Two ETA Members Were Trained in Venezuela in 2008

first_img Two alleged members of the Basque separatist group ETA detained last week in Spain received training in Venezuela in July and August 2008, according to court papers that became public Monday. In the documents, Spanish judge Ismael Moreno ordered them held on charges of illegal possession of arms and explosives and membership in a terrorist organization. Although neither Juan Carlos Besance nor Xabier Atristain chose to make a statement before the magistrate Monday, the ruling by the National High Court indicated, citing previous investigations and testimony, that the two were trained in Venezuelan territory in the summer of 2008, after having received training courses in France. According to the document, the two made contact in Venezuela with two individuals identified as Arturo Cubillas and José Lorenzo Ayestaran, who were the ones who gave the courses. “The two members of this command were undergoing training in Venezuela in 2008, under the direction of two alleged ETA members detained in France in 2009 and 2010,” Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said after the court documents became public. ETA’s alleged ties to Venezuela already led to diplomatic friction between Madrid and Caracas in March, when National High Court judge Eloy Velasco accused Hugo Chávez’s Venezuelan administration in a court document of cooperating toward collaboration between ETA and the Colombian FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in Venezuelan territory. In 2007, members of ETA were escorted by a member of the Venezuelan military to a jungle location where they received a course in handling explosives from members of the FARC, according to the document. The FARC, like Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, are on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations, and the two groups have maintained “coordinated relations” throughout their history for “some of their illicit objectives,” the document added. Besance and Atristain, believed to be members of ETA’s “Imanol” command, were detained Wednesday in an operation in which a hundred kilos of explosive material were also found. The detentions took place weeks after ETA announced its decision to cease carrying out attacks, an announcement met with skepticism by the authorities. ETA, which has suffered severe police harassment in recent years with the arrest of numerous leaders, has broken several truces in the past and has a record of more than 850 deaths laid to its charge. By Dialogo October 06, 2010last_img read more

Winners of 2017 Bethpage Best of Long Island Gather For Victory Party [PHOTOS]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Anthony Giudice via QNS.comHundreds of business owners came together to celebrate their victories as the best companies in Nassau and Suffolk counties during the 2017 Bethpage Best of Long Island winners dinner party at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, on Monday, March 27.The night was filled with delicious foods and drinks from some of Long Island’s best eateries, the live band The 60s Invasion and a DJ, a visit from Erin Colton of News 12 Long Island, and of course, business.“What it is I want for everyone here is to walk around the room and meet each other because there are so many different types of businesses in this room—from mortgages to pest control,” said Joshua Schneps, co-owner of the Bethpage Best of Long Island. “So I think most people do not know each other in this room, so I want you to take this opportunity not to just celebrate yourselves, but to do business with each other.”CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HEREThe competition is sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union. For 75 years, Bethpage Federal Credit Union has been helping their customers as well as local businesses.“This is the easiest job in the world because it’s the best financial industry on Long Island,” said Jerry Schmitt, vice president of marketing at Bethpage. “This event is a great accomplishment. We are delighted to be associated with you because you are all winners.”Coming out to enjoy the festivities were representatives from Sweet Karma Desserts, Knot of the World, the Long Island Ducks, Skyway Pest Management, Adelphi University, The Grindhouse Radio, Jefferson’s Ferry, Barrage Brewing Company, Top Notch Dezigns, and a bevy of other companies.“Bethpage Credit Union has made it possible for you to build your business,” added Victoria Schneps, co-owner of the Bethpage Best of Long Island. “Now it’s up to you guys. Network, have a great time, and dance your feet off.”CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HEREFeatured Photo: Hundreds of business owners celebrated victories as ‘The Best’ companies throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties at the 2017 Bethpage Best of L.I. winners dinner party at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, on Monday, March 27. (Photos by Mike Savitsky)last_img read more

5 questions to ask before implementing a big data & analytics solution

first_imgBusinesses are always looking for ways to improve efficiencies and processes, and more often than not, this means implementing a new system or tool throughout their organization or customer base.  Of course, these opportunities come at a high price in terms of financial cost, implementation nightmares, and human issues.  Often these implementations fail miserably as they run behind schedule and over budget; but with proper planning and techniques they can be successful.  In order to ensure a successful rollout, your project team must be able to answer the following questions.Why are we implementing the system?The first question your enterprise should ask is why are we implementing this system?  The reasoning behind how the new system will improve processes needs to be clear and well thought out at the inception of the project so that all parties understand why a transition to the system is important.  Failure to adequately identify the pain points that caused the enterprise to implement the new solution can not only hurt user adoption further in the project, but can also lead to rollout of a tool that doesn’t properly address the pain points that lead to the purchasing decision in the beginning. continue reading » 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Seventh heaven for QLD builders as homes win national accolades

first_imgJudges found the workmanship outstanding. Picture: Steve Ryan/Supplied Lucent penthouse: balcony. Picture: Supplied.“Arranged over 21 levels this mixed-use luxury development comprises ground and upper ground retail, 190 apartments and 1600 sqm of rooftop amenity.” The celebrations were held in Adelaide over the weekend. Master Builders Australia chief executive Denita Wawn was full of praise for DTL Constructions’ execution and attention to detail in their projects.“The Brookwater home ensured the natural beauty of the surrounding bushland was enhanced. All aspects of design and construction were carefully considered in conjunction with the clients’ lifestyle and the inclusion of 4.5 metre ceilings creates an expansive feel, evoking a sense of freedom and individuality.” MORE: Brisbane suburbs to watch in 2019 Hottest suburbs in the Queensland capital A pool garden. Picture: Supplied 7. Cbus National High Rise Apartment Building — Cavcorp QLD for Lucent Gasworks, BrisbaneCavcorp Queensland represented the state well by walking away with the Cbus National High Rise Apartment Building award for the Lucent Gasworks building in Brisbane.“The outstanding project by Cavcorp QLD included an Olympic-sized swimming pool, detox sauna and spa, commercial sized fitness studio and yoga lawn,” Ms Wawn said. The kitchen has an expansive feel. Picture: Steve Ryan/Supplied 4. National Luxury Alterations/Additions Award $650,000 to $1 million — Graya Construction for Russet House, BrisbaneBrisbane-based Graya Construction took out the National Luxury Alterations/Additions Award in the $650,000 to $1 million spending category for Russet House, which incidentally is the home of one of the directors of the firm.“There were a number of innovative materials used throughout the renovation, including floating stairs, a lightweight roof terrace, fixed concrete seating, metal claddings, concrete floors to the bathrooms and a concrete planter box used as a roof. Clever use of space, city views from all three levels of this home and a 90 sqm yard built on top of the garage complete this very clever renovation.” This home was the best renovation over $1 million in the country at the 2018 Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards: Picture: PETER FELTON/SuppliedThese homes have been declared the best built or renovated in Australia this year — and they are a visual feast for anyone looking for design ideas.Queensland building projects dominated the 2018 Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards over the weekend, scooping prizes across multiple segments from the prestigious best master builder in the country to best renovators, best project homes and also the top prize for residential unit development. Varied ceiling heights across the home. Picture: Steve Ryan/Supplied The home was said to have made clever use of space. Picture: Supplied A classic villa feel in Queensland. Picture: Steve Ryan/Supplied “Villa Florentine at Sanctuary Cove is a hybrid of traditional and contemporary design. A tour of this home is an unforgettable experience and while the residence boasts ultimate space, quality and luxury, it still retains a bespoke warmth and a harmonious visual texture. A true testament to outstanding workmanship.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Gold Coast based DTL Constructions blitzed the field to be named National Residential Master Builder of the Year — the peak accolade in the industry. It was the seventh award for Queensland after six separate projects surged past the rest of the country to take out national gongs.DTL Constructions had stamped its mark on the national scene, taking out two awards — National Project Home $500,000 to $1 million for Brookwater and National Luxury Project Home over $3 million for Villa Florentine in Sanctuary Cove. 2. National Project Home $500,000 to $1 million — DTL Constructions for Brookwater, Brisbane 5. National Luxury Alterations/Additions Award over $1 million — Taranaway Building & Landscapes for Verney Project, Brisbane WINNER National Luxury Project Home over $3 million — DTL Constructions for Villa Florentine, Sanctuary Cove. Picture: Steve Ryan/Supplied The home was built for one of the directors of Graya Construction. Picture: Supplied More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoWINNER: National Luxury Alternations/Additions Award $650,000 to $1 million — Graya Construction for The Russet House, Brisbane. Picture: Supplied The builders went to great lengths to get the renovation right. Picture: PETER FELTON/Supplied 3. National Luxury Project Home over $3 million — DTL Constructions for Villa Florentine, Sanctuary Cove Luxury finishes in the penthouse ensuite. Picture: Supplied. WINNER National Project Home $350,000 to $500,000 — Blinco Constructions for Kingfisher, Sunshine Coast. Picture: Supplied Neale Whitaker demolishes $40,000 bathroom WINNER National Project Home $500,000 to $1 million — DTL Constructions for Brookwater, Brisbane. Picture: Steve Ryan/Supplied Indoor-outdoor flow in the bathroom. Picture: Supplied WINNER: Cbus National High Rise Apartment Building — Cavcorp QLD for Lucent Gasworks, Brisbane. The residential high rise has Australia’s longest rooftop pool. Picture: Supplied. 6. National Project Home $350,000 to $500,000 — Blinco Constructions for Kingfisher, Sunshine CoastBlinco Constructions’ Kingfisher on the Sunshine Coast won Queensland’s third national award in the National Project Home $350,000 to $500,000 category.“No expense was spared on this beautiful family home. Set on a commanding hillside location, family living and entertaining are emphasised in all elements of this build, with almost all rooms capturing the breezes and beautiful rainforest vistas of the surrounds,” Master Builders Queensland CEO, Grant Galvin said. “This home testifies style and quality that is undoubtedly sure to impress any buyer.” 1. National Residential Master Builder of the Year — DTL Constructions, Gold Coast Every room was remodelled. Picture: PETER FELTON/Supplied WINNER National Luxury Alterations/Additions Award over $1 million — Taranaway Building & Landscapes for Verney Project, Brisbane. Picture: PETER FELTON/Supplied The National Luxury Alterations/Additions Award over $1 million was won by Taranaway Building and Landscapes for their Verney Project in Brisbane — a renovation dubbed “extremely complex”.“The project required the entire home to be raised 1.47 metres and moved two metres to the west in order to accommodate the new design,” Ms Wawn said. “The concrete pool was excavated and the original driveway was demolished and moved to the opposite side of the block. The ground level rooms were demolished and every room upstairs was remodelled. All plumbing, electricity and even every hinge on every door was replaced.”last_img read more

West Ham win Rat race

first_img The 31-year-old full-back will link up with his new club after his current deal with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk expires on July 1. Rat has spent the last 10 years in Ukraine, winning 15 trophies in total and has 88 international caps. West Ham United have announced the signing of Romania captain Razvan Rat on a free transfer on a one-year deal. West Ham have the option to extend the deal to two or three years and his capture has delighted manager Sam Allardyce. “I’m hugely happy that we’ve got a player of his experience and his character,” the boss told the official West Ham website. “He’s been playing Champions League football this year and at the highest level for many years. Shakhtar had offered him a very good contract, but his ambition was to come and try his abilities and skills in England. “When you hear somebody speak so positively about that, then you know they’ve got the mental character that’s needed to do well in this division. “We certainly know he’s got the ability and he’s at an age where he’s still capable of producing at 31. “He speaks perfect English, which he taught himself, and that shows the discipline and the character of the man. Discipline, character and ability are the three big things in the Premier League, and with a little bit of adjusting, we’ll see him early on in the season giving hopefully his best performances for West Ham.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pollard appointment backward step, says Sir Andy

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Fast bowling legend Sir Andy Roberts has questioned the timing of Kieron Pollard’s appointment as white-ball skipper and argues that sacked one-day skipper Jason Holder was not at fault for the West Indies’ wretched one-day form in recent years.In fact, the outspoken Antiguan believes that neither Pollard’s appointment nor the acquisition of a new head coach will have any impact on the Caribbean side’s fortunes, as the fundamental problem lies in the dearth of quality players available.“A captain is only as good right now as the players he has,” Sir Andy told the Mason and Guest radio cricket show here.He added: “I have no issues with what they’re (Cricket West Indies) trying to do but I’ve always said that the least problem we have is the coaching, our biggest problem is to find players.“It doesn’t matter who you have as head coach – if you could bring the best head coach in the world today with the players that we have you’ll be getting the same results because the coach goes not go on the field.”CWI announced Monday that Pollard would take over from Holder and Twenty20 skipper, Carlos Brathwaite with immediate effect.Also, the regional governing body said it had formally begun the recruitment process for a new permanent head coach, to fill the role currently being performed by ex-West Indies batsman Floyd Reifer on a temporary basis.It was Pollard’s elevation to the ODI captaincy, however, which made the headlines. Age 32, the Trinidadian has not played a single one-dayer in the last three years.Further, he boasts an unflattering batting average of 25 with the bat from 101 ODIs with three hundreds, while taking 50 wickets with his slow medium at nearly 40 runs apiece.“He’s 32. When the next ODI (World Cup) comes around he will be 36, 37. We should be looking to get good players (around 23). As usual, we’re always looking backward,” Sir Andy pointed out, adding that Pollard should have been given the captaincy five years ago when Holder was appointed.“They should have made him (Holder) understudy to Pollard (back then). Once they gave him Holder the captaincy and they stuck to it, then I don’t see the reason to go back to Kieron Pollard now.”Holder failed to win a single series during his tenure and also oversaw West Indies’ worst-ever showing at a World Cup last July, when the side finished ninth of 10 teams with just two wins.Sir Andy said CWI should have persisted with the 27-year-old Holder but afford him the benefit of an experienced coaching staff.“What are they basing Jason Holder’s captaincy on? Results or tactics on the field? If we’re going to be building and looking towards the future, I think you should stick with a younger captain who is in there for three, four years,” Sir Andy contended.“What they should have done is give him (Holder) the experience that is required with the coaching staff. That’s what they should have done. Are they blaming Jason’s captaincy for the results we’ve been having? If we don’t have good cricketers, those are the results we’re going to get. It doesn’t matter who is in charge as captain or who’s in charge of coaching.“I think our problem is that we’re not developing good cricketers – there is not enough pressure placed on players for personal development and I’ve been saying that for the last 10, 15 years. If these guys don’t take the opportunity to develop themselves, we are going to be stuck where we are.”last_img read more

Dolphins, First Bank Maintain Unbeaten Runs as Second Phase Ends

first_imgDefending Champions Dolphins Basketball Club and First Bank’s Elephant Girls dominated the second phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League which ended yesterday in Asaba, Delta State.They are yet to lose a game in the league since the jump ball in the first phase in Abuja. Both teams are likely to go down the wire in the Final Eight slated to hold in Lagos.Yesterday, First Bank did nothing to earn maximum point as the Elephant Girls walked over Sunshine Queens of Akure. Kano team, AHIP, similarly walked over Zamfara Babes. In other matches, Benue Princess beat IGP Queens 51- 45 while Nigeria Customs also defeated First Deepwater 49-31.While expressing joy over the quality of play in the second phase, sponsors of the league, Zenith Bank Plc officials commended all the teams for putting up good shows in the first and second stages of the 2016 edition of the league.They said that they were looking forward to even better performances at the finals in Lagos to show to the rest of the continent that the women league here can make any other in the continent.“We are committed to the development of basketball and we are happy that the teams taking part in the league are good ambassadors of the game,’” conclude an official from one of the branches of the bank in Delta State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Defenseman becoming UW’s ‘unsung hero’

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoOn the football gridiron, it’s the quarterback and running back that bask in the limelight of success and face the criticism of failure. But in soccer, it’s the goalkeeper and forwards. Similar to offensive linemen in football, defensemen are the unsung heroes of the soccer field. Senior co-captain and anchor of the Wisconsin defense Hamid Afsari doesn’t fill up the stat sheet like Victor Diaz, Jake Settle or even fellow defensemen Aaron Hohlbein and Zach Lambo. In fact, Afsari has tallied zero points this season and has just five career points in 69 contests. Yet the senior defenseman doesn’t feel out of the picture.”As long as we don’t let in any goals behind us there’s no way we’re going to lose the game, and I don’t think defense is any less important than getting involved in the offense,” Afsari said. “I’m just trying to make sure that the back end is always secure.” Securing the net and preventing teams from taking good shots is a typical day’s work for the Wisconsin backline. Afsari and the Badger “D” have been so good that goalkeeper Jake Settle has pitched eight shutouts this season and has allowed just two goals in his past seven matches.For his achievement, the affable Settle has already garnered three Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season, but Afsari has none. He was, however, named to the Oct. 2 College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his play against Northwestern and then-ranked No. 7 University at Illinois at Chicago. Even though Afsari isn’t receiving the number of honors Settle is, his productivity and efforts don’t go unnoticed. “Hamid’s decisions have been quite good,” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said in a phone interview. “Just his maturity on the field is emerging this year. More than anything, he takes his defending personally. He takes pride in defending and shutting people down. He takes pride in winning that [one-on-one] battle, which says a lot about the mentality of the defender.”So impressed is Settle with Afsari and the other Wisconsin defenders this season, he attributes his career-year to them. “I think my front four are putting together for me an All-Conference-like season,” Settle said after Wisconsin’s win versus Western Illinois. “I only had two saves. Whatever, I just hang out back there, grab a drink, sit down, grab a lawn chair. It’s not bad … I just sit there and I’m like, ‘Alright, I’ll take Defensive Player of the Week,’ but they’re doing a lot of work, keeping all the saves easy and keeping everything in front of me so it’s not too tough to make saves.”While Afsari may go unrecognized now, he was even more non-existent as a recruit coming into college.”I think he’s a great example of someone who came in a little unheralded, a little under the radar — was not a top recruit nationally, yet we saw some things in him in terms of his work rate, his character, his personality and his attitude, and those are great intangibles and certainly have helped Hamid achieve to a pretty good level,” Rohrman said. “He’s a guy that’s always been humble and hardworking and has always strived to improve his game.” The game of soccer began for Afsari the moment he could walk. Although he didn’t begin playing himself until age seven, his older siblings played all the time. Watching them play, Afsari was able to develop the basic skills of defending, marking and reading balls that make him the player he is today. With just a few more knocks on the door left in this senior defenseman’s career, Afsari hopes his four years of hard work and energy put into becoming not only a good player, but a good teammate will pay dividends with a Big Ten Championship in his final year. “The [seniors] came in with an understanding that they were going to try to put us back on the map and get us back into contention for a Big Ten Championship and competing nationally,” Rohrman said. “I think this year is a tribute to all those young men, and Hamid has been right there and the backbone of a very solid backline this year.””I’m definitely very happy to have this opportunity in my last year here,” Afsari said. “The fact that it is my last year and some of the other guy’s last years makes it that much more special for us and will make us play that much harder.”last_img read more

LSU’s Derrius Guice reportedly will play against Syracuse after previously being ruled out

first_imgGuice had not practiced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to a “minor injury,” according to Nola.com. The junior had 15 carries for 76 yards in LSU’s loss last week against Mississippi State before missing the last quarter and a half.“He’s a very, very talented back,” SU head coach Dino Babers said Monday. “I think he’s different from the starter last year (Leonard Fournette). I think he’s more complete. I think he can catch passes, I think he can run, and he’s tough between the tackles. He’s one of those guys that gets six, eight, 10, then he goes for 20, then he goes for 40. He’s going to be very difficult to stop.”The backup running back, senior Darrel Williams, has 28 carries for 159 yards and four rushing touchdowns this season. Comments Published on September 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+center_img One day after Louisiana State head coach Ed Orgeron said, “He will not play this week,” about star running back Derrius Guice, that has reportedly changed.Guice will now play for the No. 25 Tigers (2-1) against the Orange (2-1) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate.On Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference, SU head coach Dino Babers predicted Guice would play.“That guy is a competitor,” Babers said, “I’m sure he’s going to be out there.”last_img read more

Majestic Birds knock off Gentleclowns

first_imgTo put it simply, winning is The Daily Cardinal way.The Majestic Birds outplayed, outdrank and outlasted The Badger Herald on Saturday, winning 10-9 at Vilas Park. To no one’s surprise, the Cardinal won its fourth straight softball game and completed the season sweep after its flag football victory in the fall.After last year’s 12-1 snore fest, the Cardinal decided to make this year a little more interesting. After giving The Badger Herald a six-run cushion, the Majestic Birds showed up in the final inning to do what everyone knew would happen.Brett “Mr. Steal Your Girl” Bachman hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the seventh inning, which caused every Heralder’s pants to smell suspiciously more like piss.“My strategy was to hit it straight up the middle,” Bachman said as he autographed the chests of a few female fans. “They couldn’t field for shit, so hitting it right at them and watching them fall over gave me the best odds.”Manager Jonah Beleckis, who can actually be seen doing a few push-ups in the Cardinal’s softball video preview, eloquently expressed his post-game thoughts.“Look at me, cameraman, I’m turnt off Sunkist,” Beleckis said while simultaneously two-stepping, salsa dancing and doing the John Wall. “I do it for my momma and I do it for the Cardinal. Fuck with me.”The Herald made one of many questionable decisions in the game’s final inning when it intentionally walked Jim “Big Red” Dayton in a slow-pitch softball game. Yeah, that happened.After the game, Cardinal Editor-in-Chief Abby Becker added her thoughts after trudging through crying Heralders on the field.“Blood,” Becker said.Managing Editor Mara Jezior may have missed the final outs of the game while going to the bathroom, but she did show up in time to help the Herald finish their keg, a pattern for the past inter-newspaper football and softball games.Herald Edtior-in-Chief and Resident Harpy Katherine Krueger tried to brush off the loss, but let’s be honest, she felt pretty shitty. Look for her modesty to give way in the form of another full page dedicated to just herself, where she expresses her thoughts in space that would probably be better spent for something remotely journalistic.“I knew my team needed my help, so I did what I do best: struck the fuck out swinging,” she said while shamefully washing “I love the Cardinal” off her face. “I stopped watching halfway through because I really don’t think these other people should be working at the Herald. I’d do better running this thing into the ground by myself.”Still, the best part of the game was how good the Majestic Birds looked. Herald Arts Editor Erik Sateren spent most of his time totally fangirling the Cardinal squad. His penchant for photo bombing them was just a thinly veiled demonstration of his true allegiance.“I just wanted to feel beautiful for, like, one moment,” he said. “The Cardinalistas have a certain kind of sexiness I just can’t handle. If they opened their own snuggle house, I would definitely make it over on a regular basis.”Herald Sports Content Editor Dan Corcoran ended up writing a column of his journey home from the softball game, which included his shoe coming untied and a trip to McDonald’s to see if they were still selling Shamrock Shakes. To his dismay, they weren’t.Ultimately, the point is that the Cardinal won. It’s, like, whatever. After losing many graduating seniors, the Herald tossed around the idea of forfeiting next season’s football and softball matchups in order to “rebuild.”Incoming Cardinal Editor-in-Chief Jack Casey didn’t think that was a bad idea.“I mean, at this point, we know we don’t face any real competition in news production,” Casey said. “We used to rely on these games on the fields of Vilas Park for that competition, but now apparently the Herald has managed to screw that up as well. Fuck, man.”last_img read more