more information on council membership, or have any suggestions as to how we can make it as representative and relevant as possible, please contact me at: president@lawsociety.org.uk. Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is president of the Law Societylast_img read more

first_imgMeet powerhouse, Timothy Surujbally.Age: 31Hometown: Princes Town, Trinidad and TobagoSpecialization: Right-hand batsmanThere’s nothing more terrifying than a fast bowl pummeling towards your face. But such terrors cut like butter for Miami-based batting powerhouse, Timothy Surujbally. Since his arrival on the South Florida cricket scene from New York, the right-hand batsman has brought a hard-hitting pace to the local circuit, with MVP titles in the T20 Lauderhill International tournament to prove it.His fierce style is only natural when your childhood sparing partners were West Indies players such as Dwayne Bravo, Dinesh Ramdin and Ravi Rampaul. A son of Princes Town, Timothy, who is also a right offhand bowler, fell in love with the game in Mervyn Richardson’s cricket coaching school.Fate and family brought the husband and father of two to South Florida, but his arrival was a boon for USA cricket, where his no-holds barred style flourishes on America’s preferred Twenty 20 platform. Timothy has done his adopted county proud, representing Team USA in international tournaments, combining American speed with Trinidadian finesse.“I’ll never forget winning the ICC Americas cup with the team,” recalls Timothy.Timothy most recently batted for Team USA at the ICC World Cup Qualifiers this past July. Though the red, white and blue didn’t make the cut this time, Timothy maintains high hopes for the sports’ future stateside.“I think it can be a huge sport in America if they market it properly,” notes Timothy. “It has lots of potential to grow once we get a good plan and structure. We also need good sponsorship so players can tour the world and play cricket in different countries at a high level.”With such clear vision, could Timothy also be a council leader, fostering Team USA to the next level? Whether on or off the pitch, Timothy is bound to play a hand in the sport’s budding future.last_img read more

first_imgWHO and partners seek $31.3 billion for COVID-19 fight Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 100,000 Related Ahead of a major pledging summit, they updated journalists on a recently announced initiative to speed up production of these treatments, known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.“It’s clear that to bring this pandemic under control, and to save lives, we need effective vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics – in unprecedented quantities and at unprecedented speed”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom said.Access for allThe ACT-Accelerator was launched at the end of April, bringing together governments, health organizations, scientists, businesses, civil society and philanthropists.Members work across four pillars: diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, and what they call “the health system connector”.They have outlined a plan that sees low- and middle-income countries receiving 500 million diagnostic tests, 245 million courses of treatments, and two billion vaccine doses, before the end of next year.Race for a vaccineThe UN Health agency this week warned that the global COVID-19 caseload was approaching 10 million. So far, more than 484,000 people have died from the disease.A safe and effective vaccine is the only way to prevent further spread and transmission of the new coronavirus, according to Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at WHO.Although it normally takes up to 10 years to develop and manufacture a vaccine, the partners are looking to significantly shorten that timeline.“We’re aiming for 12, maximum of 18 months. And that would be unprecedented”, said Dr. Swaminathan.“The good news is we have over 200 candidates at some stage of clinical development; about 15 of them are actually now in human clinical trials.”ACT nowWHO and partners will need $31.3 billion to achieve their goals. So far, $3.4 billion has been received.“This is an investment worth making, more than any other we can think of”, said Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, one of the two Special Envoys for the ACT-Accelerator.“If we don’t rally now, the human costs and economic pain will deepen. So, though these numbers sound big, they are not when we think of the alternatives.”The European Commission will host a pledging summit on Saturday to support the initiative.It will be followed by a concert organized jointly with the advocacy group Global Citizen, hosted by American actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. A vaccine volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Africa’s first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial has begun as volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford in Britain. /AP BRAZIL – 2019/06/01: In this photo illustration a World Health Organization (WHO) logo seen displayed on a smartphone. /SOPA Images/LightRocket/ via Getty ImagesMore than $31 billion is needed over the next 12 months to develop medicines that will be effective against COVID-19, and make them available to all people, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners said on Friday. Sudan closes airports over global COVID-19 pandemiclast_img read more

first_imgThey produced three pure northern white rhino embryos that are now frozen. But the scientists realised they must synchronise implanting embryos with the reproductive cycle of the surrogate mothers. The more embryos they have, the better.One potential snag is that humans do not know how to detect when the time to insert the embryo is right.Enter the romantic decoy.A southern white rhino bull will be sterilised, transported to Ol Pejeta and set loose among potential surrogate mothers. His response will signal when they are on heat.“Thanks to his activities we would be able to identify the right time for inserting the embryo,” team coordinator Jan Stejskal, from Dvůr Králové Zoo, told Reuters.“We start early in the morning, the first female is immobilised and then the procedure lasts for about two hours,” Stejskal said of the egg harvest. Scientists fertilize 7 northern white rhino eggs ZAMBIA – 2014/06/16: White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park near Livingston in Zambia. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) ZAMBIA – 2014/06/16: White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park near Livingston in Zambia. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)Scientists racing to save the northern white rhino from extinction have harvested 10 more eggs from the last two females alive which they hope will help create viable embryos that can be incubated by other rhinos acting as surrogates.Neither of the remaining northern white rhinos on Earth – a mother and her daughter – can carry a baby to term, so scientists want to implant the embryos into southern white rhinos instead.The last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, died in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2018.The northern white rhino once wandered through east and central Africa but, as with other rhino species, its numbers plummeted due to heavy poaching.Northern white rhinos – now the world’s most endangered mammal – have hairier ears and tails, are shorter and stockier and have different genes than their southern cousins.Scientists first harvested eggs from the females a year ago, as part of a team from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya Wildlife Service, Italian-based Avantea Lab, the Czech Republic’s Dvůr Králové Zoo, and the Germany-based Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research. Northern white rhino eggs from Kenya successfully fertilizedcenter_img The eggs are so delicate they must be immediately flown to a laboratory in Europe in an incubator hand-carried by a scientist.“If you want to start a population of the northern white rhino, one baby is not enough, you need as many babies as possible,” Stejskal said.Related Scientists working to save northern white rhino from extinctionlast_img read more

first_imgBy MARTHA McCLAINSpecial to the PRESSEmergency medical ser­vices and jail use in the City of Port Isabel will continue for the Town of Laguna Vista for the next year under terms of an agreement approved by officials here Sept. 13.Laguna Vista has tradition­ally contracted for the service in lieu of providing the ser­vices in-house. “It’s an annu­al agreement,” City Manager Rolando Vela told officials.With an increase of $5,000, the annual payment by Lagu­na Vista for EMS service to­tals $25,000. The agreement calls for four equal payments of $6,250. The contract runs through Sept. 30, 2012.Should Port Isabel’s EMS be unable to provide a service call, a mutual aid agreement would be invoked with the City of South Padre Island’s Fire/EMS or Los Fresnos am­bulance service responding to the call.To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Sept. 29 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here. RelatedTown approves 10-year marina leaseBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Following years of sometimes heated discussion, Laguna Vista officials have approved a 10-year lease agreement with the Laguna Vista Recreation Association to operate the Town’s marina located on 3.24 acres of waterfront land. The agreement becomes effective upon execution by both parties.  If approved…September 14, 2018In “News”Town Council holds marina workshopBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The future of the Laguna Vista marina remains in question after the Town Council held a public workshop on the issue Tuesday evening. The sole item on the agenda was a discussion of possible changes to the Marina Management Agreement, which has been…February 2, 2018In “News”City approves Boys & Girls Club fundingBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Funding for the Boys & Girls Club Laguna Madre, as well as providing ambulance and fire service to Laguna Heights and Long Island Village were chief topics of discussion during a regular meeting of the Port Isabel City Commission Tuesday, Oct. 11. The City…October 14, 2016In “News” Sharelast_img read more

first_img RelatedCHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: Birders take annual tally of native, migrant birds  By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “Great blue heron. Great blue heron,” called out a birdwatcher as a large blue-grey bird ruffled its feathers at the approaching group. It wasn’t the sight of the majestic shorebird that tipped the birder off, but its distinctive call that pierced through…December 18, 2015In “News”Secretary of State speaks at chamber luncheonBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed Secretary of State and former Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos as the guest speaker for their Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. Mayor Barry Patel introduced Cascos, acknowledging his many years of public…July 3, 2015In “News”TxDOT agrees to lower speed limits on North Padre BoulevardBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council met Wednesday after a short hiatus due to Spring Break activities. The council covered many topics, most notably discussion on a proposed ordinance to address noncompliance with payment of the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) as well as…April 6, 2015In “News” By RAY QUIROGAPort Isabel-South Padre PRESSrayq@portisabelsouthpadre.comHoward Meyers and his wife Melanie don’t like to be called “Winter Texans,” but they certainly fit the profile.The couple of 43 years has been visiting the Laguna Madre area for the past six winters, hauling Howard’s small motor boat from their permanent residence in Missouri to South Padre Island. Melanie says she loves the area and its friendly people while Howard says he comes for one reason and one reason alone – the fishing.So it’s little wonder that Howard is wary about anything that even has a hint of threatening his favorite pastime. Howard was one of the equally curious, wary, and even confused local sportsmen and business owners that attended a standing room only “scoping” meeting hosted by Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) recently. Held at the Port Isabel Community Building, the meeting was intended to gauge opinion on proposed regulations that will affect the Texas coastal waters.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Jan. 2 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – University of West Florida junior pitcher Jordan DeLorenzo was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on day three on Saturday, marking the highest draft pick in UWF baseball history (375th overall). The previous highest pick for a UWF baseball player was Brian Ellington in the 16th round (497th overall) in the 2012 draft.UWF had two additional players selected in the 2014 draft, junior pitcher Dawson Brown and senior first baseman Cliff Covington. Brown was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round (732nd overall), and Covington went to the San Francisco Giants with the 898th overall pick in the 30th round.DeLorenzo (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) put together one of the best seasons for a pitcher in UWF history. He was a consensus first team All-American, and he also was named NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The left-hander posted a record of 11-1 with a 0.93 ERA in 87 innings pitched. He completed seven of his 12 starts, and four were shutouts. He also tallied 78 strikeouts while walking only 20.His historic selection was not unexpected, as he had been told he may be selected on day two or early on day three.”The picks were flying by today,” said DeLorenzo. “Once I got the call that it was going to happen in the 12th round, we were staring at the computer and waiting. Once it finally happened, it was a huge thrill.”It was a lot of hard work to get to this point,” he continued. “In the fall I really took the time to get stronger and more flexible. I worked with Coach Mike Jeffcoat and Coach Shane Gierke on what I needed to do to get better.”Brown (McDonough, Ga./Georgia Perimeter College) had an outstanding year in his first season with UWF, posting an ERA of 1.80 in 12 starts. The right-hander finished with a record of 6-3 and struck out 61 batters in 80 innings pitched. Brown was a first team All-South Region pick alongside DeLorenzo.Covington (McIntosh, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) was a strong overall contributor as the team’s everyday first baseman. The senior hit .321 with eight doubles, four home runs and 26 RBIs, and he also led the team with a .434 on-base percentage. Covington was also known for his fielding, earning South Region Gold Glove awards at first base in both of his seasons at UWF.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#2014 MLB Draft Home Page Argos in the ProsPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more