Smugglers made over $5 billion from migrants in 2015: report

first_imgPeople smugglers raked in more than $5 billion during Europe’s migrant influx last year, according to a joint Interpol-Europol report, released Tuesday.Ninety percent of migration to the EU is “predominantly facilitated by members of a criminal network,” the agencies said, with smugglers coming from more than 100 countries. About 1 million migrants reached Europe in 2015, most of whom traveled by sea between Turkey and Greece.The report found migrants paid on average between $3,200 and $6,500, mostly in cash, giving smugglers an “average turnover of $5 to $6 billion in 2015.” The report found no evidence of fighting — what it called “violent competition” — between smugglers, but said larger criminal networks were gradually taking over from “smaller opportunistic” groups.“Recruiters tend to be of the same nationality as migrants,” and operate in asylum centers and other places where migrants gather.This year, the agencies said they were expecting an increase in the number of migrants trying to reach the EU.“In Libya alone, around 800,000 migrants are waiting to travel to the EU,” the report stated.At the same time, the proportion of migrants coming to the EU who use smugglers is expected to rise above 90 percent, combined with “a further diversification of routes … as smugglers adapt their services to increased controls and find new ways into the EU.”“New hotspots may emerge in response to these changes,” the report found, with 250 locations, such train stations, airports and long-distance coach stations, already identified, including 170 in the EU. Also On POLITICO OPTICS Photos: The year migration rocked Europe By Cynthia Kroetlast_img read more

Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Announces Birth of Daughter Hope Elizabeth

first_img Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles took to social media on May 9 to announce the birth of her daughter, Hope Elizabeth. Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, announced they were expecting a child in March.”Welcome to the world, Baby Hope Elizabeth,” she shared, written over a photo of baby’s feet. Although the date of birth was not revealed, Miles captioned the Instagam post, “3 generations of April Babies.” (Miles’ birthday is April 21.)Miles won a Tony in 2015 for her turn as Lady Thaing in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I. She later appeared on Broadway as Frieda/Betty in the 2017 revival of Sunday in the Park with George. In March 2018, Miles was injured when a driver struck her and her daughter on a crosswalk in Brooklyn. The collision killed Miles’ four-year-old daughter, Abigail, as well as one-year-old Joshua Lew, the son of Miles’ friend Lauren. Seven months’ pregnant, Miles lost her unborn child from complications of the accident two months later.No stranger to resilience, Miles returned to the stage in London less than six months later, reprising her Tony-winning performance in the West End transfer of The King and I and earning an Olivier Award sends love and congrats to Miles and Blumenstein on their new addition! View Comments Ruthie Ann Miles (right) and husband Jonathan Blumenstein (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)last_img read more

Jason Harding Promoted to Director of Aftermarket Operations at Katech Performance

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Katech Performance, manufacturer of race-proven aftermarket crate engines and components for Gen3 LS1/LS6 and Gen4 LS2/LS7 engines, has promoted Jason Harding to director of aftermarket operations.   Harding will oversee the sales efforts of Katech’s aftermarket division. Previously, he served for three years in performance parts sales, where he focused on expanding Katech Performance’s distribution network and establishing new dealer accounts. Harding will continue to oversee Internet promotional initiatives in his new role.   A Detroit-area native, Harding is an ASE-certified parts specialist and has achieved Michigan Department of State mechanic certifications for engine mechanical and engine tune-up and performance, among others. Before joining Katech Performance, Harding worked as a vehicle technician, customer service advisor and retail parts manager at Chevrolet, GMC and Pontiac dealerships in Michigan.     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Ceres-Negros FC in talks for new owner

first_img“This is one of the toughest decisions made by Mr. Yanson, whose passion for football was reflected at the way he poured his personal resources and steered the club to unprecedented heights since it was formed eight years ago,” the statement read. “We already moved past the hard part and we are looking forward to playing again,” Porteria said. “Despite all the struggles the past few months, the team still stuck it together. And we also have a good owner in LRY (Leo Rey Yanson) who helped us until he could.”/PN In a statement released yesterday, the Busmen said that once the change of ownership is completed, it will be rebranding the squad as Busmen chairman Leo Rey Yanson will not be involved in any capacity. Jose Elmer Porteria, who was also present during the podcast, seconded the AFC Cup all-time leading scorer as he sees a bright future ahead for the club. MANILA – Ceres-Negros FC is currently in talks with some investors who will take over the team ahead of their title defense in the Philippines Football League and the resumption of their 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup campaign. Meanwhile, Ceres-Negros star Bienvenido Marañon, during the CPT Crossover podcast of Bacolodnon sportswriter Cedelf Tupas on Tuesday night, said the squad is looking forward to the resumption of practices. Ceres-Negros FC is in talks with investors who will take over ownership and management of the team. MYMY ALAGABAN “We are waiting for the schedule of the games, the schedule of AFC and we are just excited to train,” Marañon said. “In the future something good is coming. We will soon start like its normal. We really have a good team and good management.” “Through Ceres-Negros FC, Mr. Yanson was able to share his love for the game to his countrymen. While the pandemic has struck hard on businesses all over the world, Ceres has made its best efforts to compensate its players and staff,” it added.last_img read more

Argos lose GSC match 4-2

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s soccer team fell to Christian Brothers 4-2 Sunday afternoon at the UWF Soccer Complex. The Argonauts dropped their first Gulf South Conference game of the season, snapping a three-game winning streak.“We created enough chances to do well,” UWF coach Joe Bartlinski said. “We limited some of their chances, but we weren’t disciplined enough in defending or finishing our chances. We did well through the general part of the game, but when you have a young team you have to stay disciplined during the last part of the game. That comes with a mature team, and that’s what we’re going to work on.”CBU got on the board first when Emily Grammer (Panama City, Fla./Mosley HS) made a save on a shot from a free kick but the rebound was shot in in the third minute of the game.The Argos responded when Sara Helgadottir (Grindavík, Iceland/Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi) sent a free kick into the box and April Syme (Mississauga, Ontario/Tyler JC) headed it in for her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 23rd minute.The Buccaneers took the lead before the break when another Grammer save ricocheted into the box and a CBU player shot the rebound in the net in the 39th minute. The Argos would concede two more goals in the 58th minute and the 74th minute before responding with one of their own.Helgadottir scored her fourth goal of the season on a free kick from 20 yards away.UWF will travel to Cleveland, Tenn. to play Lee at 5 p.m. ET Oct. 3.For information on all UWF athletics, visit                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)                        2014 West Florida Women’s Soccer         Christian Brothers vs West Florida (09/28/14 at Pensacola, FL) Christian Brothers (7-1, 3-1 GSC) vs. West Florida (4-3, 2-1 GSC) Date: 09/28/14      Attendance: 125 Weather: rainy Goals by period       1  2  Tot ——————————- Christian Brothers..  2  2 –  4 West Florida……..  1  1 –  2  SCORING SUMMARY:  1.   3:02 CBU Ellen Garner (Camilla Rodrigues) – 10s shot saved by goalie, rebound scored by 18  2.  23:42 UWF April Syme (Sara Helgadottir) – free kick from 8, header from 22 in box  3.  39:45 CBU Mariana Tonelli (Camilla Rodrigues) – 10 shot from midfield saved, rebound scored by 9 in box  4.  58:30 CBU Alex Bickenbach (unassisted) – dribble into box on breakaway  5.  74:34 CBU Camilla Rodrigues (unassisted) – shot from 20 yards out to far corner  6.  81:58 UWF Sara Helgadottir (unassisted) – free kick to near post Shots: Christian Brothers 12, West Florida 24 Saves: Christian Brothers 8 (Robyn Wade 6; TEAM 2), West Florida 5 (Emily Grammer 5)Print Friendly Version Argos lose GSC match 4-2 Sharecenter_img Sara Helgadottir tallied a goal and an assist in UWF’s loss Sunday. (Emmele Photography) last_img read more

Second leg of South American 10k runs off tomorrow

first_imgLocal road runners will be looking to mirror their success tomorrow following their outstanding performances during the first leg of the South American 10K which was staged last Sunday in Suriname. On the streets of Paramaribo, the trio of Winston Missigher, Cleveland Thomas and Jonathan Fagundes swept the podium while Sheama Tyrell and Kissanna Glenn finished 1-2 on the distaff side.Tomorrow on the asphalt of Georgetown, the five athletes will be gunning for the podium spots once again during the 17th staging of the event in the 592.However, according to President of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson, numerous international athletes including Kenyans will invade these shores on a quest to run away with the lucrative spoils. Last year’s winner, distance dynamo, Cleveland Forde will also be competing with the top podium spot on his radar.Hutson told Stabroek Sport yesterday that based on the information received from his counterparts from the continents of South America, North America, Africa and the Caribbean, some of the top and well-known road running athletes are readying themselves to compete in Guyana, where the winner of the male and female category, along with cash incentives, will be awarded a ‘real gold’ medal.  “The competition will be a lot stiffer” said Hutson. He also disclosed that with the aid of the Guyana Police Force, the entire 10K rout will be closed off to vehicular traffic. Only authorized vehicles will be allowed. Hutson further disclosed that Banks DIH Limited is a major sponsor of the event.The race will start on CARIFESTA Avenue from 15:00 hrs at the GTT Earth Station. From there, the athletes will proceed onto the Rupert Craig High, make a U-turn at the University of Guyana junction, and will then head onto the Kitty Public Road, into Vlissengen Road, onto Thomas Lands and into the National Park for the finish. See you there. (Emmerson Campbell)last_img read more

Witness recalls telling Bill Cosby, ‘Dr. Huxtable, what are you doing to me?’

first_img Related Dominick Reuter/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) — A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her lashed out at the comedian in a Pennsylvania court on Wednesday in an apparent attempt get him to acknowledge what she claims he allegedly did to her in a Las Vegas hotel room more than 30 years ago.Chelan Lasha, one of six woman scheduled to testify for the prosecution that Cosby drugged and assaulted them, told the court that Cosby allegedly molested her in 1986 when she was just a teenager.In a dramatic moment that diverted from the prosecution’s script, Lasha attempted to address the 80-year-old Cosby directly. Staring at him from the witness stand, she said, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”Cosby did not make eye contact with Lasha during her outburst, staring down at the defense table as the presiding judge called for a lunch recess.The confrontation came on the third day of Cosby’s retrial in Montgomery County Court in Norristown on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury could not reach a verdict.The first trial hinged mostly on the testimony of one Cosby accuser, Andrea Constand, who says Cosby drugged her and violated her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia.While Constand is scheduled to testify in the retrial, the prosecution has been allowed to call five additional women who claim they were sexually assaulted by Cosby in an attempt prove a pattern of criminal conduct by the famous defendant.Earlier Wednesday, Lasha sobbed on the witness stand as she described allegedly being attacked by Cosby in 1986 in the so-called Elvis Presley suite of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.She told the jury that she was a 17-year-old aspiring model when Cosby invited her to his room. She said she was battling a cold when she arrived at Cosby’s suite and that he gave her a blue pill and a shot of Amaretto sweet Italian liqueur to wash it down.She recalled Cosby allegedly telling her that the pill would “help break up the cold” and urging her to drink a second shot of Amaretto.Lasha said the pill knocked her out and when she came to she was wearing a hotel robe with nothing on underneath. She recalled that Cosby woke her up by clapping his hands loudly and repeatedly saying, “Daddy says, ‘Wake up!’”As she regained consciousness, Cosby, she testified, was allegedly fondling her and humping her, making deep guttural grunts.“Dr. Huxtable, what are you doing to me?” she said she told Cosby, using the name of his TV character from “The Cosby Show.”Prior to her testimony, Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that the defense could raise Lasha’s 2007 conviction for making a false statement to police, but the judge warned he would sharply limit exploration of the incident during cross-examination.It was not immediately clear if the prosecution was aware of Lasha’s conviction before calling her to testify.“This case is about credibility,” O’Neill told prosecutors prior to issuing his ruling. “The crime is a crime of falsehood; that’s all that matters.”Cosby has denied all charges of sexually assaulting and drugging women.Lasha was the second accuser to take the stand in the retrial.On Tuesday, Heidi Thomas, formerly Heidi Johnson, testified that Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was a 24-year-old aspiring comedic actress.She said she met Cosby in 1984 in Reno, Nevada, after he offered through her agent to give her acting coaching. She said she was flown to Reno and driven to a home, where she found Cosby alone.According to Thomas, he asked her to do a monologue in which she would play an intoxicated person and urged her to take a sip of white wine, which she did. She said the next thing she remembered was waking up to find Cosby molesting her.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more