Organized Crime Seeks to Break the Institutions in Honduras

first_img Organized crime groups and drug cartels seek to break the institution of Honduras in order to extend their illegal operations in Central America, reported the U.S. Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Lisa Kubiske, in a forum. Honduras, in turn, has responded to the threat by passing several laws, such as one to counter money laundering, one to fight terrorism, and an extradition treaty signed earlier this year with the United States, recognized the diplomatic representative. Together with the Honduran authorities, U.S. citizens “have a commitment to fight against organized crime through interagency cooperation,” she said. The statements were made by Kubiske during a conference titled “New Strategies for the Decommissioning of Transnational Organized Crime Groups” that was sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Honduras’s National Banking and Insurance Commission (CNBS). The conference lasts until August 21. President Porfirio Lobo, who also addressed the meeting, said the United States has accepted “joint but differentiated responsibility” in the fight against crime, in recognition that Central America suffers from the drug trade from South America to the U.S. market. CNBS President Vilma Morales, said that the new strategies to combat crime are focused on the implementation of laws such as the ones for money laundering, the confiscation of goods of illicit origin, and the fight against the finance of terrorism. The conference included hundreds of officials involved in the issues surrounding Honduras, who participated in a training session with U.S. and Colombian instructors including, police, judges, prosecutors, CNBS staff and the Supreme Electoral Court. According to official data, 87 percent of drugs pass through Central America en route to the United States, and violent groups linked to cartels act in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras). The United States, through the Central American Regional Security Initiative, has committed $361 million to fund the fight against organized crime. By Dialogo August 16, 2012last_img read more

Volcanoes, Red Force score sizeable victories

first_imgWINDWARD Islands Volcanoes recorded a comfortable six-wicket win over Kent Spitfires at Coolidge in their final match of the Regional Super50 on Friday.Kavem Hodge, who had spent most of the tournament batting at No. 6 for Windwards, struck his maiden List A fifty after being promoted to open the batting to chase Kent’s 205.Hodge got the Windwards chase going in the right direction after the early fall of Johnson Charles for 5 by adding 54 for the second wicket with Devon Smith (32) and another 86 for the third wicket with Sunil Ambris.Hodge ended with 68 and Ambris 48, just two shy of what would have been his seventh fifty in eight games during group play. Ambris ends the round-robin stage with 423 runs at 70.50, second overall behind Leeward Islands captain Kieran Powell’s aggregate of 509 at 84.83.When Hodge fell in the 40th, 31 runs were still required for victory. Captain Liam Sebastien and Kyle Mayers knocked off the rest of the runs, securing victory with 13 balls to spare. Kent had stumbled to 35 for 5 after choosing to bat at the toss before a 104-run sixth-wicket stand between Will Gidman and Adam Rouse salvaged their innings.Shane Shillingford eventually dismissed both men for 94 and 40 respectively and Kent’s tail fought until the 49th over before they were bowled out with seven balls left in the innings.Trinidad & Tobago Red Force rolled past West Indies Under-19 by 182 runs at North Sound on Friday night to set up a first-place showdown with Leeward Islands today.The win over West Indies U-19 moved T&T to 6-1 in Group B, the same record as Leewards though T&T trails Leewards by two points due to the bonus point structure in round-robin play.The winner of today’s match will top Group A and most likely face Jamaica while the loser will probably face Barbados, who hold a five-point advantage at the top of Group B heading into the final round of group matches.Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed and Denesh Ramdin each struck half-centuries in T&T’s total of 290 for 5 after West Indies U-19 opted to bowl. Hope made 70 off 98 balls, adding 58 for the first wicket with Kjorn Ottley before teaming up with Mohammed to add 74 for the third wicket.Mohammed top scored with 84 off 73 balls and produced a 92-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ramdin before falling late in the innings.Ramdin took T&T through to the finish, ending on 60 not out off 42 balls to ensure the target would be well out of reach for West Indies U-19.Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre continued his fine tournament by doing most of the damage during a seven-over middle overs spell of 3 for 6 that accounted for top-scorer Emmanuel Stewart for 20 and captain Kirstan Kallicharan for 16.West Indies U-19 were eventually bowled out for 108 in 29.2 overs. Their final game is a rematch with Kent, the only side West Indies U-19 has beaten in the competition.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri issues come-and-get-me plea to Premier League

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri has admitted he would like to sign for another Premier League club as he plots a move away from relegated Stoke City.The winger issued a come-and-get-me-plea in an interview with a Swiss newspaper insisting he would like to stay in England. The Switzerland international scored eight goals last term and a number of Premier League clubs have been linked to him.However, despite his preference for staying in the Premier League, Shaqiri refused to rule out a move to the continent.He told Aargauer Zeitung: “It is no secret that I will leave the club.“I think the (English) league is perfect for me.“I would love to stay in England but I don’t want to rule anything out. It’s the best league with the best players.” 1last_img

How Kevon Looney’s return will impact the Warriors’ rotation

first_imgORLANDO — Warriors center Kevon Looney could play as soon as Monday in Atlanta as he nears his return from a neuropathic condition that has sidelined him most of the season.Looney is the Warriors’ most experienced center and was the opening day starter. While his return will be a welcome addition to a team lacking in institutional knowledge, it will also change a front court rotation that is the deepest of any positional unit on the team.Willie Cauley-Stein started the last 16 games at …last_img

The 11 Best Filmmaking Apps for iPhone

first_imgIt can be dangerous to navigate film sets alone! Take these filmmaking apps for iPhone with you.Top image via ShutterstockHere are eleven of the best iPhone apps for filmmakers. These awesome iPhone apps can help you with all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production to production to post. Just be sure to keep your phone on silent once the director calls action. 1. theGripAppTheGripApp is basically your pocket guide to being an on-set grip. It includes a complete database of every dolly, knot and clamp with pictures, diagrams and specifics on how they’re used. The filmmaking app is perfect for beginners looking to learn or seasoned pros to use as reference.2. ShotListShotList is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a digital way to manage, view and edit your shot list on your iPhone. The filmmaking app also allows you to add photos and manage a storyboard as well.3. Green ScreenerThis handy app works similar to a light meter for lighting an even key. While not a complete replacement for a light meter and good eye, the app helps by breaking down color variables to show you different color levels.4. MatchLensMatchLens is a nifty little filmmaking app for iPhone that allows you to match the same field of view between cameras and lenses. It’s most useful when planning to match location scout photos or footage to your production camera for focal lengths and fields of view.5. 3D STShooting 3D footage is no easy task. Luckily apps like 3D ST exist to help with depth of field, parallax and convergence calculations for stereoscopic 3D. The app also includes a detailed glossary of terms and information when trying to navigate in the third dimension.6. Artemis Directors ViewfinderHave trouble visualizing what your shot would look like through different lenses? Of course you do. Everyone does. This filmmaking app for iPhone lets you take a photo with your iPhone and view overlays that show the difference between different fields of view.7. DSLR Filmmaker ToolkitThe DSLR Filmmaker Toolkit is several useful apps rolled into one. The app has a leveler, slate, shot log, viewfinder, depth-of-field calculator and sunrise/sunset table. Pretty neat. Very helpful.8. AJA DataCalcThe DataCalc computes storage requirements for your video files. The filmmaking app works with pretty much all of the industry formats and compression methods. You can also use the app to calculate time results in a variety of formats as well.9. Cinema FormsCinema Forms is a producer’s dream. The iPhone app is a paperless (obviously) compilation of any and every form you’ll ever need from pre-production through post. You can work on the forms interactively through the app or share as a PDF through Dropbox or email.10. Kodak Cinema ToolsKodak’s grab bag of filmmaking tools is sweet haul of practical gadgets. The pack has your standard depth of field and sunrise/sunset calculators along with some nifty Kodak-specific info tools for their products and film stocks.11. Celtx ShotsCeltx Shots, which syncs up with your online Celtx Studio, gives your iPhone access to their full array of script and storyboard setups — including camera blocking schematics, lighting/set setups and an animatic built-in storyboard player.Are you an Android user? Check out our must have Android apps. Have any other useful iPhone filmmaking apps you’d like to add? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

PSG Wins French Cup Scraping 1-0 Win Against Angers

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Wrapping up a season during which it failed to achieve its two major goals, it was fitting that Paris Saint-Germain won the French Cup thanks to an own goal in added time.PSG, which relinquished its league title to Monaco and was eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16, ended a mediocre campaign on a high note by winning the cup with a scrappy 1-0 win over Angers on Saturday.PSG dominated but needed an own goal from Angers right back Issa Cissokho to prevail at the Stade de France.PSG claimed its 11th French Cup, its third in a row, to surpass Marseille as the club with the most cups.As the 100th final entered added time, Cissokho looked hampered by Blaise Matuidi’s pressing at the near post and headed the ball into his own net with the back of his head from a corner hit by Angel Di Maria.PSG finished the season with two trophies, having already won the League Cup in coach Unai Emery’s first season in charge.“We learned from everything, and we will learn from that season which was a bit difficult,” PSG defender Serge Aurier said.Amid rumors in the French press he could be replaced during the summer, Emery said he intends to fulfil the final year on his contract.“I am happy here. This team can grow,” Emery said.Angers, which played in its first final in 60 years, failed in its bid to win a first major trophy.With PSG already qualified for next season’s Champions League, the remaining Europa League went to Bordeaux, which finished sixth in the French league.PSG monopolized the ball from the start but Angers goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier ensured his side stayed in the contest with decisive saves.Letellier pushed away a dangerous cross from Serge Aurier, then saved a flick from Matuidi from close range, and stopped a header from Edinson Cavani. After Di Maria set up Cavani with a through ball in the back of the defense, Letellier dived to block the striker’s shot.Playing on the break, Angers had the best chance of the match when Nicolas Pepe unleashed a 20-meter striker that hit the base of Alphonse Areola’s post while the PSG keeper looked well beaten.Di Maria was PSG’s best player and a threat throughout the game with his acceleration, fine dribbles, and accurate passes. The attacking midfielder found Aurier on the right side of the box at the stroke of halftime but his teammate missed the target.After the interval, Matuidi came close to breaking the deadlock, only for the Angers ‘keeper to parry the effort.Fatigue took a toll on Angers after an hour but its defense stayed poised to resist PSG’s onslaught in the final 10 minutes until Cissokho’s own goal in the last action of the game.“It’s sad but that’s life,” Angers captain Cheikh Ndoye said. “I don’t know if we’ll get the chance to play another final. We had a beautiful generation (of players). Football is so cruel.”SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

WATCH: Cinematic Highlights of OSU’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgThe Cowboys won their eighth-straight meeting against the Red Raiders, the longest current streak against another Big 12 opponent.But most of those were not without a little drama. This year was no different. Check out all the big plays per Orange Power Studios.Cinematic Highlights from Oklahoma State’s victory over Texas Tech! #GoPokes #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 14, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Five Things You Need to Know About Bedlam 2016

first_img4. OU’s Offense Is the Opposite of Its DefenseThink Texas Tech with a beast mode running game. The numbers they’re putting up flirt with Sam Bradford’s 2008 Sooner offense… Just insane. For Pete’s sake two of ESPN’s top four finalists for the Heisman (as of November 29th) are offensive players for OU.Looking at stats in conference play, the Sooner O is putting up some pretty good numbers:screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-52-01-amDede Westbrook is the next stud in line for the annual “only receiver with a pulse but it doesn’t even matter because the dude is filthy talented” award.Baker is the prototype OU quarterback, quoted about recently (in a tremendously insightful PFB podcast) by Sooner Scoop writer Eddie Radosevich as one of “the top five cockiest persons I’ve ever been around.” The ginormous tight end/slot Mark Andrews is a red zone target and those running backs … man.5. Bedlam will be a fun one.I would pay good money for a live feed of Mike Stoops this Saturday as he watches Carson plow over backers and McCleskey slide through the secondary like a hot knife through butter. He’ll need to take his heart medication when he wakes up that’s for sure. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. As we prepare for yet another Bedlam, here are five things you need to know about OSU and OU when they get together on Saturday to decide the Big 12 Conference championship.1. OU is the worstIn a likability sense, where does OU rank? I think somewhere between a speeding ticket and an ingrown toenail. Whether it’s the band’s only song they know how to play or the abundance of “gas station for a tank of gas and ball cap fans,” OU is not enjoyable.2. No “D” for Bedlam WeekIt is fantastic that Ohio State chooses to not use the letter “M” in honor of the game with hated rival Michigan. The Bedlam version of that could be if Gundy/OSU abstained from using the letter “D” in honor of what has been by far and away the Brothers’ Stoops worst defense in recent history.“Unacceptable at so many levels,” Bob Stoops said, “I can’t even begin to try and define it.”ou-ppdThere was much lamenting post OU-Tech game this year and while there’s since been some improvement, some of that could be quality of opponent.  The offensive juggernauts of KU and Iowa State struggled and Baylor sputtered without star quarterback Seth Russell/any sense of direction or morality as a program. West Virginia bludgeoned the OU front seven and Justin Crawford is still running.PS: If your co-worker tells you it’s just because middle linebacker Jordan Evans went down, Crawford had 178 yards at halftime (Evans went out in the 3rd).Justin Crawford has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week AND the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.STORY:— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) November 21, 2016PFB’s Kyle Cox did a fantastic job breaking down how the running game could fare against the Sooners, and a major highlight is how both teams fared over the last three games. The 240+ yards the Pokes are averaging over that time would put them within seven yards of leading the conference in running the football. OU is giving up 240+ on the ground, a number that would rank at the bottom of the barrel in what some refer to as the Conference Where No Defense is Played.Middle linebacker Jordan Evans is a player that holds down the middle of the field when he’s in and Bob is “fairly confident he’ll be ready to play by the end of the week.” Color me skeptical that Evans will be back to anything close to 100 percent for Bedlam — hamstrings don’t heal quickly. In addition to Evans, OU also lost a couple of stud defensive linemen up front, and now you’ve got a couple athletic guys running around without a nose for the ball.3. Porous Pass DefenseWhat do the football teams at New Mexico State University, UMass and Idaho have in common? They allow fewer passing yards per game than the no. 122 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.Houston’s Greg Ward, Jr. threw for 321, Tech’s Pat Mahomes went for an NCAA-record 734, UT-Frosh Shane Buechele went for 245 and my favorite, TCU’s Kenny Hill threw for 449 yards and five scores against the Sooners. Kenny is averaging 217.8 yards per game in B12 play and is benched every other week.One of the top rotation players in the OU secondary was booted for a violation of team rules recently What could he possibly have done to be kicked off the OU football team? Do you have to be video taped committing a felony not be a five star to be held accountable for your actions?A true freshman is starting at corner and the nickleback Will Johnson won’t be playing this week. Safeties Ahmad Thomas and Steven Parker are super talented, but one-on-one coverage isn’t what you’d call a strength.Much ado has been made for “all conference” corner Jordan Thomas who’s likely to draw The President assignment. Stat I can’t get over: DQ Osborne has the same amount of interceptions as this ballyhooed ball-hawk. Zach Sanchez left a year early and it’s left a hole on the back line.James Washington thinks it’s time to …center_img Neither of the Bedlam opponents is untouchable, plenty of close wins on both sides of the fence. But there will be two offenses in this game worth the price of admission.When was the last time we felt really good about a team going into Norman? Chelf and Randle nearly stole one in 2012 but Luchador Landry and his mustache didn’t strike fear in the hearts of Cowboy fans.2016 features Mixon and Perine vs. Carson and Hill, Rudolph vs. Baker. Bob vs. The Mullet. Baker is pining for that trip to New York he missed out on in 2015 and will be ready to dance the night away.last_img read more

CBS Sports Names Mike Gundy as Oscar Winner for Best Hairstyle

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Oscar Awards are here! And for people who have zero cares about the real ceremony, but still enjoy a little sports fun surrounding it, CBS Sports named its Oscar Award winners from the 2016 football season.And Mike Gundy came away a winner … in makeup and hairstyling. Here’s what Chip Patterson of CBS said about Gundy’s wicked hairdo:The hairstyle — named perfectly by the coach himself as the “Arkansas Waterfall” —  added a fun wrinkle to a wild 2016 campaign. Gundy nearly had to cut it in November because of a bet with his son regarding an upcoming test. Thankfully for us, Gundy’s son scored an 88 and not a 91, allowing the Arkansas Waterfall to continue its dominance of the college football hairstyling scene.Oh, yeah. I’m sure that Oscar will look nice hanging in Gundy’s barn, right next to where he keeps his stash of butch wax.Also included in the Oscars was (look away, quick!) Central Michigan wide receiver Jesse Kroll, who won the award for best player in a supporting role. No, he wasn’t the one who scored the go-ahead heart-breaking touchdown over Oklahoma State. He was the one who caught the first pass then flipped it back for the W.[Warning: Now would be the time to toggle back to the home page.]last_img read more

A Look at John Wozniak’s Top Running Back Targets

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Unfortunately for OSU, the connection between Waddle was solely reliant upon Arroyo. This was Arroyo’s dude. Landing a prospect of his caliber was going to be a tall task, and doing so without Arroyo makes it all the more difficult.Tae ProvensStraight out of SEC territory, Tae Provens is a hot commodity with offers from Auburn, Tennessee, USC, and Ole Miss. But the connection and interest between OSU and Provens is for real, having recently named OSU in his group of schools he remains in contact with.Part of the reason is because OSU got in early on him last year. Part of the reason is OSU has a lot of playing time to pitch. And part of the reason is because he’d be entering a lot of competition should he stay local and play for any variation of Auburn, Tennessee, etc.Keaontay IngramAs you can see from his 247sports crystal ball indicator, Ingram is a 100 percent Texas lean according to recruiting gurus. Out of Carthage, Texas, Ingram is a talent that is being pursued by more than 30 schools and ranks as a consensus four-star prospect among recruiting services.While I do think OSU is trying to make in-roads with Ingram, I feel it’s likely a battle best spent elsewhere. With the likes of OU, Arkansas, Texas, and UCLA banging down his door, it may be a lost cause throwing Wozniak into the game late to try and make up ground that many schools have held for years.Lyn-J DixonDixon is the latest name to emerge in the search for Woznia k, having offered earlier this week. The three-star recruit from Georgia holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Georgia, etc…. and he’s a name to watch because he’s uncommitted having a majority of those offers for an extended period.Large schools like Bama, Georgia, LSU waste no time in holding spots for players. So by the time Dixon decides, his options may be more limiting — indicating he may have passed on them. He’s only landed 3 offers since October: Minnesota, LSU, and Oklahoma State. So keep an eye on Dixon, because I think the Pokes have a chance to make a late play on him. Replacing an ace recruiter like Marcus Arroyo to coach the running backs won’t be an easy task for John Wozniak. Coming from Southern Miss, he will be tasked with starting a new slate, building new relationships, and bringing in talent to compete in Stillwater based off previous relationships and his own eye for talent.Most of that early transition starts with previously formed relationships with the OSU coaching staff, fortunately, and Wozniak is likely to pick up where Arroyo left off before he quacked his way to Oregon. Here are several names to watch as OSU hones in on targets and builds its 2018 recruiting class.Jawhar Jordan, Jr.A speedster out of Arizona, Jordan emerged as a target under Arroyo as an intriguing target. He’s a scatback with elite speed and, at one point, appeared destined to explode onto the national scene. However with offers from Hawaii, Iowa State, and Kansas State, schools are cooling on him — including OSU.While OSU has him squarely on its radar, Jordan is a smaller prospect at 160 pounds, and concerns for him being able to withstand punishment at the Big 12 level are legitimate. Regardless, he has a high ceiling. He also seems to be a more long-term development project.Jaylen WaddleFour-star athlete Jaylen Waddle has long been on the radar before Wozniak arrived, but he’ll stay on it as OSU continues to hunt for athletes. Waddle is a swiss-army receiver/running back who OSU wants to use in a number of ways on offense, and at 5-foot-10-, 175 pounds, he has a Tyreek Hill-esque game with burst, speed, and athleticism.last_img read more